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Alan explains why adoption policies should be approached with the general best interest of children in mind rather than letting rare circumstances dictate. COMMENTS Read more posts
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We all have people in our lives with whom we disagree. We’re against some people’s ideas. We’re against some people’s behaviors. We’re against some people’s attitudes and inclinations. Despite our differences, though, in most cases we’re still in a relationship with them. We might not say we “love” them, but oftentimes we do love them in a non-romantic, I’m-committed-to-you kind of love.
I’ve said before that one of the biggest challenges the Church faces is itself. Christians need to stand firm against the pressure to compromise their convictions. Too often, though, I see believers capitulating to culture, especially on politically incorrect matters. I’m sympathetic to that impulse. I would love to go with the flow as well. That’s not what Christ commands us to do, though. We’re not to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).
What would you do if your homosexual friend or family member were to interpret your biblical stance against homosexual behavior as a lack of love towards them? Does believing that homosexual behavior is wrong automatically make you a hateful person? Can the Christian hold to the clear biblical teaching that homosexual behavior is sinful while remaining loving towards the homosexual?
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Here’s a challenge I received: No-one can “validate” his/her own religion. Likewise, no-one can “invalidate” any other religion. I believe in some type of god/gods, but I choose not to associate that belief with any specific religious teachings, because I've never felt qualified to refute the equally unprovable beliefs of other cultures. You can’t claim anyone’s beliefs to be “right” or “wrong” when it’s all based on conjecture.
At a recent event, I was asked how Christians should respond when those who identify as gay or lesbian come to their church. A common answer to that question suggests the Church should be “affirming.” That, however, usually means saying homosexual behavior is not sin. There’s no need to jettison biblical doctrine, though. We can be affirming of people without affirming behaviors the Bible prohibits. That’s what we’re supposed to do with anyone who comes through our church doors.
Alan explains whether our value is derived from being sentient creatures. COMMENTS Read more posts
Is belief in God through natural revelation enough to be saved? COMMENTS Read more posts