If the creation narrative is to be read as a historical document, then it would have needed an eye witness. Who was the eye witness to creation? More »
No Christian truly believes every word of the bible is to be taken as literal historical fact. Find out why... More »
The Classical view of God is ingrained in our church systems, but have you ever stopped to question it? Are you sure its what you believe? More »
Over recent centuries, there has developed a view of God which has been adopted absolutely by the established mainstream church. Indeed it has been so firmly adopted that you cannot claim to be a Christian these days, it would seem, without totally and unquestioningly accepting this view. This would be fine and well, except that its neither a biblical view of God, nor a sane one.
A new parable for the modern church, addressing the question: “Whats up with Christians that makes them paint the world in black and white extremes?”
There is a growing movement within the mainstream evangelical church that says “I just believe it because it’s in the bible”. Now, this can sound like a pious thing to say, at least until you start to think about it, and about what the person actually means when they say it.
Parables are an age old method of answering questions. They are particularly useful because the force the listener to think about the answer rather than simply accepting it. From Jesus on-wards, parables have been something of a Christian tradition. I have written this parable as an answer to the question: “why has the church been marginalized from popular culture at a time when spirituality has become more and more mainstream?”
The creation story of Genesis gets a whole lot of attention since it seems to have been designated a battleground between those who would hold to a more scientific view of the world, and those who would focus more on religion (notably the Christian religion). Truth be told, the first couple of chapters in Genesis get far more attention than they are due. Are they important to Christians? Yes, but not excessively so. They are no more or less important than the next couple of chapters, or the next couple of books for that matter.
If you were to believe most of what you read on the net these days, you would believe that in order to actually be a Christian you need to be a Calvinist. I suppose there are reasons why Calvinists shout the loudest about their belief structure, but those reasons are not the purpose of this short article, rather here and now I want to introduce something that we will be coming back to many times in the future: the idea that good is open to possibilities. This concept is utterly alien to the standard Calvinist view.