“In so many arguments or debates between people of opposing views, discussion often gets muddied and conversation often gets derailed due to people’s inability to remain focused on the core of what is at stake. In cultural, political or even theological debates over hot-button issues this tendency is all too easily observed.”
All truth is God’s truth…and sometimes we find nuggets of truth in the most unlikely places. For some of us, remnants of God’s universal truth has been found through studying the martial arts. For me in particular, a big source of inspiration and even spiritual truth has been found in the writings of the late […]
“In the next few posts I will be looking at some of Bruce Lee’s teachings and discussing the role they have played in my own developing thought–particularly in terms of Biblical/theological studies and Christian discipleship.”
“For many Christians, the OT is the crazy uncle at a family reunion. We know we’re related to him somehow and we’re supposed to love him…but we just don’t know what to do with him and he seems kinda wacky.”
“As many of you know, I started Disciple Dojo, in part, as a place where people could engage in theological/biblical/ethical “sparring” in a safe and edifying way. That’s why I welcome voices like Jacob’s. I believe such discussions sharpen those who are involved and benefit the larger body of readers.”
Events like this force us (whatever our religious beliefs!) to confront face to face the problem of senseless, gratuitous, mindless evil.
We can’t escape it–be it through pious determinism (i.e. “The Lord works in mysterious ways…”) or atheistic/pantheistic sophistry (i.e. “there’s no such thing as evil really, we’re just ‘dancing to our DNA’…” or “evil is merely an illusion that comes from an attachment to earthly desires…”).
“But the deeper question remains…how can a Christian believe in actual self-defense in real life (as opposed to sporting) situations when someone’s life may be on the line?”
“The problem with this approach comes when our “thinking” leads us to conclude that God’s command to his Covenant people (which ever Covenant is in effect at the time) is no longer binding upon them or can be disobeyed/redefined without explicit Biblical warrant for doing so.”
“So I have to lovingly challenge your concept of how ethics are determined within the Christian faith proclaimed by God’s Prophets, God’s Apostles and God’s Son Himself. I believe you have imbibed a nonchristian framework for determining ethics and have baptized it with Biblical sounding language in order to maintain a perceived commitment to Scripture’s authority. But, I would argue, by any Biblical (or even Wesleyan!) standard of holiness and love, it is simply untenable.”
As a Biblical teacher this is what I find most troublesome about many discussions on the issue of “homosexuality and the Bible.”