Why did God order all those people killed in the Bible? Why does he condemn people to Hell? Why did he let so-and-so die or such-and-such terrible thing happen? Even Christians like myself wrestle with these things. Unfortunately, giving a satisfactory answer (or rather, answers), would take ten books, four articles, and three Youtube videos. … Continue reading Why Does God Do Bad Things?
I’ve gotten a bit of attention for calling myself an R-Rated Christian. Usually, those two phrases go together like peanut butter and barbecue sauce. I’m happy to announce that most of the reactions I’ve gotten have been good. I’ve been able to find other Christians who are proud to don their over-eighteen moniker, and if … Continue reading R-Rated Christianity
I hadn't had butterflies like this since I first went up in the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags St. Louis (I screamed, but I screamed like a manly man, darn it!). Richard Dawkins is one of the best-known, most-vocal, and most-influential atheists of our time. And from what I'd heard, The God Delusion … Continue reading Why “The God Delusion” Poses Little Threat to Christianity
If you're still with me, God bless your patience. I've been trying to unpack why Christianity makes sense, at least to me. In Part 1, I said that atheism doesn't hold water. In Part 2, I argued that multiple religions can't coexist, not without bowing to some order that judges them all, thereby negating the … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Three: Why Not Another Religion?
How can just one religion be right? This is the second of three questions bundled in the broader inquiry "Why would anyone be a Christian?" I can only answer for myself, but I'm doing my best over this three-part series. Last week, I talked about the question "Why religion at all? Why not atheism?" Vastly … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Two: Why Just One Religion?
Why would anyone be a Christian in the modern age? More and more people are asking that. As a Christian, I think it's important to have an answer. However, when people ask this, they're actually asking one or more of three questions: Why religion at all when atheism is just fine? Why just one religion? … Continue reading Why Christianity? PART ONE: Why Religion at All?
So many aspects of Christianity get forgotten by too many Christians--usually those with a camera on them, unfortunately. I've recently talked about these aspects under the banner of S.A.F.E. Christians. S for Secure--You can come to me without fear of judgment or gossip. A for Affectionate--I will care about you even if I don't agree … Continue reading S.A.F.E. Christians–E for Everyone
American Christians like being safe, but they don't like being safe. They like being protected physically, legally, and emotionally, but they don't want to offer those things to others. Don't believe me? Look at non-white, non-Christian, non-straight, non-American, non-mainstream cultures. How safe has Christianity made them? And that saddens me because while Christianity is NOT … Continue reading I am a S.A.F.E. Christian
I woke up at 4am today and knew I was in trouble. 4am is, in my body's stupid opinion, late enough. This boggles me because the earliest I've ever had to set my alarm is 5am, and I haven't had that job for two weeks! I'm supposed to be an unemployed lazy bum sleeping til … Continue reading Ramblings of an Addict on the Verge of Relapse
Do you know why so many people don't obey God? Because they don't believe in him. There, I just saved you a lifetime of confusion headaches. I suppose perspective can be blamed. Christians live their lives as if God exists and he is in charge. They live this out for so long and grow into … Continue reading Why Non-Christians Don’t Act Like Christians