Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth. “Truth is relative. There are no absolutes. Truth is what you make it.” . VBS: Day 3. Lesson Focus. Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace. A little Bit About the Middle Ages ( 400-1400) .
“Truth is relative. There are no absolutes. Truth is what you make it.”
Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace.
The basic logic of life in the middle ages is relatively simple. It was a time in which life was short, even for those who died of “natural” causes.
The medieval person desired two securities: of the body and of the soul.
In order to obtain these it was necessary to give up either bodily or spiritual freedoms.
The church like many monarchial leaders took advantage of people
The middle ages were filled with attempts to make the church more powerful.
The church became highly politicized and strayed away from the truth.
They used the tools of Sacraments, Indulgences and Penitence
From the mid 11th century to the mid 12th century a wave of religious enthusiasm swept through Europe.
Many men and women joined monasteries and convents.
This increase in religious activity led to the formation of new holy orders. Several new monastic groups emerged which would shape the church.
The church was an intellectual haven for women. It was one of the few areas where women could get an education.
Convents also became popular places for women who were unable or unwilling to marry.
The Dominican Order was founded by a Spanish priest named Dominic de Guzman.
Dominic believed in a vow of poverty, like the Franciscans, he believed; however, that poverty was a way to attract converts and save heretics.
He saw the true mission of his order to end heresy, or beliefs that went against the Catholic Church. The Dominicans were proud of their nickname “Hounds of God,” as they were watchdogs of the Catholic faith.
When we make “tolerance” our standard, we set ourselves up as gods, determining on our own which views and practices are acceptable and which are not.
There are several moral absolutes and universal values that govern the behavior of all humanity, regardless of culture and regardless of history.
(1) There is an Absolute Moral Law(2) Every Law Has a Law Giver(3) There is an Absolute Law Giver(4) The Absolute Law Giver is God
Ephesians 6:10-11; 14-15“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes...14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
1. We can no sooner battle against spiritual enemies in our own righteousness than a soldier can effectively fight without his breastplate.
2. We can no sooner battle against spiritual enemies unless we are living a life of righteousness, than a soldier can effectively fight without his breastplate.
The feet speak of activity, motion, and progress, and those who are active and moving in the work of preaching the gospel have beautiful feet!
Josiah is crowned king at the age of 8 (1-2)-The nation was not obeying God’s commands-The temple was falling apart-The Law (truth) was lost
Josiah cleans the temple at age 18 (3-10)-King Josiah sends Shaphan to repair the temple-Hilkiah the priest at the temple found the Book of the Law (v. 8)
Josiah hears the Book of the Law (11-20)-Shaphan reads the book to Josiah and makes commitment to live according to the truth-Josiah tears his clothes and weeps because both he and the nation had not obeyed the words of the Lord.
Josiah proclaims the truth to the nation (23:1-3)-Josiah gathered the entire nation and read the Book of the Law to them-The people committed their lives to the truth