Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never allow anything to obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to.
Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest (1935)
One of my goals this year is to become happier. I know that happiness isn’t the end all be all that some people make it out to be, but it sure would be nice to wear a smile more often.
Grouchy, miserable people make lousy witnesses. If your life doesn’t have enough smiles in it, give the link below a try.
10 Ways of Having a Happy Life – WomenKingdom.
If they’re used very much at all, written materials nowadays eventually wear out and fall apart and must be discarded. Our modern economy of disposable and replaceable abundance — including cheap paperbacks and, now, e-books — makes this “waste” inconsequential.In the ancient world, though, papyrus scrolls and parchments animal skin were very expensive and much more durable than modern books. Since they were written out and copied by hand, such books were both relatively rare and highly treasured.
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via Hamblin & Peterson: Christian beliefs are rooted in reliable early records | Deseret News.
It seems that in some circles all you have to do is mention Christ without an attached profanity and you are called all sorts of names, narrow-minded , and intolerant come to mind.
Are we Narrow-minded?
Well in one sense they are right, we think what we believe is true, but doesn’t everyone? If you don’t believe that your beliefs are true, then why bother believing them at all? It turns out that someone who wants you to accept all beliefs, and will reject you if you reject any of those beliefs is just as intolerant as they claim that Christians are.
If a cancer patient said to you “I HATE chemotherapy so I am going to take a shot of vodka instead.” would it be tolerant to let them do that? Under the modern day definition of tolerance, which is really total acceptance yes it would, but that “tolerance” would end up killing them which is an act of HATE! While ultimately it is their choice I will not tolerate someone going to their death without a good stern talking to. I will tell them repeatedly that cancer kills, and vodka will do nothing to prevent it from doing so. They need Chemo!
It may be narrow-minded to believe that in order to get to Heaven that you have to first seek admission from the creator of Heaven, but if it is true , so what that it is narrow minded? Truth is narrow. 2+2=4 not 3, and not 5 but if a child were to tell me that it was 5 I would correct, but still love that child. And that is what true tolerance is, the ability to see error, but love that person anyway.
Suggested for further reading
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air
by Francis J. Beckwith , Gregory Koukl
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
Does Religion Cause War?
The charge that most of the wars in history were religiously motivated is a popular one, especially with the New Atheists and their followers. Sam Harris has written in his book The End of Faith that religion is “the most prolific source of violence in our history.”1 But a cursory review of the wars fought throughout history shows the opposite is true.
As Robin Schumacher reports “An interesting source of truth on the matter is Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars, which chronicles some 1,763 wars that have been waged over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being religious in nature, which is an astonishingly low 6.98% of all wars. However, when one subtracts out those waged in the name of Islam (66), the percentage is cut by more than half to 3.23%.”2
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