Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Perception for Today...The Quiet Voice of God?

Hello friends!

Today's blog post is all about listening to God.  As Christians, we should take our direction for life from God.  The only way we can do that though is we are listening for God.  To be listening for God, we must know how he communicates to us.  So how does God communicate with us?  What does it sound like?  My thoughts after the jump.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Perception for Today...Biblical Difficulties-Slavery

Hello everybody!

I'd like to continue on the Biblical difficulties topic today.  Last time, I talked about polygamy and how some people think that the Bible endorses it.  One idea that is more widely thought to be endorsed by the Bible than polygamy, however, is slavery.  This can sometimes be a hangup for some people in believing that the God of the Bible is good.  They think of how horrible it was when people in United States would abuse their slaves or how families would be torn apart as white men came and kidnapped people in Africa, and then they see that many people in the Bible had slaves and that Jesus commanded slaves to be obedient to their masters.  Seeing those things in the Bible, they then assume that the Bible endorses the kind of slavery that was rampant in the 1600s-1800s.  Is this really the case though?  Would a good God endorse taking a man from his family and cruelly force him into hard labor without compensation and without hope?  My thoughts after the jump.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Perception for Today...Biblical Difficulties-Polygamy

Hello readers!

Today's perception is about Biblical difficulties.  You know, things in the Bible that may be difficult to understand, hard to explain, seem contradictory, or maybe appear to be just plain bad.  There are several things in the Bible that could fit this description.  Sometimes, they can be hang-ups that keep people from putting their faith in Jesus.  They are often used as ammunition by atheists and skeptics to attack the Christians' faith.  Indeed, my idea for this post comes from what I read when I browse the comments on stories in the Belief Blog on  This could possibly turn into a multi-post story that I may have to make a page for, but we'll start with this one post for now.  My thoughts after the jump.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Perception for Today...Terror in the Name of God?

As most people know by now, there was a terror attack in Norway recently.  A man set off a truck bomb outside of a federal building, and then went on a shooting rampage at a youth camp.  All told, over 80 people, mostly children and teens, were killed.  It is the worst terror attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombing a few years ago.  This is a terribly tragedy and my heart goes out to all the victims.  One thing that has been said in regards to this case though, is that the suspect has been described by some in the media as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist."  Could a "Christian fundamentalist" really have done this?  What would a Christian fundamentalist be?  My thoughts after the jump.