God IS accountable for the evil in this world – BUT – that's less than half the truth on the matter! Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Never! As God’s only son, he was perfect and never made any mistakes. He was kind and humble. He didn’t brag about himself or his accomplishments. He didn’t bully anybody or make fun of anyone. He loved ALL people, and performed many miracles to help others. This short animated video explains more.
A few weeks ago we began talking about Jesus speaking the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. This was one of the few parables he actually interpreted for his followers, and in that interpretation he revealed it was a prophecy about the difficult future of Christianity. He spoke of false Christians and an entire age when the true and false would grow together – outwardly indistinguishable from one another - until the "harvest" time. We traced some of the corrupting influences through the long history of the church and began to see how the gospel was treated (and mistreated) along the way. Jesus, after speaking the Wheat and the Tares Parable, spoke two other parables. We believe they further described the corrupted condition of Christianity. So, what do these other parables tell us? Are we in danger of being deceived? Is the gospel even intact here and now in our present world?
What has happened to us? We live in an age where ego and emotion are more important than virtue and values. An age where personal preference outweighs personal worth and “I want it now” trumps integrity. We live in an age where absolutes aren’t (unless we decide they fit into our personal plan) and standards are only something to customize and remodel to our personal satisfaction. Ours is an age where the ancient principles of sin and objective morality are being relegated to the trash heap of history. So, what are we supposed to do? Should we go along with the flow of thoughts and emotions that are reshaping our social structure? Should we abandon what is considered to be the old and worn out moral thinking of the past and embrace the new and vibrant personally-based principles of the present?
Are hurricanes, floods, wildfires and earthquakes all coded messages from God? Is He punishing us for our blatant sins or telling us to mend our foolish ways? We don't believe so, but there definitely are lessons for us to learn. Listen to our 2 minute vlog for a short answer and then listen to the full podcast, Episode 990.
We are all vulnerable to temptations and in this day and age, there sure are enough to go around. The webs can get sticky and hard to get off us. How can we protect ourselves? How do we get out of temptations or better yet, avoid them as best as possible?
The Bible tells us to stand fight and be courageous for our faith. It also sometimes tells us to run away from some things and some people. What is the difference? How do we know when to plant our feet solidly on the foundation of Christ and truth or when to lace up the running shoes of righteousness and run away? Is it always an obvious answer? Is there ever a time that we would do both? Wait – how would you do THAT?
"Resurrection on Earth” is the second part of the two-part series, preceded by “Resurrection in Heaven.” In God’s kingdom, all mankind will be resurrected. Those who were followers of Christ will have a special heavenly reward, but what about everyone else? Watch to find out about the resurrection of all mankind to a perfect earth!
So much of the philosophy of our society today is built around the idea that “I am the center of my universe, therefore what I want, I truly must have,” so the whole concept of sin becomes very subjective and often not even really relevant in people’s lives. So, is sin as relevant today as it was in the past, or have we outgrown the concept of sin in favor of a much more fluid and progressive understanding of right and wrong?