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The Origin of Satan in the Hebrew Bible

11/02/2019 04:47 PM

Who or what is Satan, according to the Hebrew Bible?  If you grew up in church, the answer may shock you.  Not to say that many of the church's teachings are completely wrong.  Rather, it would be wrong to think they are complete.  The Hebrew behind our “Satan” is השטן - haasatan - which is pronounced “hah-sah-TAHN,” and means “The Opposer.”

Where does the Bible say Jesus is 100% man and 100% God?

11/10/2018 09:48 PM

I recently was "A2A" (asked to answer) a question on Quora: "Where does the Bible say Jesus is 100% man and 100% God?" I’m taking “man” to mean “human.”

The answer is, it doesn’t. At least, not directly.  It does, however, say both, but in very Jewish ways and not really together like in one place. As a result, the important aspect of answering this question is to explore both claims, which has to be done separately. Interesting note, there are a few places where these separate claims actually *are* connected.

Did Pontius Pilate think Jesus was the Son of God?

05/18/2018 02:31 PM

Join me as we explore the interesting and profound exchange between Jesus of Nazareth and Pontius Pilate at the trial that led to the crucifixion. 

Is it Sinful to eat meat?

01/01/2018 06:08 PM

As a Christian and a vegetarian / vegan, I frequently am asked why I choose not to eat meat.  After all, meat consumption is clearly not forbidden in the Bible. People are usually pretty surprised by my answer. Lets quickly explore the question of meat consumption from a Christian Vegan's perspective. 

What is a Firmament?: The Mystery of the Genesis Sky

12/14/2017 07:40 PM

Picture Earth in your mind. Ok. You’re likely thinking of something similar to The Blue Marble - a planet floating in a sea of black space. Remarkably, this image has only been possible for the last 50 years or so, since it was taken December 7, 1972. But 3,000 years ago, with no photo, this is what you believed ...

Can a person still be a "Christian" if they don't believe in the Trinity?

06/19/2016 01:41 PM

In Matthew 24:36, Jesus declares even HE doesn't know "the day or hour" of His return - only the Father. So how can He and the Father be one? Can you still be a Christian if you don't believe in the Trinity?

Grumpy Cat Time: It's Time to Review Facebook Tagging Etiquette

03/22/2015 08:47 PM

Let me quickly apologize.  The grumpy cat is coming out a little bit, here.  :P

I'd like to take a moment to discuss proper Facebook tagging etiquette, and explain 1) why it's important to me, and 2) why I filter your tags in my posts or photos, and what you tag me in, and ignore probably 60% of them.   

My Prayer Today

08/03/2014 08:26 PM Would we pursue God differently if we knew we couldn’t see Him when we die?  We know and preach that we can worship God forever in the New Jerusalem – what most people think of as simply “heaven.”  But what if that wasn’t the case?  What if everything we will ever say to God, we have to say now… everything we ever do for God, we have to do now – in this life?...

What is the Purpose of Prayer...?

05/10/2014 05:34 PM — I saw a concerned post from someone on the Internet the other day that was asking about prayer.  Their question was, "What is the purpose of prayer, if God is going to do what He wants to do anyway?"  Obviously this person had been taught to believe or had experiences that indicated to them that prayer was not full of purpose.  I've learned a decent amount of things from studying the scriptures, and having Godly leaders and teachers in my life who are dedicated to God and prayer. Hoping to help someone who's feeling like God doesn't care what they think - or that God has no purpose for them on earth. So I thought I'd record some of my thoughts on how God considers our will and purpose, including prayer, and how God turns anything but a deaf ear!

Thoughts on Windows 8 RTM Final Version

08/17/2012 06:16 AM — Roughly ten days ago, I installed the leaked RTM (Released to Manufacturing) build of Microsoft Windows 8 Pro on my primary desktop computer.  I gave it ten days to win me over, or to make me hate it.  Here are my thoughts...

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