Did you know that 32 of the 66 books in the Bible make mention of the Creation or Adam, the first man?(broken down by writer it is more like only 16 books were written by a writer who did not mention it.) Do you realize what that means to those who want to accept evolution and the Bible at the same time? If the first two chapters of Genesis are a fable, parable, myth, allegory, or anything else other than the true accounts of the origins of the universe, earth, life, and mankind; then the reliability of the rest of the Bible, as well as God and Jesus, is called into question. How can we trust what the Bible says about the end if we cannot trust what it says about the beginning? How can we trust a God who would make up stories instead of telling the truth? How could we trust Jesus to be right about Heaven if He was wrong about Adam and the creation? We must choose! Either the Bible is true or evolution is true, you can't have them both.
Recently there have been several families with whom I have been able to spend some time. I have seen some common characteristics in these families. They have each left the church and have similar attitudes. These attitudes are becoming prevalent in our society and we need to counteract them in our homes.
I haven't put an extensive amount of time into this yet, but I wanted to share with you these destructive attitudes that are coming into the home. Hopefully in future posts, I can deal with each of these specifically.
Dangerous attitudes that are destructive to your families faith:
1. Scripture is open to any interpretation.
This is one of the most scary to me. If we can't KNOW what God meant, then we will be floundering in a sea of unknowns. How insecure would that make one feel?
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
(2 Peter 1:20)
We HAVE to be able to know what God meant or chaos and lack of faith ensues.
2. There is no absolute truth.
This one is closely related to the first.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Notice that Jesus said “THE truth”. This indicates there is one truth.
3. Everyone has their own path to God/Heaven.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)
4. Jesus was just a good man who taught good things about how to live.
You only have a few choices here. Either Jesus was LORD, the Son of God as he claimed to be and every word He says is true OR He was a LIAR OR He was a LUNATIC, or He was just a LEGEND. If you pick and choose what to believe out of what He said, then you are saying He was lying about some things. Either believe every word He says, or none at all. You can't have it half way.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
5. The Bible is just a book of myths like the Greek fairy tales or other books of myth.
Honestly, this is one that I've had to take a pretty hard look at in the past. But, when you consider the fact that the Bible was written by about 40 men over about 1500 years and has no discrepancies, it is pretty amazing. No other book can claim such a thing. Also, if you read some of the other books of myth, they are similar to the Bible. In most cases, the Bible came first and is in my opinion the place where some of the myths were taken.
6. Evolution is a fact of science.
This one is being taught in the schools and many children are taking it hook, line and sinker. When actually studied, these facts won't hold water. We MUST be diligent in teaching our children the truth about evolution.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The attitudes that I find sometimes astound me. It seems to me that people who are immersed in this type of thinking are searching, yearning for truth yet they tell themselves there is no truth. We must be active in keeping these attitudes from the home and countering these lies with the truth of God. I recommend books like Convicted, magazines like Think or Discovery Magazine for the younger ones. There are many others. Know the truth yourself and diligently teach your children as well.
For this Lord's Day thought, read this great article over at Forthright Magazine!
This is the first part in a series on the church. We won't focus on this each day, but we'll come back to it every now and again in the upcoming weeks.
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
In this verse, Jesus is speaking to Peter. There's more to his statement and we will get to that in another part of this series. Let us take note of some very important ideas in this verse:
First of all, what is "this rock" that Jesus is referring to? Peter's name means stone, so is he talking about Peter? No, the word for 'Peter' and the word for 'rock' that are used here are two different words even though they are from similar roots. Let's back up a few verses to find out what Jesus meant. Jesus had asked the apostles who people thought that Jesus was. They related what the various 'guesses' that people had. Then Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16) This fact is the foundation upon which Christianity is based. Isn't a rock a good foundation?
Secondly from this verse we'll see who was going to build it. Jesus is speaking, so clearly he is the "I". Jesus built the church. This also shows ownership. He says "my church". If you build a house (or pay to build a house), it belongs to you. It is your house. So this is Christ's church or the church that belongs to Christ.
Another thing we can learn from this verse is how many churches Jesus built. If I said I were building my house, you understand that I am building one house. Jesus built only one church.
We can also see that the church will be stronger than Satan. "The gates of hell will not prevail against it." Just as Noah and his family were saved from the flood in the ark, so we can be saved from hell in the church.
I don't know about you, but this is where I want to be when judgement comes.