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If you think you’re on safe theological ground because of a pet verse, better look twice. Simple proof-texting has its perils. Here’s how to avoid them. The Perils of Proof-Texting and How to Avoid Them Virtually every Christian with a theological point of view thinks his view is scriptural. Why shouldn’t he. He has a text he can quickly quote in his defense.
As a Christian ambassador, your biggest challenge may be making sense of the problem of evil. Surprisingly, though, evil is actually evidence for God, not against Him. The wave of best-selling atheist books has forced followers of Christ to confront an age-old objection: the problem evil, considered by some to be the strongest evidence against the existence of God.
Christianity and Postmodernism—The “Emerging Church” [Author’s note: Most of what follows builds upon what was discussed in “Truth Is a Strange Sort of Fiction: Parts I - IV” found in previous issues of Solid Ground. To make the most out of what follows, it might be best to review those thoughts before you begin. Read part 4 here.]
Postmodern Self-Destructs [Author’s note: Most of what follows builds upon what was discussed in “Truth Is a Strange Sort of Fiction: Parts I - III” found in the last three issues of Solid Ground. To make the most out of what follows, it might be best to review those thoughts before you begin. Read part 3 here.]
Opening teaser: Postmodernism is on a crash course with Christianity. In fact, we’ve already collided. Here’s how to sort through the wreckage.
If you genuinely believe there is no truth, can you still be a Christian? [Author’s note: Most of what follows builds upon what was discussed in “Truth Is a Strange Sort of Fiction: Part I” found in the last issue of Solid Ground. To make the most out of what follows, it might be best to review those thoughts before you begin.]
Knowledge and Truth Would you die for truth? Of course you would. Multitudes do everyday. Or more precisely, they die because they don’t have truth.
For some, ethics is nothing more than a social contract to insure survival. Compliance is the highest good, breaking ranks the greatest evil, regardless of the issue. This may make sense on television, but it doesn’t work in the real world.
Tolerance, one of America’s noblest virtues, has been so distorted it’s become a vice. There is one word that can stop a follower of Christ in his tracks as he seeks to “give an account for the hope” that is in him. That word is “tolerance.” Tolerant people do not “force” their personal views on others. They are impartial, non-judgmental, and neutral. Each person is permitted to decide for himself. No “forcing” personal views.
Are You a Christian because You Were Born in America? Would you Be a Muslim If You Were Born in Iraq? Maybe. But So What? Sometimes your best “moments of truth” are not opportunities you create, but ones that find you. You don’t have to hunt for them. Dissenters will gladly lay them in your lap. For example, my niece, Kirsten, emailed me this challenge from a friend: Uncle Greg,