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A simple way to invest spiritually in the lives of your kids Here’s a clever drill I’ve stumbled upon that’s got to be the simplest, most efficient way to make a spiritual investment in the lives of your kids. I picked it up at my daughters’ classical Christian school where they use it to great effect.
If I have only a short time to read, Proverbs is where I turn first. Every day that I do, I feel like my foundation is being shored up. February 1, 2014 There’s nothing original about reading a chapter of Proverbs a day. Thirty-one days in a month (roughly); 31 chapters in the book. Easy. In fact, it’s so obvious, it’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Very little in my life has yielded such rewards with such little effort.
Jesus' "powerful and appealing" life, ethics, and personality were not likely invented by a few simple men.Arguing that Jesus did not exist, or even changing him into some kind of peaceful guru, makes it hard to imagine how such a Jesus could transform the world. Will Durant is the author of The Story of Civilization. In part three, "Caesar and Christ: A History of the Roman Civilization and of Christianity from Beginnings to A.D. 325," Durant argues against any such views of Jesus.
People will go to hell not because they merely had a theological point wrong, but because they had a real disease (sin) and never got the only effective cure.Christians often say that anyone can get forgiven if they believe in Jesus, but if they don't believe in Jesus they're not forgiven at all. When this issue comes up, the question of forgiveness isn't discussed too much. The notion of forgiveness is collapsed into another kind of statement that I think Christians are guilty of saying by itself, and it creates confusion as a result.
Acts shows Mark can be dated in the 50s, and the undisputed early dating of other books confirms that the Jesus of the Gospels was not the result of a myth evolving over time.
If you don't know the answer to a challenge, asking fact-finding questions can enable good conversation, take the pressure off, and help you learn how to respond in the future.Maybe you don’t consider yourself fast enough on your feet to keep up with someone who’s quicker than you in an intense discussion. No problem. Don’t feel under pressure to immediately answer every question asked or every point made.
Just because people have different views about something, that doesn't mean there's no correct answer. Even if relativists are right that cultures differ radically in their basic moral values, so what? The observation in itself proves nothing, because no conclusion about morality follows. Just because cultures differ on moral viewpoints doesn't mean that objective moral truth is a fiction. In logic this is called a non-sequitur; the conclusion doesn't follow from the premises.
One of Christianity’s most important claims is also one of its most controversial: Jesus is the only way to God (Acts 4:11-12, John 8:24). A common objection follows: “It does not matter if you believe in Jesus, Buddha, or Mohammed, as long as your belief is sincere. What more could God want than a sincere heart?” Indeed, the annoyed objector may even point to the fact that adherents of other religions are oftentimes more sincere than the very Christians who criticize their sincerity.