Monthly Archives: September 2007

Faith

Whenever we talk with people of other faiths (especially with people who are not Christians), we ought to take the attitude of Paul and invite them to “taste and see” whether the claims of Christianity are objectively true or whether they are simply fanciful wishes we’ve decided to codify and believe.

Christianity is the only faith that has any objective evidence to show that it’s clams are not just wishful thinking but something we can, and should, place our hopes in the future in through something called “faith”.

Everyone has faith in something, the only question is whether or not that something is worth having faith in.

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Can you believe it?

If I were to offer you a million dollars to believe that grass were red, you’d really want to believe it wouldn’t you? The trouble is; no matter how much we desire to believe something, we are built in such a way that we can only believe when we have reason to believe and the desire to believe it.

In the scenario above, you would defiantly have the desire to believe that the grass were red, and you might be able to make others think that you believe that the grass were red, but you wouldn’t be able to actually believe in the concept of red grass unless you were able to remove the doubts and questions that naturally insulate us from destructive beliefs and ideas.

In order to believe that the grass were red, you would have to undergo a process of gathering evidence and reasons that could make red grass possible. You would have to come up with ideas like “the grass could have been recently painted red” or “there was a horrible accident at the local astro-turf plant”. Regardless of how outlandish the reasons are; as rational beings, we need them.

Beliefs can unfortunately come occur even without being based on objective evidence or reasons. When that happens a person is said to be delusional, believing in something that is false.

Religious beliefs are no different than the belief in red grass mentioned above. We can claim to believe in something we desperately want to believe in, but not actually believe it because we lack evidence and reason. We can also be faced with overwhelming evidence and reasons to believe in something that is objectively true and still not have the desire to accept the reasonable beliefs.

Only when we have both reasons and a desire can beliefs be borne. Since we all believe in something, the only question is whether our beliefs are based more on desire than evidence.

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Know fear

The most important thing we are told to do in the Bible in relationship to God is to fear him. The Bible mentions fearing God roughly 103 times. Compare that with the roughly 73 times we are told to love God and you’ll begin to understand that a solid reverence for the God who can, and rightly should, send us to the Hell we justly deserve is the bedrock of our faith in the same God who has not only canceled our debt, but called us co-heirs with Christ as well.

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Crucifying Jesus in the 21st Century

John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

How many times have you ever stopped to think about Jesus being the Word of God?

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Which Wind?

In Hosea 12:1 God accuses Israel of “chasing after the wind”, Ecclesiastes speaks of useless activities as “grasping the wind”, and 1 Corinthians 9:26 teaches us that a lack of discipline is like trying to beat up the air.

In the Greek and Hebrew cultures where the Bible was written, the concept of wind signified much more than the modern scientific definition of wind as simply “the roughly horizontal movement of air caused by uneven heating of the Earth’s surface”.

The men who wrote the Bible understood wind to also be like a breath, air, and, by extension, a reference to life in general.

The Bible speaks about wind in such a variety of ways to help us understand how our physical lives are inextricably tied to our spirits.

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Passion and Priorities

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” –Hebbel

Our lives are driven by our passions.

Whatever fires us up determines how we will mold and shape our choices every day and will ultimately determine how our very lives are structured. Ultimately, what drives us becomes what we derive meaning and purpose for life.

Some people claim they are not passionate about anything. In reality, they are passionately apathetic. The Bible calls such people lazy and has quite a bit to say on the subject of laziness.

Our whole lives are wrapped around what we are passionate about.

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I AM

When Moses said in Exodus 3:13 “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them?” God responded, “I AM THAT I AM”.

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It’s Fundamental

Is there any difference between a fundamental Christianity and fundamental Islam?

Both consist of adherents following the teachings of their respective religions meticulously and carefully. Adherents of both also vigorously claim their views are correct and both are willing to die in defense their beliefs.

There is, however, a fundamental difference between the two that lies in the primary focus of each adherent which should shed some light onto the fundamental difference between not only the fundamental Christians and Muslims, but their respective systems of belief as well.

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