Tag: sin

“Good” and “Bad” People?

In the world we often hear people categorized according to a binary: there are “good” people and there are “bad” people, the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” We have been told, for instance, thatContinue reading

The Christian and Evil

“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago). We have a very complexContinue reading

Works of the Flesh: Idolatry

The Apostle Paul displayed great concern for the Christians of the churches in Galatia. He wanted to make sure they understood what kind of character and behaviors embodied the follower of Jesus, and the characterContinue reading

The Enlightenment Paradigm

Every society and culture, by necessity, maintains a set of ideas about the way the world and humans operate. These operating assumptions are often spoken of as “worldviews,” and they tend to shape and formContinue reading

Bad News Requiring Good News

The “Gospel” is designed to be “good news”; that’s what the word means. In the modern world, however, how the Gospel is “good news” can be confusing to many. Suffering and death leading to someContinue reading

The Power of Negative Influence

Humans would like to believe they think independently and remain above the fray of fads and influences. In truth we all are profoundly shaped by our environment and the people around us. We may beContinue reading

The Christian and Hope

In the Greek author Hesiod’s Works and Days we learn of the myth of Pandora, who was a beautiful woman given a container by the gods which she was told to never open. At someContinue reading

Lament

So many in modern Western culture do whatever they can to avoid pain, suffering, or discomfort; so much, therefore, is left unsaid, unaddressed, and would rather be forgotten. We have intentionally neglected times and seasonsContinue reading

The Book of Enoch (1 Enoch)

Angels coming to earth and marrying women; giant offspring who become evil spirits on the earth; visions of the heavenly realm and the complex working of the universe; warnings of imminent judgment: the Book ofContinue reading