In spite of the fact that critics have found valid problems with some of the questions asked in the Pew Forum’s September 2010 “U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey,” for example, questions dealing with world religions, especially since world religions’ foundational tenets, practices, history, and famous religious figures have nothing to do with what actually is written in Christians’ Holy Bible, the sad truth is that this survey is spot on about many American Christians, in this 21st-century. Truly, too many of these Christians are living in both a biblically and a doctrinally illiterate culture.
Serving the poor often is more about the natural highs and the warm fuzzies some Christians get than about the seriously disadvantaged people they serve. Be that as it may, unfortunately there also are many “believers” in every institutional church who fail to emphasize serving the poor, and their failure is one of the key reasons why they also fail to actualize serving the poor. For sure, the Holy Bible emphasizes and actualizes the serving of the poor message much more than all of this world’s human beings—much more than humanity as a whole does!
Our natural (innate) conscience isn’t ALWAYS a reliable guide, because our natural conscience only can tell us what is probably morally right or good; however, it cannot tell us WHAT is truly morally right or good. That’s why we should not let our natural conscience be our guide, for as believers, we ALWAYS must know for sure if what we consider to be morally right or morally wrong is based on God’s absolutely Divine Truths, or just based on our own relatively imperfect truths—based on our own ‘think so’ certainties.
The world’s ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ type of behavior often will be in opposition to sincere Christians’ comportment. That’s why God never is pleased with believers who take part in something that is ungodly, or who get behind someone who does not emulate or imitate the life of Jesus the Christ. Yet because of His Permissive Will, God often lets believers follow the crowd, and if the crowd ends up in a ditch, the Christians in the group might suffer the same misfortune.
Most people who teach and/or preach forgiving ourselves wisely state that we need to find a way to get on with our lives—emotionally moving forward while simultaneously acknowledging our sins (the hurts, destructions, tragedies, sorrows, et cetera) that we are responsible for committing. True, we do need to be released from the guilt of what we have done. This releasing of guilt, however, is not in any way us forgiving ourselves, because forgiving ourselves not only is unbiblical but also impossible.
Contrary to popular opinions, there definitely is a clear difference between LOGOS and RHEMA. God certainly speaks continuously to His children through His LOGOS, giving them spiritual insights into His LOGOS, but God does so ONLY by way of His Holy Spirit, rather than with the help of anyone’s intellect, book knowledge, higher education, talents, and so forth. Without a doubt, no one receives the deeper spiritual meanings and applications of God’s Word, just by reading LOGOS, because in LOGOS God has said that even believers need the Holy Spirit to illuminate the deeper mysteries of God that are hidden within His LOGOS.
In the Holy Bible, when God called a person or a city’s name twice, each occasion immediately was elevated to one of great biblical importance to that person or the city involved. Furthermore, this biblical importance also affects those of us who have come to Christ by Grace through Faith. Indeed, whenever God is using the double salutation, it is because He wants to get our attention, because He has something vitally important to say to us.
There are so many blogs that are about TWO WORDS that can improve a person’s life. Most of those two words, however, are secular ideas. Each of the references to TWO WORDS in this blog’s entry points the reader to Creator God, His Only Begotten Son, and His Holy Spirit!
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