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Beliefs Have Consequences. Beliefs Have Consequences. Mass Suicide of “Heaven’s Gate” cult. Prophets of Baal self-mutilation. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego. Beliefs Have Consequences. What we believe leads to how we act & the results, Mk. 7:21-23 Moral behavior Language Worship Baptism.

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    1. Beliefs Have Consequences

    2. Beliefs Have Consequences Mass Suicide of “Heaven’s Gate” cult Prophets of Baal self-mutilation Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego

    3. Beliefs Have Consequences • What we believe leads to how we act • & the results, Mk. 7:21-23 • Moral behavior • Language • Worship • Baptism

    4. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • Beliefs Have Consequences • Which Is Right?

    5. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #1 Judeo-Christian • Founding moral code of USA • God is Creator, Gen. 1:1 • Man made in God’s image, Gen. 1:26, 27 • God’s will in the Bible, 2 Pt. 1:20, 21 • Man judged by Bible, Jn. 12:48, 2 Cor. 5:10 • Eternity in heaven or hell, Rom. 2:5-10

    6. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #2 Secular-Humanism • Significant gains in 1960s

    7. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #2 Secular-Humanism • No God • “As non-theists, • we begin with humans not God, • nature not deity” • - Humanist Manifesto II • Romans 1:20-23

    8. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #2 Secular-Humanism • Universe is an accident • “Our universe is simply one of those things which happens from time to time” • E.P. Tryon quoted in - The Case For The Existence of God • Hebrews 3:4

    9. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #2 Secular-Humanism • Man is a random development • “Humanism believes that man is part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous process” • - Humanist Manifesto I • James 3:9

    10. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #2 Secular-Humanism • Ethics are self-derived • “…moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and situational…” • - Humanist Manifesto II • Proverbs 14:12

    11. Beliefs Have Consequences • Two Major Belief Systems • #2 Secular-Humanism • No life after death • “There is no credible evidence that life survives the death of the body” • - Humanist Manifesto II • John 20:24-29

    12. Beliefs Have Consequences • Our view of life • J-C: life is precious, Gen. 9:5, 6; Ex. 21:22-25 • S-H: man like an animal • “Involved in the right to birth control is the right to voluntary… abortion” • - The Humanist, Jan/Feb 1976

    13. Beliefs Have Consequences • Our view of morals • J-C: fornication, intoxication… sin, Gal. 5:19-21 • S-H: fornication, intoxication… okay • “express sexual desires… as they see fit” • - The Humanist, Jan/Feb 1976

    14. Beliefs Have Consequences • Rights afforded to man • J-C: rights granted by God, Acts 17:26-28 • S-H: rights defined by man • “As non-theists, • we begin with humans not God” • - Humanist Manifesto II

    15. Beliefs Have Consequences • Which Is Right? • Is there a way to determine? • Is one demonstrably superior? • Can the two be combined?

    16. Beliefs Have Consequences • Which Is Right? • Our position: Judeo-Christian system is right • God is Creator, Gen. 1:1 • Man made in God’s image, Gen. 1:26, 27 • God’s will in the Bible, 2 Pt. 1:20, 21 • Man judged by Bible, Jn. 12:48, 2 Cor. 5:10 • Eternity in heaven or hell, Rom. 2:5-10

    17. Beliefs Have Consequences Mass Suicide of “Heaven’s Gate” cult Prophets of Baal self-mutilation Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego