Reflection on Plumb

Measuring the world against the Word of God

Liberals Think Religious Beliefs Are Up For Discussion
27 Apr 2015

Liberals Think Religious Beliefs Are Up For Discussion

Liberals have a huge misconception on how religion works. They seem to think that religious views are something that can be discussed and then changed on a whim to meet society's current politically correct view. God doesn't work that way. Read more...

23 Apr 2015

Are the Crusades A Black-eye for Christianity?

Every once in a while, it is good to remember real history. Not the history written by anti-Christians looking to make Christianity look bad. Christians can do that enough on their own without outsiders embellishing their misdeeds, or outright lying.

Thomas F. Madden published an article entitled The Real History of the Crusades back on May 6, 2005. It’s coming up on it’s ten year anniversary, but it deserves to be read by everyone. It’s short and concise for those of you don’t like history, but like to throw it up in people’s faces anyway. It sets the record straight.

So, in a nutshell, the Crusades are not the black-eye on Christianity that people think it is.

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

And why did they do it?

They did so not because they expected material wealth (which many of them had already) but because they hoped to store up treasure where rust and moth could not corrupt. They were keenly aware of their sinfulness and eager to undertake the hardships of the Crusade as a penitential act of charity and love.

There’s a lot of Christian values there, but I want to point out something in particular. Madden writes: “they were keenly aware of their sinfulness.” How many of us can say the same?

The goals of the Crusades were two-fold: “to rescue the Christians of the East” and “the liberation of Jerusalem and the other places made holy by the life of Christ.” The Crusades were started in answer to a request for help from the emperor in Constantinople; not colonialism, expeditions to get rich, or missions to convert. They were in answer to the spread of Islam by the sword, violence, and terror; the same way Islam spreads today.

Read the whole thing: The Real History of the Crusades

20 Apr 2015

Do you fear man more than God?

This article appeared on discussing how Christians are to blame for the erosion of religious freedom in the U.S.

Sadly though the failure of the apathetic or uninformed Christians was only part of what contributed to the fall of religious liberty.

Sometimes those who very much know better cave to the left out of sheer white knuckle compromise of their long held beliefs.

They do so because they fear man more than God.

Do you fear man more than God?

Read the whole article: Lost Religious Freedoms: Blame Christians

Discriminating Between People and Events
13 Apr 2015

Discriminating Between People and Events

People really seem to have a problem discriminating between people and events, and are too lazy to intellectually think it out, resulting in a lot of discrimination against people. Read more...

26 Dec 2014

Christmas: The Spirit of Giving

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

In all of our giving, don’t forget that God gave first, to us. He gave His only Son, Jesus (God saves); Emmanuel (God with us).

In all of our relationships, don’t forget that God sought a relationship with us first. That is what we celebrate today: the arrival of God’s gift, His Son, on earth; God reaching out to us.

Merry Christmas!

Prof. Horner's Bible-Reading System Checklists
20 Jan 2014

Prof. Horner's Bible-Reading System Checklists

I really like Professor Grant Horner's Bible-Reading System, but I don't care for the bookmarks he created. Here I've shared the checklists that I made. Read more...

20 Jan 2014

Did Jesus exist?

Did Jesus exist? Or was He a myth like Santa Claus. It’s a popular comparison.

It’s a comparison Wintery Knight tackles in his post Did Jesus exist? Agnostic historian Bart Ehrman debates Infidel Guy.

In it he says:

When I look at atheists, I do see a lot of belief without evidence, and I suspect that they are just projecting their childish Santa Claus epistemology on Christians.

He also provides a great video debate between Bart Ehrman and Infidel Guy regarding serious historians and the evidence for Jesus, making the Santa Claus comparison silly.

I highly recommend it.

Welfare: Undermining God
16 Dec 2013

Welfare: Undermining God

Many people don't understand that Christ came to save people from sin (John 3:16), not poverty. Find out how welfare undermines His mission. Read more...

4 Dec 2013

Did George Washington Predict America’s Fall?

Western Journalism:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,” declared Washington, “Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. … Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Is Giving Always Good?
3 Dec 2013

Is Giving Always Good?

The Bible tells us over and over to give to the poor. But we need to ask ourselves, are we giving in a Christian way or have me made a mockery of charity? Read more...

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