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I had a reader email in and ask a few questions about baptism; what is it, what is the difference between sprinkle/pour and immersion baptisms, infant baptisms, and is any of it biblical?

Let me start at the beginning and cover what baptism is and what it is not. A Christian baptism is an act we perform to show our faith in Christ as our savior. The act itself is symbolizing us going into the grave, just as Jesus did, and then coming out of the water represents us coming to life is a Christian just as Jesus was resurrected on the third day. In the bible we read:

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life

Romans 6:3-4

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Yesterday, we spoke about the Gospel of Mary, a Gnostic Gospel that was found in the town of Nag Hammadi with a large collection of early Gnostic writings. This place then became known as the Nag Hammadi Library. In both that post of the Gospel of Mary and the couple of sentences above, I have used the word ‘Gnostic’ repeatedly. I had a reader ask me what ‘Gnostic’ is and what makes it different than the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John? (more…)

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As anyone who pokes around the site knows, I do love the Da Vinci Code as a fictional piece; excellent thriller. I had a hard time putting it down even though I did not agree with it on a religious level. And as a side tangent, I am REALLY looking forward to the prequel of Angels & Demons that is coming out May 19, 2009! Angels & Demons was a better book than the Da Vinci in Becky and my opinions. But that is not what we are here to talk about is it!

Becky was reading another book that really sounded like Da Vinci Code and involved a hidden society, the bloodline of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, of course all based loosely on what we are told is the Gospels of Mary. So the question is: What exactly is the Gospel of Mary? (more…)

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bible3.jpg            True is, all we have is an educated guess at when the four gospels were written. None of the manuscripts that have ever been found have “March 13, 0043” on them or any other date that can be placed as when they were written. That opens up a lot of debate as to when they were written and how reliable they could be if they were written much later than expected.

             The Gospel of Matthew, for instance, is argued to have been written as early as 40 A.D., a mere handful of years after Jesus’ death, all the way to 140 A.D.  This fact alone shows that there are some differences in opinion in the entire dating process. And your point of view on the dating process and who you talk to will greatly influence your take on when you accept the gospels were written. Many try to push the dates back simply because they want to try to discredit Christianity. This is neither correct nor even sound science.

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bible2.jpg            There are many sites out there that list bible contradictions and offer these as proof that the bible is incorrect and thusly Christianity is incorrect. The problem with many of these critics and contradictions is that very few have actually spent the time to look into these “contradictions” with an open mind. Some of them are as petty as “in this verse is says ‘left’ and in this verse it says ‘right’”; but they do not go into looking that the authors are saying different things or speaking about different items and places.

One very real example cut from a “contradiction site” is

GAL 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

GAL 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

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bible-verse.jpg The answer seems simple doesn’t it? Well you are right, it is simple! While it is true that their names have not “been signed on the dotted line” of any of the copies of the gospels that have been found, scholars and the early church both affixed the names of the authors with their gospels.

Matthew, a tax collector also known as Levi and one of the twelve disciples, wrote the first gospel in the New Testament of Matthew. John Mark, who was a friend of the disciple Peter, wrote the Book of Mark. And Luke, who was Paul’s doctor, wrote the book of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley


How to Build a Church

Step 1: When you start to build a church, you must first rent a crane and put the steeple in place, even if it is just hanging in midair.

Step 2: Once that is done, you can continue to build the church around it.


            I can see all the construction guys out there just cringing at those terribly wrong instructions. There is no way to build a successful and sturdy church if you put the last piece in first and then try to build around it. To build a solid structure you have to start at the bottom, not the top. You have to pour the concrete and create a solid foundation to build on. If you don’t it will crumble like a house of cards.

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