Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God… (1 John 4:1a)
… for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4b)
Portions of 1 John 4:1-6 are often cited in discussions of spiritual warfare. John’s admonition to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (4:1) is cited as evidence that we need to exercise spiritual discernment to distinguish between angelic and demonic spirits, or even good and bad human spirits. “Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world” (4:4b) is typically quoted in the context of overcoming the Devil. But are these passages being interpreted correctly? Are they referring to spiritual warfare? To find out, let’s look at the context. (more…)
Doctors have found a way to communicate with locked-in patients. Perhaps surprisingly to some, most report being “happy” despite having what most would considerable to be a miserable existence. We often think to ourselves that life would not be worth living if we had X debilitating condition, and yet, those in such a condition usually want to go on living. We need to be very careful about making value judgments considering how worthwhile one’s life is. While we may not be able to imagine how life would be worth living if we were to experience some major illness like locked-in syndrome, it’s amazing how those who experience such conditions continue to find meaning and value in life. Every life is valuable, and even those who are experiencing terrible suffering still prefer life over death. Life is precious.
Posted by Theosophical Ruminator under Apologetics
First it was the approval of homosexuality. Now it is the approval of transgenderism. The Boy Scouts have jumped ship, and now it’s time for Christians to jump ship as well. An organization that was based on teaching boys to be “morally straight” has lost its way, capitulating to political correctness. Sad.