MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Honesty Is The Best Policy

December 15th, 2009 Viewed 1697 times

Bible Study

One of the foundations of the Mosaic law is the idea of honesty—it’s embedded in the Ten Commandments: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Although the value of honesty is obvious, the fact that this concept was codified when it was is interesting.  Much of the Middle East at the time was used to corruption in their judicial systems.  Also, in a less connected world it was harder to find the truth.

That being said, just telling someone that they have to tell the truth is not going to keep them telling the truth.

Slavery and Prison

December 8th, 2009 Viewed 2097 times, 1 so far today

Courtroom

A lot is said about the Bible and slavery.  Every time I get into a discussion or read someone trying to make an argument about the Bible being archaic in terms of social progress, one of the comments that shows up is that the Bible condoned or put forth a system that included slavery.

What they fail to do is actually examine the concept of slavery as imposed by the Bible, and the directives of slavery.

Recognition of Severity of Sin

December 1st, 2009 Viewed 2279 times

Curious Cow

The very first sin brought death.  To show the consequences vividly to the very first sinners, God caused a lamb to be killed to provide clothing for Adam and Eve.

Ruth: A Lesson in Poverty

November 24th, 2009 Viewed 1806 times

Bible Study

The Bible’s teaching on poverty could be summed up with one verse and two concepts.  In Mark 14, a woman had come to anoint Jesus for burial, and the disciples were upset at the size of the gift—it was very expensive perfume.  Posturing, the disciples suggested that the money could be sold for much money that would be useful in ministering to the poor.  Jesus’ comment, in verse 7, is that doing good to the poor is a good thing, but that you will always have the poor with you.

Bible Talk Tuesdays

November 17th, 2009 Viewed 1349 times

Bible Study

Tuesdays I’ve reserved for talk about Biblical issues, specifically how they relate to our society and culture.  Though I would say that all of what’s written here is from a Biblical worldview and direction, on Tuesdays I want to try to focus in on what the Bible says about different topics specifically.

One of the things that I’ve been wanting to cover, and hopefully this will give me the opportunity, is the concept of the Old Testament law.  Many times it is used to frustrate Christians because it is compared to today’s society and found less charitable than what we do today.  However, I believe that if we look at what is there, we’ll find that there are some real treasures—some ways of dealing with problems that are much better, and sometimes much more practical, than what we do today.

This will also be the day for discussing Creation / Evolution and Atheism / Secularism.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.