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Truth about the End of Times

Of critical importance to the Christian faith is the doctrine of last things or “eschatology.” The Bible has much to say about the end to time and what will happen. In fact, our hope is based on these promises. Consider the following teachings of Scripture.

First, the Scriptures teach that Jesus will return. The Lord himself promised this before he left this world (John 14:1-3). As he ascended into heaven from Mt. Olivet, the angels announced that he would be returning in the same manner in which he left (Acts 1:9-11). As Peter preached to the people at the temple, he spoke of the risen Lord, “whom the heavens must receive until the times of the restoration of all things that were spoken of by the prophets,” (Acts 3:21). Paul wrote to the Thessalonians about their faith in Christ, reminding them that they had “turned unto God from idols, to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven…who will deliver us from the wrath to come,” (1 Thess. 1:9-10). One of the clearest declarations of his coming is in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, where Paul centers in on what Christ will do with both living and dead Christians at his coming. So, the Bible says Jesus is coming again.

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Why do we have atheists?

If you have been reading on my site, or have done research yourself, you might wonder, like I do, why we have atheists in the world.  With so much evidence for God’s existence, with the very intuitive belief that humans show toward the transcendent, why do we still have people who deny the existence of God?

Paul writes in Romans 1:18-20 that the evidence for God is clear.  He states that from the creation we should have a knowledge of God’s existence.  He goes on to say that individuals who do not recognize God exists will have no excuse when they stand before God.  The evidence is so clear that no one is able to deny God’s existence.

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What the Bible Really REALLY says about sex?

Newsweek ran a story this week concerning the Bible and Sex.  It was sent to me by a good friend. So I took a few minute to read over the article.  As has become common place when the Bible is discussed in popular media, it is shown to teach something other than the “traditional” understanding.  Now, I am not for believing an interpretation because it is traditional, but I also do not think we should believe an interpretation because it is not traditional.

As I read through the article it was clear that the scholars who were being interviewed in the article had a far different view of Scripture than I.  Scripture is not the inspired, authoritative word of God to these scholars, but rather, it is simply an ancient text.  This view of Scripture, as well as very suspect exegesis, leads them to conclude that there is no clear Bible teaching on sex.  Therefore, they reject the traditional teaching that sex is limited to a man and a woman in a God sanctioned marriage.  (I use the world traditional, but it is more than tradition, I am convinced that the Bible teaches this!).

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Why Division?

I was thinking about division lately.  No one can look at the division that we see in Christianity and be happy with it.  Specifically, I made a list of what I felt were causes of division.  Read the list, then feel free to add your input.

Tradition–One of the key reasons that the Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus was His disregard for their traditions.  He rightfully exposed their traditions as means to avoid the word of God.  They had made their traditions equal with the word, and some of those traditions were contrary to the word.

The problem of tradition is still clearly seen today.  Individuals are brought up in certain types of churches and our convinced that what that church teaches is the truth.  They do not take the time to investigate whether or not what they believe is true, or simply tradition.  Further they do not see that some traditions are keeping them from God.

  • Greed and Power–There are individuals who start churches for the purpose of greed and power.  They want to use people for money so they start a church, and dress their greed up as Christianity.  Peter speaks of these types of folks in 2 Peter 2. They use Christianity as a means to make money.  What is sad is that many people follow these false teachers.  They give money to them.  They fill their buildings.  They allow personality and flare to supersede truth.
  • Desire to SIn–Some people simply want to find a place that they can “do church” and still sin.  There are churches all over the world, who change God’s teachings to accommodate sin.
  • Leaving Apostolic Teaching–The Apostles were given the responsibility to share with the world the teaching of Jesus.  They were given the ability to show what God has bound and what God has loosed. They shared with people how they could have fellowship with God.  In 1 John 1, we are told that we can have fellowship with God, if we stay with the teachings of the apostles.

    However, John speaks of the fact that some left the Apostle’s teachings.  Instead of submitting themselves to the teaching of the Apostles, they went their own way. If truth be told this has been the story of division throughout.  As soon as a group leaves apostolic teaching division occurs.

  • Lack of Love for Truth–A common teaching in the New Testament is that you have to love truth to not follow error.  In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul warns the truth that if they do not love truth then they will believe every lie.  Believing the lie will lead them into apostasy.  When people do not love the truth, when they are not willing to sacrifice for the truth, when they are not willing to accept its message no matter the difficulty, then we have division.
  • So what would you add?  Or what do you disagree with?

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    Importance of Incarnation–Part 4

    You can read all the posts in the series by clicking here.

    I am not the first person to see this.  I will probably not be the last one to see it.  But I think it is a legitimate observation.  That is when we look at the incarnation we have to be struck by the reaction of those involved in the Biblical narrative.  Specifically, we pause when we see the contrast between Herod and the Magi.  This contrast I do not believe is included in the narrative of Matthew simply to provide history, but rather it is an early invitation by Matthew for us to choose sides.

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