Archive for Religious

A Different Way to Understand Salvation Through Faith

One of the trickiest aspects of Protestantism is the notion of “salvation through faith alone,” as opposed to works. This is obviously a huge area of theological controversy, with many nuances in each denomination’s position. (This Wikipedia article gives an idea of the issues involved.) For our purposes here, the reason this doctrine seems so […]

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God Is Good

At the tail end of my discussion of The Three Lads and the Lizard King, I alluded to the familiar problem of evil, and how the orthodox Christian answer is a bit scandalous. Specifically, God allows evil to happen. In the book of Job, the Devil literally gets permission from God to do horrible things. Yet the Bible also shows that […]

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That’s My King!

I like to post this every once in a while to get you fired up.

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

My pastor tackled this question today in church. I was impressed and glad to hear him admit fairly early that, “I don’t know.” (R.C. Sproul did the same thing, if I recall correctly, in his speech, “What Is Evil and Where Did It Come From?”) My pastor used an analogy that I have often found […]

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Would Jesus Be Annoyed With Libertarian Memes?

Of course He would be–He’s fully human after all… But specifically, what about the “TAXATION IS THEFT!” line of argument? Gene Callahan blogs that this isn’t scriptural, since we read in Luke 3: 10 And the crowds asked him [John the Baptist], “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics[b] is to share with him […]

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Bob Murphy Show Ep 9: Norman Horn on Romans 13 etc.

Norman gives the best handling of this tricky subject I’ve yet heard. Plus we discuss all sorts of other stuff.

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Surrendering to God

My girlfriend owns a massage studio and she told me that with some clients, they refuse to relax and stay tense, making it impossible for her to help them as much as she could, if they would only let down their defenses and trust her. It occurred to me that this is what we do […]

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The Law vs. Personal Morality

In his commentary on Deuteronomy 19, David Guzik writes: c. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth: In Matthew 5:38-39, Jesus quoted this passage in His teaching on the true interpretation of the law. He does not say that the eye for eye principle is wrong; rather, He simply condemns the use of it to make it an obligation to exact revenge […]

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