The Parable of the Prodigal Son


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In Luke 15, we find Jesus’ famous Parable of the Prodigal Son.  This story is a favorite among Christians, but as is often the case with favorite Scripture passages, this parable is rarely taught in its original context.  Once we strip away context and start treating portions of Scripture as stand alone thoughts, we often start reading meanings into the text that the original author never meant.  This is certainly the case with the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and today you can find Christians squeezing all kinds of absurd lessons and promises out of this parable that aren’t at all valid.  You see, as magnificent as our glorious Lord is, He simply isn’t speaking to any of us in Scriptures. Instead, He’s speaking to folks who lived thousands of years before us—folks whose cultural values, customs, and priorities differed from our own.  Continue reading The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Positive Miracles in the End Times

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Imagine setting up a row of thirty dominoes or small rectangular tiles.  You stand each tile up on its end and position it close behind the tile in front of it.  When you’re done, it looks like there are thirty tiles waiting in line for something to happen.  Now if you’ve placed the tiles close enough together, then by flicking the first tile forward, you’ll send it crashing into the tile in front of it.  That second tile will then crash into the third, and on and on it will go until all of the tiles have fallen over in a dramatic chain reaction.  Only one tile had problems—only one tile got shoved onto the ground by you, the row creator. But because of the way you placed all of the tiles, you fixed it so that one small shove from you would result in a catastrophe for all of the dominoes.  Instead of one tile falling on its own, one tile’s troubles spread to all of the other tiles.  That first tile managed to take all of the other tiles down with it thanks to the way you set things up.  If you had spaced the tiles further apart from each other, this chain reaction wouldn’t have happened.  But you didn’t, so it did. Continue reading Positive Miracles in the End Times

End Time Wars: The Church vs. The Prophet

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On our main website, you’ll find a title banner that reads: “The Pursuit of God: Serious Topics for Serious Christians.”  And yet in this article about the end times, we are going to say some very harsh things about the Christian religion and warn you to be very wary about trusting Christian interpretations of end time events.  So what’s with the apparent hypocrisy?  If we claim to be Christians ourselves—which we do—then why are we so adamantly opposed to so much of what the Christian Church teaches?  Well, why are sincere followers of Islam so opposed to ISIS terrorists?  After all, the boys in black hoodies are claiming to be showing the world what real devotion to Allah looks like as they go around torturing, maiming and assaulting other humans.  Is it really true that the fictitious Allah is the sort of fellow who is all for guys with big guns tearing land and resources away from others just to feed their personal lust for power and glory?  No, it’s really not.  Even though Allah is as fictitious as America’s Santa Claus, Allah is a very specific sort of character who would never sign off on what the ISIS boys are doing.  You see, even fictional characters have limits.  America’s Santa Claus is a jolly fellow who is all about making children smile and doling out presents.  Sure, you can claim that Santa Claus told you to rape a bunch of women, strap bombs to children, and blow up buildings.  But as soon as you make such a ludicrous claim, it’s obvious to all Americans that you’re no longer talking about the Santa Claus, because Santa is a character with limits that just can’t be crossed.  The same is true for the Allah character who serious Muslims worship.  Allah isn’t some dope who can’t tell the difference between humans really worshiping him and humans just using him as an excuse to try and pull a Hitler maneuver in the Middle East.  Allah demands true devotion from his followers, and he frowns on those who use him as an excuse to serve themselves. Continue reading End Time Wars: The Church vs. The Prophet

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