The Origin of Satan

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Well, given the holiday, I thought there would be nothing more appropriate to discuss today than this. Hahaha, relax it’s a joke. I know if you celebrate Christmas you’re probably in horror that I would say that, but don’t worry, I know this holiday has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Though perhaps it does have something to do with one of Satan’s plans of mass deception, but that’s debatable speculation, and I digress. But there’s something important to be learned here, which will continue to help us in carefully studying the Word just like the Bereans did in Acts 17:11. What we’re going to learn here, is that we should not follow the Scripture on the basis of traditional or even present man-made teachings as some do, and follow the Scripture on the basis of what it states and indicates. As Paul so eloquently states in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.” (more…)

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The Police, African-Americans, and Emotional Irrationality

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

I intended to write on a passage in Acts today on correction, but a recent news story has compelled me to take my opportunity to address a social issue for the first time in one of my posts. As you may or may not have read yet, unfortunately there’s been another moment of confrontation between the police and an African-American citizen. The story is still fresh, but as the current facts I read that have been reported, an 18 year old African-American male was being questioned by officers in St. Louis, and then apparently pulled out a gun. The officer responded by firing at the teen and he was killed. Unfortunately this began yet another protest that the media surely enjoys broadcasting for ratings. It can be difficult to get a firm grasp on an issue so high in emotions, and perhaps that’s the problem. I understand when an issue involves deaths; emotions will always be difficult to control. (more…)

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The True Purpose of Christianity

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

It’s hard for me to understand why people look at the Scripture through the lens of it being all about the prosperity of man. It’s hard for me to understand why people view Scripture through the lens of it being all about a personal journey of one’s own fulfillment.  I’ve been diving into Scripture of late, then I find myself reading the Christianity blog posts on here, and it’s so strikingly evident that most people who profess to be Christian really don’t seem to know the true purpose of Christianity. As I stated in previous posts, the Christian journey is not God placing you on some personal life journey all about you, your growth as a person, and eventually you getting the desires of your heart. (more…)

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Why “praying to receive Christ” won’t get you saved

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Building off of what I stated near the end of my last post, I’m writing this post to continue to fulfill God’s will for my life as a follower of Christ, by advancing the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’ve previously written a post on what the Scripture seems to indicate on how one receives salvation, which I’d highly recommend you’d read, but I never addressed the topic of how many professed Christians today promote the belief of one praying to receive Christ in order to gain salvation. Before I address this topic, I would just simply request that we withhold all pre-held beliefs and conclusions, and just let God lead us through His Word in what He appears to show us to believe and conclude. It’s something that I want to continually stress in every post that I write, that with anything in life, we have to continually ask questions and investigate Scripture objectively rather than just looking at it through the prism of what our traditions have taught us. We have to research the verses on whatever we’re trying to understand, and do our best to put all of the Scripture together, acknowledging all of the Scriptural facts in establishing our beliefs. (more…)

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Does God vocally speak to Christians?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

I’ve desired to write on this particular topic for a while, and it’s something I’ve always had a curiosity about even before I actually became a scripturally saved follower of Christ a few years ago. I’ve had many of friends in life that profess to hear from God. I’ve heard many of televangelists and self-proclaimed preachers in different churches claim to have heard messages from God to deliver to the people, and seen many of professed Christians that believe God has vocally spoken to them about what to do in their life. In discussing this topic, I want us to avoid entertaining our own personal experiences, because I would assert that personal experiences mean nothing if they aren’t backed up by the truth of God’s Word. My goal in opening a dialogue on this topic is for us to do as best as we can to formulate a complete understanding, based on all of the Scripture, of whether God speaks to us vocally today or not. (more…)

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Observing blog posts tagged as Christianity

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

 

As much as I enjoy writing these posts, I also like to take the time to observe what my other fellow bloggers who write on Christianity are writing about. When I observe the posts that pop up in the Christianity tag, it’s always interesting to me how much I see just about the same things. The common theme of topics seems to reflect Christianity as one’s personal journey of triumph that God is preparing and changing that person for. Whether it’s a new job, a spouse, or whatever, that’s what the Christian journey all seems to boil down to for some. God being the deliverer of personal fulfillment of one’s earthly desires in life. When I read these types of posts, I always find it really odd, because it sounds nothing like what I read in the Scripture. (more…)

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Jesus Christ vs. Christmas

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

A week from now, people all around the world will be celebrating the holiday known as Christmas. Some will be putting their trees up with presents underneath, and others will be making a point to centralize this event as the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It will once again completely baffle me for a number of reasons. Though before I get into those reasons, it would seem best to set a foundation for this conversation. Let us observe (2 Timothy 3:16) which states, “All scripture is inspired by God and is[a] useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”. Alright, now let’s carefully read this. (more…)

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Getting married according to Scripture

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Today I thought I’d discuss the topic of how men and women got married in the Scripture, and what it seems to illustrate as the proper course of action for men and women who desire to get married today. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, my goal in my writings (and subsequently in my life) is to seek an authentic religious experience reflective of what the Word of God states and illustrates. So I think this will be different from your typical “How to find the spouse God has for you” articles that inundate the web. Through studying Scripture closely, I think I’ve come to some reasonable conclusions that I hope will be helpful for you as it has been for me. (more…)

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Lessons from 1 Timothy: Chapter 1

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Hello readers. I was serious about what I meant in my previous post, so here I am again. Today I’m going to be highlighting some things we can learn from First Timothy, and I’m going to start with Chapter 1. I may go through the rest of the chapters in the future. I was re-reading through this book the other day, and I underlined a few things that I found to be helpful for understanding what represents authentic teaching, and also other little things I found of interest. So let’s begin with 1 Timothy verse 3 which states, “3 I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine,” Now throughout 1 Timothy we have a prevailing theme of Paul expressing the difference between false teaching and authentic teaching for the Church. (more…)

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