One day, all wars will end and the world will achieve great peace, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
In response to a question submitted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the evangelical leader explains when Jesus Christ returns for the Second Coming, all destruction, war and death will cease to exist and His followers will be rewarded with eternal peace.
The questioner asked: Do you think the world will ever be at peace, and we won't need armies or weapons ever again? I get very depressed reading about all the wars that still go on, and I wonder if they'll ever end. more >>
To fully know and love God, Christians need to shed their misconceptions and view Him as their father, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Thursday devotional that while the Old Testament rarely describes God as being a father, this changes after Jesus is sent down from Heaven to save humanity.
After this event, God is described as a father much more frequently, and this designation "[explodes] all the stereotypes" about God. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has listed three types of Christians that he warned might be turned away by Jesus for failing to properly trust in Him.
Driscoll made the argument on a blog post on his website, where he listed a warning found in Matthew 7:22–23, which reads:
"On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'" more >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham says ongoing failures in the scientific community to find alien life, or an Earth-like planet likely to support life, backs the view that the Earth is unique in the universe.
"For years, researchers, who cling to a belief that life must have evolved elsewhere in the universe, have looked for extraterrestrial life. Recently, much of this research has been focused on trying to find 'Earth 2.0,' a planet orbiting a distant star (called an exoplanet) that has similar qualities to Earth. But such a planet remains elusive," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog on Monday.
He linked to an article earlier in May in Tech Times which said that despite NASA telescope Kepler identifying 1,284 new exoplanets, not a single one appears to be close enough to Earth to support hopes for discovering alien life. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham warns in a message in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Decision magazine that God's judgment is due to return to Earth.
The Baptist minister points to Genesis 6:5, which warns that God's "great Day of Judgment" will come just as the floods came during Noah's time — it could happen in 100 years or 1,000 years.
"Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," the verse from Genesis 6:5 reads. more >>
Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says there has been some debate among Christians as to whether Memorial Day should be honored, given that Jesus Christ taught peace.
"For some Christians, Memorial Day is a complicated experience. These Christians would argue that it is inconsistent at best for believers in the Gospel to celebrate anything won by war. They think, 'Didn't Jesus settle this on the Sermon on the Mount? What's hard to interpret about 'turn the other cheek' and 'love your enemies?'" Moore wrote in a blog post on Memorial Day.
He suggested that Christians with such pacifist views can find biblical warrant, and pointed to several passages in the New Testament in which Jesus and His Apostles forbid seeking vengeance, such as in Matthew 5:38-44 and Romans 12:18-21. more >>