This post can serve as a brief presentation of the cosmological argument for the cause of the universe. While reading over some WordPress posts about apologetics, I am often find some peculiar rejections of academic arguments for theism. In this case, the author of De Intellectus addressed the cause of the universe to some vague conclusion. The cosmological argument is that everything that begins has a cause, the universe began, and thus the universe has a cause. The author redefines “everything that begins” in the cosmological argument to mean everything including a presumption of God creating His own dwelling.
This atheistic writer also struggled with God having created the universe out of non-being, ex nihilo. The biblical account is that Continue reading
From my perspective, churches in the Bible die for a lack togetherness and sharing God’s Word with one another, a lack of works from a lack of love, and compromising the truth for immorality (Rev 2–3). In the Scriptures, sound healthy churches live by sharing God’s Word with one another, working from love for Christ, and upholding truth in the face of error.
Actions of Growing Churches
Growing together in God’s Word helped churches to grow from the beginning and does so today. From my reading, churches must do at least six essential actions for which God gives them growth: Continue reading
What will happen to those who never find Christ? Is this fair and just that these suffer eternal condemnation? In the Christians Scriptures, there was a man who was devout, feared God, prayed to God, gave to the poor, and did not know Jesus, but he was not saved until he heard and conformed to the Gospel. That man was Cornelius (Acts 10:1–2; 11:13–14, 18). The Book of Acts records others who were devout worshipers of God and who were not saved until they came to faith in Christ (Acts 8:26–40; 16:11–15).
God’s Just Wrath and the Ignorant
Are the ignorant safe without God? In Romans 1:18–20, Paul revealed, Continue reading
Are Christians supposed to please people? Christians often confuse “becoming all things to all people” as a command to try to please everyone so that everyone will give approval of that person. Jesus warned, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26 ESV). Pleasing others for their approval was not what Christ and the apostolic writers taught. In 1 Corinthians 9, the apostle Paul revealed that he made himself a servant to all to win them and he became “all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Cor 9:22). However, Paul also professed, “For though I am free from all, I made myself a servant to all” (1 Cor 9:19 ESV). How does a Christian reconcile Paul’s words with “I try to please everyone in everything I do” (1 Cor 10:33).
Pleasing God over People
Paul’s words did not mean that Christians are bound as people-pleasers, but that Christian seek only to please people to save and edify others. Paul also declared, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10). The approval of God over man is the key qualifier of any Christian’s effort to please others. Continue reading
Why did Jesus cry, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” quoting Psalm 22:1 (Matt 27:46)? Some have thought that Jesus’s words for God forsaking him implied that Jesus went to Hell. However, Jesus told the thief on the cross that he would be with him in paradise that day (Luke 23:43). The idea of Jesus going to Hell is from an old misleading translation of Acts 2:27. However, the Greek word is Hades, which is the place of the dead. Furthermore, the Greek for “forsaken” in Matthew 27:46 is also in Acts 2:27 for God leaving Jesus’s soul in Hades — not Hell. That is a separate event than God forsaking by having left Jesus to experience death on the cross.
Why God Forsook Jesus on the Cross
Why do churches meet on Sunday? The churches in the New Testament met on the first day of the week. Luke reported this is the common practice of churches of Christ (Acts 20:7). However, is this passage all the Bible speaks about meeting on the first day of the week?
The Lord’s Day
The apostle John revealed, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” (Rev 1:10). This Lord’s Day is not the Day of the Lord’s coming evidently or the Book of Revelation would have been too late and it would not have been written because John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day. On this “Lord’s Day,” John heard a loud voice behind him like a trumpet, and it was the voice of Continue reading