God said what?
Scripture isn’t always as cut and dry as many Christians want to believe. Sometimes there are subtle, “buts” in the equation that no one wants to consider.
This issue tackles some common misconceptions and clears up what God is truly saying in His Word. Hopefully, this will free some Christians, and encourage others.
Please submit your topic selection to Michelle Danko (email@example.com), and she will confirm it. The due date for submissions is May 15th.
Please not, all submissions should be 2,000-3,000 words in length. Font is Arial 12 pt, and APA style.
Myth: As long as I name and claim things, God will give me what I want. Discuss when to use the name it and claim it a theory. When does this apply? When does it fail? What are the flaws, and what are the merits? Will God always give us what we want? Why or why not? Discuss the promises of God. (Taken) Myth: Being a Christian should be easy… easier than being a non-Christian. What does God say about this? Discuss how being a Christian is better, and why we are not to compare ourselves to others. How do you deal with this statement? (Taken) Myth: God is more interested in salvation than in my life on earth. Discuss why God is interested in our day-to-day living. Discuss how we walk each day with the Lord. What does that look like? Why is God interested in more than just our salvation? (Taken) Myth: The Bible contradicts itself. Discuss this myth and how one might interpret things this way. What is the reality? Where does this myth stem from? (Taken)
- Myth: The Bible is “anti-woman”. Where does this myth stem from? How can it be countered? While the Bible has specific instructions on how women were to conduct themselves, women were still an integral part in the Bible. Discuss biblical women and their importance. Dispell this myth.
- Discuss the myth that Jesus’ body was broken. Many say in communion that we break bread because Christ’s bones were broken for us. Yet, it says something entirely different in scripture! Discuss how this myth came to be, and what scripture says in refute.
Myth: Christians shouldn’t judge. While scripture tells us not to judge others, it also tells us to judge others by their fruit. Explain both areas in scripture and how they both apply/what they apply to. Why and in what situations is it okay to judge others? Why do we want to judge others… to a degree? Why is it foolish to trust blindly?(Taken) Myth: If we are in a valley or suffering hardship, we must have sinned/God is teaching us something. Discuss why people believe that we are personally responsible for hardship. What if you aren’t? Are there cases of this? What purpose does this serve? Discuss what happens when we are responsible, and how God steps in. Also, talk about getting through a hardship that serves as testing. (Taken) Myth: All dead people go to Heaven. Does everyone gain access to Heaven? Discuss who will be subject to Hell. Why doesn’t everyone go to Heaven? Does God say that we all will? Incorporate those who give their life on their deathbed. Why are they accepted? What is the drawback of repentance at death?(Taken)
- Myth: As long as I believe, that’s enough. Why does God call us to more? What are the benefits of truly living a life for Christ? Can you truly be a Christian if there is no fruit?
Myth: Everything happens for a reason. Discuss why bad things sometimes happen to good people. Does there have to be a reason for things to happen? Can we face circumstances that just happen in our lives for no apparent reason? How do we reconcile this as a Christian that sometimes things can be just random occurrences? How can you tell if it’s random verses for a reason? (Taken) Myth: All religions lead to God. Do they? Can you simply believe in a higher power and gain entrance to Heaven? Discuss this myth and shed some light on the truth.(Taken)
- Myth: People’s past memories prove that reincarnation exists. Discuss how reincarnation goes against biblical principles. What truly happens when we die?
Myth: I can hear my dead relatives. They speak to me. Discuss why when people die they cannot communicate with us. How do we know this? Why do some people claim to see and hear the dead? What are they really seeing? Are they making things up?(Taken)
- Myth: God will reward me if I am perfect. Discuss how God used the most imperfect people to accomplish His purpose on earth. Why does God not use the perfect? Why does God often use the people with the deepest of issues/ who are messed up? To what purpose? Do we have to be perfect for God to use us?
- Myth: As long as I stand in faith for prosperity, it will just happen miraculously. Why do we have to put our hand to something in order to receive a blessing? In what instances will God use miracles? What is the purpose? Why are we not to be too dependent on miracles, yet still believe in faith that they will happen?
Myth: I am doomed to walk a lowly way of life. It is my destiny. Why is a lowly life not your destiny? What does God say about our true purpose? How can we believe this in/about ourselves? (Taken)
- Myth: I am a loser. I will always be a loser. Is this thinking Godly? How do you remove someone from this mentality? How can they see themselves as God sees them? Why do “losers” not exist in God’s eyes?
- Myth: All suffering is Satan’s fault. Discuss the different levels of suffering. How can we tell if it is Satan’s testing or our fault?
- Myth: If you are wealthy, you can’t be a Christian. Explain how Christians can be prosperous. Discuss the scripture which says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.