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Does God Value Liberty?

How the fall and the book of Judges can answer this question.

Does God value liberty?  There are two ways to answer this question. The first is with reason. Evil exists because God values free creatures that choose good (and therefore are capable of choosing evil) more than he values the absence of evil. The fall of man is evidence of this. God created man and gave him opportunity to choose freely. God values Liberty.

 

The Life of Moses

Reflections from the Book of Exodus in the Tawrat

  • 28 October 2016
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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Moses was an extraordinary prophet and a paragon among the shapers of world culture. As the instrument of exodus, he was a kind of Messiah figure who foreshadowed the true and only Messiah two millenia later. The Exodus of the Hebrew slaves from ancient Egypt was unquestionably a one-of-a-kind event in the world history. What other example is there of a whole distinct people group having lived over 400 years within a powerful nation and having been entirely delivered to freedom, and that without a violent revolt by the people? None. 

This article is being added to periodically as we progress through the chapters of Exodus.  Upon opening it, the most recent post appears at the top from 11/17, and older posts follow starting from 10/28.

The Reason of Reason

Why Does Anything Makes Sense?

  • 27 October 2016
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 1943
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“Come now, let us reason together…”   

 Isaiah, in his book named after him, chapter 1:18


Reason exists and is self-evident.  Here is my reasoning: First, all humans use reason. It is part of what it means to be human.  Indeed, we 
must use reason, for it is a necessary attribute of the human mind and it is largely by reason that we function in a complex world.  It is also how we self-identify.  You probably have heard the well-known statement by Rene’ Descartes, “Cogito ergo sum”, if not in Latin then in English—“I think, therefore I am”.   A good paraphrase would be, “I reason, therefore I am.”

Ramadan, Day 21: A Muslim Transformed by the Bible

A former Muslim describes his encounter with the beauty and truth of the Holy Scriptures

  • 27 September 2016
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 1888
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by Wissam—

Ramadan Mubarek.  This month of fasting is an especially good time to think about the reasons for true and genuine faith. True faith is not something you're just born into.  It's something you have to choose.  That’s my belief and my own story. 

                     

When I was in high school in Baghdad I yearned for beauty.  Back then I read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies, searching for anything that can have the genuine beauty that I craved but which my religious community has never known. Eventually I got a Bible and read it, and in its pages I found true beauty.  I also learned that much of the good literature I had been reading was influenced by the Bible. I realized that this book was the source of all the beauty I had been longing for. This was the beauty of goodness, a goodness that includes many virtues such as self-discipline, self-sacrifice, peace, integrity and kindness. The Bible is not only beautiful and good, it's actually true. 

The Throne Room

Turning Curses into Blessings - A Short Story

  • 17 September 2016
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 1035
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by Sarah Stenger
 
The beautiful, vast throne room was flooded with light, white and warm. It was round. No corners, no shadows. No darkness. There were two people. One clothed in a fine crimson robe that fell on his features like silk, elegantly crafted and stunningly beautiful.  The other clothed entirely in white. White that was so pure it hurt to look after only a short while. Simple, and yet it had such inexplicably powerful appeal.



 
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