Few biblical stories challenge both exclusive and inclusive perspectives. Yet a story exists revealing how God can be pleased with the spiritual activities of the lost, while simultaneously excluding them from salvation. Some might question, how can God do both?
During the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, he was almost daily teaching people, usually in the temple. One day in particular seems to have been very busy as one group after another came to Jesus with questions they considered to be either difficult or with no answer, in an attempt to trap him in what he was saying.
First came the Pharisees and Herodians. These two groups were opposed to each other politically, with the Herodians supporting Rome and the Pharisees opposing Rome. Yet they put their differences aside to attack their common enemy: Jesus. They asked a question about paying taxes which Jesus skilfully answered, to their amazement (Mark 12:13-17). Continue reading “The two greatest commands”
When the beloved James told happy saints to sing, James 5.13, perhaps he instructed them to do this because that is what God does. Continue reading “When God sings”
A London merchant and the poet William Blake watched the sun rise up out of the sea. The bright, yellow disk revealed itself, gilding the water, and painting the sky with a thousand colors.
“What do you see?” the poet asked the merchant.
“Ah, I see gold,” the merchant replied. “The sun looks like a great gold piece. What do you see?” Continue reading “What do you see?”
Do you remember the scene in The Avengers Assemble when Loki was growing tired of having to fight the Avengers and in particular the Hulk? He stopped fighting, held up his arms, and said, “Enough! You are, all of you are beneath me! I am a god, you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by…” And at that moment the Hulk flattened Loki by repeatedly smashing him to the floor, after which the Hulk could be heard to mutter, “Puny god!”
This scene has been rated as one of the most humorous in that film. But doesn’t it make such a good point? If Loki truly was an all-powerful god, then the Hulk could have done nothing to him. As it was, Loki could not even stand up to one of the Avengers.
Isn’t this what we also see in the plagues of Egypt? The Egyptians worshipped a plethora of gods. Through the plagues, God showed that he was more powerful than any of the Egyptian gods. Continue reading “What God do you serve?”
Enduring incredibly difficult situations is nothing new. Yet, one seems insufferable. Trying to live without hope.
It is when life seems darkest, we need to remember who our God is. God is not limited by what is possible for us.
Jesus compared the difficulty of a rich man entering the kingdom to a camel going through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:23-24). The disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25, NKJV). Jesus said:
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Let’s look at this from God’s perspective and see what he means. Continue reading “Is it true that with God nothing is impossible?”
How respectful are we in prayer? Continue reading Father in Heaven
Is truth still valued? Continue reading Truth and consequences
God and the world have nothing in common. Continue reading God and the world