Try to find common ground to build on

Did you know minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit?

Rather strange considering the wide degree of separation the two measuring standards often follow.

When it comes to studying the Bible with people of vastly different points of view and doctrines, it is important to find common ground to build on. This is obviously more difficult with some groups than it is with others, but the benefit that comes from the agreements can outweigh the easier task of ignoring them.

More beneficial is discussing the possibility of former beliefs and the path of understanding that led to a genuine changing of the mind and heart. This particular approach may not be able to be used by everyone, but it should definitely be used by those who have the ability to do so.

As we all should know, changing our mind, even when it comes to proven truth, is not always easy. This is why we should think about the way others could feel during study times. This can be done without sacrificing the truth or our conscience.

Building upon common ground was a successful avenue that several biblical teachers used when discussing varying spiritual beliefs and God’s word … even Jesus (remember the woman at the well in John 4). And that is why we should practice it from time-to-time.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.” (Acts 17:22-29 NKJV)

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The Case for Christianity

To “make a case” for something is to explain convincingly why it is true or to be believed. This may be done in any number of ways. It involves looking at the evidence in support of something, and considering its implications. This may also involve considering arguments opposed to it and analyzing what, if any, validity they may possess.

The case for Christianity is strong and convincing. Studying the arguments in favor of Christianity with an open mind can be a faith-building and truly life-changing experience. Such an analysis provides hope and encouragement not only as to this earthly life, but into eternity.  Read >>

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What is the Difference Between Catholics and…

“What is the Difference Between Catholics and Protestants?” is the title of an article on a popular Protestant website. You can probably imagine how the author answers the question. (I didn’t bother to read it. I have other priorities.) As a New Testament Christian who eschews sectarian divisions, how would you answer this question? Are there any real differences between the two groups? If so, what are the basic differences? Feel free to share your perspective in the comments area.

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