So near is God to man,
When Duty whispers low, 'Thou must,'
The youth whispers, 'I can.
At what point can religion become excessive? Surely, whenever it becomes dysfunctionally all-consuming and distresses the quality of your own life or anyone else’s, enough is enough. , immoderate religiosity, zealotry, hypocrisy, religious persecution and oppression can all be symptoms of having … Continue reading
Have you ever heard someone with well meaning say ‘you should be proud of yourself’? Wrong! You should never be proud of yourself. Are you a Christian? Do you think Jesus was proud of anything he did? He worked miracles … 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
Though some televangelists may try to convince you otherwise, Jesus never promised happiness in this life. If so, early Christians martyrs would have certainly been disillusioned as lions gnawed off their limbs. Even Jesus himself was not always the picture … Continue reading
There are quite a few fanciful creatures mentioned in the Bible. Some descriptions are simply symbolic and are meant to represent certain nations, people, or ideas in prophetic visions. These creatures were probably never intended to be taken literally. Other passages, … Continue reading
I have often heard people say that Jesus never claimed to be God. This popular misconception is patently untrue. In John 8:58, He specifically claimed to be YHWH (the God of Israel). Later in John 10:30, He claimed that He … Continue reading
Mary Magdalene, The Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:7-26), the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair (Luke 7:37-38), the woman Jesus saved from stoning (John 8:1-11) — we are all familiar … Continue reading
I had something of an epiphany (little ‘e’) a while back. I had been struggling with certain passages in the New Testament in which Jesus says things that seem totally bizarre or incongruous. Then, it finally hit me: duh! He … Continue reading
Not exactly. The closest it ever comes is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, where it says scripture is inspired by God. Assuming, for the sake of argument, this epistle was not pseudepigraphical (it was) and that Paul was infallible (he was not), … Continue reading