When faced with the question of how to deal with violence, most people think there are only two options: either be violent in return, OR lay down and die as a pacifist. There is, however, a third way, which is called “Non-Violent Resistance.” It is what was practiced by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many other people throughout history. It is also the way of Jesus.
Some believe that Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches that faith is a gift of God. But the grammar and context of Ephesians 2 does not support this idea. This post looks at the context of Ephesians 2, and summarizes the five main views on what the gift of God is, before finally explaining what my view is and why.
Ephesians 2:1-3 is a favorite text for Calvinists to defend the idea of Total Depravity and total inability. This post shows what Ephesians 2:1-3 means. If Paul really means that those who are dead in sin cannot believe in Jesus, then the rest of his argument in the chapter and the letter become meaningless and senseless.
What does the word “dead” mean in the Bible? Does it mean non-existent or unable to act? No. A good synonym for “dead” is “separated.” This study looks at the seven types of death in the Bible and shows how in every case, to be dead is to be separated. Those who are dead can still be quite active in various ways.