I used to say and believe that there is nothing in the Bible about asking the saints in heaven to pray for us. I've realized that was the case because I read the Bible with the glasses given to me by the Lutheran Church. The problem with those spectacles is they weren't strong enough to see everything on the page clearly.
Today's resource shows how the Bible says an awful lot on the intercessions of the saints. The difference is that the Reformation represents a break, a new way of reading the Bible, rather than the return that Luther and the Reformers sought something new emerged in the 16th century.
Most Lutherans and Protestants today do not read the Bible in a way that they can see the ever Virginity of Mary. Why? Christians today do not read the Bible the same way their forefathers in the faith did because they received Reformation tradition and the principles unleashed by Luther.
This is the first post in our No Longer Sola series, which will discuss many of the reasons we left the Reformation Solas behind, as well as what we have found in our experience of Orthodoxy so far.
My journey into the Orthodox Church would not have been possible without first having come to the conclusion that Scripture Alone isn’t defensible as a principle of authority. What follows is short a sketch of my own thought process.
Initially, I was listening to a Podcast called "At the Intersection of East and West". I had been interested to learn what Orthodoxy taught more in depth, so that I would be able to reject those teachings and help others understand why they were wrong. During this podcast the issue of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and the Canon was brought up.
The Bible didn’t fall out of heaven ready to go. Someone had to gather and authenticate which books would be in the Bible. How could Scripture Alone be the final judge of teachers and doctrines in the early Ch...
In my first two posts I answered the initial question, did God order an abortion? The answer, of course, is a resounding no. Of course He didn’t! And just a little digging under the surface of the text gave us our answer. But there is more to the post than just the title. What about the rest of the accusations made throughout the post? I would feel remiss if I did not address these as well.
The very next thing you see in the post after the Biblical text is a picture with this quote: “Will you still be prolife after she’s born? Will you still apply the same vigor to your work: against war, against hunger, against poverty, against homelessness, against our planet’s degradation, against capital punishment, for human rights, for opportunities for education and jobs… that you...
In my first post I began to address the problematic nature of the question posed in the original post, “God ordered an abortion?” Well, no He didn’t. And here’s why.
Previously I discussed the cultural connotation we have of what an abortion is, so I’m not going to revisit that in detail here. Suffice it to say that in the text being discussed the translation used by the author clearly says “miscarry” not abortion. Let’s take a look at the text again (taken from the original post):
Numbers 5:21 “here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the LORD cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell.”
In our world, a miscarriage and an abortion are two very different things. What is different ab...
If a flagrant misuse of God’s Word doesn’t motivate me to blog again… I don’t know what will.
We need to talk. Not just you and me, Bloggy friends, but anyone who might fall prey to the confusing language and false pretenses of the post I am about to show you. And, if you happen to be the author of this post, I also would like to have this conversation with you, because I fear you are being led far astray from the great blessings that are found in the Scripture. I do not mean any disrespect toward you personally.
My righteous anger is turned not toward you but toward the Evil One who has led you astray, to the lies this world propagates as it turns hearts away from God. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12) So please, bear...
So, at the beginning of the year I posted all of my resolutions and promised that I’d keep you updated on the progress. Umm… sorry about that. So, in the spirit of doing what I say I’m going to do – here’s an update!
Post a Series on Headcoverings… Haha… haha… ha. Ahem. I have been working on this just about as often as I’ve been working on my other blog posts… if that tells you anything… Although, I did read a wonderful blog post on the topic recently which I would highly recommend. There, now you have something thoughtful to read while I drag my feet. I do feel better, thank you for asking.
Clean the Kitchen and do the laundry – Every Day… Actually, progress in this resolution is the reason why I’m blogging today! I finally got myself into a routine after the craziness of March. I have a loose schedule I have been working from this week and it’s going very well! Today is the second day in a row I’ve done EVERYTHING I planned to do – and I have...
I suppose it seems sort of boring, but I am rather relieved not to have New Years Resolutions for 2012. New resolutions are so exhausting! They take a lot of time consuming effort, thought, planning, preparation (well at least for my meticulous schedule-chart-list happy self). You see, if I’m going to resolve to do something better in my life I am going to make sure I have a plan of attack… I don’t always follow through with my plan, but at least I have one!
So yes, I am glad I don’t have any new resolutions this January. It’s not that I don’t want to work on anything this year, quite the contrary; I have lots to do. It’s just that all of my resolutions this year are hand-me-downs from last year. That means all the charting and planning is done and now it’s just time to implement (or continue implementing) what I have already been doing or planning on doing for quite some time now.
And since you are my dear bloggy friends you get to follow along in all...