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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. […]


The problem of “Ask and you will receive”

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

Yes, John’s Gospel really does record Jesus saying “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete”.  And you know what?  If that was the only thing Jesus said – it might even mean what too many of us think it does / should mean.  But there are two problems with that line of thinking.


Is God sitting this one out? Or is it us sitting it out?

When we want something to happen but it doesn’t, sometimes we say “God is sitting this one out”.  But is it really true that God is sitting it out?   Is it ever true?  
When we don’t get what we want, it’s east to blame it on God.  We just claim that God is sitting it out.  It’s easier that saying that maybe it’s our fault.


The Universe Should Not Actually Exist, Scientists Say. And yet …

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

God said He created the universe.   Science says the universe should not exist.  And yet it does indeed exist.  And you, the reader, along with me and those very scientists, are living proof that it does.


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.


You dwell in a tired sigh

There’s room for plenty of tired sighs. Let’s add another line to this:
you dwell in a hopeless cry,
you dwell in a tired sigh.
Is that more like it? Does that describe your situation even better, that hopeless cry? Question: who is in that hopeless cry / tired sigh with you?


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 […]


Another sad day. And yet, … 2

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Learning from dogs

However, there’s another choice – remember the sadness, acknowledging the hole left in our lives – but also remember all the happy times, the things they brought to our lives, and the things they brought and continue to bring to other people’s lives.  


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?


The problem of – With all your mind. Or not?

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Jesus added “with all your mind”.   That wasn’t in the Old Testament.  Was that an error?  A mistake?  Or did Jesus add the mind for a reason?


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.


Count the cost 2

I do know now, after these past 7 years.  Some of it was for others, based on feedback I’ve received.  Some of it was certainly for me.  The cost has been high.  And yet, looking at the image at the top, I realize that when we’re talking about this particular cost, it’s really not necessary to blow up the budget – because the budget is way bigger than we can even begin to realize.  


Take a stand!

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series A land flowing with milk and honey

What I’m looking at for this topic is the kind of slavery we allow to come on ourselves.  It starts as something “innocent”, or so we think.  It’s a thrill, or so we think, We can control it, or so we think.  Then it ruins our lives, maybe even in spite of what we think.  It could be nearly anything – work, money, alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography – you name it, we can become addicted to it. Those are the kinds of things Paul was talking about in Galatians.


The God of milk and honey versus the god of money

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series A land flowing with milk and honey

Increasingly, with the god of money taking over.  We are killing off the physical bees, and therefore the physical honey.  We are also putting the physical cows, and therefore the physical milk, in danger.  Because of our increasing preference for the god of money over the God of the Bible, we are also destroying the things that are behind the deeper meaning of a land flowing with milk and honey.  Because of the god of money, we are willing to destroy the wonderful things given to us in the beginning – during creation – those things that sustain life and make it good.  The things that used to make the U.S. a land flowing with milk and honey, but seem to be going in the direction of stopping the flow.


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.