Christianity is not a religion at all, but a relationship with God.
The Rapture is the “blessed hope” which Paul mentioned in Titus 2:13. The reason I find it important to defend the pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine is because of the fact that it has a purifying and motivating effect on our lives.
I want to start out this article by stating I am well aware of the fact that defending the Bible as a full authority is an unpopular position today. However, the fact that it is so unpopular brings me to remember something that Jesus Himself said about the way which leads to life: He said that it is a narrow way, and that there are few who find it (see Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24).
Since most people today believe the mind and brain to be the same thing, I have decided to write this brief article to make an important distinction between the two. I will start out showing what the Bible reveals about the mind, and I will end by explaining why it is important to understand this.
While most of the persecution against Christians in America has been mild compared to what Christians are enduring in other countries, I believe that could change very quickly as I see hostility towards Christians quickly increasing in America - and much of it is coming from within the professing church. Others who recognize this should not consider the words to the following Bible passage to be far-fetched: “The time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:2).
The following are some verses that I have gathered together, as well as some of my own comments, which all pertain to the Believer’s position in Christ. There is a great need to reckon this position if we truly want God to be glorified in our lives.
When someone does not consider the Bible to be the Word of God, we can certainly expect that they will look elsewhere for an ultimate authority. There is something else that is just as troubling as those who frankly admit that they do not consider the Bible to be inspired by God. Some who consider themselves to be like the Bereans of Acts 17:10-11 are more diligent to defend their favorite teachers than the Bible itself. This does not leave a good witness!
Some of you may have heard the idea that "you have your truth and I have mine,” which implies that one worldview is just as valid as another and that we should therefore respect whatever "truth" each person claims to have. Many people claiming to be Christians hold this view. Some simple questions that I have wanted to ask those who hold this idea are: What about God's truth?
Over the years, I have heard statements like "the Holy Spirit is not logical,” "faith in God is not rational,” or "if you have proof, then why do you need faith?" Although such people (even from within the church) may have us believe that faith in God is some kind of a leap into the dark, the Bible itself tells us that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).