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.
Christmas. It’s the time when we hear so much about how it brings out the best in people. It’s time to give gifts. It’s time to be nice to other people. All those things.
Scary stuff – isn’t it?
And then there’s the baby – Jesus – the true “reason for the season”.
A little baby.
The Screwtape Letters – #1 And so it begins, but notice that it’s not at the beginning. Screwtape is responding to a letter that Wormwood wrote – but we don’t get to read. In fact – we never get to read what Wormwood writes – much as we never really get to “hear” what Satan “says” to us. We are going to jump right in – so pay close attention to the characters! My dear Wormwood, I note what you say about guiding your patient’s reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend. But are you not being a trifle naïve? It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep him out of the Enemy’s clutches. … Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong, or stark, or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That’s the sort of thing he cares about. 1.1) What is the relationship between Screwtape and Wormwood? 1.2) Why does Screwtape call the man “the patient”? The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole […]
Can you believe that someone is using Mary and Joseph to defend relationships with underage girls? While the title from msn.com is misleading, the idea of using Jesus, or Mary and Joseph to defend someone accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl is nothing short of disgusting. This isn’t even about whether or not the allegations are true. In this life, that’s for a court to decide. And ultimately it’s between the accused and God.
On top of that, many people are taught that science is too hard to understand. The truth is, pretty much anything can be made to seem to hard to understand. If someone uses really big words – words that are only known to the “insiders” in whatever field it may be – anyone on the “outside” probably wouldn’t have a clue what’s being talked about. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When we want something to happen but it doesn’t, sometimes we say “God is sitting this one out”. But is it really true that God is sitting it out? Is it ever true?
When we don’t get what we want, it’s east to blame it on God. We just claim that God is sitting it out. It’s easier that saying that maybe it’s our fault.
A person who attends church regularly – but still doesn’t know the back story behind the song – it’s perfectly reasonable to think that this song is written by someone who has had their life blessed by God and is celebrating that. Which she is – don’t get me wrong. But does the person singing the song know that Sarah wrote this song, not in spite of what happened in her life – but exactly because of what happened – and what God is doing for her? I doubt that very much.
While godversusreligion.com will continue to focus on God – often looking at the differences between what God says in the Bible and what religions say in their practices and interpretations of God’s Word – the new site – whichgodsaves.com will focus on the “gods” of different religions and how they view (or don’t) salvation – with salvation loosely defined as saving us for the next life, not for another life here on earth, and certainly not for oblivion after this life.
Ge 37:9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
Cool. Maybe. Depends on what it means. Why would the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bow down to someone – even if it was possible?
Maybe it would be good to put some context around this. It’s from Genesis – chapter 37. It was said by Joseph – you know – the kid with the coat of many colors. Why are we looking at this? Because of a question that came up in a class – about what the sun and moon represent. Were they about Joseph’s father and mother? Or did they represent something else entirely? And, if it’s not about Joseph’s parents, then doesn’t that even put the eleven stars into doubt – were they really about his brothers? Let’s find out.
… That’s why Christians call the Friday commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion Good Friday – not “horrible friday”. One more time – not because of the way Jesus died, but because of the fact that we made Jesus’ death necessary by our own actions. It’s Good Friday, because that death is what saves us from God’s judgement.
Do you really think the God you claim to believe in and follow would be pleased about the part you play in this whole assault weapon industry? Maybe you make them for sale to individuals. Maybe you sell them. Maybe you protect the right for people to have them – at the same time protecting our “right” to be killed by them? Maybe you own one, claiming one of the reasons above for having it. Would God be pleased with you?
“The results show that Americans overwhelmingly believe the Bible is a source of hope and a force for good even as they express growing concern for our nation’s morals.”
This is an interesting quote. The bottom line is that “many” Americans are searching for something that Americans “overwhelmingly” believe is in the Bible. However, even as that’s happening, they also think the country is going downhill. What does that mean?