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Does Jesus miraculously turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana justify consuming Alcohol?

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The miracle of Jesus changing water into wine (John 2) has often been cited as a reason for the use of alcoholic drinks. There is no evidence that the wine that Jesus made was intoxicating. What He made was fresh wine. Newly made wine isn't intoxicating until some time after the process of fermentation or decay has set in. There is not a hint that Jesus produced alcohol, which is a poison, a product of death and decay. There is nothing wrong with drinking newly made wne, the fresh juice of the grape. It is a wholesome drink. Dr. William Patton in his book Bible Wines, states:

"The Greek word for wine in John 2 is oinos...oinos is a generic word, and as such, includes  all kinds of wine and all stages of the juice of the grape, and somethimes the clusters and even the vine ...As the narrative is silent on the point, the character of the wine can only be determined by the moral influence of the miracle...."The moral influence of the mirace will be determined by the character of the wine. It is pertinent to ask, Is it  not derogatory to the character of Christ  and the teaching of the Bible to suppose that e exerted His miraculous power to produce, 60 to 126 gallons of intoxicating wine?"  Wine which according to the Bible is described as "a mocker" (Proverbs 20:1), as "biting like a serpent, and ''Stinging like an adder" (Proverbs 23:32) as "the poison of dragons," "the cruel venom of asps," (Deuteronomy 32:33) and which is the Holy Spirit had selected as the emblem of the wrath of God Almighty (Revelation 14:10). Is it probable that He gave intoxicating wine to the guests?  It would certainly contradict His own word if that was the case.  Unfortunately, those who take the changing water into wine as a justification to drink intoxicating alcoholic beverages lack the historical context of what wine meant in a biblical sense, furthermore ignoring what Solomon said in Proverbs.

What does it mean to have a sin nature?

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

    When we speak of the nature of something, we speak of its essence, character, and quality. The essence of God, for exampe is holiness, purity, sinlessness, etc. The essence of people, on the other hand, is sinful. In Mark 7:21-23 Jesus discloses to us the very nature of our hearts when He Said, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornictions, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deciet, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil  things proceed from within and defile the man". This is why it says in Ephesians 2:3 that we are by nature children of wrath; our hearts are sinful by nature which is the source of the sins listed by Jesus. This is also why Paul said in Romans 7:18 that nothing good dwelt in him, that is, in the flesh, Paul knew his nature was sinful and thus it was he who was lost and without hope, except for his faith in Jesus and His unblemished sacrifce. Furthermore, we have a sinful nature because of our fallen state, which took place in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell from their sinless state by means of being decieved by an already recently fallen Lucifer who became Satan. Sin seperates us from harmony with God, because God in His absolute holiness cannot tolerate sinful conduct nor can sin exist in His presence but rather must in His Righteous judge those who sin against Him. Jesus Christ came in order to restore our fallen state by sacrificing Himself for our sins for all time. He took the sins of all humanity on Himself on the cross and in exchange, His righteousness was imputed upon us. His resurrection assures us that death, hell and the grave have been eternally conquered by Him and by repenting of our sins and having Faith in Him we too can have a eternal relationship with Jesus Christ where sin is forgiven and blotted out and were restored back to a sinless state in Heaven with our Holy Father God in Christ

Secular Humanism, Its Philosophy

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:24 PM Comments comments (0)

Secular Humanism - Excluding God from Schools & Society

Secular Humanism is an attempt to function as a civilized society with the exclusion of God and His moral principles. During the last several decades, Humanists have been very successful in propagating their beliefs. Their primary approach is to target the youth through the public school system. Humanist Charles F. Potter writes, "Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?" (Charles F. Potter, "Humanism: A New Religion," 1930)

John J. Dunphy, in his award winning essay, The Humanist (1983), illustrates this strategic focus, "The battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: A religion of humanity -- utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to carry humanist values into wherever they teach. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism."

Is this what's happening? John Dewey, remembered for his efforts in establishing America's current educational systems, was one of the chief signers of the 1933 Humanist Manifesto. It seems the Humanists have been interested in America's education system for nearly a century. They have been absolutely successful in teaching children that God is imaginary and contrary to "science."

Secular Humanism - Main Tool is Evolutionary Thought

Secular Humanism is manifested in Evolutionary Theory. To satisfy the fundamental question of "Where did we come from?" children are taught the doctrine of Evolution. The first plank of the Humanist Manifesto states: "Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created." The second plank states: "Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process." Certainly, the public school system propagates the Humanist doctrine (clearly an atheistic "religion"), and thus, condemns the concept of God. This is an amazing irony. Creation Science has been successfully kept out of the public schools by organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) on the grounds that Creation is religious, and the government should not support religion in any fashion. "In fact, evolution became in a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it, and many are prepared to 'bend' their observations to fit with it." (H. S. Lipson, FRS, Professor of Physics, University of Manchester, UK, "A Physicist Looks at Evolution", Physics Bulletin, vol. 31, May 1980, pg. 138).

Yet Evolution has not been proved. Sir Arthur Keith, a famous British evolutionary anthropologist and anatomist, confesses, "Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation, and that is unthinkable." In fact, it seems that the Theory of Evolution is contrary to established science. George Wald, another prominent Evolutionist (a Harvard University biochemist and Nobel Laureate), wrote, "When it comes to the Origin of Life there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation. There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved one hundred years ago, but that leads us to only one other conclusion, that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds; therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance!" ("The Origin of Life," Scientific American, 191:48, May 1954).

THE NEW TOLERANCE is it politically correct?

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 3:21 AM Comments comments (0)

Not long ago, the word 'tolerance' meant 'bearing or putting up with someone or something not especially liked'. However, now the word has been redefined to 'all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equal'.1 Denying this makes a person 'intolerant', and thus worthy of contempt.

Where does this leave Christians? Jesus said,

'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me' (John 14:6).

And the apostle Peter said,

'It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved' (Acts 4:10-12).

People who teach a tolerance of all beliefs almost invariably oppose Christianity. They cannot tolerate Christians saying, "Here's what's right and here's what wrong. God says it. And so that is final." They reply, Oh, no. We can't tolerate that. We've got to tolerate all beliefs."

What are they really doing? They are being intolerant of the absolutes of Christianity, because the absolutes of Christianity oppose a philosophy that says, "Everything can be done in accord with one's own opinion." It is not difficult to see that this popular philosophy is an anti-biblical way of thinking--so dangerous, in fact, that it could one day lead to the outlawing of Christianity.

There is yet another sad aspect to the philosophy that all people have a right to their own opinions. Not only is this being emphasized in our public education system, but it is reaching out from there and permeating all parts of our society, even our churches.

What happens today when churches address issues like abortion, homosexuality, women's role in the church, and so on? All too often, Christians are simply offering lots of different opinions, eagerly expressing their own ideas and beliefs. Often their leaders participate by merely summarizing these differing viewpoints and stopping short of supplying a definite conclusion about what is right or wrong according to God's Word.

The wonderful truth is that, as Christians, we can base our lives on something much more substantial than mere personal opinions! We have foundational knowledge from an Infinite Being, our Creator, to guide us. The record of this basic knowledge begins in the most foundational of all books, Genesis. Our Creator has not left us to find our own way; he has provided directions and specific principles by which to live. Christian leaders should be reminding people that God owns us and therefore sets the rules. What he says must be the basis for all our thinking and behavior.

 

Christian author and speaker Josh McDowell reminds followers of Christ that,

We must humbly pursue truth. It may be difficult to speak the truth in today's climate, but Jesus said,

"The truth will set you free."

Pursuing truth in this context means countering the new doctrine of tolerance. It means teaching our children to embrace all people, but not all beliefs. It means showing them how to listen to and learn from all people without necessarily agreeing with them. It means helping them courageously but humbly speak the truth, even if it makes them the object of scorn or hatred.

We must always remember, however, that when the apostle Peter told us,

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have," he added, "But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).

We must aggressively practice love. Everyone loves love, it seems, but few recognize how incompatible love is with the new tolerance. Tolerance simply avoids offending someone; we must help our children live in love, which actively seeks to promote the good of another person.

Tolerance says, "You must approve of what I do."

Love responds, "I must do something harder; I will love you, even when your behavior offends me."

Tolerance says, "You must agree with me."

Love responds, "I must do something harder; I will tell you the truth, because I am convinced 'the truth will set you free.' "

Tolerance says, "You must allow me to have my way."

Love responds, "I must do something harder; I will plead with you to follow the right way, because I believe you are worth the risk."

Tolerance seeks to be inoffensive; love takes risks. Tolerance glorifies division; love seeks unity. Tolerance costs nothing; love costs everything.

I believe the dreadful potential of the new tolerance can be averted, but only with a renewed commitment to truth, justice and love. And, as it happens, that powerful trio of virtues can do more than prevent disaster; it can bring about true community and culture in the midst of diversity and disagreement.

What is the Biblical Christian view of history?

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 1:43 AM Comments comments (0)

Christianity and history have always been allies. Leopold Von Ranke's observation that history, more often than philosophy, convinces more people that Christianity is true is certainly confirmed by the Christian view of this discipline. The Bible contains a great deal more history than philosophy (though they are interdependent). Christianity is rooted in history and without its historical roots there would be no Christian worldview (1 Corinthians 15:14).

Nearly all the key junctures of history, from the Christian perspective, can be summarized by reference to a few landmark historical events—the revelation of God through the creation of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1); the special creation of male and female as body and spirit (Genesis 1:26-27); the rebellion of mankind against his Creator (Genesis 3:1-15); the revelation of God through the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and Israel; the crossing of the Red Sea; the appearance of God in history in the person of Jesus Christ to redeem mankind from sin (1 Timothy 3:16); the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthains 15); the revelation of God through His Church, the Body of Christ; the judgment of the world (Acts 17:31); and the new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem for the redeemed of all ages (Revelation 21). Christian history, like Marxist and Humanist history, has past, present, and future characteristics. But Christians adhere to a distinctly linear, rather than a cyclical, view.

For Christians, the Bible is a work of beauty and truth—a word from God concerning His love for His creation—not a work of myth and legend. The Bible is accurate, describing events that actually occurred in history. Twentieth-century archaeology generally reinforces Biblical history, including the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), the historicity of the patriarchs and the exodus, and the historical background surrounding the virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, and physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Of course, St. Paul's statement regarding history in 1 Corinthians 10:11. ("I would not have you to be ignorant of [history]") is a solid base for a philosophy of history. Christians are certainly exhorted to learn from history (1 Corinthians 10:11). St. Paul also made it very clearesurrection of Christ as an historical event which occurred in Jerusalem around A.D. 30.

Stephen's defense of the faith in Acts 7 is a lesson on God's redemptive history. Luke, author of two books in the Bible (the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), was a meticulous historian. The historical Bible (the written Word of God) and Jesus Christ (the living Word of God made flesh) are the two cornerstones of the Christian worldview. If the Bible is not history, or if Jesus Christ is not “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), Christianity crumbles. Therefore, Christians are justified in investing a great deal of time and effort defending both foundation stones.

Naturally, Humanists (whether Secular, Marxist or Cosmic) cannot accept the Bible as an accurate historical document. The character and action of Christ shatter every basic tenet of an atheistic, naturalistic, evolutionary view of history. Instead of God planning and manifesting His creative and redemptive acts (history being a record of such acts), the Marxist has to trust the fateful dialectic, and the Secular Humanist must wishfully trust man's ability to direct future evolution. Neither of these two worldviews can satisfactorily account for the purpose manifest in the world—nor, for that matter, can the Cosmic Humanist (New Age) worldview. The Christian, has a simple yet profound answer—"In the beginning, God." The only wise and true God gives purpose and order to His creation. We are part of His vast creative order, and we are responsible to God. We cannot save ourselves—even from physical death. But God can, and history tells us He offered His Son as a perfect sacrifice for that special purpose.

It is the Christian position that God created the heavens and the earth and all things therein. It takes a blind faith—in essence, a darkness of mind (Romans 1:21-22, 28)—to believe that everything is a result of chance. Christians understand God created history when He created time, and we know God controls the universe and will bring history to a fitting close (Acts 17:24-31).

{an article from christiananswers.net}

God's Covenants

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

How does God relate to man? Since the creation of the world, God's relationship with man has been defined by specific requirements and promises. God tells people how he wants them to act and also makes promises about how he will act toward them in various circumstances. The Bible contains several summaries of the provisions that define the different relationships between God and man that occur in scripture, and these summaries are often called "Covenants".The word covenant occurs 286 times in the Old Testament and 33 times in the New Testament. The following definition of a covenant in a theological standpoint is as follows: A covenant is an unchangeable, divinely imposed legal agreement between God and man that stipulates the condition of their relationship. The word agreement is there in order to show that their are two parties involved, God and man who must into the provisions of the relationship, the phrase 'divinely imposed' is also included to show that man can never negotiate with God or change the terms of the covenant: he can only accept the covenant obligations or reject them. The definition also notes that covenants are 'unchangeable'. Thy may be superseded or replaced by a different covenant, but they may not be changed once they are established. Although there have been many additional details specified in the covenants God has made with man throughout the history of scripture, the essential element at the heart of all of them is the promise, ' I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (Jeremiah 31:33, 2 Corinthians 6:16).

Since the covenant relationship between God and man occurs in various forms throughout scripture from Genesis to Revalation, For example, after God clearly defined the aspects of the covenant He was making with the nation of Israel, including the blessings for honoring it and the consequences for ignoring it (Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28-30), both parties-God and the people of Israel-accepted it. Through this process God and Israel entered into a covenant relationship, a binding commitment to honor and fulfill their respective roles. There are exactly seven covenants made by God referred to in Scripture, neither more nor less. First, the Adamic which concerned man?s continued enjoyment of Eden on the condition that he refrained from eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. But Adam failed to keep his part of the agreement, see Hosea 6:7 margin. Second, the Noahic which concerned the earth and its seasons, see Genesis 9. Third, the Abrahamic which concerned Israel?s occupancy of Palestine, see Genesis 15:18, etc. Fourth, the Mosaic which concerned Israel?s continued enjoyment of God?s favors, conditioned by their obedience to His law, see Exodus 24:7, 8; Exodus 34:27. Fifth, the Levitic which concerned the priesthood, promising that it should remain in this tribe, see Numbers 25:12, 13; Malachi 2:4, 5; Ezekiel 44:15, which proves God?s faithfulness in respect to this covenant in the Millennium. Sixth, the Davidic which concerns the Kingdom and particularly the throne, see 2 Samuel 23:5; 2 Chronicles 13:5. Seventh, the Messianic or New Covenant of grace; this may be defined as that gracious agreement between the offended God and the offending sinner, in which God promises salvation through faith in Christ, and the sinner accepts this by faith, promising a life of faith and obedience.

      The Eternal Covenant, then, leads to the Covenant of Grace. Where the Eternal Covenant was made between the Father and the Son, the Covenant of Grace is made between God and Man. This latter covenant is where God promises to Man eternal salvation based upon the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The manifestation of that covenant occurs in our world in a sequence of additional covenants that God made with individuals: Adam (Gen. 2:15-17), Noah (Gen. 9:12-16), Abraham (Gen. 17), the Israelites at Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:28), believers in the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-37), etc. I present the view that there are two main covenants. However, there is disagreement as to the number of Covenants. Some say there is really only one, the Eternal Covenant, with all others falling under it. Some say two, some say three, and others four, etc. There really is no absolute answer.

Understanding Covenant is important for several reasons:

We learn that God deals with Man covenantally.

Since a Covenant is an agreement, it is a promise made by God. Since, we can rely on God's word for eternity, we can take great comfort in His covenant promising us eternal life in His Son.

It helps us to see the Bible as a covenant document. The Old and New Testaments are Old and New Covenants.

With Covenant understood as a framework through which the Bible was written we can better understand it, God?s dealings with us through it, and our responsibilities to God as well as His to us.

We can better understand the symbols used by God in covenant ratification: The Lord?s Supper and Baptism.

Requirements and promises in the Eternal Covenant:

The Father required of the Son, that He should atone for the sins of those whom the Father had given Him (1 John 2:2; John 6:39; 10:11,15), and should do what Adam failed to do by keeping the law (Gal. 4:4-5; 1 Pet. 2:22).

This requirement included the following particulars:

That he should assume human nature (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9).

That He should place Himself under the law (Gal. 4:4-5)

That He, after accomplishing forgiveness of sins and eternal life, should apply them to the elect (Rom. 5:18; 1 Cor. 15:22; 2 Cor. 5:14).

The Relation of the Eternal Covenant and the Covenant of Grace

The Eternal Covenant is the model for the Covenant of Grace. The former is eternal, that is, from eternity, and the latter temporal in the sense that it is realized in time. The former is a compact between the Father and the Son as a surety and head of the elect, while the latter is a compact between the triune God and the elect sinner.

If there had been no Eternal Covenant between the Father and the Son, there could have been no Covenant of Grace between God and sinful man.

The Holy Spirit, which produces faith in the sinner, was promised to Christ by the Father, and the acceptance of the way of life through faith was guaranteed by Christ.

{various covenant information was cited from carm.org}

The Gospel Call

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (0)

     When Paul talks about the way that God brings salvation into our lives, he says: "Those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified" (Romans 8:30). Here Paul points to a definite order in which the blessings of salvation come to us, Although long ago, before the world was made, God "predestined" us to be his children and to be conformed to the image of his Son, Paul points to the fact that in the actual outworking of his purpose in our lives God"called" us. Then Paul immediately lists justification and glorification, showing that these come after calling. Paul indicates that there is a definite order in God's saving purpose (though not every aspect of our salvation is mentioned here). What Paul indicates in Romans 8:30 is that calling is an act of God. In fact, it is the act o the Father whom predestines people "to be conformed in the image of his Son". When God calls people in this powerful way, he calls them "out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 peter 2:9); he calls them "into the fellowship of his Son"( 1 Cor. 1:9) and "into his own kingdom and glory" (1 Thess. 2:2, 1 peter 5:10; 2 peter 1:3). People who have been called by God "belong to Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:6). Called to freedom (Gal 5:13) and have come into a realm of peace (1 Cor. 7:15; Col. 3:15). And eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12). This calling has the capacity to draw us out of the kingdom of darkness and bring us into God's kingdom so we can join in full fellowship with him: "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Cor. 1:9). God's effective calling comes through the human preaching of the gospel message, because Paul says "To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thess. 2:14). This is not to say that everyone whom hears the gospel responds, but nevertheless the work of the Holy Spirit intercedes to open the heart of those in some cases.  Effective calling can be defined as follows from Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem: {Effective calling is an act of God the Father, speaking through the human proclamation of the gospel, in which he summons people to himself in such a way that they respond in saving faith}. It is important that we not give the impression that people will be saved by the power of the call apart from their own willing response to the gospel. Although it is true that effective calling awakens and brings forth a response from us, we must always insist that this response still has to be voluntary, willing response in which the individual person puts his or her trust in Christ. Prayer is very important in matters such as these for effective evangelism. God must work in the hearts of those whom hear the gospel to truly respond in genuine confession and repentance (Romans 10:9-10) otherwise there will be no genuine saving response. Jesus said "No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draws him" (John 6:44). An example of the gospel call working effectively is seen in Paul's first visit to Philippi. When Lydia heard the gospel message, "The Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul" (Acts 16:14). Anyone who comes to Christ for salvation must have at least a basic understanding of who Christ is and how he meets our needs for salvation. An explanation of the facts concerning salvation must include at least the following:

1. All people have sinned (Romans 3:23) 2. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) 3. Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8). Just understanding the facts in themselves or agreeing with them are not enough for one to be saved. There must be an invitation for a personal response on the part of the person who will repent of their sins and turn to Christ for salvation by placing their trust in Him and what he has done for us. John talks about the need for personal response when he says "He came to his own, and his own received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God" (john 1:11-12). It is sufficient to note that if we come to christ and trust him to save us from our sin, we cannot any longer cling to sin but must willingly renounce it in genuine repentance. A genuine gospel proclamation must include an invitation to make a conscious decision to forsake one's sins and come to Christ in faith, asking Christ for forgiveness of sins. The doctrine of the gospel call is important, because if there were no gospel call we could not be saved. "How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?" (Romans 10:14).  The gospel call is important also because through it God addresses us in the fullness of our humanity. He does not save us "Automatically" without seeking for a response from us as whole persons. Rather, he addresses the gospel call to our intellects, our emotions, and our wills. He speaks to our intellects by explaining the facts of salvatrion in his word. He speaks to our emotions by issuing us to hear his invitation and respond willingly in repentance and faith, to decide to turn from our sins and receive Christ as savior and rest our hearts in him for salvation.

Whats a Christian Worldview?

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM Comments comments (0)

   

A world view is a set of presuppositions and beliefs that someone uses to interpret and form opinions about his humanity, purpose in life, duties in the world, responsibilities to family, interpretation of truth, social issues, etc. A Christian should view all these things, and more, guided by the light that is shed upon them by the Bible.

The Bible has much to say about the nature of man, the world, purpose, truth, morality, etc., and so does the world. More often than not, the secular world view is in conflict with the biblical one. For example: Where the world asserts that man evolved, the Bible says he was created and ultimately responsible to God. Where the world says that morals are relative, the Bible says they are absolute. Where the world says that there is no need of salvation and redemption, the Bible clearly states that all people are in need of deliverance from their sin. The contrast is obvious and profound. Both cannot be true.

A worldview is a set of beliefs used to understand the world. Everyone has a worldview. Everyone has a set of principles by which a judge right and wrong,and which guides them in everyday living. The way you vote for a political official, the types of food you eat, what you drink, the people you affiliate yourself with, the way you speak, and a number of other factors of which that are consistent with your beliefs, what you believe determines your behavior. Your world view dictates how you interpret reality, how you see things in the world and how you respond to them. environmental concerns, educational structure, how money should be invested and used, what activities you invest most time in, war, marriage and family, how children should be raised, politics, rule of law, etc. All of which must be interpreted in light of how you view the world. The following is some basic essentials of a Christian world view:

There is a God (Isaiah 43:10,11; 44:6,8; 45:5).

The Christian Trinity is the only God (Gen. 1:26; Zech. 12:10; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 1:1).

God has revealed Himself in three ways: In creation, in the Bible, and in Jesus (Rom. 1:18-20; 1 Cor. 15:3; John 5:39; Acts 10:43; Heb. 1:1-3; John 14:9).

God created the universe and all that is in it with order and design -- the universe is not an accident (Gen. 1; Isaiah 44:24; 45:18; Jer. 27:5; Neh. 9:6).

All life on earth was created by God with a design and a purpose -- life did not evolve (Gen. 1:11,12,21,24,25; 1 Cor. 15:38,39).

The unseen supernatural world is just as real as the physical world (Eph. 6:12; Job 1:6; Mark 5:2; Matt. 12:22)

God made man in His own image distinct from the animals -- man did not evolve (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; 1 Cor. 11:7).

Man, from conception, is human and possesses dignity due to being made in God's image (Job 31:15; Ps. 22:10; 139:13; Hosea 12:3; Luke 1:41-44).

The first humans were Adam and Eve (Gen. 2; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22,45; 1 Tim. 2:13).

Adam and Eve were the first family (male and female) according to the purpose of God for procreation and glorifying Him -- homosexuality, therefore, is unnatural (Gen. 1:28; 2:21-25).

Man is morally responsible and answerable to God (Ex. 15:26; 1 Kings 11:38; Rom. 2:16; Ps. 50:6; 82:8; James 1:21).

God gave dominion of the earth to Adam and Eve and, thus, to their descendants (Gen. 1:28; Titus 1:7)

Man is steward of God's creation and is to subdue the world in a manner consistent with biblical revelation (Gen. 1-2; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12-14)

All people have sinned and are in need of salvation (Rom. 3:23).

Only God can save. Man cannot save himself (Matt. 19:25-26).

Jesus is the only way to escape the judgment of God (Acts. 4:12; John 14:6).

The Christian Gospel is the key to the conversion of all people (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Mark 8:35; 13:10; Rom. 1:16)

The Bible is the inspired revelation from God and correct and authoritative in all it addresses (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Acts 17:11; Amos 3:7).

The Bible reflects the true and moral character of God; therefore, truth and morals are knowable and absolute, not relative (Exodus 20:1-17).

Government is ordained by God and is God's provision for order and safety in society (Rom. 13:1-7; John 19:11).

Christians are to follow the laws of the land except where they contradict the Bible (Acts 5:29; 4:19).

Christians are to evangelize the world (Matt. 28:18-19; Ps. 22:17).

All areas of life are subject to God and should have Christian principles guiding them: personal, public, and political matters, as well as medicine, science, art, literature, etc.. (Gen. 1:28; Matt. 28:19-20).

All areas of life are Christian mission fields: political, medicine, science, art, literature, education, technology, family, economics, etc. (Gen. 1:28; Matt. 28:19-20).

A Christian should have world view consistent with what the word of God teaches. Matt Slick from CARM hit the nail right on the head with the christian world view essentials.

Now in a world view, some questions can be asked to christians and non-christians alike in terms of how their worldviews differ, how the questions are answered determines a portion of their world view:

Should sam-sex marriage be legal?

Is same-sex marriage morally acceptable?

should capitol punishment be abolished or is it justified?

Is abortion morally acceptable?

Should women have the right to have an abortion?

should marijuana be legalized and other such drugs?

What system works better, Capitolism, Communism, or a Democracy?

Should "In God we trust" be taken off the U.S currency or kept on the U.S currency?

Should the theory of evolution continue to be taught in public schools at tax payers expense?

Should Creation science be taught in public schools as another option?

You behave according to what you believe, not what you don't believe. Other questions such as origin can be raised as well to determine someones worldview,

How would an atheist for example answer the philosophical question such as "how did we get here?" An atheist would probably say we evolved from lower primates. Of course he would deny that God exists and he would probably say that after we die, we cease to exist. Since there is no absolute God, morals would not be absolute. Instead, they would be based upon personal preference and whatever works in society.

A Christian, on the other hand, would answer the questions differently. A Christian would say that God created us and put us in the world with a purpose. The purpose is to bring glory to God and to exercise proper and responsible dominion over creation. A Christian would say that when we die, we either end up in heaven or hell. Of course, a Christian would deny we arrived via evolution and would also deny that morals are subjective; but rather that morals are absolute. A christian worldview is indeed consistent with reality and is the most logical worldview. Christians have evidence, logical absolutes, and the validity of the Bible to justify their world view and how to counter the errors of non-christian cults like roman catholicism, secular humanism, atheism, and other ism's that are contrary to God's holy word.

Does Grace encourage christians to sin?

Posted on May 18, 2009 at 2:44 AM Comments comments (0)

  

When people hear of the Christian doctrine of grace - that is, God's freely-offered forgiveness for all our sins - they sometimes wonder if this forgiveness encourages Christians to sin. Why not do whatever we want and then ask for forgiveness at the end of our lives?

If a Christian truly loves God, they will want to do as he wants them to do; in other words, they will obey God (1 John 5:2-3). We realize what God has done for us in extending his grace to us, and in consequence, we love God. Because we love God and because God is good, we obey God and also love those around us (since God loves them).

The Apostle Paul addressed this sort of argument in Romans 6:15-23:

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In other words, sin is not merely pleasure, but wrongdoing that ultimately harms us.(see a meticulous definition of sin is in the information section of this page). Since Christians know the benefits of following God and the harmful effects of sin, they have every reason to obey God and rightly should instead of continuing to sin.

A second reason for doing good is to demonstrate God's love and goodness to others, so that they too may know God:

For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. (1 Peter 2:15-16). God's grace is not to be taken for granted by anyone whom truly loves the Lord, so NO we should not be encouraged to use God's grace as means to sin.

  

Atheism and morality

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Atheism, perhaps one of the fastest growing positions in America today, by definition an atheist is someone who does not believe in God or a god or anything that pertains to the supernatural, however, their are some that are considered agnostic-atheists which are those that are not sure if God exists, agnostic means "not knowing" they generally have not enough sufficent evidence to excersise a belief in God yet they are more open to evidence then a strong atheist. Atheists do not possess ample evidence that God does not exist they straight up reject God exists, some simply lack belief in God . Atheists generally attack the christian God and christians in ways that are devious and illogical. This is not to say that all atheists are hateful to God and christianity, but generally when in a dialogue with an atheist, especially in a chat room full of atheists; mockery, ridicule, slandering can be expected when God and or the name of Christ is mentioned. Atheists loath christianity and tend to use suffering and the crusades, and burden of proof as means to justify their position. Atheists tend to have a tremendous misunderstanding and distortion of what the message of christianity is and what a christian should represent. I can see how the many bad examples of those who claim to be christians taint and hinder the true message and meaning of who God is and what He stands for and how his people are to be salt and light in a dark fallen world. Atheists deny absolute truth and thus bring morality to majority opinion for how society should be conducted. Furthermore, they accept the theroy of evolution for the origin of life and use the book by Darwin " the origin of species, by means of natural selection and the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life" as their sacred book. The survival of the fittest is the philosophy of many renown atheists/evolutionists, humanity is regarded as primates being that they believe we evolved from lower life forms, ape-like ancestors. morality evolved over time along with logic being a concept of the mind, yet that is simply illogical being that human minds are different and tend to condradict one another. Atheists deny that we are made in the image of a loving, holy transendent creator God and thats what it boils down to. They do not want to be held accountable for their lives, they do not like the idea of thou shalt not, judgement, and that God has authority over his creation, so they simply block God out of their minds and deny him altogether and in that way must accept the illogical unscientific theory of evolution which has been proven wrong long ago. Many people have indeed cut themselves off from God, so they lost sense of how ugly sin really is, they live in a broken world but it seems normal to them, God is holy and just absolutely, but society tries to water it down and have done so very well unfortunately. Atheists have cut themselves off from God on purpose for the reason of pride and self-centerdness, I will agree that atheists can be moral, but not the same reasons that christians possess, atheists are required to follow laws and if they fail to do so, they will be penalized for violating the law as well as anyone else, they must cooperate and work with people and conduct themselves with honesty for the betterment of society and themselves as well, at the risk of labeling the atheist as self-centered, it does not serve the best interests of an atheist to murder or steal. It would not take long before he was imprisioned and or killed for his actions. The only difference is that their morality is a matter of opinion as stated earlier, society is merely left to compare ideas; atheists morals are not absolute. They do not have a set of moral laws from an absolute God by which right and wrong are judged. Christians derive morality from the word of God, the bible, christians say their is an absolute truth, their is a God that will hold us accountable for our lives, a God who sees our sins yet still loves us anyways. The God of the bible is the very God that atheists are waring themselves against a majority of the time, being that this country was founded by biblical principles. Evidence for God is very evident throughout creation, from cosmology the alignment of the planets, complexity of the planets especially earth, the complexity of nature the design of flowers, insects, animals, fish, etc, biology, the human anatomy, all the way down to micro organisms, atoms down to the subatomic levels, the DNA and RNA, the complexity of the human eye, which even Darwin struggled against due to its complexity.

Concept and design necessitate an intelligent designer- The presence of intelligent design proves the existence of an intelligent designer

God provides the best explanation for abstract notions such as numbers, mathematical formulae, chemical-based processes, and natural laws.

chaotic first elements cannot order themselves into complex information systems

God provides the best explanation for the seperate human functions of the brain and conscience (mind and matter)

God provides the best explanation for the absolute complexity inherent in cosmological, stellar, planetary, chemical, and biological systems.

God provides the best explanation for the existence of love, emotion, altruism, and inherent moral/ ethical values throughout the world. Much more rational reasoning can be explored to conclude that God does indeed exist, but I will leave it at that in the mean time. Now why does atheists require such evidence about God, their evidence they generally require is self-centered evidences, it has to be something testable, like disecting God and putting him under a microscope to analyze him as if he is a physical being of some sort who will bow down to their arrogance and requirements.But that is exactly what we Christians should expect. After all, the Bible tells us in Romans chapter 1 that?s what will happen. Unfortunately for atheists, God isn?t found under a microscope, in front of a telescope, behind an X-ray machine, or in a sock drawer. God doesn?t bow to the arrogant whims of atheists who demand he show himself to satisfy their criteria. The bible says in James 4:6 that " God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble". As I stated earlier, atheists seem to conduct themselves with pride when it comes to their rejection of God, they need to rethink their approach and requirements, and consider what they believe, yes, they must believe that God doesn't exist, it is simply blind faith they utilize. God is not required to answer to us, we finite beings are in no position to question Almighty God and the atheists are no exception. God is treated by atheists as though he were some sort of object to be judged by our limited human standards which tend to be self-contradictory. I will challenge any atheists to seriously examine the evidence of God and read the bible, and pray, ask if their is a God, then let him reveal himself to them in a way that will be understood by their finite thinking. I am not opposed to atheists, they are free to believe or not believe in anything, but examine just who God is and what the christian faith stands for before judgement and ridicule is passed. I hope this information is helpful on what atheism is and how it is being conducted in this generation in these latter days.


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