Another Failed Religion

Throughout history, we see attempt after attempt by man to overcome the dark side of humanity and placate God, who was thought to be the origin of punishment when man suffered consequences for his poor decisions.  The authors of the books of the bible frequently illustrate this.  Those who recognize the existence of a creator intuitively … Continue reading Another Failed Religion

Pot-bound

Have you ever seen a pot-bound plant?  Perhaps you’ve bought a plant from a nursery that’s been sitting on the shelf for a long time.  You remove the plant from the pot—roots, soil, and all—intending to plant it in the ground.  What you find is that the plant has become pot-bound.  The roots are winding … Continue reading Pot-bound

Fear-Based Decisions

As is typically the case, fear is driving the discussion in virtually every facet of American political life.  Fomenting fear is a very useful tool to those seeking political power.  Encourage people to be afraid and promise them a solution--a solution that always involves the political leaders handling the problem through The System.  All that's … Continue reading Fear-Based Decisions

Life and Death Decisions

People frequently walk through life with two mental crutches:  politics and religion.  These crutches are mechanisms that people frequently use to avoid dealing with problems.  These crutches form barriers to relationships and inhibit personal growth.  They retard the development of wisdom, resilience, and courage.  When we lean on the mechanism of religion as a replacement for … Continue reading Life and Death Decisions

Political Solutions to Spiritual Problems

I’m currently reading Has Christianity Failed You? by Ravi Zacharias.  A brief portion of it (p. 32) deals with the issue of political solutions to moral problems, and his message is as appropriate today as it ever was.  Ravi observes that political solutions to moral problems always involve fear of punishment.  Jesus, alternatively, offers freedom. … Continue reading Political Solutions to Spiritual Problems

What is Faith?

Too often, Christians link faith with blind adherence to a prescribed set of claims.  This is one of the facets of the “religion” part of Christianity that I find to be overwhelmingly detrimental both to adherents and to non-believers. “Just believe it.  It’s right there in the Bible.  Yes, there are many that disagree with … Continue reading What is Faith?

Is the Bible the Word of God – Part VI: Conclusion

To read this series from the beginning, start here: Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V This last post of the series has been the most difficult to write.  That may be because, despite the fact that I’ve gleaned so much from studying this issue, I realize more than ever how much I … Continue reading Is the Bible the Word of God – Part VI: Conclusion

Is the Bible the Word of God? – Part V: Difficulties

Part I Part II Part III Part IV My experience is that the vast majority of Evangelical Christians will tell you that they would stake their life on the belief that the Bible is the Word of God, but very few could present a cogent argument to support their claim.  Over the years, I’ve had … Continue reading Is the Bible the Word of God? – Part V: Difficulties