Friday, November 15, 2019

What About the Lost?

While doing some reading online, I discovered a very challenging question:

I love my friends and family dearly, and I'm so blessed to have them... But sadly I could count my Christian friends/family on one hand. Heaven is always described as this amazing place without sadness and pain which is awesome and all, but how could I ever be joyful knowing that my loved ones aren't experiencing it with me? Where do they go? Will they be persecuted and sent to hell? If so does that mean I will never be with them for eternity?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

From Kanye to Cartels

On November 4, 2019, nine U.S. citizens, six of them young children, were gunned down in northern Mexico in a vicious drug-cartel ambush. This senseless evil is but the latest act of violence resulting from a broken American society demanding drugs and a broken Mexican society providing them. It has turned much of Mexico into a lawless warzone in which more than 100,000 people have died in the last decade. Clearly, some important policy work needs to be done on both sides of the border. However, there are other, deeper answers that must be found.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Understanding Unconditional Love

I was recently listening to a sermon in which the minister used the term “unconditional love,” and it gave me a mini-epiphany. It’s a concept that I have occasionally had arguments over because I am not very fond of it. I even briefly discussed it in a previous article. While I still back that position, this was an opportunity to reevaluate it and gain some perspective. And perspective, it turns out, is the issue.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Imperishable Seed

I recently came across an interesting factoid that ties well into an important spiritual truth. In 2005, scientists planted a seed that had been discovered in 1965. The seed had been found in the ruins of Masada, an ancient Judean fortress located in modern-day Israel, and has been carbon-dated as being 2000 years old. Incredibly, it sprouted and has been growing ever since. And it is additionally interesting that the plant is a Judean date palm. That particular variety has been extinct since the 14th Century, so it represents not only new life for a single plant but also the "resurrection" of an entire species.

Friday, November 1, 2019

True Transformation

There’s a take on transgenderism that I feel is worth mentioning, even though it is certainly no epiphany. Plenty of other people have mentioned it before. But this is less about originality and more about the importance of reinforcing truth.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Christians and the Government

As I mentioned last time, my recent article on the various translations of the Bible led to some follow-up questions. This one, though, has less to do with translating Scripture and more to do with Christian political philosophy. A translation issue just happens to be the impetus of it.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Proper Use of Paraphrases

The article I posted a few weeks ago regarding the different English translations of the Bible generated a few follow-up questions. I feel they are worth exploring in their own entries, so for today, I’ll be discussing the issue of paraphrases. To add to it, I will also give an explanation of the two camps of translation style.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Deeper Hope

One of the things I’ve emphasized here at Quest Forums has been the necessity of understanding the context of biblical passages. It can be very easy to take a verse or phrase and put it to use for our own purposes rather than grasping the meaning that is actually intended. That is a quick path to bad theology. If we read something into a quote, ignore the rest of its text, and then allow our opinions to ossify, then error will be inevitable and it can be costly.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Naming Names: Demonic Identification and Spiritual Warfare

It’s nothing new, but there is a troubling trend in certain corners of Christianity that I feel is worth calling attention to. Many people have a fixation on the demonic and the idea that every negative aspect of life is the result of various spirits being present to impose curses. They teach that it is possible to learn the names of these demons and their curses, and that once you know them you can invoke God’s power specifically against them in order to exorcise them out of your life.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Sign of Trouble

Earlier this year, I did a post inspired by a church marquee that I passed while driving. I was critical of it, not because it was entirely wrong, but because the message was a bit careless. I’ll say now what I said then, it is difficult to make a polished theological point in such a small space. Churches do have a responsibility to try, though. It is a dangerous game to play fast and loose with the truths of God.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Signs of Sincerity in American Christianity

While finishing up the study of Mark over the last few weeks, I started to think about an issue with which many Christians occasionally “struggle.” I put “struggle” in scare quotes because we often look at this particular issue as a 1st-World Problem. That is, something relatively harmless that many other people would love to consider one of the worst things in their life. Still, it has a tendency to cause doubt and it is at least worth discussing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Who Is Our King?: American Christians and Donald Trump

I know this is likely to anger some people, and I am not exactly striking while the iron is hot, so I will try to keep it brief. But I just want to ask a couple of questions. Back on August 21, Donald Trump tweeted a quote from radio host Wayne Allyn Root. Root, speaking of Trump, had said, “The Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.”