Promises and Secrets
A website for those not afraid to examine their beliefs, compare them to the real world, and make sure they fit.
Here's how the site works
WE TAKE THIS SIDE
On subsequent pages, this box is the place where the summary of a view is presented explaining something about the topic in the FACT box in the center. Of course, not everyone claiming to be on the presented side will be represented by this view. If you want to add to the view or suggest changes, please send in your comments to:
THE REAL WORLD
This set of three side-by-side boxes will be used to identify the major viewpoints of boths sides of an issue. FACTS listed here in the center will be undisputed events, things, and information accepted by most reasonable persons, but about which there are multiple viewpoints regarding the state, origin, or meaning of the subject matter.
SEND US YOUR SIDE
Here you will find a summary of at least one (if any are submitted) of the general opposing views to the explanation presented in the box on the other side of the FACT column. Again, not all who claim to be in this camp will be represented by this view. If you want to add to the view or suggest changes, please feel free to send in your comments to:
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A pastor told me the other day that the book of Galatians proves we no longer have to follow the law - including the Ten Commandments.
When I disagreed with him, he asked if I had read the book. I said that of course, I have read it, but what it says to me is very different from what it says to him.
Well, we sat for five hours discussing different passages in the Bible. The main disagreement was as to whether the law still applies to Christians. Bringing up little things like Matthew 5:17
17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
and Romans 3:31
31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
made no difference.
Pointing out obvious contradictions where the pastor's stand created problems with Paul's own words made no difference. John's agreement with Paul's statements (1 John 3:4
4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
) about the law still being valid and applicable to everyone made no difference.
So, it seems to make no difference to many who claim to be Christians that they do not believe in the same God, or the same Christ, that Paul describes in his writing to the Gentiles. So, what now?
Do you think that the law, especially the Ten Commandments, no longer applies to us? Which one can you break? The first one? the sixth one? The fourth one? Do you feel comfortable with that thought? If you feel that it makes no difference as long as you claim to have faith in Jesus, and that is what you teach others, then I hope you are right. However, the clear contradictions alone should cause some curiosity and initiate an investigation.
If you are curious, go to the page called Galatians: The Law is Gone?, take a look, then let us know what you think.
As the Bereans did with Paul, when you read the ideas presented on the pages of this site, don't just blow them off or accept them without challenge. Check them out. Compare them not only to your beliefs, but to the Bible and the references given to demonstrate their accuracy. If you find something you consider an error, send in your thoughts. If you wish, they will be published in the opposing view column so that others can see the other side.
This site is based on the plea of David, the author of Psalm 12.
Psalm 12 (NIV)
1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue -
4 those who say,
"By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us - who is lord over us?"
5 "Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
I will now arise," says the Lord.
"I will protect them from those who malign them."
6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.
7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8 who freely strut about;
when what is vile is honored by the human race.
A submission from a reader:
What Got in the Way
I didn't want the what I found
Nor did I even care.
I didn't seek to understand
The what I saw in there.
No matter what it can't be true
I know 'cause I can see
Just what I want, and what I don't
And what is wrong with me.
What absolutes are promised.
That's not how I depict it.
And what my what is wanting,
would make it all conflicted.
So even though the what is there
I'd just assume it's not,
'cause if it was of consequence
I'd have to ask - then what?
-Steven Glen of Caleb and Company
TELL US YOUR SIDE
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