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Rethinking Genesis: Is God Really Threatened by Us?

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Joe brings your friend Rachel some flowers.  When Rachel tells you about it, she says, “Guess what?  It turns out that Joe is attracted to me just like I’m attracted to him!  Look, he brought me flowers! Obviously he is hoping to date me.”  This is Rachel’s interpretation of the flower event.  And you assume that her explanation of Joe’s motivations is accurate.

Well, later on that day, you run into Joe at a coffee shop.  You say, “Hey, Joe, I heard about how you gave Rachel flowers.  So you really like her, huh?  When are you planning to ask her out?”  Read more of this post

God, Terrorism & You

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As solo terrorist attacks dominate the daily news headlines with increasing frequency, it’s a great time to think about what you are supposed to be learning from all of these suicide bombers, random stabbers, and crazed gunmen.  The psychological factors that turn Average Joe Citizen into a screaming assailant really aren’t so mysterious.  People always have logical reasons for what they do, and whether it’s revenge, desperation, or dreams of a better life in eternity, the final results look the same to the public: some random guy violently assaulted a bunch of people without warning and now some people are dead and others are so horribly injured that they wish they were dead.  Terrorism is, well, terrifying.  So how is it affecting you when you pull up the news and read that another attack has occurred?  Have you ever been caught in one of these gruesome events, or have you known someone who was?  Noticing your own level of angst is quite important, because the more upset you are by these events, the more there is for you to learn.  You see, when it comes to your own spiritual development, there’s a principle that’s quite useful to bear in mind: if it upsets you, then it’s partly about you.  Read more of this post

The Resurrection of Christ: Why It Really Isn’t Critical for Christians

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The fact that someone is quoted by other people doesn’t mean their statement is true or profound.  As a Chinese proverb says: “Paper lets anything be written on it”—meaning that you can write something stupid or something wise and your paper will just sit there and take it.  So will the internet.  But what about your soul?  Is your soul just going to sit there bobbing its head and automatically amening every statement that it comes across about the Christian faith?  You are not a brainless idiot, so don’t act like one.  Instead, make use of the fact that the God of all Wisdom is generously making Himself available to you and ask Him what He thinks of authoritative statements others make about Him.

In our material, we pepper you with authoritative statements, but since you’re not an undiscerning piece of paper, you should not be accepting anything we say as true until you ask God what He thinks about the things we say.  After all, we could be putting out a bunch of useless malarkey.  Sure, we claim that God is the Source of our teaching, but what is that even worth?  A ton of people claim to be passing on pearls from God while they totally contradict each other.  Titles, degrees, and claims of authenticity are utterly worthless.  God is the only Teacher you can trust, so you need to be asking Him directly for wisdom in life.  Read more of this post

Salvation Song Bombs: OH THE POWER by Kari Jobe

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Spiritual discernment is about accurately telling truth from lies.  The better you get at discernment, the harder you are to con, and the stronger your relationship with God will be.  But wait—how does developing good discernment skills help you grow closer to God in your personal life?  Because God is the One who defines what truth is, and He’s never going to share much truth with you until you get serious about honoring Him with your soul attitudes.  God delights in souls who cling to Him like flypaper and embrace a mindset of “I can do nothing without You.”  This isn’t an exaggeration—you literally can’t do anything apart from God, because you are totally dependent on Him for every breath as well as for every kernel of wisdom.  The problem is that most Christians are clinging to the arrogant delusion that they are less than absolutely dependent on God.  Instead, they prefer to think they are actually wiser than God in many areas, thus they are qualified to constantly criticize Him in their prayers. Read more of this post

The Gospel of Judas: Fragments of Foolishness

Here’s what you need to know about the Gospel of Judas. The only known copy of it was discovered in a cave in an Egyptian desert during the 1970s. It was a ratty papyrus document bound in leather. When we say ratty, we mean the thing is literally in more than 1,000 pieces due to corrosion and bad handling. So there are a lot of big holes in the paper, which means a lot of the words are missing, and this makes translating the thing a challenge. Plus it’s written in an outdated Coptic language—a version of the Egyptian language that was in use from the 2nd to 17th centuries. The Coptic alphabet is an adaptation of the Greek alphabet, but now we’re getting into details that aren’t all that important. Read more of this post

The Book of Enoch: Let’s All Obsess Over Angels

There are only two men who are mentioned in the Old Testament records as departing from this world without physically dying or leaving behind a corpse.  The prophet Elijah was whisked up to Heaven by God in some kind of fiery tornado. We know a fair amount about Elijah. Then there was Enoch: the great grandfather of Noah of whom we know very little.

Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him. (Gen. 5:24)

To “walk with God” meant to be faithful to God.  So we know that Enoch chose to respond to God well on a soul level.  We know that he disappeared at 365 years of age.  That sums up Enoch. Read more of this post

Downgrading the Devil: Debunking the Myth of Lucifer

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Among Christians, it is commonly believed that bad ole Satan wasn’t always the shady, malicious character he is today.  Instead, Christians are told that a long time ago, evil Satan used to be a beautiful, brilliant, perfect and powerful angel named Lucifer.  Lucifer had it all.  Lucifer was the chief angel—God’s right hand guy.  But then Lucifer got a big head and all greedy for more power.  So he staged some kind of coup against God, which sparked a massive civil war among the angels.  A third of the angels sided with Lucifer, the rest sided with God.  Team Lucifer lost, and they all got booted out of Heaven, cursed, and turned into the ugly, slinking creatures we know as demons today.  The archangel Michael then took over as the top commander of all the good angels, and today he and Lucifer are constantly going at it.  This is the quick summary of who Christians think Lucifer is.  And guess what?  It’s all a bunch of hooey. Read more of this post

Real Help for Your Identity Crisis: Is it possible that you’re Jesus Christ?

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“Could it be that I am actually Jesus Christ?”  This is one of those loaded questions which many Christians will respond to with hostility and scoffing.  But we understand that for some people, this is a sincere and distressing dilemma.  If you are personally hearing voices telling you that you are Jesus, or if you can’t shake a nagging sense of conviction or some strong premonition that you are being called to relive the mission Jesus had and function as a kind of spiritual Messiah, then this post is going to give you the information you need to put this identity crisis to rest, and it will also arm you with some very helpful discernment skills for the future. Read more of this post

Cyrus & 777: Debunking Christian Idiocy About Trump

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Among the ocean of folks who claim to be Christian prophets, the vast majority of them are total blowhards.  If you do it right, prophesying baloney to the masses can result in those same gullible masses gifting you with fame, wealth and worship.  All you need to get started in this particular racket is a raging ego, a bunch of greed, no character, and no fear of God.  Every human comes equipped with the ego and the greed.  Once you struggle through enough rounds of telling yourself that it’s perfectly okay to knife people for the sake of your own gain, your character will be sufficiently eroded.  And as for no fear of God—well, the best solution there is to avoid developing any reverence in the first place.  Do what the atheists do: give yourself permission to ignore a God who you don’t personally approve of.  Then sit back, relax, and let your imagination run wild.  Throw any cockamamie theory you come up with onto the web, slap Jesus’ Name on it, sprinkle in some references to Scripture, and the undiscerning masses will come.  Read more of this post

The Real End Times: Why Israel is Irrelevant

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If you read through our material on the end times, it won’t take you long to notice something very strange.

We don’t talk about Israel.

But wait—we are prophesying about the end times, aren’t we?  Yes, we are.  And we are claiming to be getting our information directly from God, aren’t we?  Yes, we are.  Unlike so many false prophets who get together and synchronize their “visions” before they publicly broadcast their messages, we don’t give a flip about what any other yahoo is telling you about the end times.  Such is the freedom of knowing when God is talking to you: you don’t need the big boys to agree with you.  Read more of this post