Etc.?“…What else do we think about?

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Well, here are 5 foundational issues

and a question to ask

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(1)  The Origin and Continuance of the Universe

What is the trajectory of the universe from the very beginning of matter and energy to my writing these words?  (In other words, from where did everything start? What path has it taken? And when will everything end?)

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   This issue depends upon one’s appreciation of, knowledge of, and acceptance of modern science which we do. We also believe the Bible is concordant with science. Future posts may address this.

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   (2)  The Nature of the Bible

   What makes the Bible different from other books and records, and what difference, if any, does that make?

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   Obtaining an understanding of these last 3 depends first on how seriously one takes the Bible¹. Without the Bible, a “reliable and trustworthy” Bible, people are at a great loss for personal and shareable information about how to live and die².

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   (3)  The imago dei in humans

   Since God has said in the Bible that he has created humans in his image (Gen. 1:26), what does the uniqueness of this attribute mean?

   (4)   The Incarnation of God in Jesus of Nazareth

   What exactly is the Trinity, and in particular, God’s Son Jesus taking on human flesh and coming to Earth?

   (5)  The Possibility of and Necessity of Substitutionary Atonement

   If sin is so evil and damning, how can the death of someone else, in particular, the death of Jesus of Nazareth, erase the penalty  of our sin in God’s eyes and make possible an eternal “heavenly hereafter”?

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   Fancy and unfamiliar words, perhaps. But they shouldn’t be. As Christians grow and grow up, their knowledge should grow with them. Asking questions and trying to learn more is not a sign of lack of faith, but of having real faith.

   Further, many have said or suggested, that Heaven will not make those who go there omniscient (all-knowing like God), but rather–with enhanced resurrected bodies as well as greater mental capacity–it will be a time of forever learning more.

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   ¹ The Bible is absolutely essential for us to know about God and what He has done, is doing, and will do. As you might expect, the reliability and authority of the Bible with its supernatural elements has been long under attack. It is important for those who become aware of this, to explore this issue if it becomes a stumbling block to your believing in Christ. As you probably expect, A Dozen Seconds holds a strong view of the reliability and authority of the Bible, though we can’t argue that in a single note here.

   ² Without a a reliable, readable Bible today this information would be unavailable. Obviously, before the New Testament was written, the early church depended upon the teaching from the Old Testament and by the Apostles and (hopefully) reliable hearsay passed along by believers. And, we should add, despite what we learn, many details will remain shrouded in mystery…as have many foundational details of small-particle physics and dimensions that go beyond our familiar 4…