A Few Comments on Things
Here is something more informal than what I am used to. I realize that I usually only post "articles" on this blog, which is why I have been so inactive lately (it takes time to put together something more formal).
1. The Pope and Islam. I'm not a big fan of the Pope for obvious reasons, but I can't help but think it is ridiculous that he should be forced (by fear) to apologize for claiming the right to cite someone's opinion from the 14th century. How many Muslims that are flipping out about what he said actually know what he said and what context it was used in? Why are so many Muslims flipping out about what he said? Sounds kinda like, "Hey, don't tell us we are violent! You had better take that back and give us special treatment or we will kill you and lots of other people, too!" The irony is thick. 'Nuff said.
2. Dispensationalism = silliness. I was reading a book (End Times Made Simple, for those interested), and I was reminded of a simple fact: dispensationalism is silly and has seemingly no real connection to the Gospel. Biblical eschatology, on the other hand, has everything to do with the Gospel. It is, after all, about the restoration/redemption of all things.
3. Yes, we really are that bad. You don't need to look hard for reminders about this. Just flip on the evening news, and you will see depravity pretty much all over the place: religious whackos killing people, pre-teen females doing sexual favors on umpteen boys to win the affection of another girl, school shootings -and that is only the "good stuff." The thing that is the most stunning is that things that were considered abominable 50 years ago are, today, not only accepted, but you are reprimanded for not going along. (http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=294&id=1290442006) What did Paul say? Hmm... something like this.
"Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. " (Rom 1:32)