Basic Doctrine: Christianity 101

Two bizarre stories this evening caught my eye.

The first from Bryan Fischer, Bible ignored, grandfather mauled by grizzly:

History reveals that God’s covenant with an ancient nation suggests that one of the consequences for a nation which walks in his statues is that it will have nothing to fear from wild animals. “If you walk in my statutes…I will remove harmful beasts from the land” (Lev. 26:3,6).

On the other hand, “[I]f you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments…I will let loose the wild beasts against you” (Lev. 26:14,22).

A wholly preventable tragedy occurred outside Yellowstone National Park last week as a bear that only hours before had been trapped and tranquilized by researchers woke up from his induced slumber just in time to maul a 70-year old man who was out for a stroll.

Because these researchers were intent on studying the grizzly rather than killing him to protect innocent human life, a husband, father and grandfather is dead today. This was an utterly unnecessary death which could have happened only because our culture has jettisoned a biblical view of the relative value of human life compared to animal life.

Because this animal was given a nap instead of a bullet, a human being is dead, and a savage animal is alive, on the prowl, and ready to kill again. (more)

Talk about pulling scripture out of context and misapplying it! This is a good example. Its also an example of how people will apply to nations today, those laws pertaining to Israelites under the old covenant.  (see commentary).

The second story by Rev. Peter M. Wallace, BP Oil Spill: Is the Earth Bleeding for Our Sins?

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers (Psalm 24:1-2).This reverie came to me after watching, as I sometimes obsessively do, the live pictures of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak-the endless gushing of crude into the waters of the Gulf, whose beaches I have reveled in walking so many times.

A lot of old church hymns focus, rather graphically, on the blood Jesus shed on the cross. Here’s part of one by William Cowper:“There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains…”

This flowing, plunging, streaming image seems to fit here. The unending current of oil gushing from the well — it’s as though the earth is bleeding for our sins. (more)

Visual: PJ throws her hands up in disbelief..

I’m as sorrowful as the next guy about what is occurring off our coast. Its sickening. But it has not come about because the “earth is bleeding for our sins”. Only One bled, died, and rose again for the sins of all mankind; Jesus Christ.

I give no heed to this author, for he states,

Now, I have a problem with atonement theology. All I know is that in Jesus’ case, after he lost all that blood, there was a resurrection.

Is it any wonder why this Reverend has trouble understanding atonement, and that Jesus came as,

“The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29

Atonement IS at the very heart of the Gospel; Its Christianity 101.

6 comments on “Basic Doctrine: Christianity 101

  1. I began reading this wrongly, (I’d just got up) and absentmindedly thought YOU were saying this about the bear and I thought “oh no Jaunita has lost it “. Then I realised you were writing in the red ink and had thrown your hands up in the air in disbelief………WHEW! What a relief 😉 Ahaha.
    What kind of people can seriously think this stuff? The nearest I got to such a person is the man who came to preach once and spoke on agape love, telling us that he had looked up the word ‘a g a p e’ in the dictionary and discovered it meant ‘open mouth’ so agape love means to love with your mouth open, and I am serious, it was the talk of the town that day.

    Well there IS a time to laugh……………. and a time to cry.

    • “oh no Jaunita has lost it “

      ahahaha! 🙂 I do admit some days i feel like im loosing it! Especially after reading such nonsense such as these two stories.

      Why do people do this i wonder…always see everything as a sign? The bear incident, sad as it is that someone lost their life, is not a sign, its a wild bear acting like a bear!

      As far as the other item; that’s on man…not God.

  2. Well, Mr Wallace has it wrong – everyone knows its a sign of the coming apocalypse..

    Seriously, I can hardly watch the oil spill on the news because its so upsetting to think of the wild life that has been destroyed through (probably) man’s incompetence and greed.

  3. History reveals that God’s covenant with an ancient nation suggests that one of the consequences for a nation which walks in his statues

    As James White says, “Theology Matters”.The United States is not the typological ancient Israelite theocracy.(Watch yourself in bear country.)

  4. I’m with you!
    This must be a perfect example of why the bible says to be SLOW to speak….

  5. Interesting… A little over a week ago I recall hearing the story out of Mexico of matador Christian Hernandez whom was arrested for not living up to his contractual obligation to fight the bull. Hernandez apparently realized that he was no match for the beast. Some have called Hernandez cowardly. I would argue that the God-given gift of self preservation proved too much for the cultural machismo Hernandez may have grown up surrounded by. Better a live coward than a dead hero. (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/WaterCooler/wireStory?id=10915146) Anyway, that “news” story along with catching bits & pieces about Gulf Coast animals affected by the BP oil spill got the mental ball rolling. Considering those stories along with Exodus 21:28,Genesis 1:26,the commands to the Israelites in Leviticus 22 and Hebrews 10 (Christ’s suffucient sacrifice), I’m slow to dismiss Fischer. That’s not to say that I’m all for open season on the neighborhood Chihuahua that nips at the newspaper boy’s feet. Then again a Chihuahua is normally considered a pet & domesticated animal. But hey,I am a sinner, I could be trying to rationalize vs understanding the Biblical implications,examples,& or mandates.

    Exodus 21:28
    “If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.

    I’ve rambled on long enough. 🙂 A closing thought however is that there’s no indication of Jesus’ atonement reconciling animals to God. In fact when men are at their worst spiritually the apostle Peter describes us as being like animals. Peter seems to indicate the relevance of animals in a broad/eternal view of things spiritual.

    2nd Peter 2:10-12
    10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature[b] and despise authority.

    Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.,

    Grace and peace be with you all.

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