Hebrews 11:4, By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. Why was Abel’s sacrifice more acceptable to God than Cain’s? This is the biggest question in the “story” […]Read More Faith of the Saints: Abel
Faith Defined Hebrews 11 is known as the “faith chapter” of the Bible, for in it we find the definition of faith and it lists several characters from Scripture who exemplified faith. It says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received […]Read More Faith of the Saints: What is Faith?
Luther’s explanation: “We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.” I don’t know about you, but growing up as I thought about this commandment, I would be ever conscious […]Read More The Second Commandment: You Shall Not Misuse the Name of the LORD Your God
Luther’s explanation: “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.” We will see the necessity to fear, love, and trust in God throughout all of the commandments in Luther’s explanations. We will see that doing so is vital in keeping these commandments. Trusting God can be described in the term we Lutherans […]Read More The First Commandment: You Shall Have No Other Gods
The above meme has some truth to it. If you look at history and examine how governments in the past have betrayed its people, one would be foolish to trust the government… at times. It is true that there is corruption in government, but let’s be fair here: government in its entirety is not corrupt. Corruption does […]Read More How Meme of You: Trusting the Government
This article is an excerpt from my final paper for the upper level religion course, Survey of Christian Thought, at Concordia University-Ann Arbor, and has been reformatted for the purpose of this blog. The First Error The first error of Platonism is its misunderstanding of Christ as λόγος (logos) and, ultimately, νοῦς (nous). Greek philosophy […]Read More The Two Errors of Platonism in Application to Christianity
One of the favorite arguments of Christian opponents is that because we no longer practise the Jewish Law of the Old Testament, that makes us hypocrites and somehow testifies to the supposed falsity of Christianity and therefore God’s existence. First of all, everybody is a hypocrite; Christians are not exempt from hypocrisy, and neither are […]Read More Why Christians Don’t Keep the Law: A Brief Explanation
Misguided Christians use Leviticus 19:28 as an absolute to not get tattoos, which reads: “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead or make any tattoo marks on yourselves…” As a lot of people do when they want to use Scripture to prove their preconceived beliefs, they’re ignoring the context. What they’re doing is called proof […]Read More Are Tattoos Sinful?
Every human being is bound to a moral standard. That moral standard may originate from his or her rationality, a political affiliation, or a religious belief. Whichever standard our morals operate by, we are bound to abide by that standard alone. Failing to do so is hypocrisy and claiming the belief system in which one’s […]Read More Homosexuality: Revealing the Sin and A Call to Repentance
Introduction The birth of a child is a wonderful gift from God. Those who witness childbirth often describe it as a miracle. Even Scripture confesses children are a blessing, that they are a “gift of the LORD” and “the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). When we consider an infant begins as a zygote—a single cell […]Read More Is Infant Baptism Necessary?