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Did it happen by chance?

I have written a couple of times on the issue of biomimicry.  That is, scientists and engineers are finding phenomenon in nature that they they wish to copy and ideas which they wish to harness for the good and benefit of humankind.  I have said that this copying that we are doing through biomimicry shows that there is a designer behind our world.  We find ideas or designs that are so complex in our world that the existence of such things point to a creator, not millions of years of evolving by chance.  This particular article talks about how German engineers attempted make more energy efficient plane wings by making them flap like a bird.  Take a look at the article and let me know what you think?  Are these engineers copying the design of the Master Engineer, or Creator, or are they just copying what happened by chance or millions and millions of years of evolution?

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There is a ebook published by SBTS Press which is a biblical response to the book God and the Gay Christian.  The author of the book, God and the Gay Christian, claims that a Christian can live in a same sex relationship and attempts to overthrow biblical morality.

The response to God and the Gay Christian has four contributors: Albert Mohler, James Hamilton, Jr, Denny Burk, Owen Strachan, and Heath Lambert.  You can download the ebook, God and the Gay Christian: A Response to Matthew Vines, here.

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Have you ever wondered if God has Liberterian Free will or not? Some recent things I’ve been reading have made me think about this. Greg Koukl says that God has Liberterian Free will within limits of what would not go against God’s nature. If this is the case, would you not say that God’s Free Will is compatibilistic rather than Liberterian or is it both? What are your thoughts? Watch the video and let me know.

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I just recently saw the movie “Ender’s Game.”  “What did you think of that movie?” my family asked.  I thought it was pretty ludicrous.  A couple of days after seeing the movie I ran across this review of it by Brian Godawa.  He describes it much better than I can.  Read his review of the movie here.  My recommendation is this: don’t watch it.

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I’ve heard on several occasions speakers at missions events try to throw a guilt trip on people.  Here is how it typically goes.  God’s plan to save the nations from hell is through the spread of the gospel.  We have failed in accomplishing this task so people are dying and going to hell every day.  Businessmen at companies like Coca-Cola and Apple have been able to develop plans for getting their product to the ends of the earth.  Shame on us!  If businessmen can get their product sold all over the world, why is it that we can’t get the gospel to all peoples of the world.  Businessmen are motivated by money.  We should be motivated by our love for our fellow man and our love for God. Why can we not get the gospel to the ends of the earth?  Do we not love God as much as businessmen love money?  Shame on us!!!

This line of argument makes my stomach churn.  It is definitely true that we need much more passion and abandonment in our efforts to spread the gospel.  We could probably do much more if we took the money we spent on football or basketball tickets and gave it to missions.  That is true.  However, the example I gave (and it is a real life example) implies that the gospel is something that is for sell.  It is not something that is for sale.  It is not something that we can get people to buy.  If people do not experience the effectual call of God then they will not respond to the gospel presentation.  Our job is to present the gospel.  Our job is not to present the gospel in a way that will appeal to them or get them to accept Christ.  Our job is to share the good news with them.  The rest is up to God.  We cannot convince people to follow Christ through better marketing or better strategy.  It is wrong to compare the gospel to something that is for sale.  

Let us not try to motive Christians to care about missions through guilt.  Let us motivate Christians to have a passion for the glory of God.  An outflow of Christians’ passion for God’s glory will be to see people from all nations worship God in Spirit and in Truth.  We are not selling something.  We have a story to tell.  It is a story that is costly.  It may even cost them their life if they choose to follow Christ.  

Jesus is not a brand to be sold.  He is Lord.  He offers forgiveness of sins but to follow him is costly.  People must weigh the cost of following Him whether it is losing jobs, families, or even personal freedoms.  It is not a matter of dropping a few bucks for some soft drinks or even a few hundred dollars on an iPod.  There is a much higher cost which we must we willing to pay as disciples of Christ.

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Have you wondered what countries to pray for when you pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Look no further. Open Doors has ranked the countries where persecution is worst. Pray for believers in these locations.

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It is so important in this day and age to understand that there are many forms of Christianity but that we all worship the same Christ.  We will all be worshipping God for eternity.  So we should hold unity up as a high virtue among various denominations and not divide over so many doctrines.  This is so true but I believe that we should only have unity with those who hold to the same main Biblical foundational truths.

I have been accused of being divisive at time but I think that theological errors are many times very difficult to detect and we should not just accept something because it sounds good on first glance.  Irenaeus warned against this.  He said this.

“Error, indeed is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced more true than truth itself.” (Against Heresies 1.2)

I got this quote from Stand to Reason’s blog by J. Warner Wallace.  I commend this blog post to you and keep your ears open for theological errors.  They will come to you cloaked in truth but with some twist that totally changes truth.  Be discerning.  Don’t value unity so much that you compromise truth.  If you encounter theological error confront it in love.

 

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