In the first part of this post, I tried to Biblically ground a concept of “holy love” which integrates what we know of God’s love with the revelation that He is also a consuming fire and has sometimes enacted terribly violent judgments. Now I move on to apply that to the problems we see in the Old … Continue reading "Election, Israel, and Yahweh’s Consuming Fire: Part 2"
The Cure That Killed the Patient The Old Testament can be a very scary place. You can’t disagree if you’ve read much of it at all, unless of course you like massive body counts and total destruction. From the frequent application of the death penalty to the bloody conquests of Israel over the Canaanite peoples, … Continue reading "Election, Israel, and Yahweh’s Consuming Fire"
In my previous post Heaven Is a Myth. Sort Of. I began the question of what the Bible really teaches about heaven. I suggested that most popular ideas of heaven are myths, though I did not specify exactly what is mythical and what is real. Finally, I listed the three Biblical “places” people call “heaven.” … Continue reading "The Real Heavens of God’s Word"
The Christian life is a complex one. On one hand, we are righteous, and truly so, as I explained in a recent post. But on the other hand, we clearly continue to sin and get tangled up in the problems of this age. As John tells us, “If we say that we have no sin, … Continue reading "For Now, I Am Sinner and Saint (Simul Justus et Peccator)"
“Jesus paid it all / all to Him I owe.” Some hymns have the most wonderful truths, don’t they? Jesus paid it all. We are saved by Christ alone. In practice, we don’t always believe this. We think that the strength of our faith, the degree of our obedience, or the purity of our motives … Continue reading "Christ Alone: Absolutely Wonderful!"