Does the Buddhist/Hindu philosophy of detachment lead to Christian compassion? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:15-17 There … Continue reading Is Eastern Philosophy Compatible with Christianity?
Why Christmas doesn’t have pagan roots, but also isn’t Jesus’ birthday and does include idolatry. For at least 300 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth there was no record of the church ever marking his birthday with any kind of celebration. It just wasn’t something they bothered with, nor did they have any clear indication of what date his actual birth … Continue reading Is Christmas Pagan?
Don’t be Nice: be Kind. Being nice is often very dishonest, if you think about how we use the word “nice” compared to how we use the word kind. Nice guys are often secretly manipulative and exploitative with a strong sense of entitlement. “Oh, how nice of you” is often used very sarcastically because it refers to hypocrisy and selfishness. Nice is often about your … Continue reading How to have a Backbone as a Christian