WORLDLINESS

The statement being of the world has had many meanings in varying Christian circles.

Does it mean being found at parties, wearing trousers as a lady, wearing an earring as a man, going to the cinema with a date or watching television?

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 Does it mean something else? Continue reading

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AQS – #5 The Unknown

Answering Questions Series #5

Some may deem it embarrassing, others may turn red, but yet still, a few may make an attempt and may cause more harm than good. We will term it as the NO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

The most knowledgeable teacher will face this type of question, if you haven’t yet faced it; it simply means perhaps real tough questions aren’t coming your way.

We term it as No Answer Questions not because the questions have no answer, but rather because the teacher has no knowledge of the answer (at that moment).

Honesty is a virtue all teachers must teach and practice and portray to students, and as Bible teachers, even much honesty is expected of us. We should not be red faced or embarrassed if we are asked a question we have no knowledge about.

Example: “How old was Adam when Eve was created?
Even though the answer to the question above is not recorded in scripture, Bible teachers should find pleasure in honestly telling the enquirer “I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, but now that you’ve asked, we can both find out together.”

Accepting you are ignorant and being ready to learn can actually be a badge of honour and it portrays humility on the part of the teacher rather than trying to answer a question you have little or no knowledge on.

The Bible states emphatically that only God is all-knowing , and Bible teachers accepting their ignorance only proves they are human and affirm the Biblical truth of God’s divine attribute of omniscience.

AQS – #4 Between Morality & Decency

Answering Questions Series #4

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Questions on morality and decency can also be dicey to deal with. Some argue the issue of morality is relative, so one cannot clearly draw a line between right and wrong. What people actually mean in this context is decency being relative, not morality.

God has given Christians a standard for good moral living through the Bible. Secondly, morality exists because of the nature of God, and men were created in God’s image, hence have the ability to express certain aspects of His nature (though not in the perfect sense).

The universal law written on the tablets of men’s hearts can be termed the Universal Moral Law (Romans 2:15). Men from different races and cultural backgrounds and faiths have always agreed to a large extent that injustice, murder, theft, corruption, wickedness, adultery, breach of contract, dishonesty, false witnessing and unfaithfulness etc are objectively wrong. The standard of morality is not as relative as some may make it seem. Due to all humans being created in God’s image, we are all born hardwired with a sense of right and wrong.

What culture and society actually affects is “decency”. For example:
-How long should a ladies skirt be?
-How much of a woman’s body is acceptable when exposed in public?
-Is a man allowed to have long hair or wear earrings?
-Are ladies allowed to wear trousers?
-How much of a woman is a man allowed to hold if they are not married?

The questions continue in an endless array…

These questions do not directly attack objective morality, but rather decency which seems to have a unique link to morality. Decency is highly relative and answering such questions demands a lot of care and wisdom from God.

In some African cultures, ladies only cover their breasts when they are married. They wear scanty clothes to cover their private parts and walk around topless and are not ashamed because that is their culture, to them, they are decent. But this case is not the same for the Middle Eastern lady who is expected to cover up fully, leaving just her eyes. In extreme cases, the eyes also have a veil which allows little light enough to make her see.

With the issue of long hair and earrings for men, in some cultures, it is accepted and decent, in others, it is frowned upon. Men of Scottish decent wear the kilt which to many, may resemble a ladies skirt. Some Christian denominations do not permit ladies to wear trousers, but others do, others do not allow would-be couples to go out on dates, not to talk of holding hands and going for a walk.

Questions of decency have a very relative perspective from culture to culture, and in answering such, we ought to take into account the traditions of the people in question and the motives for having such standards. But on the other hand, questions of morality and Christian living are clear cut in the Bible and we are advised to look no further for answers. But if perhaps the one who asks does not believe in the credibility of the scriptures, you can appeal to his heart and conscience (if he/she will be honest enough), and you will realize all men are hardwired to have a sense of right and wrong because we were created in the image of God whose very essence and nature is the ultimate good.

The Substitution

THE SUBSTITUTION: BARABBAS’ STORYbarabbas

My name’s Barabbas

I have been locked up by the Roman government for a while now

One day I know that I will come out of this prison

But only to receive my death sentence

I have been a threat to society, to the Jews and to the Romans

I have led an insurrection against the Roman authority

I have murdered men and women alike

And now, the day has finally come Continue reading