The journey of a nerd who loves the Lord

Salutations.

Continuous AtonementRecently, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox.  According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read!

I continue my series of blog entries addressing numerous notes I took while reading it.  Today, I wish to address his concerns about eternity, and counter the answers he gives.  Even if you do not particularly care for this perspective here, many others express similar concerns.   Thankfully, the Bible has answers, though not many will like what God has to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Continuous Atonement

Salutations.

Last weekend, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox.  According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read! Read the rest of this entry »

Many of my friends say “I am a Christian and I’m going to heaven.”  I ask, “How do you know?”  The answer is usually something along the lines that they said a prayer, somewhere, with sincerity, asking God into their heart.  The reality is that many Americans believe something similar, and yet we all recognize that very few people live the Christian life.

The Bible does not state that if one says a prayer, with sincerity, they become saved.  The Bible says that we must have faith in Jesus, repent and become born again. Read the rest of this entry »

How dare God?

Salutations.  I recently heard a few lines from an atheist that struck a chord with me.  Unfortunately, I did not write it down.  I hope I represent it well with the follow paraphrase, “I could never believe or love a God that only allows only one way to come to Him.  So, you’re telling me that if you do not believe in Jesus, you go to hell?  That is not something I can accept.”  I have a number of thoughts to share on this popular line of thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

Religious Pluralism

First, I have a number of friends and family who lack a true conviction in any one religion.  They basically do their own thing.  It is not surprising.  The overall attitude in America is one of “Pluralism.”  A web site states, “Religious Pluralism may be defined as acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This may be considered a form of either toleration (a concept that arose as a result of the European wars of religion) or moral relativism.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Miracle of Forgiveness

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Recently, I chatted with a friend regarding doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).  Numerous religions take Christianity, building on it.  Instead of allowing the Gospel (as the Bible teaches) to stand on its own as the means to spending eternity with God, these wayward faiths add extra hoops for people to jump through, which flies in the face of Biblical scripture. Read the rest of this entry »

Setting Goals

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It’s not unusual to hear about New Year’s Resolutions.  I think they are a novel idea.  However, for me as a Christian and a professional, setting goals is something I like to do year round.  I do so to push myself further. Read the rest of this entry »