Episode 430 Show Notes
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From the Show
Inerrancy, I think, is key because it's the authority of God's Word that makes it profitable. For Paul to be able to make this statement: "All Scripture is able to reprove, rebuke, to teach us, to train us." Well, look, if the Bible wasn't true, that wouldn't be the case. The problem that we see so often today, and it’s the age-old problem—it's what Satan tried to do way back in the garden—is people what God has said.
Questions in this Episode
1. I understand God wills whatsoever comes to pass, but why did God will sin in the first place? I was reading 1 John 4:12 which says that God’s love is perfected in us. And the only thing that I could come up with is that maybe God’s love exhibited through mercy, grace and sacrifice requires sin to exist for their use.
2. How do you understand the Bible being the word of God? Are you committed to inerrancy and how would you explain that?
3. What does it mean when Scripture tells us that God hates someone? Romans 9 quotes Genesis stating, “Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated.” Several passages speak of God’s hatred as well. I understand that some language is anthropomorphic so we can make sense of it but this is a difficult one to understand. Can you help this make sense please?
4. I have a friend who is converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, and he is a really nice guy and I love him a lot. He is very smart and philosophical about things. But lately I find that when we talk about stuff, I end up getting really emotional and angry. So far I’ve done an okay job about not expressing that to him. Do you have any advice about how to not be a jerk to my friend as he goes on his path, though I’d rather he didn’t go on that path?
5. I love our church and I know that Jesus loves the church despite all our failures, but when I hear about how false teachers enter into positions of influence and lead people astray it really troubles me. How do you guys stay positive that God will keep his church pure?
Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism by Bradley Nassif, Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan, and Edward Rommen
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