Why couldn’t God just forgive everyone? Was it really necessary to demand the death of His only begotten Son? What kind of a God does that?

If God wanted to forgive sinners, why didn’t He just forgive them and declare it done? I think the question implies a few other questions. Why couldn’t God simply forgive anyone who sins without all the gory bloodshed? Doesn’t God have enough forgiveness in His heart? Is He not powerful enough to do good without doing evil first? Is God so malevolent to demand the death of His own Son? Does God just enjoy punishing others so much? The was-Jesus’-death-necessary question (WJDN?) points a finger at the motives of God and the nature of God. Was Jesus’ Death Necessary? 1. […]

How to be Objective About the Alabama Pi April Fools’ Prank

The April 1998 newsletter New Mexicans for Science and Reason contained a prank article mocking the Bible. Here is a brief quote: HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA engineers and mathematicians in this high-tech city are stunned and infuriated after the Alabama state legislature narrowly passed a law yesterday [March 30, 1998] redefining pi, a mathematical constant used in the aerospace industry.  …”The Bible very clearly says in I Kings 7:23 that the altar font of Solomon’s Temple was ten cubits across and thirty cubits in diameter, and that it was round in compass.” Alabami Pi Hoax The mockery is based […]

Jesus is Jehovah

I recently took a look at Romans 14:11. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” I saw an argument that since Paul was quoting the Old Testament, and since Isaiah used the word LORD|YHWH, therefore only Jehovah should be worshipped and not Jesus. So I decided to look into that claim. Paul is citing a passage from Isaiah 45. It is valuable to know that many passages in the New Testament affirm what Isaiah said. Here is a comparison of some New Testament statements […]

“Swearing is a sign of rhetorical strength.”

Someone recently published, “Swearing is a sign of rhetorical strength.” The opposite is true.   Swearing is oratorical incontinence, a symptom of profound immaturity, and an indication of shallow, selfish thoughtlessness.   The simple and obvious truth is that cursing is a sign of weakness in many forms. It requires no creativity or intelligence to blurt out an obscenity. Swearing is intended to offend, insult, hurt, defame, disparage, blaspheme, bully, manipulate, dishonor and disrespect others.* I have heard the excuse, “I just had to let it out,” which is actually just a confession of self-serving intemperance. I have heard […]

How to Be an Imaginary Christian

PART ONE A Christian is a person who has chosen to believe in the Jesus Christ. If you think you are a Christian, but you don’t have faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ, then you are an imaginary Christian. A Christian believes in the authentic Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospels. If you claim to be a Christian, but you believe in an amended version of the person of Jesus, such as the “good-teacher-but-not-divine Jesus”, then you are an imaginary Christian. A Christian follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. If you don’t know what Jesus taught, if you haven’t […]

How Posting Scripture Hurts Others

I recently read blog posts by a “Christian” minister who “hates” when people post the Scriptures: John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 3:5, John 14:6 and James 1:2-3. He feels that posting Scripture is offensive because: It provides unhealthy theological meanings, because it implies doctrinal certainty. It is an unintelligent behavior, because it squelches critical thinking and promotes blind faith. It hurts people, because  it is exclusive. John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  The blogger hates the posting of this […]

How to Understand the Manifested Presence of God

What A. W. Tozer May Have Meant: I have read a phrase in some of Tozer’s writings, the “manifested presence of God.” I understood him to mean the difference between the omnipresence of God and the experienced presence of God: “God is everywhere” compared to “God is here.” For example, look at what David said, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” and, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” No one can escape from the omni-presence of God. We should pursue the “manifested” […]

Let’s Be More Reasonable With Each Other

Recently, a friend posted: Reasonable people can see the same facts and come to different conclusions. People can be wrong without being stupid, deluded or evil. If you have opinions, you should actively seek the best and most principled people who disagree with them to test whether you are correct. If your argument takes the form of “the same people who say thing X also say thing Y and that makes them hypocritical” you’re only attacking the worst advocates of thing X, rather than making a good case for what you believe. Do not be scared of changing your […]

Selective Application of Scripture (Matthew chapter 7)

I was recently told: Some people believe, and some people don’t. Bad logic is picking and choosing which bible verses or “versions” of G-d (the spiteful god, the loving, compassionate god, etc.) you want to use to justify whatever subject is being discussed. That’s how modern Christianity can somehow condemn homosexuality and in the next breath, justify capital punishment. The context of this comment was a discussion about the basis of morality. Within that discussion, one of the contenders had played the “Judge Not” card. The “Judge Not” card seems to serve as a universal wildcard which always trumps […]

Can you explain to me why you feel it is wrong?

I recently took some bait. The bait was in the form of a question asking for discussion about the basis of morality. It is not possible to determine the tone of voice in a post. So, when I saw that my tone of voice was being misinterpreted, I dropped out of the thread… hoping to leave the door open for future friendly relationships. This is one of my own observations. The Bible is referenced in a very selective “picking and choosing” manner by someone critical of the Christian position. Then, at the end, a new critic joins in to say that Christians are […]