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October 12, 2021 6:19 am
Today David answers some of the hard questions that people ask about the Christian faith. You can mail us your questions at email@example.com. Part 1.
Both agree to the basic tenets of the Christian faith. So there's a lot to behold, we cannot deny that there are some real differences in the Bible is like a caged lion instead of reading the Bible is quite able to defend itself to look at some the difficult questions people ask about the Bible answering questions about the Bible moments of helping make the next couple days. Our program will be about more interactive asking you to get your questions today didn't answer some of the hard questions that people can regarding our faith. Would love to hear your questions to use the right info moments from church.org was moved into the Biggs message with a look at some of the difficult questions of people ask about the Bible next week. By the way, practical applications were how do quiet time to in the series. Today was very difficult questions that people ask about the Bible and review several verses from second Timothy chapter 3 verses 14 through 17. This is the word of the Lord. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings the Scripture which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God basically means God wrote God wrote the word all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God and the woman of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Will some one once said that the Bible doesn't really need to be defended. The Bible is like a caged lion set it free. The Bible is quite able to defend itself.
Nevertheless, there are many questions that people ask about the Bible. First of all our beliefs versus Catholicism.
Our beliefs versus Catholicism. Well the truth is the Protestant church which were part has some differences with the Roman Catholic Church.
Let me first say, though there are many similarities of, for example, both of us affirm the basic tenets of the apostles Creed. Both of us believe in the councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon back in the early church, which defined specifically for the Christian church understanding of the Trinity, one God in three persons. We both agree to those basic tenants of the Christian faith.
So there's a lot that we hold in common, but we cannot deny that there are some real differences and those differences revolve around this pesky little word solely in the Latin which means alone and in the three areas were solely as mentioned in the Protestant the protesting group of people against the Roman Catholic teaching back in the 1600s revolve first round is word solely Scripture your Scripture alone where the Roman Catholic Church believes that the Pope and the magisterium and their councils can interpret the Scripture and give it to people.
The Protestant group believes that the Bible alone is the word of God in every person has the word can interpret it for themselves, not the place that probably is most bothersome for Protestants is two areas one is purgatory, and the second is the selling of indulgences now from where does that come in comes in the Catholic tradition from what's called the apocryphal the apocryphal or group of 14 books that are added to the Catholic Bible. How did that happen what the Jewish Bible written in Hebrew from centuries before Christ was born believe that Genesis through Malachi is the basic Jewish Scripture. When the Septuagint happened, which is a group of 70 writers who translated the Hebrew Bible into Greek. In the second century BC. They also translated the apocryphal books and they added to the Jewish Bible those apocryphal books, but I don't think the faithful Jews ever believe the apocryphal were part of their Canon work can and does mean something you shoot something with it means measurement so all Scripture for the Jews was measured through the lenses of God's truth from Genesis through Malachi. So when the apocryphal was added by the Septuagint writers you can see that in Jesus day, for example, Jesus never quoted from the apocryphal never you see that the Qumran community which we've excavated over the last years which is right next to Jerusalem and those faithful Jews in the Qumran community wrote down the Scriptures, they did not include the apocryphal inner Jewish Scripture and even most importantly in the Council of Jami in Egypt and 91 A.D. 90 years after Jesus birth. They defined the Canon of the Old Testament for Jews for all times is basically Genesis through Malachi. The apocryphal was not a part of it within, from where did it come in the Christian Bible will, in the fifth century, a man named Jerome wanted to translate the Bible from the Greek and the Latin, the language of the day and when he did so he did not want to include the apocryphal because again he Jesus never quoted from it.
The early church never quoted from Nora Jami essay was a part of the Canon of the Old Testament, but August and a very influential theologian encouraged Jerome to included within the writings of the Bible, so he did so, and for a thousand years. The apocryphal was assumed to be a part of the Old Testament canon. But when the Protestant reformers. The protesting reformers did their studies looked at the fact of early Jewish history during Jesus day the council Jami.
They concluded that the apocryphal should not be in the Protestant Bible. So in translations there after you have in the Old Testament Genesis through Malachi in the New Testament Matthew through Revelation and that is the Protestant Bible, not including the apocryphal amount when that was stated by the Protestant church.
The Council of Trent in the mid-1600s, a Roman Catholic council came together and said no. The apocryphal should be included and basically was more reaction to Protestantism that was really academic thought so with the apocryphal still being in the Catholic Bible. They look at it as equally authoritative to the other books of the Bible and you have a few verses in second Maccabees 1 of the apocryphal books which alludes to purgatory, which is a place where people go to art bad enough to go to hell, but not good enough to go to heaven and they remain in that purgatorial state until secondly people do enough indulgences to praise them or work them out of purgatory into heaven. It's kind of an intermediate prison prison if you will. And when Protestants look at that, for example, they go no that that's not in the Bible you Jesus clearly taught only two destinations heaven or hell, and there's no such thing is purgatory so that's a major difference solo Scripture. The Scripture alone. Not the apocryphal.
That's a part of the Roman Catholic Bible. But there are few other areas that Protestants and Catholics disagree on one of them would be the second solely solo fidelis only by faith and also solely Grazie us only by grace, that salvation justification which means my right standing before God, the forgiveness of my sins only comes by grace through faith only, there's no work that we can do that can ever get us into heaven. Paul makes that clear in Ephesians 2894 is by grace that we been saved, not of our works, lest any man should boast with the Catholic Church does not buy them that they believe that justification does happen.
We believe in Jesus but by our works. Thereafter, we accelerate our justification looking more and more like Jesus are forgiveness or we decelerated by not doing enough good works, and we decelerated enough we go to purgatory, and of course that's why so many Catholics feel an obligation to go to mass and to do good works because they feel like they got accelerate their justification, but from the Protestant point of view the Bible so clear you are justified in Christ by faith and grace alone, you are totally acceptable in the sight of God. The moment you receive Jesus, then you do good works in response to that salvation. You're not saved by your good works are saved for good works, and that's one of the major differences between the two. I hope all of you come to worship because you want to not because you're on the checklist accelerate your justification. If you go because you have to minutes bondage and it is a meaningful to that's a major difference and finally another major difference is Mary Protestants call her beloved. She bore the Christ child. She's obviously exalted in some ways, but never, never, does the Bible ever say we need to pray for Mary to get to five. Jesus is our one true media tour and we don't need to go to mom to go through Jesus to get to the father. So that's a huge major difference between the two. We celebrate so much of what we hold in common. We work together for causes.
They have many of the same beliefs and cause the we do but we recognize the differences in these differences are real. Next question.
I have a hard time with the Old Testament, will be my questions which parts and here comes the first one will polygamy in answering this question, you need to understand your biblical worldview. Every single one of you has a worldview. Every single one of you.
It may be a secular worldview.
It may be Hollywood worldview.
My worldview is through the Bible, I looked everything to the lenses of the Scripture. So the biblical worldview begins with creation in Genesis 1 into the God create everything perfectly and was operating perfectly before the fall in Genesis 3 regarding marriage, the definitive statement of God regarding marriage freefalling creation is Genesis 224 that a man shall leave his father and mother, as will woman they leave and they come together, they cleave and that is the public worship service before friends and family and God himself, and they make extraordinary valves to one another with a safer, better, for worse, sickness or poor richer health. Whatever it might be we can stay together for life is in an viable covenant between a man and a woman and then thirdly, after that they become one flesh which is a sexual term means they have intimacy together and that seals the covenant on notice, the order is not a popular order today. Most people think I'm in anachronistic dinosaur for believing this. But I didn't come up with the idea God did. First you leave your parents did you make the public declarations, insects, and children birth out of that in a permanent covenant relationship between a man and woman was God's idea, and just think of how many problems would go away if we just did it God's way.
Think about the numbers of kids to be raised in stable homes. Think about the number of STDs and aides that would disappear practically in a generation was God's design is what he intended. The Bible never forges on human history.
In Genesis 3 when the fall occurs. The rest of the Bible is about people living out their lives under sin is raw, real stories of people doing so.
And even though God gave you an original intent his design for marriage as sin crept more and more into the world.
People disobeyed God and did what they wanted to even starting to perform polygamist relationships. There are 12 polygamist relationships in the Bible and every one of them is birthed out either lost or some kind of political alliance to make a person more powerful every single one. Any casino as you read them first of all, it was not God's design is an evidence of human rebellion against God's design. Secondly, you need to know not of them worked out.
Whenever you read any of the 12. You need to ask yourself this question.
How's that working out for you. It never worked out well because it's not God's design. So that's the answer to the polygamy question. You also need to realize that whenever the prophets came on the scene. The prophets always calling Israel back to God's faithfulness every single profit when they address the issue of marriage called Israel back to Genesis 224 one man one woman in a committed heterosexual monogamous relationship. They all called him back to faithfulness would not originally intend to list the answer to the polygamy question then comes the question about sacrifice and more particular people harassing the question about Jephthah in Judges chapter 11 now if you know the book of Judges, you know, it's the story of people all living the way they want to live and they would start out well with hating sin than they begin to put up with sin and finally start embracing sin and they be captured by like a neighboring nation and then they would cry out to God and God will raise up a judge to freedom now one of those judges was named Jephthah and he was raised up and he had a fight a major battle against the Amorites. He was hugely outnumbered in every way, so he cries out to goddesses.if you will deliver the Amorites unto me in the Israelites in his next battle. The first person walks out of my house. I come back home I'll sacrifice to you with the first person walks out of his house after the victory is his daughter and he sacrifices her and those of you read a story go with the help link. It was all about is about a stupid man.
It's about a really stupid man who made a rash vow that a loving God would never ask him to keep but he never never required of God, he just did it and again the Bible is an unabashed story about stupid, willfully sinful people and this is a story about amending Jephthah who did something willfully stupid the guys not asking all of us to do and he would've asked Jeff to do it, but it is a reminder to all of us not to make rash valves to think before we speak and promise to do something, make sure that we counted the cost before we do something. That's the reason for the story then comes the question about annihilation. This is one of the real tripping points for people when they look at the Bible. What is the annihilation passages.
They are the ones were God instructs different Jews, Joshua send Saul and others to completely eradicate a group of people in the promised land from the face of the earth. Now, first of all you need to realize this command is made by God and if you struggle with it.
You probably struggle with the idea of God being a judge. Keep that in mind, because that's very important.
Most people just want to God of love, but they don't want to see God is also God of judgment which is secondly God use the Israelites in that promised land to eradicate a people who were the most godless people imaginable that they practiced fertility cultism all kinds of prostitution. They sacrificed regularly. Their little children on the altar of Molech for the purpose of inviting more prosperity into their culture and they kill thousands upon thousands of children doing that amidst many other evil things. If you read the Bible you know that God gave them 400 years to repent. But the only became more and more godless.
And finally he used his people, the Israelites as his chosen instrument against the Amorites to judge them for their evil also you need to know God needed the Israelites and that promised land without those evil pagan influences were by the way they did not do it did not eradicate the land in the book of Judges is all about those pagan entities continuing to woo the Israelites back to godlessness. But God had to have Israel in that land. Why particularly Jesus Heaney that Jewish nation that land to bring the Savior of the world. So God use the Israelites as his instrument of judgment against the Amorites, the Amalekites, the Canaanites, but you need to know this to that as the Israelites started living like those pagan entities that they didn't get rid off God in the book of Leviticus documents. Leviticus. He warned them. If you buy into their way of living. I will bring nations against you, and judge you. So later, as they bought in the paganism God brought the Assyrian nation a godless pagan nation against the northern kingdom and took them in the captivity in 200 years later he bought the Babylonians, and they were his instrument of judgment against the southern kingdom in 586 BC and it was interesting is God and likely the Babylonians treated the Jews.
He said don't treat my children so harshly and in his judgment against the Babylonians was the Persian nation overtaking them so God can use whatever instrument he wants to use to judge godlessness listening to moments and help. Thanks for listening. Coming out. Dana joins me in the studio with a conversation about the importance of teamwork really right now I am Tony Marciano residence in Europe. Charlotte rescue mission would ask you a question. When you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction in the person's shoes for just the second one is that you really need.
You probably been one of the individuals who steadily ended interstate ramp Holderness I miss that hungry will work for food which never use the money for food and booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life, your addiction has stolen every aspect of hope going to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it. There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness. The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation and a love for Christ missions 120 program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community. Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership or moments of 19 C Stan listening today. Joining me in the stadium is our Pastor David saddlebag David, thanks for being the guys thank you, Jim. It's great being with you as well will you called this morning's moment of hope. Great dreams are accomplished by great teams can you attack Last well I can in the reason I wanted to do this moment of hope today was because few of us accomplish anything great without other people helping us out and we need to recognize that biblically we are called to be in a body of Christ were all connected to one another and Paul in the New Testament goes as far as to say when one toe in the body hurts the whole body hurts because were connected with one another and the church can't be successful unless every part of the body is operating connected to one another in the giftedness that God is given us. Now that's a New Testament illustration. A practical sports illustration that I often tell people is I had the privilege of playing under one of college basketball's greatest coaches ever Dean Smith and he's in the basketball Hall of Fame acknowledged by everyone as one of the greatest coaches ever. He had a simple rule on the court for all of us when we scored a basket.
We had to turn around and point to the person who gave us the pass and if we didn't do that we would be sitting next to him on the bench immediately. It was his way of making sure that everyone knew not only who scored the basket that she used and that's what draws the attention, but also the person who sacrificed and gave the ball up to give the assist that few people notice he was just trying to emphasize the value of teams and were connected to one another.
The person who scores only could do so with the person who gave the pass up to him, point to the person who gave you the pass. It's a simple way of saying thank you.
We all need each other in life to succeed. Great dreams are accomplished by great teams. That's a realization.
I wanted people to realize today that's so good and it reminds me, I don't know if it's that terrible or wet back in the Bible where the Lord talks about some people so and some people read exactly yeah it's an image that God gives in his word. When David went out to battle. Some people stayed behind to do what was necessary in order to provide for the troops what they needed to actually go in the battle and when David came back with all that he had pillaged all the bounty it was divided up equally among those who actually went into war and those who stayed behind. It was a team effort, and David realize that it's another reason he was such a great shepherd leader that said that it also reminds me of we are being dealt at to gather there and say we are intricately connected to one another and we are all teammates, the bride of Christ. The Cherokee should realize that and when we accomplish something we should point to the person who gave us the pass. We should say constantly thank you to one another. Those two powerful words that are so seldom spoken, but encourage another's heart to continue to work behind-the-scenes so that we might be able to succeed more publicly you everybody wants to win I'm in it to win it. If you know in every area of my life.
I don't want to be defeated but in order to succeed. We all need to realize that great teams allow great dreams to occur. So, folks.
Anybody who's on your team today in your workplace or in your family life. Make sure you say thank you. Make sure you acknowledge those who are helping you succeed because without that you can't have success in your life that sent dad said again, thank you so much for this encouragement to maintain and will and thank you listeners for joining me and if you'd like to receive daily a written moment of hope from me go to moments of hope, church.org, you can subscribe there.
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