For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Today He still counsels us through His Word and by His Spirit. When you don’t know what to do or need a corrective or encouraging word, open your Bible. He's still the Wonderful Counselor. As hymnist John Morison wrote in 1781: "His Name shall be the Prince of Peace, forevermore adored, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the great and mighty Lord."
James 3:1-5:20, 1 Peter 1:1-2:25
1. the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.Those definitions can be applied towards Christianity. However, there is more to it than just being a philosophy.
3. a system of philosophical doctrine
5. a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs.
There are people who may or may not adhere to Christianity (in general) and choose to focus on everything secular about Christmas (in particular), while ignoring the truth involved in the religion and the true Reason for the season - Jesus Christ.
Most Bible-believing born-again Christians consider their own Christian faith as a personal relationship with Christ. We would most likely apply the word origin and history definition of the term "philosophy" because of its accuracy in describing what we gain from studying the Bible:
It was interesting to see the atheist on O'Reilly's show become all upset about the "Christianity is a philosophy" argument that Bill opined during the debate. The atheist wanted Bill to admit that Christianity is a religion. O'Reilly stated that a "Methodist" is a religion, and if someone was trying to promote only the Methodist religion at Christmastime, he would be on the atheist's side.
Sounds confusing, doesn't it?
Well, O'Reilly put up a bit of a smokescreen during the argument; perhaps in an effort to try and win the debate. People often do such things. However, I watched the interview two times (it was repeated yesterday while Laura Ingraham was subbing) and did not hear the term "faith" discussed. For some reason, Bill left that out; probably because it would have forced him to admit that Christianity is a religion.
O'Reilly stated that Jesus "was a man" when the atheist (who figuratively was turning blue in the face with frustration) continued to argue that Christianity is a religion.
Of course it is!
There are self-described "Christian religionists" who have their own kind of twisted beliefs that don't match up to what the Bible teaches. That is a huge mistake! Jesus informs us that the Father's "Word is Truth" and he asks the Father to "sanctify them by Your truth."
|Jhn 17:17||"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.|
Jesus asks each of us, "Who do you say that I am?"
|Mat 16:15||He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"|
How one answers that question reveals just what kind of faith one has and whether or not one has a personal, soul-saving relationship with the one true God and only Savior, Lord, and King of the universe.
Peter got it right:
|Mar 8:29||He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."|
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