1) There are two possible reasons for us existing: one is God, and one is the absence of reason itself: random chance. There are perhaps three possible positions from the Christian point of view: God made the world in six days and Genesis is literally true, God made the world over a much longer period and perhaps employed evolutionary processes, and a universe came from nothing, in which life evolved entirely by chance. I will be dealing with what I consider to be the Biblical position (see my last but one post on Creation and Science for why), and dealing with the evolutionary alternative as best I can (no, I’m not an expert in that field, so if you have more info to offer, please do). So basic premise: Genesis true, or Evolution true… Continue reading →
The Bible clearly backs both of these points of view. Therefore it is imperative that we exclude neither. But how to do so, when they seem so opposed? Are they? And why are both included in scripture? How essential are they? Continue reading →
English: A bit of uniformity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It was a nice summer’s day today, (yes, this happens, even in the United Kingdom!) and so we went for a family picnic. Nature is truly a wonder: no single person has ever known all the different species and yet more are discovered even now. There are the many species of insects, mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, the microscopic, the beautiful and the repellent, the massive, and surrounding and dwarfing all the features and landmarks of such a variety of climates: deserts, downland, forests, swamps, mountains, underwater caverns and many more besides. Some regard the creation/literal vs evolution/”science” debate irrelevant, but how can that be if we are to give God glory for what He has made? Worse, since “sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin” (see Romans 5:12-13), if the evolutionary world-view is entirely correct then the scriptures are in serious error, since according to evolution there were tonnes of (animal*) deaths before Adam sinned. See also 1 Timothy 2:13 for evidence of Adam and Eve being literally formed by God as the only humans on earth. Did God call “good” a world of animal carnage where death reigns as the creative force to generate new forms?
*incidentally that word for “death” (I am told) would not have applied to a plant… Continue reading →
The passage in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, which covers covering, has been the subject of a long-standing confusion, even apparently for the translators, and also for my fellowship, my wife and myself. I think it is still relevant to think on this topic as Paul writes: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.” In other words, Paul is concerned that this tradition (action) as well as teaching is continued without alteration, in his absence. Continue reading →
The situation is dire: the church in the UK, and in general in the west, has to remember Christ’s warning via the prophet Daniel: “And the host [the chosen people] was given [to the wicked horn] together with the continual burnt offering because of the transgression [of God’s people—their abounding irreverence, ungodliness, and lack of piety]. And righteousness and truth were cast down to the ground, and it [the wicked horn] accomplished this [by divine permission] and prospered.” (Daniel 8:12, Amplified Version). Notice how the Amplified Version gives an uncomfortable level of detail: it is the actions and attitude’s of God’s people that allow such evil to prosper. So clearly our actions matter… Continue reading →
I was deeply confused about my local church’s approach to baptism. Traditionally, babies are baptised, and the children presumably are not believers… (well, I don’t think they believe in God… I can’t remember trusting Jesus as my saviour before I could talk, but then I don’t remember much else from that time either). So, I then looked up (I think, though I doubt if all of them were used in the study) every Bible passage with the words “baptism”, “baptise” e.t.c. in them… (no I don’t know the Bible that well, but I happen to have in the house a cut-price Concordance* with an upside down cover). I have deleted all the bracketed answers that I originally included for myself. I am confident however, that an unbiased reading of the passages about it come to a pretty solid conclusion about the subject. And if not, then maybe I am wrong. Do feel free to use this without citation if it is useful, or to burn effigies of me with the study inside them if not. Continue reading →
Hmmm… I think I heard that phrase on TV once. There is a strong desire for both sides in any argument to adopt the “neutral” point of view, to be in line with what the “common man” (or woman) might think. The Scriptures basically say that humanity knows God is out there (“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 for example). So from God’s point of view the “neutral” or unbiased stance is belief in Him, and as a believer in Him, I can hardly disagree*.
However the “new atheists” have in many ways tried to claim the neutral ground Continue reading →