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The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God that we receive through faith and is not the result of any work that we have done.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
But the Bible also says that we will be judged for what we do.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
2 Corinthians 5:10
How can these two facts be reconciled?
There is a literary genre called post-apocalyptic fiction. It depicts a future in which civilization has been destroyed by a war or some other catastrophe and the survivors are attempting to cope with the changed environment. Most people have heard of post-apocalyptic fiction but not many realize there is also a class of literature that is post-apocalyptic fact.
Here are links to some interesting information I have found on the internet.
Romans 1:20 says that God has revealed himself through the things he has made. The more we know about the creation the more we know about God. Psalm 95:4 says,
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
If the author of the psalm had known as much about the universe as we do he might have said,
In his hand are the smallest subatomic particles;
the most distant galaxies of the universe are his also.
The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117.
Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!
It is sandwiched in between two well known psalms of thanksgiving and praise and readers often don’t pay much attention to it.
The planet (or ex-planet) Pluto is believed to be about 4.5 billion years old. We have recently learned a lot more about Pluto as a result of the New Horizons mission.
New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto — the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the solar wind — the outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun — between 48,000 miles (77,000 km) and 68,000 miles (109,000 km) downstream of Pluto. SWAP data revealed this cavity to be populated with nitrogen ions forming a “plasma tail” of undetermined structure and length extending behind the planet.
One thing we have discovered is that Pluto’s atmosphere is being stripped away from it. If this process had been going on for billions of years how likely is it that Pluto would still have any atmosphere left? This is evidence that Pluto and the rest of the solar system are much younger that is generally believed.
Many preachers teach what is called the prosperity gospel: God wants his children to be rich and if we serve him faithfully he will make us wealthy. But most of us know people who live godly lives and yet aren’t financially prosperous. How do we reconcile these two facts? Are the “godly” people really hypocrites who are simply covering up their sins by pretending to serve God? Or are the prosperity teachers wrong? The best way to answer these questions is to see what the Bible says on the subject.
Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.
Joseph’s brothers had sold him to a caravan of Ishmaelites who were on their way to Egypt. When the Ishmaelites reached Egypt they sold Joseph to Potiphar. We are told two things about him: he was the captain of Pharaoh’s guard and he was an Egyptian. Saying he was captain of the guard makes sense. It gives us some information about who Potiphar was. But saying he was an Egyptian seems redundant. He lived in Egypt and was an officer of Pharaoh. What could he be except an Egyptian?
Imagine that you have to go somewhere at night on a road that has no lights on it. You will need to take a source of light with you and there are two available. One is a flashlight and the other is an oil lamp. The flashlight has fresh batteries and you can see a long distance by its light. The lamp only gives off enough light to illuminate the area immediately around you. Which one would you choose?
This question is a no-brainer. With the flashlight you could see a long way ahead and know what to expect as you travel. You wouldn’t be surprised by unexpected obstacles. When you use a lamp only the area immediately around is illuminated and you have no idea what lies further ahead. If there are obstacles you won’t know about them until you reach them.
NASA scientists have discovered a planet they named Kepler-452b but which is also called Earth 2.0 because it is more like earth than any other planet yet discovered. Because of its similarity there is speculation that it might contain life similar to that found on earth.
Dr. Jeff Schweitzer wrote an article in Huffington Post called Earth 2.0: Bad News for God in which he claimed that the discovery of life on this planet would be evidence that the Bible is not true. Here is the link: Earth 2.0: Bad News for God .
The article shows he hasn’t read the Bible very carefully.
Is climate change caused by human activity? Here are the opening statements of a debate of this subject on a site called procon.org.
PRO Human Causation
- Overwhelming scientific consensus says human activity is primarily responsible for global climate change. The 2010 Anderegg study found that 97-98% of climate researchers publishing most actively in their field agree that human activity is primarily responsible for global climate change. The study also found that the expertise of researchers unconvinced of human-caused climate change is “substantially below” that of researchers who agree that human activity is primarily responsible for climate change. The 2013 Cook review of 11,944 peer-reviewed studies on climate change found that only 78 studies (0.7%) explicitly rejected the position that humans are responsible for global warming.
CON Human Causation
- More than one thousand scientists disagree that human activity is primarily responsible for global climate change. In 2010 Climate Depot released a report featuring more than 1,000 scientists, several of them former UN IPCC scientists, who disagreed that humans are primarily responsible for global climate change. The Cook review of 11,944 peer-reviewed studies found 66.4% of the studies had no stated position on anthropogenic global warming, and while 32.6% of the studies implied or stated that humans are contributing to climate change, only 65 papers (0.5%) explicitly stated “that humans are the primary cause of recent global warming.”
You can read the complete debate here: http://climatechange.procon.org/
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lucy enters a magic wardrobe and goes through it into the land of Narnia. There she meets a faun named Tumnus and is invited to his home for tea. In his house is a shelf filled with books and we are told the names of four of them: Is Man a Myth?, Men, Monks, and Gamekeepers: A Study in Popular Legend, The Life and Letters of Silenus, and Nymphs and Their Ways. Have you ever wondered what the names of some of the other books might be? I never have but I found this site, Into the wardrobe , which suggests possible titles and I am listing some of them below. (If you have never read The Chronicles of Narnia this list won’t make any sense but if you have you will probably enjoy it.)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
How can we pray without ceasing? Do we have to stop all of our other activities and kneel down and spend the rest of our lives doing nothing but praying?
If you are someplace where there are a lot of people you will probably see some of them demonstrating how to obey this command. They are talking on a cell phone while going about their regular activities. You could say that when we were saved God gave each of us a cell phone that we could use to keep in touch with him all of the time no matter what else we might be doing.
I believe in gay marriage. Gay people have the same right to marry that straight people do.
I believe that God established marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A “marriage” between two men and two women is a sin.
Do these statements seem contradictory to you? There is a lot of confusion on this subject because most people use the terms “gay marriage” and “same sex marriage” interchangeably. In fact they do not mean the same thing.
When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush he revealed his name to him.
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”
Marriage began when God created Eve to be a wife for Adam.
Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman,because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
The first marriage was a union between the first man and the first woman that God created. Ever since then, marriage has been considered a union between a man and a woman. This isn’t just a Christian belief but a practice by all religions and all cultures throughout history. There have been different beliefs about some aspects of marriage. Some cultures consider marriage a permanent union while other allow a person to divorce his spouse and marry someone else. Some consider it a union between one man and one woman while others allow a man to have more than one wife. But until recently it has universally been a state that can exist only between a man and a woman.
Now there is a movement to establish “marriage equality” between gay and straight people by legalizing marriage between two people of the same sex. Is the restriction of marriage to a man and a woman just an arbitrary rule or is there some fundamental reason why two members of the same sex can’t marry each other?
The Bible says nothing about any king named Joseph. The Jews had 23 kings, beginning with Saul and ending with Zedekiah. The ten tribes that broke away had 20 kings, beginning with Jeroboam and ending with Hoshea. Many foreign kings are mentioned by name. None of these kings is named Joseph.
But there is one person in the Bible who had the right to call himself King Joseph.
Every year large numbers of people come to the United States looking for jobs. Because of laws restricting immigration most of these job seekers aren’t able to enter the country legally but their need is so great they come here anyway. As a result there are millions of illegal immigrants in this country and one of the major problems facing the government is what to do about them.
It is unlikely that any government leader will ever think of looking in the Bible for a solution to the problem. That is unfortunate because the Bible does have the solution.
Some of you may have read a book called God’s Smuggler, by Brother Andrew. In it the author described his work of helping persecuted Christians in Communist countries by smuggling Bibles into their countries. The book was published in 1967 but Brother Andrew is still very much involved in helping persecuted Christians. He has founded an organization called Open Doors for the purpose of carrying on the work he began.
Here is how Brother Andrew’s work began.