The Oneness of Thoughts

“No one who is a man pleaser preaches the whole counsel of God.” – R.C. Sproul

“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10 (NASB)

“It is better to be divided by truth than to be united by error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals than to speak falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is not love and it is not friendship when we fail to declare the full counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is better to stand alone with the truth than to be wrong with the multitudes.” – Adrian Rogers

There’s no other way.

Hi reader ๐Ÿ™‚

I just want to share a few yet essential claims of the Christian worldview. I think these claims would be appreciated if I’d give first a brief introduction about religious worldviews and the use laws of logic as it pertain to religious worldviews.

Religious worldviews in particular have views with regard to salvation. If we try to compare the major religious worldviews (e.g. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity) then we would inevitably arrive to a sober conclusion that their views on salvation are not the same. Using laws of logic particularly the law of non-contradiction, we could reasonably conclude that since these religious worldviews couldn’t be both true at the same and at the same relationship then only one of them could be true or all of them are false if the statements that they claim do not respond to reality. On a side note, the law of non-contradiction says that statements that contradict each other couldn’t be both true at the same time and at the same sense. Say for example, if I say that, “Justin is a boy,” and there’s some who says that, “Justin is a girl.” These claims – since they are in contradiction with each other – couldn’t be both true at the same time and at the same sense.

I’ll just focus on the Christian worldview because it’s the worldview that I seek to defend.

If there is a God then He should be perfect. If He is perfect then it logically follows that His rules or standards – which are an extension of His character – are also perfect. Our problem if this is true is that all of us are imperfect. This claim to imperfection is rather obvious. The evidence to support this claim to imperfection is manifested in our daily activities. We see crimes, bombings, and all that sort of stuff. We even hold people to a standard that we fail to observe – we don’t want people to lie to us but we have also lied to others.

I’ll just focus on what makes the Christian worldview distinct from other religious worldviews. It’s the only religious worldview that claims that salvation is by grace alone. Grace means unmerited favor – it means that God offered salvation based on His goodness. This salvation is undeserved by the recipients of it.

Having said that, I just want to focus as to why it’s unreasonable to assert that salvation could be earned by works (the opposite of grace). Salvation by works is unreasonable for the very reason that God’s standard is not human goodnessit’s perfection. And, we all fall short of that perfect standard because we’re all imperfect people.

If what happened in the garden of Eden is true then as a result of the fall of mankind, sin entered into the world and we as descendants of Adam and Eve also inherited their sinful nature that was brought about by the fall. Now, our whole being – our thoughts, affections, will, and everything in it – are corrupted by sin. The bad news is that we couldn’t do anything about it.

And here’s the good news:

God did what we could not do.

He send His Son into the world and condemned sin in the flesh of His Son: Jesus. He’s the perfect and holy sacrifice that satisfied the perfect and holy wrath of God. Apart from that sacrifice, we are imperfect sinners and the wrath of this righteous God still abides on us because we don’t obey the standard that He has given to us. We’re all destined to be punished by this God apart from the substitionary atoning death of His Son on the cross. That’s why salvation is by grace alone. Jesus lived the life that we could not live and died the death that we should have died. This is all because of His grace and His mercy.

The good news is that ill-deserving sinners received – if they’d accept the gift of salvation through faith alone – what they didn’t deserve. In this awesome plan of redemption, God did this so that He alone receives the glory.

If it is by works then why did God send His Son on this world to endure suffering even death on the cross?

If it is by works then Christ died for nothing. If it is by works then Christ’s sacrifice isn’t enough. If it is by works then God’s standard is not perfect. If it is by works then salvation is cheap because it could just be earned by imperfect people.

People are saved by trusting on what Christ has done to save us in order for us to have the eternal life that He wants for us. God killing His own Son was the most impossible thing that He could do yet He did it for us. Christ was not just killed. He was butchered like a sheep to be slaughtered. This is how much God loves us. He gave His only begotten Son so that believers have eternal life through Him because the wrath of God has been poured out to Christ in behalf of those who’d trust in Him.

That’s why the Apostle Paul could now joyfully say in Rom. 8:1 that, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

As we come to a close, I just want to thank you for your time. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Hi. Feel free to comment, criticize (I hope that it’s constructive), and ask questions. God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is the danger of not being like the Bereans?

I am hopeful that you would be blessed by the principle that you’ll read in this blog post. The principle that I would expound upon not just useful in evaluating theological claims, but it couldย  also be applied in our day-to-day activities – may it be businesses, health, relationships, and so on.

Most of us, if not all, think that we are trustworthy. Most of us easily trust people especially if they are nice to us. The mutual trust that we get from and give to other people is one of our main longings in this life.

Though that is the case, I think that trusting others easily is a little bit scary. This would give the person whom we trust the privilege to just say anything – even though it’s not supported with solid facts and truth. If our decisions are based on these unwarranted statements then the effects could be devastating.

Allow me to give a hypothetical example.

A notable financial analyst claimed that stock prices will go higher for the next six months because of the projects that were approved by the company’s CEO.ย  When traders and investors gained this knowledge, they bought the stocks for the hopes of selling at a higher price in the future. These traders and investors were expecting a favorable price change because of the decision made by the CEO that would favorably affect the stock price if the projects were successful. By means of this information, interested parties bought the stocks not knowing that the projects approved by the CEO have harmful ramifications on the health of the consumers who would purchase the products that are related to the projects. Consequently, there’s also high probability that the company could be sued because of this. Worst of all, this could lead to the declaration of the bankruptcy of the company. It would seem that interested parties who bought the stocks literally gave their money away. These unfavorable consequences stemmed in the failure to investigate the company’s projects.

Most of us base our decisions on the information that are relayed to us by people. Our tendency is just to rely on these statements without scrutinizing whether these statements are true or false. This tendency is more likely to take place when the source of the information is credible. I don’t mean to say that we should investigate all claims because it’d be inefficient. What I mean is for us to investigate the claims that would be used in making decisions. For our day to day choices essentially and partly govern the direction of our lives.

Having said those, it’s best to follow the examples of the Bereans. We’d have a glimpse of the Bereans in the Bible. It’s found in Acts Chapter 17 verses 10 to 15. For your reference, kindly see the passage below:

The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11ย Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there. 15ย Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.

I just want to apply the Berean principle as it relates to Sunday services and I hope you’d still bear with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just like the Bereans, let us listen with great eagerness the claims made by faithful ministers but let us not also immediately accept those claims to be true even if it’s heard from godly ministers. Let us scrutinize and thoroughly study the Bible daily to see whether things are so. This should be done in order for us to have the opportunity to duly substantiate the claims made and for us to have the opportunity to corroborate it with valid supporting evidences. Failure to apply this principle might lead us to accept anyย  statements from trusted ministers. Consequently, we might apply principles in our lives that shouldn’t be used in the first place or we might base our decisions on statements that are not duly substantiated.

I really appreciate that you’ve finished reading this blog post.

God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

Soli Deo Gloria