Living the Christian life, although supremely joyful, at times is tough, even complicated. And in many ways the complexity is magnified by the availability of information on the internet. That there is more theological information readily available is great, what is not so great is that sometimes it is very hard to tell, especially for those not familiar with online research or newer believers, reliable sources from crackpots. Over the past months I have fielded questions, after someone in the church read “a great article” online about a wide and quite frankly stunning array of topics. I even fielded a question about whether it was biblical to believe that the earth is round after someone read online that the Bible “clearly teaches” that the earth is flat and covered by a dome. While that is a ridiculous premise, some are a little trickier.… Continue reading
As I made known in our reintroduction to this feature at Parking Space 23, from time to time we will be pointing you to posts which have been previously published. In most cases we have accomplished this with something called a “Reprise.” What this usually means is the contributor responsible for posting that day has had an extremely busy week; at least that has been the case for me. However, today I am going to do something a little different. Instead of posting a reprise, I am going to point you to this series of posts written by John Chester on the Clarity of Scripture.… Continue reading
Many times when a Christian encounters push back concerning the Faith, it comes in the form of questions and questioning about the Bible. In some of these cases it is a matter of how the Bible came to be recognized, compiled or created. In order to lay some ground work for a better understanding of this subject I would like us to look to the New Testament as an example of how the Bible came to be. The format for this post will be a bit unorthodox as it is presented as a series of questions and answers followed by some recommendations for further study, all for the purpose of taking us Back to the Basics.… Continue reading
Today I am wrapping up the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here and part 2 here. While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man. This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways. This post focuses on the dichotomy view of man, which I believe is the biblically correct view.
Although certainly not universally held, the predominant view throughout church history has been the dichotomist view. … Continue reading
This week I am continuing the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here. While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man. This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways. This post focuses on the trichotomy view of man the third and final post in this short series will examine the dichotomy view.
As stated previously the trichotomy view holds that man is an amalgam of body, soul and spirit. … Continue reading