Around this time each year, people begin thinking about fresh starts. People want to change things about their lives, and often the New Year provides a perfect time to do it. The Bible has a lot to say about fresh starts, too. The creators of the CEB Study Bible have compiled 10 verses to start 2014 out right.
10 Verses to Usher in the New Year
1. Don't remember the prior things; don't ponder ancient history. Look! I'm doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don't you recognize it? I'm making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness. – Isaiah 43:18-19 CEB more >>
Most Americans believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, as told in the New Testament of the Bible, according to a poll by Pew Research Center which also found that women are more likely to believe in the miracle than men.
"For most Americans, the Christmas story of Jesus' birth still has real meaning," Pew reported on Wednesday, Christmas Day. "Nearly three-quarters (73%) of adults say they believe Jesus was born of a virgin."
The poll was conducted Dec. 3-8 among 2,001 American adults and says with 95 percent level of confidence that it has an error margin of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. About 69 percent of men said that they believe Jesus was born of a virgin, while 78 percent of women affirmed the same. And while as much as 90 percent of black people said that they believe in the virgin birth, only 71 percent of white people agreed. more >>
When thinking about the exact location of the birth of Jesus Christ, for most Christians in the United States if not Western civilization, a familiar image comes to mind. Surrounded by farm animals, the Christ child is laid within a manger, a stable that was likely made of wood with hay on the ground. Traditional images of said manger, the displays erected outside of churches, on public property or at home, generally involve a simple wooden structure as the setting.
However, in some Christian traditions the setting for the manger is not a wooden building, but rather a rockier less man-made locale.
Churches, like the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, state that Jesus was born in a cave, as they were used by shepherds of the time to shelter animals from hostile weather. more >>
The birth of Jesus Christ holds great significance for billions of people worldwide, especially regarding spiritual matters.
Jesus' birth also holds a chronological significance, as western nations based their present form of time-keeping off of the estimated date of the event.
Every time someone speaks of the war of 1812, or the blizzard of 1996, or the 2008 presidential election they are referencing how many years it's been since Jesus was born. more >>
A set of United States maps showing the counties that have the highest concentrations of sin, based on the "Seven Deadly Sins," has caused a stir since Memolition reposted it this month. In each of the maps the southeast, an area often referred to as the "Bible Belt" for its tradition of faith, has the largest amount of sin per capita.
"We compiled those maps from the standpoint of geographic information science," Mitch Stimers, who worked on the study as a graduate student at Kansas State University in 2009, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
Now a director of institutional research and instructor of geography and geosciences at Cloud County Community College, Stimers insisted, "we weren't attempting to interject any moral interpretation into them." more >>
Women are more likely than men to believe God is male, according to a Harris Poll released earlier this week.
The survey of 2,250 adults in the United States revealed that 43 percent of women and 34 percent of men believe God is male.
Overall, 39 percent of Americans believe God is male, 31 percent believe God is neither male nor female, 10 percent believe God is both genders and one percent believe God is female. more >>