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This doctrine single handedly transformed the way that I look at salvation. When I encountered this doctrine it shocked me to my theological core. Yet the shock was not that someone taught this doctrine. I knew of many weird doctrines that people believed and taught about the Bible but when I looked into them I quickly found that they did not have the support of the scriptures themselves. Yet this doctrine leaped off the pages of scripture at me once my heart was prepared to accept it.
When I started to pay attention to the teachings of the word on the nature of man I was surprised at the disconnect between theologians of past and present and the teachings of the Bible regarding the nature of man. To me it seems quite clear.
You have heard it before while discussing theology: “Well that is just your interpretation.” Or, if you declare a passage to be clear on a subject, you might hear: “If this passage is so clear then why are there so many people who don’t believe that it says that?” But these statement, while they are appealing on the surface, harbor serious epistemological problems for the Christian.
Except that is a thing, a big thing. Everyone has a worldview that they utilize to answer the above question and oh so many more questions, like, all the questions.
People have asked me why I believe what I do about Calvinism. So in an attempt to offer a full explanation here is an 11 Part series that explains my reasons for believing that Calvinism is just shorthand for biblical when it comes to so many doctrines.
Identity is a powerful thing. Our identities inform our decisions as they permeate out from our hearts. Our identities shape the way we feel about the world around us which in turn shapes the way that we act in response to this world. So what about our identities?
The satisfaction of the object of your lust is like holding mist. The vapors of the promise filter through your hands and the happiness that was promised gives way to an angry, cavernous emptiness. But now that we know about this insidious lie what are we to do?
Sin is a promise. Each time you are tempted to sin you are being tempted in more than one way: you are tempted to sin in some way, to lust after an attractive person or a thing that will make you happy, and you are tempted to believe a promise.
The other implication of babies personhood being true in this current culture is that we are living in sin. And this is especially true of the Church. Think of the silence of the Christian Church during Nazi Germany. This was a terrible thing. That the church could have been basically silent during this period is some that I think we cast judgement on them for. We might say, with a tone of pride as though we are better than they, that given the same circumstances we would fight.
I have a strange fascination with loss. Not to say that I look forward to it. But it seems to be such an overlooked thing. I feel like it is the ax wielding murderer in the room that no one is acknowledging is there.
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