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. (more…)
Salutations. I was recently asked, “How do you know that this (the Bible) is divinely inspired text from the creator of the universe?” Like with many things in life, we have a ton of evidence here to support the claim, but if you want 100% proof, you will not find it. You also cannot find camera footage that Michelangelo painted the Sistine chapel. However, we have many documents pointing to that fact and his style in the art work remains to this day. Because of this strong evidence, we believe he painted it. We can use that approach with God and the Bible. With that said, here are a few reasons why we can believe that the Bible is directly inspired and given to us by God. (more…)
Reluctant Pessimist asked on Twitter, “So how does one determine what the “truth” about God actually is? And if the answer is the Bible, then the follow up question is how did you determine the Bible is true? There must be a believer out there willing to share their position on this.” (more…)
The Gospel message forms the heart of Christianity. Over the decades, we have lost this message in the political yelling, pandering and concern over offending someone. Yet, as Christians, it really should be what people know us for. We should talk about it first, last and always. It is the Good News of God, and the only message the saves people from hell. Here are some scriptures which plainly convey the Gospel message. (more…)
We have never lived in an age with so much information readily accessible. At the same time, we remain so ignorant and misinformed of much. Despite this wealth of information, so easily accessed on a myriad of devices, we still run with presuppositions and conclusions based on half truths and emotions. Along those lines, I have asked several people to describe to me what they think the Gospel message means, or what a Christian is. Most answers were not even close. I want to take a moment to clarify both, as succinctly as possible.
At some point, just about everyone asks about their purpose in life. Recently, I ran across a blog post that briefly explored the subject. While the author keeps a positive spin on it, he offers no solid answers. Thankfully, God does provide a response to this critical subject.
Salutations. Earlier this week, the father of a particular child died. The boy worried about his father’s soul, because the father did not believe in God. So, when the Pope visited his town, the tearful child whispered a question into the pope’s ear. “‘A little while ago my father passed away. He was a nonbeliever, but he had all four of his children baptized. He was a good man. Is dad in heaven?’” (more…)