Christian living Doctrine

Should Christians be buried or cremated?

A not-to-be-named website claims, “Cremation is devil worship by profanely desecrating the human body which is a good gift from God.” Recently I attended a conference and one of the speakers stated that is was his “very strong conviction” that Christians should not be cremated, but buried in the ground.

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Why your church building is not the house of God

house of GodThe Christian Post reported on a “church” in South Africa named the Rabboni Centre Ministries where congregants eat grass as evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Throughout history and in the world today people have sought to meet with God in many and various, and sometimes strange, ways.

Thailand for example is 95% Buddhist and has multiple gods. The average Thai meets with his chosen god through offerings, chanting and meditation. If you are going on a long journey, you make an offering to the god of travel; and if you’re planning on gambling, you make an offering to the god of good fortune, and so one.

Muslims meet with God through the five pillars of Islam: the creed, daily prayers, almsgiving, fasting during Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Mecca.  The inner enlightenment proponents meet with the god they find in themselves because, according to them, we are all gods. The followers of African Traditional Religion communicate with the ancestors, who have access to God, via the sangoma. Tree huggers say we meet with god in nature. Most of the people in my suburb say that although they might not read the bible or attend church, they meet with and worship God in their own way.


If your problem is too big, your God is too small

GodThe Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 at the commission of Pope Julius II. Michelangelo, who was not primarily a painter but a sculptor, was reluctant to take on the work. The Pope however was adamant and Michelangelo had no choice but to accept.  The work is now considered a masterpiece. God is depicted as a strong man with a flowing beard, or as Joe Bell joked, Father Christmas on steroids. Of course this representation of God is just an artist’s impression, nevertheless, it is good to ask ourselves: do we have a correct view of God?

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Why Jesus is our great high priest

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All people have a conscience and when we do wrong it bothers us. We instinctively know we have sinned, although most won’t call it sin. Yet, as the Bible teaches us, some people’s consciences have been seared by them constantly violating their conscience and are no longer troubled by their wrong. But in general people have an inner sense of right and wrong, a sense of God, and a sense that in some way we have failed to live up to God’s expectations or standards. This universal instinct is because all people are created in the image of God (Genesis 1-2). Most people would therefore acknowledge that there is a God or a least a “Higher Power” and admit that somehow they don’t quite live up to the standard required.