Christianity is based on love. It was love that made God send Jesus to die for our sins.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
All that God wants from us can be summarized in two commands.
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
We are saved through faith but love is more important than faith and is the only acceptable motivation for what we do. Read the rest of this entry
I have spent a lot of time on internet forums debating atheists and trying to convince them that God exists and the Bible is true. I usually tried to show them that the existence of God is the only logical explanation for the existence of the universe and I pointed out scientific evidence that shows that the theory of evolution can’t be true. However I have come to believe that I was going about this in the wrong way. This conclusion is based on hearing two former atheists tell how they became Christians.
The first is someone I know personally. He had a long conversation with a pastor which ended with the pastor explaining to him how to be saved. He said he was an atheist and didn’t believe in God, and that ended the conversation.
Over the next few days thoughts about God kept entering his mind and he came to the conclusion that there really was a God. Since the pastor had told him how to become a Christian he knew what he needed to do and so was saved. Read the rest of this entry
The Bible tells us that the human race grew so wicked that God sent a worldwide flood to destroy it. He only found one righteous man, Noah, and he warned him to build an ark to save himself and his family from the flood. You can read the complete story here: Genesis 6-9
The Bible isn’t the only record of this flood. Other cultures all over the world have legends of a worldwide flood in which only a few humans were saved to repopulate the world. This article contains a list of some of these legends: Flood Legends From Around the World Read the rest of this entry
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry is an excellent source of information for anyone wanting to understand the Bible better. Here is how they describe themselves.
About The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry
CARM is a 501(c)3, non-profit, Christian ministry dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel, doctrine, and theology. To do this, CARM analyzes religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible. We examine abortion, atheism, evolution, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, relativism,Roman Catholicism, Wicca, universalism, (and more), along with Christian preachers and teachers. In all our analyses we use the Bible as the final standard of truth in order to defend and promote Christianity.
We need food to keep our bodies healthy and functioning. We all realize this and we put a great deal of effort into making sure we get all the food we need. But we are more than just physical bodies. Our souls and spirits need nourishment just as much as our bodies do. The Bible provides this nourishment.
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
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.
The gay rights movement is promoting the legalization of same sex marriage and the belief that homosexual activity is as normal as heterosexual activity. Anyone who opposes these goals is accused of hating gays.
In some cases the accusation is true. There are people who hate gays; the existence of the Westboro Baptist Church and organizations like it is evidence of this. But there are others whose opposition is motivated by love.
God established marriage as a union between a man and a woman and has forbidden any sexual activity outside of this union. Anyone who truly loves gay people will warn them of the dangers of violating God’s commands rather than encouraging disobedience.
There is a common misconception that all gays support the gay rights movement. In fact there are many gay Christians who oppose it because they recognize the harm it does. Here are three web sites where you can learn more about them.
Many people believe the earth is billions of years old; the Bible tells us that God created it in six days. Some Christians try to reconcile these two beliefs by saying that the days of creation aren’t literal days but simply long periods of time.
The word “day” can mean an indefinite time period and it is used that way in the creation account.
These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Here the entire time of creation is called a day. But what about the days in the first chapter? Here is a description of the first day.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Each day included a period of light and one of darkness and consisted of an evening and a morning. Only a literal day consisting of the time the earth turns once on its axis has these characteristics.
I found this on an atheist site.
We all know that fundamentalists use hell as an instrument of fear to keep people from leaving religion. This is my rebuttal, let’s assume they are correct and hell really exists. Even that will not work as punishment system, why? Because how may people will go there? Let’s say half of human population that is 3.5 billion people. Do you really think those 3.5 billion will just accept that and will not rebel against whoever manages hell? People are good in organizing ourselves against any common enemy – we all hate oppressive regime in the real world. Heck, 3.5 billion rebels in hell will topple whoever rules there.
The author has some misconceptions about what we believe but he brings up an interesting idea; is it possible that the residents of Hell will try to rebel?
Recently two former popes have been canonized as saints by the Catholic church. According to the book Saints for Dummies these are the requirements a person must meet before before being considered a saint by the church.
To become canonized as a saint, a perfect track record isn’t required (or possible). Hence, being sinless isn’t on the list. So, what is required for sainthood?
Two verifiable postmortem miracles.
Evidence of having led an exemplary life of goodness and virtue worthy of imitation, having died a heroic death (martyrdom), or having undergone a major conversion of heart where a previous immoral life is abandoned and replaced by one of outstanding holiness.
Plato wrote of a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro in which this question was raised: Does God command us to do things because they are good or are they good because God commands them? Many people feel that either answer creates a problem. If God commands us to do things because they are good that implies that there is a standard of goodness independent of God to which he must conform. If the things God commands are good because he commands them then good and evil exist only because of God’s arbitrary decision to call certain thing good and others evil. This problem is known as the Euthyphro dilemma.
God commands parents to teach their children the Bible.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
There are people who don’t believe the Bible and don’t think it should be taught to children. Some claim that parents who teach their children the Bible are brainwashing them. Those who make this claim are right; children who are taught the Bible are being brainwashed.
The word “doublethink” was first used by George Orwell in his novel 1984. It means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Orwell invented the word but the practice existed long before he was born. First Kings 18 describes the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal to determine who is the true God. Here is what Elijah said to the people.
And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
1 Kings 18:21
Some of the people practiced doublethink by worshipping both Baal and the LORD. God condemned this practice and demanded that they choose one side or the other.
Everyone who is familiar with the Bible knows that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Most don’t realize that before this Abraham had been commanded to sacrifice his other son, Ishmael.
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Jesus told him to go to the priest because the Mosaic law required that an offering be made by anyone who had been cleansed from leprosy.
Mr. Smith owned several acres of land just outside of a city on the coast. He dreamed of living a life of luxury and seeing the world but had no hope of fulfilling those dreams because he was stuck in a job that paid him barely enough to live on.
How did life originate? Most people believe that it began with a process called abiogenesis, the development of living organisms from nonliving mater. According to this belief a very simple life form came into existence and over millions of year its descendants changed through the process of evolution to produce the large variety of life that exists today.
Not everyone believes in abiogenesis and evolution. Some people believe the Bible’s account of how life originated; it was created by God only a few thousand years ago.
Believers in abiogenesis and creation both agree that new varieties of life are constantly being produced by a process called natural selection. An examination of how this process works might show whether abiogenesis or creation is the most likely starting point for it.