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Was Jesus Sinless and Does It Matter?

| March 11, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Yes, he was, and this is an essential doctrine of Christianity. I was quite surprised several years ago when I was talking to a friend of mine at work about Jesus, and he asserted that obviously Jesus was not sinless because he became angry. My response to him was that anger, […]

What Should Be Our Response When We Fail God?

| February 10, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Failing to obey God is something that every Christian does, and repeatedly.  Every one of us sins, but how should we react when we sin, when we fail God? Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft, in his book Prayer For Beginners, takes some lessons from Brother Lawrence’s little classic The Practice of the […]

Can We Judge God’s Intentions When People Suffer?

| October 7, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Bad things happen to people all the time.  They happen to you and to me, in places nearby and in places far away.  Sometimes when we see a person or persons suffering, and we don’t like their worldview, their moral beliefs, or lifestyle, we Christians do something that we need to […]

Why Are We So Divided?

| July 8, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt A couple of years ago, I asked one of my good atheist friends what he thought the biggest problem facing mankind was.  His answer: our propensity to form exclusionary groups.  He explained that everywhere he looked, people were grouping themselves and casting everyone not in their group as “the enemy.”  He […]

Can Man Save Himself?

| July 6, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt If there is no benevolent and omnipotent God, then man seems to be the only viable solution to solving man’s problems.  We have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps because there is nobody to help us. Nowadays it seems laughable to think, after all we’ve been through in the last […]

Can God Be in the Presence of Sin? – #3 Post of 2010

| December 29, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt The Bible clearly teaches that God is morally perfect and holy, that he hates sin.  Habakkuk 1:13 says that God is too pure to look on evil.  Christians often say that God cannot allow any sin in his presence. But, this is not the whole story.  There are also several instances […]

Why Does a Good Creature Choose Evil?

| July 19, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Since the Fall, we know why people choose evil – we are all born with original sin that saturates our soul.  The Fall, however, does not explain why Adam and Eve, or even Satan, used their free will to choose evil, to reject God. This question may never be answered this […]

Did Jesus Fail to Address What’s Wrong with the World?

| March 31, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Recently I was conversing with a skeptic of Christianity who was explaining why he had become a skeptic.  One of the most significant reasons was that he was greatly disappointed that the New Testament, and Jesus in particular, did not address a particular social institution which he considers to be particularly […]

Are All Sins Equal? Part 2

| January 13, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt So we’ve seen that the Bible does teach that some sins are more serious than others and that some virtues are greater than others.  There is a moral law hierarchy.  But what does this practically mean? First, let’s look at debates over public policy.  When determining where to focus your efforts […]

Are All Sins Equal? Part 1

| January 11, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt In a sense, yes, but in another sense, no.  Evangelicals often point out that all sins will send you to hell, that God demands moral perfection, so whether you steal a stick of chewing gum or murder your spouse, both sins will equally damn you.  This is really just a way […]

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