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This is Not the Time to Pray

For decades, Christians have been reluctant to get involved in politics. These Christians either don't vote or when they do vote they do so in terms of what government can do for them. Government is seen as their earthly savior. They are more concerned about where their next flu shot is coming from rather than the appointment of judges who with one vote can turn the Constitution on its head.

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All Israel will be saved: Notes on Romans 11:26

As with most theological positions, there are a variety of interpretations of this passage: (1) The salvation of every racial/ethnic Jew. This is an impossible interpretation.

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Election Lessons

God established civil government to be an avenger who brings wrath upon those who practice evil. The civil government's power to use the sword is legitimate in certain limited cases. The Bible has mandated that the power of the sword is to keep the peace, to protect those who do what is right.

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The Decentralization of Power and Authority

The Bible is opposed to centralism, whether it's political (United Nations) or religious (World Council of Churches). The tower of Babel and God's scattering of those who were involved in its design were judged because of the potential corruption that is inherent in religious and political centralism.

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Spiritual Fire Houses

Many Christian organizations and churches exist exclusively as spiritual fire houses. When they see a fire, they send a fire engine to douse it. They then return to the fire house to polish the fire engine awaiting another call.

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Should We be Working Toward Pluralism?

Can a biblically-based government (including the civil sphere) operate within the conceptual framework of pluralism? While it depends on the definition of pluralism, let me say that the modern concept of pluralism is one of the most pernicious inventions of the twentieth century designed to eliminate the Christian religion.

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Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth - Part 7

The debate in Columbus' day was not over whether the Earth was flat or round. Rather, the width of the ocean was the crucial factor; the distance between continents determined the cost and feasibility of an expedition. "The issue was the width of the ocean; and therein the opposition was right."[1] Columbus had underestimated the circumference of the Earth and the width of the ocean by a significant number of miles.

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Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth - Part 6

The modern mind cannot bear the thought that people who lived far before the twentieth century could have gotten anything right about science. Even the Encyclopedia Britannica perpetuated the myth of a flat-earth cosmology: "Before Columbus proved the world was round, people thought the horizon marked its edge. Today we know better" (1961). The people of Columbus' day knew better.

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Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth - Part 5

How and why did the flat-earth myth get started? The legend was popularized by Washington Irving in his three-volume History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1828). Irving, best known for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," used his fiction-writing skills to fabricate a supposed confrontation that Columbus had with churchmen who maintained that the Bible taught that the Earth was flat. No such encounter ever took place.

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Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth - Part 4

The Bible does not engage in speculative scientific descriptions about the earth's external foundations. It simply states that God "stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing" (Job 26:7). Those who accuse the Bible of teaching a flat Earth point to how the Bible speaks of having "four corners" (Isa. 11:2 and Rev. 7:1) and "four winds" (Jer. 49:36 and Matt. 24:31).

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Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth - Part 3

Medieval science as practiced by Christians went astray when "the Bible was . . . read through `Greek' spectacles."[1] Certainly the Greeks were right in many of their observations, but it was an almost religious attachment to Greek cosmology that was the West's greatest impediment to further discovery and scientific advance.

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Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth - Part 2

Daniel J. Boorstin, an accomplished historian, writes that "The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge."1 Early observers of earth's landscape and the heavens that were beyond their grasp put forth theories of design that were picturesque but woefully inaccurate if taken literally.

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