As the title suggests, I am easing myself back into blogging with something simple, but startling. Putting aside all religious trappings, tradition, and current problems, God is right here. Right here in this room as I am typing. I have his promise on that. True that promise comes from Jesus the Son, but where He is, there His Father is too. Continue reading
Not long ago, some MPs got embroiled in an attempt to allow Christians to make the statement that Jesus heals. These adverts were disallowed, and it is shameful that this happened. However, it seems to me that we the Christians (or at least most of us) are to blame. Let me explain: would there have been any grounds for even Jesus’ most hardened opponents to claim that Jesus could not heal? This link to Biblegateway gives an idea of the number of times “Jesus” and “heal” are mentioned, and yes, not all of the 59 results are actual healing references but some of them are multiple, and some of them like Matthew 12:15, show Jesus healing everyone in an area (0 failures, 0 rejections mentioned). So where does that leave us? 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
Galatians is a great book: read it! There are also no “o”s in the name, which caused me no end of difficulty writing this. It is a letter to a part of the church, people who know the Truth but are turning away from it: “I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel” (Amplified Bible: Galatians 1:6). These are Christians then, but Christians who are being tempted to cease their obedience to God and to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (NIV: Galations 5:1). Reading the rest of the book, it is fairly obvious that this refers to the Law, and trying very hard to be justified before God by their own efforts (see Galatians 5:2-4 for example). Continue reading
Just a quick thought for the day… (not really one of life’s big questions but I’ve seen it around)
If God can do anything, can he make a rock so big he can’t move it?
OK, so at face value, when someone asks if God can do something, the right answer is usually “yes”, since he can do anything right? In this case though we have been asked a nonsensical question, like “can God make a triangle with 5 sides?” The question just makes no sense. Triangles have 3 sides. This defines what a triangle is. God can do anything possible for “all things are possible with God”, which is rather more than can be said for us. But questions like “Can God qizzuri a hedrophalitinisakilite?” just do not make sense. Creating a problem He could not solve is a nonsense, as He is all-powerful. The answer to the emboldened question above is “no“, and you will note that this in no way limits God’s power. It is simply that He can make a rock of any size, and still move it. Though why He would indulge the whim of some mad philosopher and participate in some strange cosmic weight-lifting challenge is beyond me!
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
This question is too downright strange to deserve an answer, but the underlying point seems to be that angels and other cosmic beings such as God could not interact with ordinary matter as they are not made of it. The response from scripture is that yes “God is Spirit” and there are other spiritual beings. This does not prevent them interacting with matter (God made the world, remember?). This means God is capable of interaction, even as “not-matter”. The idea that scientists can not cope with such an idea is laughable. In fact the photoelectric effect is an example of something not made of matter (a light-particle or “photon”) interacting with more solid material (atoms, nuclei, etc), so even in science there are examples of things of wildly different kinds that are perfectly capable of interaction. Again, in practice, more than nine out of ten angels deny ever trying this one out…