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.
Posts tagged ‘bible’
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…)
Salutations. This article piggybacks a bit off of my previous two about doctrine. You can check them out here and here. In those articles, I made an argument that as Christians, we live in a culture focused around ‘petty theologies’ instead of holy living. I illustrate the critical, core theologies we must have, and how the Bible steers us not to have perfect theology, but implores us to walk a holy life filled with love. Today, I focus on that topic.
In today’s day and age, it seems so much grabs at our attention. Television, news, commercials, etc. I see the challenges in myself. Jesus commanded us to not concern ourselves with the future. Yet, I do so often. Whether I worry about my finances, or read reviews to figure out what the next, exciting game I will purchase, I break Jesus’ commands, found in the Sermon on the Mount, in multiple ways. (more…)
After listening to a couple of books from C.S. Lewis, I moved onto another Christian author. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich provides yet another look into a sharp mind from our rich, Christian heritage. To my friends who believe that Christians, as a whole, simple accept the tenants of Christian faith, and most other aspects of life on simple faith, well, I encourage you to read about these two men. Just like atheists, Mormons, Muslims, and others faiths, you can find plenty of people who simple accept what they hear, and a few who have thought over their viewpoints (as well as the opposing points) very thoroughly.