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PROBLEM SOLVING METHODOLOGIES
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For many, the life of faith is a life of burdensome works to earn or keep salvation. That is totally backwards. Listen and understand why. Outline below.
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This sermon, first delivered in 2012, is a good boost around the holidays, which can often be stressful and depressing for many of us. Enjoy.
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Former Christian and now atheist Cara has a blog at Think Atheist, and posted this list of questions and how she would have answered them as a Christian. I’m not sure if these answers now seem inadequate to her, or the standard answers were what made her lose her faith. Her questions aren’t, in my estimation, the most challenging, but I thought to answer them, if not for her sake, for her readers’. Her answers are preceded by A: mine by B:
1. If a hundred different religions have to be wrong for yours to be right, does this show that people from all over the world like to invent gods that don’t exist?
A: It shows that they have been deceived by false spirits or prophets. They all worship demons, unbeknownst to them.
B: It shows that mankind knows and or is wired to need a relationship with the divine, and lacking revelation, will default to many schemes, typically built on nature worship and/or superstition.
2. If your parents had belonged to a different religion, do you think you would belong to that religion too?
A: No. I was chosen by God to be his follower.
B: Statistically speaking, YES. However, this does little to determine the truth or falsity of a metaphysical claim, be it atheism or Christianity. It only shows us something about human nature.
I am very excited to be driving down to Los Angeles with Chris Date this weekend for the Rethinking Hell Symposium – those of us who are contributors at Rethinking Hell will be planning, brainstorming, and theologically geeking out in preparation for next summer’s inaugural Rethinking Hell Conference in Houston, TX.
Pray that our driving is safe, that our time is well spent and Spirit led as we plan to change the world by reforming the doctrine of hell from within Evangelical circles. And if you wonder what is up with the RH project, check out our primer.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
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