A Year of Blogging

Can you believe that Being Filled has been around for over a year now? I’ve had a blast writing and interacting with everyone here, and I hope to continue doing so for as long as I can.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from the past year.

First Post

  • What’s Filling You?
    My first post captured the main theme of this blog then, and I hope to keep that as the primary focus. We allow far too many things in this world to fill us, but what we really need is to continually be being filled with the Holy Spirit.

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How I Interpret the Bible

Reading the Bible

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in the Bible. Yet those who believe in the Bible have very different beliefs about what the Bible teaches. So I’m going to try to briefly explain how I interpret the Bible.

I believe, in accordance with 2 Timothy 3:16–17, that the Bible is “inspired” or breathed out by God. And according to 2 Peter 1:20–21, the Bible consists of written prophecies that came from God. (A prophecy simply means a word from God; it does not necessarily predict the future.)

Why I Believe in the Bible

Bible

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in Jesus Christ and why his resurrection forms the very core of my belief system. The rest of my specific beliefs are based on the fact that I believe in the Bible.

My belief in the Bible stems from my belief in Jesus Christ, because it is the Bible that bears witness to Jesus Christ. The Old Testament sets the stage, providing the background to Jesus Christ and pointing toward his coming. The gospels recount his ministry on earth, his teachings on the kingdom, his death and resurrection, and our call to follow him. Then the epistles continue to flesh out the theology of the Christ and how he calls us to live.

Why I Believe in the Resurrection

Empty Tomb

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

In my previous post, I began to explain why I believe in Jesus Christ, but I kept the strongest proof for this post. I believe in the resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason to believe that Jesus is who he claimed to be. It’s the one sign that Jesus himself offered as proof for his authority.

Why I Believe in Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in a personal God, but that still allows for multiple conflicting religions. So I’m going to be a bit more specific in this post. I believe in Jesus Christ.

Few people doubt the existence of the historical person named Jesus. So I’m not going to spend any time defending that belief. When I say that I believe in Jesus Christ, I mean that I believe in all the things he taught and all the things he claimed about himself.

Why I Believe in a Personal God

Sun Rays

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in the supernatural, but that’s not very specific, is it? In this post, I’m going to explain why I believe in something more than a cosmic force. I believe in a personal God.

I believe this personal God created the world and continues to uphold it and interact with it.

Why I Believe in the Supernatural

Earth

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in absolute truth. That serves as a foundation for this next tier. I believe in the supernatural.

The entire spectrum of beliefs can be divided into two basic categories. The first category insists that the natural world is all there is. The second category allows for that which is outside of nature and thus not bound by natural laws—the supernatural.

(Technically, there is a third category. Agnosticism is the belief that it isn’t possible to know if the supernatural exists.)

Why I Believe in Absolute Truth

Hand on Bible

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

My most foundational belief has to do with the nature of reality itself. I believe in absolute truth.

In other words, I believe that truth is not relative. That which is true, really is true, and that which is false, really is false. Therefore, competing claims to truth cannot all be true.

To me, such a belief is self-evident, yet there are many who deny it. It is very popular in today’s pluralistic culture to say that something may be true for you but not for me. But such thinking falls apart under logical scrutiny.

Why I Believe What I Believe

Cross

I recently wrote about the distinction between what I call “pure apologetics” and “expanded apologetics.”

In this series of articles, I am going to engage in my own pure apologetics. That is, I am going to provide a basic explanation for why I believe what I believe. I will start with my foundational understanding of reality and move step by step up to the specifics of my faith.

The answers I give will not be intended to cover every detail or to furnish a final conclusive proof of Christianity. Some of my answers will include elements of expanded apologetics, while others will be based on my own experience.

Pure Apologetics

Bible

We get our English word apologetics from transliterating the Greek word apologeia, which means to provide an explanation or give an answer. The Christian concept of apologetics comes from the instruction found in 1 Peter 3:15–16.

I would like to draw a distinction between what I am going to call “pure apologetics” and “expanded apologetics.” I’m not sure if this distinction has been drawn before or if the terms I chose have previously been used for something else. Nevertheless, I feel that it is an important distinction to make.

It seems to me that the majority of what we typically call “apologetics” would in reality be better described as “expanded apologetics”—it goes beyond the “pure apologetics” instructed by Peter. Let’s take a look at the verses in question.