Prayer Beads

Prayer beads are used by many religions throughout the world, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, etc. to mark the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions. The English word “bead” comes from an Old English word “bede” which means prayer. While their origin remains uncertain, prayer beads seemed be used in some fashion by pagan civilizations over 36 centuries ago. Their earliest verified, recorded historical use dates back to Hinduism, hundreds of years before Christ.

Jesus taught His disciples not to pray like the heathen who use vain repetitions. Prayer is an opening of the heart to God, not rote memorization and repetition. The use of prayer beads is not in conformity to the teachings of Christ.

Lifting Holy Hands

Prior to the instruction concerning women’s modesty and behavior in 1 Timothy 2:9 (which many individuals advocating holiness accept), Paul states to the men that: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

The Tree of Life

Revelation 22:1-2 illustrates the tree of life growing on both sides of the river of life which proceeds out of the throne of God. Verse three states that “there shall be no more curse.” The child of God has access to the tree of life today where spiritual death is no more. On the other side of the river, in eternity, the tree of life symbolically grows where all the redeemed can partake and have immortality in the presence of the Lamb of God.

Theology Statistics

77% of all Americans believe that personal salvation is a result of good works.
52% say good deeds help earn a spot in heaven.
60% believe that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice which
can remove the penalty of sin.
The State of American Theology, LifeWay Research, 2016

65% of all “Christians” believe there are multiple paths to Heaven.
U.S. Religious Landscape Study, Pew Research Center, 2014

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

All debt is not created equal. Good debt is referred to as debt that helps generate income and increases net worth such as education, business ownership, real estate, and investing. Even “good” debt is not guaranteed and can have a downside.

“Bad debt” refers to debts incurred to purchase depreciating assets such as vehicles, clothes, consumables, and other goods and services. Credit card debt is one of the worst due to high interest rates if not paid in full monthly.