An Origin of Worth, Continued

What of Christianity? A recent study(1) revealed that some 42% of Americans believe that God created mankind in essentially its present state sometime during the last 10,000 years. A similar survey (Gallup, conducted in February 2001) revealed that some 48% of American favored creation over evolutionary origins. Perhaps providing some insight into the large scale acceptance of creation in America is the fact that it represents the most populous nation of Christians in the world, with some 70.6% of the population claiming to be Christian.(2) Outside of America’s borders, such views are rare in most cases, and essentially extinct in others.

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An Origin of Worth

I am a Biblical creationist, and as such I personally adhere to and publicly advocate that stance without hesitation. Further defined, I am a Young-Earth Biblical creationist, taking the Word of God very seriously, and expecting that (with exception to instances employing figures-of-speech and visions) the Bible says what it means and means what it says. Biblical creationism, not limited simply to the Young-Earth variety, (1) is by no means the only form of supernatural creation, and the differences, though subtle in some cases, set it apart from all others. What is it that makes Biblical creation different?

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The Christian Difference

There are at present approximately twenty major religions in this world, further divided into as many as three-hundred smaller classifications. With very few exceptions, most seem to be of the belief that theirs is the only “true” religion, and that all others are false. Some have suggested that all religions perhaps provide a path to that which we call God, yet by their very nature most religions are fervently exclusive for no other reason than their claim of truth, a declaration which immediately renders everything else a lie of some sort. Very few Muslims will suggest that a Christian will be happily accepted by Allah, just as very few Christian would expect a dedicated atheist to be found in Heaven. Advocates of such ecumenism – as it is called – are often woefully, perhaps even willingly, ignorant of this fact, yet it is absolutely vital in understanding that there can be but one path alone to the divine.

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In the Garden of God…

It’s a terrible truth that we – even dedicated believers – often painfully underestimate the power contained within the Scriptures. I will honestly say that there are portions of the Bible that, at times, feel to some as though they drag-on. This is our problem though, not some issue with the Word itself; we often desire to be entertained or provoked, and in the long passages of genealogical information and the like, some people find themselves slipping into disinterest. That’s not to say that this material isn’t valuable! Never make the mistake of ever considering anything in the Scriptures as useless or fluffy or just bulk material; every single word, every single phrase, every name and number has it place and purpose and is there because the Lord directed it to be. What’s really profound is when we take the time to dig into these places – indeed the Word as a whole – and see that there is so much more than just the obvious words on the page before us…

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Eternity is a Really Long Time…

How secure is our place in eternity? That’s the question this week. In the multifaceted debate between the Calvinist and Arminian perspectives, this issue is a big one, not because of the grave differences between then, but rather because very often both sides tend to agree. That’s not to say however that there isn’t a rather subtle difference that needs to be addressed; a difference that supersedes both sides in the conflict, and that may ultimately prove impactful for all believers…

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The Price of Admission

How great is God’s love? Even as I write this, I’m drawn to a particular hymn and the precious words thereof:

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.”

What is the price of admission to eternity? Who paid it? As our look at the contrast between Calvinism and Arminianism continues this week, we will specifically consider who he paid it for…

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A Chosen Few vs. the Choices of a Few

You know, this topic here, this debate into which I have wadded, is not an easy one. It’s full of sore issues and harsh realities and no small amount of hostility. Even so, there is merit – I believe – in digging in, in really trying to see what the Scriptures are trying to reveal to us. As we continue along, you will see that the extent – indeed, even the very existence – of will power is again at the forefront…

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