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Lead us Not into Temptation

submitted by Tim Simmons

Probably one of the most familiar passages in the New Testament is the Lord's Prayer, which can be found in the gospels of Matthew (Matthew 6:9-13) and Luke (Luke 11:1-4). Jesus provides his disciples with a blueprint for proper prayer, contrasting the attention grabbing prayers of those who prayed in public with the humble and private petition with which we are all familiar. But hidden within the lines of that memorable prayer is a doctrine that proves problematic for the Christian. In short, Jesus is asking God not to steer the believer into a situation where they would undergo a temptation. The problem is obvious.

Why would God actually lead anyone to be tempted to sin?(Click Here to read more)

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEACHERS

Bob Jones University is proudly proclaiming that the Christian scientist is honest while the secular scientist is prone to twisting the truth to support an unregenerate world view.

Here is a snippet:

"the Christian is more consistently committed to the key ingredient of the scientific method--observation--than is his unregenerate counterpart. The latter is often prone to rely more heavily on human speculations than on the data themselves, especially when they are inimical to his evolutionary-humanistic beliefs."

(read all about it here)

PASS IT UP

copyright 2001 Tim Simmons
http://exchristian.net/exchristian/2003/01/why-interest.php

It only takes one fib to get a legend going
And soon all those around will suffer from its growing.

That is how it is with God's love once you've experienced it,
It doesn't fit, it's all bullshit.
You'll want to pass it up.

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Bible God goes CUTE!

The Embarrassment of Biblical Chronology

Copyright James B. Jordan 1989

And Arpachshad lived thirty-five years, and became the father of Shelah . . . And Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber . . . and Eber lived thirty-four years and became the father of Peleg . . . and Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu. . . (Genesis 11:12ff.).

The fact that the Bible contains chronological information cannot be disputed. What can and often has been disputed is whether or not that chronological information has any real value, either theologically or historically. It is my conviction, and that of many others including the sponsor of this newsletter, that Biblical chronology is extremely important, both theologically and historically....

This article is word for word from a fundie site. The author readily admits that the bible is embarrassing, but encourages believers to "just believe" anyway. This is presuppositionalism at its finest. It is well worth the read.

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10 Questions for Christians

submitted byGary McNutt

1. Where is the justice in punishing us for Adam's sin? If the bible itself says that children will not be punished for the parents' sins (Deut. 24:16). Furthermore, if God really created Adam not knowing either good or evil (Gen 3:22), how could such a harsh and enduring punishment as death for Adam and all his descendants possibly be just? Our secular courts are more just than God when they show mercy on people who cannot distinguish between right and wrong, such as children and the mentally handicapped. And why isn't this doctrine of original sin found anywhere in the Bible except in Paul's writings? Why didn't Jesus ever mention it, or teach it?

2. How could Adam and Eve ever have sinned if God had actually created them perfect, even if they did have free will? If God created them imperfect, how could a perfect omnipotent being create anything imperfect?

3. Why Pray? If it changes God's mind then he is not sovereign. If it does not …

The Will of God

by Tim Simmons

You must find the will of God implored my new brother in Christ. I had just been baptized that Sunday and I did not really know what Ed meant by that remark. But then there were many things I didn't understand as a new babe in Christ. As the years went by, I matured in stature and wisdom. I had recently graduated from Caldwell Seminary and was eager to serve God in whatever direction he led.

I prayed each night and asked him, God, what is it that I'm supposed to be doing? I knew that the fervent prayer of a righteous man was effective but all I got was silence. Although I received no answer, it didn't discourage me because I knew that God worked on his own time frame and I also knew that God had a plan for every person’s life. Then one summer night after a long prayer session, the answer came unexpectedly. It was like a bolt of lightning – a flash and then it was gone. But I heard it distinctly as if God had spoken directly into my ear.

You must find my will.

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