The Christian faith isn't about being "good" and trying not to do anything "wrong." #Jesus wasn't just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him - a relationship severed by my rejection and … Continue reading #GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.”
I only opened the door because I thought it was a delivery. I've been doing a bunch of online Christmas shopping. There was no smiling Amazon box on my porch. It was a smiling guy wearing a tie, holding a zippered book and what appeared to be a Bible tucked in his armpit. Thought Bubble: … Continue reading “Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?”
How did I not know this? Anti-theist, Richard Dawkins believes in the possibility of intelligent design: "It could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, by probably some kind of Darwinian means, to a very, very high level of technology and … Continue reading Richard Dawkins acknowledges the possibility of Intelligent Design…
Been thinking about something Richard Dawkins said when he spoke about meeting someone who claims to be religious: "Mock them. Ridicule them. In public." Religion "needs to be ridiculed. With contempt." And the crowd he addressed laughed and cheered and applauded. I don't agree. I can't fathom a single situation in which contemptuous ridicule is … Continue reading Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.”
Re-written is one way to say it. But the word "re-written" tends to imply the Bible has been edited and re-interpreted multiple times over hundreds of years, resulting in an irretrievable loss of the original content. The implication of the word "re-written" is widespread error and intentional manipulation by the fallible humans who did the … Continue reading We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.
When I work as a computer trainer and consultant, I offer potential or new clients a free "needs analysis." It didn't take me long to realize that most of these clients fall into one of three categories: 1. They know exactly what they need, and they are right. They understand their situation and possibilities. 2. … Continue reading doubt assumptions, ask questions, search for answers.
I got cocky. I thought I could logically justify my faith in God. You'll find some Christians who'll tell you they can do it. not me. not anymore. When someone told me my faith was illogical, irrational and unreasonable, I bristled. Or should I say, my ego bristled? I challenged them to prove it. They … Continue reading toxic concoction.
It's taken me months to nail down the problem. WHY did I shut down after publishing my "Christ-centered church" series? I couldn't even think about public speaking. In most interpersonal conversations, I didn't go near a discussion about faith. I couldn't write a word in "my" book. I couldn't even open the document. Anything I … Continue reading the donkey is busy.
If you're new to the party, HERE are the previous posts in this series. If you want to skip the history and prefer the twitter version, I'm having an ongoing conversation with a born-again atheist. When I say "born-again atheist" I mean he was a born again Christian, but is now an atheist. Note: Wrapping … Continue reading conversations with a born-again atheist: abandoning Santa.