That, Dave, is the crux of the matter. They will not trust John 3:16 if they question Genesis 1:1. But, my point stands: God has proven Himself in nature. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." (Psalm 19:1) and we have a command that we should... "...be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." (I Peter 3:15) It would behoove us as Christians to learn the information we need to explain to others why we KNOW God created, beyond the simplistic "the Bible says so..." Because if that's your only defense, you deserve to be mocked. Just saying.
It comes down to a war of definitions. When the anti-God movement can redefine natural selection, (scientifically proven method of speciation) to call it evolution, (absolutely not scientifically proven) and then cram it down the throats of millions of public school children... That is the beginning of the problem. Most Christians do not have the level of scientific understanding to debate against evolution, and the arguments that many attempt to use are outdated, disproven, or ridiculous. There is plenty of solid scientific fact that can be used, but Christians are too lazy. Or, (and I shudder) they use the Bible to "prove" creation. Pray, tell me how you are supposed to use the Bible to prove something, when the people you are proving it to do not believe the Bible? God gave us the natural world which PROVES His existence.
Jim, et al... Biblically we are to go to the sinner quietly, and only IF they refuse to acknowledge the sin, or get it right, THEN you bring it to witnesses, and then the public. The unfortunate problem is in today's society, ruled by gossip and 24 hour news, people revel in the "dirty secrets" and are derisive of people who handle faults Biblically.
There are some great Biblical reasons a Christian should avoid gambling, (being a good steward of money, etc...) I have heard many liken it to "investing" however, there are marked differences; the one that spoke most to me was the idea that there is a winner and a loser. With investing, it is for mutual benefit, with gambling; poker, lotto... It matters not which, you are putting your money against someone else's that you will win and they will lose. Not a Godly principal... Of course, that blows the idea of raffles too, but nobody likes that one.
Sunday became the default "go to meeting" day as a result of it being the first day of the week when the collection was taken up the early church. Not as a way of maintaining a Sabbath day of rest. See Colossians 2:11
You could look at it from either perspective: the fact remains, God chooses to act how He wills. Sometimes Hos mercy resides in swift judgement. Other times His mercy is shown in his great patience as He withholds the swift blow that we so aptly deserve and instead allows us to see the full end of our sin. In short; sometimes when my children were learning to walk, I would hold them steady while they walked. Other times, I would let them fall to teach them to stand on their own.
GSMontana wrote: I have no disagreement with sister B. My point is that God will chastise his children, and lead them to repentance.
My point is simply this, we all have ideas of what God's chastisement will look likeâ€¦ Unfortunately, his grace often prevails longer then we assume it should. It goes back to Ecclesiastes 8:11- "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."
Considering that the Bible negates the possibility of sinless perfection in a Christian, I would say that is well within the possibilities that there are Christians like that out there, saved people who do not read their Bible.