The Great Gift of Sin: Why Our Depravity Gives Us Hope

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Ever feel confused about the topic of sin? You should, because it is confusing. Ever feel like God is impossible to please? It’s only natural to arrive at that conclusion once you understand a few things about how He defines sin. In this post, we’re going to sort out the confusion that leads to you feeling depressed and hopeless about ever being good enough in God’s eyes and help you understand how easy He is to succeed with. We’ll also learn why salvation is a permanent deal, and not some flimsy thing that you have to worry about losing through bad behavior.

In the Church today, various Christian denominations take drastically different stands on the subjects of sin and salvation. Some insist that it’s possible for you to be sinless. Many teach that unless you continuously strive and strain to be good, God will revoke your salvation and disown you. Cruise around the internet and you’ll find some very hostile language getting used on both sides as everyone insists that their views are right and everyone else is speaking for Satan. If Christian leaders can’t agree with each other on such essential theology, how can you ever hope to find peace yourself? How can you ever gain a confident understanding about what God requires of you and when He’s pleased with you? The answer’s simple: you need to talk to God directly. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes with God: Mass Casualties

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In this post, we are going to discuss the topic of humans being mass slaughtered on earth. We are not going to be discussing this subject from the typical horrified human perspective, but rather from the Divine perspective. The goal of this discussion is to try and appreciate the vast complexity of Divine strategies at work in situations of mass slaughter.

Now if this is a sensitive subject for you and you’re looking for guidance in how to deal with a traumatic experience you have undergone, this is not the right post for you to be reading. We’re not going to be discussing how to cope with these situations as human beings—that’s a topic for a different lesson. This post is for those of you who are wanting to get behind the scenes with God in times of mass slaughter and gain a better understanding of the positive things He is accomplishing. Continue reading

If God controls everything, how is it fair that He punishes us for making certain choices?

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God’s control over this universe is absolute—this is something He makes quite clear in the Bible. But also in the Bible, we find God talking to people as if they are making a bunch of independent choices. So how does that work? If God is really controlling everything, how can our choices be more than that of automatons? And if God has preprogrammed us to like certain things, and think certain ways, then how can He blame us for making choices He doesn’t like? Aren’t we all just living out some prewritten script? These are the questions we’ll answer in this post.

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