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What Is The Gospel?

Last week we wrote on Unity and that true believers in Christ cannot be united with those who bring a different gospel. The verse what fellowship does light have with darkness was used to illustrate that those who bring a different gospel do not walk with God nor have God in them.

This week our text is from Gal. 1 and we quote:

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you [c]by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel [d]contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be [e]accursed!

This brings us to our first very important question

I. What Is The Gospel Jesus & His  Disciples Brought?

We can boil down the gospel or good news to John 3:16-17 which read:

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [e]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

These two verses are good news indeed. They contain everything we need to know about our being free from sin.We can add to those two verses the passage from 2 Cor. 5 which tells us that when we are redeemed by Christ we are new creatures, the old man has passed away and a new one is born.  This passage is why I say that there is no such thing as a homosexual or transgender Christian.  Those people claiming to be redeemed are still identifying with the person they used to be, the old man and are saying that Christ did not redeem them.

If they are new creatures in Christ then they are no longer the person trapped in sin,practicing sinful ways. They are made new.

But we must be cautious and not stop with the good news John 3:16 & 17. If those verses were all that there was to the gospel or Christian life then God would not have had to write the rest of the NT. What we can say then is that John 3:16 &17 are the beginning of the gospel only. These verses are not its entirety but simply put us on the path of receiving the good news that comes from God.

The rest of the Bible, and I will include the OT here, is also part of the gospel because the rest of the Bible gives us our answers to all our questions. In the whole Bible we find the good news of God– our origins, how to live, how to please God and who God is. This includes how to be holy like him. If that is not good news then nothing else qualifies.  How is it not good news to find out what we are to do? How is it not good news to learn the answers to our questions? How is it not good news to learn the truth?

In the post on Unity I quoted the scripture of Jesus praying & in his prayer he said ‘thy word is truth.’  Where do we get God’s word? From all of the Bible not just John 3:16 & 17. This brings us to our second very important question.

II. What Are The Different Gospels?

I need to use the word ‘are’ because they are many. And we just do not have time to go into them all in detail.  We need to start with a clear definition of what is a different gospel.

Anything that disagrees with or alters the text of the Bible is a different gospel

This means that those people who try to re-translate specific passages in order to support their personal views or desires are not bringing the gospel that Jesus and his disciples brought. They are bringing their own version of the gospel.not God’s. These passages include allowing sin to be practiced or accepted into the church, call evil good and let people occupy positions in the church God has barred them from holding.

Some specific examples of a different gospel are found in the eastern religions,Islam, and all the cultic religions like JWs and Mormonism.  These keep enough truth of the Bible to fool people.Then there is theistic evolution and progressive creationism. these are a different gospel for God,Jesus& his disciples did not represent our origins and development came through a natural process.

Finally, we need to address the modern trend of progressive christianity. The adherents of this faulty faith say that God& Christianity change as culture changes. Their view means that instead of Christianity being a light unto a dark world,the dark world is a light unto God, the Bible and Christianity. These people think that the deceived world knows more than God.

These people are very deceived and have been led astray from the truth.  They reject so much biblical teaching that they have nothing to offer the sinful world and merely keep people in their sins. That is not good news at all.  The good news saves people from their sins,not keep them trapped in them. The Gospel has something to offer those in need of a savior. Something that is not the same as what the deceived world brings to life.

The gospel has a message from God that is liberating and true. The gospel represents God as God represents himself, telling the truth so that the sinful world knows what they must do to be saved and to please God.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, faith, family, leadership, theology

 

Lord, Lord

This post is in conjunction with out previous God bless post where we talked about how can we expect God to bless anyone when they do not correctly follow God’s commands.

This verse is well-known, why do you call me Lord lord yet do not do the things I say, and we can see this taking place today as many in the church reject what God has said throughout the Bible yet still call Jesus their Lord. By rejecting we do not merely mean the passages on creation and the flood but so many passages of scripture in the NT which provide God’s instruction for the church yet do not follow accepted and popular cultural ideas.

If we are going to call Jesus Lord then we need to obey God’s instructions while rejecting those revisions from those who do not like what God has said. We need to do so humbly and with the correct idea of love for while we are to love our neighbors that love does not lead us to violate our love for God and his instructions to us.

In other words, we do not accept those who want to alter God’s word because they want to practice their own ideas. Our love for God keeps us in obedience to him and his word. Our love for God has us learning the truth and proclaiming that instead of saying that secular culture influences what God wrote in the Bible.

As Jesus prayed, your word is truth, (and we quoted that verse in our Unity post), we cannot get to the truth if we keep allowing people to change it to fit their desires. God does not follow culture; he has provided the instructions it needs to see the right way to go and unbelievers cannot see the right way to go if the people of the church keep changing God’s word to fit current cultural practices.

Love for God does not tell us to alter God’s word.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, General Life, leadership, theology

 

Ron Wyatt- Redux

Our name is theologyachaeology thus we will deal with archaeological topics as often as we can. Today is one of those times as we need to look at the late Ron Wyatt. Although he has been dead for almost 20 years, we run into people who still read bout him and see his videos and think he was a credible archaeologist and Christian.

We have not looked at what he believed and while he was known to be a 7th Day Adventist we do not know if he held on to the cultic beliefs that religious order taught or if he moved with the reformers away from those same cultic believes.

Maybe our readers can provide some information on that aspect of Mr. Wyatt’s life. What we do know is that he was a charlatan, a fraud and the following quotes from the book The Gold of Exodus by Mr. Howard Blum written in 1998 should further cement that fact.

Wyatt, as provocative as any temptress, played to Fasold”s passion: treasure.  He knew about a fabulous treasure buried deep in the plain surrounding a mountain in Saudi Arabia. (Pg. 38)

It seemed that Sumran & Wyatt had worked out a contract they wanted Fasold to sign…Should commercial minerals be located by the surveys…Mr. Samranel-Muatainy is to receive 75% of the profits, Mr. David Fasold & Mr. Ronald Wyatt are to receive the remaining 25 per cent. (pg. 41)

Fasold couldn’t help feeling he was being set-up, everything was so rushed while clearly Samran & Wyatt had been cooking up this little scheme for some time. (pg. 41)

On page 45 there are more quotes exposing more of Mr. Wyatt’s true colors. He claimed to be on a mission from God for much of his work but we have doubted that claim for many years now. This information puts that claim in further doubt and on very rocky ground.

Mr. Wyatt and his discoveries have been thoroughly refuted over the years yet there are still those who think he was on the level. He was not. At best he was a very misguided soul who has led many to faulty archaeological conclusions as well as theological ones.

We are willing to listen to credible, legitimate rebuttals on these quotes and the information they contain but the rebuttal must be credible and come from legitimate sources.  We will not accept hearsay or emotional arguments or sans any verifiable facts and evidence.

Suffice it to say that believers cannot simply and blindly take the word of those who claim to be Christian or claim that they have heard from God. Their beliefs, actions and behavior must line up with God’s commands, instructions and that means the believer cannot be lazy. They also cannot be ignorant of God’s truth.

There will always be charlatans looking to fool people, one such person is Simcha Jacobovici who has produced as much erroneous information about the Bible as Mr. Wyatt has. They will be slick in their presentation so be wise, be discerning and be careful and remember you may not see the charade right away.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, controversial issues, faith, history, leadership

 

The Bible Isn’t A Parenting Manual

The title is the words of one internet blogger and are not our words nor what we believe about the Bible. That particular internet blogger has left the faith for a more progressive religious belief. One of her thoughts is that since Jesus was not a parent he is disqualified from providing any advice on raising children. Such thinking is an insult to Jesus and there are different reasons why this is so.

First, Jesus was the eldest child of Mary and Joseph so it stands to reason that he would follow the verse ‘children obey your parents’ for that would be following the command, honor thy father and mother. I know that verse was written long after Jesus was a child but he knew the OT instructions God gave to the Israelites in the Mosaic law about what parents are to do with disobedient children. Jesus would have looked after his younger siblings if his parents asked him to. He would have parenting experience even if he wasn’t a parent.

Second, Jesus is God thus any advice he had for parents would be perfect and correctly address the issue at hand.Jesus also taught us how to behave towards others and that instruction would include how to be a good parent as well. For example, love they neighbor as thyself, do not exclude children from that attitude.Jesus knows what parents need in order to raise their children no matter what era or culture they lived or live in.

Third, how would parents know that they are in the will of God or correctly obeying him if God did not provide child-rearing instruction to parents? How would they know if they were acting biblically correct and avoiding the secular world’s ways if God did not give them a better alternative to follow? For parents to be obedient to God then there must be biblical instruction and these instructions must transcend culture, eras of history, technology and so on and lead parents to the right way to raise their families.

While we cannot look at all parenting issues or biblical verses guiding parents in this post, we can look at enough to see that the claim made by that internet blogger and repeated in the title of this post, is false and that the internet blogger in question does not know the Bible, Jesus or the Christian faith, though she claims otherwise.

First we must establish that God did provide parenting instructions. All we have to do is turn to the book of Deut. and read the verse

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up (ch. 6)

There are other verses in that book which tell us that  God did leave parenting instructions to parents.

Second we need to look at a few verses to see how they apply to child rearing. The first verse to look at is Psalm 1:1-2

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the [a]path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

Here parents can use these verse to teach their children where to get their advice when they are faced with difficult decisions and parents can instruct their children on how to meditate and follow God’s laws. This verse is not for adults only. Children, especially teens, need to be taught not to listen to those who tell them to disobey their parents or God or to those who do not believe God.

This instruction is vital as it will save both the children and parents a lot of grief through the years. Parents are not to run to a parenting book written by secular experts but must go to godly, wise believers for help when difficulties arise. They are to then instruct their children not to listen to their friends when their friends want to break the law. The parents need to tell their children how to withstand peer pressure and how obedience is the key.

Another verse we should look at is the commandment, thou shalt not bear false witness or lie and this command is supported by Paul’s words ‘do not lie one to another’. God wants his people to be honest thus parents need to teach their children not to lie or cheat or steal or any other dishonest act.

Then we can turn to the verse ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ to answer that blogger when she complains that the Bible does not help in matters of sports or club activities. Parents need to teach their children that if they do not like cheating, stealing etc., then they should not cheat, steal or do some other sinful offense.

Their children need to be honest and do the right thing, which is the biblical thing that Jesus wants to see.Parents need to teach the behavior that Jesus wants to see in his followers so that they can be found acceptable to him.

The final verse we will look at is Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love [c]kindness,
And to walk [d]humbly with your God?

Children need to be taught true justice how to be merciful and when it applies. They do not come with these attitudes pre-programmed in their minds or hearts. If we need more verses instructing parents on what to teach their children we can turn to those which speak on turning the other cheek or returning good for evil and so many others.

As you can see, the Bible contains many parenting instructions so it is a parenting manual. God wrote the Bible in such a way that his instructions were not restricted to the OT Israelites or the 1st Century believer but that his instructions apply to all parents, in all cultures and in all nations. God does not leave parents on their own but lets them know that they have help, divine aid, in raising their children. While the Bible does not have a parenting chapter like the love chapter, it does provide parenting instructions throughout its pages. We just need to follow the HS to them and then correctly learn how they apply to different parental issues.

God addresses all issues of life, including parenting

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, faith, family, General Life, leadership, theology

 

In Case You Haven’t Heard

We will let the article speak for itself. You can read it at the following ink:

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/archaeologists-discover-site-of-famous-biblical-battle.html

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered what they believe to be the site of a biblical city mentioned in the story of David and Goliath.

Charisma News reports that the two-gated city is thought to be around 3,000 years old. Its modern name is Khirbet Qeiyafa and it is in Israel’s Elah Valley.

Archaeologists believe the city was referenced in the Old Testament and that its name during biblical times was Sha’arayim, which is Hebrew for “two gates.” The city is mentioned in 1 Samuel 17: 52 which says, “And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.”

Scientists used carbon-14 dating of some 28 charred olive pits to determine that the city flourished at the end of the eleventh century BCE through the early tenth century, which included the days of King Saul and David.

Good news but remember Christianity survives by faith not physical evidence. We know that the Bible is true because God cannot lie (Titus 1). If God lied then we do not follow a holy God but a being in need of a savior. Physical evidence is good as it shores up our faith but we will never get enough physical evidence where we do not use faith anymore.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, education, faith, history, leadership, science, theology

 

Unity

Many people in religious circles cry for unity as they are tired of seeing so many different denominations working separately in the world and teaching so many different doctrines. Butt he problem with this call is that it is naive and misunderstands what the Bible teaches on the subject. We are going to use  a few quotes from the book The Theology of the Hammer by Millard Fuller, and while it was written 22 years ago, the idea of unity is the same as it is now.

The World Council of Churches described its goal today as a common spiritual journey towards visible unity (pg. 81)

Habitat is in sympathy with the efforts of the World Council of Churches and other groups to influence churches & God’s people to cooperate & work together (pg. 84)

Habitat for Humanity is in agreement with the National Council of Churches as we are with that of the World Council of Churches but we are not a member of either. (pg. 84)

My sincere hope is that the theology of the hammer can transcend all barriers and that we can get everybody working together (pg. 84)

Now we are not talking about Habitats’ philosophy here but focused on the misconstrued idea of church unity. We think Habitat does a good work for people but we think they, like so many other Christian organizations, do not understand what God is talking about when he has Paul tell the Corinthians about being united. We will quote that verse in a minute as it is the verse many people turn to, and it is quoted in Mr. Fuller’s chapter on Unity in that book.

10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all [e]agree and that there be no [f]divisions among you, but that you be [g]made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment (1 Cor. 1 NASB)

When people read this verse they think that it is more important than other passages of scripture and that Paul is talking about just the Corinthian church but to everyone claiming to be Christian. This is where they make their mistake. Paul is not talking to the Gnostics, the Sadducees, the Essenes and all the different false teachers, he is specifically talking to the true church of Christ and their infighting; not their failure to work with false teachers, those who claim to be of Christ yet bring another gospel, the Gnostics and other heretical people.

There is no instruction here for the true church to work with those who do not believe the Bible yet use the Bible for their own purposes and be united because they all claim to be of Christ. Nor is Paul telling the church to adopt and bring into their midst false teaching and call it good. In fact none of the verse which contain the word unity do this

https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=unity&qs_version=NASB

What Paul is telling the Corinthians is the same thing he is telling everyone of Christ, ‘you are to be unified with each other, not with those who do not accept what the Bible teaches.’ The call for unity does not over-rule God’s teaching on avoiding false teachers, etc., or being separated from the world and other biblical teachings that guide our Christian lives.’ In other words, those who truly are redeemed, are to be unified with each other not with the lies of those pretending to be Christian.

This means that while we engage in humanitarian work like Habitat, we do not call false teachers good or embrace them as part of the family of God. They are not of God and we need to be wary of how we conduct ourselves when we encounter those who do not accept the truth.As Paul writes later, there is no fellowship between righteous and unrighteous, light and darkness’ and many who call themselves Christian, like the WCC, are still in darkness and do not have God with them.

We cannot be united with those who do not teach what Christ and the apostles taught. Unity requires the use of discernment and we must discern whether or not the person bringing a faulty gospel is just simply new in their Christian life, misguided or actually rejects the truth and brings the false gospel purposefully.We cannot throw the baby out with the bath water but make every effort to make sure they actually are false Christians and teachers before we take any action.

Once w do that we do not embrace them and call them brother but call for their repentance of their sins. If they repent and adopt the truth then we can be united with them but if they don’t we do not unite with them and say we are all part of the same savior or faith.One of the keys to help us is the following verse

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.(Col. 3:14)

Love does not blindly accept everyone upon their declarations but examines what another person believes before accepting them as a part of the family of God. Love does not keep people in sin nor does it accept sin or false teaching into a person’s life or the church. A faulty view of love has hurt the church more than its members realize.

Love makes sure only the truth enters in. This is what makes people like Mr. Fuller so dangerous to the church. Not his mission in life but his faulty view of what the Bible teaches.And it is the faulty views of people who cause so much damage to the cause of Christ and ruins so many denominations and local congregations. This is done when those faulty views are accepted then  taught to others in the church.

Unity does not mean we accept false teaching, personal interpretations and then put on a bright face for the unbelieving world to see. Unity is when the church removes the false teaching, the faulty ideas and comes together under the truth. People are not united when they accept those with false religious ideas and practices. You have two or more different ideas and the difference cannot be united, that is why they are called ‘different’.

There is only one truth and everyone must come to it before they can be united. Unfortunately, so many people do not want that one truth which is why we have over 40,000 different religious organizations, denominations and other religious groups. We cannot be united when so many people reject the truth. Interpretation is not the truth.As Jesus prayed to his father

17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may [f]believe that You sent Me.

So we must understand that there is only one truth, God’s truth and that knowledge and pursuit is what unites us. We get rid of the false teaching and teachers and proclaim the truth so that all may know it and the truth about unity is that unity does not come by including sin and unrepentant sinners into the family of God.

We can still be unified but only if we do it God’s way.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, Justice, leadership, theology

 

Formerly Fundie Is At it Again

The owner and author of that website has several posts that are in desperate need of addressing. While we should use a separate post for each, we will lump them all together here and hit the highlights.

#1. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/jesus-created-marijuana-and-it-should-be-legal/

I think it’s time that Christians in America had a refresher course on a few things instead of just blindly swallowing the same old narrative they’ve been trying to scare us with. Unlike what Franklin Graham is urging Christians to do, I am urging Christians to adopt a biblical worldview when it comes to marijuana.

Marijuana is not some strange, synthetic compound cooked up in you neighbor’s basement. It’s not some new thing they invented in the 80’s that sounds good at first, but then destroys all the lives it touches. Marijuana is not something God sits on the throne grieving over.

Instead, marijuana is something that was created by Jesus himself, that God declared to be good, and that God granted us permission to consume

First everyone knows that marijuana is a mind altering drug no matter if it is harmless or not so a biblical world view should not be one of acceptance and tolerance. Plus why should Christians oppose their nations’ laws which make marijuana illegal? That author presents no real reason for them to protest against their governments’ restrictions.

To say that Jesus created it so we must be in favor of it is absolutely absurd. Jesus created the ingredients to make bombs, poisons and mustard gas, etc. Should we take a ‘biblical’ world view and declare those items are okay as well? Then that author must have missed the verse ‘gird up the loins of your mind’ (done from memory) so since God wants us to have clear minds that do not let evil in, he must grieve about those who alter their thinking abilities with drugs.

God may have created poisons, we cannot be sure if he created them or if they and drugs were a result of the sin and corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin.He doesn’t want us taking poison so we can rest assured that he does not want us taking illegal drugs no matter how popular they become.

So, here’s where accepting the inspiration and authority of Scripture lands us: Jesus created marijuana, it was created with a good purpose in mind, God declared it to be good, and God gave us permission to consume it.

In which world does calling something good equals granting permission? God called sea water good yet we cannot drink it, so the quoted logic is just ridiculous.  That author has lost all sense of biblical reality once he left the faith and joined progressive Christianity.

#2. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/keeping-drugs-illegal-just-makes-it-all-worse-its-time-to-think-differently/

The war on drugs is a failure– because as with most things, making something illegal doesn’t make something go away. (To test this theory, just tell a 2nd Amendment supporter that you want to ban guns, and they will explain it to you.)

The ‘war’ on crime is also a failure should we make rape, murder, pedophilia and other crimes legal? Again the logic is not supporting the statement. What that author forgets is that God gave people the right of free choice and given that the Bible teaches that ‘man loves darkness rather than light’ it is no wonder that the war on drugs is not stopping illegal drug use.

When we deal with spiritual reality we see the truth of the issue and stop blaming the laws and see that evil comes from people choosing to do sin or break the law. Laws do not over-rule free choice but provide guidelines on what is acceptable or not in society and each society is free to change those laws if they so choose. The real reason why illegal drug use has not gone away since the war began is because of the sin nature in people and how easy it is to manipulate and influence people to do sin over good.

Then just because people do not stop breaking the law it does not mean that we stop fighting crime or illegal drug use. Some people think that laws are supposed to have a perfect record before they can be determined successful. All that thinking does is show how naive people are and how misplaced their faith is. Laws are not going to be the force that stops illegal drug use or criminal behavior only Jesus can do that when he redeems people.

This is a fact that the author of that website misses

I don’t know how else to spell it out for you, so let me be as direct as possible: What we are doing isn’t working.

Sure it is working because mot people are not participating in illegal drug use or criminal behavior. That author is looking at the wrong statistics to draw his conclusions.

#3. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/would-a-righteous-god-torment-people-in-hell-for-eternity/

After leaving Christian fundamentalism, I shed off a lot of previously held beliefs– some of them were beliefs quite central to my faith. One of those core beliefs I ended up letting go of was a belief in the traditional version of hell that exists in much of modern Christianity.

Why? Jesus believed that hell exists he spoke about it

https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=hell&qs_version=NASB

so why should we contradict him?

Let’s look at the concept of righteousness. At its core, the word simply means to perfectly do what is right or just. In this regard, no one is arguing that God does what is less than good, less than right, or less than just. In fact, one of the reasons I no longer believe in traditional hell is because of God’s righteousness, not in spite of it. If even a sinful, deeply flawed, human parent would never even consider throwing their child into flames to be tortured, I cannot fathom how God– the one Jesus claimed was the perfect parent– would do that, either.

He provides the right answer for himself then just ignores it. God is acting perfectly when he sentences people to hell for he warned everyone of the consequences of sin. If he didn’t send unrepentant sinners to hell then he would not be righteous but violating his word

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, Mark 9:43

Jesus is pretty clear that people are going to be sent to hell so that author and others should listen to the bible instead of their own logic

The book of 1 John reveals this to us quite plainly, stating that “God is love.” Notice it doesn’t say that God is loving (describing an attribute) but says that God is love, which is describing a core essence. This core essence of love becomes the starting point for discussing all other attributes of God– if God is love, then every action by God is loving. Thus, before any discussion on what is righteous, we must first ask, “What is loving?”

That author forgets that love punishes and that the punishment means the one who loves will hurt more than the one being punished. Sending people to hell doesn’t mean that God is not loving but that he must send them there for their sins merit such punishment. It would not be loving to all those who obeyed the rules if God did not punish as he stated he would.

So that author only looks at the issue from one side and forgets that loving applies to more than those who sinned. It applies to those who obeyed God as well. How is it loving if God alters the rules for the unrepentant sinner?

But I would counter with this: When you affirm belief in the traditional view of hell, you most likely are ignoring the love of God.

No, we see that love carries out the prescribed punishment because that is the just and righteous act to carry out. That author seems to ignore justice in his argument against the existence of hell.He forgets that being loving means one has to be just and how is it unjust by carrying out the declared punishment for unrepentant sin that everyone knew about for millennia?

If you are going to talk about God’s righteousness then you need to include in the discussion God’s justice. He will carry out his justice perfectly which means unrepentant sinners will be sentenced to hell. God’s righteousness does not over-rule God’s justice but works with it even when people are sent to hell. Notice that the Bible does not list several levels of punishment or that it assigns certain sins to specific levels. It talks about being sent to hell or the lake of fire only. Let’s not change God’s punishment without biblical evidence to support that alteration.

#4. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/how-christian-fundamentalism-is-making-a-concerning-comeback-in-america/

The original fundamentalists stem from the early 20th Century, and was rooted largely in fear– fear over this new concept of evolution, fear that culture was growing too liberal, fear that the nation was drifting from God, and fear that it would all come crashing down if they didn’t take culture back.

No not the definition of being afraid but a fear of what will happen to a people and nation if they continue their disobedience to God and his ways. They saw and learned from what happened to ancient people who did not repent and they did not want that same punishment to fall upon their country. There is no new fundamentalism, it is just getting braver as they believe time is short and they want more people to make it into heaven.

Those who do not believe in a real hell, sin, evil etc., do not understand the whole scenario thus they distort the beliefs and actions of those who do understand. When you get rid of sin, right and wrong, hell and so on then you do not grasp the severity of the situation and laugh at those who do. It isn’t about same-sex wedding cakes but calling evil good. People like that author miss the point and distort the issue but then what can you expect from those who give up God’s ways for alternative beliefs?

We need more people to proclaim the correct standards of right and wrong, morality and immorality, good and evil so people can understand why some people take sin seriously.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, leadership, theology

 
 
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