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Would Jesus Be Annoyed With Libertarian Memes?

Of course He would be–He’s fully human after all… But specifically, what about the “TAXATION IS THEFT!” line of argument? Gene Callahan blogs that this isn’t scriptural, since we read in Luke 3: 10 And the crowds asked him [John the Baptist], “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics[b] is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him,...

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Surrendering to God

My girlfriend owns a massage studio and she told me that with some clients, they refuse to relax and stay tense, making it impossible for her to help them as much as she could, if they would only let down their defenses and trust her. It occurred to me that this is what we do with God. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

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The Law vs. Personal Morality

In his commentary on Deuteronomy 19, David Guzik writes: c. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth: In Matthew 5:38-39, Jesus quoted this passage in His teaching on the true interpretation of the law. He does not say that the eye for eye principle is wrong; rather, He simply condemns the use of it to make it an obligation to exact revenge against someone who has personally offended me. i. Many Rabbis in Jesus’ day taught that the eye for eye law meant you were obligated to...

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Driving Out the Canaanites

On a recent episode of the Tom Woods Show, Gene Epstein debated Elliot Resnick on the question of whether the state of Israel should give up any territory to the Palestinians. Resnick offered a Biblical defense of Israel’s right to the land, to which Gene said something like (I’m paraphrasing): “As libertarians, we can’t justify the ancient Israelites taking land from the Canaanites whose only crime was to be in the wrong place.” (Incidentally, I am not trying to...

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God’s Instructions for Israel’s Kings

Wow, even though I’ve read this before, I somehow never retained these passages where God anticipates that Israel will have kings. (Note that this comes *before* the passage in Samuel where Israel demands a king and God warns them of all the bad consequences this will entail.) Anyway here is Dt. 17: 14-20: 14“When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the...

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The Truth About God

(That’s my edgy title for the internet.) I saw this on Twitter and thought it was nice: I broke down at wept during this moment (among others) of Eugene Peterson’s funeral yesterday. I have parents who have whispered this message in my heart, and I hope to be one who whispers it to the hearts of others. pic.twitter.com/BZ6Y1irWk0 — [Rev’d Dr.] Glenn Packiam (@gpackiam) November 4, 2018

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Wisdom About Debt From the Mosaic Code

In our Bible study we covered Deuteronomy 15. Some interesting excerpts: 1“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD’s release has been proclaimed. 3Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. 4But there will be no poor...

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The Possible Utility of Mosaic Dietary Code

In my Bible study session tonight we covered Deuteronomy 14 which contained, among other things, the following rules for diet: 3“You shall not eat any abomination. 4These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex,a the antelope, and the mountain sheep. 6Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. 7Yet of those that chew...

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A Difference in Worldviews

At church today that pastor was introducing our series on the Book of Revelation. I was talking with my son afterwards, and I mentioned that–among other things–it dealt with “the end of the world,” quite literally. It details the Apocalypse. That explains why so many movies are based on it: the end of the world is quite a gripping and dramatic topic. But from the perspective of those who believe in Jesus, it is actually a relief. The suffering of this world finally...

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