Beliefs shape values and values lead to specific attitudes and actions.

POSTMODERNISM BELIEFS

  • Truth does not exist in any objective sense
  • Instead of “discovering” truth in a “metanarrative”-which is a story(Bible) or ideology(Marxism) that presents a unified way of looking at philosophy, religion, art, and science-postmodernism rejects any overarching explanation of what constitutes truth and reality.
  • Truth-whether in science, education, or religion-is created by a specific culture or community and is “true” only in and for that culture.
  • Individual persons are the product of their cultures.  That is, we are not essentially unique individuals created in the image of God; our identities are defined by our culture.
  • All thinking is a “social construct.” In other words, what you and I regard as “truths” are simply arbitrary “beliefs we have been conditioned to accept a completely different set of beliefs.
  • Any system or statement that claims to be objectively true or unfavorably judges the values, beliefs, lifestyle, and truth claims of another culture is a power play, an effort by one culture to dominate other cultures.

Today’s culture propagates the view that “if it works, it’s right for you.”

Having convictions is being so thoroughly convinced that something is absolutely true that you take a stand for it regardless of the consequences.

Our faith must be grounded in the objective truth and relational meaning of the things we believe.

People can have deepened convictions and still be tragically wrong if the things they believe with conviction are wrong beliefs.

Believing in Christ and his Word will have a profound and relational meaning in each of our lives.

Three Fundamental Pillars of Christianity

  1. Christ’s deity and incarnation
  2. The reliability of Scripture
  3. The resurrection of Christ

The truth about Jesus Christ—that he is God who became flesh and lived among us—can unlock the secret to our identity.  And when we understand what that reliable Word means to our lives, we will discover our God-given purpose in life.  The Resurrection can provide us with such a sense of destiny that we can face life or death, good or evil, triumph or tragedy with a spirit of gratitude, optimism, and courage.

Truth is intrinsically, inescapably relational because it resides in and springs from a person who loves us and desires a relationship with us.  Understanding Jesus Christ as the absolute embodiment of truth means that:

  • Truth could not be subjectively created; truth is and comes from the objective, absolute person of Christ himself.  See John 1:17
  • Truth could not be relative and change from person to person, from community to community, because Jesus is the incarnation of the God who “never changes or casts shifting shadows” See James 1:17
  • All truth could not be equal because Jesus didn’t claim to be “a” truth, one that is equal to all others.  His claim was exclusive; he claimed to be the one and only truth, the only way to God.  See John 14:6 and Isaiah 45:5-6

Jesus Christ fulfilled 29 prophecies from the Old Testament in one day:

  1. Psalm 41:9=Matthew 26:49
  2. Zechariah 11:12=Matthew 26:15
  3. Zechariah 11:13=Matthew 27:5
  4. Zechariah 11:13=Matthew 27:7
  5. Zechariah 13:7=Mark 14:50
  6. Psalm 35:11=Matthew 26:59-60
  7. Isaiah 53:7=Matthew 27:12
  8. Isaiah 53:5=Matthew 27:26
  9. Psalm 69:4=John 15:25
  10. Isaiah 50:6=Matthew 26:67

10.  Isaiah 53:3=Matthew 27:27-31, John 7:5, 48

11.  Psalm 109:24-25=Luke 23:26

12.  Psalm 22:6-8=Matthew 27:39-43

13.  Psalm 109:25=Matthew 27:39

14.  Psalm 22:17=Luke 23:35

15.  Isaiah 53:12=Matthew 27:38

16.  Psalm 22:16=Luke 23:33

17.  Isaiah 53:12=Luke 23:34

18.  Psalm 38:11=Luke 23:49

19.  Psalm 22:18=John 19:23-24

20.  Psalm 69:21=John 19:28

21.  Psalm 69:21=Matthew 27:34

22.  Psalm 31:5=Luke 23:46

23.  Psalm 34:20=John 19:33

24.  Psalm 22:14=John 19:34

25.  Zechariah 12:10=John 19:34

26.  Amos 8:9=Matthew 27:45

27.  Isaiah 53:9=Matthew 27:57-60

28.  Daniel 9:24

What extraordinary lengths God went to in order to help people identify and recognize his only begotten Son!

The probability of just eight prophecies being fulfilled in one person is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.

The core of Christianity is far, far more than a set of true propositions; it is the news of “a God who is passionate about his relationship with you.”  God accepts you completely, and in spite of your sin he provides a way back to him.

God relationally:

  • Accepts you unconditionally
  • Loves you sacrificially
  • Understands you intimately
  • Relates to you continuously

What we experience in our human relationships significantly affects how we perceive and experience our relationship with God.

When you make yourself available to others and affirm, love, and accept them just as Christ has done for you, you are not only readying their hearts to relationally connect to God, but you are also becoming a one-of-a-kind living agent of the Incarnation.

Scripture is the means by which God has chosen to introduce and reveal himself to you so that he can enjoy a relationship with you.  God is so passionate about his relationship with you that he has personally—and miraculously—provided the inspiration of his Word, supervised its transmission, and repeatedly reinforced its reliability so that all those who have open eyes and open hearts may believe it with assurance and conviction.

Our purpose in life is to know God and become more and more like him.  God’s heart says, “I want a relationship with you.  And in that relationship I want you to know me and be like me.” God’s Word is the perfect lens to see—and then reflect—the divine nature of God.

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