Paul Blackham starts to look at sin, and what realy wrong with it.
Listen to the talk again here: Jesus Talks 58.
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#1 by Jonathan Verdon-Smith on June 27th, 2012
Paul, you have put together a truly brilliant series of talks on the doctrine of creation and I must congratulate and thank you. The depth and meaning that you have brought out delivered with your Bible knowledge in your own excellent style of teaching the scriptures are absolutely amazing. You have really done something most crucially valuable in this and I can’t really express my thanks properly. It is absolutely transforming – like opening the shutters and seeing everything more clearly from a different level. In every talk you bring out something new and amazing from the scriptures.
(I have used Book by Book for some time but only recently came across the FF website and your mp3 talks).
I hope you will permit me to pose three questions/comments:
1. I know you mention that some Christians believe in evolution and some do not and this is also what I have always thought, but then thinking again about Creation as you have challenged us to do, one question comes to mind: are we absolutely, absolutely, absolutely certain that a person who believes in evolution can be saved? I have never heard anybody seriously say that the answer is no, so I suppose you will reply ‘absolutely don’t be so stupid’; but then I am wondering can a person be saved by confessing their sin before God and believing Jesus’ death paid the penalty for that sin and then by being selective about some of the other things Jesus said (e.g. not taking seriously His references to Adam and Eve, death and the fall etc.). Might God say to that person “Mmmm. Well you have only partly believed in my Son” Could there be an eternal consequence to this partial belief? I know that God is much more gracious than we could ever imagine but expecting Him to say “Well, you believed the important bit I’ll let you off the fact that you didn’t believe everything my Son said” seems a high risk strategy.
2. I am a fan of P.J. Wiseman and his suggestions about the original authorship of Genesis 1 – 36. I am obsessively wanting this to be true and can’t wait to find out from Him. It is fascinating that Genesis 1 is the only book recording events before they were witnessed and recorded (memory or writing) by humans. It seems to give Genesis 1 a double measure of ‘breathed and inspired’. I know you have made a number references to Moses writings of Genesis but are you going to shatter my thinking on this by finding a clear Biblical objection or will there be scope for this possibility?
3. Would it be appropriate for you to cover in a future session what actually happens to a person when they are saved? Does anything spiritual happen and if so what? Please accept my apologies if this is another stupid question.
Please don’t ever stop this series because I think you are really separating out true Biblical Christianity from all the other confusing cultures and world views that Christians get mixed up about. You are really helping Christians to deal with fundamental issues we are a bit fuzzy on. It is so easy to be in Church and never to really bottom out these questions – even listening to good sermons.
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