Speak Your Mind, Literally

Do you take the Bible literally?*  This is one of those questions like: have you stopped beating your wife?.  It is not sufficient to answer with a simple yes or no.  Although the skeptic usually objects to any clarification the Christian attempts to offer.  They generally interrupt demanding a yes … [Read more...]

According to Mormonism, can Mormons be saved?

Do Mormons have forgiveness?  I mean as a Mormon following the Mormon scriptures--assuming for the sake of argument, they are true.  Mormonism is a works based faith, requiring obedience to a divine law in addition to a faith in the God which it claims. The answer is an astounding...doesn’t look … [Read more...]

Just Where Do You Think You’re Going?

It's not right that people would go to hell just for not believing in the right God.  Put another way, a good and moral God would not condemn people to hell just for not believing in Him.  This is a common complaint against exclusive religious systems such as Christianity.  Have you ever made this … [Read more...]

It’s To Die For

What is so unique about the earliest disciples of Jesus being martyred for their claim Jesus was raised from the dead?  Many believers of various religious systems--Muslims for example--die and commit suicide regularly for what they believe to be true.  Christian apologists arguing for the … [Read more...]

Don’t Come A-Knockin’

Evangelism sometimes gets a bad reputation for having the appearence of "forcing" a religious belief on an otherwise religious or theologically satisfied person.  I suspect most people like where they are in respect to their religious beliefs and generally wish to stay there.  Evangelism can be seen … [Read more...]

What’s That Supposed To Mean?

The common rejoinder to a biblical quotation which refutes someone's argument, "That's just your interpretation!" is the Custer-esque last stand when backed into a corner in an attempt to hold to a non-biblical position.  Rather than give up the non-biblical view in preference to the better … [Read more...]

The Fortune Cookie Bible

Considering my inquisitive nature, I tend to ask a lot of questions when political and religious topics arise in conversation.  It might surprise you but my most intense conversations are held with other Christians.  Granted I am usually responsible for elevating the conversation, but not … [Read more...]

Where’s My Stuff?

Since undertaking the task of responding to godisimaginary.com's 50+ proofs for believing God does not exist, I see a common theme.  There is an emphasis on prayers not being answered by God.  This complaint is present in at least 3 of the first 10 "proofs".  The complaint posits that prayers are … [Read more...]

Essentials of Christianity Part 2

I now would like to look more closely at the doctrines and beliefs which the bible itself claims as necessary to affirm in order for one to be a true Christian. Surprisingly I have found very few which are deemed necessary by the authors themselves. Monotheism, the deity of Jesus of Nazareth, the … [Read more...]

Essentials of Christianity Part 1

What is Christianity? It is one of those subjects that mean many things to many people. First and foremost, Christianity proper is a collection of theological doctrines and beliefs, which claim to teach the truth about God, man, sin, salvation, and the afterlife. These theological doctrines and … [Read more...]

Do You Believe…Really?

Every once in a while I come across a survey or study which piques my interest.  I am particularly fond of surveys on religious beliefs in general, so naturally I was drawn in by a study conducted by Pew Research Center entitled, "Religion Among the Mellennials".  A rather in depth study focusing on … [Read more...]

The Unworthy Manner

In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul is recounting the institution by Jesus to His disciples in the upper room of what today we call the Lord's Supper.  It is the partaking of bread and wine (or juice) by the church body to remember the sacrifice Jesus made to secure the salvation of those … [Read more...]

Laying Down the Law

Is the Christian is required to keep the Law, more specifically the ten commandments?  It is my position that, no, Christians are under no obligation to keep the Law of the old testament.  On its face this is  a controversial notion, but hopefully upon closer examination it should be clear and will … [Read more...]

Do Differences Matter?

I came across this picture not long ago and I think this exemplifies the attitude most people hold about religion, even many believers of the particular religions.  I am surprised at how many Christians have abandoned the exclusivity claims traditional Christianity teaches.  Emphasis on a generality … [Read more...]