John MacArthur has reopened his church for in-person gatherings and has asserted that he will follow the Bible instead of public health regulations. This sentiment has led to some debate and has begged the question, does the Bible trump public health regulations?
According to a new LifeWay Research poll, most Protestant churchgoers believe they would be able to help someone else work through their doubts in the Bible. Simultaneously, Protestant churchgoers believe the Bible can be difficult to understand at times.
In Seeing Jesus from the East, Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray explain how certain underlying norms of Eastern culture, including the role and purpose of stories and symbols, the power of the “honor and shame” mentality that pervades the East, the meaning and rewards of sacrifice, the role of teachers and prophets within a wisdom-oriented culture, and – my favorite – the use of parables, are all critical to understand if we are to comprehend the full biblical witness about Jesus Christ.
In many ways, sin is like a virus. Like a virus, sin is invisible yet it has symptoms. Like a virus, sin is real, it weakens us and separates us from others. Like many viruses, sin is deadly. Sin brings spiritual death or separation from God. Sin spreads and is a universal pandemic. Like many viruses, sin, too, has no human cure. The Bible is clear that no amount of human effort can remove one sin.