Christopher Redford, the young author of the Why I am no longer a Christian series on You Tube’s Evid3nc3 channel, correctly concludes in his video The God Concept that our belief in God doesn’t hang upon a single idea. Rather one’s belief in God is supported by a various number of supporting “pillars” of beliefs and experiences that support the “mega belief” of God’s existence. Therefore, if a single belief that supports the existence of God is attacked by a non-believer, and assuming that attack is successful in leaving the Christian with no argument, the Christian is still justified in holding to his belief in God, because there are so many other supporting pillars that remain unscathed by the attacking atheist. Hence, many atheists wrongly consider the Christian position as weak and hypocritical, because (at least in this one assumed instance) he succeeded in disarming the Christian position. Read the rest of this entry »
“I don’t think an all-powerful God would have a Chosen People. That idea shows the cultural influences and marketing techniques of religion.” ~ David G. McAfee
Comment by an admirer:
“In other words, whoever invented the god and whoever believes and follows the words of it has inherent racial superiority and bias.
“‘The Jews are the chosen people, and Israel is the holy land,’ say the Jews, who live in Israel.
“This has been my go to argument when asked to refute or disprove the god of Abraham. The super intelligent being that a creator deity would have to be in order to create the universe, would not resort to such unintelligent ideas such as a chosen people, or creating a place of infinite torment for the finite “crime” of simply not believing it exists, especially when it leaves no evidence in support of its existence, and all evidence points to the contrary. Can I help it if the bible paints god as a disgruntled 2 year old, prone to throwing extreme temper tantrums?”
Luke mentions a woman named Joanna in Luke 8:3 where she is identified as the wife of Herod’s steward, Chuza, and Luke tells us that she was one of the women who ministered to Jesus from her own wealth. Later, in Luke 24:10 we are told that Joanna was one of the women who visited the tomb of Jesus and found it empty, but she learned from an angel who appeared to her and others at the tomb that Jesus had risen. Both she and the women with her ran to the apostles and told them. This is all that can be clearly understood from the Gospel narratives, because only Luke mentions her in these two places of his work. Read the rest of this entry »
At first I didn’t want to admit the calling of the bride for Isaac was a type of calling out the Bride of Christ, the Church, from the world. I thought it might be a bit too spiritually minded, perhaps a little too religious to be practical, especially as the analogy applies to the Holy Spirit, but I am unable to deny the symbolism I see here in Genesis 24. All types, if carried too far, will fail, but this does not negate the fact that the type is real. For example, all animal sacrifices point to the sacrifice of Christ, yet none of the animal sacrifices or all of them considered together could take away anyone’s sinfulness, as the sacrifice of Christ has done. Therefore, the type is real even if it is not equal in every way. Read the rest of this entry »
Although certain aspects of God’s will seemed obvious to Abraham, the actual choice of a bride for Isaac wasn’t fully known. What was her name, and what would she be like? Such questions simply are not known as one steps out to do God’s will. One hardly ever knows the end from the beginning. God alone is aware of such knowledge. Mankind lives in the moment and is aware only of present circumstances. The future holds his hopes for the fulfillment of his present labor, but nothing is guaranteed, or is it? Read the rest of this entry »
After Sarah’s death, Abraham decided that he needed to choose a wife for Isaac, but how should this be done, and from where should the selection be made? It was decided that Isaac’s wife should be chosen from his own kindred and not from the Canaanites in whose land Isaac lived. No doubt Abraham had heard of the fate of his grandnieces’ prospective mates when God judged Sodom. Therefore, Isaac’s mate should not be among those whom God has placed under judgment. Neither should Isaac’s bride be among the Canaanites whose destiny it was to disinherit the land. From where then should Isaac’s mate be brought (Genesis 24:1-3)? Read the rest of this entry »
Our principles are not tested by how eloquently we speak of them or embrace them in the good times. Rather they are tested in evil times, when we are asked to choose between a principle and reputation, between a principle and honor or between a principle and comfort, peace or fair treatment. Abraham confessed that he was a pilgrim in the land of Canaan. In other words he didn’t identify himself with the Canaanites. However great or small their mutual respect went, Abraham had separated himself from them (cp. Genesis 17:10, 14), and this is the key to understanding Abraham’s desire to bury Sarah, his wife, in the land that was promised to him by God. Read the rest of this entry »