Monthly Archives: February 2017


Protected from the Bible – The Problem of Free Will

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Protected from the Bible

Free will means there’s responsibility attached to our choices. If there’s a price to pay for a given choice, the bill comes to us. Free will means that when we mess up, we are at least partly at fault. It’s hard to blame someone else for choices that we made. It’s much “nicer” to be able to say, “I was made that way”, or “It’s so-and-so’s” fault. We can absolve ourselves of all responsibility.


I didn’t know you prayed

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Protected from the Bible

This seems like a conversation that would really happen – someone praying that doesn’t normally pray, or maybe even for the first time. So – I had to look up this scenario, to find something on official “church” doctrine for when people pray for either the first time or maybe only rarely. I was disappointed. Even surprised. Very disappointed.


The problem of FUD – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

When you’re knee deep in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original task was to drain the swamp. When we’re up to our necks in suffer grief in all kinds of trials. – sometimes it’s hard to remember the original task was receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


Unintended Consequences – CA SB 1172

This is – first and foremost – a law that targets innocent children.
Really, all of this is over minor children. It says that parents can’t engage in conversion therapy for their minor children (for who, again, the parents have responsibility – to both the government and God). However, when that minor child turns 18, they are free to get conversion therapy on their own.


The main thing – and the ten Commandments

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

So – what we end up with is a whole bunch of Christian denominations arguing over whose version is correct (and also first – even though none of these denominations (obviously) existed back in Moses’ time! They take their focus off the main thing (God) and appear to non-church people like everything they stand for is just made by man and doesn’t really mean anything.


Be careful what you ask for

What some of us may have a hard time realizing is that people with attitudes like this can actually reach a point where they’re quite “happy and content” with life as they know it. Notice – I put quotes around “Happy and content” – because it’s happiness and contentment as they know it. Never having allowed themselves to experience anything else – they assume that whatever they now have in life is as good as it’s going to get.


Protected from the Bible – too much reality?

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Protected from the Bible

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Protected from the Bible Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. I received this from biblegateway.com  today as the “verse of the day”. At first I thought it was a good reminder. Then I thought it’s also important that we not be separated in the other direction.  You know – Jesus will always love us, but sometimes we lose our feeling of love for Him. Then – I noticed there’s a verse missing in the middle. Question – what’s that missing verse? Well – here it is – and you can guess why it was left out – Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;     we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who […]


People shouldn’t be protected from the Bible

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Protected from the Bible

It’s no different now that it was before. Going all the way back to Genesis. God says one thing – people want to believe another. We say times have changed. We say people have changed. We say God has changed. Truth is – Qoheleth (aka The Teacher, Solomon) was right …


Jesus – God, or just a prophet?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

All of this sounds very good. There’s nothing in here that, as Christians, we would disagree with. All is well. But – is it really? I left out some things. Some very important things. All of the parts where Islam and Christianity disagree as to who Jesus really is. Below is the full text of the quotes from the Qu’ran – words that present a very different picture from the Jesus that we know and love, and count on for our hope of salvation and everlasting life.


God: Christianity and Islam – Home page

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

… in the very first article – “what religion was Abraham” – that there are promises made by God (the Jewish and Christian God of the Old Testament) to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael. At the beginning of this whole controversy – Abraham – there was a common God. A God that made promises to Abram / Abraham, Sarai / Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac.
It’s not unlike the scenario we have today with the various religions / denominations / sects that believe the others are apostates that will go to Hell. They started out believing the same thing. Then something changed.


I can’t read – in The Bible and The Qur’an

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

In any case – we seem to have one (or both) of the scenarios from Isaiah –
Isa 11-12 What you’ve been shown here is somewhat like a letter in a sealed envelope. If you give it to someone who can read and tell her, “Read this,” she’ll say, “I can’t. The envelope is sealed.” And if you give it to someone who can’t read and tell him, “Read this,” he’ll say, “I can’t read.”