Monthly Archives: September 2013

God sometimes wrongly expects us to change

The Bible is a love story. The two main characters are God and the nation of Israel. Reading the Bible is like reading a romance novel. God is the groom. Israel is described as the bride. God even makes the … Continue reading

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Jesus was not a fatalist

The Pharisees in the time of Jesus were fatalists (see Josephus on this). Fatalism seems to be the default human belief. We find it as far back as Job. Job’s friends try to explain to him that things just do … Continue reading

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non-sequitur calvinists

In this video, a slightly bearded man attempts to mock “Arminians” as to what their prayer should be. Follow his logic. 1. There has been a bunch of meetings about this; we even wrote out prerecorded statements. Why aren’t Christians … Continue reading

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josephus on the pharisees sadducees and essenes

Here is Josephus (37AD-100AD) talking about the trends in Judaism around the time of Christ. Pay attention to the afterlife, fate, and salvation: Now, for the Pharisees, they live meanly, and despise delicacies in diet; and they follow the conduct … Continue reading

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communism in acts

Karl Marx summed up Communism with the phrase: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Communism is the principle that people pool resources and the resources are then distributed according to people’s needs. People have … Continue reading

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God changes the future

If the future is set, either by God’s foreknowledge or by God’s decree, then there should be no such thing as the future being changed. Either God would have always known the new events would happen (making second set of … Continue reading

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miracle fatigue

The modern world really doesn’t understand our current wealth. A large section of society even believes they would be able to survive off the land if they were forced to do so. Nature wants to kill us, it is only … Continue reading

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mortality and the western mindset

There is a very interesting article on the blog Experimental Theology in which the author discusses the difference between educated Western sensibilities and those of prison inmates. I’ve read some of the most scandalous passages in the bible to men … Continue reading

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neglected verses – John 2 15

Joh 2:15 When He [Jesus] had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. The picture of Jesus that … Continue reading

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who would Jesus bomb

LewRockwell has an interesting article basically asking “Who would Jesus bomb?” I never understood those who used that phrase as a rhetorical device. Of course they believe the answer should be “no one”, but this is ignoring basic Christian doctrine. … Continue reading

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