Church sermons preach many interesting words spoken by Jesus as found in the New Testament. There are, however, certain words of Jesus you basically never hear preached at any church service. These tend to be unsettling words of Jesus that make people feel very uncomfortable. This month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog entitled Taboo Bible Topics – Unsettling Words of Jesus discusses such words of Jesus.
Last month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog was the first in a series entitled Taboo Bible Topics. In that blog, I discussed the uncomfortableness in hearing of the killing of 450 prophets by the Bible hero Elijah as described in 1 Kings. Hearing of the killing of prophets can certainly cause a feeling of uncomfortableness, but sometimes uncomfortableness in reading the Bible can occur in more subtle unexpected ways. Such is the case in this month’s blog Taboo Bible Topics – The Lord’s Prayer.
Have you ever heard a pastor tell a story found in the Bible that made you very uncomfortable?… where some part of the story made you question the moral character of the so-called “hero” of the story… or maybe even the character of God himself? You wanted to speak out and voice your questions/concerns, but you didn’t feel it was safe. You feared being judged by others as a “doubting Thomas” lacking faith. This month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog is the first of a number of blogs discussing taboo Bible topics. In this month’s blog entitled Taboo Bible Topics – The Story of Elijah, we explore the story of the hero Elijah and some of his controversial actions.
Where is God? If God exists, is He standing next to us in every moment of our lives… or is He standing on the sidelines observing… sometimes coming forward to intervene on our behalf?… or is He standing on the sidelines, never interfering, but merely observing the consequences of our choices?… or is He not around at all? The answer to this fundamental question depends upon one’s religious beliefs. In this month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog entitled Where is God?, we explore answers to this fundamental question.
If you’re a Christian, there are times when you are challenged by others for your beliefs… being accused of believing in child-like fairy tales and wishful thinking. How do you respond? How do you stand up to such ridicule? In this month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog entitled Defending the Fait, we discuss ways to address these challenges.
Most of us are familiar with the 80’s Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing” It’s a story about a blue-collar working reflecting on what it must be like to be a rock star… adored and worshiped by loving fans, gaining reward and pleasure for very little effort. For simply getting a little “blister on your finger”, you get money for nothing. In this month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog, we examine our society’s obsession with Money for Nothing.
We tend to view God as an entity beyond our ability to comprehend and imagine. In mathematics there is a number that is a beyond our ability to comprehend and imagine called infinity. The phrase God is infinite has been frequently used in various literature. Interestingly, that phase is not to be found anywhere in the Bible. Is infinite a reasonable characterization of God? In this month’s Life, God, and the Universe blog entitled Is God Infinite?, we explore infinity as found in mathematics and physics and how it correlates with the characteristics of God as found in the Bible.