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“All Religions are Essentially the Same”: The Golden Rule and the Gospel

A current maxim of today’s post-post-modern culture is to say that “all religions are essentially the same.” What is usually meant by that statement is that, while many religions may differ in their particulars, they all essentially teach the same thing: love your neighbor as yourself. This is commonly called the Golden Rule, and is supposed … Continue reading

Theology

Annihilationism and Atheism: An Interesting Correlation

For the past week or so, I’ve been privately debating (via email, with some “listeners”) an advocate of annihilationism, an alternate belief to traditional views of hell and eternal punishment, contending that unbelievers are “annihilated” or extinct upon judgment. Hell is not eternal, they say, and neither is punishment, though the outcome of punishment may … Continue reading

Christian Living / Common Misconceptions / Culture

Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories

In recent times, the construct of “religion vs relationship” has been widely and commonly accepted among evangelical Christians. A good example of this is the YouTube video by Jefferson Bethke that went completely viral about a year ago, called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” (this post isn’t about him, as he’s made clear of his … Continue reading

Bible Exposition / Common Misconceptions

“Abba” Means “Daddy” in Aramaic: Preaching Point or Possible Projection?

I’ve often heard from well-meaning preachers that the Aramaic word “abba” is equivalent to the English word “daddy,” because it conveys an intimate, child-like relationship when used. So when Jesus prays to the Father, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you” (Mark 14:36), it is assumed that the Son is using intimate language with … Continue reading

Christian Living / Common Misconceptions

Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge: Fine Distinctions or False Dichotomies?

It is commonly assumed that there are two kinds of knowledge when it comes to the Christian faith: head knowledge and heart knowledge. “Head knowledge” is often associated with knowledge limited to the level of information, without any practical implications or impact in someone’s life. On the other hand, “heart knowledge” is associated with that … Continue reading