I love having discussions, debates, and sharing information with people. I hate arguing. There’s a fine line, but with arguing, emotions run high and the temptation to attack the person (ad hominem) increases. I like debate, but I don’t like confrontation. I also don’t like being wrong, so I try to not take a position on something until I’m satisfied that it is the right position. I gather the evidence, and I make the best decision I can. Then I take a stand based on principles found in the Bible. If I find out later that I’m wrong, I change.
I have a confession: I am human. That means that, as a son of Adam, I am a sinner. This means that I am not perfect. This means that I can (and often am) wrong. But every human being (other than Jesus Christ) reading these words is ALSO not perfect, and can be wrong. So when you read the things that I write, whether on Facebook or here on my blog, know that I am operating under the best information I have been able to determine, and I am not knowingly deceiving or misleading with the information I provide. When I say something here, I truly believe it to be the truth, and as such, I will defend it until it is proven to be not true.
My worldview is biblical. To me, this means that I view the world through the lens of the Bible, the written Word of God. If I see or hear something that goes against what the Bible says, I reject it, not the Bible. I know Christians who reject parts of the Bible with which they do not agree. I am not one of these. If the Bible says that I should not look at other women with lust, then I make every effort not to do so. If the Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman, then that’s the position I take. I don’t say, “well, obviously that’s wrong, because who cares what two consenting adults do?” In my reading of the Bible, it seems to me that the answer to that question is, “God does.”
There are Christians today who try to merge the Bible with the world. One example of this is theistic evolution. I like to think their mental process went something like this: “I know the Bible is true, but Evolution is also true. How do I reconcile these two beliefs? I know! Evolution is the process that God used to create the universe!”
I know other Christians who look at the Bible through the lens of secular science. They are viewing the Bible through the lens of the world. Their mental process goes something like this, “I know the Bible is true, but Evolution is also true. How do I reconcile these two beliefs? I know! Evolution is true, and the Bible is true insofar as it does not disagree with Evolution!”
Both of these are wrong. And evolution is just one example. Pick any issue you want: euthanasia, abortion, gay marriage, fiscal responsibility, feminism, etc. The short version is this: if what you think disagrees with the clear teachings of the Bible, then you need to change, not the Bible. Look at it this way: When you were in school, and you got the answer key to a test that you had taken, you were able to see what answers you got…….wrong. Right? You didn’t look at the answer key and try to figure out why the answer in the book was wrong because obviously your answer couldn’t be wrong. You took it for granted that the answer in the book was right, and you were wrong, since you put down a different answer. You then would attempt to figure out how to change so that you could arrive at the correct answer. Apply that to life and the Bible, and you have a biblical worldview.
When better to talk about getting right with God than on the anniversary of the day Jesus Christ rose from the grave? 1986 years ago today, He was alive, and is alive even now. Let us cast off this idea that people cease to exist after death! When I refer to someone who has died, I use the present tense to remind myself that they aren’t gone forever, they are simply living someplace else. Try it, and I think you will find it will change your attitude on death. Don’t say, “Grandma loved her grandkids.” Instead, say “Grandma loves her grandkids.” If Grandma was saved, then someday those of us who know Christ will be with her again, and what a glorious day that will be!
Even so, come Lord Jesus.