“If the Gospel is True, Why Don’t We See More Transformation in the Lives of Christians?”

by chab123

Do you ever ask yourself the following questions: “If the Gospel is true and I have come into a relationship with God, why do I still struggle with the same sins?” or, “Why do I struggle with the same attitudes and addictions?” I have asked myself this question and many people have asked me about it as well.

Discipleship 

In all the evangelism that I have done, I have noticed that I come across plenty of people who profess to be Christians but are not going forward in their faith. If I meet an individual who says they are a professed Believer, I always ask them where they are in the discipleship process. Many times when I ask, “Are you becoming a disciple?” I usually get the response, “What’s a disciple?”

Many are oblivious to the importance of discipleship. Therefore, I find myself exhorting hundreds of people to get rooted in congregational/community life—get back to the basics (e.g., read the Bible, prayer). I always give these individuals contact information of local churches that they can attend. It saddens me to see what is happening in the transition from the point when someone makes a professed/salvation decision for Jesus and the overall discipleship/commitment aspect to our faith.

The Hebrew word for disciple is “talmid.” A talmid is a student of one of the sages of Israel. A disciple is a learner, or pupil. When we decide to repent and turn to our Lord for the forgiveness of sins, we have to realize we are now on a new journey. The Gospel is a message for the here and now and not just the future. We have to learn how to live out our faith in the world around us. A disciple (in the New Testament sense) is someone who is striving (by God’s grace) to be consistent follower of Jesus. The goal of the Christian is to imitate our Master.

Discipleship is not getting any easier in the world we live in. In an overly sensate culture, people need to be constantly stimulated and have a hard time focusing on something such as discipleship. And in a world that wants instant results, self- sacrifice is a tough sell. Part of the problem is that churches preach a Gospel that promises that Jesus will fix all our problems.  Discipleship is a life-long process. Who are you discipling? And who is discipling you?

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Living as Eschatological People

When it comes to eschatology, there is a tendency to want to debate the nature of the millennium and eschatological systems. We will talk about how eschatology is related to discipleship. Inaugurated eschatology is associated with the “already but not yet” concept. In other words, we are now living in the end times (or latter days), which were inaugurated at the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The kingdom of God has been inaugurated. But the final phase of it is still in the future. So, since we live in this tension, it should impact how we live in the present. It should cause us to live lives of faith and hope. We will discuss these issues in this clip.

Some Reasons to Think God Exists

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/some-reasons-to-think-god-exists/

Tips in Dealing with Disappointment with God and others

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/07/16/tips-in-dealing-with-disappointment-with-god-and-others/

Does It Matter Whether God Exists?

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After talking to hundreds of college students for several years about spiritual beliefs, one thing that comes up from time to time, is whether the existence of God is even relevant. In other words, the discussion kind of goes like this: “I don’t see what difference God would make in my life!

The comment “I don’t see what difference God would make in my life!” displays a very pragmatic view of truth. I have discussed the problem with this elsewhere. But when a student says God’s existence isn’t really relevant, my first response is to try to get them back to the issue of truth. After all, if there is a God and He does exist and it turns out Jesus is His Son, that is an objective reality. It has zero to do with how I feel about it. And the truthfulness of it isn’t determined whether the person stays busy and says “I don’t care if God exists.” Another issue that comes up are the following worldview questions:

• Origins: How did it all begin? Where did we come from?
• The Human Condition: What went wrong? What is the source of evil and suffering?
• Redemption: What can we do about it? How can the world be set right again?
• Morality/Human Rights, Human Dignity: What is the basis for morality? In other words, how do we know what is right and wrong? What is the basis for human rights, moral values, moral duties, human dignity, and equality?
• History: What is the meaning of history? Where is history going?
• Death: What happens to a person at death?
• Epistemology: Why is it possible to know anything at all?
• Ontology: What is reality? What is the nature of the external reality around us?
• Purpose: What is man’s purpose in the world

Read Eric’s explanation: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/08/14/does-it-matter-whether-god-exists-3/

Three Things The Gospel Authors Would Have Never Invented About Jesus

 Over the years, one of the common complaints by skeptics of the Gospels is that the Gospel writers supposedly took great liberty to make up or embellish certain parts of their work to make their point. In other words, many parts of the Gospel authors  ‘invented’ or ‘fabricated’ certain aspects of the life of Jesus. Also, the Gospels are supposed to be so biased and given they are written by the ‘insiders’ how can we trust these documents? In response, the more I have studied the Second Temple Jewish period in Jewish history, I have found the exact opposite. Let me offer a few examples:

Find them at: https://chab123.wordpress.com/author/chab123/

Why do Christians struggle with Jesus being the embodiment of truth and love?

When I read the Gospels, I see Jesus as the embodiment of truth and love. In other words, to attempt to divorce the two is to make Jesus into what we want him to be. Obviously, when we read John’s Gospel, Jesus, as the Word become flesh, is full of grace and truth (1:14), and is the source of grace and truth (1:17). In contrast to the woman at the well, who felt geographic location of worship was important, Jesus states that the issue is not whether one should worship God in Moriah or Gerizim, but rather one should worship in spirit and in truth. For John, truth is ultimately identified with, and is personified in the person of, Jesus. The ministry of John the Baptist is to bear witness to the truth (5:33).

Did Jesus try to show people thy’re wrong? 

To finish: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/07/30/why-do-christians-struggle-with-jesus-being-the-embodiment-of-truth-and-love-2/

Can We Experience Change? Conformed to His Likeness: A Look at a Theology of Personal Transformation

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/can-we-experience-change-conformed-to-his-likeness-a-look-at-a-theology-of-personal-transformation/

Why Jesus is the Jewish Messiah: A Look at the Names for the Messiah

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/06/02/why-jesus-is-the-jewish-messiah-a-look-at-the-names-for-the-messiah-3/

A Look at the Jesus Story, Oral Tradition and Eyewitness Memory

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/a-look-at-the-jesus-story-oral-tradition-and-eyewitness-memory-7/