The only conclusion to such a situation is death. Jesus said, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened" (Matt. 24:22). Sin is rebellion against God and His created order, but God has not left us alone in this fallen world. He continued to enter this world, pointing us to Himself, to truth, to morality, purity, and love.
When this happens, he or she becomes a child of God, a new creature, the old things are passed away and the new things have come. (Ephesians 2:10) and (Corinthians 5:17). One may also recite a sinner’s prayer and most importantly keep his Commandments. He warns us not to be jealous, blaspheme, commit adultery, worship any other God, lie, steal, honor our father and mother and keep the Sabbath holy. One can never be free from sin.
In this critique presented by author, Jerre Collins, one aspect that I disagree with his paralleling, would be in trying to relate “The Ones Who walk away from Omelas” to the “Christ–story,” to which I was lead to believe was the Bible. I believe the paralleling of one person’s suffering in order for all of society to be able to benefit some form of gain is as far as the parallel can actually be drawn. In the Bible, society, on an individual basis, was allowed the choice to treat Christ well or poorly; whereas in “Omelas,” no one was even allowed to speak a kind word to the child. The people in “Omelas” understood that even if they removed the child from its poor conditions, the child was already physically and mentally ruined, beyond the point of rehabilitation. Contrarily, Christ was already a perfect person, one who could not be improved upon, who had a history of healing and rehabilitating others.
The Disguised Truth About American Christianity In “The Christian Paradox: How a Faithful Nation Gets Jesus Wrong,” Bill Mckibben argues that the way Americans view the messages and teachings Christianity displays are far from what the Gospels of the Bible actually say and teach. McKibben points out how our nation is the most outspoken when it comes to Christianity. However, he later goes on to claim that as the most outspoken of the Christian nations our actions and decisions do not reflect what we preach. It is this contradiction that McKibben insists is the paradox of our Christianity in America. According to a statistic laid out by McKibben, seventy-five percent of the American population is under the belief that “God helps those who
2. ” Ananias was afraid of the authority of Paul. However, we know God can change your hearts and minds. B. Paul, teaching show evidence throughout the Bible, let us look at 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV), “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Using the scripture to make political arguments is trashy and unfair. As a Speech and Debate acc. veteran, I’ve had personal experience with religiously inclined ‘support’. As a non-Christian, I felt disadvantaged and nervous to make a comeback because I didn’t want to offend anyone. But hey, before I go off on a nostalgic rant, let me back up.
If it fails us, we have no more hold on each other, no more knowledge of each other. If it deceives us, it breaks up all our relations and dissolves all the bonds of our society” Montaigne hits upon several points concerning the many reasons why lying, of any kind ultimately should not be condoned. First in foremost, to a man writing during the 16th century the idea of God and religion had somewhat of a different meaning then it does today. In a time when ideas such as religious toleration and scientific discoveries such as the theory of evolution were completely unheard of, the teachings of the church and the fear
writes, "The church's singular failure in recent decades has been the failure to see Christianity as a life system, or worldview, that III governs every area of existence.” He goes on to say that “our failure to see Christianity as a comprehensive framework of truth has crippled our efforts to have a redemptive effect on the surrounding culture. At its most fundamental level, the culture war is a clash of belief systems…Only when we see this can we effectively evangelize a post-Christian culture, bringing God's righteousness to bear in the world around us.” As a nation, we no longer accept the truths that our predecessors did. Instead, what we have today is moral relativism, and there is no right or wrong, no good or evil. Moral relativism teaches that we are all products of the evolutionary process, there is no God and no plan or purpose for our lives, and we all have our own truth. It teaches that we are all basically
Christianity is under attack not only by those within Christianity, but also by those in cults and other faiths. C.S. Lewis, who was one of the best-known apologists of the 20th century, said, To be ignorant and simple now--not to be able to meet the enemies on their ground--would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered (The Weight of Glory, 50). 2 EXPERIENTIAL APOLOGETICS One form of apologetics is called “Experiential Apologetics”.
Spouting off Bible verses before they even had a chance to realize how foolish it made them appear. This is America, the land of hypocrites. Most of the time the same people who say homosexuality and interracial relationships are an abomination are forgetting that Christ told them not to judge one another. To this day we still have this issue… as someone in an interracial relationship it’s inescapable. If our government is waiting for our people to remain silent on homosexual marriage before legal action is made, then we will be waiting