Security of Believers

When it comes to believers’ security, there are 3 primary views:
1. Eternal Security/Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS)
2. Perseverance of the Saints
3. Perseverance in the Faith

Here is a brief summary of each position:

Eternal Security/OSAS – This view, which is held by many Baptists and non-denominational churches, says that once a person accepts Christ, they couldn’t back out if they wanted to. Many who hold this view are Arminian in theology, which seems paradoxical: a person has free-will to choose whether or not to accept Christ after being drawn by the Holy Spirit, but they apparently lose some free-will if they choose to accept.

Perseverance of the Saints – This reformed view, which was taught by John Calvin, states that only those who persevere to the end were truly saved, and that the saved (i.e. the Elect) will always persevere to the end.

Perseverance in the Faith – This view, which says a believer can fall from grace and become apostate, was held by some of the early church fathers including Irenaeus (130 AD- 202 AD). Even Augustine and Luther believed it was possible in some situations for a Christian to fall away into unbelief. This view is often associated with Jacob Arminius and later with John Wesley, although Wesley disagreed with Arminius’s view that there was no further hope for salvation for those who had fallen from the faith into a state of spiritual death.

Questions surrounding the security of believers have been debated for hundreds of years and I don’t expect they will cease until this earth comes to an end.

Rather than take a dogmatic stand on this issue, I think it might be best to just say, the Elect are those who persevere to the end, so persevere.

Convenient Christianity

Convenient Christianity, which is taught throughout much of the United States today, goes like this:

Believe that you were born sinful and that Jesus’ death enables you to have all of your sins forgiven so that you can go to heaven when you die. If you believe this and accept Jesus (ask him to come into your heart), you will be saved. Once you’re saved, you should live a good life but it’s not essential since once you’re saved, you’re always saved. (If you decide not to live a good life, you’re referred to as a “carnal Christian” or “backslidden.”)

What’s wrong with this? A lot!

First, it accepts as fact Augustine’s view that all people deserve death from the moment of conception because they’ve inherited Adam’s sin. This view has been debated for hundreds of years. (Some might say, “Even if a person is not born guilty, s/he will sin and a single sin makes one deserving of hell.” But this view, in my opinion, is based on a few proof texts taken out of context.)

Next, it assumes the purpose of Jesus’ death was to enable people to go to heaven. This may be splitting hairs, but many theologians believe the Bible teaches God’s plan is to have us live our lives on this earth now and later have us live a future life in resurrected bodies on a new earth. (What happens between this life and the next is unclear.)

Next, it links salvation to a prayer in which a person asks Jesus to come into their heart. Nowhere in the Bible are we taught that a person should say a prayer to be saved, or that a person should ask Jesus into their heart.

Finally, it puts forward an assurance that once you believe and say this prayer, you have a ticket to heaven regardless of any future beliefs and actions. So if a 13 year old in Sunday school believes s/he was born sinful and asks Jesus to come into their heart, they could become a devout atheist as an adult and die in that state, but they would still go to heaven. Or if that 13 year old becomes a demon-worshiping serial killer and dies hating God, they would still go to heaven. They are stuck with God, and God is stuck with them, as a result of their sincere childhood prayer.

Ironically, Convenient Christianity has very little in common with the actual teachings of Jesus that are recorded in the four Gospels. What Jesus really taught was this:

Before the foundation of the earth, God planned to establish a kingdom here on earth, which Jesus would rule from heaven. Jesus said those who did the will of his Father in heaven would enter this kingdom. (Matthew 25:34, 7:21)

Jesus repeatedly warned people that if they didn’t obey his Father, they would be destroyed. And he implored people to believe in him and repent, i.e. to accept his message and change their lifestyle. (Matthew 21:41, 43; Luke 13:3, 5; Mark 1:15)

Jesus commanded people to do the good works of God, and he made it clear people would not be saved by a childhood belief/prayer when he said only those who faithfully endured to the end would be saved. (Matthew 5:16, 10:22, 24:13)

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Note: In the Gospels, the word “saved” (Greek sozo) is used in two ways–to describe a future act of deliverance (Mark 8:35, 10:26, 13:13, 16:16, etc.) and to describe the condition of those who were healed by Jesus (Mark 5:23, 28, 34, 10:52, etc.).

The Future of American Churches

I believe the biggest threats to organized Christianity are perceived irrelevance coupled with anti-intellectualism.

Perceived irrelevance:
Sermons can be streamed, socialization (fellowship) can happen on the sidelines of the soccer field, and the answers to life’s big questions often seem more accessible on the bookstore shelves than in the pews. So if the organized church wants to save itself, it must give people a reason to keep attending. Some will continue to attend out of gratitude and love for God and his people, but those who attend out of fear or a sense of duty will need more than a reminder of Hebrews 10:25 to motivate them.

Anti-intellectualism:
Questioners are viewed as spiritually immature, non-submissive, and worldly. Blind faith is prized and the charge of heresy (direct or indirect) hangs over anyone whose interpretations differ from that of the leadership. This anti-intellectualism simply reinforces perceived irrelevance.

Unless things change, we will soon be like Europe, a land of empty church buildings and people who identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Those of us in the Bible Belt can read the polls about steadily declining church attendance in the US and say, “It won’t happen here,” but denial is no remedy.

I firmly believe the gates of hell will not overcome the Church, but in the face of increasing secularization, organized Christianity as we know it will disappear if the status quo does not change.
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Note: I may be wrong; maybe I’m just a pessimist. I may be overreacting. Perhaps in 20-30 years I’ll look back on this post and see that I was just being a Chicken Little. We’ll see.

Do we get mansions in heaven?

Many people believe that when we die we go to heaven to live in mansions that Jesus prepared for us. This narrative comes from the beginning of John 14. But is this really what Jesus was saying? I don’t think so, and I think Steve Gregg’s paraphrase below provides a much better understanding:

“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3 HCSB

Steve Gregg’s paraphrase:

Don’t worry that I am leaving. When I have gone to my Father, I will come to you through my Spirit. My Father and I live in His house—which you have known previously as the single dwelling place that Solomon built in Jerusalem. But, from now on, my Father’s house is comprised of a great number of dwelling places. He and I dwell in each one who loves me and keeps my commandments. As living stones, collectively, these people comprise a temple not made with hands. Each of you has his own place in this temple, which I will be preparing when I depart. This preparation requires my being established as the Head of a new body, the Foundation and Headstone of the new temple. When I have returned to my Father, He and I will be able to come, in the person of the Spirit of Truth, to dwell in you—placing you in your proper place as part of this earthly habitation.
– (explained in light of John 14:18, 23)

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Note: The Greek “monai” is translated “mansion” in the KJV, but in Elizabethan English, “mansion” simply meant dwelling place. This Greek word is only used twice in the New Testament: in John 14:2 & John 14:23.

Christian Confusion ; )

Conversation between two Christian college seniors:

Andrew: Do you mind checking out my résumé. I want to start sending them out tomorrow.

Brittany: (After scanning résumé) It kind of looks like you’re bragging. You know pride goes before a downfall.

Andrew: So, I’m not bragging. I’m just highlighting my strengths, trying to make a good first impression.

Brittany: But don’t you realize how wrong that is? There’s no good in you…or me. We’re just sinners saved by grace. And why are you so concerned about making a good impression? Are you trying to please God or man?

Andrew: I see what you’re saying, but don’t I need to try to get a job?

Brittany: No. The world says to “try”; God says to rest in him. He’s got it!

Andrew: So you’re saying I shouldn’t even send out résumés?

Brittany: No, I’m not saying that at all. I’m just saying God has a job already lined up for you. He’s sovereign! Nothing you do will change God’s sovereign plan.

Andrew: (Slightly exasperated) So you’re saying I should send out résumés?

Brittany: When did I say that? You should pray. Seek God’s face and rest in his perfect will.

Andrew: Ok, I think I’ll send out the résumés and then pray.

Brittany: Uhh, NO! You need to pray before you do anything! How do you know God even wants you to send out résumés?

Andrew: Ooh, good point. So often I just obey my flesh and do what I want to do. So what about you? Have you been seeking God’s will?

Brittany: Me? I’m a theology major!

Jesus’ mission to the Jews

When a Gentile woman asked Jesus to help her demon-possessed daughter, Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” And when she bowed before him and persisted to ask for help, he said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” (Matthew 15:24, 26).

Now Jesus did eventually give in and help this woman’s daughter, but why was he so reluctant?

He was reluctant because he was the Jewish Messiah sent to the Jews (the house of Israel). His mission was to warn the Jews to believe the gospel and repent for the kingdom of heaven was soon coming (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, 5).

In Matthew 10, Jesus told his disciples they would carry on his mission: “Don’t take the road leading to other nations, and don’t enter any Samaritan town. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

He also prophesied future persecution for his disciples as they carried out his command (Matthew 10:16-23a), but he told them to endure to the end in order that they would be saved from the coming judgment (Matthew 10:22; 24:13).

And he told them his second coming would occur before they made it to all the towns of Israel: “For I assure you: You will not have covered the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:23b)

I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” (Matthew 16:28)

Lastly, Jesus told his disciples that people who mistreated them during their mission would be thrown into the fire, but people who cared for them would be rewarded with eternal life.

Satan and demons

In the Bible, both Satan and demons are characterized as real spiritual beings and not just “signs” of the oppression of humanity by evil; however, we see in the Gospels the triumph of Jesus over them:

•Christ (and later his followers, Luke 10:17, 19) were given authority over “all the power of the enemy.” *
•Satan no longer has a presence at the throne of God (Luke 10:18, Revelation 12:9-12). **
•Christ is currently ruling (Ephesians 1:20-22).
•Satan is currently bound (Revelation 20:2), although he will be set free for a short time at the end of the world (Revelation 20:3). ***
   (This aligns with an Amillennialist view of scriptures.)

What about today? Can we blame our sins or the bad things that happen to us on Satan or demons?

Although I believe evil forces can influence our thoughts and actions, Christians have only themselves to blame when they sin:

But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15)

And when I hear people say they are being attacked by Satan (or “the Enemy”) when their car won’t start, their home is being destroyed by termites, or they have a cold, my thought is check the fuel pump, call an exterminator, and wash your hands more often.

Yes, I’m skeptical, because what many call “the work of Satan,” I simply see as life. God never promised to place a “hedge of protection” around Christians. We experience as many car problems, home repairs, and illnesses as atheists.

So why do so many Christians blame their troubles on Satan?

I think most Christians who blame Satan or demons do it because that is what they were taught to do, but I suspect for some it’s a matter of pride: I must be really special because of the 7 billion people in the world, Satan and his minions decided to go after me.
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*Demons recognized Jesus and obeyed him (and his followers) even before Yahweh officially placed them under his feet after his resurrection and exaltation.
**It appears in the defeat of the demons, Jesus foresaw the downfall of their chief.
***Amillennialists are not all in agreement when it comes to Satan’s influence in the present age. Some say that although he is bound, he still exercising limited influence. Others say he currently only indirectly influences the world through demons.

“Amillennialism has been widely held in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches as well as in the Roman Catholic Church, which generally embraces an Augustinian eschatology and which has deemed that premillennialism “cannot safely be taught.” Amillennialism is also common among Protestant denominations such as the Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, many Messianic Jews, and Methodist churches. It represents the historical position of the Amish, Old Order Mennonite, and Conservative Mennonites (though among the more modern groups premillennialism has made inroads). It is also common among groups arising from the 19th century American Restoration Movement such as the Churches of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Christian churches and churches of Christ. It even has a significant following amongst Evangelical Christian denominations including Baptist denominations such as The Association of Grace Baptist Churches in England.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amillennialism

The story of the Bible

Here’s a brief outline of the biblical story that emerges from a narrative-historical hermeneutic. Dr. Andrew Perriman argues this narrative recognizes the fact that “[the Bible] is an ancient text, written to address ancient circumstances, constructed out of the peculiar thought-forms of an ancient worldview” and its purpose is primarily to tell the story of Israel.

Old Testament
Yahweh created all things.
Wickedness increased among humans.
Yahweh chose Abraham to father a nation of people (Israel) to represent him in the midst of the pagan nations. He promised to bless those who blessed Abraham (and his offspring) and curse those who cursed Abraham (and his offspring). And Yahweh promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him.
Yahweh gave his law to this chosen people.
Israel rejected Yahweh as king and decided to be ruled by human kings.
Israel repeatedly violated Yahweh’s laws and killed Yahweh’s prophets.
Yahweh used foreign powers to punish Israel, after which Israel repented and was restored. But then she just turned her back on Yahweh again.
Yahweh’s law condemned Israel to be destroyed.

New Testament
Because of Yahweh’s love, rather than destroy Israel, he sent Jesus (the Messiah) to once again call his people to repentance, warn of imminent judgment, and announce the coming kingdom.
Instead of listening to Jesus, Israel’s leaders killed him, but Yahweh accepted this death as atonement for the sins of Israel, making possible a new future for a faithful remnant.
Jesus was vindicated when Yahweh raised him from the dead and exalted Jesus to his right hand in heaven to rule his kingdom.

All who believed this good news (Gospel) and repented of their sins would be saved from the judgment that Jesus would visit upon unfaithful Israel and then upon Israel’s enemies.
Jesus death redeemed Israel from the curse of the law by putting an end to the Old Covenant, effectively removing the dividing wall of the law that separated Jew and Gentile.
Yahweh poured out his Spirit on all who believed (Jew & Gentile) confirming the fact that Yahweh’s chosen were no longer ethnically defined but were now defined by all who believed the Gospel.
Those who believed were the first fruit of God’s new creation people (the church), called to live under the lordship of Jesus and called to represent Yahweh in the midst of the nations.
Israel’s judgment enacted through Jesus was severe—the nation was destroyed by the Romans, marking the end of the age for Second Temple Judaism (70 AD).
All who remained faithful till the judgment were saved and vindicated.
Jesus established his reign over the entire Roman Empire when the pagan gods were overthrown. (Rome’s conversion to Christianity was the fulfillment of Yahweh’s promises to bless all nations through the offspring of Abraham and to rule over the nations that had opposed Yahweh and his people).
Jesus will continue to rule as Yahweh’s anointed king until the Day of Judgment, after which death will be abolished and Jesus’ rule will end.
The resurrected, all who were not thrown into the lake of fire, will live with Yahweh forever on a new earth.

I think the outline above makes more sense of the biblical texts than any other I’ve seen, and I feel that the narrative-historical hermeneutic produces a less strained and more coherent narrative than the narrative shaped by European rationalism (from the 3rd century on), which dominates today.

How most people view the Bible

Old Testament
God created everything.
Adam & Eve ate a fruit they weren’t supposed to.
People sinned a lot.
Noah built an ark, and God sent a big flood.
There was a guy named Abraham.
Moses brought the slaves out of Egypt.
There were lots of battles.
David killed Goliath.
Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
There were lots of kings.
Israel was destroyed.
Israel was rebuilt.

New Testament
Jesus was born.
Jesus died for my sins.
If I accept Jesus (by saying a prayer), I will go to heaven; and if I don’t, I will go to hell.
One day there might be a rapture.

Is it any wonder so many people find Christianity confusing?

There are books like The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus by John R. Cross that try to take these jumbled facts and present them as a single story, but most of them start with Western Christianity and try to make a cohesive story by grabbing various proof texts to create a narrative that leads to personal salvation. The problem with this approach is that it fails to seriously address the historical purpose of the various writings that make up the Bible, and this leads to the creation of a new story rather than the retelling of an old story.

In my next post, I’ll give a different view of the Bible narrative that I find to be much more coherent.

The End – according to Preterism

Since Preterists say Jesus returned in 70 AD (they understand his return on the clouds as metaphorical language), how do Preterists see the world ending?

This depends on the type of Preterist you are. If you are a Full Preterist like Don K. Preston, you would say we have no idea how the world will end because God hasn’t revealed that to us. (Remember, Full Preterists believe all prophesies in scripture were fulfilled in 70 AD.) However, Partial Preterists are split into several camps on this issue:

Some Partial Preterists, like R.C. Sproul, believe there will be a third coming of Christ prior to the day of final judgment. He believes Christ will come to resurrect the dead and judge the world after the Battle of Armageddon and before the creation of a completely new heaven and earth.

Others, like N.T. Wright, would mostly agree but they would say the new heaven and earth will be our current heaven and earth renewed (not replaced), and when Jesus comes, he will come to stay.

Still others, like Andrew Perriman, do not see scriptural support for a third coming of Christ. Instead they say life will end on this earth when this earth is destroyed by fire after the Battle of Armageddon. Then the dead will be judged by Christ in heaven, after which God’s chosen will live forever on a new earth.

I agree with R.C. Sproul who says, “Debates over eschatology will probably continue until the Lord returns and we have the advantage of hindsight rather than the disadvantage of foresight. The divisions that exist within the Christian community are understandable, considering that both the subject matter and the literary genre of future prophecy are exceedingly difficult. This does not mean that we may push the Bible aside or neglect its eschatological sections. On the contrary the interpretive difficulties . . . call us to a greater diligence and persistence in seeking their solution.”

Providence vs Personal Revelation

I grew up hearing and believing that if you listened hard enough, you could hear God talk to you in a still small voice. I heard church leaders say prayer was supposed to be 2-way communication and that God desired to guide us via divine personal communication. So after almost 20 years of trying but never hearing God, I became a Deist. I came to believe God put things in motion and then just watched from a distance.

Later, somewhere in my 30’s, my views changed again. I started studying scripture intensely and reading a lot of William Lane Craig’s material and became convinced that God was in fact actively involved in all things, but I still wasn’t convinced He speaks to people today, even though most Protestant Christians will tell you He does. Well, I’m coming up on 50 now and I still haven’t heard God’s voice, so I am now almost certain that He doesn’t speak to people today. I’m not saying He can’t, or that He never has, but I don’t think He does. And I’m ok with that…just like I was ok with it in my 20’s. The difference between now and then is I now have a strong belief in God’s providence.

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Evolving Eschatology

When it comes to eschatology (the study of end times), my views have evolved over the years. I grew up as a Premillennialist (think Left Behind) but became an Amillennialist in my 30s. I now find the Amillennial/Partial-Preterist view most satisfactory. (Interestingly, it seems this is the view held by the Roman Catholic Church.)

So what exactly do all these big theological words mean?

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C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was one of the most influential Christian apologists of the twentieth century, and he remains influential today. His famous apologetic work Mere Christianity, which was adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between 1942 and 1944, has sold millions of copies and been translated into numerous languages. Lewis quotations find themselves regularly in sermons across America in churches of nearly every denomination, but ironically, many of Lewis’s views differ sharply from mainstream American Evangelicalism.

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R.C. Sproul & I

R.C. Sproul is a Reformed theologian, author, and pastor. I’m a Molinist ex-missionary and sometimes blogger. And although he’s more conservative than I am on most issues, there are several areas where we agree with each other.

For example, Sproul and I believe the spiritual gifts we read about in the New Testament are no longer active. In other words, he and I are Cessationists. We believe that God is actively involved in all things (Providence) but we do not believe God speaks to people today or reveals new truths. (We both acknowledge God could still perform miracles although neither of us expects them.)

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Bad Apologetics

One argument Christians often use to support their belief is the claim that all but one of Jesus’ disciples died as martyrs. And people don’t die for something they know to be a lie.
But is it true that all but one died the death of a martyr?

We don’t know.

We have good evidence that Peter and Paul died as martyrs and decent evidence that James, the brother of John, died as a martyr (Acts 12:1-2), but after that we simply have traditional legends from the 2nd and 3rd centuries. And some of these legends are quite fantastic.

Because there isn’t credible evidence to support this claim, it’s best not to use this argument as part of your apologetics arsenal.

Nevertheless, I agree with Sean McDowell that “the apostles were all willing to suffer and die for their belief that they had seen the risen Jesus. While we cannot demonstrate historically that they all died as martyrs, we know they willingly proclaimed the faith amidst persecution with full awareness of the potential cost of following a publicly crucified ‘criminal.’”

My View of Biblical Inspiration

The writer of 2 Timothy says “all scripture is inspired,” and the Greek word that is translated “inspired” literally means “God-breathed.” This word is only used once in the Bible.

Debates have raged for centuries over just what “inspired” entails. Some point out that when this was said, “all scripture” could not have included the New Testament since some of it had not yet been written and the letters that did exist were not yet collected into a canon. Others point out that “God breathed” isn’t the same as “God spoken.” And yet others point out that the word “inspired” isn’t defined in this context so we can’t be sure of the significance the writer was attaching to this word.

There are many theories of inspiration, but here are four that are quite well known:

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Bizarre Oath Taking In Genesis

Many Old Testament Bible scholars say oath taking in Genesis required the oath taker to hold the circumcised penis of the one to whom they were making the oath while they swore. (“Under the thigh” is believed to be a euphemism for genitals. Genesis 24:9, 47:29) This practice only appears in Genesis and by the time of Jesus we are told that Jews simply named a sacred object within the oath: “I swear by heaven..,” “I swear by Jerusalem…,” etc.

Later, we are told in the Talmud that certain oaths required one to hold the Scroll of the Torah in one’s hand while swearing. Swearing on a Bible appears to have come from this tradition.

There is debate about whether the oath taker held the circumcised penis or the testicles. Those who advocate for the testicles say the testicles were viewed as the most valuable asset a man possessed in the ancient world since they were the source of life that enabled a man to multiply his family. Nevertheless, I believe it more likely the circumcised penis was held since it was the earthly symbol of Yahweh’s favor.

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It’s not clear to me why the oath taker didn’t hold his own genitalia while swearing. Maybe it was to symbolize the trust that the party requiring the oath was placing in the one swearing the oath.

Where Is God?

In the New Testament, we are told that God is an invisible spirit (Colossians 1:15, John 4:24). It appears Yahweh exists as an unembodied infinite mind. He is an incorporeal, non-spatial spirit, which means he cannot accurately be described as here, there, or anywhere. He just is.

When we say “God is in heaven” or “God’s Spirit is in us,” what we mean is God is active here or there.

Some say that God is in all things (and all things are in God). This view is called Panentheism and is closely related to “process theism”—as we improve the world, we improve God. Another non-Judeo-Christian view called Pantheism states everything is God, that God is the universe.

I agree with William Lane Craig that “omnipresence should be understood in terms of God’s being immediately cognizant of and causally active at every point in space. He knows what is happening at every spatial location in the universe and He is causally operative at every such point, even if nothing more is going on there than quantum fluctuations in the vacuum of ’empty’ space.’”

So the question, “Where is God” cannot be answered because the question seeks to spatially locate a non-spatial being. Yahweh is not literally in your heart, in the air that you breathe, or in every drop of coffee that you drink, but he is in control of all things and always at work everywhere.

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For more on this topic, check out Is God’s Spirit literally “in” me?

Becoming Like Angels

I believe that when God resurrects us from the dead, we will become like angels (although we will not be angels). Jesus said those who are resurrected will not marry, and they will not die (Luke 20:35-36). Jesus, who was the first to experience this resurrection, appears to have been able to appear and disappear at will (Luke 24:31, 36). He could enter locked rooms without opening the door—perhaps by traveling through solid substances or by teleporting (John 20:19), but he could also manifest himself in a physical body that looked and felt just like his pre-resurrected body and was even capable of eating (Luke 24:42-42). And it’s likely we will be able to appear in different forms (Mark 16:12) and travel through the air (Luke 24:51)!

Sounds like fun to me! :)

Good Christian Memes

Earlier, I posted a collection of some of the worst Christian memes I’ve seen floating around cyberspace (http://www.simmondsfam.com/blog/faith/2016/04/04/bad-christian-memes/). Well, here are some that I think are pretty good because they challenge the bad theology and folk religion that is so popular:


Oh, I never thought about that…

Christians are big on public prayer, but Christ…not so much.

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Down here in the Bible belt, I can guarantee that atheist shirt would not go over well…

Theology is flexible that way 😉

The Bible is flexible that way 😉

The magic prayer…sigh

Playin’ the God card. 😉
It’s not a religion. Because we say it’s not.

Bad Christian Memes

Here is a small collection of some of the worst Christian memes I’ve seen floating around cyberspace:


False statistics and bad logic. Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” and Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” are also banned in various countries…

You first need to establish that atheists do hate God. (If they’re true atheists, they don’t.) I know some hate religions because they see them as  oppressive and harmful.

For some reason God prefers to whisper and you have to listen really hard to hear him.

If someone tells you they can’t hear God’s whisper, make up a reason to explain why.

Fortune cookie Christianity!

If you told people for 2000 yrs a storm was coming soon and it never came, would you think it strange if they stopped preparing for it?

Caucasian Jesus trying to guilt-trip people into going to church…

Silly “facts” about the devil.

Cuz I’m sure heaven and church are the same.

Makes absolutely no sense but it sounds
spiritually profound :)

Christian manipulation and coercion at its worst!

Verses taken out of context to make Christian memes so Christians can avoid secular inspirational memes.

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For some good Christian memes, click here: http://www.simmondsfam.com/blog/faith/2016/04/04/good-christian-memes/