"Is that a lie?"
"It's what we tell fools and children." She sighed. "Postulating a heaven gives man an out for having been unable to retain the paradise he was given here on earth.
If a Christian does not want to live forever, can he or she opt out of the eternal life thing? At first blush, this may seem like a rather bizarre question. After all, who doesn’t want to live forever? But … Continue reading
The following is a selection of Bible passages regarding the soul, it’s origin and final disposition: Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man … Continue reading
Jesus never actually gave a detailed description of the Kingdom of Heaven that was recorded in the Gospels. Instead He explained the Kingdom of Heaven in similes, metaphors and parables: He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of … Continue reading
There’s a popular country song that goes, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to go now.” It got me thinking about Heaven again. If a person really believed in Heaven and that it was an infinitely better … Continue reading
Although this seems to be the general consensus among religious or spiritual people, I do not believe this notion is correct. At least, I hope it is not. When I think really think about it, who ultimately deserves Heaven? In … Continue reading
This story appears in the Gospel of Matthew 19:16–30, the Gospel of Mark 10:17–31 and the Gospel of Luke 18:18–30. It is where we get the saying, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle … Continue reading
Our capacity for pain seems far greater than that for pleasure and engaging in any activity that alleviates the pain or affords us any pleasure is usually a punishable offense by law or consequence. Our bodies were clearly designed for … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about why Christianity may be a hard sell for major depressives. First, happiness and joy are completely alien and abstract concepts. The closest thing they have are euphoria and oblivion (probably the reason for the common chemical … Continue reading
Jesus never said that his followers would *go* to “Heaven” per se. He repeatedly indicated that the “Kingdom of Heaven” would *come* to them. To me, that seems like a pretty big difference. As far as I can ascertain from … Continue reading
“The Rapture” is actually a fairly recent theology invented in the 18th century by the fanatical puritan, Cotton Mather (think Salem witch trials). It is almost entirely based on Mather’s specific (mis)interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. I think this theology … Continue reading