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Many in Christendom today, like Pilate, are more concerned with satisfying the crowd than being faithful to Jesus. Culture may be confused on salvation, abortion, gender, marriage, and sex. Don’t you be. On these issues, God has spoken clearly.
C.S. Lewis seems to suggest that those who sincerely pursue God the best way they know how are accepted by Him, regardless of whether or not they explicitly put their faith in Jesus. Is he right?
The question “Do you take the Bible literally?” comes up with some frequency, and it deserves a response. But it’s an ambiguous question, making it awkward to answer. Here’s how to understand the challenge and respond well.
What does it mean to be human? You can’t answer a single question of consequence regarding human beings without answering that question first. Everything vital, meaningful, and moral about us hangs on its answer.
Jesus, though a true human, was no mere mortal. Rather, He was and is God’s Son, the world’s unique, one-and-only Savior; and if Jesus were not God the Son, He could not be the Savior, either.
Jesus of Nazareth is a true man of history, but His history started long before He was born. He is a true man, but He is no ordinary man. He is the Son of David, the future King, the promised Rescuer, the Messiah, the only Christ.
From our biological blueprint, to the fine-tuning of the universe, to the human experience of beauty, morality, and guilt, God is the best explanation for the way things are.
When it comes to spiritual warfare, the New Testament emphasis is not on prayer-infused power encounters, but on something completely different, and if we miss that, then I think we miss the heart of it.
Sometimes offering an actual case study of a specific set of complaints against your convictions is a good way to learn how the process works. That’s why I decided to walk you through the process using a rhetorically aggressive challenge to Christianity that I came across recently.
In this issue of Solid Ground I continue with my collection of short vignettes I have collected over the years.