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Ain’t no such thing in the Bible, so why are things like this venerated? A mass-produced, man-made item of paper, wood and paint somehow produces myrrh? Really?!? Have you read Hebrews recently?

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As a Christian should we censor and condemn his crass, vulgar comedy or celebrate and champion his vociferous attack on those who would silence disagreeable opinions?

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It’s about thinking carnally like the world, and that is not at all how God calls to think, so let’s get our act together.

We are to be teaching the world what it means to be a good neighbor and citizen, what it means to live morally and ethically, what it means to live well; not the other way around. It aint easy, but it’s what God calls us to do. So stand up straight with your shoulders back, and get to it.

Or, how we hate being compared to a high standard and those who actually live it out. Or, why we need moderation and balance, not extremes.

Are you religious? The answer to that question may depend on what continent you live on. No, really, it might indicate a lot. But what does being religious mean?

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The Atlantic Article: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/american-atheists-religious-european-christians/560936/

The Apostle Paul’s admonition is so simple, ‘that you may learn not to go beyond what is written’, so why is it so difficult for us to follow? I contend that if we followed this unity among the church would astound the world and glorify God.

Haidt explains our current state of affairs as a society, the death of religion has been slow, but the atheist-rationalists are succeeding and seeing society crumble because of it.

This isn’t my opinion, but the opinion of political scientists Putnam and Campbell and psychologist Haidt, three secular scientists. And it’s not because they help members of their own community, their charity extends beyond their close religious community. It’s also not because of any particular doctrine, but is in large part due to their community. It’s like the Bible says, do not forsake the gathering of the saints. And now we see the purpose behind this statement. Let’s look closely at their findings.

When the Righteous Suffer, what is your response? It is all too common for people to blame the one suffering for having some great unreported sin. But this is a narrow-minded and self-righteous view for there are many reasons why someone suffers bad things in their life. But what if you’re neither the blameless (as clearly testified to by God) or the sinful self-righteous? Elihu is the answer.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in the middle of a trial:
1. Am I a believer?
2. Do I really know what God is like?
3. Am I walking in fellowship with God? Living by faith, by the Holy Spirit, in the Word of God, and in Love?
4. Do I accept the fact that what I believe is more important than what I feel?
5. Am I watching for the good that God is working out in my life and this testing?

When the Righteous Suffer, what is your response? It is all too common for people to blame the one suffering for having some great unreported sin. But this is a narrow-minded and self-righteous view for there are many reasons why someone suffers bad things in their life. Job’s three friends are an example to us of this narrow-minded and sinful attitude.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in the middle of a trial:
1. Am I a believer?
2. Do I really know what God is like?
3. Am I walking in fellowship with God? Living by faith, by the Holy Spirit, in the Word of God, and in Love?
4. Do I accept the fact that what I believe is more important than what I feel?
5. Am I watching for the good that God is working out in my life and this testing?

Public professions of a loss of faith… what’s at the root of this? Superficial worship songs and shallow teaching. The recent stories of Josh Harris and Marty Sampson may not be proof but they sure are indicative.

When the Righteous Suffer, what is your response? It is all too common for people to blame the one suffering for having some great unreported sin. But this is a narrow-minded and self-righteous view for there are many reasons why someone suffers bad things in their life. And no one more clearly proclaims this than Job. He was upright and blameless, but still needed to grow in his knowledge of God.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in the middle of a trial:
1. Am I a believer?
2. Do I really know what God is like?
3. Am I walking in fellowship with God? Living by faith, by the Holy Spirit, in the Word of God, and in Love?
4. Do I accept the fact that what I believe is more important than what I feel?
5. Am I watching for the good that God is working out in my life and this testing?

One size doesn’t fit all nor does one tool work for all. If it’s a tool, it could easily become plastic and fake. A rehearsed mantra isn’t what’s needed, especially since, as we discussed before, everyone has very different virtues they value and will hear messages quite differently.

Your share the gospel, trying to convince others of God’s reality, His plan and His purpose for their life? But are you doing this for your own name or His?

Our personality informs and guides our inclinations. Strong value of authority leans us to making Christ Lord and living under his authority. A strong value of liberty leans us to rejoicing in being set free from sin. A strong value of sanctity might lead us to studying what God thinks is good and bad. But the Holy Spirit by the Apostle Peter has laid out a framework for growth.

If we can’t honestly deal with what is and isn’t being restricted in these passages, how can we possibly handle more complex scripture? But the way we handle things like this is deeply rooted in the human psyche, and I mean really deeply rooted.

A point by point rebuttal of absolutely everything Huffpo said! No, not really, quite the opposite actually. You see it’s not about each logical argument, it’s more about the persons individual inclination and leaning, and how to respond to That!

Is the foundation to any successful evangelistic effort, first of foremost the living out of faith on the part of the apologist? If you’re not walking the walk, dare you even talk the talk? Ravi argues for something much like this, let’s take a look.

Much like Cru’s ‘The Four Spiritual Laws’, do Billy Graham’s tools reach out to all people, whether liberal or conservative? Now that we understand the moral foundations of Care, Authority, Liberty, Loyalty, Fairness and Sanctity, does the prayer on the website work for all people or is it likely to turn off a person leaning toward God?

Cru’s ‘The Four Spiritual Laws’, are they still valid and useful? Now that we understand the moral foundations of Care, Authority, Liberty, Loyalty, Fairness and Sanctity, is there a better way to present these laws to the person we are talking with? I think these four laws hit heavily upon the care, fairness and liberty virtues very positively for all people; it is authority where some may stumble and we need to be ready to help them.

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https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/share-the-gospel/evangelism-principles/my-old-school-way-of-sharing-the-gospel.html

The Four Spiritual Laws Booklet: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html

Sanctity of Life, that’s easy; what about the sanctity of living? Haidt, the secular psychologists talks about sanctity in your own life as being important, an upright spirit. Jordan Peterson talks about treating yourself like someone you are responsible for helping. And of course God says “Be holy for I am holy.” But still, there is something more.

Is it fair of God to send people to hell? The flip side would be, is it fair for God to reward a bad person with life in heaven? The liberal mind values fairness but is more concerned about outcome; whereas the conservative mind values fairness but leans to equality of opportunity. Let’s not judge each other so harshly, let’s instead look at how God views this and then receive each other charitably.

Loyalty is one of the six moral foundations identified by Jonathan Haidt, and as we’ve seen before, liberals, moderates and conservatives view this virtue differently. But this is perhaps the least controversial of all the virtues, at least it seems that way.

Part 6: Liberty is nearly universally valued, so the question is what of the other six key values are superior or subservient to it? Jonathan Haidt points out in The Righteous Mind that liberty is valued and shared by liberal, moderate and conservative people. But there are differences about the equality of the value compared to others. Let’s look into this and discover how each of these mindsets approach liberty and putting limits on such liberty.

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

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