Idols of our Time

Thirty years ago, Ted Turner, founder of CNN and the Turner Broadcasting System, declared the Ten Commandments to be outdated.As a substitute he offered the “Ten Voluntary Initiatives” (voluntary initiatives, being less offensive to modern ears.)
During an interview at the time, he cited the second commandment as evidence of the Decalogue’s obsolescence.“No one worships idols anymore,” he said, apparently unaware of the more than a billion Hindus on the planet.
Not being the keenest of Bible students, he was equally unaware of the fact that idolatry comes in many forms besides its most obvious varieties.One needn’t literally bow down before an image carved in wood or stone to be guilty of this primeval sin.The essence of idolatry is to give the first place in our thoughts, affections, and decision-making process to anyone (or anything) other than God.
Not many of us are tempted to worship the gods once revered in ancient Canaanite temples or were thought to inhabit Mt. Olympus, or Oden …

The Joy of a Clear Conscience

If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? – Genesis 4:7 –
These words, spoken by God to Cain, deal with what may well be the single most profound aspect of human experience – the work of conscience.
Cain and his brother each brought an offering to God, related to his life’s work.Cain was “a tiller of the ground,” and Abel, “a keeper of flocks.” The Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering, but had “no regard” for Cain’s.Why?Because Abel brought his offering in faith and Cain did not (Heb. 11:4).
This difference is intimated in how their respective offerings are described. It is said of Cain, simply, that he “brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground.”But concerning Abel, it says he brought the “firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.”This means, as Cassuto explains, that “whilst Abel was concerned to choose the finest thing in his possession, Cain was indifferent.”[1]
Cain held back the best portions for himself and gave the leftovers to God.[2]In so …

The New Left-Hander’s Study Bible

Nashville (JNN) – Thomas Nelson, Inc. has announced the publication of a new specialty Bible designed to appeal to left-handers.

The Left-Hander’s Study Bible is set to come out just in time for Christmas. “I am so happy to finally have a Bible that is sensitive to my needs,” said Amanda Laevus.  “We live in a right-hander’s world, and everything is geared toward them, including the Bible.” “Think about it,” said Thad Armstrong, the key figure behind the development of the new Bible, and himself a leftie.  “The Bible has favored righties over lefties since the very beginning.  It speaks, for instance, of right and wrong.  How is this supposed to make a leftie feel?  And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  In our new Left-Hander’s Study Bible we have kept the text of the NIV, but have made some modifications so as to be sensitive to lefties.” Here’s a sampling of the kind of changes that have been made: ·“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is left” (Eph. 6:1). ·“After he had…