Christianity


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

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. […]


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. 


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 […]


The problem of the parables of Jesus

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Parables of Jesus

The goal here … is to go back to the Old Testament references (if appropriate) and to look at what Jesus was saying to the people at His time.  Then, once we know what it meant to them, we can examine what it means to us today.


The problem of Good Deeds and Faith

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

Any attempt to say that we must have faith  and do stuff above and beyond that to earn our salvation – it takes away from Jesus’ death, as I mentioned – but it also takes away our only means to judge for ourselves whether or not our faith is real.  By saying that faith alone isn’t enough – people are taking away our ability to stand firm in our belief – before we die / before it’s too late – whether or not our faith is real and therefore whether or not we are saved.


This is what happens when you don’t believe in God

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Science vs. God

Without recognizing that we are special because we have the breath of life from God – I supposed there’s a lot to be afraid of.   Thinking that machines will self-actualize, like HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey, could lead one to be afraid of AI.  Knowing that it takes the breath of God to make us what we are, leads one to not be afraid of AI.  No matter how smart we may think we are – we don’t have, and never will have, the ability to give anything the breath of life from God. No.  It’s not AI that we need to be afraid of. …


Are Muslim and Christian “jihadists” driving us to the End-Times? 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series What God versus religion is about

In the days of Noah, people were evil in their hearts.  Tell me – how great is the evil in our hearts when even our talk of religion – what’s supposed to be our beliefs about God – turns into the kinds of things it is today?  How much evil does it take for one Catholic to call another Catholic equal to a jihadist?  How much evil does it take to have some Catholics call other Christians equal to a jihadist?


Religious Freedom in China – intro

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Religious regulation by government

Like the United States, The People’s Republic of China has freedom of religion.  It says so in the U S Constitution and in the PRC Regulations on Religious Affairs, so it must be true?  Right?   I mean – just look at the first amendment for the U. S. – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Surely all those laws we have that restrict and / or control what religions can say / do / believe can’t possibly go against this amendment. Can they? In the same way, Article 2 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs for China says – Citizens have freedom of religious belief. That must be equally as true as the one in the U S, right? Actually – they are pretty much equally true.  One difference is that in the U S, we pass separate laws chipping away at the freedom of religion.  In China, the Regulations of Religious Affairs document itself chips away at the freedom […]


The more you tighten your grip, Satan …

But with the spiritual war – there’s a danger with the killer instinct.  When Satan has someone down – going too far to beat the person into a feeling of hopelessness can actually be a bad thing.  As Screwtape tries to point out to his nephew – there’s a danger.  God does His greatest works with people in those really down moments.  There’s a fine line between someone being down and out – versus down and looking for help / hope.


Satan – beginning, end, and more

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Satan - The Beginning, The End, and Before The Beginning

Somewhere between those two extremes is realizing that Satan and his fallen angels do exist, and knowing enough about them that we won’t be one of those who get tricked or caught up in one of Satan’s traps – and losing our soul, as Jesus told us in this explanation of the Parable of The Sower –


The problem of Either/Or: Free Will vs Predestiny

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Many people take one side of an issue. It’s an either – or thing. .But what of there’s another possibility?
No – not a third option, but the possibility that “either” and “or” are both correct.
Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Especially when people are so passionate (stubborn?) about the issue.


The problem of “a Better Place”

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

What are we really doing when we say someone’s in “a better place”?
Being nice? We think so.
Lying? Probably.
Is being honest better?


The problem of a “pleasing aroma” to God

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

By now – hopefully the Christians who weren’t already aware of what these passages meant have now learned something. Something very hopeful, especially in times of trouble. For the non-Christians – I pray you have also learned something, and that this will help to change your view of what you maybe thought was a heartless God.


Are people really curious about the Bible?

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

This is a fascinating thought. People are curious – no doubt about that. And we often follow up on the things we’re curious about. So what’s different here? Why would so many people be curious about the Bible – but not follow up on it?


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.


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.