Big Issues from a Christian Point of View

Major issues that affect people in the world today. Discussion of spirituality, religion, life after death, ethics, sexuality.

Rock and Roll and Pop Music

Ever since the ’60’s, Rock Music has been incredibly popular. Today it continues to be incredibly popular in its various
forms. You can hear it on the radio, on TV, in shopping centers. People love the feeling this music stirs up in them. Its a
multi-billion dollar industry. Its influence is everywhere. Well known rock singers are known and admired the world over.
Their publicity material adorns the bedrooms of many an adolescent admirer!

Suffering as a Believer

Christian believers are not immune from suffering. In fact, sometimes
it seems that sincere Christian believers suffer more than others! God
has promised us many things, but He has not promised us immunity from suffering
in this life. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord
delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19).

Is God Really Good?

It is natural to ask, especially at times of pain or suffering in our
own lives: “If there is a good God, why does he allow so much pain and
suffering?”

Other people are more aggressive in their approach. They say that the
Bible itself proves that God is evil, according to any standard of human
decency. But see below.

A useful dialogue to read on this subject. Click here
to read. I begin to address some of the theological issues in my teaching
for new believers.

Pain and Suffering

Suffering is real. How can we make sense of it? What can we learn from
it? Can we overcome it?

People have different ideas about what is wrong with our world. Obviously
economic injustice, political factors, racism, religious hatred and greed
are factors in the existence of suffering. But they are not the only ones.
They all point to a far more insidious source – one which is in fact not
at all far from our human hearts.

Suffering and pain tell us that something is wrong.

Postmodernism and the Death of Truth

Postmodernism is a term which describes a way that many people think
today. There has been a revolution in popular values over the last several
decades. No longer are people so ready to think in absolute terms. Postmodernism
arms us with a method of calling everything into question and promoting
a new cultural agenda
. For some, this path promises great liberation
while for others it seems to lead to despair and nihilism. Something has
been happening in our culture.

Eternal Hell

How Could A God of Love Send People to Hell?

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.”

Origins of Halloween

Every year on
October 31st, millions of children around the world look
forwards to racing home from school, eating an early dinner,
scattering around to put on their costumes, grab a pillow case or a
grocery bag and get ready to walk door to door shouting out, “Trick
or Treat” to have somebody come to the door, sometimes dressed
up themselves and receive a tasty treat to enjoy for weeks or even in
some cases, even days to come.

Are Miracles Real?

Should it surprise a true believer in God that God is working miracles today? According to the Bible, “Jesus Christ is the
same, yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). If Jesus was ever a miracle worker, He is today. Did He ever tell you
He had stopped doing miracles? To deny miracles is to mock prayer today, since even the slightest true answer to prayer
involves a measure of divine intervention. God can do whatever He wants at any time. He has not gone on an extended
vacation.

Love, Sex and Relationships

Love, sex and relationships! We all want to be loved, appreciated and
have pleasure and fulfilment in our lives. God gave us all the capacity
to love and be loved, to have special friendships with others. He also
gave us a sexual nature, and sexual desires. This was not just so that
we would keep the human race going, but also because God wanted us to enjoy
oneness with a life partner. This unity is actually a very powerful symbol
of the way God wants it to be between us and Jesus Christ. That is what
the Bible teaches!

Sex is a gift from God. It is not evil.

Life After Death

It is truly important to consider, and if possible, to know, what happens
to us after we die. Some, who believe we are just accidental physical systems
in an ultimately meaningless universe would have us believe that we have
no existence after we die. Our personhood is finished as we become dead,
rotting meat. This view generally equates mind with brain, and denies the
existence of the spiritual world. In this view, your brain activity is
just a product of physical laws. “Your” decisions are outcomes of the laws
of physics. Don’t congratulate yourself if you have this view.

 

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