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Category Archives: Hamartiology
Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading
One of the deepest discussions among biblical scholars concerns the way Adam’s sin affected humanity. Continue reading
There are surprisingly few places to turn for thoughtful answers to the deeper questions about suffering, life and death. Continue reading
Determination to be diligent students of Scripture with compassion and wisdom must be pursued with deep humility to the glory of God. Continue reading
The late Chuck Colson suggested that, “No question poses a more formidable stumbling block to the Christian faith than this, and no question is more difficult for Christians to answer. Yet the biblical worldview does have an answer, and it accounts for universal … Continue reading
The ambition of an angel led to the suspicion of Eden (that the best life is outside of the will of God not within it). This led to the delusion of self-rule (which only resulted in bondage to sin and death). The cycle continues — ambition, suspicion, delusion, death.
Creation took its first turn toward disaster when the ambition of angles incited a revolt against the Creator. It was a delusional and arrogant bid for autonomy.
How irrational for a created being to think of autonomy as a possibility! The only real option for created beings is dependence. It’s a delusional and dangerous fantasy for creatures to make a bid for self-rule and self-determination. Continue reading
The solution will not help the person who doesn’t understand the problem. This couldn’t be more true than in relation to the gospel. If the bad news behind the good news of the gospel isn’t clearly understood; the gospel will … Continue reading
Caution is needed about articulating a doctrine of human depravity from the wrong starting point. Can a misguided understanding of this important truth lead to over-renunciation? Continue reading