Blog - God
What’s in a Name? A couple of things. A person’s name reveals their character, whether they have a good name (reputation) or not. A name is also the primary point of communication. For us to fully communicate with others and […]
Every time there’s a crisis you’ll find well-meaning Christians attempting to link it to a Bible verse (carefully plucked out of context, of course), and the end of the world. The current crisis with Covid-19 is no exception. Someone contacted […]
In all my life, I haven’t seen anything like what we’re currently watching unfold around the world. The spread of Covid-19 (the Coronavirus) is evolving moment by moment, and every nation is responding in the way they deem necessary. In […]
Forgiveness. We know we should do it. Christians (and many others) believe God has given it. But what is it? What does it mean to forgive? Shedding Light on Translations The Bible uses four Greek words that have various connotations […]
In last week’s blog, I attempted to refute Stephen Hawking’s claim that God didn’t exist because there was no time in which God could have lived. There was a time when I would have agreed with Stephen Hawking. I was […]
I have enormous respect for Stephen Hawking. He was one of the greatest minds of the last century, a genius with an IQ of 160. His contribution to science and our understanding of the Universe and our place in it […]
Unlike the other religious people of Jesus’ day, he lived up close and personal with people. He associated with those who respectable pious people would usually shun, and it eventually got him killed. Jesus came near He got into the […]
Ah, the eternal question – Is there a God or isn’t there? And, if there is, how do we know that he (or she or it or they) exists? Of course there are those who categorically say there is no God. We call them atheists (a = without; theos = god). In my teen years I called myself an atheist until I realized that to do so was to say that I knew everything. How did I know that God existed outside of my knowledge? Atheists, if they are honest with themselves, will realize this flaw in their logic and upgrade themselves to agnostics – those who are not sure if there is a God or not (a = without; gnosis = knowledge).
At the age of 19, through a number of dramatic incidences, I realized that I had been wrong. God did in fact exist – and that he was not just real but loving, caring and personal. Now, 32 years later – and a whole lot wiser – I am living my life to help others know this loving, caring, personal God. It is my hope that this blog will help you in this discovery. I believe there are four basic ways we can know that God exists:
The most often asked question that Christians have of their faith is: “How can I know God’s will for my life?”
Many Christians bind themselves up believing that the will of God is very constricting, but it isn’t. God has called us to freedom – in fact the first three words God ever spoke to a human being were “you are free” (Genesis 2:16). But you can’t have true freedom without boundaries! That’s why God told the first humans they were free to eat from ALL the trees in Eden accept one.
“I care for the environment – as long as it doesn’t cost me anything.” That seems to just about sum up what many Aussies currently feel about environmental care.
According to market research company Australia Scan, Australians are becoming increasingly disinterested in the environment. This is for a number of reasons including the seemingly endless debate over emissions trading and the impact of the Black Saturday bushfires that resulted largely from a failure to systematically back burn large areas of bush land (trees are more important than people apparently).
According to Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper (Saturday October 3) “Australians are in danger of succumbing to “compassion fatigue” with multiple disasters leaving charities in critical need.” The paper went on to quote UNICEF Australia spokesman Martin Thomas who said “there is certainly always a great danger of compassion fatigue … when we have seen disaster after disaster.”
One of last year’s biggest selling books was The God Delusion by prominent British atheist Richard Dawkins. In the preface Professor Dawkins states his purpose – to convert religious people to atheism.
Well, he’s now promoting his atheist gospel again by endorsing an advertising campaign on London Buses declaring the slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The slogan started as an aside comment from a comedian in response to a church campaign that pointed people to a website that indicated they’d be going to hell if they didn’t believe in God. The comedian suggested a response to “assure people”, which was picked up by Richard Dawkins and has ultimately generated funding from the general public for about $50,000 in donations.