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A Theological Check-List! (Introductory Issues): Question 1

01 Jun

Friends:

I’ve been thinking recently that some of us would benefit from screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-7-28-46-ama review of the basics of the Christian faith — and where we stand.  Granted, the entire Christian faith (that content of truth that we believe) can’t and shouldn’t be boiled down to a lot of yes or no boxes that we check.  However, being able to check a box “YES!” on whether I believe Jesus is God the Son is pretty straightforward, don’t you think?  Someone unable to check such a YES box needs to reexamine their commitment to the Christian faith.

So, let’s begin with some introductory matters.  One either believes the proposition stated or one doesn’t.  For example, how would you respond to the following question:

“Faith” as used in the Bible primarily refers to a belief without evidence:

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A bit of commentary:  If you answered the above question “YES!”, that means you might want to reexamine your view of faith.  Faith in the Bible is only as good as the object in which it is placed.

A challenge:  Read through the Gospel of John and take a few notesscreen-shot-2016-11-25-at-7-52-06-am on the words “faith,” “belief,” and “trust.”  You might be surprised what you see!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in beliefs

 

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5 responses to “A Theological Check-List! (Introductory Issues): Question 1

  1. john

    June 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Larry,
    My response is a solid YES.
    I read the Gospel of John (1 John, 2 John, 3 John) very carefully, and could find nothing that would change my ‘Yes’ into a ‘No’. There is absolutely no evidence presented.
    John

     
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    June 2, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Thank you for your comment, John. When you say you read the Gospel of John, I and 2 and 3 John are the epistles, as you know. Would you mind re-reading I John 1:1-4 and tell me what you think John was saying? Thanks. Appreciate your friendship. Larry

     
  3. john

    June 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Larry,
    My first thought is that I am not sure if John actually said theses words. (Some Bible scholars seem to have the same doubt).

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    2 The same was in the beginning with God.
    3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
    4 In him was life; and the life was the light of me.

    Are these words supposed to contain evidence to absolute truth? Can you rephrase them to simple English sentences that a simpelton like me can understand without having to spend hours to crasp its hidden meaning?

     
  4. Dr. Larry Dixon

    June 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    John: Good to hear from you. I think you misunderstood me. I recommended you read First John 1:1-4 (the epistle), not the gospel. If you do, please notice the strong empirical language which John uses. Looking forward to your response. Blessings. Larry

     
  5. john

    June 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Larry,
    Now I here is from John’s Epistle 1-4. In my previous reply I quoted from the Gospel of John (as you suggested in your ‘Challenge’).

    1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
    2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
    3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
    4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

    No doubt, these are powerful words, but I am still not closer to see why this would convert my “YES’ to a ‘NO’.
    Sorry, to be so dense.
    John

     

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