The Bible wasn’t written TO you

This would make you feel more guilty about checking your facebook at church wouldn't it?

This would make you feel more guilty about checking your facebook at church wouldn’t it?

“The Bible was not written to us”* these words can sound like both an alarming claim and a harsh assault to the widely held modern understanding of how to comprehend the Bible. Today anti-intellectualism still influences the American church and if one does not approach the Scriptures correctly, an interpreter could find application or meaning that the original author did not intend. While it is certainly true the very basics of the faith can be discovered on plan reading, and certainly reading each passage in context provides even further clarity, education about the culture, geography, and literature are often necessary to ascertain what the author intended to communicate. Scripture actually encourages to have this type of deeper and more accurate understanding. Ephesians 4:14 is just part of a passage calling us towards maturity and states, “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;” (NASB)

Unfortunately I have witnessed many troubled parents who had been emotional blown about, and even driven from their faith by their own, or by another’s, misunderstanding of Proverbs 22:6 which states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NASB) This verse does not serve as an absolute, but is, like all proverbs, a general truth. Parenting is certainly going to have an enormous impact on a child’s life, this however does not negate their free will, or serve as a solid guarantee, nor was it ever meant to; instead it was meant to encourage a parent to raise their child to honor God, not give them some sort of false hope. I’ve seen many tears from parents over this verse, and many have had to come to terms with their misunderstanding of the verse, or else blame themselves, many choose the later because of a deeply ingrained misunderstanding. I have also sadly heard this verse used as excuse to ignore the importance of Apologetics, and focusing solely on theology, which truthfully is hardly raising a child in the way that they should go, given 1 Peter 3:15’s command to us all, but it is actually likely to decrease the child’s chances of staying on the path of faith in Christ as an adult!

Not only do these misunderstandings cause trouble within the body, similar issues arise from skeptics and are used as ammo against the church, and the faithful. Some will charge that God couldn’t be good or true, because of verses like Proverbs 22:6 are promises that are obviously broken. A student of God’s word should be able to respond to this charge in two ways, asking the accuser about the literary context of the verse (is that meant for everyone?) and demonstrating the difference between a flawed interpretation and an infallible text. While a skeptic isn’t likely to accept the bible is inerrant, it can be demonstrated that a reader’s understanding of what something says, isn’t necessarily what the author intended. One could take “hit the nail on the head” as a literal direction or a recognition of someone’s understanding, context is the key to discovering what the author or speaker intended.

*Henderson, Scott PhD. Course Notes and Resources Biblical Apologetics: Luther Rice College and Seminary September 2015, accessed September 10th 2015, pg 3.

God’s existence and his interaction with this world (miracles)

N4LI (Sam) am frequently required to write papers for my college, some short, some long. With the desire to provide some additional content to help in your spiritual journey I have hoped to share a few of these items if you desire to read them. First up is a 15 page paper that covers God’s existence and the possibility of miracles. God is glorified in my weakness, and  I say that to say, I leaned on him and the minds of those far more gifted than I to write this, and some spelling and grammar checking via Heather (my wife.) If you have interest in discussing miracles or the existence of God with a non believer, or prepping a youth, or yourself, for a world hostile to our faith (especially secular colleges and schools) this might be a good starting point, with some recommend reading being the works quoted.

You can access the pdf hosted on my church website HERE.

Did you know the original Green Ranger is a Christian?

from our sister site nerdrahtio.com

“Go, Go, Green Ranger!”

He was instantly a hit when added to the show, he wasn’t planned to be a main cast member and was supposed to be out of the series after his original mini-series but he was a huge hit.

His personal life after the show lead him through hardship and that ultimately lead him to Christ. He is currently an MMA fighter and Christian/MMA clothes designer. You can read more about him HERE.

College Humor proposes that Religious People are nerds

coollogo_com-234404893The folks at College propose that Religious People are a type of Nerd.  You can see their case HERE. I should warn you though, there may be language etc.

As always with cases like this, They make good and humorous points, but fail to see the difference in fictional philosophy and something that makes an appeal to be factual. However I think the similarities they point out reflect a desire each of individual holds to search for God. His laws are written in hearts after all (Romans 2:15) and the world around us points to God’s exists (Romans 1, Luke 19:40)   There are also notable similarities in that Christians are people of the book, while  Nerds are people of books. Yes today that may also be games or shows, but it was the books that the first nerds loved, reading, gaining knowledge and flexing our brains. Christians do the same, only it’s more productive and fruitful due to the claim to reality, but the activities are similar and there are Christian Nerds for a reason.

-servant Sears

Geek Wisdom: The sacred teachings of Nerd Culture Book Review

Geek-Wisdom

This book was edited by Stephen H. Segal and contains numerous commentaries on some of the most often said quotes from our favorite movies, cartoons and comics.  Everything from, Princess Bride the Bride of Frankenstein, or Doctor who, to Zelda even The Tick are covered in this book. While Nerd culture will hold these favorites the highest, and there are some quotes that are even obscure to me in the book, for the most part these quotes discussed have launched beyond just nerd culture to pop culture.   We nerds though, have a special attachment to many. “Ray, when someone asks you if you are a god, you say YES!” –Winston on Ghostbusters.  I of course don’t agree with that statement theologically, but I can’t help but recognize that I have used in the past for humor, and a kind of grand version of the lie to cover your own but.  The authors take that idea and runs with it.

The book begins when the author is asked, “What was your religion when you were growing up?” he states that is answer was, “u, science fiction, pretty much.”   While the author goes on to admit about Isaac Asimov, “He was not, obviously, God. He didn’t create the universe, humanity and everything in between” He does still contrast himself with a catholic friend who studied the gospel, while he read I, Robot.

Each of the nerd sayings included in the book can teach a lesson, or have come to represent something to us as a culture.  He divides it into six sections: My name is Inigo Montoya (wisdom about the self), Form Feet and Legs (Wisdom about relationships), we are all individuals (wisdom about humankind) Knowing is half the battle (wisdom about conflict) Billions and Billions (wisdom about the universe) and In the Year 2525 (wisdom about the future.)  The overall affect is to make cannon of important Nerd Dogma.  To the author, this would be the road map to understanding philosophy, theology and metaphysics through the lens of nerd culture.

I’m not yet 30 (but darn close) and I can remember a time when being a nerd, meant being an outcast. In present day this is no longer true, the nerds indeed have had their revenge. With the age of technology and the internet nerd likes and views, are affecting the world around us. Nerds like Bill Gates now have the money. Comic book movies have saved Hollywood and continue to dominate the box office.  Comics themselves are no longer throw entertainment, but collectible treasures. Nerd t-shirts are no longer a way to get beat up at school, but are a popular way of expressing yourself, just like a band t-shirt.  I can see the author’s point clearly; the nerd’s have reached escaped velocity from being outcasts and are now their own culture with norms and folkways which are presented clearly in this book.

What does this mean for Christianity and Christians Nerds in particular?  It can be argued that Nerd culture is just like any other culture, simple American or classic Greek. The literature of ancient Greece was quoted by Paul in Acts 17.

“Paul quotes two Greek sources here as support for his point that the creator God does not need temples or service from humans.  The first allusion is to Epimenides the Cretan, a poet also cited in Titus 1:12.  The original poem no longer exists, but it appears in a number of other ancient writers. The second citation is from Aratus, a Cilcian poet (Phaenomena 5).  The original line, “in him we move and live and have our being,” was pantheistic, but Paul spins this line into a statement about God as the source of our life.” – The reading through acts blog.

While we must never compromise our message itself, the way we transmit it will be different per culture. Missionaries from America require special training to work with tribes of people who are still live in orally based culture for examples. Knowing the lingo can actually help us relate. In other words Christian Nerds can reach non-Christian nerds.  Being a nerd itself isn’t sinful, nor is it inherently bad and the bible actually teaches us to start where People are and lead them to Christ.

That doesn’t mean there is no danger in this book. Just like in classic Greece or Rome, there are cultural gods that do not match that of our holy creator.  Sci-fi culture in particular does often have a secular humanist angle.  We must be weary of being in our culture, but not being swept away by it. Comic Con is a nerd holiday, it’s similar to American’s 4th of July in a way, a purely culture Holiday. Christians can enjoy both. But should they partake in the wild partying that occurs on the 4th of July? Or the ogling of booth babes at comic-con? No.   This book is similar, it’s great for laughs, and I can relate to it. Some of the lessons do match up with a correct biblical world view but many do not.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, never get your theology from fiction. Grab the book, get some laughs, even ponder on some of the things presented, but be careful you filter everything, and don’t be lead astray, into placing more importance on movie quotes or the ideas of some writer, than on the teaching and person of Jesus Christ.

The Bible Clearly teachings the earth is ROUND!

As nerds, facts and science are important to us, and some attempt to claim that those things aren’t important to the bible. An often repeated attack that i have heard is that the people who write the bible thought the earth was flat, what could they know anyway?

Creation.com has created a wonderful video to address the thought.

This is the first time the Bible lines up with Science. -servantsears

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