I kinda want to put this question out there for my friends: Do you think I’m “too” religious? Please don’t worry about offending me, be as frank as possible. Lately I have been accused of being too religious by at least two people in a seemingly unfavorable way. First off, I would like to know what you think is “too” religious. Is there a limit to how religious I should be? And if so, what’s so bad about being too religious? How do you think I should practice my faith in every day life? I assume you don’t think I’m a religious extremist that kills people in the name of God. So I must be doing something that you think is wrong or at least unlikeable to you. Do I talk too much about Jesus? Do my beliefs irritate you? Even if you don’t think I am, maybe you can explain an encounter with someone that you thought really fit this description. Perhaps if I summarized my beliefs, you could better assess me:
Merry Christmas, readers! This is the first year anniversary of WC What did you get for Christmas?
What the heck is a glory cloud, you ask? It is simply a physical manifestation of God’s glory and presence within a particular location. It is known as the “pillar of cloud” more specifically in the OT as a means of guiding the Israelites in the morning as they traveled (Exodus 13:21-22). However, it’s not something that you can simply manufacture or produce like a product. Whenever God chooses to reveal his glory in some physical way, it is something that He sovereignly does. There is nothing we can do except invite and be open to His miraculous work. Bethel is a church that claims to somewhat regularly experience these miraculous manifestations. Check it out here:
Cool, right? Well yeah, but not all Christians think its real:
It could be from the vents or it could be staged from gold glitter. So what should you think about this? If you’re an atheist, this might as well be a barbie girl’s church service. But I think as Christians, we have at least some biblical support for believing that this is possible. Who’s to say that God is not capable of physically manifesting Himself in these ways? However, it’s one thing to suggest that God is not capable and it is another to question whether this specific event is a real manifestation. Frankly, I don’t think we can scientifically prove it either way. If this is real, then God is clearly using physical means of doing so. Merely describing the physical structure of this manifestation wouldn’t rule out a divine cause of this structure anymore than describing the physical structure of a computer rules out a human cause.
As far as this video’s response goes, I haven’t seen any conclusive proof that this is staged/accidental but neither do I see any conclusive proof that it is real. He says that this is due to a vent, but where are his sources? Furthermore, while he makes a valid point about how serious the presence of God is, it seems as if the Israelites weren’t falling on their knees as God led them. This seems to be a less powerful manifestation of God’s glory, otherwise he would be correct. I’m open, but I remain skeptical.
“Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when other’s can’t see it. At the same time, the smartest people are realistic about not imagining light when there isn’t any.” - Seth Godin, The Dip
It has already been a year since I first began WC. The idea was simple, I just wanted to demonstrate and integrate a christian’s walk through this blog with all areas of life. At the beginning this was meant to be a solo blog but later on I thought it would be better if i could regroup the old RG and team up to make something great. The fire was there, we all had high hopes for this blog because it just felt right at home with our blogging needs. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, that fire was put out. My attempts to rekindle the flame by repurposing WC to unite the church was a failure. The WC blogging team was just too busy with school and their own goals to have any concern for what I wanted to do. Eventually they began their own blogs, and that’s when I just lost motivation to continue.
One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.
— Thomas Sowell
This is awesome. Not too hard, but not too soft. It’s a great christian battle cry! H/T to my buddy Mike for this.
One common criticism of divine simplicity is that it is an unscriptural dogma, and that in accepting it one subordinates Scripture to philosophical speculation. If simplicity is true and entails that talk of God is analogical then it would seem to imply that some passages require an interpretation different from their most immediate, literal one.
There are three points worth making. The first is that all biblical talk of God is going to require some philosophical interpretation. In fact, much of the Bible more generally will. Scripture is only made consistent under a certain interpretation. Are we to accept that Moses literally saw God’s back side? Clearly not, since God is immaterial and has no back, literally speaking. And what view of predestination and God’s providence are we to accept? This may largely depend on what view of free will you accept. Now, are we here “subordinating Scripture” to the idea that God is immaterial or that humans have libertarian free will? Maybe, but if we are then I don’t see anything wrong with this. There is nothing wrong with making Scripture consistent with one’s philosophical views so long as it does not radically distort what Scripture is saying (for instance, by saying that the Resurrection is just a metaphor).
Second, not all philosophical or theological doctrines need to be grounded immediately in Scripture. Maybe simplicity isn’t explicitly stated in scripture. In fact, this is obvious. But this is an unfair requirement to impose on defenders of simplicity. After all, neither is it stated explicitly in Scripture that God is three hypostases in one ousia.
You may reply that the idea is found implicitly there, but then I would say that so is simplicity. And this brings me to my third point, that by any reasonable criterion of something’s being scriptural, simplicity is scriptural. Simplicity is implicit in Scripture in that it follows from a strong doctrine of aseity and God’s providence, which is found stated in John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16. These passages say that all things were created by God. So it is true that whatever is non-identical to God is created by God. But if God had parts he would have to create his parts, and in so doing create himself, which can’t be true since God is uncreated and uncaused. Hence, God doesn’t have any parts and is simple.
One may reply that these passages should be taken loosely. But then I see no principled basis upon which to accuse defenders of simplicity of “subordinating scripture” while saying a “non-simple” view of God doesn’t. For now we are interpreting these passages in a less than strict sense in order to save the view that God is non-simple. And this seems to be precisely what simplicity was being accused of.
This is the third and last presidential debate of this election and it may very well decide the fate of either candidate. Does Romney have what it takes to discuss this issue despite his lack of experience? Can Obama adequately defend himself against the Benghazi fiasco? Watch the debate tonight at 6 pm PT or 9 pm ET and find out! If you don’t have cable TV, you can see it online for free at Fox News, Polico, and YouTube. We’ll be covering this debate live with commentary of our own so please stay tuned. If you have AIM, we’ll be having a group chat discussion that can be accessed by joining “Walking Christian”. Please join us as you are sure to have a blast with us The live commentary should be available below, but if you are viewing this post from the homepage, please click on the title of this post to view it.
As hilarious as this is, it is also a good reminder for all of us to pray. How often you do it is not the point, nor is it about setting a specific time to pray. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are called to “constantly pray”. How do we do that if it’s just about putting God in your schedule? He’s not waiting for you to make an appointment for Him, you should pray throughout the day regardless of what you are doing. There are no excuses and the importance of this cannot be overstated. As John Bunyan said, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer”. Are you living in sin? Pray more.
Freedom’s not for sale, it is only acquired by those who are willing to take it and pay a price grater than the other items on the shelf.
— P.X Chirho