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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings You Have As a Believer! (Blessing #11)

11 May

BLESSING #11: The Blessing of a Defendable Worldview
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, has said, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

God’s Word is filled with blessings that belong only to the saved. My friend Mike is lost and, therefore, doesn’t enjoy any of these benefits. Do I? Am I aware of all that I have “in Christ”?

In thinking about the many blessings which our unsaved friends don’t have, we need to think about another blessing which we followers of Christ have been given and it is this —

11. WE HAVE A DEFENDABLE WORLDVIEW !

THE BLESSING

Not to get too philosophical, but any worldview other than that given by God in His Word is susceptible to attack and eventual overthrow. Wow! What a dogmatic statement! But seriously, if biblical Christianity isn’t true and the Bible isn’t God’s Word, why should we bother following Christ? There are clear and strong evidences of the Bible’s truthfulness; Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection; and the fact that the God of the Bible is real and holy and angry at sin.

THE BIBLE The Bible gives many examples of believers defending the truth of the gospel (see Acts 17 as a great illustration of a philosophically-informed Apostle Paul presenting the truth about Jesus). In fact, Jesus followers are commanded to be ready to give reasons for their faith in their Savior. We read in I Pe. 3:15,  “
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect . . .

Please notice in this passage that the defense of our faith (1) begins in our hearts! We revere, show proper respect for the Lord, when we are prepared to stand up for the truth. Notice also that (2) we are to always be prepared to give an answer. Preparation takes effort and study and intention. Notice as well that (3) we should expect people to ask us about our faith! It’s a lot easier to witness when we are asked about our walk with the Lord. And, lastly, this passage teaches that (4) our attitude (gentleness and respect) are really important to our witness.

ACTION STEPS 1. Our society suffers from what one writer calls “truth decay.” Someone has said that “Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.” Study at least 10 verses on truth (perhaps two per day) that you find in the Scriptures. How might you practically stand for the truth of the gospel?
2. If you’ve been a believer for a while, become friends with someone from a different religion or even a cult. Ask them a lot of questions about their faith and graciously share with them what you know about Jesus’ identity and His being the only way to salvation.
3. Consider offering a group study on a book like Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. And make sure some participants aren’t yet believers!
PRAYER 4. How do I pray for my unsaved friend? First of all, I need to understand his present worldview. Then do whatever I can to challenge it in light of the gospel. And, third, I need to pray for God the Holy Spirit to open my friend’s eyes to how he ought to view life and eternity and . . . Jesus.

 
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5 responses to “Bless-ed! 52 Blessings You Have As a Believer! (Blessing #11)

  1. clubschadenfreude

    May 12, 2022 at 9:02 am

    It’s always interesting to see how Christians try to convince themselves how special they are. Alas, reality doesn’t support their claims. There are no “blessings” that Christians get that everyone else doesn’t. And since Christians can’t even agree on the most basic things about their religion, including who is “saved”, there is no reason to believe any of you.

    Your religion has been overthrown and shown as the nonsense it is, and amusingly this often happens when Christians attack each other’s versions. It’s interesting that you mention “Mere Christianity” since, in the preface to the book, Lewis tells Christians to lie to potential converts when it comes to the many, many different contradictory versions of Christianity.

    “I should have been out of my depth in such waters: more in need of help myself than able to help
    others. And secondly, I think we must admit that the discussion of these disputed points has no
    tendency at all to bring an outsider into the Christian fold. So long as we write and talk about them we are much more likely to deter him from entering any Christian communion than to draw him into our own. Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son. ”

    “And, third, I need to pray for God the Holy Spirit to open my friend’s eyes to how he ought to view life and eternity and . . . Jesus.”

    always nice to see Christians trying to take away the free will of others in their need for people to agree with them.

     
    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      May 12, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      Dear Clubschadenfreude:

      First, thank you for reading my blog. Second, I wonder why you’re reading my blog at all.

      Third, I believe you’ve misunderstood my intention in the whole series. By no means am I suggesting that Jesus followers are superior to anyone. We are simply blessed by being forgiven and being in God’s family by His grace.

      We’re all “special,” but we all need a Savior. I’m not sure what you mean by my religion being overthrown. And I certainly don’t think you’ve understand Lewis! He’s making the point that Christians’ disagreements with each other should stay “in house,” not that we would be deceptive to unbelievers.

      And whatever makes you think I want to take away anyone’s free will? Please read my other posts in this study. I’m making the point that Jesus followers are blessed by God through His grace — and I long for my lost friends to find the same blessings.

      I challenge you, my friend, to really read Lewis, especially his “Mere Christianity.” Or have you already done so?

      Blessings.
      Larry

       
      • clubschadenfreude

        May 13, 2022 at 10:19 am

        I found your blog by having a couple of keyword searches set up on WordPress, that show me when Christians are making baseless claims. If I have time, I do point out where those claims fail since those claims are harmful.

        I don’t think I’ve misunderstood your post at all since it has you insisting how special Christians are. Shall I quote? “In thinking about the many blessings which our unsaved friends don’t have, we need to think about another blessing which we followers of Christ have been given and it is this —
        11. WE HAVE A DEFENDABLE WORLDVIEW !

THE BLESSING”

        Again, no evidence that Christians are any more “blessed” than anyone else. You claim there are 52 of these blessings.

        Hmmm. let’s see what some are

        10. They don’t have a defendable worldview.

        Actually we do, it’s quite easy to show that there is no god. The utter lack of evidence for the essential events of the bible is quite a good tell. The disagreement between Christians on what their “truth” is, is another.

        9. They don’t have a biblical view of the family.

        Christians don’t agree on what the “biblical view of the family” is. You folks contradict each other wonderfully. You each think your version is the only right one and you can’t demonstrate it.

        6. THEY DON’T HAVE A LONGING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH STUDYING HIS WORD!

        hmmm, which version? Since no Christian can show that they are true followers of Jesus Christ by doing what he promised, you all have a problem.

        34. THEY DON’T HAVE THE GIFT OF TRUE FREEDOM!

        No evidence you have any freedom at all, Larry. Each Christian insists the others are wrong, and again, no evidence they are right.

        35. THEY DON’T HAVE AN OPENNESS TO CHANGE!

        ROFL. Oh my. Happily, us non-christians have openness to change and Christians like you don’t like it at all. That we won’t change to agree with you like you desperately wish for offends you.

        21. THEY DON’T HAVE THE BLESSING OF A BURDENED HEART!”

        aka they aren’t blessed if they don’t agree with you. Nothing new here. Happily,, the world isn’t such a bad place as Christians like you would try to falsely claim so you can scare people into your religion. Oh yuo do repeate yourself, so it seems that 52 might be quite wrong since this one is also #3.

        5. WE HAVE A LIFE-LONG, SATISFYING MISSION IN LIFE!

        Yep, most people do, and no god needed.

        that’s just a few of these supposed “blessings” which are not.

        No one needs you or your supposed savior, Larry. s I already pointed out, Christians can’t even agree on what this character wants, so you are all making contradictory claims based evidently on your own opinion; your god is always in the image of the believer.

        You used the term overthrow, Larry. “Not to get too philosophical, but any worldview other than that given by God in His Word is susceptible to attack and eventual overthrow. ” Happily your nonsense has been overthrown just like any other outmoded and baseless claim. That it changes with every generation is evidence it is no “truth”.

        I certainly understand Lewis, and he advocates to lie to potential converts. It’s a classic lie by omission. Hmm, just forget to mention that Christians don’t agree on the most basic things, but by god get that pew filled!

        You want people to agree with you and appeal to your god to force them to do so: ” I need to pray for God the Holy Spirit to open my friend’s eyes to how he ought to view life and eternity and . . . Jesus.”

        Why do you think you need to tell your god that this person needs to have their eyese opened, e.g. agree with you? Per your own bible, this god has already chosen who it will allow to agree with it, and has damned the rest for no fault of their own. Jesus and Paul are quite clear on that, Matthew 13, John 15, and Romans 9, respectively (among other places).

        Since there are no blessings, no one needs them.

        I have “really” read Lewis, including Mere Christianity. I’ve already said so by quoting Mere Chrsitianity. How would I know what it said without reading it? It seems you need to convince yourself that if I “really” read it, then I would be forced to agree with you. Happily, I don’t. I’ve read many apologist blogs and books, and you all fail.

         
      • Dr. Larry Dixon

        May 17, 2022 at 9:06 pm

        My friend (It would be nice to have a first name?):

        I’ve been thinking how best to respond to your comments. I’m grateful you’ve been reading my blog posts, even though you think I’m out to lunch.

        1. First, I would argue that Christians are “special” only because of God’s grace. There’s nothing in us that makes us special. But believing the gospel makes us children of God — and our Father gives us a lot of gifts!

        2. You say it’s quite easy to show that there’s no god. I’m sorry you’re an atheist, but it makes a lot more sense to be an agnostic (unless you’re omniscient).

        3. You suggest that the differences between Christians negates our beliefs. I don’t think so. I think it just means we take our beliefs seriously and sometimes debate things in the family.

        4. I had to look up the expression ROFL. It would be nice if we could have a respective conversation with one another.

        I wonder what your motivation is, my friend. I’d be happy to continue our conversation, if you wish, either here on my blog or through email.

        Larry

         
      • clubschadenfreude

        May 19, 2022 at 11:44 am

        Larry,

        I’m not your friend. I have higher standards than being friends with someone whose fantasies include everyone who doesn’t agree with him deserving eternal torture. You may call me Vel if you desire.

        I don’t think you are “out to lunch”. I think you are just one more theist who makes up things just like other theists. I also note that you didn’t answer a single question I asked. Why not?

        1. Unsurprisingly, you cannot show any “gift” your god gives Christians. You are just like the rest of us humans.

        2. I’m an atheist. It makes no sense to be an agnostic if one has evidence there are no gods. Hmmm, should I consider you an agnostic then about other gods or are you sure they aren’t any? If you are sure, why are you sure?

        I have concluded that there are no gods since there is no evidence for them, and for every claim of a god causing some event, entirely different things happened, no matter what date the theist might try to claim. I don’t need to be omniscient to know that your god can’t be shown to exist. You might claim that it is hiding under some rock on Ceti Alpha V but then that isn’t quite your god, is it?

        4. The contradictions between Christians negate your beliefs. You can’t even convince each other. You are quite certain each other are wrong and call each other heretics, satan worshippers, pagans, etc. You see, Larry, I got to grow up seeing how Christians violently disagree, witnessing plenty of hate between Protestants and Catholics. So much for “debating things in the family”. How nice that you feel you must whitewash centuries of Christians killing each other over whose version was the “truth”.

        I don’t respect you or your religion, Larry. Respect is earned and neither you or your religion have done that. I laugh at false claims like “35. THEY DON’T HAVE AN OPENNESS TO CHANGE!” made by Christians.

        I’ve already told you my motivation: “If I have time, I do point out where those claims fail since those claims are harmful.” You make false claims about Christianity and about non-christians. I’m here to point those out to show that no one has to treat your religion with kid gloves. Christianity doesn’t equal good/beneficial/humane.

        You are welcome to email me of visit my blog and comment there too. Velkyn At comcast dot net.

         

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