Sam and Wendy succumb to the temptation to have sex and it ruins their relationship. Grieving the loss of the man she had hoped to marry, Wendy doesn’t understand why her friend Amy landed such a good marriage. After all, Amy and Bill also had sex while dating, so why didn’t Bill lose respect for her and dump her the way Sam did with Wendy? Why isn’t Amy suffering the same consequences as Wendy when they both made the same mistakes? Continue reading Comparing Consequences: Why do some people get away with sin?
Among Christians, the folks who practice constant repentance tend to be those who shouldn’t be repenting at all. In other words, they’re overdoing it. They’re claiming responsibility for soul attitudes that they don’t even have and they are striving to appease a God who isn’t even upset with them. As harmless as this might sound, it’s actually very damaging to your relationship with God for you to be constantly assuming that He’s irritated with you when He’s not. You simply can’t develop the kind of relaxed confidence that God wants you to have when you’re always projecting anger onto Him that He’s not even feeling towards you. The purpose of this post is to help you get better at recognizing when you are in a good place with God. Continue reading Understanding God’s Definition of Success: Encouragement for Chronic Sinners
What is God’s relationship with evil? Just how important is human choice? These two questions alone have been the source of endless debate within the Christian community, and they will continue to cause division until this world is destroyed. When you’re at a point in your own spiritual journey where you want to start really chewing on these topics, it can be tough to find any serious discussions that don’t just do the usual “God is good” brush off. Because questioning is a critical part of spiritual development, we enjoy helping you dig deeper into topics that you’re currently wondering about. The purpose of our Q&A posts is to provide answers to series of questions which are often asked by souls who are pondering certain topics. God’s relationship with evil and the significance of human choice are the themes we’ll be talking about in this post, so now let’s get into it. Continue reading God, Evil, & Human Choice Q&A
If my father hadn’t been an alcoholic, I wouldn’t be so messed up today.
If the coach had let me play, I would have won a scholarship.
If that stupid doctor hadn’t misdiagnosed me, I wouldn’t be dying right now.
Ever hear people talk like this? Have you ever talked like this? Blaming our current problems and miseries on the choices of other people can feel like a satisfying way to illicit sympathy while shirking all responsibility for our own choices. After all, some jerk raped you, and that means you now have a free pass to wallow in a victim mentality for the rest of your life. Or maybe you feel you can trace back your current health problems to the fact that your mother tried to have you aborted when you were still in her womb. Now you can blame her for everything while you play the part of the eternal martyr. See how it works? It’s fun to blame other people. It’s satisfying to point the blame in any direction but towards ourselves and make up all kinds of fantasies about how perfect our lives would have been if other humans hadn’t sabotaged us with their rotten choices or malicious actions. But here’s the problem with playing the blame game: if God doesn’t agree to play as well, then we’re going to end up in a heap of trouble. You see, we don’t get to judge ourselves. God is the One who judges us, and that means that we need to get an accurate understanding of how His judgment system works. Continue reading Debunking the Impact of Adam: Unlearning Lies About How God Judges You
You consider yourself to be a committed Christian. You’re the good guy. You’re on the right side. So when that jerk who has been hassling you suddenly gets hit with some brutal trial which causes him to get off your back, you find yourself wanting to do a victory dance. After all, isn’t God exalting you by smacking your enemy down? Clearly when the bad news is being poured out on the heads of the people who oppose you while your path is being covered in blessings, then that means God is for you and against them, doesn’t it? Not necessarily. In real life, things are a lot more complicated than this, and in this post we’re going to discuss what some of those complications are. Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Gloat When Your Enemies Go Down
As a human, you were created by three non-human Beings, who we refer to as Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These are not three personalities of a single Entity. Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct Divine Beings. They are actively involved in your life today, and when you die, They will control whether your experience of the next life is nice or awful. Since these three Gods control the quality of your existence, it’s in your best interest to stay on Their good side. So how do you do this? Christians would say that you need to obtain eternal salvation. But what exactly is eternal salvation? It’s a very simple concept which Christians have turned into a royal mess. The purpose of this post is to clear up some of the confusion. Continue reading Salvation Q&A
Suppose you’re an Egyptian woman who joined the Hebrew slaves during their victorious march out of Egypt after the ten plagues. Your husband was the firstborn male in his family, so he died during the final plague—that horrifying situation in which all firstborn males in Egypt died. Your husband was devoted to his gods, and if he was still alive, you’d never have scraped up the courage to leave Egypt with the Hebrew slaves. But his death gave you the final push you needed to embark on a whole new spiritual journey. The ten plagues threw you into a massive theological crisis which has resulted in you abandoning the Egyptian gods who you used to worship so that you could become a sincere Yahweh follower. You really want to please this new God…but is He only the God of the Jews? You’re not a Jew–does that mean you can never please this Yahweh as much as the Hebrews can? Continue reading Yahweh Talks Ethnicity: Jews & Non-Jews Are Equal Before God