“Faith in God certainly is a delusion, if God does not exist. But what if God does exist? Then atheism is the delusion. So the real question to ask is: does God exist?
Many atheists (inspired by Sigmund Freud, who himself thought that faith in God is an illusion) claim that they have a very simple and convincing explanation of why people believe in God. It arises from incapacity to cope with the real world and its uncertainties. Continue reading
This is a continuation where I left off with “Deconstructing the God of the gaps,” where I argued that the theist’s belief in a creator is not displaced by scientific discovery. This time we will look at what we theists mean when we say “God” is creator.
We believe God created the universe ex nihilo (from nothing). As Robert John Russell said in an interview on “Closer to the Truth”: Continue reading
Here’s the song , “So will I” (Hillsong United) sung by Amanda Cook at Bethel. What I love about this song is that it’s a heart response to the wonder all around us that declares the glory of God (see my post, “Worship is a response to God“). And our response is not just about gratitude for all that God gives us but it also becomes transformational in the interaction. Continue reading
When Steven Hawking wrote, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” (“The Grand Design“), he was concluding that God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics. Ironically, he was arguing against a pagan “god of the gaps,” not the God of the Bible. Continue reading
We looked at the scriptural foundation for the Church in part one. We learned that the Church Jesus is building is God’s answer to His own question, “Who will build a house for Me?” We are His dwelling place where “heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool.” We are His “temple “made without human hands,” the “gate” between heaven and earth. Continue reading
What do we mean by “Church”? What is the Church? Do we “go to church” or are we the Church…or both? In this two-part series, I would like to lay out the vision of the Church from Scripture and show how this relates to God’s ultimate purpose for creating humankind. Continue reading
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US and to whoever observes this holiday elsewhere and at other times. May you have a blessed time whatever your plans may be. I love this short video clip on thankfulness. Having an attitude of gratitude, like an open heart, is the key to a life well-lived.