A modern take on the ageless parable of the prodigal son:
I think you can make a rational case supporting the Christian worldview. No other worldview is as logically feasible as Christianity. This is why I am an intellectually fulfilled follower of the Way (the original label for Christians). Yet, this is not the main reason I take comfort in my bible. The main thrust of my confidence in being an obedient Christian comes from a curious phenomenon that occurs when I lay my soul bare at night. When I’m hovering over my bible by candle light (unnecessary in our modern times but an extremely joyous practice — try it) a form of magic seems to take place. Soaked in prayer, note book in hand and Scripture at my disposal, I seem to be swimming in a womb that is bathing my deepest and most secret wounds. I find a gentle probing into my mind and heart that seems to tease out the doubts, fears and questions I have about my life and my future. This is not an intellectual exercise — which is the only thing available to a materialist — but transportation into a realm of transformation. I cannot prove it logically or with direct evidence. But I could prove it by dying for it.
the following is a translation of the letter to the Galatians by Paul into my own understanding. This is NOT an official translation of Scripture. It is the words and ideas of a non-theologian. An average dude that wanted to put what he read in the bible into his own words. Based on his own knowledge and experience. Please use it as a interesting side exercise in your bible study. Nothing more!
Verses 1 – 5:
Greetings from me, Paul. I’m an apostle. That means I was not given a certificate by a bunch of men or from a government. No, being an apostle means much more than that. It means, as you all know, that God Himself chose me to deliver a message from Him to all humanity. Only a few people have this apostle-hood. I’m one of them. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God the Father have sent me to you. God the Father brought Jesus back to life after the gruesome crucifixion. Men can’t do that. Only God can. And He did. Also, remember that all the hard core Christians who are suffering for the Gospel message have supported me in coming to you and they approve of what I have to say.
When God formed His nation in the desert — and eventually the Promised Land — He taught His people more than His Moral Law. He gave the Israelites guidelines for public sanitation and day-to-day economics. The book of Leviticus contains such an oddity of “old world” laws that the modern reader can be confused as to why they would be necessary. It is often a target of ridicule for non-Christians to quote Old Testament guidelines, making Judaism seem like so many other voodoo religions with superstitious rules. Continue reading “Is The Old Testament Moral? Part 6”
Two years ago a childhood friend of mine reached out. We hadn’t spoken in years but had been very close as youth. He was going through a difficult time in his life and wanted to know how a man begins to follow God. I was excited to help someone I loved to begin their journey into Eternal Life so I created two “manuals” that described the basics of salvation and sanctification. Continue reading “2 manuals on how to be saved”
Look at a world map. Except for the uninhabited poles, every continent on planet Earth has several Flood Myths. And this stems back thousands of years, effectively as far back as we have recorded history. Even Australia’s Aborigines tribes speak of a deluge. The Indian subcontinent has its fair share. Africa? Yep. So do Europeans and the British islands. North, Central and South Americas have a gang of flood accounts too. China is no different. By the way, as a point of interest the word for “boat” in Chinese is made up of the characters for “vessel,” “eight” and “mouths/persons.” Funny thing is, the first boat mentioned in Genesis is the vessel of Noah’s Ark with a total of 8 mouths on board. Continue reading “WHEN HUMANITY DROWNED Part 1: When Was Noah’s Flood”