Posts Tagged “Bible”

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Strange Spirits: The Demons All around Us

I was raised in a conservative evangelical household. The denomination in which I grew up, Pentecostalism, takes the Bible to be literal truth. But the Bible was written thousands of years ago, before there was any systematic scientific understanding of the world. Thus, a literalist Christian holds to a belief system based on a book written in the Iron Age. This has led to the perpetuation of beliefs which have no place in the modern world (ones that have absolutely no scientific credibility). One of those beliefs is a literal acceptance of demons and other spirits.Continue Reading

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Contesting Christianity: Messianic Prophecies

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One of the arguments that Christians use to prove that Jesus was who he said he was is that he fulfilled all of the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. As the argument goes, there are hundreds of prophecies that foretell of the Messiah and what he would do, and many of these were even prophecies that Jesus had no control over. He might have been able to control whether he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, but he couldn’t control where he was to be born! Usually the argument then states that the likelihood of one man fulfilling all these prophecies perfectly is extremely unlikely…Continue Reading

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Witnessing the Witnesses

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been in contact with a few Jehovah’s Witnesses. They, of course, make it quite easy, since they will show up right at my house. So, yesterday (Saturday), I invited them in to sit and chat for a while, and at some point near the end of the discussion, they offered me an invitation to come join them in one of their weekly meetings. So today, I decided to take them up on this offer and attend their Sunday meeting. It was fascinating and strange, so I’d like to take some time to describe it for you.Continue Reading

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Contesting Christianity: Biblical Accuracy

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One of the keystones of the Christian faith is the Bible. Without it, there is very little that can be said about Christianity. All the primary doctrines of faith are in it or derive from it, and the main figure (Jesus Christ) is only found with any detail inside its pages. So, clearly, a defense of the accuracy of the Bible is crucial for the Christian.Continue Reading

Wrapping Up and Continuing On

Well, today was the last day of classes for the year! It was a great feeling. I kept looking at the clock, counting down the hours, and Bethany and I kept reminding each other of how many hours and minutes were left. Of course, I wasn’t as excited as I could have been, just because I know that we still have exams to go. After those, I’ll be excited. After all, I’m friggin’ graduating! I can’t even believe it; it’s craziness!

Anyways, I don’t feel like writing about today too much, just because it wasn’t overly interesting. For Math class, we didn’t do math, but watched the French class’s videos they made instead. In Accounting was a test, Biology we just reviewed for the exam and played hangman, and in World Religions was another test. I’m just glad, though, that I have almost everything done that I need to get done. Over the past two days, I’ve done Phys. Ed. questions, a Biology paper on evolution, an English essay on Huckleberry Finn, a book report, and Parenting handouts for Chapter 16. Now all I have left is one more chapter of handouts for Parenting, and then I’m finished! Well, again, except for exams, that is.

I guess the last thing I’ll say for today is just how strange things work out sometimes. Yesterday I posted about following rules just because we’re supposed to as opposed to because of our love for God. Melissa and I had a nice little conversation…Continue Reading

Some Thoughts

Today was a little bit of an up-and-down sort of day. The first half was pretty regular, and then Biology class hit. Mrs. Houtman just read from the textbook for most of the class, and I was honestly pinching myself to try and stay awake. Partway through the class, my allergy medication started to kick into effect, and then I started getting these weird head rushes. Usually that happens if I’m not active at all. Then, either from the medication as well or just because of a lack of sleep, I started getting really tired. My eyes started to close on their own, but I struggled through and kept myself at least half-awake. I tried to keep my mind as active as possible; I started thinking about whether to just stay on the same bus after school and take the extra ten minute walk instead of possibly falling asleep on the bus and missing my stop.

Anyways, Math class rolled around, and Mr. C took us out to William’s for class. It was awesome. He bought us all drinks, and I got an iced cappuchino – it was amazingly good. That really woke me up a lot. So we sat around there for most of the class and just talked for a while; it was pretty fun, definitely one of the best Math classes I’ve ever had, anyway. We got back and waited around for Mr. G to stop teaching; as usual, he pushed it and went five minutes overboard.…Continue Reading

Faith Versus Deeds

You know, it’s sort of strange how I don’t usually get much out of my daily devotions until I set down the Bible and walk away. I mean, that sounds impossible, but it’s true. I always sit down and read what I need to, do what I need to, and then say, “Well, that was nice,” and walk away. Then, as I sit down at the computer here, things start popping out in my mind that I just read, sometimes revealing some really good stuff.

That’s what just happened about thirty seconds ago. I was trying to think of something to write here today, and something hit me. I’ve heard this sort of truth before, but not exactly in this context or application, and it was pretty cool to think about. You see, I’ve been reading Colossians 1 and doing an inductive Bible study on that, and in that chapter it deals a lot with the supremacy of Christ. Today I was marking down every time the word “all” or “every” was used, and it was used quite a few times. But I got to thinking about that, and how the text was basically saying that Christ was supreme over all. My mind chewed on that for a little bit, and then came up with the conclusion that it meant that, were the choice between Christ and a Christian, one should choose Christ.

Have you ever had one of those arguments inside your head? It’s almost strange how it works,…Continue Reading