Each one of your cells has its own protective shell that has to be able to let food in, allow garbage out, and repel invaders. And there was no time for these abilities to evolve separately because a cell needs all these abilities from the get-go… otherwise it will die.
When the world throws slurs at the church – “Why are you guys so obsessed with sex!” – we might be tempted to deny the attack. But as Rebecca McLaughlin notes “Whenever people ask me why Christians are so weird about sex, I first point out that we’re weirder than they think. The fundamental reason why Christians believe that sex belongs only in the permanent bond of male-female marriage is because of the metaphor of Jesus’s love for his church.”
Parents worried about how their kids are going to embarrass them are focused more on their “spiritual reputation” than their children’s actual spiritual sanctification.
Another secular critic is rejecting the world’s approach to sex and love and marriage, because of all the damage done. But while secular folks like this are starting to see through the lie, they still need someone to point them to the Truth.
The focus of this article is on pictures of Jesus in story bibles, but the point being made is relevant too, to the popular The Chosen TV drama about Jesus’s disciples, but which also features Jesus Himself. Some Christians argue it is different to portray the incarnate Jesus – rather than the invisible Father or Holy Spirit – because He did have a physical body. This article offers up what the “Westminster Divines” thought.
There are also practical considerations: when Jesus is portrayed, there’s the matter of accuracy. Historically, European artists have portrayed Him as European, making it easy to forget His Jewishness… and might that have contributed to anti-Semitism? In making a visual representation of Christ it seems unavoidable to, at least in part, recast Him in a contemporary hue. In keeping with our time, The Chosen‘s producers have given women a more prominent placement than they have in the Scriptures, with perhaps the most notable being the healing of the paralyzed man of Luke 5:17-25. It was men that arranged for their friend to be lowered through the ceiling; in the series two women, Tamar and Mary Magdalene, are credited with the idea.
Every election cycle there’s a push to get everyone to vote. But why are we trying to make it easier (with mail-in ballots) for uninterested people to vote?