Christian Perspective

Christian Perspective from The GBS Ministry Library

Prohibition Against Tattoos and Beard Trimming

  I recently reviewed your October 2016 article addressing tattoos.   It appears that your argument of “our bodies do not belong to us but to God” and the command not to tattoo being an application of the principle of “be holy because Yahweh is holy” could...

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Idolatry as it Applies to Us

  I’ve heard messages against idol worship that consisted of anything that a particular preacher had a problem with people doing—baseball, football, hunting, fishing, etc.   I teach that a god is anything that pulls your affection and allegiance away from our...

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Happiness and Joy—What’s the Difference?

  Is there a significant biblical difference between “joy” and “happiness?” What is biblical happiness? —A FriendDear Friend,As far as I can tell, there is no significant difference between joy and happiness in Scripture. Both the studies I’ve read and have done...

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The Fruit of the Spirit

  Who produces the fruit of the Spirit in a Christian—us or the Spirit? Does every Christian have every fruit of the Spirit? What about where “fruit” is singular versus plural? —CharityDear Charity,Let’s start with your last question first. Jesus tells us we know...

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God And Slavery In The Old Testament

  Why does God treat non-Israelite slaves differently than he treats Israelite slaves (Lev. 25:39-46)? —StephenDear Stephen,Here’s how I approach this challenging question.God owns all persons by virtue of creation (Exod. 19:5; Psa. 24:1).God owns all believers...

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What constitutes a “just” war?

  Is it ever right to make war? Can violence be moral? Doesn’t Jesus teach that all violence is contrary to His ethic? —A FriendDear Friend,God is not the creator of war. It exists because of greed and rebellion against God’s rightful reign (Gen. 14:2; cf. Psa....

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Judging Others

  James 4:11-12 forbids judging our brother, declaring that there is only one Lawgiver and Judge.   Merriam-Webster defines judgment as “the process of forming an opinion or evaluating by discerning and comparing.”   Is it possible to observe good or...

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Is “Easter” Really Pagan?

  I was wondering, where did Easter come from, and why do we call it Easter?   I did a little bit of online research, but I couldn’t get a clear answer.   Someone said that saying “Happy Easter” is actually wrong because Easter comes from pagan...

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