God’s Grace

God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior.

The Reason for God (p. 17).Keller, Timothy (2008-02-14). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Can you determine whose beliefs are right, and whose are wrong?

You can’t say, “All claims about religions are historically conditioned except the one I am making right now.” If you insist that no one can determine which beliefs are right and wrong, why should we believe what you are saying? The reality is that we all make truth-claims of some sort and it is very hard to weigh them responsibly, but we have no alternative but to try to do so.

The Reason for God, Keller, Timothy (2008-02-14).(p. 9). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“God of the Gaps” Excuse is Circular Reasoning — Logos Apologia

Christians are often accused of having a God of the gaps mentality, but does the naturalist come out any better by saying that in the future we will have the answer that won’t require God?  I don’t really think so. It is a guess, based on their preconceived notions. There is a big difference though, as Christians, we know that God works in two main ways; naturally, and supernaturally. We are open to all sorts of scientific explanations. Naturalist, on the other hand rule out some possibilities before they have collected a piece of evidence.
It is OK to keep looking for evidence to confirm or deny your hypothesis, but at some point you have to go with the evidence you already have. More and more people are beginning to believe that it took an intelligent agent to create the universe as it is how with the ability to support life. This isn’t just a guess, or lazy thinking, it is inferring the best possible explanation

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“God of the Gaps” Excuse is Circular Reasoning — Logos Apologia.

Sin is a cancer

At first sin can seem harmless, just a little tiny bump in your life. It can’t hurt if no one tells you just how bad it is.
Only it doesn’t stay small it gets larger, and then one day bad symptoms start showing up. A pregnant girlfriend, wife with an STD. Broken families, heart broken kids, who are reaching out for “love” from people who are bad news, before you know it this “harmless” little bump is taken over your entire life and hurt many others in the process.

I am by no means sinless, but I think that everyone should know that sin hurts people. Refusing to judge someone’s sin is doing no one any favors. If a medical doctor did not warn his patient that they have cancer, they would be guilty of malpractice and possibly murder.   We may not be soul doctors, but we are receptionist to the doctor of souls, Jesus Christ. If we refuse to tell people that sin is malignant and will cause them much pain in the end we are guilty of malpractice..