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Ravi Zacharias – Unplugging Truth in a Morally Suicidal Culture


The pursuit of the Hebrews was idealized and symbolized by light. “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” “The people that sat in darkness have seen a great light.” “This is the light that lighteth every man that comes into the world.” The pursuit of the Greeks was symbolized by knowledge. That’s why the Biblical writers say, “These things are written that you might know that you have eternal life.” For the Hebrews, it was light. For the Greeks, it was knowledge. For the Romans, it was glory. For the Romans, it was glory, the glory of the city of Rome, the glory of the city that wasn’t built in a day. And here we have it. The apostle Paul, a Hebrew by birth, a citizen of Rome, living in a Greek city, had to give to them the ideal of his ethic. And he says this: “God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness, has caused His light to shine in our hearts, to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.” For the apostle Paul, the ultimate ethic was not an abstraction, not symbolized merely by light, not merely by knowledge, not merely by glory, but in the very face of our Lord. “God who caused the light to shine out of darkness has caused his light to shine in our hearts to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Source: “Unplugging Truth in a Morally Suicidal Culture”

Biblical Nuggets: Supererogation


Supererogation: Moral *actions that go beyond what is required by duty, especially those actions that are commendable and indicative of superior *character. Some Protestants have been critical of the idea of supererogation on the grounds that humans never fully realize their moral duties, much less exceed them. But there is a clear sense in which certain actions—for example, deciding to donate a kidney to a stranger—go beyond what is required by duty and seem to express a high degree of moral character. See also ethics; morality.[1]

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[1] Evans, C. Stephen (2010-04-28). Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Kindle Locations 1688-1691). Intervarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

Saturday Quote: Friedrich Nietzsche on Morality


“When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality… Christianity is a system, a consistently thought out and complete view of things. If one breaks out of it a fundamental idea, the belief in God, one thereby breaks the whole thing to pieces: one has nothing of any consequence left in one’s hand… Christian morality is a command: its origin is transcendental… it possesses truth only if God is truth – it stands or falls with the belief in God.”

Reference:

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Expeditions of an Untimely Man, Section 5.

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Christless Christianity and Christ-Consciousness: Spirituality without Truth


Christless Christianity and Christ-Consciousness: Spirituality without Truth

‘The New Age Movement’ as it is introduced in the latter half of the 20th century claims to be a non-religious movement. In the gradual shifting of Christianity in the Western world, they emerged as a new way of life and world view with precepts borrowed from Eastern Spirituality and metaphysics and fluxing them with the Western Spirituality. Thus, it begins with a promise of new spirituality and new identity by radical transformation of an individual or human civilization through mystical union with a dynamic macrocosm. The Movement is gaining momentum in the East as well as in the West, so is succeeding promisingly to infiltrate the Christian minds sharing the hope of false spirituality.  The haunting slogan of the sixties, “If it feels good, do it” is revived to entice the present day culture in the New Age movement with a slogan, “If you feel good, believe it.”[1] In the heart of the New Age Movement, there is a yearning to seek the truth and be morally good, so the question really is if truth and morality are relative terms for them, then the struggle is endless, because they have nothing absolute to weigh their goodness with.

Without defining what the good is, it becomes irrelevant to explain how it is attained. Yet, the New Age Movement tends to choose the latter one and explains how it is achieved. They identify the disorderliness or the chaos of the world which they call “in crisis”; however, they deny the fallen state of the world. [2] And they are crouching at the doorsteps of our churches, Christian institutions, Medias, bookstore and blockbusters, yelling us from the podium that Christians are responsible for the world crisis. Continue reading Christless Christianity and Christ-Consciousness: Spirituality without Truth

Not Such a Thing as Christian Yoga


The word, ‘Yoga’ has become a very marketable offer in the competitive marketplace of health and fitness. Many metropolises in the United States of America have been attracted to Yoga recently. The allies in those metropolises are decorated with commercial hoarding boards of Yoga centers. They seem, to great extent, succeeded to lure people by promising to change our lifestyle inward as well as outward through Yoga practices. In this enticement, not even churches are exception subscribing to Yoga without understanding its deeper meaning, purpose, and significance. Thence, Yoga has been adopted as a trendy idea of physical exertion among the Christians which has, in fact, surreptitiously invaded the Christian conscience as a counterfeit spirituality. Yoga cannot be taken as a mere form of ‘working out’ without the aspects of spirituality deeply founded in Eastern Vedic theology and Yoga philosophy.

Generally, Yoga is understood in terms of the system as a practical discipline that keeps our physical motors running in good condition through the techniques Yoga prescribes to its practitioner. In the west, it is largely viewed as the form of physical and mental exercise. And it is easily welcomed in the Christian communities in the pursuit of physical well-being. The common notion of Christian believers is that Yoga can be a better form of workout, since it is all about stretching limbs and controlling respiration through different body postures.

Before assessing whether Yoga can serve Christians without forging its core objectives, the fundamental principles of it should be discussed. The meaning and origin of Yoga, its potential adverse influence in our lives, and its adaptation and adoption throughout the ages in the Hindu Philosophy are the important areas of study that we need to pay attention afore we embrace the Yoga system. Continue reading Not Such a Thing as Christian Yoga