Tag Archive: what do Christians believe
I can barely fathom it.
Can you earn a gift?
You can’t save yourself, and neither can I.
The law saves no one. The law is God’s standard. We don’t obey the law in order to earn Gods love. We obey the law because we love God.
I wonder if the Amish are on to something? Are they right to send the young men out into the world. By forcing them to make their beliefs system their own, nobody can then take it away from them. What they claim to believe isn’t just because of what their parents, friends, or family believe, but they are forced to make a choice. To either accept or reject the beliefs that they have been raised with.
Or is someone else’s belief enough?
Until it is your own it will not fit.
Unlike Jerry McGuire the only thing that completes me is God.
Do we really need more coarse language?
Hate the action, not the person.
“If your going to preach fire and brimstone you need to do it with tears in your eyes” – Jim Rohn
- “Faith is a secure confidence not based on evidence”. Can’t speak for anyone else but my faith can only be based upon past experience, and the fact is the same with much of science. After all what much of what is called scientific “fact” is taking multiple results to an experiment and based on getting the same result multiple times, believing that the results will continue to be the same ad infinitum.
- “Faith is unsupported wishful thinking”. Christianity isn’t about wishing things were all puppy dogs and rainbows, but rather an acceptance of what is, not about how we wish it was. We accept what is and make the decision to live our lives based on that, working to achieve what we believe to be the best possible outcome, even if we do not have the certainty of success.
- “Religion is a belief system that means you are required to believe this, and forbidden to believe that” – guilty as charged, however science is in the exact same boat, for example, if you’re a mathematician aren’t you required to believe that 2+2=4, and not 6? Or how about an evolutionary biologist? If you don’t believe the theories of this discipline can you still call yourself an evolutionary biologist?
- “The real problem for empirical scientists and rational skepticism is we care more about truth than the religious do” – really? As a follower of Christ the pursuit of truth is a requirement, not an option. The problem with scientists and skeptics is the refusal to admit, at least in public, that those data points most often used as “proof” of evolution, the beginning of the universe, and the like are assumptions, an if this then that, line of thinking. Where is the willingness to stop and say clearly that ” We believe that The universe began because of X, therefore Y, but if the beginning is actually Z then the answer would be completely different and the truth is we can not know if for no other reason then there are different ways to get to this point and there is no empirical evidence which can say with absolute certainty that X is really the starting place.” Will you ever hear a Hawking, Dawkins or other scientists who believe in evolutionary origins say this? Will they freely admit to doubt or other possibilities? I doubt it but time will tell.
- “All sin can be forgiven if you believe in Jesus, and simply because you believe in Jesus” – Close but not quite, yes all sin can be forgiven, however as James says “Thou believe that there is one God; thou doesn’t well: the devils also believe, and tremble”. So no just belief is not the key, it starts there, but it also requires, a declaration of Jesus as Lord, see Romans 10:9-10, and if you think this is just some sort of lip service to God think again.
- “He(God) lives by those rules even when circumstances demand exception” – really and what exception would that be?