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What Did Jesus Actually Say…

December 23, 2013 4 comments

A recent post on the Religion page of the Huffington Post states that Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality (See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/22/what-jesus-says-about-homosexuality-_n_4489452.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003).  This can lead to the assertion that because the Gospels do not record Jesus as saying anything about homosexuality, he must not have had an opinion about it.  I suppose one could also make the argument that it was not an issue at the time of Jesus; therefore, nothing needed to be said.  Either way, the post succeeded in being provocative.

Either way you look at it, this is a good example of picking and choosing particular passages in Scripture to support your idea of what is right and wrong.  In this case, the author is only considering part of the Bible while ignoring the rest of Scripture.  It is true that the Gospels do not quote Jesus as saying anything concerning homosexuality, but that does not refute what other books of the Bible say.  Moreover, we do not know for certain that Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality.  As John records, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book.” John 20:30 (English Standard Version).

Just my thoughts.

Categories: Bible, gospels, theology, worldviews

Evolving Theology?

May 26, 2013 1 comment

I have become quite the fan of the Religion page of The Huffington Post. The articles represent such a wide variety of religious views and worldviews.

Take for instance an article I read today, The Theology of Unitarian Universalists. As the article says, we may have a misunderstanding of what the Unitarian Universalists believe. However, after reading the article, it appears that a member of this church can believe whatever they chose to believe. One of their core beliefs is that a person’s theology is always evolving. (For my views on that, read my previous post). That alone rings of postmodernism.

How much confidence can one have in a faith that is always evolving? How much assurance can one have if their theology is based on their own personal view? If the sand is always shifting, can you build on a solid foundation? Just food for thought.

Categories: faith, theology, worldviews

WORLD | A biblical and scientific Adam | Vern S. Poythress | May 18, 2013

Here is an interesting article for those of you interested in the ongoing debate of Darwinism and Creationism.

WORLD | A biblical and scientific Adam | Vern S. Poythress | May 18, 2013.

Categories: Bible, worldviews

Do we live by Scripture or assumptions?

April 6, 2013 1 comment

Yesterday, I found this posting on Christianity Today.  It is a blog entry, What Churchgoers Believe about Life after Death and Other Doctrines.[i]  I found this article interesting in that 25% of Christians surveyed believe that “a person who is ‘sincerely seeking God… can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity,” yet 82% believe the Bible is the “written word of God and is totally accurate in all that it teaches.”  This is just another example of how people do not have a clear understanding of their worldview.  While some profess to be a Christian, and thereby most likely think they are following a Biblical worldview, they still cling to ideas that are not supported by this view.   I suppose we could attribute this to people being unfamiliar with Scripture.  If that is the case, then this shows how much we need to be in God’s Word and not live by our assumptions alone.

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