Lord, you have been our dwelling place. Moses wrote that in Psalm 90. It’s from the very first verse.
Ps 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
But wait. This is part 2 of a series about “The End”. Why are we looking at the beginning? Well, it’s because what happens at the end is very much dependent on the beginning and the middle. And on one other thing. Honesty.
In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, seen from devils’ viewpoints. Screwtape holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell, and acts as a mentor to his nephew Wormwood, an inexperienced (and incompetent) tempter. In the thirty-one letters which constitute the book, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and of promoting sin in “the Patient”, interspersed with observations on human nature and on Christian doctrine. In Screwtape’s advice, selfish gain and power are seen as the only good, and neither demon can comprehend God’s love for man or acknowledge human virtue. 1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters I Post Views: 5,976 References [ + ] 1. ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters
Do you want to read the Bible more than you have in the past? If so, you’re not alone. Have you been successful in reading the Bible more often? Then you are nearly alone. That’s very sad. Especially when you see what’s coming in this article and in the rest of the series We’re going to continue looking at the Barna Research study commissioned by the American Bible Society. The study is titled: State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings. If you haven’t read it yet, the first article is Searching for hope – but not finding it? The entire series (still being written at this time) is called State of the Bible. There are seven sections in the detailed findings. We’re going to look at the first one in this article – Bible Engagement Most Americans Desire Greater Bible Use This is one of the most interesting findings in Section 1 of the study. More than half of all adults wish they read the Bible more often (58%). This is down slightly from 2016 (61%). Each segment expresses a desire for more Bible reading, in fact, one in five Skeptics (22%) and one in five non-Christians (21%) wish they read or listened to […]
“But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.”
This is something most Christians would have read. Hopefully, we also remember. But, do we really believe it? Maybe we believe it, as long as it’s for someone else and not for us. You know -NIMBY – not in my back yard. Or even in my neighborhood.
The thing is, Jesus said this would happen. As Christians, how are we supposed to respond when Christians are persecuted? Let’s start by getting some context for the opening line.
So which one is it? Was Jesus telling Peter the rooster was going to crow once, or twice? Does it matter?
Well, yes it does matter. You don’t want to give someone a “free pass” to say there’s a discrepancy between the Gospels, and therefore there is an error in the Bible. There should be at least an attempt to see why this apparent discrepancy might exist.
However, first and foremost we need to see if it’s really even different. Conclusions are no better than the assumptions upon which they’re based. So, we really cannot just assume the verses disagree without verifying it.
Are We Alone?
While science looks for an answer, the Bible actually provides one. No – we are not alone. The puzzling thing about that answer is that too often we want nothing to do with it. Instead of asking whether findings are evidence of the God of the Bible, He is ignored while we look for someone / something else.