A Simplistic Parable About Worldviews

I’m occasionally befuddled by the simplicity with which large portions of the planet’s population seem to thrive. I’m reminded of Socrates: “The unexamined life is the life not worth living”. I think he was being extreme, but the fact remains: if a life (or a worldview) is not examined, one cannot realistically expect consistent success, […]

New Garden Parallels

When things are new, the Bible lays out a peculiar set of similarities:

First Time

Everything is new Adam and Eve tempted in a garden They ate forbidden fruit They were naked and ashamed A curse fell upon man and his offspring

Second Time

Everything was renewed Noah planted a garden […]

If God Were Arminian…

Arminians (and many like-minded believers) insist that God only does to us what we do first. I find that problematic for many reasons, not the least of which is that the Bible tells us explicitly that we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), and Jesus said that His disciples (and surely […]

Twelve Tribes and Disciples

There are a number of parallels between the Twelve Tribes and the Twelve Disciples. Many of them are kinda/sorta obvious. Here’s a weird one that struck me the other day. It’s not so obvious.

In the Canaanite famine, the 12 sons of Jacob were sent by God to Egypt to live and eventually become the […]

Hades, Hell & Sheol

The following is a brief article on the topic of hell. I wrote it for a person who doesn’t have English as his first language.

Question: Is there any place in the Bible that says that demons are guardians in hell?

Answer: I know of none. Let us see what the Bible says […]

Help Who?

I’m genuinely surprised at the number of Christians who do not know that the Bible is pretty restrictive about how to go about helping “widows and orphans”. Recently I’ve been told that as Christians, we’re to give without considering whom we give to or how we give – just give to anyone that asks you, […]

Is Love the only fruit?

Every now and then I see someone read about the fruits of the Spirit in Gal 5:23-25 and pause at the singular use of the word “fruit”. Invariably, someone will say that the fruit of the Spirit is love, and that love expresses itself in all the other traits listed in Galatians.

I think that’s […]

Pendulum

Understanding God is paramount.

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who […]

Global Flood?

I frequently hear people trot out “reasons” why the Noahic Flood account in Genesis can’t be literal or global. I just have to scratch my head.

If you claim to believe the Bible, then you need to take the Bible’s view on the Noahic Flood: There is no place anywhere in the Bible that treats […]

Devine Deceit

Is it ever right to do wrong to do right?

Generally, the answer is no.

But is it ever right to lie?

Interestingly enough, the Bible shows us that the answer can be ‘yes’.

Here’s a brief list of people in the Bible that lied or deceived other people and (apparently) received blessings from God […]