Many people, and particularly those of the atheistic persuasion, insist that Christians are living and operating on blind faith. We depend on superstition; we wallow in ignorance; we haven't evolved our brains to the next level yet as they clearly have, and we ignore science and reason because we're afraid to die, and in order to have meaning in our lives. Are they correct?
Finding Your Spiritual Destination
Having driven a long way, you're near the place you needed to find, and that nice woman on Google Maps tells you to continue for half a mile: your destination will be on the right. How can she be so sure?
Adoring the Artist
We make the mistake of thinking that the animal, the pet, the baby and the beautiful woman derive beauty from their own invention and power.
For professing Christians there are essentially two roads we can take in life, in terms of what we choose to believe. We can follow our own ideas and the voices of the multitude of experts-who between them produce a cacophony of ideas, alternative interpretations, excuses, lies, falsehoods, and wishful thinking-or we can read and believe what the Bible actually says.
New Bible Versions
Truly the enemy of our souls is subtle, able even to quote the words inspired by our God, and yet to twist them with the goal of the destruction of something or someone, and for the perversion of the word of God.
God and the Experts.
It seems to me that far too many of our so-called "experts" are ruled by money. They must protect their positions and their incomes; they must get their grants; they must impress their peers and uphold politically correct and woke thought. They are saving their lives and losing their souls.
The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory is Faulty!
Hello and welcome, truth-seekers. I was a believer in the pre-tribulation rapture for twenty-eight years, but not any more. I see now that many teachers and ministers in the evangelical Church have become entrenched in faulty thinking and faulty interpretation on this subject, fueled by an understandable desire to be where Jesus is rather than … Continue reading The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory is Faulty!
The Endurance of the Saints
Sometimes I experience moments or even hours of despair, when I see the state of our world. Good is called ecil, and evil is called good. The immoral and the liars and the perverted seem to be on the ascendancy. Our governments seem to be wholly controlled by the corrupt, and those in media who should be exposing them are instead a part of the corruption. What can we do?
Toast, Murphy’s (Sod’s) Law, and the Bible.
When you drop your toast on the floor, does it always fall jammy side down? When you go to the store or the bank, or when you drive into the city, are you always in the line that takes far longer to get there than the others do? Do you ever ponder how this happens? Fret no longer, dear reader: there may be an answer to the problem.
SHOULD CHRISTIANS DRINK ALCOHOL?
Some Christians insist that when Jesus turned water into wine, and when Paul said “drink a little wine for your stomach” (1 Timothy 5:23), the wine referred to must have been grape juice and wasn’t alcoholic. Jesus would never make alcoholic wine for a party, they say. I disagree.
America’s last days?
Donald Trump has announced that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday. The charge? Who knows: whatever the crooks in Washington have cooked up, like a coven of witches brooding over a bubbling pot.
It seems there really is a time and place to put someone in their place, verbally speaking. But where and when is that time and place? Being fallen in our human nature, aren't we in danger of that hell-fire that Jesus warned of?
The Origin of Government
Ig, Og and Ug were collecting bananas from the lone banana tree. It was a hot day, and Ig grew tired of the work...
I Didn’t Go To Church Today.
I fully recognize that I'm no better a person than anyone else inside the church walls. In fact, I may be more of a hypocrite than anyone there. Having said that, as anyone who read my last post will realize, there are a number of things about the professing Church today that annoy me, offend me, and even sicken me. This post addresses those things, in no particular order.
MUTINY ON THE INDOMITABLE
"The Indomitable", loaded with passengers, moved effortlessly over deep, dark waters. Hundreds had boarded the gleaming ship, bound for an exotic destination, on an all-expenses-paid cruise. But midway through the voyage, trouble is brewing...
Mind Burp 16: Beethoven on Drums.
Welcome to the further rantings of a man who never did fit the mould. This is the continuation of an intermittent series of my cerebral ventings, or cranial emanations, on a host of unrelated novelties.... in no particular order.
The Identity of Jesus Christ
Who was, and who is, Jesus Christ? People by the millions have discussed this question for two thousand years.
THE IBLE Part 1: GELIGNITE Chapter 1 to THE SPASMS
1 In the beginning there was a very tiny thing, floating in the middle of nothing. 2 Then suddenly-POOF! - something pretty dramatic started to happen!
Makeover with Lucy!
Today we will learn how to get a makeover with Lucy! Her remains, transformed miraculously (intentional use of the word) into an attractive semi-human creature, along with others, have been used to attempt to prove a link between ape-like ancestors and we humans. If you think the evidence is undeniable, and if you've resigned yourself to it, you've been successfully misled.
Faith and Creativity
What is the scope and potential of creativity coming from a heart of faith? Some people will look at the term "Christian creativity" as an oxymoron. That is, these two words do not go together.
A Commentary on “In Our Time: Homo Erectus”.
This is a very large tacet admission. They're able to see design and intent in the engraving of a symbol on a shell, but they're not able to see design in the DNA molecule or in the mirror!
False Christs, and the Real One.
Can we really have the same power as Jesus Christ had on the earth...or even greater? Are some of our church leaders, along with God in heaven, the I AM? Do they really have the power to do whatever they want?
Your Anger Strengthens My Faith
I've been called an ignorant moron before: I can take it. In fact, such attacks aimed at my faith in God, and my hope in eternal life, only serve to strengthen me. The anger only serves to confirm what I already believe.
The Tablet Found On Mount Ebal
We believers in the Bible don't need "proof", and we aren't living at the mercy of skeptical and unbelieving experts, but if what we are already convinced of is really true, confirmations are expected and welcome. I'm focusing here on just one of the many recent confirmations.
THE OLDEST YAHWEH INSCRIPTION
Have you been led to believe that there is no evidence to support Old Testament Scriptures? Have you been told that the Christian faith was invented and then augmented much later than other faiths and professions?
A Prophecy summary, January 2023
When will Jesus Christ return? When will the Tribulation begin? What do the prophecies really say? I here offer summarized results of my study on Biblical prophecy, which has been ongoing for forty-two years. This is entirely my own work, avoiding the common pitfalls of parroting standard interpretations and predictions.
FORGIVING WHEN THEY DON’T DESERVE IT
I normally don't have any problem forgiving someone. I don't hold grudges-it isn't worth the effort or the continued discomfort, and I know that my Lord has told me to forgive.
JESUS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
MY ALBUM IS STREAMING
Anyone interested in electronic music can sample my new album on just about any music streaming site, including Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube Music
In Our Time: “Photosynthesis”.
When claimed evidence is nothing but the insistence that something "must have" happened, perhaps we should not exclude the alternative...
In Our Time: “The Late Devonian Extinction”.
Unless you're a hardened, determined relativist, real, observable, empirical facts don’t change. So if the “facts” you’ve been given become denied or altered, something is wrong
WHO MADE GOD?
To me the idea that the universe created itself and ended up producing Beethoven's Sonata NO.14 in C is the most ridiculous, preposterous idea that could be imagined.
IN OUR TIME: FUNGI
One of the BBC's foremost science broadcasts can tell you a lot about the fragility and weakness of the theory of evolution, if you're prepared to look and listen between the lines.
WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
There's a god for every whim, wish and eventuality. Are they really all valid, or do we need to focus a little more? If there really is a God, what is that God really like?
FOUR NOTES ON A HEALING
After calling some of his disciples Jesus Christ healed a leper near Gennesaret. Here are a few observations from Luke's account of that healing.
JESUS REJECTED IN NAZARETH
What are my motives for following Jesus? What are yours?
HOUSE ON THE SAND
Most of us are not looking for the truth in all things. We're looking for something we like; something we want to be true, and something that appeals to our senses
THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
Sometimes I think I'm just casually going to scan through a portion of Scripture in a couple of minutes, and instead the message contained therein comes alive, and I'm making all kinds of discoveries about it, even though I've read it countless times before. The Word of God is truly alive. It has unfathomable depth and significance. It's no creation of man.
HOW TO OVERTHROW A CIVILIZATION
People on the extreme left of politics have been trying to paint themselves as the centrists-the mainstream-for a long time...
MIRACLES AND SCIENCE
While secular scientists claim to have backed the concept of God into a corner by explaining things in physical terms instead of what they dismissively and condescendingly describe as superstition, the truth is that the physical universe and all the laws they observe were created by God in the first place.
A FAITH-BUILDING CONFERENCE
Guliuzza stressed that we need to stop seeing creatures as being passively shaped by their environments, as Darwinism asserts, and to start seeing them as active problem-solving entities, designed to adapt (to a limited extent) enabling them to fill the earth according to the will of God.
IDOLATRY IN THE CHURCH
Most of us disagree with bowing to statues in the church, but idolatry is far more widespread and pernicious than a simple physical figure...
ARE TONGUES REALLY FOR PRAYER?
Is the gift of tongues really to be used for prayer? Are you really missing out if you don't have it? Should we all be praying in tongues? If you are genuinely wanting answers to these questions, and if you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, this article will help you.
SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS?
Should Christians be involved in politics? This isn't a lengthy Bible study on the question, just a brief outburst of my thoughts... Photo by Brian Wertheim on Unsplash Our world is being run by evil, wicked, foolish people-East and West. Should we stand back and say "Go ahead, destroy our economy; take my hard earned money and spend … Continue reading SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS?
Will you endure to the end, as Jesus said we must? Will you keep your faith and your hope? Will you stay on the narrow path to life?
WHAT DO I THINK OF CLIMATE CHANGE?
Is your hamburger destroying the earth? Does your car offend Gaia? Should we all stop eating and shiver through the winter, to save the earth?
TONGUES: A CHALLENGE
If you can show from Scripture that I'm wrong, I will delete the post and ask for your apology.
ARE TONGUES REALLY HEAVENLY LANGUAGES?
Great claims are made of the gift of speaking in tongues today. Among them is the belief that tongues are heavenly prayer languages, or the languages of angels. Is this true? Is it Biblical? Photo by Christophe Van der waals on Unsplash We can search the Scriptures with a fine tooth-comb, and not find one example of angels … Continue reading ARE TONGUES REALLY HEAVENLY LANGUAGES?
IS THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKING IN TONGUES?
In a large portion of the Christian church the claimed gift of speaking in tongues is held up as being almost supremely important to, and the sign of, a spirit-filled life. I'm going to examine this view today and in coming posts.
SHOULD CHRISTIANS TITHE?
Those who insist that we must tithe are regularly citing two Old Testament passages to support their claims. In the first Abraham, they say, gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had, long before the law was instituted...