People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 4 (TMF:805)

Peace to Live By: People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 4 (TMF:805) - Daniel Litton
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       People can just do whatever they want, no matter what, and should not expect, or face, any judgment for such actions if there is no absolute truth. But one might say that there needs to be order to society—that is why we have rules. But that doesn’t make sense. If there is no absolute truth, then order doesn’t exist. And if order doesn’t exist, then why, in turn, do we need order? Here again, we see that the very need for order suggests, or gives away the fact that absolute truth does indeed exist. Where there is order, there is design, right? Well, that makes good sense, though, some believe that order can just come about naturally. But the extreme order of things we see around us, with nature, the earth, and the universe, betrays the very notion that things could have come about naturally. That would be like winning the lottery trillions of times over. The Bible says about mankind: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:19, 20, ESV).

People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 3 (TMF:804)

Peace to Live By: People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 3 (TMF:804) - Daniel Litton
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       Even if the majority thinks that physically hurting others is not okay, why does the majority’s view undercut the beliefs of the one who thinks it’s okay? We see here, pretty easily then, that this kind of thinking—this logic—isn’t really logical at all. It is not logical to say that whatever a person wants to believe, it is okay for him or her to believe it. This kind of thinking might appear to be wise on the surface, but really isn’t well-thought-out when it is broken down and analyzed. Now, if you believe there is no absolute truth, then why do you follow any rules? It’s every person for him or herself if no absolute truth exists in our world. People can just do whatever they want, no matter what, and should not expect, or face, any judgment for such actions if there is no absolute truth. But one might say that there needs to be order to society—that is why we have rules. But that doesn’t make sense. If there is no absolute truth, then order doesn’t exist. And if order doesn’t exist, then why, in turn, do we need order?

People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 2 (TMF:803)

Peace to Live By: People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 2 (TMF:803) - Daniel Litton
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       It doesn’t make sense, though, in matters of absolute truth or morality, for a person to say he or she can believe what he or she would like to. It’s not reasonable to say a person can believe what he or she personally ‘thinks’ is good. For instance, a person may believe that physically harming other people randomly is okay, whereas most others would say it is not okay. But if we ascribe to the logic that everyone can believe what is okay for them, then how can we correct the person who thinks that physically hurting others randomly is okay? Even if the majority thinks that physically hurting others is not okay, why does the majority’s view undercut the beliefs of the one who thinks it’s okay? We see here, pretty easily then, that this kind of thinking—this logic—isn’t really logical at all. It is not logical to say that whatever a person wants to believe, it is okay for him or her to believe it. This kind of thinking might appear to be wise on the surface, but really isn’t well-thought-out when it is broken down and analyzed.

People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 1 (TMF:802)

Peace to Live By: People Can Just Believe What They Want? Part 1 (TMF:802) - Daniel Litton
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       So, first, contention one: “I can believe what I want. Whatever I personally think, that’s ok for me.” This argument sounds good at first glance, and it is very tolerant of what other people may believe. But when examining the logic behind this type of thinking, it becomes clear, rather quickly, that this kind of thinking isn’t that logical. First, it is true that people can believe what they want to believe about certain things. I can say, “I like apples.” And another person can say, “I don’t like apples.” Both of these statements would be true for the people speaking them (considering each person is telling the truth). Things like the food we like to eat are a matter of personal preference. This personal preference exists because God has created and said that apples are okay to eat. Because they are a food provided from God, one can decide whether or not he or she likes apples. Now, if apples existed but God said it was a sin to eat an apple, people could still like to eat apples, and could in fact eat them. However, it would still be wrong to eat apples regardless of what a person liked.

Intro to Attacks on Christianity- 'Free Thinking' (TMF:801)

Peace to Live By: Intro to Attacks on Christianity- 'Free Thinking' (TMF:801) - Daniel Litton
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       A lot of people want to reject Christianity, or any religion, simply because they feel it places rules on people where there shouldn’t be rules. And some feel that all religions are simply the creations of mankind in order to seemingly provide an explanation of life—why life exists and sometimes why the universe exists. Religion, to them, is just make-believe to help people get through and cope with life. When I am talking about this ‘free’ thinking, I mean these people want to be ‘free’ from any restraint upon themselves, any restrictions on their behavior and thinking. Let us go through these contentions one-by-one as we seek to understand people’s errors when it comes to these lines of thinking. So, first, contention one: “I can believe what I want. Whatever I personally think, that’s ok for me.” This argument sounds good at first glance, and it is very tolerant of what other people may believe. But when examining the logic behind this type of thinking, it becomes clear, rather quickly, that this kind of thinking isn’t that logical.

God Wants Everyone to Accept His Free Gift (TMF:800)

Peace to Live By: God Wants Everyone to Accept His Free Gift (TMF:800) - Daniel Litton
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       God wants everyone to accept his free gift of salvation through Christ. Jesus has died in our place, and he rose from the dead, showing that he even has power over death. In the same way, though we must all die because we have all sinned, Jesus will raise each person individually who has believed in him, and will take them to be with him forever. He said in his Father’s house are many mansions, and he is preparing a place for everyone who believes in him today. If you would like to accept Jesus today as your personal Savior and Lord, then follow lead in this prayer: God, I have done many things against you in life. I understand that I am not in personal relationship with you. However, today, I want to turn from living life without you—from doing things that I know are wrong, that are against you. I believe Jesus did die for me, and rose from the dead. I want to have a new life in Christ, and I am giving him my life today. I want to live for now on following you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Anyone Can Have His Sins Blotted Out Today (TMF:799)

Peace to Live By: Anyone Can Have His Sins Blotted Out Today (TMF:799) - Daniel Litton
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       The good news today is that though we have all sinned greatly against God, anyone can have his or her sins completely blotted out through trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Jesus came to earth and died on a cross in all our places in order to provide a payment, acceptable to God, for our sins. Anyone who trusts in Christ’s sacrifice and believes he is Lord will be forgiven of all offenses against God. But anyone who will not accept this free gift, who will not accept Jesus’ sacrifice, leaves him or herself open to the wrath and vengeance of God. God wants everyone to accept his free gift of salvation through Christ. Jesus has died in our place, and he rose from the dead, showing that he even has power over death. In the same way, though we must all die because we have all sinned, Jesus will raise each person individually who has believed in him, and will take them to be with him forever. He said in his Father’s house are many mansions, and he is preparing a place for everyone who believes in him today.

Anyone Who Trusts in God Cannot Go Wrong (TMF:798)

Peace to Live By: Anyone Who Trusts in God Cannot Go Wrong (TMF:798) - Daniel Litton
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       I hope I have helped answer some questions to some who are considering coming into a personal relationship with God. My desire is that you look into and follow the Truth. He can be depended on, and anyone who puts his or her trust in him cannot go wrong. Indeed, God wants everyone to come into a personal relationship with him—every person who exists on this earth right now. But, if you’re not willing to believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of your offenses against him, and give your life to him, there is nothing God can really do for you. God doesn’t force anyone to come to know him. However, he will send anyone to the eternal fire who does not have his or her sins covered through believing in Jesus. This is because God is a holy and righteous God, and he cannot let offenses against him go unpunished. God in his love desires everyone to come to know him, but it’s also true that in his holiness he demands all humans to holy who want to have fellowship with him.

Christians Can Follow God On Their Own? Part 3 (TMF:797)

Peace to Live By: Christians Can Follow God On Their Own? Part 3 (TMF:797) - Daniel Litton
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       We can’t be helping each other out, as Christians, if we are not involved in our local church. We are to be stirring up each other in love and good works. We are to meet periodically. We should be encouraging each other, as we are all waiting on the Lord Jesus Christ to return. Jesus said, “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Mark 12:31, ESV). That’s the second greatest commandant. We cannot love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ if we never see them. If we aren’t participating in activities from our church, we can’t fulfill the second greatest commandment in our lives. So, fellowshipping with and loving other believers is pretty important, both to be pleasing to God and to our own personal spiritual growth.

Christians Can Follow God On Their Own? Part 2 (TMF:796)

Peace to Live By: Christians Can Follow God On Their Own? Part 2 (TMF:796) - Daniel Litton
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       You have to look at it as it’s not so much what you will get from others, but rather it’s what you can contribute to better others. Remember what President John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Well, in the same way ask not what your church can do for you, but what you can do for your church. And the Apostle John has told us, as I discussed a couple weeks ago as well, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7, ESV). The writer of Hebrews tells us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24, 25, ESV). We can’t be helping each other out, as Christians, if we are not involved in our local church.