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It is difficult to count the times I have been told by someone that they are entitled to their opinion and I am not sure where people get this notion.
In an argument this is a logical fallacy (it exemplifies a red herring fallacy).
Think about it for a moment. An opinion by definition is subjective. It has attached to it a certain degree of uncertainty and is useless in and of itself in any argument.
We all have opinions, but we are not necessarily entitled to have them (this is something C.S. Lewis speaks of when confronted that he did not have the right to hold a particular belief...perhaps in Mere Christianity, I can't recall the source).
The only opinions to which we have an entitlement are those for which we can reasonably...
In my Bible reading today, I came upon a verse that reminded me of another passage. Psalms 45:8 which speaks of the fragrances of the garments of the Bride of Christ (truth). They "smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia..."
In contrast, speaking of the strange woman in Proverbs 7:17, she states, "I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon."
Notice the difference? There is a replacement. So, just who is that strange woman, besides being a lady of the evening?
She is false doctrine. This speaks pointedly to a present day dilemma. So much error today is cloaked with the fragrance of truth, but in reality, cinnamon has replaced cassia.
We must be vigilant, especially now that so much of the truth is being laid aside for the...
There seems to be confusion regarding the difference between heresy and a heretic.
A heresy is a doctrine that is held by someone at variance with the established religious beliefs.
A heretic is someone who believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion to which he claims to belong.
The difference should be obvious. A heresy is not always a fundamental departure from established or orthodox doctrine. But a heretic believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion he claims to belong to.
For example, I am a SBC member (Southern Baptist). Our church believes in the doctrine of eternal security. Several of our members believe this is wrong, and instead hold that one can be saved and forfeit their salvation. The idea...
Many people in churches today especially the cultic denominations like the catholic church and the watch tower group think that people are born sinners and not only that but even think they have a sinful nature that they can nether eradicate and that all they can do is just (strive) along and hope for the best and if they sin weather wilfully or unwilfully they can just ask God for forgiveness each time and it will be ok. This is wats been taught in most churches 2day people.
Catholics think that babies are born sinners!! Its why they sprinkle babies with water, if that’s the case den why does jesus say in matthew 18:3 you must become like a little child to enter into heaven, in other words babies are innocent.
How can a baby be a...
Are we ready to return to the burdens others have placed before us?
What arguments do you as a Christian provide to a Cannibal who has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, but wishes to retain their dietary habits?
If a fellow convert to Christianity is told that they can't eat pork, while everyone else can eat whatever they want, wouldn't that be a blatant double standard? Christianity points out that nothing is to be refused, but instead received in thanksgiving. It is not what enters a man, but what comes out. As long as a cannibal doesn't kill their meal which is what the Jewish dietary law requires, then why can't this convert to Christianity continue in the liberty all other Christians have in Christ?
Some people think...
The skeptic loves to point out contradictions, and if there is only one law, then there are plenty. I have listed below the contention of the skeptic, but I have also pointed out that my answer to the skeptic is that the bible distinguishes between the moral law (the commandments) and the ceremonial law (sacrificial system). The former is established while the latter is done away with by Christ's sacrifice.
Most Christians deny this rebuttal to the skeptic. For those who do not follow this line of reasoning, how do you reconcile the fact that the law is established, and done away with simultaneously? How do you reconcile that we are judged, yet no one is judged? etc.
THE GREAT MORAL LAW vs. THE CEREMONIAL LAW
1. Called the...
18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. (Colossians 2:18-19, KJV).
Greetings all. There has been some debate lately about what are the most reliable Greek manuscripts. For me, answering this question involves examining in particular those places in the texts where the discrepancies present two completely different theological positions. One is found in the verse above, where the received text and a few others...
Ever wonder why people did some things in the Bible? I have my own opinion about how Abraham handled the situation with Lot; but I'd be interested in hearing what others think. Feel free to ask questions about other people too. My question about Abraham comes from this passage:
Genesis 13: 5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee,...