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NEW: THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF POVERTY, OF “THE POOR” PDF Print E-mail
Re/formation Institute - Justice
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:17

Who the Poor are and what Poverty is commonly decided by Federal standards, determining eligibility for various Government welfare programs. Bible believing Christians, use the Bible to define the Poor and Poverty, its causes and cures. By the most common Biblical definition of Poverty, people are correctly called "poor" if they once had property and means, but have lost their livelihood or are no longer are able to work and maintain their property.  The truly Poor are those who, due to no fault of their own, can’t pay their bills because of plant closings, fire, accident, death in the family, debilitating illness, enormous medical bills, etc. and, of course, natural disasters like tornadoes. In Sum: the Biblical definition of Poverty is Destitution due to no fault of one's own. The truly Poor are the Destitute.

THE MAIN REASON FOR CHRONIC, DEEP-ROOTED, SEEMINGLY INTERMINABLE POVERTY [DESTITUTION] IS OPPRESSION

Evangelicals commonly think that personal lifestyle and behavior is the main reason for poverty; but, acknowledging that there is truth to that for some people (especially in the Book of Proverbs), the Bible teaches that the main reason for chronic poverty or destitution is Oppression,

 

Oppression is primarily the work of invading enemy armies or the behavior of rich and powerful people.  The latter exploit those who can no longer work their land- (widows, fatherless children) and the sick or disabled or farmers who have had poor crops due to disasters of some kind and must borrow to keep going.  Loans lead to indentured servant hood and forfeiture of the family farm. In some cases, land is simply stolen by the powerful. All of this is injustice. It violates the law of God and the rights of the Poor. In the Bible, such oppression (which is often systemic) is the primary cause of chronic Poverty.  Not all who are called Poor are oppressed, but the oppressed are truly poor.

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IS ABORTION MURDER? Article by Peter Kreeft PDF Print E-mail
Re/formation Institute - Life Issues
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 02 April 2016 13:25

That Abortion is Infanticide rests on belief that an embryo, a fetus is a person.  If that is true it follows that there must be punitive legal consequences to those who made the abortion happen

First, the pro-choicers are correct to claim that the "person" and "human being" are not identical, but wrong to claim that the "human being" is the broader category and "person" the narrower subset. It is the other way round. There are persons who are not human persons: the three Persons of the Trinity, angels, and any rational and moral extraterrestrials who may exist, such as the E.T., Martians, and someone who has never heard of the Boston Red Sox. But though not all persons are human, all humans are persons. Old humans are persons, very young humans are persons, and preborn humans, fetal humans, are persons too.

How is a person to be defined? The crucial point for our argument is not which acts are to count as defining a person (is it speaking, or reasoning, or loving) but the relation of these personal acts to the person-actor. [not by what one does, but as one who is able to do them]

One who is consciously performing personal acts? If so, people who are asleep are not people, and we may kill them.

 

One with a present capacity to perform personal acts? That would include sleepers, but not people in coma.

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Who were the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"? PDF Print E-mail
Bible Studies - Bible Studies
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:13

The Risen Christ holds the Key to the meaning of History.

Who were the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?  The fabled backfield of Notre Dame's 1924 football team when Knute Rochne was coach?  Yes, that was their nickname.  but the original Four Horsemen are described in the the Book of Revelation (or Apocalypse)

In chapter 4 of the Book of Revelation, God is sitting on a Throne in heaven.  A scroll is in His hand.  It contains "what shall come " in the History of the world.  But that scroll is sealed.

The scroll is described in Chapter 5.  It is rolled up parchment, sealed along the leading edge 7 times.  Before the contents can be known and the present, future and ultimate events of History be revealed, all the 7 seals must be removed.  Only the Risen Christ can do that.  Only Christ can explain the History of the world.  Only He can make known what is to come (Rev 1:1)  He has the right do that because He has ransomed the Elect by His Blood and has, by His Resurrection, conquered Sin and Death (5:1-5, 9-10 cf 1:17-18)   The Major Truth here is that the Risen Christ holds the Key to understanding the overarching meaning of History. He alone reveals where it is going and how it shall get there.  What is the meaning of the 7 seals?  As they are opened, they reveal that war, famine, disease, persecution, natural disasters, catastrophes and death shall always be part of the human experience.  Christians can not escape these things.  We must not see the world through rose colored glasses.  We live in a fallen world and can not avoid its evil.  But the Book of Revelation hastens to assure us God is on the Throne.  The ultimate Kingdom, Power and Glory are His.   The primary purpose of the Book of Revelation is to bring comfort and encouragement to the persecuted Church.   This is even more relevant  in our time as Christians are being oppressed and persecuted around the world in greater numbers than ever before.  Currently, 200 million people around the world are suffering because they are Christians.  Terrible evil shall not go unanswered by the Sovereign of the Universe.  His Name, His reputation, His Glory and Justice are all at stake. 

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Is an ambryo, a fetus, a Person? - adapted from Peter Kreeft PDF Print E-mail
Re/formation Institute - Life Issues
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 14:45

First, the pro-choicers are correct to claim that the "person" and "human being" are not identical, but wrong to claim that the "human being" is the broader category and "person" the narrower subset. It is the other way round. There are persons who are not human persons: the three Persons of the Trinity, angels, and any rational and moral extraterrestrials who may exist, such as the E.T., Martians, and someone who has never heard of the Boston Red Sox. But though not all persons are human, all humans are persons. Old humans are persons, very young humans are persons, and pre-born humans, fetal humans, are persons too.

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