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  • -It’s clear we’re in a battle—a battle for truth between God’s good kingdom and the Enemy’s bad kingdom. We need to stand strong in this battle by equipping ourselves with the armor of God. -At The Kingdom Chronicles, each day, we’’ll learn to put on another piece of God’s armor that Paul writes about in Ephesians (Ephesians 6:10–18). -As we fasten on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, covering everything with prayer, we’ll learn how to become mighty warriors for the Creator King of Kings!
  • The physical world was dominated by powerful men who used strength of arms to rape, pillage, and conquer their way to higher status. The spirit world, as conceptualized, was filled with demons, monsters, and corrupting spirits whose goal it was to seduce and infect the souls of mortals.
  • In the secular and physical world, the freedom of movement, of property ownership, and the freedom to better one’s life was submitted to a lord in exchange for protection from other lords and invaders.In the religious and spiritual world, the freedom to question, to form one’s own beliefs, and to practice religion freely was surrendered to the church in exchange for protection of the soul against the devil, and to guarantee a place in heaven and escape from hell.
  • During the 12th and 13th century the Popes continued to strengthen the papacy.Pope Innocent III declared the Act of Papal Supremacy. He stated that the Pope was, “lower than God but higher than man . . . Judges all and is judged by no one. . . . Princes have power on earth, priests over the soul. As much as the soul is worthier than the body, so much worthier is the priesthood than the monarchy . . . NO king can reign rightly unless he devoutly serve Christ’s vicar.”The church had seven sacramentsBaptism: Done at birth to cleanse original sin.Confirmation: Young men and women were confirmed in their baptism and were able to receive communion.Eucharist: Communion, the bread and wine which was believed to be the body and blood of Christ.Penance and Reconciliation: Also known as extreme unction, an attempt to remove sin from the soul before death.Anointing of the sickHoly orders: When men and women joined the church.Matrimony: Marriage
  • This order developed a new spiritual model, they strove to withdraw from the outside world, but ultimately, became involved through the success of their movement.
  • The Franciscan order tried to live as Christ had lived. The followers of the order became known as “Little Brothers” and they believed the following-They believed in a vow of absolute poverty. Monks were to own no personal possessions.St. Francis also taught that there was beauty and holiness in nature as it was a creation of God.The Franciscans took an active role aiding the poor and doing missionary work through Europe and the Muslim world.
  • -But where did the moral code come from if it didn’t come from God? Did we just learn it from another human? Many have argued that we learn how to behave from our parents. In essence, you learn what is right and wrong from your mom, and she learned it from her mom and so forth and so forth back into time, each generation teaching the generation that follows.-There are several compelling arguments for the existence of God, and we often tend to focus on those arguments that are rooted in the sciences, and that is a perfectly honest and appropriate way to examine the evidence. In fact, there is more than enough evidence in science to prove the point, particularly as we examine the Cosmological and Teleological Arguments, also posted on this site. But there is actually another argument that is equally as powerful and much easier to examine. Is it possible that the very presence of morality in our world proves the existence of God? If this is true, then we may have been overlooking one of the simplest and most direct proofs that God exists!
  • -One of these moral absolutes has been the ethical principle that it is NEVER right for us to kill whoever we want for absolutely no reason. -Every culture will also agree on the universal and absolute moral position that it is wrong to torture innocent children.-At a much less extreme level, it is also clear that there are moral absolutes related to the simplest of social relationships. Every culture recognizes the universal moral truth that you cannot just take the spouse of another person for yourself. It’s simply not “right” and everyone knows it. 
  • If we accept the truth that there are moral absolutes, we’ve then got to decide where these absolutes come from. -Let’s imagine a scenario. Neanderthal man (let’s name him “GRRR” for sake of argument) is hanging out at the cave with his family. Across the mountain, he observes another Neanderthal man (let’s call him “UGHH”) hanging out with his family. GRRR is hungry and has had no luck hunting this week. UGHH on the other hand has fresh kill in his cave and is toasting a big one along with the rest of his family. They are fat and happy. GRRR’s a little bit ticked. His family is grumpy. They’re hungry and they are about to starve to death. GRRR does have a big stick, and he is a lot larger that UGHH. He’s got a choice. Stay here with the family and starve to death, or go on over to UGHH’s place and steal his grub. Tough decision. If he chooses based on what is best for his family, the choice is easy: get on over there and beat the tar out of UGHH, steal all his food and return to the cave. Hey, why stop there? If survival is the determining factor, why not kill your competitor, steal his wife and eat his children?Moral evolutionists want us to believe that early man will make proper ethical decisions even though they clearly don’t benefit him personally. Why would that ever happen?
  • -The Axiological Argument uses the presence of values or ‘mores’ to prove the existence of God. It’s a simple argument:
  • -1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • the military successes both of Alexander the Great and of Julius Caesar were due in large measure to their armies’ being well shod and thus able to undertake long marches at incredible speed over rough terrain.” (Wood)
  • the military successes both of Alexander the Great and of Julius Caesar were due in large measure to their armies’ being well shod and thus able to undertake long marches at incredible speed over rough terrain.” (Wood)
  • With the belt of truth firmly buckled around our waist...
  • Vbs 2013-day3

    1. 1. STANDING STRONG IN THE BATTLE FOR TRUTH “Truth is relative. There are no absolutes. Truth is what you make it.”
    2. 2. VBS: Day 3
    3. 3. Lesson Focus Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace.
    4. 4. A little Bit About the Middle Ages (400-1400) The Kingdom Chronicles: The Church & The Monks
    5. 5. The Logic of Medieval Life 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.
    6. 6. Security of Body and Soul 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.
    7. 7. The Church Supreme • 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
    8. 8. New Religious Orders • 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.
    9. 9. Convents for Women • 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.
    10. 10. The Cistercians Monks • This order was founded by a group of monks who believed that the Benedictine orders were not well disciplined. • This group was strict, they ate a simple diet and had only a single robe. They removed all decorations from their churches and buildings and split their time between prayer and manual labor. They weren‟t allowed to speak unless absolutely necessary.
    11. 11. The Franciscan Monks – The Franciscan order was founded by Francis of Assisi. He was a widely admired figure of the Middle Ages for his humility and spiritual work. – The son of a wealthy merchant, he lived a bit of a wild youth and had a religious conversion in his early 20s. – Francis gave up all of his material possessions and began to teach to the poor.
    12. 12. The Dominican Order • 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.
    13. 13. Obey Truth!
    14. 14. „Truth‟ dictates to „tolerance‟ the way we should live. „Tolerance‟ dictates to „truth,‟ adjust to „opinion.‟
    15. 15. 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.
    16. 16. The reality of changing behavior does NOT mean that moral absolutes have changed.
    17. 17. Is there such a thing as „right‟ or „wrong,‟ or is this notion simply a relative question that varies from individual to individual.
    18. 18. Without Moral Absolutes: Nothing can be considered FAIR Nothing can be considered JUST Nothing can be considered RIGHT
    19. 19. There are several moral absolutes and universal values that govern the behavior of all humanity, regardless of culture and regardless of history.
    20. 20. You Can‟t Kill Whoever You Want You Can‟t Torture Little Children for Fun You Can‟t Take Another Man‟s Wife
    21. 21. So ask yourself the question: What is the Source of Our Universal Value Systems?
    22. 22. (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
    23. 23. Psalm 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”
    24. 24. What do I do with that truth? Do I obey God‟s word? (The Breastplate) Do I share that truth? (The shoes of Peace)
    25. 25. The Breastplate of Righteousness
    26. 26. 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...14 Stand 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.”
    27. 27. Knights knew that it was important to protect their hearts and other vital organs from harm during battle.
    28. 28. The breastplate covered the knight from his neck down to at least his waist.
    29. 29. 1. We can no sooner battle against spiritual enemies in our own righteousness than a soldier can effectively fight without his breastplate.
    30. 30. 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.
    31. 31. The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
    32. 32. Josephus described them as „shoes thickly studded with sharp nails‟ . . . so as to ensure a good grip.
    33. 33. The idea of preparation is - we must be mobile, flexible, r eady with the truth.
    34. 34. Romans 10:15 “And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!“”
    35. 35. 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!
    36. 36. 2 Kings 22-23 King Josiah
    37. 37. 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
    38. 38. 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)
    39. 39. 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.
    40. 40. 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
    41. 41. What do I do with the truth? Do I obey God‟s word? (The Breastplate) Do I share that truth? (The shoes of Peace)