- 31 december 2011 -
Tebow and The Hatred of the World
whether tim tebow is a true christian is unknown to me. that, of course is utimately betwen him and God. that notwithstanding, i find these comments very interesting and agree with them...
"Only here's the thing: The current wave of criticism leveled at Tebow isn't about football. Not really. Oh, they will all swear that it is."makes me think of something Jesus said:
"So what gives? Why does even Tebow's own coaching staff and management offer so little public support?
Jake Plummer, the latest to take pot shots at the embattled Denver quarterback, might have been speaking for anti-Tebowites everywhere when he said in an interview on a Phoenix radio station that he would like Tebow more if he would "shut up" about his faith in Jesus Christ.
And with that little comment, the cat, as they say, was out of the bag.
Plummer said what the commentators wouldn't say. Their dislike for Tim Tebow is not, as they would have us believe, about his throwing motion or his completion percentage; it's all about his open professions of faith and his goody-two shoes image. When it comes right down to it, we don't want heroes who are truly good. We want them to fail the occasional drug test or start a bar fight from time to time. It makes us feel better about ourselves. Tebow, however, doesn't make us feel better about ourselves. People like him make us feel a little convicted about the things we say and do. So we find a reason to dislike them. Or, when Tebow says that glory goes to God and the credit for a victory goes to his teammates, coaches, and family, we are suspicious. An increasingly jaded culture, we don't believe that anyone can say such things and really mean them.
So we wait.
We wait for evidence that he really isn't that good. We hope to see him kick a player on the ground, drop an F-bomb on television, or Tweet pictures of his privates. In the meantime, we always have Penn State's Jerry Sandusky to make us feel better about ourselves."
- Larry Taunton -
"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because fyou are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours."
- john 15:18-20
- 20 december 2011 -
Saving Faith and Biblical Contradictions
comments from kevin reid on seeming contradictions about what true saving faith looks like according to differnet biblical authors:
"a) Different use of ‘justified’ – the word justified in the Bible normally means ‘made right’. So in Romans 3- 5 when Paul is talking about being justified by faith, he is talking about us being made right with God through faith in Jesus. Yet justified can also have another meaning. It can mean ‘proved right’, or shown to be in the right, that’s how we often use the term today, to justify your actions is to show that they were right. In 1 Timothy 3:16 the word is used to speak of how Jesus was ‘justified’ by the spirit, (there it is usually translated ‘vindicated’). Clearly Jesus did not need to be made right with God the Father, but he was justified or vindicated in that he was shown to be right through his resurrection. So here in James 2:24 when we read that a person is justified by what he does, and not by faith alone, it has that sense of shown to be right, not made right. Your faith is shown to be genuine by your actions.
You see that difference in the way James refers to Abraham. In Romans 4 Paul refers to Abraham, and shows how he took God at his word, believed his promise, and he was justified by his faith. Here James refers to another incident in Abraham’s life. Genesis 22 where Abraham is ‘tested’. His faith is shown to be genuine by his actions. he doesn’t just say he trusts God, he is willing to do what God says, even when that means risking the son he loves.
b) Different situations being addressed. When Paul is speaking in Romans, about being justified by faith alone, he is addressing those who think we are accepted or rejected by God based on whether we keep the law. Paul is saying no, if it’s on what we do, all except Jesus fall short, we can only be saved on the basis of what Jesus has done. On the other hand James is addressing those who are saying they have faith, so it doesn’t matter how they live. James is showing that how you live matters, it shows whether or not your faith is genuine."
- Kevin Reid -
- 19 december 2011 -
Sowell On Government Intervention
"If you look back through history and compare what happens when the federal government intervenes during a downturn in the economy with what happens when the government leaves the market free to work its own way back, doing nothing has by far the better track record.
First of all, this country existed for a century and a half without the federal government intervening to save the economy. No downturn in all that time was as severe or as long-lasting as the downturn that persisted throughout the decade of the 1930s, when both the Hoover administration and the Roosevelt administration intervened on an unprecedented scale.
There was no Federal Reserve System to help - if that is the word - during downturns before 1914. One of the few things on which liberal economists like John Kenneth Galbraith and conservative economists like Milton Friedman agreed was that the Federal Reserve made the Great Depression of the 1930s worse."
- Thomas Sowell -