Dar noi ne lăudăm în Isus Hristos

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Doriţi o definiţie simplă a unui creştin, a unui creştin adevărat? El este un om care se laudă, se făleşte şi se bucură în Isus Hristos. Lauda lui nu este nici ambiţia, nici munca, nici femeile, nici hobby-ul, nici casa, nici ieşirile la vânătoare. O doamnă în vârstă, oricând prindea ocazia, conducea discuţia la nepoţii ei. Aceea era lauda ei. Am cunoscut oameni care aveau colecţii de maşini, de instrumente, de vârfuri de săgeată, sau chiar de nasturi. Acestea erau lucrurile cu care ieşeau în evidenţă. Pentru unii poate fi o coafură mai ciudată, un articol de îmbrăcăminte, sau chiar sărăcia lor. Pentru unii este biserica lor sau slujirea lor. Oamenii trebuie să aibă ceva cu care să se laude, chiar dacă acel lucru este chiar păcatul lor, ruşinea lor, Filipeni 3:19.

Dar creştinii se laudă în Isus Hristos – persoana şi lucrarea Lui. Noi ne lăudăm cu existenţa Lui eternă, cu întruparea Lui umilă, cu viaţa Lui perfectă, cu minunile pe care le-a făcut, cu moartea Sa înlocuitoare, cu învierea Lui plină de putere, cu înălţarea Lui supremă, cu mijlocirea Sa eficace, cu domnia Lui suverană, cu a doua Sa venire şi cu dreapta Sa judecată. Noi ne lăudăm cu dragostea Lui incomparabilă, cu pacea Sa care întrece orice pricepere, cu mila Sa blândă, cu iertarea Lui incredibilă, cu măreaţa Lui mântuire, cu sfinţii Săi maiestuoşi, cu înţelepciunea Sa fără de margini şi cu nădejdea Sa binecuvântată. Natura creştinului îl face să se ferească de a se lăuda cu orice altceva decât cu crucea lui Hristos pe care vina păcatului său a fost îndepărtată, Galateni 6:14.

Creştinul a văzut că nu există nimic altceva vrednic cu care să se laude. Orice altceva e trecător, şubred, slab şi ţărână. Orice alt lucru este relativ, iar anul următor altcineva îl va face mai bine şi apoi va muri. Împăraţii mor. Imperiile se năruie şi sunt uitate. Dar Isus Hristos trăieşte şi împărăţeşte. În cele din urmă, toţi se vor înfăţişa înaintea Lui şi El va primi slava. Noi strigăm acest lucru de pe acoperişul caselor. Eşti mândru de Isus Hristos?

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Veridicitatea Scripturii (Subtitrare in Limba Romana)

De exemplu, specialistii considera ca Iliada prezinta o acuratete aproape totala deoarece perioada dintre original si cele mai timpurii copii este de aproape 400 de ani si exista 643 copii ale operei. Urmand acelasi exemplu, „Razboaiele Galice’ ale lui Cezar se considera a fi o lucrare de o mare acuratete, desi perioada este de 1000 de ani si exista doar 10 copii.

Noul Testament, pe de alta parte, nu are egal cand e vorba despre aceste criterii. Nu exista alte scrieri istorice care sa se apropie macar  de performanta aceasta. Timpul scurs intre scrierea Bibliei si cea mai timpurie copie este de 50 de ani si au supravietuit pana in prezent circa 25,000 de manuscrise. Dar, de ce este importanta aceasta acuratete? Pentru ca, in esenta, inseamna ca Dumnezeu spune: „Eu am protejat cuvantul Meu scris, in tot acest timp, pentru ca tu sa-l poti tine acum in mana, sa-l citesti si sa stii ca este revelatia corecta despre Mine. Vreau sa Ma cunosti pe Mine si caile Mele, asa ca ti-am dat cuvantul Meu, demn de incredere.”

VIDEO by bisericaefraim

Was Adam „good” before the Fall? Doug Wilson

Ask Doug: I am trying to understand what is meant by God calling Adam and Eve, His prized creation, „good.” Did that mean perfect? Did that mean sinless? If so, did they need Jesus before the fall? If not, what would you say they were? canonwired.com/featured/adam-good-pre-fall/ (Photo credit www.christianbookexpo.com)

They needed Jesus before the fall, they needed the grace of God before the fall, but, what they did not need was forgiveness, before the fall. Every creature depends upon the grace of God. Fallen creatures require a special form of grace, which is forgiveness, mercy, where God deals with our rebellion and forgives our sins.

What Adam and Eve were before the fall, I would describe as ‘they were in a probationary status’. They were sinless and they were good, but it was untested innocence. Had they passed the test that was given to them, and had refrained from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, then they would have been settled, or established, or confirmed in their innocence, which I would describe as righteous. It was an untested innocence that moved into a mature tested righteousness.

God was giving them good gifts, and it was all the grace of God. It says in Luke that Jesus grew in grace. Well, Jesus experienced the goodness of God, the grace of God, but He never experienced the grace of God in forgiveness.

They (Adam & Eve) needed Jesus to pass the test, that they failed to pass. So, if Adam and Eve had said no to the serpent, and had refrained from eating from that tree, and they got through to the other side, here’s the thought experiment: would they have needed to say a little prayer of thanks, that they’ve been spared? I think, obviously, yes. They needed to trust God and obey God through that whole event. They didn’t and so they fell. Had they done so, they would have been sustained by the preserving grace of God. It still would have been unmerited favor, which is different than demerited favor.

A lot of our debates about the grace of God get gummed up because Christians are using the word grace maybe equivocally. Most of the time, we as sinners, experience grace as favor from God that we actively demerited. We behaved in such a way that what God gives us is mercy and grace. It is the very opposite of what we were insisting on getting.

Now, the instant before Adam had life breathed into him, when he was still dirt, he was dirt that had done nothing to earn or merit his coming life. It was unmerited life. So, the life that God breathed into him was unmerited, but it wasn’t demerited.

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….when Adam spurned that grace, God gave him everything he needed for life and godliness. And when Adam spurned that and fell into sin, he actively demerited any continued goodness from God, but God continues His goodness anyways.

click on video to listen to the entire answer (conversation).

Ask Doug: Was Adam „good” before the Fall? from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

Pantheism vs. Christianity in animation

Definition of PANTHEISM

1: a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe
2: the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also : toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire)
— pan·the·ist  noun
— pan·the·is·tic  also pan·the·is·ti·cal  adjective
— pan·the·is·ti·cal·ly  adverb

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism,metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism
Photo on right – Baruch Spinoza. The philosophy of Baruch Spinoza is often regarded as pantheism, although he did not use that term. (Wikipedia)

pantheism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Doctrine that the universe is God and, conversely, that there is no god apart from the substance, forces, and laws manifested in the universe. Pantheism characterizes many Buddhist and Hindu doctrines and can be seen in such Hindu works as the Vedas and the Bhagavadgita. Numerous Greek philosophers contributed to the foundations of Western pantheism. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the tradition was continued in Neoplatonism and Judeo-Christianmysticism. In the 17th century Benedict de Spinoza formulated the most thoroughly pantheistic philosophical system, arguing that God and Nature are merely two names for one reality.

 VIDEO

Scene: This is a brief cartoon of a conversation between a Pantheist and a Christian. This was made from an email account between these two different points of view. Teaching Point: This is a pretty funny and fascinating exchange between the Christian and the Pantheist.

 

Pantheism Vs Christianity from Anchorsaway Ministries on Vimeo.

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Man was born rebellious – More Christians should learn how to animate / illustrate/ make a point (watch this great video!)

Photo credit animatorvsanimation.wikia.com

Since we live in a technological age, we should be encouraging our kid’s creativity in the area of electronics. We could make some very interesting videos expressing some REAL TRUTHS that point to Christ. In other words, use this in apologetics to make a point, or a thousand points. Nothing opens up someone eyes like a great illustration (except Jesus and God through the Holy Spirit). Jesus used a lot of parables to drive points home to His listeners.

Here is a very, very good example of creativity.  SHARE with your Christian friends and your families. It is very humorous and reminds me of mankind, always rebelling against our own Creator and making pacts with our peers to build that tower of Babel… ok, I am stretching it a bit here… Enjoy!

VIDEO by redfoxxxx There is at least this one youtube channel that offers tutorials on these animation – http://www.youtube.com/user/AlanBeckerTutorials

See also an example of animation here-

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