Ok, I’m about to get up on a digital soapbox. As a Baptist, I adamantly and unashamedly place my authority in the written word of God which bears witness to the incarnate Word of God. In my sermons, in my theological presuppositions, and in my daily life, I believe that the Bible is authoritative. Period. So it does my heart good when my brothers and sisters clap and shout “Amen!” when a preacher makes the comment “We just need to get back in the Word” or when a friend asks “How much have you been in the Word?”
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I'm continuing my series challenging the sayings of pop-culture Christianity. Today’s topic is: “judgment.” We often hear claims like “Only God can judge me” or “The Bible says not to judge other people.” Usually, even a single snippet of one of these quotes hushes even the most zealous Christian who is attempting to explain that a certain action or lifestyle is sinful. Is the “Thou shalt not judge” card indeed the trump card? I'd like to mention about both sides of the coin. I’ll affirm a way that we might use these phrases in a manner that is consistent with Scripture and then debunk the common pop-culture misconceptions.
As it turns out, the methods you learned in symbolic logic class can be applied to your Bible studies. If you would grant me a little interpretational liberty and if you go back and brush up on symbolic logic, I think you might find this method of Bible study a helpful alternative to diagramming as a means of determining the crux of the writers' line of thought.
I think most of us grew up thinking that “Christ” is Jesus’ last name. We later found out that Christ is the title that is given to the person Jesus from Nazareth. There are actually over 330 names and titles given to Jesus throughout Scripture and each one provides insight into the person and work of our Lord. The title “Christ” is unique in that it is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah,” which refers to the anointed one that was prophesied about in the Old Testament. If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Matrix,” the Messiah’s coming was prophesied much like Neo’s coming is referred to in the movie. The Messiah would be “the one.”