The Myth's Complex: Why the Bible is True and Without Error
After sorting through ideas and praying about what the next topic should be about, this idea was born: the myths and truths of the Christian faith. Upon observation, there are quite a few misunderstandings. Sadly, most of them are ideas stemming from popular false TV evangelists and public figures such as Joel Olsteen, Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, and the likes. This post includes 5 of the top myths and truths and elaborates on why the Bible is true and without error.
The myth: Christians are without sin once they get saved.
The truth: Every Christian is still a sinner. And by a sinner, I mean the ones that nailed Christ to the cross. There are over 84 scriptures in the Bible that discuss salvation alone and over 105 that reference sin. Paul is very clear in Romans 3 that there is none righteous among the human race due to our fallen nature. I greatly wish we didn't have to deal with sin.
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges skillfully and expertly portrays the pursuit of holiness while on Earth. He further discusses the myths and truths tied around the theology side of the Christian Faith.
"Through our union with Christ in His death we are delivered from the dominion of sin. But we still find sin struggling to gain master over us, as Paul depicted so vividly: 'When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.' (Romans 7:21). We may not like the fact that we have this lifelong struggle with sin, but the more we realize and accept it, the better equipped we will be to deal with it." (Bridges, p. 59).
Below are some of the scripture references that discuss salvation and the fallen sin nature, key points of evidence why the Bible is true and without error due to no contradictory statements.
The Sin Complex
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, English Standard Version.
"Fall all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:23-24, ESV.
"You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wished to be a friend of the world makes himself and enemy of God." James 4:4, ESV. This verse is easy to quote out of context. James is not stating here that you cannot be an ambassador for Christ in settings such as college or any other secular platform (i.e Jason Lisle, a Christian astrophysicist and creationist who has secular colleagues). What he is referring to is proclaiming to be a Christian and yet have a love of the World's system that promotes abortion, murder, double standards, idol worship, witchcraft, etc.
Making the Difficult Decisions Easy
Below is attached a copy of a lesson held at my church. I have gained permission from the source to add it to the blog. The source has asked to remain anonymous. I hope this explains further the sin nature that Christians still struggle with and how we grow in Christlikeness.Detailed in this lesson are principles that account for the basis for the myths and for the truths as well.
The myth: We can lose our salvation.
The truth: both God's wrath and love are eternal. As a one-time atonement of sin, the wrath of God was fulfilled and the love of God was displayed. This means that every time we sin, we do not need to take him off the cross and re-crucify him. This is the bottom line true meaning of this false doctrine of non-eternal salvation. However, this theology alone has led millions astray and proclaimed a standard that no human can ever amount to. Christianity makes sense when you understand sin, fallen human nature, and the need for a savior. Below are scriptures that discuss salvation.
"I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:28-30 ESV.
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." 1 Peter 5:10, ESV.
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him." John 3:36, ESV.