Introduction to Christian View of Life and Living

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love
God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."  (Romans
8:28)

I.  A Christian View of life and living is based on the Bible rather than
customs and traditions, and must come literally from Jesus the supreme
example and supreme Teacher
. And also as Jesus taught His Apostles
how to write in the Bible.

If the outstanding author, Bernard Ramm**, of hermenuetics and Science
and Scripture could call his book "A Christian View of Science and
Scripture", then such a Bible based
ASPI version of the Bible on A
CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE, can call this the Bible and Christian
View of Life and Living.  While far more practical for the life and living of the
Christian life than Elton Trueblood's "Philosophy of Religion", it is consistent
with it as with all Christian writings, regardless of denomination and nation,
that have found in the Bible both intellectual honesty and the guidance of the
Holy Spirit, also without a spirit of rivalry and discrimination.  It is more
consistent with Trueblood's book "Your Other Vocation", which suggests that
your profession or work is your second vocation, while the call to be a
Christian and "walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called"
(Ephesians 4:1) is the primary vocation of any real Christian.  That
"Christian" has lost so much meaning testifies to the fact that a Christian
Philosophy of Life and Living has been adjusted by each generation to mean
what church members and their leaders want it to mean, most often to justify
their own status in the world and style of life and living.  {Likewise Oates',
professor of Christian Psychology, writing on "Religious Dimensions of
Personality" can assist us on this subject.}

In this series, we are just saying get back to the Bible and the ASPI version
of the Bible for an adequate and non-worldly philosoph of life and living.

**NOTE:  Ramm was head of graduate study in religion at Baylor before
BBFs {Bible Baptists Fundamentalists} ran him off at the same time they
were taking control of the SBC by destroying the reputations and careers of
Christian brothers which they, in a spirit of warfare, and falsely slurred as
"moderates" on the Bible  Granted Ramm did make one mistake in his failure
to admit the full Bible story of the Tower of Bible with the changing of
languages, but goodness how many Bible mistakes do you make every
week; and 99% on the Bible is a lot better that the 75-25 of the BBFs.

This series listed, and to be expanded below, came naturally out of the
request by constituents of SunGrist_Bible about Psalm 37.  Any accurate
ASPI exegesis of the Bible of Psalm 37 demands a look at the age old
question of "Good versus Evil", and the continuous church member habit of
today and previous years as they get their hands dirty with the very worldly
words of "The Gospel of weath and the corrolary of success, so close to
greed and covetousness and a "Pride of Life", demands an application of
good over evil in a Christian Philosophy of Life and Living.

Before the beginning of the list below, a reminder of the Authorized
Semi-Public Interpretation {ASPI} is demanded:

"...knowing this first, that no prophesy of Scripture is of any private
interpretation, but prophesy never came by the will of man, but holy men of
God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."  (II Peter 1:20,21)

And you need an ASPI Bible version of what is "prophesy"?  It is far more
than predictions, and it comes very close to preaching or speaking in the
church.

"But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to
men."  (I Corinthians 14:3)

II.  Facing up to some Bible realities not generally understood in the
world of churches and denominations!

1.  Bible reality shock #1.  What this means is that God the Father, God the
Son, and God the Holy Spirit are ALL* working together for the good of the
dedicated Christian {"all that will live godly in Christ Jesus"}, and actively
"without variation or shadow of turning" right now in this world.

"And we know that ALL* things work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."  
(Romans 8:28)

2.  Bible reality shock #2.  God deals with His own on a need basis, not on a
want basis.  The world motivates you according to what you deserve to
satisfy your wants, or that they can lead you to think are the community
needs of you and your neighbors.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God."  (Romans 12:2)

3.  Bible reality shock #3.  God chastises only those He loves, so you are
fortunate to recognize chastisement as the love of God for a child that is His
own.  Only a child of God gets this training toward righteousness.  Take the
example of Jesus, the real Jesus of the Bible and of the sermon on the
mount.

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful,
nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to
those who have been trained by it."  (Hebrews 12:3)

4.  Take the long look by Being fearful of good times only and joyful with hard
times.  {Hard times help to yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness
mentioned above in Hebrews 12:3.}

"My brethren {for Christians only} count it all joy when you fall into
various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and
complete, lacking nothing."  (James 1:2-4)

5.  Trying times {trials in the words of the Bible} bring up special needs in the
life of a Christian and in the Bible view, requiring a need for the wisdom of
God.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally
and without reproach, and it will be given him."  (James 1:5)

Every child of God without exception and without any discrimination from
God, or of past history or lack of history, is entitled to this wisdom.  Like the
grace of God, it is available for the simple asking in faith.  (James 1:6-8)
July 2013
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