Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
There are certain elements of the Christian life that keep coming up. To me, these are some of the things that embody what it means to be a Christian.
Grace and forgiveness.
I would like to talk about forgiveness n this post. Everyone has stuff. Everyone has forgave and forgiven. All us Christians know that God has forgiven us and thay we really did not deserve it. That is grace, it's scandalous.
I have no problems forgiving people when they hurt me. Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to brag but it is true. I understand, to borrow a phrase, hurt people hurt people. I have been forgiven of much by both God and people that I love. I hope to be able to extend that grace to people that hurt me.
There is something that I have struggled with lately. I have a hard time forgiving someone that hurts other people that I love.
I think that I have forgiven, but sometimes I really don't know. I think of the term "forgive and forget" and think that is required when forgiving. I don't think we need to forget, in fact, I think forgetting is a terrible idea.
Just because we forgive does not mean we should put ourselves in situations where we can get hurt again. Forgiving people should not make us a doormat. The ultimate goal is to get both parties to agree on reconciliation. That doesn't always happen. We are not obligated to dismiss past transgressions, especially when they keep happening.
So, what is forgiveness? I don't know exactly but it certainly isn't sweeping past mistakes under the rug. It isn't pretending that everything is fine. It doesn't mean that everything needs to go back to the way it was before.
Sometimes I think forgiveness can be more for the forgiver than the receiver. When we hold on to past hurts it hinders us from moving forward and does nothing to accomplish any reconciliation.
Forgive, don't forget. Love. Reconcile when possible.
By Steven McCurdy
Friday, February 21, 2014
Title: Three Views on Creation and Evolution
What it's about: Understanding the origins of our world and the universe as it related to science and theology
Why did I read it: More research and to understand better the main ideas if the debate.
Favorite idea: I went in to this book a progressive creationist so I may be biased but I found that the flaws in young earth creationism and theistic evolution - or "fully gifted creation" as Van Till calls it - are answered by old earth creationism.
This post is part of the Empty Shelf Challenge.
Monday, February 10, 2014
It may seem strange to people (Christians and non Christians alike) that I spend time writing about what would be considered secondary issues.
I write about these secondary issues because I think they are important to understand the primary issues. I do not write simply to be controversial, it is not my intention to cause strife and division. The divisions exist whether we talk about them or not; This is precisely why we should talk about them.
To a non Christian (or Christian) these things seem like stupid things to talk about and they can be. I would like to state that the primary, fundamental aspect of the Christian faith is Jesus; it certainly isn't soteriology, pneumatology, eschatology or any other "ologies".
There are hard things to explain and things that don't really make sense. I believe that truth is important (even if we can never truly achieve it).
For non Christians some of the things that are hard to accept. Stuff like:
Moses calling curses on Egypt.
The genocide of the Canaanites.
God asking Abraham to kill Isaac.
Elijah cursing the kids for making fun of him.
I don't have all the answers - at least answers that will completely satisfy - but, we should talk about these things. I am happy to offer my perspectives on anything to anyone genuinely interested,
Even for Christians there are things that are hard to figure out. For example:
The extent of the atonement
Women in leadership
As a Christian I find these topics compelling and that is why I talk about them. Yes, they are secondary issues. Yes, the do not have salvific power. They are, however, important to discuss in a honest and reasonable way.
After all, as Bill Nye would say, Theism offers some "Extraordinary Claims". We can't deny that. In fact sometimes I feel like it would be easier NOT to believe in God, but, I cannot deny Him. I know Him. So, instead of denying the difficult things or blindly following dogmatic ways of thinking, let's embrace doubt and support sincere inquiry.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
By Steven McCurdy