I Don’t

A “meme” that has been going around the Internet for a few years can be summed up as “Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you do.” The idea being, presumably, that if we call a particular behavior a sin we are being hypocritical because we ourselves are sinners. After all, Jesus warned against hypocritical judgment when he told us to take the plank out of our eye before we try to take the splinter out of our brother’s eye. Read more

I Am…

Not so long ago I wrote about themes that disturb me in “super-hero” movies. One of the things I mentioned was that these movies have a warped theology. Super-heroes aren’t gods yet in some cases they seem to make the claim. One of the less obvious claims made by a “super-hero” was made by the Vision in the movie Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Vision: I am not Ultron. I am not J.A.R.V.I.S. I am… I am.

By “less obvious”, I mean that many people would simply take this statement as merely saying that the Vision exists. However there’s one who already claims “I am” as his name. And, to borrow a phrase from Steve Rogers, “I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”

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True Faith Requires Obedience

He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. – John 3:36

Here we see belief and obedience together being required. He who believes has eternal life. He who does not obey will not see life. Together these statements support the notion that true faith is equivalent to “trusting obedience”. In other words belief requires obedience or it isn’t truly belief.