Christian Perspective

Christian Perspective from The GBS Ministry Library

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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Variances in Greek New Testament Manuscripts

  Your October 2015 article, “The Various Greek Texts,” mentioned four kinds of differences that exist in Greek manuscripts.   Can you please cite some specific examples of the differences in each category? —Keith Dear Keith, Following are samples in each...

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Time to Change the Lord’s Prayer?

  Pope Francis recently suggested we should not pray, “Lead us not into temptation”;   but rather, “Do not let us fall into temptation,” because God does not tempt us.   Is the Pope right? —Ken Dear Ken, James says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I...

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Biblical Metaphors for Spiritual Growth

  We see a lot written in books, some contemporary and some old, concerning spiritual growth and development.   The terms can get confusing.   What terms does the Bible use for spiritual growth? —Ken Dear Ken, The Old Testament describes spiritual...

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Sexual Prohibitions

Why does God prohibit sex outside of marriage?   Is there any reason other than as Creator He gets to set the rules? —James Dear James, God has written sexuality into the world’s narrative for many reasons. Procreation, partnership, and pleasure are among the...

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Jesus and Transgender Identity

I recently saw a Huffington Post article that claimed   (1) that Jesus’ statement, “There are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb…   He who is able to accept this, let him accept it” (Matt. 19:12 NASB), includes people who are born...

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Reformation–Interpretive Anarchy and Chaos?

Did the Reformation loose interpretive anarchy upon the world?   Did it make every believer into a little pope?   Does Sola Scriptura generate doctrinal chaos rather than consensus?   —Kevin Vanhoozer Kevin Vanhoozer asks and convincingly answers these...

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Relationship Between Faith and Obedience

How do you reconcile the “relational model” you mentioned in your last article with the Scripture’s explicit statements that we will be judged by our works (e.g., Matt. 7:21; Rom. 2:5-16)?   Don’t we need to have both a relational model and a performance model?...

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