Tag Archives: The Doctrine of God

An Unexpected Way to Find Gratitude and Thanksgiving to God

Since trusting in Christ during my early adult years, I have spent the rest of my life accepting what the Bible teaches about the value and sanctity of human life[1] at face value without much reflection. Don’t get me wrong: I recognized that human life is valuable and I have always taken life-and-death situations very seriously. However, it was not until I encountered the philosophical concept of possible worlds that I felt the weighty, humbling honor of existing. The concept of possible worlds helped me to emotionally connect with the truth about the value of human life which, in turn, fanned the flame of gratitude and thanksgiving.

In order to have the concept of possible worlds fan the flame of your gratitude and thanksgiving to God, it will be necessary to understand a few terms. If you hear me out, I think it will be worth it.

The law of noncontradiction: The proposition that A cannot be both B and non-B at the same time in the same sense. “According to Aristotle, the laws of logic are not simply principles of human thinking. Because they are also laws of being, we may use them to grasp the logical … Keep Reading

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

In Truth in a Culture of Doubt, Andreas Köstenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw provide a concise explanation of the interaction between evil, the wickedness of sin, the cause human suffering, the holiness of God, and how God is good to us when we don’t deserve it.

“According to the Bible, people hurting others for no legitimate reason is evil, but this is only part of what makes evil so intolerable. According to the Bible, evil is evil because it offends a holy and righteous God. The magnitude of this offense is difficult for humans to imagine, especially in this day and age when personal accountability is in increasingly short supply. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do.  But the Bible teaches that, in a general sense, all suffering is rooted in cosmic rebellion against a God who tried to tell us what to do. How dare he? Due to this rebellion the good and perfect world God created descended in a downward spiral. Because we all, not only corporately but also individually, are part of this rebellion, we approach the question of God and his role in human suffering with the notion that we … Keep Reading

Recommended Short Reads (7/21/2016)

Is God the Father like my Father? “In the Bible, the family unit gives us a picture of how God relates to us, his children…our earthly fathers give us a picture, a shadow, of what God the Father is truly like.” This article gives some advice and some hope for those whose fathers are absent or abusive.

Why We Don’t Punish Our Kids The difference between punishment and discipline for the parent who shepherds their child.

Loving Muslims Begins with Honesty Here’s an excellent conversation with D. A. Carson discussing the differences between Christian and Islamic theology about God and the grounds of forgiveness/salvation and whether or not we should say we worship the same deity.  “Better than minimizing the differences between the central beliefs of Christianity and Islam — and they are central and significant — is acknowledging the differences and modeling disagreement with courtesy and respect.”

How Should I Process the Current Tensions and Violence in Our Country? Kevin DeYoung offers a number of helpful suggestions to respond in a Christian way to the tensions, violence, and racial discord evident in recent events.

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