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There Are No Genders In Christ?

There Are No Genders In Christ?

I have encountered a number of Christians who hold the belief that there are no significant gender differences in Christ. They therefore believe that men and women have the same function, and that we should not distinguish between the genders when it comes to the church or daily life. Their evidence comes from Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Taken by itself, this verse certainly looks pretty definitive. It says right there that there is neither male nor female, all are one in Christ Jesus! The problem is we cannot just read individual verses. This verse is not meant to be read by itself, but in context with the rest of the chapter, and the letter of Galatians as a whole. Context of Galatians   There is a problem Paul is addressing in the Galatian church, namely, the issue of works righteousness vs. righteousness through faith. In the opening of Galatians Paul states that he is “amazed” that they have so quickly deserted the gospel that he taught them for a different and false “gospel.” In the first two chapters, Paul explains the gospel he taught them came straight from God, and that they should not listen to any other “gospel”. Next, he begins explaining just why the false teaching is false. Context of Galatians chapter 3 Moving into chapter 3, Paul explains that it is Faith which saves, not following the Law (works). “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up... read more
Is Faith A Crutch?

Is Faith A Crutch?

Faith is widely misunderstood today. Many consider faith to be merely a crutch used to cope with the realities of life. Faith is seen by many to be the rejection of reason and rationality. The prominent atheist Richard Dawkins considers faith to be, “the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”  – Rather than seeing Christians refute this claim, it seems many have come to accept that Mr. Dawkins is correct, and not only that, but it also appears that many Christians have come to see faith despite the evidence as something praiseworthy.   – Both of these ideas about faith are wildly inaccurate.   – Nowhere does the Bible advocate a “blind” faith or making a “leap” of faith. We should not believe in something just for the sake of believing.   – Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as being: “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”   – Therefore, faith is believing in things that we can’t see. At first reading, you may be wondering how this is any different than blind faith. If you’re believing in something you can’t see then you must have no good reason to believe it. It’s blind faith. Right?  –   Not so.   – We all rely a lot more heavily on faith than knowledge in everyday life. If we only acted on knowledge, then we would be paralyzed and unable to live. – Say you decide to go to McDonalds for your lunch break. You pick McDonalds because it’s quick,... read more
I Got a C For Defending the Bible: University Unmasked – 17

I Got a C For Defending the Bible: University Unmasked – 17

Back in December, I posted one of my college papers on my blog. This paper was for my New Testament class which wanted me to make the case for something I didn’t believe was true. Specifically, I had to argue that there are different versions of the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew and Luke (and Thomas) because the gospel authors each had an ax grind and were twisting the truth to fit their needs. Since the assignment said I could make my own observations, I thought I could give the position the class took, while also giving my own views. This would show that I understood the material taught in class, but disagreed. While I was aware this would probably hurt my grade to some extent, I thought I would still get a fairly high score. I was wrong. I ended up getting a “C” on the paper, and it had nothing to do with the quality of writing, or failure to follow the details of the assignment. I got a “C” simply because I didn’t agree with the bias of the class. Here is what the official grading looked like. Writing skills: Good. Well organized. Connection to the reading: Excellent! Judicious use of quotation. Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation: I appreciate the essay took a different approach, but the argumentation is extremely flawed and more or less disregards the teachings of the class completely. It is likely that Jesus did give a parable on a shepherd and the 1 and 99, but for very different reasons than what the essay gave. Grade: C What was so wrong... read more

University Unmasked: 15 – Embrace Everything! – Part 2 (Please Tell Me I’m Wrong!)

Fight the good fight: A continuation of Part 1 depicting the anti-Christian agenda prevalent at college.  At the end of the class, the instructors were saying that we must not merely tolerate the beliefs and “identities” of others, but we must accept them. “Tolerate is like something you do for a crying baby on a plane. You don’t like it, but you put up with it because you have too,” defined Ms. Smith. She was saying that tolerance isn’t very nice, and we should go beyond that, accepting others’ beliefs. In other words, we have to like their beliefs, and we have to agree that their identities are morally equal to what we believe is right. The wrongness of this pressed down on me so much that I again felt I had to speak. “So then…you are saying that there are no wrong beliefs? That no identity is better than another one?” I asked. Ms. Smith affirmed this. “So you don’t think there is any ultimate right or wrong? You don’t think that there are some beliefs or practices that are always wrong no matter who you are? There aren’t things we can say are alwayswrong?” I further questioned. “No, I couldn’t say some things are always wrong. Some things may go against what I believe, or my personal identities, but I couldn’t say that they are wrong.” Ms. Smith explained. “So…” I paused, wondering if I really wanted to go down this road. “Say I am sexually oriented toward children. Would you say Pedophilia isn’t wrong?” The room was shocked again. The other students must have thought my... read more

University Unmasked: 14 – Embrace Everything! – Part 1

Fight the good fight: An example of the anti-Christian worldview you will likely encounter should you attend college. *All of the racial/social classifications I use for individuals in this article came from the individuals themselves.  I was done with classes for the day, which meant I was in a good mood. That’s bad news for everyone else. I tend to care the least about what other people think of me when I’m in a good mood, which subsequently leads to me speaking openly. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Even worse news for everyone else, I had a “First Year Success Session” scheduled (my last one). This one was entitled “What’s That Chip In My Cookie?” and was about “Diversity.” Yes, I was going to have fun. So I headed over to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and found the room my session was supposed to be held in. As I walked through the building, I found it curious that all of the employees I encountered there were of same gender and race. Diversity? I was slightly early, so I took a seat and snapped a photo. Five to ten minutes later, the small classroom had filled up. There were only about a dozen of us, and I was only one of two white males in the room, so it appeared to me that diversity was alive and well. The guy who sat next to me (he was of Indian descent) did not appear to be in a good mood. So I smiled and asked him how he was doing, at which point he laughed and made a... read more

University Unmasked: 13 – Anti-Bible Bias

I recently finished my second college paper, which I had to write for the same class as the first: Introduction to New Testament Literature. The anti-Bible bias of the class was especially evident in this assignment. The prompt asked me to examine the different versions of the parable of the lost sheep and coin in Matthew, Luke, and the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, and show how and why they differed. What the class wanted me to do was point out how each Gospel manipulated the parable in order to fit their own personal agendas, and therefore conclude that it’s unlikely that Jesus really said what we have recorded today in the Bible. Since the class is very one-sided and only gives the opinion that the writers of the Bible had horribly sinister intentions, I had more than enough info to make the case that Bible contradicts itself due to the biased agenda of the authors. However, I don’t believe this is the case. This fact put me in the dilemma of how to get a good grade and yet still write what I believe and see as truth.  I can think of some “Adventures In Odyssey” and “Down Gilead Lane” episodes where characters were asked to write or say something they didn’t believe for a class because of their Christian beliefs. They refused, and failed the assignment. While their intentions were noble, I don’t believe we have to go to that extreme. Of course, I’m not yet sure what grade I received, so that is yet to be determined.  I tried to do my best to provide what the... read more

University Unmasked: 06 – Brainwashing

I had been anticipating some hardcore brainwashing in college, but I had yet to experience anything other than subtle social conditioning—that is until last week. – University State thinks Freshmen are stupid, and because of this assumed ignorance, we are required to attend seminars called “First Year Success Sessions.” These sessions cover a wide variety of topics: some practical, some propagandizing, and others are just wrong. Allow me to share some titles and descriptions of these sessions. –      Don’t Fumble Your Finances! o   “Interested in learning more about your financial aid? Come work with the Scarlet and Gray Team and staff from the Student Service Center to learn more about your loans, scholarships and how to maximize your money while in college! Students will complete a financial plan to help them plan for upcoming college expenses in this session.” §  This one actually sounds practical (so I signed up for it) but knowing this University, and judging from past University functions I’ve been forced to go to…it will be a waste of time. – Spiritual Wellness: It’s Not Just For Hippies! o   “In this session, students will participate in experiential games and interactive processes to first define spirituality, and then realize how it still applies to our world today. We’ll discuss how a spiritual approach can be used to cope with everything from roommate drama, to changing your major, to dealing with the stresses of everyday life! By the end of the session, participants will be aware of a variety of clubs, on-campus resources, and daily activities they can engage with to continue to develop their spiritual wellness... read more

Does The Apostle Paul Contradict Himself When Describing Salvation?

I had to write a paper for my college New Testament class, which has been teaching me how Paul contradicts himself frequently, and how the Gospels contradict each other left and right. Here is the prompt for the paper, and what I wrote (My sources were the class textbook, “Introduction To The New Testament,” by the popular Atheist, Bart Ehrman, and of course, the Bible.)  Summarize the forensic and participationist models of salvation in Paul and mount an argument that these two models are contradictory to one another in various ways.  Now discuss: do you (actually) think that is true or not? In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, he appears to be describing the entirety of his theology. While laying out his “Gospel” to the Romans, he seemingly depicts two different and contradictory models of salvation; the Forensic–or what Bart Ehrman labels the “Judicial Model” (Ehrman 254)–and the “Participationist Model” (Ehrman 255). However, upon closer inspection, these two “models” are actually describing two different facets of a single holistic method to salvation, and they don’t contradict at all. Just what are these two models? The Judicial model relates sin and salvation to a judicial system of government. God is the lawmaker who has made the laws for all people; however, everyone has broken these laws, and the penalty for breaking God’s laws is death (Rom 6:23). However, Jesus interceded for mankind with his death, took our punishment, and then rose from the dead for our justification (Rom 4:25). We have the option to either accept or reject God’s gift of life, and we accept by faith alone... read more

The Theory of Life: Evolution

Okay, to hold you guys over until I can finish part three, I figured I would post a paper I wrote last year for my college Biology class. I took the class at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, a secular university.   The questions in bold were what I had to answer for the paper, and I gave a strictly scientific response to each question. You will not find anything about God or the Bible in this report.    I used several peer-reviewed sources and frequent in-text citations, so you can be assured that none of the facts presented have been made up.    It is rather academic, but if you like academic papers, then you should find this interesting.   Enjoy!       Human Evolution       A popularized view   A more contemporary view   “Yes, what you see there is the complete Darwinian view of human origins, the complete package… The Darwinian picture has a long tradition and is very powerful.” David Pilbeam – Yale University Paleoanthropologist – “Darwin’s theory of evolution is often said to be protected by walls that are at least seven miles thick, in that it is not only true, but unassailable. It is a considerable irony, therefore, that some of the most cogent criticisms of Darwin’s theory are the result of work undertaken by very orthodox members of the biological establishment itself. Such criticisms are inevitably designated as calls for further research. They are, nonetheless, what they are.”– David Berlinski – How did we get here? Every guy and his cousin has an idea, but the dominant theory in the... read more