It all has to do with free will. Sort of. The standard belief by many—not all—Christians is that while salvation is a free gift (aren’t all “gifts” free? Isn’t something that one has to pay for a purchase not a gift? Never mind.) from God, we do have to accept it. If we didn’t have… Read More How God Can Be Seen as Favoring Evil People, or what is wrong with so many Republican Christians
James 4:2 — “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Creflo Dollar teaches that “When we pray, believing that we have already received what we are praying, God has no choice but to make our prayers come to pass.” Another term for this is “Name it, claim it,” and it is total bunk… Read More Name it claim it, and lose your soul
I question the nature of God as believed by many, especially the fundamentalist evangelical right. They believe that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. They also believe the Bible is the literal word of God, inerrant and good for all time. (Ok, so this is a generalization, but to discuss this topic, they need to… Read More How I deal with the Old Testament and a Loving God.
I often hear this: “but you shouldn’t have to be a theologian to understand the Bible.” This is usually said by those who hold to inerrant, infallible, God-breathed understanding of the Bible. Even if I were to accept this—which I don’t—there is a little problem of translation from one language to another across thousands of… Read More Reach out and touch the face of God
The current publication of the Salt Lake City Messenger (‘the Messenger”) talks about Hans Mattsson, a former area official of the LDS Church in Europe. On July 2, 2013 his story was told in the NY Times. The Messenger is the periodic publication of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, “a Christian non-profit organization providing… Read More What if the LDS or any Church is Proven to ba false? What would you do if you were in charge?