A Reflection on Final Exam Preparation

 As I and many other university students are in the thick of studying for final exams, I am reflecting on the many hours of revision, the late nights, early mornings and the taste of room temperature coffee that I have experienced year after year in my academic life. And then I think to myself, why am I actually studying in the first place? The competition and striving to make the honours roll seem to be so vain and trivial in comparison to the calling that Christ has put on our life to make disciples and share the good news. However, God is the giver of all good things, and I know that the opportunity to even study in the first place is a blessing from His hand. I believe that when we operate with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our actions are ultimately for the Glory of God. Whether we ear or drink we should do it for God's glory (paraphrased 1 corinthians 10:31), so of course academic (or other) endeavours are no different. After a period of reflection, I realise it comes down

Why does God require worship?

Many Christians often wonder why God commands us to praise and worship Him. Sceptics go a step further in saying that God is egotistical or vain and that is the basis for why He requires worship. Although this is a very common misconception both within and outside Christian circles, it is important to understand that a god who is narcissistic and self-absorbed is not the God of the Bible, and not the God whom we worship.   The first point that I would like to address is that God did create us to worship Him. There are multiple places in scripture where we are commanded to express our gratitude and thanks to God. However, where we make a mistake is in likening God to sinful man. Let’s take a look at this passage in Isaiah: 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,     so are my ways higher than your ways     and my thoughts than your thoughts.                                             

Can Atheists be Good People?

A very common question that is asked by skeptics is “Do you think that all atheists are bad people?”. My answer to this is simple. No.   However, if God does not exist, then no atheist has ever done anything good either. In fact, no-one has ever done anything “good”. Let me explain: If I were to ask you on your view of the holocaust I am positive that you would consider it wrong.   Okay… what about if you were a soldier in Nazi Germany, would you still think that the holocaust is wrong? Fine, What if Nazi Germany had won the war, killed all opposition and had re-written history? Most people will agree that no matter how I manipulate that question, the holocaust was OBJECTIVELY wrong - and this is where the moral argument comes into play. When you say something is wrong or right it is always in comparison to a standard. For some, that standard might be a role model, for others it could be themselves! Regardless of what your standard is, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to have objective moral sta

The Universe is not Infinite: An Introduction to the Cosmological Argument

The Cosmological argument dates back to as early as Aristotle, however, it was developed through the centuries and was finally widely introduced into theology by Thomas Aquinas.   Dr William Lane Craig describes the argument in three points: Whatever begins to exist has a cause. The Universe began to exist. Therefore, the Universe has a cause. When going about explaining these three points to a classmate or stranger, often people will ask: "How do you know that the universe had a beginning?". Below are 4 points that prove the "finiteness" of the universe. It would not logically make sense. (example#1) It takes Mars almost double the days the earth takes to orbit the sun (let's just say double for simplicity). If the universe was infinite then the earth has orbited the sun an infinite number times, and mars has orbited the sun an infinite number times and although logically the earth should have double the amount of orbits, it would be equal to mars if the univer

The Need for Followers of Jesus in the Classroom

Universities are often thought of as a place of enlightenment, deep academic thought and intellectualism, and despite this being true, universities are some of the most secular, cold, and God-shunning habitats on the face of the earth. Being a follower of Jesus as a student comes with its hardships. We are incessantly harassed to conform to conflicting ideologies, and at times it seems like our personal values and convictions are at odds with a society that demands that we think and believe in a way that it alone dictates.   Although Christianity is not openly persecuted and ridiculed in the classrooms of universities and schools, the deep-seated scorn and contempt held for our world view is a subtle yet ever-tangible reminder that our Holy God has no place amongst the idols of ambition and pleasure that our peers continue to bow and serve. Nonetheless, sitting in lecture theatres and libraries of university campuses all over the world are the world leaders, decision-makers, a

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