I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition.
– Mortimer J. Adler
It took but a few decades for the law written on the human heart, engraved on stone, and honored for millennia to be largely lost on the collective conscience. Today, instead of the Ten Commandments, there is one: “Thou shalt not judge.”Oddly, in a time when the concept of “sin” has also lost its purchase, a person called out for judging will become a social outcast until his “guilt” is purged by the penances of public apology, diversity/sensitivity training, and reparation to the offended. Even among Christians, judging the behaviors and lifestyles of others is considered unseemly at best and unchristian at worst.
Read more at: The Problem with Non-Judgmentalism – Crisis Magazine
Not many Americans would call themselves atheists; only about 3% according to Pew Research. But that doesn’t count the practicing atheists. I’m thinking about all the people who religiously go to church on Sundays but live the other six-and-a-half days as though heaven is empty and the Bible is fiction.
I’m not even talking about secret sins that weaken ourtestimony. Think about all those honest, open conversations between Bible believers, those of us who call ourselves Evangelicals.
Surely, we can all agree that friends must be able to speak honestly to each other, and without condemnation. But when another follower of Christ confides in me that he’s undermining his jerk supervisor at work, what am I supposed to do with the New Testament idea of honoring God by the way I treat those in authority? (1 Peter 2:19) Atheism says the boss is a loser: he’s got it coming…
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1 Corinthians 13
6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
There are many who believe that as long as they have love, nothing else matters, but that is not the end of it according to God. God believes in truth. It isn’t love to let people believe lies. It breaks my heart to know that so many people who say they are Christians, are willing to let people believe a totally different Gospel, without at least showing them the truth!
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
God is not happy when people believe lies about him, or his salvation!
Are there too many ‘Christians’ in the world, and not enough disciples? In his book The Divine Conspiracy, renowned philosopher-theologian Dallas Willard puts it this way:
“It might prove helpful to think occasionally of how, exactly, I would be glad to be in heaven should I ‘make it.’ Will it be like a nice, air-conditioned luxury hotel with unlimited room service and spectacular amenities for eternity? I often wonder how happy and useful some of the fearful, bitter, lust-ridden, hate-filled Christians I have seen involved in church or family or neighborhood or political battles would be if they were forced to live forever in the unrestrained fullness of the reality of God…and with multitudes of beings really like him.
“There is a widespread notion that just passing through death transforms human character. Discipleship is not needed. Just believe enough to ‘make it.’ But I have never been able to find…
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Our sin separates us from God, yet He created us to commune with and worship Him; therefore He hates anything which separates us from Him.God hates sin because we will love our sin more than we love Him. God is love, loves us and wants our love. He hates anything which diminishes that love. James covered this in his epistle: