Can We Mix Fundamental Differences?
Can Christians find a common ground with Muslims. After all, both believe.in one God, share some common moral values and claim the same spiritual ancestors in Abraham and Moses Islamic clerics insist they have a high regard for Jesus as a miracle-working prophet. The media has featured numerous stories of Christian ministers and Islamic clerics holding joint worship services and of Muslims and Christians who have intermarried with apparent positive results.
The Deity of Jesus
I once received a telephone call from a young, enthusiastic Christian. "Quick, I need some verses of Scripture that prove Jesus is God," he said in a hushed tone.
I assured him I'd do my best and asked why the hurry.
"Two Jehovah's Witnesses are upstairs in our family room," he whispered. "They just stopped by, and we're in the middle of a debate. I need some ammunition!"
We both laughed about that conversation later, but it illustrated the fact that theology doesn't seem important to us until our beliefs are challenged.
The chances are good that you will one day have a discussion with a member of a cult who denies that Jesus is God. Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, New Agers, and others will say complimentary things about Jesus, but they will not confess him as the unique Son of God. When your basic beliefs are challenged, it will become important that you are able to "give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15).
Our well went dry. We had to move. - Pastor Paul Leavens
When my wife, Luana, and I had to moved because our well went dry, we discovered the surprising value of the humble cardboard box. We live pretty simply, but over the years we have accumulated a lot of books, decorations, and keepsakes. Faced with a mountain of stuff to move, we didn’t have to searched for free cardboard boxes. Ted Owens gave us a lots of cardboard boxes. God bless Ted Owens.
On moving day the cardboard boxes fit snuggly in the back of Luana’s truck. We made many tripes back and forth. You’ve heard the expression “easy come, easy go,” but on moving weekend the operative word was not easy. I actually lost three ponds the week we moved. I do not like moving all my possessions. You always break something, and can’t find anything after you move. Nothings in the right place.
A Vanishing Mist
THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE --- In the Beginning
Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be the original building blocks of the universe: slight ripples of matter spread throughout space. They say it confirms the big bang theory.
The scientist who made the discovery said, "It's like looking at God." Astronomy students at one university pinned up a cosmic map and wrote across it, "Behold the Face of God."
Well, that's going a bit too far. Yet it's true that the big bang theory has demolished one of the most potent arguments against faith in God.
For centuries, most scientists believed the universe was eternal. They argued that there was never a time when matter didn't exist, and hence there is no need for a God to create it.
But the big bang changed all that. Matter is not eternal after all, the theory says. It had a definite beginning. And if the universe had a beginning, then it is logically respectable again to ask what or Who set it going.
Astronomy has cracked the door open to a Creator.
And yet, all is not well with the big bang.
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