yoU-Turn: The Kingdom is Near

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Repentance today is generally misunderstood. Vernacularly, repentance refers to a feeling. Consider for example these popular definitions: Repent – to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin (New Oxford American Dictionary); Repent – to feel or show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you did and that you want to do what is right (Webster). These definitions do not capture the true meaning of the Greek word metanoia (μετάνοια) that is translated as repentance in the Bible. Metanoia has been defined as “a profound, usually spiritual transformation; conversion.” The typical definitions of repentance miss the essence of metanoia and describe contrition instead, but the two usually go hand in hand. Continue reading

The West Wing: A Rebuttal to Christianity Caricatured

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Christians are often called bigots in today’s “progressive” political climate. They are called intolerant, ignorant, exclusive, and even hateful. The Bible is seen as archaic, outdated, and outmoded. A fellow student at my university recently told me, “Confidence in a bronze age book I think is really dangerous for society.” Popular atheist apologists like Sam Harris call Christianity a cult and an illogical myth. But this should surprise nobody, for even in the time when the gospel was first preached it was lambasted as a fiction. Continue reading