Most Christians don’t see the link between their eschatalogy (their belief about the end times) and their outlook on life. Probably because most aren’t ever taught by their pastors or churches to consciously think about it. But being pessimistic about the future, which premillennialism and amillenialism are, leads, in principle, to a loss of personal responsibility in the present. This leads to covenant-breaking. Continue reading
Category Archives: Blessings
The title of this article is that of Book 3, Chapter XXI of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. Right off the bat, he confirms for his readers what most people find abhorrent: God has chosen before the foundation of the world those who receive salvation and those whom he has predestined for eternal destruction. Continue reading
I have argued that I think paying the tithe is still mandatory. The first mention of the tithe was in Genesis 14, when Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek. An argument against the mandatory tithe is that it was not mandatory for Abraham to pay his tithe, that he did so “freely.” The rationale would be that we, too, aren’t required, but should do so freely as we see fit. Let’s examine this. Continue reading
What are some reasons why Christians may reject the binding authority of the mandatory tithe today? Why would they give up the benefits of a system that God has rigged in our favor? Look at the following Scripture: Continue reading
This story is interesting not because an archeologist has claimed to have found evidence of Noah’s flood; it’s interesting that the story was published rather unblemished and with little ridicule in the mainstream media. Continue reading
What are you thankful for?
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever (Psalm 136:1-3) Continue reading
In the Old Testament God promised covenantal blessings and curses on the nation of Israel for obeying or disobeying his laws. The land and the weather served as God’s sanctioning agents (though not exclusively).
Leviticus 26 is a comprehensive discussion of blessings and curses for obedience or disobedience. Deuteronomy 28 is very similar. Continue reading