If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,” Tolkien wrote in the Hobbit, “it would be a merrier world.” You might not think of these simple pleasures of food and cheer as an evidence of God. But in Acts 14, the Apostle Paul uses them as an argument for God’s existence.
Can you imagine gathering for worship and having a letter read out loud that contained a rebuke to you from a well-known and trustworthy spiritual leader? That’s pretty much what happened to Philemon. The church in Colossae met in his home. Paul’s letter, Colossians, was delivered by a group that included none other than Onesimus, a slave who seems to have taken something from Philemon and clearly run away (Colossians 4:7-9, Philemon 1:18).
Both had disciples. Both taught radical, culture shaking things. Neither wrote anything personally that we have today. Both died for what they believe. So, why Jesus and not Socrates? Here’s three reasons.
Russel Black was agnostic before the concert. He attended the Route 91 country music festival with his sister. After the shooting he found faith in God. Here’s a video of him telling his story.
Are you your brain? What’s the difference between your soul and your brain? What if something happens to your brain, does your soul change?
We can really only be liberated of lies when we are able to locate their truthfulness. The most powerful lies contain more truth than less powerful lies. Your experience probably affirms this. Here are some examples.
Yesterday a friend showed me this video of Peter Hitchens, brother of the famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, responding to the question, “What’s your most dangerous idea that would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better?” Peter’s response, “The belief that Jesus rose from the dead . . . ” Check it out.
The first person to predict a solar eclipse was the philosopher Thales in 585 B.C. I wonder if he knew not to look at directly at the sun back then. Christian pastor and author R.C. Sproul says that this was the day science was born.