Was Jesus… fun?…

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.”
Job 8:21
I have never seen someone talk about the “Doctrine of Fun.” And if we Christians are honest, most of the depictions of Christ in the arts are of Him in a stern or serious mood. Most of our history’s revolutionaries had to climb mountains of adversity, so much of our imagery of  them is in that hard hue. It makes sense. Yet I can find many photographs of Gandhi’s lighter side. We have pictures of Winston Churchill laughing. But what about Christ?

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Is The Old Testament Moral? Part 6

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”

Don’t Lose Your Heart When Building Your Mind

As a new believer in my early twenties I fell in love with apologetics. At the time I was in the prime of my academic career and had few of life’s major pressures — no mortgage, no family, no wife, no business. So all of my excess testosterone was put into service in the realm of mental warfare. After all, why would God give me so much energy and passion and a confrontational personality if He didn’t want me to ”go to war” to grow the Kingdom? Continue reading “Don’t Lose Your Heart When Building Your Mind”

Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5

In PART 4 of our series “Is the Old Testament Moral?” we looked at the death penalties listed in the Old Testament. We argued that God is right in ordering the death of certain people who commit certain sins. And He has no problem using regular people to carry out His penalties. If we successfully defended the notion of capital punishment for individuals than it should be possible to apply this same judgment on a large scale. In short, it should be possible to identify scenarios in which God asked people to carry out the death penalty on an entire tribe or nation. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5”

Is The Old Testament Moral? SECTION TWO of PART 4

In our first section in this Part 4 of “Is the Old Testament Moral?” we looked at whether or not a death penalty was morally justifiable. Having determined that it was not an immoral concept we will now move on to evaluate the type of crimes for which the Old Testament justice system required a penalty of death. Can we defend the Mosaic period’s penal code from a sophisticated and modern perspective? Continue reading “Is The Old Testament Moral? SECTION TWO of PART 4”