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Connecting the Bible, faith, and theology to our real life difficulties

Studying in the Library


                          Spiritual Growth

Theology describes our understanding of Christian doctrines we have gathered from surveying the whole bible on specific topics. Fore example, what does the Bible as a whole say about humanity. Understanding theology supports a healthy view of God, yourself, and the world

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It is very interesting that as 2020 rolled in it felt as if a match had been struck setting our nation ablaze with a global pandemic, social tensions, and a political war. Our country has seen over 500,000 people die from this present-day plague. We have witnessed some of our own cities ablaze with rioting resulting from racial unrest and protests. Unfolding on our news feeds were perhaps the most intense political savagery ever witnessed in America. We have been fractured into various groups warring against one another rather than seeing one another as human beings made in the image of God. This year felt like everything in our world was coming apart at the seams, including our families, jobs, and even our minds! Now, we hold our breath praying for better days.

If you know your history you realize these frightful seasons, come and go, yet do so with much destruction, chaos, and even loss of life which we have experienced to a degree. This was such a time for the people in the prophet Micah’s day as well. However, our current troubles still cannot compare to what was emerging in Micah’s day. For that example, we need to consider the 20th century which many consider the bloodiest century in history. The world experience WWI and WWII. The later was dominated by the Nazi Germany as Hitler seized the world’s attention with his blood thirsty campaign of Europe and his savagery of systematic extermination of the Jewish people. The injustice, oppression, and mortal threat he laid upon the world was so unbearable that the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union struck with all their military force and manpower available to them. No loss of life was too great to subdue such evil plans of this sinister Nazi leader for there are truly worse things than death, as the Jewish people perhaps would attest. Such a vast upheaval was also experience by the Ancient near eastern world during the 8th Century B.C. time period which was where the prophet Micah (and Isaiah, Amos, Hosea, Jonah) found himself.

As the 8th century rolled in it was met by the growing superpower of the Assyrian war machine which struck terror into the entire Ancient near eastern region as they hacked their way to near total dominance. This was a grave threat to God’s people, Northern Israel and Southern Judah. Still worse, they were themselves engulfed in tensions and skirmishes that weakened the social fabric from within. Furthermore, social injustices were committed against the poor landowners who could not seek help from the corrupt judges being paid off by the rich oppressors who were drowning in their greed. The consequence of such developments meant that families were forced to borrow money at usury rates that could not be paid back. This resulted in losing their home and land or even worse they or their children were in danger of becoming slaves.

At the heart of all these ills were the spiritual decay that had been festering for 250 years as God’s people participated in worshiping other gods by practicing idolatry. God had sent prophet after prophet to warn them but to no avail they continued. The spiritual cancer had eaten away at every level of society from the individual, family, community, city and nation until God finally dawned His surgical mask and laid hold of his scalpel to cut out the growth and the mass of dead tissue removing even it’s embedded root system. He used the Assyrian power to do it. We may be tempted to ask, “how could God do that to His own people, especially if He is a God of love?” That question betrays ignorance in three areas. We do not understand of the heights of God’s holiness, the depths of depravity of humanity, or the nature of sin. Hence, we shall get to the many questions that arise in this epic narrative that in some ways seems similar to our day in time. Just hang on and keep reading.

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