Saturday, 29 January 2011

What's wrong with sex before marriage?

Now in putting up a title like that, it may appear that I am being legalistic and judgemental. From the outset I should state that we are saved by the Grace of God alone. That is, God has sent his son to suffer the judgement that we deserve so that we can come into a relationship with him. The views presented here are only relevant for Christians, for those who have responded to what God has already done for them in Christ.

Marriage is a very special thing in the eyes of God, a marvellous gift from God to human beings. The first and most crucial bible passage about marriage is Genesis 2:24, which speaks of the creation of marriage.

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Mittens!

It's Mittens, the crime-solving cat!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Is God all-knowing? (2)

Let's have a closer look at the passages mentioned in my previous post to see if we can resolve this apparent contradiction, but without reading any preconceived ideas about God into the passage. The first passage concerns someone called "the LORD God" who is present in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve as a phyical person (Genesis 3:8). The second passage concerns someone called simply "the LORD", a physical person who appears to Abraham along with with two angels (Compare Genesis 18:2, 18:22 & 19:1). This LORD (or LORD God) is the one who banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and who rains down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Is God all-knowing?

God's knows everything. Or does he? Read the following verses from the book of Genesis:

"Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" " (3:9)

"I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know." (18:21)

This is a tricky one. Many Christians have suggested that on the basis of verses like this, God cannot be all-knowing. This position is called "Open Theism" and is supported by folks like Clark Pinnock and Greg Boyd. A more traditional view is that these verses are just examples of God 'play-acting' as a human, that is, condescending to us. However, if this is true, isn't God being deceptive in presenting himself this way? Surely we can trust the revelation that God has given us of himself.

On the other hand, there are many passages which seem to portray God as having perfect knowledge of the future. Read Isaiah 41:21-26 & 44:6-8 and you'll see what I mean. How do we reconcile these two very different conceptions of God?

And on a totally unrelated note...

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The blog is back!

I got bored of not having a blog, so I'm back with a new layout. And with this new layout will come a new mood. There will from now on be more serious and sustained reflection on the journey that is life. This youtube video aptly demonstrates the kind of thing you can expect to come: