A Summary of Homosexual Clobber Passages

Based on Greek literature being Born a Eunuch often meant anyone who did not desire women, including homosexuals. 

Matthew 19:10-12

In these verses Jesus mentions men who are born eunuchs.  This is different from the standard references to Eunuchs.  It was often used in ancient Greece throughout its literature, to refer to those who were homosexual in orientation.  The word eunuch alone was usually someone with deformity or changed anatomy, to no longer be capable of sex.  The phrase “Born eunuch,” is more a term of art to refer euphemistically to homosexuals.  There is even some evidence from the Talmud that this was the case in ancient Israel.  Rabbi Eliezer for example says those who were born Eunuch could be cured and again be made to desire women.  If it were talking about people without sexual capability such a cure, if even possible, would make little sense.    Jesus does not condemn these people but instead affirms that some people are just born that way.  This would at least support an argument that homosexual orientation is not sinful, but is natural, a way some people are born.


The early church had associations with Eunuchs Acts 8:26-40

Leviticus 18 and 20

These chapters address idolatry and practices pagans associated with the worship of their false gods in the ancient near east.   Sex with homosexual temple prostitutes was sought as a means to guarantee stability, wealth and safety.  All kinds of sex acts were also performed in these false worship practices from bestiality to incest.  These verses are written in the context of pagan worship and that context must be taken seriously.  Homosexuals today do not engage in homosexual sex for pagan worship.

Also contained in these passages are the phrases “18:22: You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” And 20:13  If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”  Notice, if needed and meant, the text could have simply said that if a male lies with a male it is an abomination, but the texts do not say that.  They say that a man should not lie with a man like he would a woman.  This means we are talking about a married man, or at least someone who regularly has sex with women.  This is speaking of heterosexuals engaging in homosexual sex.  It is not speaking of homosexuals engaging in homosexual sex.   There is a reason why the wording is the way it is instead of being a direct prohibition.
The primary New Testament passage used against homosexuality is Romans 1:21-28.  This passage in context speaks of Idol Worship and Rejection of God.  Not about Adult Homosexuals

Speaking about idolatry,, this passage goes through the results and patterns of that idolatry, from refused to glorify God in verse 21, to pride and hatred of God in verse 31.  Verses 26-27 in this context, should be interpreted to be about idolatry as well.  Paul is condemning people for worshipping idols and hating God.  Just like the Leviticus passages we have homosexual activity taking place in the context of idolatry, which could easily be referring to ancient practices of homosexual temple prostitution.

Also telling in this passage is it speaks of people giving up their innate passion for the opposite sex to seek pleasure with the same sex.  Notice it does not say merely that it is people engaging in homosexual sex.  It says these are people with desires for the opposite sex engaging in homosexual behavior.  They have gone against their inborn sexual desires to seek pleasure and to worship false Gods.  This means they could not have been homosexuals since homosexuals do not desire heterosexual sex.  So the text is speaking against heterosexuals engaging in homosexual sex for pleasure and idolatry.  There is no mention of a monogamous homosexual relationship among those with that orientation.

There are, no doubt, modern people who engage in homosexual sex for reasons similar to those identified in Romans 1. If someone began with a clear heterosexual orientation, but rejected God and began experimenting with gay sex simply as a way of experiencing a new set of pleasures, then this passage may apply to that person.

Sodom and Gomorrah needs to be discussed as well.

Many say that Sodom was destroyed because of homosexuality.  But scripture tells us exactly why it was destroyed:  Ezekiel 16:49  “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.  We can take scripture at its word.

Also in Genesis 19, the story of Sodom, speaks of the attempted rape of the angels sent to Lot.  Since Lot’s daughters were offered as an alternative it should be obvious that homosexuality was not the issue, but mass violence and pleasure seeking was.  Homosexual rape was often used as a means to humiliate enemies in the ANE.  Genesis 19 is about sexual abuse.

Jude 7 mentions Sodom but refers to the legend from the book of Enoch about heterosexual sex between angels and humans, using the same phrase “strange flesh.”  Many have claimed this meant homosexuality when no actual reference to homosexuality it mentioned.

The passages have nothing to say about adult monogamous homosexual relationships, but forcible rape and legends about sex with angels.
I Corinthians 6:9-10 and I Timothy 1:10

These are the only other two passages in the New Testament that have been translated as homosexuals, but that linguistic conclusion is questionable at best.  There are two Greek words used here, malokoi and arsenkoites.  Malokoi is often translated as “effeminate.”  Maolokoi literally just means “soft.”  This word is very common in Greek literature.  It is often used to refer to someone with lazy or soft morals.  Women were thought to be weaker in morals so it carried that sense of effeminate, soft in morals.  The only time this word is used to refer to anything related to homosexuality, it refers to a soft man or boy who engages in homosexual prostitution.  In other words, the receptive partner in a homosexual prostitution encounter.  So Paul seems to be forbidding soft morals or male homosexual prostitutes in selecting that word.  So this word has nothing to do with adult homosexual monogamous relationships.

The second word, arsenkoites is a word Paul invented and appears in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy.  Since Paul invented this words literature from before Paul’s usage does not exist, so we kind of have to figure out what he meant.  The root words do mean “bed” and “male” which is a best an ambiguous reference to males in bed. 9does lady-killer literally mean someone who kills ladies, for example?)   So it likely does have something to do with male sexual expression but we cannot surmise from that origin that it is meaning homosexual relationships.  Our only other clue is how the word is used AFTER Paul.  In later Greek literature this word is always used (73 times) to refer to a powerful man (or God) using that power to rape a young boy.  In one case it refers to Zeus abducting and raping a young boy named Ganymede.  In another it refers to the snake in Eden becoming  a creature names Naas and raping Adam.  From these usages we at least get a hint that Paul is speaking about power being used for homosexual rape, not consensual homosexuality.

Note on Lingustics:

Scripture actually never uses a word that speaks directly of adult homosexual relationships.

The Greek words that actually mean homosexual in some way or form that are not found in scripture:

arrenomanes – meaning mad after men or boy crazy

dihetaristriai – a synonym referencing lesbian sexuality,

erastes – a sometimes older man who loves a sometimes younger male

eromenos – a sometimes younger male who loves an older male

euryproktoi – men who dress as women, also a vulgar reference to anal penetration.

hetairistriai – women who are attracted to other women, used by Plato’s character Aristophanes, in The Symposium.

kinaidos – a man “whose most salient feature was a supposedly feminine love of being sexually penetrated by other men.”

lakkoproktoi – a lewd and vulgar reference to anal penetration

lesbiai – a synonym referencing lesbian sexuality, meaning essentially the same thing as dihetaristriai, .

paiderasste – sexual behavior between males

Now with all these words to choose from to describe actual homosexual activity, why did the bible choose a word that means “soft morals” or homosexual prostitute,  and a word Paul made up out of thin air?

Why would the bible not use a Greek word that actually means homosexual if that is what is being spoken against?

Sources:  http://www.wouldjesusdiscriminate.org/biblical_evidence/gay_couple.html

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Review of “Massive Deceptions in Modern Christianity: Exposing Myths and Sacrificing Sacred Cows on the Altar of Truth: Volume 1: A Christian Biblical Investigation Into the Essentials of Christianity: The Christian Mythbuster Series: The Last Days Edition.” by Steven Hawk

This book was well written, used a great deal of scripture and focused on a lot of key details of biblical prophecy.  I cannot however recommend it because of the conclusions that the author comes to, some of the statements that author makes.  There is also consistent misuse of scripture.  He argues whole points from scripture but then makes radical leaps to his conclusions before the scripture warrants them.  It makes it appear to the novice as if his thinking is exegetical, but in fact it uses many assumptions woven through the arguments that are subtle, but damaging to the text.

Any claim to have new biblical truth never before written by anyone should be seriously scrutinized.  (pages ii, LVIII, 226)  Such claims should fall idly by and be allowed to float without challenge.

The First section is on methodology and is pretty much sound but for a few details.  His methods are sound but in many cases he does not follow them.

The Second section is an attempt to dismantle various doctrinal positions of futurists and full preterists.  The problem is what arises from this section is a mishmash of views that contradict each other.  He arbitrarily holds onto some sacred cows of futurism, and some points of preterism and weaves them into a basket with a hole through which the rest of his argument escapes.  He holds to contradictory views on the rapture and resurrection.  (145, 154-157, 188)  These views permeate and draw down the rest of his position.

The Third section is the conclusion to which the rest of the book reaches.  The whole third section reads like a political treatise on American Greatness and conspiracy theories.  It discusses the Battle of Gog and Magog and identifies the key players in the mind of the author.  This section is very long on speculation and very short on evidence.  There are some disturbing statements in this books as well that speak of the need to genetically preserve the white race (224), Americas greatness because of whites (257, 320-21), and conspiracy theories that the Jews are controlling almost everything (215, 378, 380, 396, 418, 421, 425-26, 434).

I realize this book will appeal to a certain audience, but I cannot endorse the conclusions and some of the raw statements made by the author.

Here are some of the key points of Proper Preterism gleaned from the book

1)       It claims to be the discovery of new biblical truth (pg. II)

  1. Revealed now because of where we are in prophecy (LVIII)
  2. Never before able to be written by anyone (226)

2)      The Millennium Started in 70 AD and Ended in 1948 (V, 113, 170)

3)      Belief in Incorruptible Body at Death (Ed Stevens View) (p XLII-XLIII, 146)

4)      We are very near to the Great White Throne Judgment (LVIII,

5)      The Parousia just means the presence of Christ on His throng (14)

6)      Revelation began to be written in 45 Ad and was finished in 69 AD (19)

  1. It was discussed at the Jerusalem Council (129)

7)      The 6th King is Otho (Nero is 4th) (26)

8)      The Second Coming in Judgment on Jerusalem was between 70 and 73-74 AD (31

9)      The Lost Sheep of Israel are the Gentiles (ROE) (66)

10)   666 is the number of years the beast power corrupted the Israelites (85, 91)

  1. From the captivity to 70 AD supposedly

11)   The growth of Daniel’s rock into a great mountain is still ongoing (77)

12)   666 is not Nero because Gematria is “Jewish nonsense” and “occult” (86)

13)   Time of the Gentiles is Still Being Fulfilled (100)

14)   The Day of the Lord extends from 70 AD and we are still in it (118)

15)   The first resurrection is still ongoing for each believer (137)

16)   The wicked dead still await the second resurrection (120)

17)   We are still in the last trump (151)

18)   The rapture continues today and happened after 70 AD (154-55)

  1. We die and are then raptured (156)

19)   70 AD Begins the judgment the final aspect of which is still future (159)

20)   The “abyss” is the land of Judea (165)

21)   The Zealots are the Scorpions (168)

22)   Satan is Zionist Jews (61, 169)

  1. Was bound but then released into Judea in 1948 (201)
  2. Vespasian had bound Satan (206)

23)   Christ is still riding the White Horse with the sword from his mouth (173)

24)   The author also says he holds to the Essential Body View (Taffy Boyo’s new doctrine) (188)

25)   We currently live in the “little time” of Rev 20:3 (212)

26)   The USA is The Israel of God and the Mountains of Israel (237, 239, 240, 327)

  1. Full preterism is wrong partially because it claims the “most prosperous Christian nation on earth is not mentioned in biblical prophecy.” (245)
  2. He writes it Jer USA lem (254)
  3. All promises to Israel are really to the USA (273)
  4. We are blessed because of our Caucasian Christian ancestors (277)
  5. Oriental immigrants are not devoted Americans (435)

27)   Gog and Magog are

  1. Illegal immigrants (214)

i.      Mexican immigrants are the enemy from the North because the COMEUP (359)

ii.      Mexicans are dirty people (375)

  1. Terrorists and Muslims (221, 351, 440)
  2. Messianic Jews (238)
  3. Too many countries to list here (350-430)
  4. China (433)
  5. Indians (448)

28)   The Jews control :

  1. All banks (215)
  2. The Catholic Church (378)

i.       Probably Started the RCC to subvert Christianity (380)

  1. The Obama Administration (396)
  2. Conspire against the Tea Party (418)
  3. Slave Trade was motivated and run by them (421)
  4. Jews fight against racial purity (425)
  5. Caused Nazism (426)
  6. Chines Economy (434)

29)   The USA is the Living Waters because we distribute bibles (482)

30)   The final battle is at hand (489)

  1. God will dispose of Gog and Magog and Israel (492)

31)   The Great White Throne Judgment is in our near future (492)

The whole Third and final section reads like an American political treatise, not a book on eschatology.

There are some disturbing statements in this books as well such as:

“It is the Zionist goal and that the enemies of God and Christ to seek to genetically destroy the white race…”  (224)

The “migration patterns of the white ancestry”  and the start as 13 colonies (13 tribes) proves we are the Israel of God. (257)

“we have been life to when told Christianity was not the goal for America by the Caucasians of different nations…” (320)

The wealth was “accumulated by Caucasians from hard work.” (321)

“God and Magog can they be derivatives of SYNA GOG and DeMAGOG?”  (355)

A Review of “The Gospel According to Facebook” By Bruce Joffe

When I received a review copy of this book I was a bit skeptical about what I would find.  Would it be another rant against social media?  Would it be a liberal attack on conservative Christians.  I got a small picture from the books description, but really did not know what to expect until I delved into its pages.  But I think one of the quotes in the last section of the book, a collection of inspirational and thought provoking quotes, defines the aim of this book:

Some believe that it is only Great Power that can hold evil in check.  But that is not what I have found.   I found that it is the small things.  Every day deeds by Ordinary Folk That keeps the Darkness at Bay. – Galdalf (JRR Tolkien)

This book is a motivation to do those little things that keep evil at bay.  It is a call to community and  an encouragement to keep pressing forward, to keep learning, to keep growing.

This book is an excellent take on how social media can be used to further the gospel and advance the Kingdom of God.  That being said there will be much that my conservative friends will disagree with, but they should read this book nonetheless.  It is a book that stretched our imaginations and finds an inclusiveness in the gospel that many of us have forgot.  The author sprinkles the story of his own faith journey with messages and meaning found on the internet.  This book shows where the judgment of Christians can often go awry.   I cannot say that I agree with everything I read in these pages, but I can say I am better, have learned a great deal, and have broadened my horizons by reading it.

The author has started what has evolved into an online community of believers called Shalom Spiritual Community, on facebook.  He relates how his journey led to starting this group when he could find no church in which he encountered God and could live out his values.  The original intent was to use the group to springboard into a local fellowship in his community, but it exploded into a multicultural multinational fellowship that echoed the values of inclusion and grace.  I would recommend that people not only check out this book, but examine this spiritual community as well.

In closing this review I want to share one more quote from the inspirational section of the book that should encourage everyone to pick up this book.  You may disagree with some of the author’s ideas or conclusions, but you will be challenged and grow in your understanding of grace and God.

I’m not where I need to be, but, thank God, I’m not where I used to be.

You can find the book at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-According-Facebook-Social-Media-ebook/dp/B00I9KPPJE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392331193&sr=1-1&keywords=bruce+joffe

From the Conclusion of the 2nd Edition of House Divided: Bridging the Gap in Reformed Eschatology – A Preterist Response to When Shall These Things Be?

Something is seriously wrong with the church today. Reformed churches are suffering from dwindling attendance and a significant lack of commitment in their congregations. It seems the only churches that are drawing crowds are the anti-creedal, self help churches that tell people what they want to hear. Many have cited varying reasons for the decline in creedal churches, including psychological and sociological conditions. The truth though is that the problem is, to a significant degree, eschatological.
When churches that should be proclaiming “the full counsel of God” continue in serious error, the end result is what we see today. As the implications of futurism have worked themselves out through history, the ability of creedal churches to influence society has diminished. Being stuck in the futurist time warp,  creedal churches have failed to exegetically recognize, and work out the implications of, Christ’s Second Coming in AD 70, and have thus failed to advance the kingdom of God in accordance with fulfilled biblical principles.
Futurism is in essence a mythology. This mythology allows control through fear and ignorance. Many churches speak of Christ as though He’s a cosmic boogey man who could appear at any second of any day. Many believers have lived in fear of thinking a sinful thought at the moment when Christ returns. Others have lived in mortal fear of being left behind in a “rapture” that never happens. Others have lived their lives hoping and longing vainly for an “imminent” return that never happens. When the believer is kept in ignorance through the myth of futurism, he becomes a religious consumer, buying up every “end times” book, every “code” book, and eating them up as gospel. Or he becomes a religious paraplegic, becoming paralyzed by what he sees as the uselessness of any effort. This is the “why polish brass on a sinking ship” syndrome.
He further becomes unable to apply the Bible’s fulfilled principles of life because futurism has left him in the shadowy “yes and no” twilight zone of “already but not yet.” Is the believer fully justified in Christ?  Well, yes and no, according to consistent futurism (Rom. 4:24). Futurism implicitly robs us of the presence of Christ and the fulfillment of His promises, forcing us to wait for the millennium or for the end of world history before we can truly be the sons of God (Rom. 8:23) and successfully build His Kingdom. Showing Christians that their soteriological hope is fulfilled in Christ in the here and now, and that they are not standing in need of mythical, future, redemptive events, and showing them what fulfilled eschatology means for them—their family, their community, and society—will go a long way toward recovering and expanding the influence of the Christian faith on the culture.
The dilemma is difficult for many to see. In order to save creedal Christianity and maintain it as the bulwark against error, one of the things we must do is revise the creeds so that they more accurately adhere
to the teaching of Scripture. Unfortunately, most of the reactionaries who attack preterism from the position of the creeds do so to uphold an authority structure and tradition which they merely assume to be biblical, and therefore refuse to allow for even the possibility that the creeds may be unfaithful to the word of God in regard to eschatology.
…….

The biblical record from cover to cover teaches us that taking a stand against traditions and authorities which nullify Scripture is not easy. When leaders take their stand against the teachings of Scripture for the sake of tradition, that is when God raises up “the things which are not” (1 Cor. 1:28)—fishermen, shepherds, janitors, waiters, drivers, etc.,— to stand in the gap. The rise of Reformed preterists within the history of the church can be likened to the conflict between David the shepherd and Saul the king, and between Luther and the One, Holy, Roman Catholic Church—small and humble beginnings, with powerful and profound results to be looked for in the future. Preterists have been forced into the wilderness and caves by those who have felt threatened by our stand for the Word of God; and God continues to add to the number of men and women who are shunned by creedal futurists. These believers have been driven out by Saul-ish  spear throwers, but they find their purpose in defending the truth at all costs. And as a result, they become God’s valiant warriors.

It took only a handful of committed Christians with a passion for God’s word to turn the Jewish and Roman world completely upside down with the gospel. God is not calling closet Calvinists or closet preterists, but faithful men to boldly proclaim His truth to His flock. Be assured that persecution and tears will come, but if you faithfully proclaim and trust in God’s Word, He will keep your tears in His bottle and turn back your enemies, and in one way or another, He will vindicate you and the truth together in Him (Jer. 1; Josh. 1; Ps. 56).

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Disability

The church is a community of believers not a building or a tax exemption.  Within this idea of community, we need to recognize the role that our disabled brothers and sisters have to play in it.  By way of community we know that like most of us what a disabled person needs most many days is just a friend.  Now hopefully the disabled are able to make many more friends, especially disabled Christians who participate in a healthy, welcoming church.  But the need for one friend, who loves a person unconditionally, and will always stick by their side is a very valuable thing to a disabled person.  It is easy for people to tuck tale and run when faced with the effects of a disability on someone they know.  It takes a special person to care enough to listen to the voice of one who is going through suffering and doubt.  It takes a special person to realize that the actions that may spring from mental illness are not reflective of the person, but are symptoms just as much as paralysis can be.  Life can be difficult when you befriend someone with a disability, but that relationship will be invaluable to the disabled person, and help you to grow as well.

Many of us know what it is to struggle with illness and/or disability.  Many times it may just seem that scripture has nothing to say to those with such struggles.  But when we look at the lives of people like Ruth or Mephibosheth, we see a rich mine of the love of God for people in such circumstances.  The Story of Mephibosheth is a wonderful story about disability and friendship from the life of David.   We enter the story while  Saul has been defeated and David is now king.  Saul dies.  David, in order to show respect to Saul, despite all the evil things Saul did to him, seeks to honor him by showing kindness to a relative of his.  Jonathon, a very close friend of David, one whom David shared a great deal of his inner life died  during this time as well.  Btu Jonathan left behind a family.  He had  a crippled son named Mephibosheth.  Mephibosheth was one who could not care for himself and was subject to the mercy and care of others for living.  We see in the scripture below that  David not only provides for his physical needs, but becomes his friend and opens a permanent place at his table for this disabled grandson of the old King.

  • 2 Samuel 9:3-11 –        And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons. And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

In a time when other cultures often killed those who were born disabled or with infirmities, David’s actions toward Mephibosheth represent a moment of grace from the King and reveal from a man after God’s own heart and an opening of God’s grace to those with disabilities.  David is described in scripture as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) and  his actions toward Mephibosheth definitely reveal that heart fully.  People in our world need friends Like David.  In this world of computers, cell phones, and disconnected communication, disabled people need a physical presence in their lives.  They need someone who can hug them when they are depressed, or just be there to listen.  The open ear of a friend can cure many problems and make the issues of physical or mental illness and chronic pain much easier to bear.  Two can bear a burden much greater than one.

 

  • Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  (Galatians 6:2)

I know for many, a disabled person may seem to be selfish or only seeking attention or sympathy.  In some cases this may indeed be true.  Disabled people want to know that someone out there understands what they face.  This is amplified for people with invisible disabilities such as MS, Fibromyalgia, mental illnesses, some types of chronic pain and others diseases we may never even imagine ourselves.  With these invisible disabilities the person may look perfectly healthy when you see them.  Sometimes people have even suggested that these people really do not have an illness; it’s either a choice or just all in their head.  But finding just one person who believes and understands what these disabilities do to someone is new life for the disabled person.  A friend can mean the difference between a downward spiral of depression and loneliness and a full life for someone struggling with chronic issues.   Friendships are important for everyone, but especially for those isolated by their conditions.

The ultimate goal of the life of a disabled person in Christ is to be able to rejoice no matter what happens.  Strong faith guides the way.  A caring community and loving friends can make that way much easier and more joyful.  As God answers prayer, bringing people with disabilities to the right church and the right friends, they are able to not only live with their disabilities but rejoice in them.  It is possible to be thankful for the disability because of all the love and hoy that disability has brought into the life of the disabled person.

  • Romans 5:3-5 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Paul discusses rejoicing in suffering.   The suffering of disability, chronic pain and mental illness is not excluded from his example.  But we see from this scripture that enduring through suffering brings character.   That character produces hope.    Hope is one of the most important emotions a disabled person can feel!

Hope is something that is held like a treasure by someone who deals with the challenges of disability.  Sometimes that hope is just for the night to be over to see daylight again.  Sometimes that hope is for a special someone to be brought into their lives.  The hope that lasts and is a real hope that will come true is a hope in Jesus Christ.  Christ brings hope to those who suffer, because he knows what it means to suffer.  He brings grace to make it through the night for those suffering extreme pain because he knows what it is like to experience extreme pain.  Jesus is an advocate who knows what being human feels like.  Dealing with disability can be difficult, but God does provide comfort and the told we need to make it through our days, His grace is sufficient.

Standing on the grace of God, won’t you be the friend that a disabled person needs today?

Why I Reject a Young Earth

Two Creation Stories

The simplest way to put it is we have two mythos in Genesis. That is we have two separate and conflicting creation accounts.  Genesis 1 says plants and animals were created first, then male and female were created at exactly the same time. Genesis 2 says that God created man first THEN the animals (the exact OPPOSITE of Genesis 1). Then it says it creates man first then a while later creates woman out of man. (Again unlike Genesis 1)

These conflicting stories should be enough for even the most casual reader to realize that they are not trying to portray a literal scientific creation story. They are trying to use the mythologies of the Ancient Near East to show that God is the creator and He has a covenant with man.   The Genesis accounts have many borrowed elements from other Ancient Near Eastern creation myths.  But they “baptize” them to tell the story of creation by the One True God.  This is the story of God creating.     That is all the story is about. Its not a scientific text, its a theological one.  God is establishing His basis to be worshiped and loved in the universe he has molded for man.

Another point we English speakers fail to realize is that there is a clear difference in language used in Genesis 1 and 2.  For example, in Genesis 1, the name used for God is Elohim.  In Genesis 2 it is YHWH.  Often we can see the change of authors in the Old Testament by the name that is used for God in a particular passage.  In Genesis 1 and 2 this points to two different authors of those two chapters as well.  If there are two authors, why would the editor have included both creation stories?    He would because each story has its own theological truth to reveal!

The aim is not to show how and when the earth was created but by whom is what created and why.  Of course the language is quiet poetic and enticing in the original Hebrew, but I am trying to keep this post simple to give an introduction to my view.

Scripture answers the WHO and WHY.  Science answers the HOW and WHEN. 

The Universe as a Master Painting

 For my faith an ancient universe fits so much better with what I know about God from scripture. God is a patient God, he is loving, He takes time to shape us into the people He wants us to be. He takes eons to bring salvation to the world.

This means to me that God took billions of wonderful years, shaping the universe by the direction of his hand, like the brush of a painter. The scope of the painting is beautiful and wondrous. He shaped this universe over those billions of years until 4.5 billion years ago he formed this planet. He seeded the primordial soup with life and instilled each cell with free will so that the direction of evolution is set by the initial AIM that God gives it and the consequent nature of the free will of cells and creatures over billions of years. God’s aim and consequent actions lead that evolution to its goal, man. Man lives on earth for an unknown period of time before God decides to start a covenant relationship with a family of men.

Genesis 1 matches the early parts of creation as unknown to many who read it, the lifeforms are created in EXACTLY the same order that they evolved. If that isn’t a seeded text I don’t know what is. God’s miracle of giving us that picture!

Genesis 2 represents God choosing of a family to have a special relationship with, the people who ultimately produce the nation of Israel.   This is the story of Adam and Eve.

It such a wonderful painting of miraculous direction over billions of years, I find myself so much more amazed with God now then when I held to a 6000 year old earth.

And of course it answers that age old question, Where did Cain find a wife!