Are We Alone?   Recently updated !

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Science vs. God

Are we alone?  That’s one of the questions being asked by scientists.  It’s been out there for a long time.  And it’s back in the news again.  This time, it’s because of something spotted in space.  The full details are at: Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology, on msn.com, from an article by The Guardian.  The object is pictured to the right.   The following excerpt from the article is the topic today – “The chances that we’ll hear something are very small, but if we do, we will report it immediately and then try to interpret it,” Loeb said. “It would be prudent just to check and look for signals. Even if we find an artefact {British variant of artifact} that was left over and there are no signs of life on it, that would be the greatest thrill I can imagine having in my lifetime. It’s really one of the fundamental questions in science, perhaps the most fundamental: are we alone?” Are We Alone? While science looks for an answer, the Bible actually provides one.  No – we are not alone.  The puzzling thing about that answer is that too often we want nothing to do […]

are we alone? the question prompted by this object in space

Why is Christmas so scary? What it’s really about. 2

Why is Christmas so scary? Christmas.  It’s the time when we hear so much about how it brings out the best in people.  It’s time to give gifts.  It’s time to be nice to other people.  All those things. Scary stuff – isn’t it? And then there’s the baby – Jesus – the true “reason for the season”. A little baby. Very scary. Don’t laugh. It’s true. Updates This has been updated a couple times, including the new title – Why is Christmas so scary? And, what it’s really about. This one’s originally from 2011.  So – since we’re rapidly approaching one of the scariest times of the year for some people, it seems like a good time to update it again. Unlike most other updates, this is almost a rewrite, so I haven’t marked the latest ones. A very scary Christmas Christmas.  It’s the time when we hear so much about how it brings out the best in people.  It’s time to give gifts.  It’s time to be nice to other people.  All those things. Scary stuff – isn’t it? And then there’s the baby – Jesus – the true “reason for the season”. A little baby. Very scary. […]


Screwtape Letter – #1 – Questions

The Screwtape Letters – #1 And so it begins, but notice that it’s not at the beginning. Screwtape is responding to a letter that Wormwood wrote – but we don’t get to read. In fact – we never get to read what Wormwood writes – much as we never really get to “hear” what Satan “says” to us.  We are going to jump right in – so pay close attention to the characters!   My dear Wormwood, I note what you say about guiding your patient’s reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend. But are you not being a trifle naïve? It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep him out of the Enemy’s clutches. … Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong, or stark, or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That’s the sort of thing he cares about.   1.1) What is the relationship between Screwtape and Wormwood?       1.2) Why does Screwtape call the man “the patient”?          The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole […]


Using Mary and Joseph to defend relationships with underage girls

Can you believe that someone is using Mary and Joseph to defend relationships with underage girls?  While the title from msn.com is misleading, the idea of using Jesus, or Mary and Joseph to defend someone accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl is nothing short of disgusting.  This isn’t even about whether or not the allegations are true.  In this life, that’s for a court to decide.  And ultimately it’s between the accused and God. the allegations The msn.com article, ‘Mary Was a Teenager.’ Alabama Republican Uses Jesus to Defend Roy Moore, includes the excerpt below.  The title of this post was also the title of the msn.com item. Four women have told the Washington Post that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an adult. The women were between the ages of 14 and 18, while Moore was in his 30s at the time, according to the Post. Leigh Corfman, the woman who was 14 when she says Moore approached her, told the Post that Moore touched her over her bra and underwear and guided her hand to his underwear. The other three women did not have sexual contact that went beyond kissing. Moore denied the allegations on Thursday, […]


Who is afraid of science? God? Satan? You?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Science vs. God

On top of that, many people are taught that science is too hard to understand. The truth is, pretty much anything can be made to seem to hard to understand. If someone uses really big words – words that are only known to the “insiders” in whatever field it may be – anyone on the “outside” probably wouldn’t have a clue what’s being talked about. But it doesn’t have to be that way.


Is it true that God is “never gonna let me down”?

A person who attends church regularly – but still doesn’t know the back story behind the song – it’s perfectly reasonable to think that this song is written by someone who has had their life blessed by God and is celebrating that.  Which she is – don’t get me wrong.  But does the person singing the song know that Sarah wrote this song, not in spite of what happened in her life – but exactly because of what happened – and what God is doing for her?  I doubt that very much.


Which God provides salvation for us? New Site

While godversusreligion.com will continue to focus on God – often looking at the differences between what God says in the Bible and what religions say in their practices and interpretations of God’s Word – the new site – whichgodsaves.com will focus on the “gods” of different religions and how they view (or don’t) salvation – with salvation loosely defined as saving us for the next life, not for another life here on earth, and certainly not for oblivion after this life. 


Joseph – “The sun, moon and eleven stars bowed down to me”

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

Ge 37:9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
Cool.  Maybe.  Depends on what it means.  Why would the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bow down to someone – even if it was possible?
Maybe it would be good to put some context around this.  It’s from Genesis – chapter 37.  It was said by Joseph – you know – the kid with the coat of many colors. Why are we looking at this?  Because of a question that came up in a class – about what the sun and moon represent.  Were they about Joseph’s father and mother?  Or did they represent something else entirely?  And, if it’s not about Joseph’s parents, then doesn’t that even put the eleven stars into doubt – were they really about his brothers?  Let’s find out.


Friday the 13th is Christian?

… That’s why Christians call the Friday commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion Good Friday – not “horrible friday”.  One more time – not because of the way Jesus died, but because of the fact that we made Jesus’ death necessary by our own actions.  It’s Good Friday, because that death is what saves us from God’s judgement.


Are there assault weapons in Heaven? 4

Do you really think the God you claim to believe in and follow would be pleased about the part you play in this whole assault weapon industry?  Maybe you make them for sale to individuals.  Maybe you sell them.  Maybe you protect the right for people to have them – at the same time protecting our “right” to be killed by them?  Maybe you own one, claiming one of the reasons above for having it.  Would God be pleased with you?


Searching for hope – but not finding it?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series State of the Bible

“The results show that Americans overwhelmingly believe the Bible is a source of hope and a force for good even as they express growing concern for our nation’s morals.”
This is an interesting quote.  The bottom line is that “many” Americans are searching for something that Americans “overwhelmingly” believe is in the Bible.  However, even as that’s happening, they also think the country is going downhill.  What does that mean?


The problem of inerrancy

Someone asked a while back on one of the posts if I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. The implication was that no reasonable person could possibly believe such a thing.  After all – who could possibly believe that the earth was created in six literal days? Or that people walked with dinosaurs?  My answer would be something along the lines of – exactly where does the Bible say either of those things?  In fact – it doesn’t. The problem isn’t errors in the Bible – the problem is errors in people’s interpretation of the Bible.  If someone wants the Bible to say something – they’ll find a way to make that happen.  It’s human nature to do things like that.  And it’s not just with the Bible.   Look at statistics.  Having taken a few graduate level statistics courses and programmed several statistical analysis models – including for a motion picture studio and a US Navy contractor – I think I have a bit of a background to confirm an old saying – there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.  While they are purely mathematical in nature – they say what they say – the way people interpret […]


Oops…

I debated with myself about whether or not to post this, but given all the concern about internet security I decided it’s necessary. You may have noticed over the past week that there appeared to have been some issues with my site. I say “appeared” because there was no problem with the site, but it was impacted because of problems with someone else’s.  In addition to my own inspection using the tools I’ve purchased to try to keep this site safe, I also immediately initiated a third party inspection of the site for further verification. If you don’t understand the details below, just know that there was nothing wrong here.  I don’t ask for, and therefore don’t have, any personal information.  However, there’s always the risk of going to a web site and having your computer / tablet / phone infected because of a problem on the site you’re visiting.  That didn’t happen here either.  Finally, there’s the possibility of problems from spam email.  That didn’t happen here either. The details of what did happen. I was previously running in a shared hosting environment, meaning many other web sites were using the same IP address – which is how devices […]


Our accuser could be Moses?

Genesis – including the creation account – was written by Moses.  It was the beginning.  If we don’t believe it, then we’re calling it a lie.  And once we begin to call God a liar, how can we all of a sudden claim to believe anything at all that He says?  If we can’t accept the things are are plainly visible, how can we begin to accept the things that aren’t visible at all – let alone the things that will happen in the future?