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"
“So now he’s saying heaven is a myth. What has gotten into Caleb’s brain today?” This is may be something like the reaction you had to the title of this post. And that’s probably justified. I’ve already pulled pretty well the same stunt with I Don’t Believe in Hell a while back. It’s just that heaven … Continue reading "Heaven Is a Myth. Kind Of."
People have a lot of funky ideas about the Bible. And it’s no wonder, given that it is the worldwide bestseller, was completed 2000 years ago, and is revered as God’s word by many millions of people. Anything with that kind of place in the world is bound to find several strange receptions. One thing which frequently happens with the Bible is … Continue reading "Misconceptions about Misconceptions about the Bible"
“I just believe the Bible.” People say this a lot, and in a previous post of mine I examined why that’s not really true for anyone. That said, there is a worthy ideal behind that statement. Pardon my Protestantism showing, but I believe we are called as Christians to subject all of our thoughts and … Continue reading "How To Be a True Biblicist (Or, Unexpected Truth about Taking the Bible Seriously)"
“I’m not perfect, just forgiven.” “The only difference between Christians and non-Christians is that we’ve accepted God’s gift of forgiveness.” Ever heard anything like these? Stuff like this is a common sentiment. Everyone’s a sinner, and Christians are just sinners who’ve had their sins cleared from their record before God. There is also a strong … Continue reading "The Bible Calls Us Saints, Not Sinners"
Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13b See that verse? It says something quite beautiful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. And is this not just what we need? If judgment triumphed over mercy, we would all be doomed, for instead of Christ on the Cross for us we would ourselves all suffer God’s wrath. Yet there is a … Continue reading "Grace > Wrath, Or “Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment”"
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He was lifted up and glorified, and then the Word was no longer flesh. Huh? I’ve heard it said by more than one person that Jesus is no longer human. Once … Continue reading "Jesus Is Still Human! (And Why It Matters)"
Isn’t the Bible so wonderful? Day after day, we are presented on Facebook with the many inspiring and heart-warming promises and truths from the Good Book. We all know them. We can be confident in all our pursuits since “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Never do … Continue reading "May God Destroy You and Your Children"
When it comes to a good book, Stephen King’s résumé just can’t compare. Thirty-nine plus twenty-seven equals sixty-six books. And if you’re Catholic, there’s even more. So goes the absurd rap parody, “Baby Got Book.” And it is correct. The Bible is actually 66 books. But from the way many people, both Christians and skeptics, … Continue reading "God Is One, The Bible Is Not"
All my life I heard Christians tell me to be careful about how my actions look to others. They bring out 1 Thessalonians 5:22 in the trusty KJV, which says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” So there you have it! “Don’t do anything,” you would hear, “that might look compromising.” Because of this belief, lots of … Continue reading "Yeah, About that “Abstain from All Appearance of Evil” Thing"