Six Asinine New Year Resolutions for 2016

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Asinine means donkey-like. Stupid.

Come 2016 & at least those of us who are not too dejected have made our new year resolutions. Two weeks into the year, have you already felt the pinch of failure that has dented your confidence?

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Hopefully you have made reasonable resolutions.

Here’s a look at some common & uncommon resolutions that are dumb, because they’re unattainable. But it’s interesting how so many of us resolve to live and behave as if these resolutions are true and are goals that are totally worth it.

Get ready for some resolution bubble-bursting!

Resolution 1: “To land my dream job in 2016”.
In one sense, a lot of people will get jobs this year- by hook or crook- that they desperately wanted to be in. In that sense, yes, yes many will get their “dream jobs”. But to get there, we will have bought into the devil ‘s delusion that this new job will keep us permanently happy, will give us a sense of fulfillment each week, where we won’t feel like leaving- EVER!

What wishful thinking! Jobs were never designed to make us happy. in the first place. The last I remember, God in response to mankind’s rebellion cursed our first ancestor that he would work by the sweat of his brow to earn his bread (Gen 3:17-19). Continue reading “Six Asinine New Year Resolutions for 2016”

Looking For Evidence, Finding Unbelief

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A new life full of questions
When I became a convert to the Christian faith, some experienced believers encouraged me to ask questions to understand the reasons why one should follow Jesus Christ. My zeal to know the answers earned me the nickname “Question Mark” on one occasion.

Not that I had earned any better nicknames.

I began looking for evidence to believe in the authority and authenticity of the Bible.

“How can one know if the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection were really true?”
“Were the four Gospels just a conspired act of clever copying by zealous disciples?”

I soon upgraded to the next level of questions.
“Are there sources apart from the Bible that talk about Jesus rising from the dead?”

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Such questions were important to me, given my background. My hostel-mates and parents would probably never believe if I said the words “I believe Jesus is God because the Bible says so”. Continue reading “Looking For Evidence, Finding Unbelief”

Is Evidence Helpful While Talking About Jesus and the Bible?

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Your atheist colleague reads your e-mail filled with neat evidence of Jesus defeating death, but doesn’t believe it one bit.

Your Muslim friend asks you to prove Jesus is the Son of God but she doesn’t believe even after you have expounded on the virgin birth of Mary.

Your uncle has experienced sharp suffering for most of his life, and refuses to accept any evidence you have given Him about the existence of a compassionate, creator God.

Do these situations bother you?

Then you may have wondered – How is evidence helpful while talking about Jesus and the Bible?

Considering these common scenarios most believers face during apologetics (apologetics is the defence of one’s beliefs), here is my answer – Evidence may not help you much in evangelism. At least, not how we expect it would make our friends turn away from sin and truly trust in Jesus Christ with their lives.

Evidence can never substitute faith, it can only further strengthen faith that is already present. Why?

All evidence is examined and understood based on a person’s presuppositions.

Presupposition: A belief that is held to be true without being challenged or supported by independent evidence.

Does anyone remember the movie, ‘The Matrix’?

A computer programmer, Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is contacted by a terrorist called Morpheus who tells him that the world as they knew it, actually didn’t even exist.

Mankind has been enslaved by machines! Machines are growing humans in large “farms” where their enslaved minds had been tricked into living under a gigantic mental illusion of a computer program called the Matrix. The real world is a dark wasteland, dominated by machines and with some remnant humans battling a bleak future.

Talk about new presuppositions!

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It would have sounded incredulous to Anderson! He had been examining reality through one lens all his “life”. Continue reading “Is Evidence Helpful While Talking About Jesus and the Bible?”

Pune Church Leaders Pray for Muslims

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The Sales Representative in your department wears a skull cap to work?

The owner of your favourite bakery faithfully takes a break each Friday afternoon to go to the nearby Mosque?

Looks like you have a Muslim friend you want to share the incredible news of Christ with. But what does the word “Muslim” bring to your mind?

Radical Islam? Cops?

Angry, bearded faces? Extremism? Continue reading “Pune Church Leaders Pray for Muslims”