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A Reader Asks: Does it really matter WHAT religion you are? Or is it more important to just love and know God?
Question:Does it really matter WHAT religion you are? Or is it more important to just love and know God? Answer:No, it doesn’t matter what religion you are. The truth is, you shouldn’t be a “religion”. Religions are man-originated systems of belief that teach us how to either 1) earn salvation by our own effort or 2) teach us that WE ARE GOD. ALL “RELIGIONS” OF THIS WORLD TEACH ONE OR BOTH OF THOSE CONCEPTS IF YOU LOOK DEEPLY ENOUGH (even atheism makes us our own god). This stands in stark opposition to TRUE Christianity which is not a religion but a relationship. In Christianity, salvation is a free gift of God (Eph 2:8). God did it. In “religion”, man does it. That’s the key: Religion: […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 2:3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)I am often asked by new, casual, lukewarm or struggling Christians “what are the basics of being a Christian?” I understand where they are coming from. Sometimes we just need some direction, some instructions… something we can get our mind around that is easy to understand so that we can begin to make real changes in our life.For the new Christian, these are obviously things they have never known. For others who may profess Christ, but show no signs of Him in their life, maybe they have never been taught […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 2 Timothy 4:4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)We live in a spiritual age where the goal is comfort, pleasantness, friendliness and niceties. In large part, “church” has become a competitive marketplace. Members, and potential members, are fed a steady stream of life-improvement, success, happiness, activities & programs, self-help information and personal resources. Now I certainly will agree that our Christian assemblies should be a place where we can learn, grow, improve and be helped from God’s Word. The Bible is full of texts that will improve your life, increase your happiness and help you through problems. […]
A Reader Asks: I wanted to ask you about what you believe about the power of prayer, since that is often all you ask …
Question:I wanted to ask you about what you believe about the power of prayer, since that is often all you ask for. It has always been confusing to me to pray when God already knows His plan and our days are numbered exactly. Can prayer really change the outcome of a situation? Do you believe the more people that pray, the better the chance of an answered prayer? Answer:Prayer is communication with God. We don’t surprise God with anything or inform Him of something He isn’t aware of, so while prayer is a pleasing act of worship that God enjoys, it’s primary benefit is for US. It reminds us of who we are dependent on. It keeps our focus on God. It reminds us to […]
A Reader Asks: I am brand new to your site. I learned about you through your post on Kayleigh’s web site. I think …
Question:I am brand new to your site. I learned about you through your post on Kayleigh’s web site. I think it was wonderful what you posted for the Freemans. As I was reading some of the comments from those who have donated, I was a little concerned that a few of those who are giving are giving their tithe money. I truly don’t mean to judge, but I also don’t think you mean for people to take their normal money away from their churches, either. I also don’t believe the Freemans would want that. I’m not sure how you want to handle this, if you even want to say anything, because maybe God is leading them in this. What do you think? I honestly want […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 2 Peter 1:3 …as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue… (NKJV all verses following, emphasis mine) This week we have looked at Scripture and Bible characters who have demonstrated their faith in God during the most extreme of hardships. Through their stories we have seen that God’s Word is indeed true declaring that He is sufficient to sustain us through anything life throws at us.It’s natural to see people in the Bible almost as “super Godly”. After all, that’s why they are in the Bible, right? Well, no, not necessarily. But it’s understandable […]
Well folks, I guess I’ll have to go ahead and shut down SeriousFaith.com. Stephen Hawking has ended all speculation about God with the following declaration backed up by his unimpeachable wisdom, supreme insight and unquestioned opinion: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” Really? Where did the Law of Gravity come from? Spontaneous creation? And these kind of people like to say Christianity is “blind faith”? So it’s blind faith to believe an eternal, personal God created the universe… but it’s “science” to believe the universe spontaneously appeared from nothing, for no reason because of a previously […]
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