Questions, Anyone? (From the NIV Student Bible)
Frequently Paul interrupts his writing with a question or series of questions. In doing so, he is imitating the style he learned from rabbis in his earlier training. The story is told of one student who asked, “Why do you rabbis so often put your teaching in the form of a question?” The reply: “So what’s wrong with a question?”
Seas, rivers, and mountains crown this psalm with their praise. God’s salvation doesn’t just affect human beings. When rebellion against God finally ends, nature itself will celebrate. Romans 8:18-22 takes up this theme as part of the wonderful salvation God offers to all people.
(NIV Student Bible)
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.( Hebrews 2:1)
>As you gain years in your walk with Christ, sometimes the Good News of Jesus Christ doesn’t feel like new News. If we aren’t careful it becomes easy to drift away to things that may hold more intrigue. Be steadfast in your faith though and listen closely. For God has a unique way of drawing us closer to Him if you are paying attention.
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of your body, you will live (Romans 8:12,13).
(Teacher: Joyce Meyer)
Many people have been controlled all their life by wrong thinking. They think all their problems are caused by the devil, other people, the way they were raised as children, etc. But the truth is that in many cases the problem is simply a lack of knowledge or a lazy spirit that refuses to act on the knowledge available.
Thinking right thoughts will often resemble warfare. The mind is the battlefield on which Satan tries to defeat us. In the Bible we are told to “cast down” wrong thoughts, but what does that mean? It means once wrong thoughts present themselves to us, we are to refuse to receive them and turn them over and over in our mind. We are not to give them strength by meditating on them.
The real key to victory is not only to cast down wrong thoughts, but to replace them with right ones: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
It is virtually impossible to think two things at the same time. When a new thought comes in, the old must go. Go ahead, try it! Start thinking about your name for example. Now begin to think about your address. When you changed to thinking about your address, you stopped thinking about your name.
We get rid of the darkness by turning on the light. In the same way, we rid ourselves of wrong thoughts by deliberately turning our attention to right thoughts.
Be determined to love God, yourself, and others with your thoughts. Ask the Lord to reduce you to love. It is the only road to true happiness, and the only way we can be a witness in our world today.
(excerpt from ‘Reduce Me to Love’ by Joyce Meyer)
(Author: Norman Geisler)
How can God be three and yet one? Isn’t this a contradiction? It would seem that God could be one and not three, or three and not one. But he cannot be both three and one at the same time. It would be a violation of the most fundamental law of thought, namely, the law of noncontradiction.
First of all, the Christian belief in a Trinity of three persons in one God is not a contradiction. A contradiction occurs only when something is both A and non-A at the same time and in the same sense. God is both three and one at the same time but not in the same sense. He is three persons but one in essence. He is three persons but only one in nature.
It would be a contradiction to say that God had three natures in one nature or three persons in one person. But it is not a contradiction to claim that God has three persons in one nature. God is like a triangle. At the same time it has three corners and yet it is only one triangle. Each corner is not the same as the whole triangle. Or, God is like one to the third power. 1 x 1 x 1 = 1. God is not 1 + 1 + 1 + = 3, which is tritheism or polytheism. God is one God, manifested eternally and simultaneously in three distinct persons.
God is love (1 John 4:16). But to have love, there must be a lover (Father), a loved one (Son), and a spirit of love (Holy Spirit). So, love itself is a tri-unity.
Another illustration of the Trinity is that God is like my mind, ideas, and words. There is a unity between them, yet they are distinct from each other.
Of course, the Trinity is a mystery. It goes beyond reason without going against reason. We can apprehend it, but we cannot completely comprehend it. As someone wisely said, “If we try to understand God completely, we may lose our mind, but if we do not believe in the Trinity sincerely, we will lose our soul!”