Category Archives: behavior

Are ‘Sins’ Primarily Sins against God or against Other People?

Some believers think all sins are primarily sins against God. Stephen Witmer makes that very statement: All sin is primarily sin against God. Where sin is understood as merely a moral concept rather than mainly a religious one, where it … Continue reading

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“Should We Give Money to Bums on the Street Who Refuse to Work?”

Of course this is a loaded question. When we meet people on the street asking for money, we can’t know whether they are bums who refuse to work. We don’t know their background, what brought them to this condition, whether … Continue reading

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‘How to Follow Jesus’ is Revised and Improved

One of the features of Jesus without Baggage most dear to me is How to Follow Jesus. Its purpose is to explain how to follow him without the ritual, baggage, and burdens frequently promoted by believers. I have: rewritten the … Continue reading

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Day 5: How Would You Respond to This Situation?

This is Day 5 of a five-day exercise on loving and caring for others based on the Good News of Jesus that the Father loves and cares for us. You can read the introduction to these exercises on the Day … Continue reading

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Day 4: How Would You Respond to this Situation?

This is Day 4 of a five-day exercise on loving and caring for others based on the Good News of Jesus that the Father loves and cares for us. You can read the introduction to these exercises on the Day … Continue reading

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Day 3: How Would you Respond to this Situation?

This is Day 3 of a five-day exercise on loving and caring for others based on the Good News of Jesus that the Father loves and cares for us. You can read the introduction to these exercises on the Day … Continue reading

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Day 2: How Would You Respond to this Situation?

This is Day 2 of a five-day exercise on loving and caring for others based on the Good News of Jesus that the Father loves and cares for us. You can read the introduction to these exercises on the Day … Continue reading

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Day 1: How Would You Respond to this Situation?

We talk a lot on this blog about the Good News of Jesus, and one of the great themes of this Good News is love. The Father loves and cares for us, and our goal is to love and care … Continue reading

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We are not to Follow Burdensome Religious Rules

When I joined an evangelical denomination in 1970, they read me the teachings of the church. I agreed to abide by prohibitions such as drinking alcohol or using tobacco, swearing oaths, wearing jewelry, and belonging to lodges. There were also … Continue reading

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Announcing Jesus Without Baggage Resource Pages

For the past few months, I have been working on compiling and organizing some of the best books, websites, and exceptional articles I have found on these seven important topics we discuss on Jesus without Baggage. I am very pleased … Continue reading

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Why it’s (not) important what you believe

Originally posted on The Evangelical Liberal:
Writing this blog I get to interact with a lot of people with widely differing beliefs – ranging from straight-down-the-line evangelicals to deists, agnostics, atheists and even the occasional pagan, with pretty much every…

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Is it Selfish for Us to Love Ourselves?

Throughout my blog I make the point that believers should love themselves in response to the Father’s love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are in no position to ‘love’ others as ourselves. Sometimes, the statement ‘we should love … Continue reading

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Something In The Place of Love (The Mistake No Christian Should Ever Make)

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
We’ve all experienced the disappointment of Substitution; ordering dinner, shopping for patio furniture, running errands at the grocery store. Lots of times, we need to accept something else in place of what we originally wanted, and…

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3 Important Considerations in Loving Others as Ourselves

As we begin to live by the principle of loving others, instead of following religious rules, we sometimes meet two significant barriers. The first is dealing with the enormity of human pain, distress, and need in the world. The second … Continue reading

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Establishing Personal Guidelines for Loving Others

Loving others as ourselves is a far better guide to morality than following rules, but we can’t just stop following rules and begin making moral decisions on the fly. Instead, we must be proactive in learning how to love others. … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to Love Others as Ourselves?

When we decide to love others as ourselves, we must first consider carefully what ‘loving others’ means and determine how we can best develop a lifestyle on this basis. For many of us religious rules are the only guidelines we … Continue reading

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How Does Loving Others as Yourself Apply to Divorce?

Living by religious rules is a poor substitute for living the principle of loving others as ourselves. Let’s consider the example of divorce. Divorce is looked upon as a despised condition among some Christians. The pastor I grew up under … Continue reading

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Love is All We Need

He didn’t do it for me, but this week my good friend at Christian Evolution released a graphic that happens to illustrate, wonderfully, my current series on living the principle of loving others as ourselves–instead of following religious rules. Already posted … Continue reading

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What are the Practical Implications of Loving Others as Ourselves?

In my last post I shared that believers are not required to live by any list of religious laws or rules. Instead we should make moral decisions based on Jesus’ teaching, supported by his actions, that we should live by … Continue reading

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Does Abandoning Legalism and Belief in Hell Destroy the Foundations of Morality?

When I was seven years old, my family joined a fundamentalist church which taught that if we did not observe the laws of the Bible we would burn forever in hell. I embraced this concept completely. For the next ten … Continue reading

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