Our series on the book of Hebrews continues the writer’s emphasis on the faithful priesthood of Christ – this time as the basis for turning away from a theology of dead works and clinging to faith. The centrality of not turning from the true gospel of faith in the work of Christ and God’s acceptance of the ministry of his Son – of continuing in “believing loyalty” to the gospel – is the central focus of the controversial statements in Heb 6:4-6. Does this passage teach that believers can lose salvation or reject salvation? Is there a difference? What about eternal security? This episode focuses on these questions.
Hebrews 4:1-13 continues an important theme introduced in Hebrews 3—holding fast to faith so as to enter into God’s rest (i.e., inherit the promise of eternal life). The writer strikes an analogy between the rest of God, earlier related to entrance (or not) into the Promised Land (Numbers 14), and God’s rest at the end of his creation work. God’s Sabbath rest is therefore identified with eternal life—a rest that is the result of God’s efforts, not ours. Since Christ is the one who provided eternal life through his work on the cross, Christ is our Sabbath.
The episode is now live.
|Over the four years of this blog’s existence, I’ve been asked repeatedly by fans and reporters whether or not I “believe in UFOs.” I am of the opinion that a person’s outlook on UFOs should not be put in the context of “belief.” I think the whole thing comes down to belief vs. knowledge.|
In many societies we frequently associate belief with blind faith acceptance. Traditionally this sort of conviction usually falls into the category of dogmatic religious doctrine. You either believe or accept the doctrine, or you don’t.
With regard to UFOs, our society carries this same sort of view, which labels or judges the character of those who state a position with respect to the existence of UFOs. I argue that UFOs and off-worlders are not a matter of faith but rather a case of knowledge based on some criteria of confirmation.
The episode is now live.
He might have found fame playing Special Agent Fox Mulder – serious believer in the supernatural – but the actor himself just isn’t convinced…
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder was known for his unshakable belief in the supernatural and the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life.
The character’s obsession with unexplainable phenomena was what drove him through the series. It’s the reason he was working on the X-Files to begin with. And he was even abducted by aliens himself in the season seven finale.
But David Duchovny, the actor who played him for 9 years, still remains unconvinced about the possibility of alien life.
“When you started making X-Files and there was all that zeitgeist happening, how much UFO research did you find to be actually interesting enough to believe in?” Reggie Watts asked Duchovny recently on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
“I remember I used to try to answer my fan mail because there wasn’t much of it, and they would bring it to me. There were stories that people would tell me about being abducted,” revealed Duchovny. “They would just make me sad. I thought that these people had issues that they had to deal with.” . . .
I leave tomorrow to film an interview with GAIAM TV, specifically the show Beyond Belief, with George Noory. Yes, that George Noory. Beyond Belief is a video/TV counterpart to Coast to Coast AM. It will be nice to see George again, along with other staff that I know (and don’t know).
For those of you who are wondering, I did indeed chat with the producer about my History Channel experience. He was appalled. I’ve known the producer for a number of years (he’s connected with Coast to Coast AM as well). He assured me that the sort of editorial dishonest perpetrated by Weller-Grossman studios on behalf of the History Channel won’t happen. I believe him, given my long history with Coast to Coast AM. They’ve always been gracious and professional.
We’ll film two half-hour segments. I’ve heard they do on-stream a week or so later, but I’ll likely learn more when I’m there. My topic is biblical astral prophecy. For those of you who’ve read The Portent, you know what we’ll be discussing. No blood moon nonsense. Just stuff that you’d find in peer-reviewed academic journals (and more fascinating). I’ll post something about the trip and the topic when I get back.