Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (2009)

In Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians

We are often pre-occupied with our own personal salvation to the point that we lose the “big picture”. Yet the Bible again and again tries to reveal to us the reality of a cosmic conflict that is being fought over the character of God. As we really begin to understand the issues involved, Christians should be a voice in the world that can at least begin to articulate to our friends how it is possible than an all-powerful and all-loving God could allow children to starve or allow for planes to be flown into skyscrapers. The theodicy dilemma is one of the major factors that prevents people from believing in God, but as Christians we should be in a position to at least discuss some reasonable answers to this question. In addition, we can only begin to understand subjects such as the complexity of prayer when we have incorporated a larger picture of this war that began in heaven. As we discussed in this lecture, thanks to the writings of Celsus and Origin, there is convincing evidence that cosmic conflict theology was a prevaling model of the 2nd century Christian church.

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