Over the years, I have considered the question of why I believe the Bible is the Word of God from several angles. In recent days I have come to a new way of synthesizing these various angles into a unified, perspectival approach.
But before addressing the various perspectives, let me first address the meaning of the word “why” in the question. You can answer “why” questions in terms of reasons or causes. For example, if you asked the question, “Why did Martin Luther King die?” the answer could be given in at least two different ways: Continue reading
I suppose I will continue writing, for an audience of a few, responses to articles read by many, if for no other reason than as a way to think out loud about my own convictions on these issues. Sherif Girgis recently wrote a strong defense of the Catholic teaching on contraception, namely, that the use of contraception works against the purpose of sexual union and is, therefore, unethical.
My thinking as a Protestant is somewhat different on this issue. On the one hand, I affirm the Catholic moral teaching in its desire to maintain a close link between marriage, sex, and procreation. I agree that much of our sexual dysfunction as a society is owing to a severing of those things from one another. I believe every marriage should be open to the gift of children, that children are not a burden to dread but a blessing to receive, and that an over-reliance on contraception is likely indicative of a selfish mindset that desires all the pleasures of sex with none of the God-ordained responsibility. Continue reading
For an introduction to the series, read this.
Now that we have completed a survey of the Apostles’ Creed, I have decided a change of pace would be nice, so for the next several months I will be writing on my church’s statement of faith. This statement is reliant on and adapted from the New Hampshire Confession of 1833, which has been modified into recent forms of the Baptist Faith and Message (1925, 1963, 1998, and 2000). Since it is a statement of faith and not a Creed, it is not written to be memorized. Therefore, our focus won’t be on memorization but simply exposition of what the statement of faith teaches. Continue reading