I grew up in the church. I have heard “The Beatitudes” read over and over again. Here is what they say: Matthew 5 NIV: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for […]Read More Thoughts on Justice and Persecution from the Beatitudes
“I would be willing to give up Christianity.” This was the thought that went through my mind at age 19. That’s me in the corner That’s me in the spotlight Losing my religion – R.E.M. I know that I was in the middle of a series about heresy, but I am taking a break from […]Read More Joshua Harris, Faith Deconstruction, Losing My Religion, & A Part of my Journey
If you have not read part 1 of this series, you will want to read it for the foundation of this conversation. Click here to read it: https://davidruybalid.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/there-is-less-heresy-in-christian-circles-than-people-think-part-1/ There are problems with saying, “the Bible clearly says…” about every view and doctrine that we hold. Modern science as we know it using logical data, research […]Read More There is Less Heresy in Christian Circles Than People Think! Part 2
A moment of vulnerability: Over the past 15 years, I have re-engaged with my faith in a fresh way. It started with me wrestling with what I believed generally about God and then led to me working out what I believed about the Bible. At a certain point, I landed a more orthodox perspective of […]Read More There is Less Heresy in Christian Circles Than People Think! Part 1
I graduated from a Christian High School. I remember a song that we would sing in chapels. Holiness Holiness Is what I long for Holiness Is what I need Holiness Holiness Is what you want From me I would hear the word “holiness” often. If you asked the high school version of me what it […]Read More The Meaning of Holiness
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. People of faith know that there is a world and a reality that is outside of what we can comprehend. We know that there is a divine power that is actually in control. When we struggle […]Read More When We Make Poor Choices by Faith
John MacArthur and many people in his theological camp have released a statement about social justice. You can read it here: https://statementonsocialjustice.com. Any stance of social justice would come out of an individual or body of believer’s understanding of “the gospel”. This I believe is why MacArthur and the other signers have made it a […]Read More How Jesus’s View of the Gospel leads us to Social Justice
A little while back I tacked some of these same concepts that I am writing about here from the view point of Jesus in “Are We Unaware That We Are Disagreeing with Jesus?”. In this post I am tackling this same idea from the perspective of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and I will […]Read More Are We Aware That We Are Disagreeing with the Holy Spirit?
I believe that the lion and the lamb conversation is one of the most misunderstood concepts that is taught about Jesus. Many songs, sermons, and statements have been made about Jesus being the lion and the lamb, but do we really understand this concept and what the Bible has to say? “The Lion the Witch […]Read More Jesus is not a lion, but He is a lamb!
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?