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How Should We Understand Metaphorical Attributes of God?

| May 13, 2016

The prophet Isaiah writes in chapter 40, verse 22, “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in.” Does God literally sit above the earth in a tent? How are […]

Why Is God So Concerned with Idol Worship?

| May 3, 2016

The Second Commandment, as given in Exodus 20:4-6, forbids the worship of idols. The northern kingdom of Israel, starting with the reign of Jeroboam, ignores this commandment and after 200 years of existence is finally judged by God in the form of a devastating Assyrian invasion. The author of 1 and 2 Kings writes that […]

Who Is Responsible for the Division of Israel?

| March 9, 2016

In 1 Kings 12, Rehoboam foolishly decides to threaten the northern tribes rather than agree to lighten their tax burden. This leads to the division of united Israel into the northern kingdom, called Israel, and the southern kingdom, called Judah. In verse 24, the prophet Shemaiah tells Rehoboam that the division of the kingdom is […]

#5 Post of 2015 – Is God Subject to Justice?

| December 21, 2015

Skeptics of Christianity sometimes claim that either God is subject to an external standard of justice and morality, or else whatever God arbitrarily says or does is the standard of justice and morality. Both of these choices are a problem, however, for the Christian. If there is an external standard of justice, then God is […]

What Is the Age of Accountability?

| October 26, 2015

In 2 Samuel 12:23, David speaks about his dead 7-day-old child, “But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” This verse implies that David believes he will see his child again in the afterlife, in […]

Can God Lie or Change His Mind?

| May 13, 2015

In Numbers 23:19, we discover two important attributes of God. First, “God is not a man, that he should lie,” and second, “nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” God cannot lie and God does not change his mind. If God cannot lie, then every word that comes from God is […]

Did God Change His Mind Because of Moses’ Intercession?

| January 14, 2015

In verses 11-14 of Exodus 32, Moses seems to present an argument to God which changes God’s mind. Verse 14 says, “Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.” Is God actually changing his mind, the way human beings do, because Moses presented information to God which […]

How Should We Enjoy God? Part 2

| January 9, 2015

From part 1, we saw that we can enjoy God through the gifts he gives us. Randy Alcorn, in his book Heaven, explains how these gifts are secondary, or derivative ways of enjoying God. All secondary joys are derivative in nature. They cannot be separated from God. Flowers are beautiful for one reason—God is beautiful. Rainbows […]

How Should We Enjoy God? Part 1

| January 7, 2015

The standard answer to this question, from many Christians, is that we enjoy God through prayer, worship, and Bible study. And, those things are definitely important ways to enjoy God. But there is more. God has given mankind numerous gifts, through his creation (the physical universe and everything in it), that we are meant to […]

How Do Theology and Philosophy Interact?

| September 1, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In my opinion, the greatest Christian thinker of all time, after the apostles died, was Thomas Aquinas. Etienne Gilson, in his work The Christian Philosophy Of St Thomas Aquinas, takes on the task of defining what distinguished theology from philosophy for Aquinas. This issue comes up again and again when I hear […]

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