“Throughout life, there are two kinds of people: Those who tempt you to become a lesser version of yourself, and those who will inspire you to greatness. Choose carefully to whom you will give your time.” -Journal of Dr. Harold Quickly, 2010
So when does the horror and calamity from ignorant practices require us to take the gloves off? I ask this in apparent contradiction as I am the author of Relational Apologetics: Defending the Christian Faith with Holiness, Respect, and Truth. One might assume my answer. But I think there is a time when gentleness is not an option and respect should not be given. Let me explain. When one that I love is drowning, gentleness is not my concern. I will use whatever force I need to pull them from the raging waters. When one that I love does something evil, I give no respect to their actions or the thinking that caused them. I will expose them for what they are, and sometimes only harsh language can convey the tragedy and folly of wickedness.
Read more at: When Is It Time To Leave Gentleness And Respect Behind?
Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider a dozen evidences for the resurrection of Jesus. For greater depth on these points, see the recommended resources at the end of the article.
1. Jesus’s Empty TombAccording to the Gospels,1 after Jesus succumbed to death through crucifixion, some of his followers prepared his lifeless body for burial and placed it in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb. Three days later the tomb was
I was talking to a friend of mine today, we have differences in the way we view the world, but our talks are always civil. Today’s issue was why people get so angry when they disagree nowadays. It is like they want a real fight!
The woman that I was talking to always wears heels. They are kind of a lifestyle to her. Some time ago, however, she hurt her foot and was suddenly forced to wear flat shoes. Suddenly her centre of gravity was thrown off, and the way her feet moved when she walked had to change. It was a difficult transition for her.
I realized that changing foundational beliefs would be a lot like that.
You build your life around certain ideas, and when one of those ideas are challenged it throws your centre of gravity off. You may have to change whom you trust, how you behave, who you hang out with, you may even start to regret things from the past, that you thought were right at the time… accepting new truths can set off a chain of changes. Many people hate change, and most people hate big changes, even if the change is good, like moving into a better house it throws you off balance and that can make you cranky.
The next time that you try to convince a person of something new, keep in mind that you could be turning this person’s world upside down, a little pushback is to be expected even with reasonable people who are ready to hear what you have to say. Knowing this will make a bad attitude easier to handle.
“We took serious, difficult commands and converted them to cliches. Jesus told us to take up our cross, and we responded by reducing the size of that cross until it fit in our pockets and justified all our worldly actions and beliefs”
Hi, friends. Most of us live in a high-tech, dog-eat-dog world. To be fair, humans have always been selfish and greedy, but perhaps the problem seems worse now because the possibilities of wealth have increased so much. After all, a poor person in America possesses many luxuries that ancient kings didn’t.
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