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Protected from the Bible – Who’s in Hell

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

It’s easy to get mad at God because of Hell. But we have to remember – no, we have to know that Hell wasn’t made for us. We also have to realize that we don’t go their without plenty of warnings from God – and from our own choice. Some go so far as to “condemn” God – without realizing what’s even going on.


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.


God or the Devil – who is winning you over?

  “”It’s a test, David. Don’t you see? I bet those demons told God that you would run with your tail tucked between your legs at the first sign of difficulty.” She shoved her finger downward. “But God said, ‘No! Not David Chance!’” Yes – the image at the left is kind of cute.   And that’s how too many people view the devil / demons. And angels as well. They’re just a “story”.  Maybe even just a way to make funny commercials where we choose between food that’s good for us versus something that we want to eat that maybe isn’t do good. Post Views: 5


The problem of Global Warming

What’s the real problem of Global Warming? Arrogance. Here in California where I am, you can no longer build a house with a fireplace.  At least “regular” people can’t.  I’m sure that with enough money and loopholes, the rich people can do it.  But the average person can’t.  Because we will make global warming worse. There are also days when those of us in old houses that do have fireplaces are told we can’t use them.  Because we will make global warming worse. I’m waiting for the day when we’re told we can’t use our outdoor BBQ any more either. Because we will make global warming worse. Arrogance. Seriously. Look at this picture:   This is a picture from a forest fire raging in Alberta Canada as I’m writing this. Now – ask yourself – does this contribute to global warming? Does it maybe contribute to global warming more than some fireplaces and bbqs? And it’s not like this is the only fire.  There are lots of them. When I was in school – we used to be taught that things like forest fires were “nature’s” way of taking care of those forests.  The old / dead stuff was burned […]


Not a madman?

For, this fellow-man of yours is not a madman; Quick – who said that in the midst of an end-time prophecy? And what’s the significance of it? Here’s a hint.  Just before this, the prophecy includes these things: the sun goes dark the stars go dark mountains vanish the seas are boiling Hell and paradise can both be seen the deeds of men are made known OK – who is it? Post Views: 6


God: Believe in, Believe, or Follow Him?

  For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. Deuteronomy 30:16 NIV   Sometimes the Bible says “believe in”. Searching the NIV for the words “believe in” yields 27 results.  All of them have to do with believing in God.  Three are from the Old Testament.  The other 24 are from the New Testament, and refer specifically to Jesus.  For instance,  Jn 6:28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jn 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Other times it says “believe”. Searching the NIV for the word “believe” yields 150 results.  Not all of them refer to God – some refer to believing (or not) other people.   Twenty of them are in the Old Testament.  The other 130 are in the New Testament.   Jn 5:36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father […]


The Next Life: better, worse, the same, or non-existent?

  What’s your hope for the next life?  Better?   Worse?   The same?   Or that there won’t be a next life?   There’s really no other choices .  Logically, it must be one of these.  So pick one! Hoping there won’t be a next life Strictly speaking, not having a next life may be redundant – at least for some people.  Those that have thought of nothing after this life may have already decided whether that’s better, worse, or no different than the life they now have. So let’s start with that one. It’s kind of depressing.  No – it’s just plain depressing.  The thought of this being “it” – with nothing to follow – makes life seem pointless.  Suggestion: having been there myself, thinking this life is pointless – either try to find a way to make this life meaningful – or try to find a way to make the next one better.  (More on that thought later.) At the risk of sounding too “Pollyanna” – even doing something to try to make the next life be better will make this one seem better.  And even if there’s no life after this, at least this one will […]


The problem of faith 1

   Heb 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.   Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Circular logic? Or a leap of faith as the only way to the truth? Or – is it always true, no matter what we think?   Think about it – before leaping to a decision.   Here’s the thing – if you reject the Bible – the question actually becomes moot, because the assumptions are also rejected.  If that’s where you’re at, and have no desire to examine further – that’s OK.  But guess what.  It’s still true.  Because if you don’t believe in God, you have faith that He doesn’t exist.  And your reward will be appropriately based on that.   Again – think about it before rejecting the logic.   If there is a Heaven, you won’t be there, for the very reason stated above – because you have faith that it doesn’t […]


Islam – peace, love and hope introduction 2

  So – I feel like God’s been pushing me into doing research on Islam. Not nudging – or guiding – or anything like that. Because I’ve been ignoring those. No – it’s pushing.   The people of three religions claim Abraham as the father of their religion. Is it realistic to think that he’d want the three of them to hate each other?   If we look at Genesis 21:11 -13 to see how Abraham reacted when Ishmael was sent away – I think we can get the answer to this question – Ge 21:11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring.” So we see the Abraham cared about what happened to Ishmael. And, we see the God promised to make him into a great nation. To tell the truth – for a long time I thought maybe God made Ishmael into a great […]


God, The Father – Friend or Foe? A look at Pharaoh.

“God has not forgotten you.”   When you hear that – does it make you happy? Or would you rather that God would just forget you?  Interestingly enough – if you really want Him to forget you, He will.  Eventually. But you have to ask yourself, “Is that what I really want?”       If you believe God’s your friend – you’re undoubtedly happy to remember that God will never forget you. If you believe God’s your enemy – you’re likely wishing that He would just forget all about you. BTW – if you answered that question with either yes or no – but you consider yourself an atheist – I have to ask you – who is it exactly that you wish would forget you? This is something I still don’t understand about atheists – how you can get so worked up over something that you are so sure doesn’t exist!  What’s the point?  Why waste the time? Or is it that maybe God is in you somewhere – trying to stir up your interest in Him?   So – let’s get on with it. God was cruel and mean to Pharaoh This is along the lines of […]


Do you care if human pregnancy evolved because of a virus?

  If someone were to tell you that roughly 100 million years ago, our ancestors were infected by parasitic DNA, which copied and pasted itself throughout their genomes—and that this was linked to the evolution of modern human pregnancy – what would you think? how would you react?    This is originally from October 2, 2011.  Updates are in rust colored italics.  I had a hard time with this title. It was going to be something like: Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb. or maybe: Did Human Pregnancy Evolve Because of an Infection? Eventually, I went with Who cares about religion? That was three years ago.  Now, obviously, I changed it and went for Do you care if human pregnancy evolved because of a virus?  I think it’s more representative of the topic.  It also gets to the heart of the matter of choice.  Do you want to just accept what it says – that human pregnancy evolved (as opposed to us being created this way) and that this evolution was caused by a virus? The first two choices were the subtitle and title for an article in Slate yesterday. It starts off with – If someone […]


Who’s afraid of science? (has been updated)

  Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against __________. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see. There have been sad cases among the modern physicists. If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don’t let him get away from that invaluable ‘real life’. But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is ‘the results of modern investigation’. Do remember you are there to fuddle him. From the way some of you young ______ talk, anyone would suppose it was our job to teach! Is Someone Afraid Of Science? Clearly, the answer is yes. But – who?   This was originally written on January 28, 2011.  Updates are in rust colored italics. OK – it’s purple italic text above, so it’s quoted from someplace. But I’m not going to tell you where – not yet. Also – note there are two words that are left out. Here’s the question. Who exactly […]


Is God Loving – or Angry?

Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, Ro 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  So – which one is it? To borrow a question from an old game show – ‘Will the “real” God please stand up?’   I’m re-writing this now for one person in particular – and for anyone who needs it in general.   Since I had a allotted amount of time in the original, it was pretty short.  The parts that I added for the online version are in rust colored italics.  I wrote this back in February, 2011 for a talk I was giving.  The topic was “Who gets the credit”.  Maybe that seems like an odd combination – asking “who gets the credit” and “is God living or angry” at the same time.  Hopefully, by the end, it won’t seem so odd.  And […]