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CHRISTIANITY 101 – Part 8

Posted in Christianity 101, Sermon Series

Basics of the Christian Faith
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

THORN SIX: BEING BORN AGAIN

Jesus said a relationship with God requires being born again. The idea of a radical, sudden transformation in life scares some away from considering Christianity.

When contemplating the notion of a new birth, some have visions of being struck by lightning, or expect fantastic signs in nature, or fear fireworks might go off. They imagine sudden changes similar to those that resulted in the mutant creating of Spiderman and Incredible Hulk.

Since believers often are viewed as uptight and unable to relax, some unbelievers avoid being born again due to fear they will become some kind of a freak. They think they will become boring, weird, start chanting Gregorian chants, and wear pocket protectors.

CHRISTIANITY 101 – Part 7

Posted in Christianity 101, Sermon Series

Basics of the Christian Faith
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

THORN FIVE: EVOLUTION

Few teachings have had a more adverse effect on Christianity than Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It for the first time offered for unbelievers a plausible explanation of a universe without God.

Darwin was at first reluctant to publish his theory. He knew its ramification. A world without God has huge implications. It means people are not special, but just another brute animal. It means life has no purpose. It means there is no basis for morality, absolutes are out the door, all is relative. It means there is no Heaven, no Hell, no life after death.

This “black hole” of human existence, our plight if evolution be true, found its ugliest fruition and fulfillment in the atheistic regimes that dominated much of the world in the twentieth century. All were built on a Darwinian world view. The result was a massive cheapening of human life, leading to dramatic, deadly results. Atheism killed more people in one century (the twentieth) than all religious wars combined have killed in the total sum of human history.