30 December 2012

A Mediator Is No Longer Needed

Lately, I've been really impressed with the Christian church. Christian leaders everywhere have been responsible for bringing the Good News to millions of people all over the world. And, without their sacrifice, not many would know the God of the Bible.
People listening to God speak through their pastor.

For centuries, ministers have humbly shared God's love and forgiveness to people who are searching. These men and women of all denominations have gone to great lengths to lead people to the knowledge of Christ. And, because of them, countless lives have been changed.

However, I just have one small gripe.

No one knows Jesus.

They know all about Jesus. They've read his biography countless times. They've even memorized the words that he said to his disciples. Yet, they don't hear Jesus for themselves (John 10:27).

16 December 2012

Not Comfortable In Your Own Skin

One Saturday, I was over at a friend's house watching Alabama play football (bear with me Auburn fans). This was just like any other college game-day Saturday, except something crazy happened.
Adam and Eve "naked" in the garden.

I brought my laptop with me so I could work on my latest post. I know it's blasphemy to work instead of watching Bama, but I already knew the outcome. Why bother paying much attention when you already know who's gonna win?

I got to a point in my post that I had to think about some Old Testament stuff. I was trying to recall when the first animal sacrifice took place. However, I couldn't think clearly. Even though I knew my team was gonna win, I was back and forth between the TV and my laptop. So, the first sacrifice that came to mind was the ram that appeared in the bush with Abraham and Isaac. However, anyone who knows the Bible well enough would laugh because that's not even close to being right.

Finally, as I often do, I Google'd it. I saw something about Cain and Abel and I was like, "Duh" (Gen 4:1-8)! But, of course, that's not early enough, either. Again, I should have known better. After Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they realized they were naked (Gen 3:7). Later, we learn that God made garments of skin for them to wear.

09 December 2012

Yes, Gays Are Forgiven Too

Yeah, you heard me. Jesus said he took all sin and nailed it to the cross (Col 2:13-15).

But, the Bible also says that all gays, sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, swindlers will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10). Hmmm. We have a problem. So which one is it? Are homosexuals forgiven? Did he forgive all sin or not (1 Cor 6:11)?
This is how it's done.

1 Corinthians isn't the only place that specifically mentions who goes to hell. Let's use another popular verse that Law-abiding Christians like to quote. From Revelations we learn that all cowardly, unbelieving, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idol worshipers, and liars will go to hell (Rev 21:8). Well, that just sucks! He pretty much said that the whole world is doomed.

So, what do we have here? Is this a contradiction? Paul says all sin is forgiven, but John says quite the opposite. Who's right?

But wait, that's not all. There's one more sin that Jesus says is unforgivable - blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Mat 12:31-32). Very interesting. The same guy that took on "all" sin on the cross is somehow making an exception. So which one is it, Jesus? Did you die for all sin or not?

The confusion doesn't stop there. You better get the interpretation of the verses right too. And, if you don't go to the Greek and Hebrew, then you'll never truly understand what God's saying, right? So apparently you need to be a Biblical scholar to make any sense of the Bible. This is ridiculous and it's exactly what religious believers push.

02 December 2012

Hell Is Not What You Think It Is (Part 2)

In my last post, I explained what hell isn't. I described that there is no burning and torture for all eternity. Simply put, hell (or Gehenna) as we know it, is a valley in the Old Testament where people sacrificed their children by burning them alive. This idea of an eternal furnace originally came from religious leaders who took scripture out of context and tried to manipulate and scare people into believing in Jesus.
Hell is the grave.

However, in this post, I want to share some of what God has shown me about hell. What you read might be shocking and go against every single fiber of your religious body, but that's ok. It was shocking for me too. When people have become so accustom to a certain perception or belief, anything new that comes along will certainly be hard to swallow (Mat 6:33-34). There is much I still don't fully understand, but that's the beauty of it. I have all eternity to figure it out.

The first blasphemous thing I want to mention is that hell is on earth. That's right, what we know of hell actually resides on our own planet. As you know, hell is simply defined, in most of its forms, as "the grave" (Gehenna is the exception). When a person dies, they are typically buried in the ground or grave sight. They are completely finished in their present state of being and there is no more breath in them. They have perished and their body has been basically wiped out or "destroyed." The body returns to the dust in which it came (Psa 90:1-6).