Hyper-spirituality and self-deification

I know many spiritual people, most of you do.  You know the ones, "spiritual...but not really religious".  Most of the ones I know were borne out of a feelings-oriented Christian church, the kind where how you feel is more valuable that if what you feel is true. I actually have the most difficult … [Read more...]

Does the Bible forbid Christians from “judging”?

The oft quoted and ever misinterpreted Matthew 7:1, the infamous "judge not" passage is arguably the most recognizable passage in the Bible save John 3:16.  And right behind that is 'remove the log from your own eye before addressing the speck in someone else's'.  I can understand why non-Christians … [Read more...]

Atheists are still poor theologians

https://twitter.com/religulous/status/379723024939098113 This retweet really serves to show how little some Atheists (who claim the intellectual high ground no doubt) understand about Christian theology.  The doctrine of the Trinity posits that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are all … [Read more...]

Inconsistencies in the Bible and why it doesn’t mean what you think it does

Skeptics have many reasons they offer for why they reject the authority of the Bible.  The reasons range anywhere from recording supernatural events to being edited and re-written over the centuries to suit the needs of the Church.  Among the most recurring objections are the many inconsistencies … [Read more...]

World’s top thinker Richard Dawkins still not that good at theology

https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/371553942313779200 Isn't it cute how famed biologist Richard Dawkins tries so hard to offer theological commentary on the nature of God.  He's the world's top thinker you know.  What is he really trying to say here?  Is he saying that God isn't or … [Read more...]

NALT Christians (The Bible and Homosexuality)

It doesn't really surprise me that there would arise a movement in the professing Christian community who would side with anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-Bible activists.  How should we interpret a professing Christian organization who would align themselves with someone like LGBT activist Dan … [Read more...]

Why I’m not a…

I'm often asked by skeptics why I'm not a member of some other religious belief system.  Is it because of where I was raised?  How do I reject other religions without rejecting my own for the same reasons?  Simple.  There is some deeply-rooted central premise within competing religions which renders … [Read more...]

What happens to a person when they die?

It's the age old question, everyone has considered it at some point or another. What happens to a person after the die? I'd like everyone regardless of their theological (or atheological) bent to answer if they would. Secondly, and as importantly as the first, why do you believe your view is true? … [Read more...]

40 “Difficult Questions to ask a Christian, Part 2

This is part 2 of a response to this post I found via Twitter which offers these "difficult" questions to ask Christians.  See Part 1 for previous answers to these "difficult"Questions. An all-knowing God can read your mind, so why does he require you to demonstrate your faith by worshiping … [Read more...]

40 “Difficult” Questions to ask a Christian, Part 1

I believe I found this post through Twitter a while back and thought I'd write on it.  Not so much because I feel a need to offer proper answers, more so because I am always amused at what Atheists offering these kinds of questions or challenges believe they are "difficult" or substantive challenges … [Read more...]

Why is Bill Gates going to hell?

Why is Bill Gates going to hell?  I have no idea and I don't even know that he is.  But every once in a while you run across a graphic created by a critic of Christianity (and religion) which attempts to show why its soteriology doesn't make sense... or something. So whats the problem?  Simple, no … [Read more...]

Is the Christian doctrine of inerrancy derived from circular reasoning?

I pondered this quite some time ago and have no shame is presenting my own uncertainties to an audience.  Inerrancy as I understand it can be summed up as: everything the Bible asserts to be true, is true.  Of course this gets to the heart of the post.  Inerrancy, at least on the surface, appears to … [Read more...]

Can we guess the day or the hour?

This is more of an in-house discussion among Christians, but feel free to weigh in with some speculation on the issue if you're outside the Christian camp. Jesus tells us no man can know the day or the hour, and I believe him, no one can know the day or hour.  But could someone guess? There is no … [Read more...]

God’s plans

I recall back to a bible study I attended a few years back where the topic of providence, or God's active planning and action in our lives arose.  I don't discount the idea that God does have plans and does act on them, but I'm always hesitant to assign any particular event to divine intervention. … [Read more...]

Open Thread — Christians don’t tell lies…

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Are Catholics Real Christians?

So I’ve decided to play devil’s advocate and respond to John Barron’s criticism of Roman Catholicism. John believes the Roman Catholic Church is “outside the realm of traditional Christianity.” I am a Lutheran, so the outcome of this debate - in the grand scheme of things, if you know what I mean - … [Read more...]

Does God talk to you?

One of the best books I have ever read regarding the will of God and its application to our lives is Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View by Gary Friesen.  In it he discusses in depth, but accessibly, how all too often Christians go about trying to … [Read more...]

Question for Atheists…

I am under no illusion that the majority of Atheists believe that religious adherents are at least a little crazy.  They believe in -- as George Carlin put it -- an invisable man in the sky.  Some Atheists even refer to God as the invisable sky daddy.  Christians believe a man named Jesus came back … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday…

As a religious believer, but also as one who has never participated in Ash Wednesday by receiving an ash cross on my forehead, I must say it looks creepy and cultish to see such large numbers of people with ashes on their foreheads. I was out shopping this evening and was surrounded by many a man … [Read more...]

Is the Bible’s definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence?

I had been planning for some time now to craft a post on this topic, and now I don't have to.  This is a 'copy & paste' summary, you should read the entire post: (Wintery Knight) -- What is faith according to the Bible? [T]hree Biblical examples to support the idea that faith is not blind … [Read more...]