Thursday, December 19, 2013

God is Specific

Do all paths lead to God?  Do people all worship the same God though he may be called by different names.  Consider this:
I am Yahweh, and there is none else.
Besides me, there is no God.
I will strengthen you, though you have not known me;
that they may know from the rising of the sun,
and from the west, that there is none besides me.
I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
(Isaiah 45:5-6)
This is part of a direct statement God made, as prophesied by Isaiah, to a pagan king named Cyrus.  God is quite particular that he wants people to know who he is.  He isn't satisfied with being ill-defined, a notion that is so attractive to postmodern folks today.

Jesus said:
  Jesus said to [Philip], "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. (John 14:6)
Not vague, is he?  Try this on for size:
Whoever has the Son has spiritual life. Whoever does not have God's Son does not have spiritual life. (1 John 5:12)
Or this:
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (1 John 5:19-20)
Not vague at all.

The Duck Commander: Phil Robertson

 These are good testimonies.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bumper Sticker Theology

Today as I drove home I noticed a bumper sticker on the truck in front of me.  Its message was direct, saying something like:

If you ignore JESUS 
there will be Hell to pay.

Hmm.  Theologically speaking, yes, it's true.  However, I'm not a fan of using Hell (Tartarus/Gehenna) in a provocative manner for shock effect.  The word, let alone the place, isn't a bit funny and it shouldn't be used flippantly.  I have no reason to consider that the person who stuck it to his vehicle had anything but a sincere desire to get sinners to be taken aback and reflect on eternity.  But I find it tacky.

However, if one soul ever took pause when he read it then I can thank God for that.