God expects us to continually improve our understanding of the physical, and scientific investigation has developed a more erudite grasp of our universe. God also encourages us to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the spiritual. We humans, unfortunately, have failed to pursue the requisite wisdom. Our intellectual progress in the spiritual has not matched our growing knowledge of the physical, and this simple fact is the crux of the conflict between science and Christianity.
So there is the challenge. Christianity needs to experience the refreshing clarity of a theological renaissance. Can we unite the essence of the wonderful, loving, spiritual message we received over 2000 years ago with 21st century knowledge?
April 22, 2014
April 19, 2014
“”Cold winter rain poured down on the Mitchell
house. Rick and Phillip were sitting at the kitchen table. Rick fiddled
aimlessly with a glass of Coke. Phillip was sprawled out on his chair, bored by
a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do. They talked about football, last
year’s season, and their chances for next fall. It was a conversation they had
many times. Then the front door flew open, and Abigail struggled into the
foyer. She took off her wet raincoat, shook her head so her hair would fall
down around her shoulders, and put her coat into the hall closet. Then she came
into the kitchen.
“Just the man I want to see,” she said, looking
directly at Rick. “I have a book for you.”
Abigail reached into a brown paper bag she was
carrying, pulled out a black book, and handed it to Rick. He took the book and
looked at the cover.
“It’s a Bible!” he said with some wonder.
“Yes, and it’s for you to read—cover to cover.”
“But I thought you were an atheist,” he said.
Abigail sat down at the table and looked
thoughtfully at the two boys. Then she turned to Rick.
“Phillip is interested in computers and software. He
follows after me,” Abigail said with some pride. “But you seem to be more
interested in philosophy and ideas. So here is a book for you to read—and I
expect you to read it.”
Although Rick had read parts of the Bible, he had
not given it much thought. He was puzzled by Abigail’s insistence he read the
“Okay, I’ll read it—but you still didn’t tell me why
you, of all people, a strict atheist, want me to read the Bible.”
Abigail looked at Rick with some determination in
“If you are going to be a man of ideas, of
philosophy, then you must read and understand this book. It describes the
greatest system of philosophy mankind has ever produced.”
“But you don’t believe this stuff—”
“The truths in this book are universal,” Abigail
interrupted with some intensity. “I may choose not to believe in God. But
nevertheless, the characters we meet in the Bible are dramatic and the drama is
ageless. There are lessons of history. There is spiritual vision, moral right
and wrong, the best and worst of human behavior, and the experience of both
pain and joy. The Bible’s authors tell us about marriage, divorce, adultery,
obedience, authority, honesty, parenting, nature, and much more. No other book
has had a greater influence on humanity because in its essence, this book is
Abigail paused thoughtfully. “I suppose you can say...
we are the people in the Bible.”
Phillip looked over at his mother. “Do I have to
“Yes, as soon as Rick has finished, he can give it
to you—and you can expect me to quiz you both about the content.”
Phillip looked over at Rick and smiled with a
certain resignation. His mother could be a woman of great determination.””
From: The Angels’ Footpath
April 14, 2014
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March 31, 2014
Think about it. If you were God, how would you reach out to humanity? When the content of Bible was created; radio, television, newspaper, magazine, telephone, and Internet media did not exist. There was only a limited supply of the materials needed to create written records and they would have been difficult to use. Making copies was a laborious manual task. Most of the people you want to reach cannot read or write.
So how do you convey your message to humanity? By inspiring selected humans to create a story that incorporates your message, and then having it repeated over and over again as people travel from land to land. Eventually, your message is converted into a written form that can be copied and sent everywhere your messengers go. By this means, you are able to teach and guide humanity. It’s not perfect. But it works.
Given that it was written over a period of 1,600 years, the content of the Bible has an amazing continuity. It conveys a caring message of inspiration and comfort to the millions who turn to it for counsel. Although the Bible presents us with a text drawn from another age, its lessons are timeless, the characters we meet are dramatic, and the drama is ageless. There is a unity of purpose. There are prophecies and the lessons of history. There is moral right and wrong, the best and worst of human behavior, and the experience of both pain and joy. The Bible is a book about tribes, families and individuals. The Bible’s authors tell us about marriage, divorce, adultery, obedience, authority, honesty, parenting, nature, revelation, behavior, God, and much more. It presents us with real life stories of spiritual vision, high ideals, and great moral depth.
So there you are. No other book has had a greater influence on humanity because in its essence, this book is about us. We are the people in the Bible. It connects us with the compassion and wisdom of God. And that is why it has endured.
March 29, 2014
March 26, 2014
In other words, the U. S. had no intention of conducting a religious war against the Muslims of Tripoli.