Are best easy ways to make money the teachings of scripture clear – biblicalnow

It seems like not a day goes by on my best easy ways to make money twitter feed without someone proclaiming that the “clear teaching of scripture” indicates that their particular theological bent on some issue or best easy ways to make money topic is, in fact, the correct one; furthermore, it’s so correct that they feel they must alert everyone best easy ways to make money about how correct it really is right now. (can you tell that this kind of bugs me?)

Interestingly, 100% of the time I have seen these kinds of statements, they have been in reference to theological topics for which best easy ways to make money there is a wide range of beliefs within orthodox christian best easy ways to make money faith. No one ever says, for example, “the clear teaching of scripture indicates that god created the best easy ways to make money world,” because it just doesn’t need to be said. It’s so obvious as to be redundant. Yet I see people making claims all the time on best easy ways to make money such topics as women in ministry, the gifts of tongues and healings, and how god can or cannot communicate with human beings—all topics which have a wide range of beliefs among best easy ways to make money christians.

The problem with these ideas should be self-evident. Whether intentionally or not, the person who says something like this presents themselves as best easy ways to make money having some kind of absolute claim on truth (at least on that particular topic), to the exclusion of anyone outside their “camp.” it also stinks of the kind of close-mindedness that refuses to even listen to a different point best easy ways to make money of view, as if by the mere act of listening one might best easy ways to make money fall prey to the wiles of satan himself. These are hardly the attitudes I think of when I best easy ways to make money recall paul’s admonition to speak truth in love (1 cor 13:1).

Before we attempt to answer the question, we need to consider what the question is asking in best easy ways to make money the first place. The problem is that the question is quite vague. Asking, “are the teachings of scripture clear?” is akin to asking, “are the writings of C.S. Lewis easy to read?” C.S. Lewis wrote many books. The chronicles of narnia, for example, were written as children’s books, and as such are pretty easy to read. (I first read them in junior high.) the abolition of man, by contrast, is not easy to read at all! I read this book in college, and it took me three readings before I really understood best easy ways to make money what he was saying.

This is similar to the situation we face with the best easy ways to make money bible. The bible comprises many books written by many authors over best easy ways to make money many centuries in several languages. As we would expect in such a scenario, some things in the bible are easy to understand; other things are more challenging. Peter says as much in his second epistle: “there are some things in [paul’s letters] that are hard to understand” (2 pet 3:16). (the implied contrast here, of course, is that there are also things that are easier to best easy ways to make money understand.)

First of all, then, we need to avoid sweeping generalizations about scripture. Some things are easy to understand; other things are difficult to understand. What this tells us is that we must do the best easy ways to make money hard work of examining each separate issue to determine what best easy ways to make money the bible has to say about it, how certain we can be about our conclusions, and when we can say with confidence, “scripture clearly teaches…”

Christianity has a core set of beliefs. This should come as no surprise, since that fact is true of any religion or worldview. If it weren’t true, the concept of christianity wouldn’t have any meaning at all. And it so happens that the core doctrines of our best easy ways to make money faith could be classified as “clear teachings of scripture.” to get an idea of what these doctrines are, think of the early church creeds or modern-day high-level statements of faith (such as that of the national association of evangelicals). A few examples are:

Since we have to take each topic as it comes, it is not possible to compose a list of all best easy ways to make money the areas where the bible is clear, and all where it is not. But we can provide some examples to help us understand best easy ways to make money what questions to ask, and what to look for. What follows are a few (extremely brief) case studies with which we can begin to process the best easy ways to make money idea that “scripture clearly teaches…”

I’ve seen a number of “twitter theologians” in recent days proclaiming that god’s word is clear about whether or not women are best easy ways to make money allowed to preach in church, or more specifically to be called as pastors (most, if not all, of these people are on the not allowed side). And it is true, there do appear to be some pretty clear-cut verses in which it appears that the bible comes best easy ways to make money out against this practice (e.G., 1 tim 2:12, in which paul forbids a woman having authority over a best easy ways to make money man). At the same time, there are other scripture references which seem to argue, or at least imply, that women can and should hold such positions (for instance, some argue that in rom 16:7, junia [a female name] is listed as an apostle—and a highly esteemed one at that!).

It’s important to remember, though, that whichever position you hold, both sides have found a home within orthodox christianity. Both sides make sound appeals to scripture to back their best easy ways to make money positions, and the capital-C church has shown itself to be big enough to best easy ways to make money handle the diversity present on this particular issue for many best easy ways to make money years. And if this is the case, I think it is unwise to demand others come to best easy ways to make money the same conclusions that you have.

If there is a more contentious debate going on in best easy ways to make money the western church today that homosexuality, I’m not sure I know what it is. In recent years, a segment of christians has raised their voice in opposition best easy ways to make money to the idea that homosexual behavior is a sin. Matthew vines was the first popular author to make this best easy ways to make money claim, and he has since been followed by jen hatmaker and best easy ways to make money others.

What’s interesting here is that, prior to the last 20 years or so, the entire church for the last 2,000 years, and the jewish people for millennia before that, held unanimously that homosexual behavior was sinful. This in itself is a powerful, although not sufficient, argument that scripture is clear about the matter. In a case like this, any counter-claim must explain how the entirety of god’s people in the past were interpreting god’s word incorrectly.

Lest there be any debate, one only needs to look at robert gagnon’s book, the bible and homosexual practice: texts and hermeneutics, to understand that the bible is quite clear and unambiguous best easy ways to make money about this topic. Gagnon provides what I would consider to be the closest best easy ways to make money thing to an open-and-shut case that I have ever read. He discusses every relevant bible passage, along with cultural considerations and grammatical/linguistic issues to show, definitively, what the bible says. He also deconstructs every pro-homosexual-behavior argument that has been offered, and shows why each of them falls short. And if you read amazon’s reviews, you will see that even people who disagree with him best easy ways to make money give his book five-star ratings; they freely admit he has written the best defense of best easy ways to make money the traditional christian view. (note: if you don’t want to read a 500-page scholarly book, then you can watch a 90-minute video summary here instead. Seriously, it is worth an hour and a half of your best easy ways to make money time.)

In a considerably less politically volatile subject, I often see people issue forth statements to the effect best easy ways to make money that god only speaks to people through the bible. This appears to me to be a “reformed vs. Everyone else” kind of thing (no disrespect meant to my reformed brothers and sisters). The reformed camp tends to be skeptical about people who best easy ways to make money claim god spoke to them, whether it be through other people, inner promptings, circumstances, and the like.

The question one must answer in this scenario is whether best easy ways to make money or not you think god still uses these methods, or if you believe that with the close of the best easy ways to make money new testament era, god stopped using them. But again, there is a wide range of opinions and beliefs about best easy ways to make money this in the universal church. Nowhere in scripture, to my knowledge, is there a definitive statement as to how god has best easy ways to make money chosen to speak today. To suggest, then, that god cannot still speak in many diverse ways seems best easy ways to make money a tad bit overzealous to me.

So what can we take from case studies like the best easy ways to make money ones I have provided? First, none of this means that we cannot have strong opinions best easy ways to make money about what the bible does or doesn’t say. We don’t have to all adopt postmodernism and think that because best easy ways to make money we don’t know everything with certainty, we can’t know anything at all. Rather, we have to take each issue as it comes, and do the hard work of thinking it through.

Second, we don’t have to rely on just our own brainpower. God, in his wisdom, has given his church intelligent, spirit-filled men and women throughout the ages who have studied best easy ways to make money and debated many of these issues. We can learn from and be molded by the wisdom best easy ways to make money they have left for us. Even today, many godly scholars work tirelessly to provide commentaries and other best easy ways to make money books to help us understand the bible and theology better.

Third, let us never forget about prayer. As james reminds us, “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask god, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (jas 1:5). Determining what the bible has to say about a matter best easy ways to make money is definitely a case of needing wisdom! When we bring these things to god and ask for best easy ways to make money his help to understand, we are making a request which I believe god loves best easy ways to make money to answer.

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