Noetic effects of sin 26 June '11
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Rom. 1:21).
It is clear from reading the epistle to the Hebrews that the author is full of faith in God and in Christ. What might be less apparent however, is that this faith is a reasonable faith. Far from being a blind leap into the dark, our author’s faith in Jesus is one supported by solid historical evidences like miracles and the testimony of many witnesses (2:1–4). Also, our author does not merely take the superiority of Jesus for granted. Rather, he presents carefully reasoned arguments as to why Jesus is superior to the angels, Moses, and to all of the high priests who filled the office before He did. Unfortunately, many Christians are confused about how faith and reason relate to each other.
But though all men clearly know there is a God, they do not honor or give thanks to Him (1:21). The fall into sin has caused mankind to ignore and deny their Creator. Sin has affected our minds and causes our thinking to become futile apart from Christ. This effect of sin upon our minds is known in theology as the “noetic effects of sin.”
Some have said that the fall into sin has destroyed our capacity to reason. It is true that the unredeemed mind will ultimately lead a person into futility. However, though our minds have been affected by sin, they have not been destroyed. Unbelievers still find truth quite often and can attain a breadth of knowledge in various areas. Scripture presents logical arguments for its teachings, presumably both to redeemed minds and to minds that are still enslaved by sin.
Dr. Sproul reasons that “even though the mind is darkened by sin, and leads us to futility apart from being captured by the Word of God, Paul is not saying that the human faculty for thinking is destroyed by sin.” The non-Christian can know some truth. If the faculty to reason was destroyed, truth could never be known and God could not condemn people for denying it.
Worship 12 Jun '11
Charis kai eirene
~ Styx ~
Judges 3:1-31 6 Jun '11
So, do evil, get punished, delivered. Do evil, get punished, delivered. Do evil, ... wait, let me know if you've heard this before ...
Talk about the sin treadmill! It seems as if Israel's eyes were firmly fixed on the world around them. Hmm ... where have I seen this before .. oh yeah, that would be the last time God had to take me out to the ballgame (oops, I mean wood-shed.)
Interpretation 24 May '11
To anyone experienced in Christian Apologetics or Polemics, it is obvious that a large proportion of the questions and problems raised against the Bible stem from improper interpretation.
Interpretation is a normal part of human life. Without a sufficiently accurate interpretation of what our family, friends, teachers, or the media say, no one can survive for long. But the very fact that we communicate well with all these people, and they with us, shows that we are following common rules of interpretation in our lives.
The same principles apply to the Bible also, but many times people overlook these principles. This might be accidental or deliberate, but the result is that a great many questions are unnecessarily and unfairly raised against the Bible.
~ http://freeebooks.itz4u.com/?p=141 ~
Love 17 May '11
God for the Son, the Son for the Father, They for the Spirit, and He for Them.
~ Anonymous ~
What is Sanctification? 10 May '11
Sanctification is a work of God's grace, whereby they whom God has, before the foundation of the world, chosen to be holy, are in time, through the powerful operation of His Spirit applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto them, renewed in their whole man after the image of God; having the seeds of repentance unto life, and all other saving graces, put into their hearts, and those graces so stirred up, increased, and strengthened, as that they more and more die unto sin, and rise unto newness of life.
Westminster Larger Catechism
MIXTURES OF JOY AND SORROW 1 May '11
from The Primitive Baptist Hymn Book, pub. 1887 by D. H. Gobles and Elder R. W. Thompson
1 - Mixtures of joy and sorrow I daily do pass through; Sometimes I'm in the valley, then sinking down with woe; Sometimes I am exalted, on eagle's wings I fly; Rising above my troubles, I almost reach the sky. 2 - O how I am thus tossed, thus tossed to and fro; How are my hopes thus crossed wherever I do go! O Lord, thou never changest, it is because I stray; Lord, guide me by thy Spirit, and keep me in the way.
Can't figure out why hymns are moving my emotions lately, here's another one. Could be from Psalm 23 or Isaiah 40, maybe James 1 (or Ephesians 4). All these verses come to mind in this song, ending with Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not."
~ Styx ~
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