“Can you explain what James is talking about when he says the ‘one who is rich should take pride in his low position? ’ ”— Roy
James is the “wisdom literature” of the New Testament, a collection of axioms, encouragement, instruction and warnings. Often the language is euphemistic: pithy and succinct, designed for maximum punch with minimal words. The passage to which you refer takes this form, using unexpected irony to make the point.
“Abraham is described as a man who ‘did not waver in unbelief.’ But didn’t he waver a little when he had a son by Hagar instead of Sarah?”— Shannon
The story of Abraham to which you refer is found in Gen. 15-18, 21-22. God promised to bless Abraham with a son in spite of the fact that both he and his wife, Sarai, were quite advanced in age. Abraham believed God, but it took him awhile to grasp fully just how God would fulfill the promise.
“Halloween was on Sunday this year. That made me wonder again if Christians should celebrate this ‘holiday.’ ” — Chris
Many Christians do not “celebrate” Halloween as a matter of both faith and conscience. Adequate biblical justification may be found to justify avoiding this holiday, which has its roots in paganism. Furthermore, Halloween is likely “over the top” in terms of too much money spent and too much focus on the acquisition of tooth-rotting candy.
What is the difference between
infant baptism and believer’s
Infant baptism has its roots in the middle ages when the church was faced with a combination of a doctrine of original sin, a high infant mortality rate and hard questions from parents who feared for the mortal soul of their children.