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12.18.2004    |    The Fall of Man
The horrific story of a grisly murder and the cutting of an unborn child from the womb of the victim was just a reminder of our depraved nature. This heinous act should not surprise anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of the history of mankind, and who has read Genesis 3.

It is symptomatic of our culture that this depravity extends even to the mainstream media, in this case the Washington Post, which, in its story can not even acknowledge the simple personhood of the infant by calling her a baby. The Post's headline was "Fetus Survives Killing of Mother." Too bad that many fetuses don't survive would-be mothers' exercising their "freedom of choice" in killing their infants. But that's legal, if not moral, whereas killing a would-be mother and taking her baby still is not. Still. Give the Kevorkians and their allies of this world a little more time...

Whether you deal with Scripture as allegorical or literal, there is truth in it. We are a fallen species, although with hope for redemption. His birthday is nigh.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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