In this series we will be answering two simple questions. First, what is the government supposed to look like in an ideal world? Second, what is the Christian’s relationship to the government? Before we can answer this we have to dust off our tools. One essential tool is history. The past is the key to the present and the future. Everything we have learned we have learned from the past. Our medical knowledge is built on past trial and error. Our airplanes are constructed with the help of past mechanical successes and failures. So why would we build our civilization without referring to the past? It would be disastrous in medicine and aviation, and it would be equally a disaster in politics.
the following is a translation of the letter to the Galatians by Paul into my own understanding. This is NOT an official translation of Scripture. It is the words and ideas of a non-theologian. An average dude that wanted to put what he read in the bible into his own words. Based on his own knowledge and experience. Please use it as a interesting side exercise in your bible study. Nothing more!
Verses 1 – 5:
Greetings from me, Paul. I’m an apostle. That means I was not given a certificate by a bunch of men or from a government. No, being an apostle means much more than that. It means, as you all know, that God Himself chose me to deliver a message from Him to all humanity. Only a few people have this apostle-hood. I’m one of them. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God the Father have sent me to you. God the Father brought Jesus back to life after the gruesome crucifixion. Men can’t do that. Only God can. And He did. Also, remember that all the hard core Christians who are suffering for the Gospel message have supported me in coming to you and they approve of what I have to say.
When God formed His nation in the desert — and eventually the Promised Land — He taught His people more than His Moral Law. He gave the Israelites guidelines for public sanitation and day-to-day economics. The book of Leviticus contains such an oddity of “old world” laws that the modern reader can be confused as to why they would be necessary. It is often a target of ridicule for non-Christians to quote Old Testament guidelines, making Judaism seem like so many other voodoo religions with superstitious rules.Continue reading “Is The Old Testament Moral? Part 6”→
As a new believer in my early twenties I fell in love with apologetics. At the time I was in the prime of my academic career and had few of life’s major pressures — no mortgage, no family, no wife, no business. So all of my excess testosterone was put into service in the realm of mental warfare. After all, why would God give me so much energy and passion and a confrontational personality if He didn’t want me to ”go to war” to grow the Kingdom?Continue reading “Don’t Lose Your Heart When Building Your Mind”→
Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662 A.D.) was a French mathematician, scientist and Christian theologian. As a teenage prodigy, Pascal developed a series of mechanical calculators.
Later he would invent the hydraulic press and an updated model of the syringe. His study of hydrostatic pressures lead to his developing Pascal’s Law and the units of fluid pressure measurement known in Standard Units as “pascals.” Continue reading “Pascal’s Wager”→
During a television interview, Richard Dawkins was asked point blank for a single example in which a mutation had increased the information in any piece of DNA under the sun. By “increase,” we do not simply mean the repetition of pre-existing information (e.g.: complete extra copy of the 21st chromosome which causes Down’s Syndrome) but new, innovative programming. For example, the appearance of the genetic information required to introduce a never-before seen body part such as wings, horns or gills. Or even something more subtle such as webbing between fingers or different retinal cells in the back of the eye. Or heck, something ever more subtle than that. Anything! See Dr. Dawkins’ reaction below: Continue reading “Examining Dawkins – Part Two: Mutations & Genetic Innovation”→