I often hear, “It’s not about a head knowledge. It’s about a heart knowledge.” Is this true? Is Christianity primarily meant to be experiential? Are we not supposed to care about knowledge and growing in our understanding of God? The reality is that I think that there are three main reasons for this: 1. We […]Read More Are We Unaware That We Are Disagreeing With Jesus?
What does it mean to grow in our relationship with God? This is a tough question. I believe that we have often defined this growth and maturity as something that it is not. It is a tough question to answer, because we have simplified formulas and measurements for growth. “If you do______ would you consider stepping up […]Read More Growing in Our Relationship With God
“We have no king but Caesar,” – John 19:15 These are the words that were spoken by Jewish religious leaders as they took Jesus from Pilate to be crucified. Jesus was the promised king. Their belief system taught of a king that would come and setup a kingdom that would last forever. Jesus was that […]Read More We Have no King but Caesar
If you have not read part 1 yet, go back and read it first: https://davidruybalid.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/gods-response-to-our-suffering-part-1/ The God of Discipline Growing up as a Christian Fundamentalist, I was often taught that when we suffer, God may be disciplining us for something that we have done wrong. I read an article the other day that reminded me […]Read More God’s Response to Our Suffering – Part 2
So What About the Afterlife? I am excited about a generation of young adults who have been raised in the church and are questioning things that they don’t see lining up with the heart of God. Because of this, questions about the afterlife and hell have come up a lot in the last few years. […]Read More The Wrath of God and Death of Jesus – Part 4
If you have not read Part 1 or 2, go back and catch up for the sake of context. Part 1: https://davidruybalid.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/the-wrath-of-god-and-death-of-jesus-part-1/ Part 2: https://davidruybalid.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/the-wrath-of-god-and-death-of-jesus-part-2/ As I have built a case so far, our view of God’s character effects our understanding of the wrath of God. If we view God as constantly angry, then His wrath and […]Read More The Wrath of God and Death of Jesus – Part 3
If you have not read “Part 1”, read it first. Click Here I grew up with a strong fear of God. The reality of hell was taught often. Hell was taught as a place of fire where people would be tortured forever. It was a place that was used to often scare people into making […]Read More The Wrath of God and Death of Jesus – Part 2