June 11, 2012
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One of the great misconceptions many hold when it comes to the idea of heaven is the belief that if one's good works outweigh their bad deeds, they will get into heaven.
I'm ungodly. Before you start gloating over that statement, let me assure you, so are you. Ah, now I have your attention if not your ire. Let me explain my statement in terms we can all agree upon. God is perfect. You and I are not. Therefore, we are in our basic nature unlike God; we are ungodly.
In past columns, I have mentioned that most people who oppose Christianity do not reject true Christianity, rather they paint a caricature of Christianity and then reject that.
By time you read this column, election day 2012 will have passed. Some of you are happy with the results of the elections, others not so happy.
As I write this column, many are preparing for Halloween celebrations.
On Saturday of last week and then again on Monday of this week, two different articles crossed my desk reporting that one in five Americans declare themselves religious but unaffiliated with any church or denominations.
As scientific evidence accrues, the realization that we are not here by blind chance is becoming abundantly clear.
On Monday of this week I had to perform a task that no pastor likes to perform -- I had to officiate a double memorial service for a family.
Have you ever noticed that there are those who go to extremes in their effort to discount the Christian faith?
One of the more common accusations leveled at Christianity is the charge that we are too narrow, too restrictive.
Let me begin this column with an illustration. Please understand that what I am writing is only for illustrative purposes.
Look around you. Crosses are everywhere. They decorate our houses of worship; they are used as art in our homes; we wear them as pieces of jewelry; and in a new trend, I see many young people displaying crosses as body art.
Rabbinic Judaism began its development during the Babylonian captivity.
The new atheists are fond of claiming that all the wars in the world have been caused by religion, yet when you challenge them to name the wars waged in the name of religion, they stumble over themselves at a loss to name more than one war: the Crusades.
Arnold Toynbee once observed, "Most people have not rejected Christianity but rather a caricature of it."
Jehoshaphat was a good king in ancient Judah. He was a faithful follower of God and saw religious education as an important key to the nation's security.
Anyone who has been in church for any length of time is familiar with Christ's final seven words which were uttered from the cross, probably the most familiar phrase being, "It is finished." (John 19:30).
In my recent series of columns, I have been dealing with the subject of true Christianity.
In my last two columns, we have been examining an issue of eternal importance, namely, what is a real Christian?
In my last column, we began to explore an issue which came to me via email, titled, "You might not be a Christian."
Many times those who want to reject God on the basis of his being harsh and vindictive resort to the Old Testament where God's justice is the main focus.