Matthew 6:9-13 contains the prayer known as the Lord’s Prayer. It contains the phrase “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Is this part of the prayer being answered today? It appears to me that most of the earth is rebelling against God’s will rather than following it.
The Bible tells us that God created the world and everything in it in six days and we should acknowledge him as our Creator. Humans have come up with the belief that the earth developed by natural processes over billions of years and that life arose by a process of evolution. This belief is such an integral part of our culture that even many Bible believers accept it and interpret the Bible in a way that accommodates the belief that the earth is old. I once believed in an old earth and reconciled this belief with the Bible by believing in the gap theory. Read the rest of this entry
YOLO stands for You Only Live Once. It is the philosophy that the life we are now living is the only we will ever have so we should make the best use of it by doing those things which bring us the greatest amount of pleasure now. Like any other philosophy it needs to be tested by comparing it with what the Bible teaches.
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32)
It is correct in one point. If the life we live now is all there is then the wisest course of action would be to get as much enjoyment as we can. But is this life really all we have?
It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
We do indeed only live once, but our existence doesn’t end when our body dies. Here is a description of the final judgment. Read the rest of this entry
A lot is said about God’s love. It is the topic of the most well-known verse in the Bible.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
But how often have you heard anyone say anything about God’s hatred? Some people believe that God never hates anyone or anything because they believe all hatred is wrong and God never sins. Here is what the Bible says about that.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven . . . a time to love, and a time to hate. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,8)
When we hate our hatred is usually sinful because we seldom know when hatred is called for. (Our love can also be sinful. We love something that God has told us we shouldn’t love or we love one thing more than another when we should love the second thing more.) God always knows when it is the proper time to love or hate. Read the rest of this entry
Some people are rich and others are poor. That has always been true and always will be. Jesus himself said, “You always have the poor with you.” I wonder how many realize that even in Heaven there will be rich and poor.
Salvation is a free gift from God, not something we can earn by anything we do. But the goal of salvation isn’t just to get into Heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We are not saved by works but we are saved to do good works. Our salvation itself is a free gift but our works after salvation will be judged and rewarded. Read the rest of this entry
Revelation chapter 4 describes John’s being carried in the spirit up to Heaven, into the throne room of God. Among the sights he sees there are four living creatures that surround the throne.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
Many believe these creatures are cherubim because their description resembles that of of the cherubim that appeared to Ezekiel.
As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.
Both descriptions include similarities to a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. But there is one difference. Each individual cherub resembled all four of these; each of the living creatures was like one of them. Read the rest of this entry
The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God made the earth is six days. Here is what he did on the fourth day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
It would appear that he created the rest of the universe at this time. The problem with this belief is that many of the stars are so far away that it takes millions of years for the light from them to reach the earth. Young earth creationists have come up with several explanations for this problem. You can read some of them here: Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?
I believe there is a different explanation. The Bible says that God placed lights in the sky; it doesn’t say he created the bodies that produced those lights at that time. I have written a post in which I explain the reasons I believe this: Young earth, old universe . Read the rest of this entry
It is a common belief among Christians that when a person dies he immediately goes either to Heaven or to Hell and remains there for all eternity. A careful study of the Bible shows that this is not correct, although it is very close to the truth.