Do You Believe Adam And Eve Were Actual Historical People?

HominidOne of the important questions being discussed by theologians today is what we should do with Genesis 1 and 2. Were Adam and Eve actual people, or were they meant to be archetypes of sort?

Before 1859, the year Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, this was a discussion in which few people engaged. The biblical account was taken at face value by most in the West. But now, with an increasing number of Christians viewing evolution as an established fact of Science, many are grappling over how to make sense of Genesis 1 and 2, which clearly depict Adam and Eve as literal historical people.

MUST THEY BE?

The question I would like to address is must they be historical?

Popular blogger Albert Mohler argues that the entire story of the Bible does not make sense if Adam and Eve were not historical figures. He writes, [Read more…]

What Your Husband Really Wants For Father’s Day

oprah-favorite-thingsI’m horrible at buying gifts for my wife.

For instance, for Lisa’s first birthday after we were married, one of the gifts I bought her was James Dobson’s book What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women. As soon as she opened it, a funny grin immediately crossed her face.

“What?” I asked.

“I really appreciate the gift, but aren’t wives supposed to give these to their husbands?” she replied.

Awkward pause.

“Maybe I felt that you needed to know all the things that I needed to know about you as a wife. Did you ever think about that?” I said.

That gift sort of set the pace for the next twenty years. [Read more…]

Does This Please God?

Pleasing GodThis is the only question that matters.

If you’ve managed to make everyone in your life happy, but you’ve failed to please God in the process, you’ve failed, period.

If you’ve disappointed everyone in your life, including yourself, but pleased God in the process, you’re a success, period.

In the end pleasing God is all that matters.

That’s why Ephesians 5:10 says, “Find out what pleases the Lord.”

Because everything else is secondary.

Everything.

Weird Bible Verses: Did Angels Have Sex With Humans? (Genesis 6:1-4)

weird bible verses
Recently a friend shared that he was having a conversation with a skeptic who was questioning the Bible’s reliability. His friend said he couldn’t trust the Bible because of ridiculous passages like Genesis 6:1-4,

1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

My friend, understandably finding it hard to disagree with the weirdness of angels having sex with humans, asked for my thoughts about this passage. Here goes… [Read more…]

Michael Behe To Speak At CCV July 6

Michael Behe
Regardless of where you stand on the creation – evolution debate, you won’t want to miss Dr. Michael Behe, one of the most well-known proponents of Intelligent Design in the United States, speak at CCV on July 6.

Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

Behe’s current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures.

In addition to publishing over 35 articles in refereed biochemical journals, he has also written editorial features in Boston Review, American Spectator, and The New York Times.

Darwins Black BoxHis book, Darwin’s Black Box, discusses the implications for neo-Darwinism of what he calls “irreducibly complex” biochemical systems. The book was internationally reviewed in over one hundred publications and recently named by National Review and World Magazine as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century.

Dr. Behe will speak at each of CCV’s three services at 9, 10:15, and 11:30am. This event is free and open to the public.

Are People Born Wicked? (or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?)

born wicked
I’ve been thinking lately about my all-time favorite Broadway show – Wicked.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name, Wicked tells what happened between Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, before Dorothy showed up in Oz. It was funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

There’s a question Glinda asked early on in the play that I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately.

GLINDA
And Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked die alone
It just shows when you’re Wicked
You’re left only
On your own

Glinda WickedALL
Yes, Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the Wicked
They reap only
What they’ve sown

GLINDA
Are people born Wicked? Or do they have
Wickedness thrust upon them?

The rest of the play was a commentary on that single question.

What do you think?

One Second Is All That Divides Us

all that divides us
A thought for my skeptical friends:

One of the reasons you reject Christianity is because you have been taught to be skeptical of things you cannot test with your five senses: things you cannot see, taste, touch, smell, or hear. Everything beyond that is mere speculation, you tell people of faith.

But what if there’s something ajar with the very thing you use to assimilate and assess the data you receive through your five senses – namely, your cognitive functioning?

What if you’re biased?

What if in the same way you say Christians are biased towards believing what they can’t see, taste, touch, smell, or hear, you are biased in the opposite direction?

Let’s get to the very heart of the issue.

What existed one second before the big bang?

For all the scholarly speculation about the origins of the universe one second after the big bang, why stop there? Why is it suddenly irresponsible for Christians to speculate what existed one second before the big bang? [Read more…]

How I Started Believing In Hell Again

believing in hell

In my book Hell Is Real (But I Hate To Admit It) I share how I rejected the Bible’s teaching on hell in graduate school, only to dramatically come back to believing in hell again four years later.

I received an email a while ago that posed a question you might have wondered yourself. I thought I’d share it, as well as my response.

Brian,

Read your book. The question about being born into a religion was one that intrigued me. I was born in the Midwest so, naturally, I grew up in a Christian family. Across the globe, though, people are brought up Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, etc. You mentioned this in your book, but never resolved the question. It was followed by reading more passages in the Bible about Hell. As if, by reading more about Hell, you convinced yourself that there is a hell. I don’t think the prevalence of brimstone passages in the Bible is a reason to believe it, though. How do you justify all those people from all those other tribes and nations going to hell when they die? I’m pretty sure skeptical Hindus and skeptical Muslims feel the same way about their religion that I do about mine.

Name Withheld

Here was my response

Hey,

You know the whole hell thing and how I came back to that belief still intrigues me to this day. I agree with your email, it doesn’t make sense. And I can’t justify it. It does sound like I just read the passages about hell over and over and that experience “convinced” me, which, in and of itself, as you point out, doesn’t really prove anything. [Read more…]

Why Yes, I Am Smarter Than God

smarter than god
Who would have ever dreamed that in the 21st century the most counter-cultural thing to do in the Christian community would be to take God’s word at face value?

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend who asked, “How do you know that’s what the Bible really means?” It was as if he was looking for some loophole to get out of a decision he knew he had to make. So he prodded me to find out if there was an underlying Greek word in a particular passage that would reveal something other than what that verse was, in fact, plainly saying.

My friend, no doubt, will keep on asking other Christians the exact same question until he finds someone who will tell him what he wants to hear. Unfortunately, I fear, he won’t have to search very long.

A Prophecy Fulfilled

The Apostle Paul warned his disciple Timothy that, shockingly, the day would soon come when there would actually be people who call themselves Christians who…

…will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. – 1 Timothy 4:3-4

No doubt when Timothy read those words he said, “No way. Impossible. Who would be so brazenly arrogant and so self-righteous to presume that their wisdom is greater than God’s?” [Read more…]

Five Minutes That Will Save Your Marriage

save your marriage
There are always two kinds of divorces – ones that people see coming a mile away, and those that completely blindside people.

Divorces that people see coming a mile away are usually preceded by:

  • Getting married too quickly without getting all the issues out on the table (ex. character flaws, addictions, hurtful relational patterns, previous family dynamics, etc.).
  • Marrying someone whose personality is incompatible with yours (i.e. makes me think of that great line in the song “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna – “Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a volcano…”).
  • Pledging to be lifelong partners when either the bride or groom was not radically committed to the idea of a lifelong marriage, no matter what.
  • Marrying a Yankees fan.

It’s easy to predict whether or not these kinds of marriages will go the distance.

But predicting if a good marriage will eventually go south – not so much. [Read more…]