Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Religion Returns

Britain is becoming a more religious country, historian Simon Shama has said.
After years being relegated to the sidelines, religion has once again become part of mainstream life, he told Radio Times.
The 69 year old, whose most recent documentary was The Story of the Jews, said: "My generation grew up thinking that religion was completely marginal to British life, which, as for the rest of the world, has been proved more and more wrong.
"We were arrogantly isolated from that, thinking religion was just an ornamental part of Britishness. Now look at the success of the Alpha Evangelicals, how important Christianity has been to the community of West Indians, the huge place of Islam. Britain is becoming a more religious place, not less".
A few years ago I produced a short Youtube video to introduce the idea of Britain being post-Christian but I think we need to revisit this idea.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Anthony's Confusion

 The Bible does not teach us to ask individuals in heaven for their prayers. Why do many Catholics pray to saints in heaven and request their prayers? Catholics view these saints as "intercessors" before God. They believe that a saint, who is glorified in Heaven, has more "direct access" to God than we do. Therefore, if a saint delivers a prayer to God, it is more effective than us praying to God directly. However,  Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we, believers here on earth, can "approach the throne of grace with confidence."

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5.  There is no one else that can mediate with God for us. If Jesus is the only mediator, that means that the saints cannot mediate our prayer requests to God. Further, the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ Himself is interceding for us before the Father: "Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them" (Hebrews 7:25).

However, I recently heard that Muslims had visited a local Catholic church to take part in the St Anthony's day celebrations.  I am not sure if this really happened, I will let you know when I find out from the church in question what really happened.  I then found an article reporting that this happens regularly in Pakistan.   The priest the Pakistan church where the celebration of St Anthony was celebrated by Muslims in the church, said in his sermon: ""Saint Anthony does not only listen to the prayers of Catholics and other Christians but also to those of other religions."

This is very mixed up, and discussed in detail on my radio show next Tuesday (12 August).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Be regular in your devotions.

“Daily devotional” is a phrase used to describe having a daily time of Bible reading and instruction.  It could include reading a commentary or Bible notes or listening to a Bible reading and sermon on podcast.

It's really important to spend time with God daily.  “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:6). A wise man once said “The gospel brings man to God; daily devotions keep him close to God.” Echoing the Scripture: “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8).  

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