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Comment on The Problems with Christian Fiction by Lori O'Gara

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:12:15 +0000

I agreed so much with your points here that I wrote my own novels. I realize this log post is from 2009(?) but your points are more valid today. I challenge you to read one of my novels. Though since you are a man, you won't like it simply because they are romance-ish. I had a reader ask me, "How are your novels Christian Fiction with so much sex in them?" My first reaction was don't Christians have sex? but I replied, "Well Dear reader it is like this, my novels are not typical Christian fiction and they are placed under adult contemporary fiction genre for that reason.  What I mean is my novels are not about back slidden Christians who are goody-two-shoes heroes (I see you used the same terms) I write about real life people with real life problems, ugly sinful problems. Then I present the reality of Christianity in ways that once you have read a character's acceptance of Jesus, you say "oh there is the Christianity part" as it slips ever so gently in to your brain. I am pushing the envelope on what mainstream Christianity expects from Christian writers in a radically different voice and style. Because of this I have written about sex addiction, codependency, alcoholism, abortion, and other sinful topics most christian writers are afraid to write about. I can promise you I am not afraid. " ~Lori O'Gara



Comment on When a Christian Feels Like an Imposter by Sam

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:51:41 +0000

Benjamin, I think it is wrong to state that God is sending a spirit of deception, since God doesn't deal in deception (Numbers 23:19), that is solely the work of Satan. The true Church is not an institution of the chosen elect, but is meant to be a place where all are entirely equal. Christ was very clear about his view of social status having nothing to do with faith except to work against it, and God chose for Christ to be born into a manger and live and die as a commoner over being born as a king and calling thousands of angels to protect him. Judaism was a religion about the chosen elect, Christianity was born as a religion with no social hierarchy. Christ taught, "The greatest among you must be a servant" (Matthew 23:11). I'm not sure what you mean by the elect being called out of the Church system, but it doesn't sound like something God is doing in the Church. I do agree about the insane amount of denominations and the prevalence of hierarchical and political structures that take away from the overall mission of the Church though.



Comment on When a Christian Feels Like an Imposter by Sam

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:07:50 +0000

Benjamin, Usually I would say I disagree with a point of view, but in the case of your argument, you are simply wrongly interpreting scripture. 2 Lines before your quotation of John 15:16, Jesus said, "You are my friends if you do what I command." Why would he say the word "if" when he is in control of their will? How and why would God seek to have a relationship with men unless there was free will? The disobedience of Adam and the resulting sin was the first example of free will in men, and God has shown throughout history that the choices of men decide their fate (King Solomon's fate certainly took a nosedive after he forsook God for pagan idols). John 15:16 states, "I chose you" because Jesus had chosen his disciples when he recruited each of them to follow him, so he is being literal. This passage is not meant to be applied to how Jesus chooses his followers, because he died for the sins of all men. Where only Jews were God's chosen people before Christ, now all men could receive salvation through faith (just read any of Paul's epistles and this will become abundantly clear). As for John 14:10, Christ was carrying out the will of His father, but that does not mean that he did not have his own free will. Jesus had to pray to God many times, and each time he prayed for the will of His father to be done. If Christ had wanted to, he could have strayed from the will of His father at any point, and he could have chosen to be sinful. It was his free will that makes his perfect obedience in life and his sacrifice mean anything. So long story short, Christ had a free will, and so does the rest of humanity, which is why it is a choice to follow Christ. So inviting Christ into your life and accepting him as your savior IS how you become a Christian. Read: John 1:12, "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." Romans 10:9, "If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." John 11:25, "Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies." There are countless other sources in the scripture that declare this truth, but I think these three are enough to prove my point. Faith is enough in itself for salvation, everything else follows. As Paul believed, Faith is the fulfillment of the law. I hope you refrain from arrogantly posting false opinions and facts that mislead others away from God in the future.