What Does the Bible Say About Happiness?

The Christian’s “Pursuit of Happiness”

What does the Bible Say About Happiness

Bible Verses: 1 Kings 21:17-19

Affluence and personal peace at any price as the controlling factors of life are as ugly as anything could be. – Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century

What does the Bible say about happiness?

The United States Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Christians and non-Christians do not disagree that happiness should be a human goal, but they should disagree with how this goal is best achieved. So what does the Bible say about finding happiness?

Does the Bible Say It’s Wrong to Live Together Before Marriage?

3 Reasons God Says Not to Live Together Before Marriage

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Bible Verses: Romans 7:1-3 (ESV)

Most Christians believe it is sin to have premarital sex, but what about living with someone of the opposite sex before marriage? Many people are strapped financially, so it just makes life easier if they can split the bills with the person they are dating or engaged to. And if they know they are going to get married anyway, what’s the harm in cohabitation before marriage, especially if they are not having sex?

The Bible Say It’s Wrong to Live Together Before Marriage Because Marriage is More than Sex

Assuming this hypothetical couple truly is abstaining from all fornication and sexual interactions reserved for marriage, there are still biblical reasons for them not to live under the same roof before marriage. Marriage is more than sex. Marriage is when you reserve yourself for one person and one person only in a special way.

Why Is Gay Marriage Wrong in the Bible?

5 Reasons Gay Marriage is Wrong in the Bible

Why is Gay Marriage Wrong in the Bible

Bible Verses: Romans 1:25-26

We know that the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality (Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11), but why? Why is homosexuality, and therefore gay marriage, wrong in the Bible?

Why is Gay Marriage Wrong in the Bible: Gay Marriage Does Not Reveal God’s Character

Foundationally, it is important to note that all of God’s commands in the Bible are a reflection of his character. God commands what he has commanded for the same reason he has created everything in its original state before the fall – to glorify himself. To glorify means to exalt, to make known, to cast a light on, to make visible, or to reveal. Just as God made people in his image (Genesis 1:27), he thus made them for his glory (Isaiah 43:7), as bearing the image of God and glorifying God are the same.

Proof the Bible is God’s Word: The Clear, Consistent Call of the Gospel

Part 5

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Bible Verses: 7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. – Galatians 3:7-9

What proof is there that the Bible is truly inspired by God? Is there any concrete evidence that the message of Scripture is truly divinely authoritative in a way no other book is? What support do Christians have for claiming the Bible is really God’s written, perfect, infallible word?

Have you ever played the game “telephone?” If not, you start with a large group of people sitting in a circle.

Proof the Bible is God’s Word: Scripture Has Never Disappeared

Part 3

Word of the Lord Endures forever

Bible Verse:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.-Mark 13:31

(Note: This blog is part of a series of blogs, “Proof the Bible is God’s Word.” Since the Bible claims to be the supreme authority on truth, logically, the Bible must be self-authenticating. If it really is the word of God, it must prove itself true as no other authority could if the Scriptures are the supreme authority on truth. As Charles Spurgeon stated, “Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself.”)

Throughout the history of the world, God’s word has been under attack.

Proof the Bible is God’s Word : Using Man to Write the Scriptures

Part 2

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Bible Verse:

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.-2 Peter 1:21

One common objective to the Bible being the perfect and divinely inspired word of God is that it was written by the hands of men. Why would God use imperfect people to write his perfect Scriptures?

Proof the Bible is God’s Word: Scripture is Consistently All About Christ

Part 1

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Bible Verses: John 5:39, John 15:26, 2 Peter 1:21

(Note: This blog is part of a series of blogs, “Proof the Bible is God’s Word.” Since the Bible claims to be the supreme authority on truth, logically, the Bible must be self-authenticating. If it really is the word of God, it must prove itself true as no other authority could if the Scriptures are the supreme authority on truth. As Charles Spurgeon stated, “Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself.”)

Why do I believe the Bible? What proof is there that the Bible is true?

What Does Friendship With The World Look Like?

What does frienship with the world look like?

James 4:4, 1 John 2:16, John 3:16

Bible Verses:
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4

What does friendship with the world look like? Why is friendship with the world wrong? If God loves the world (John 3:16), why does he tell us if we are friends with the world we are an enemy of God? How can you love someone without being their friend? And how can Christians evangelize to the lost if the lost don’t know we love them?

While Scripture is clear that believers should “not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14), it also clear that Christians should seek to serve and love the world, for as Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). These two commands are not in contradiction. While it may seem like we must be friends with the world to love the world, this is not truly the case. Therefore, its important to truly know what friendship with the world really looks like and what it does not look like.