Consider the following question carefully: Does your faith in God keep you safe? If you said “yes” you’re not alone. For the majority of us living in West, we can expect a level of safety. We have freedom and rights where other nations have violence and oppression. Our culture has influenced our expectation of safety. The problem is this expectation can lead us to forget we are not promised safe and comfortable lives. Rather than living our best life now we should be reaching out in love, willing the good for others and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 18:28-20). C.S. Lewis expressed in God In The Dock, “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” 
Previous to the 16th Century it seems people of various cultures mostly made the prejudice assumption they were superior to others based on cultural differences – colour did not equal culture and culture was not defined by colour. It was not until Darwin’s evolutionary theory became popular that biological racism and colour inferiority received its powerful prejudice momentum. In Professor Stephen Gould’s book Ontogeny and Phylogeny he makes the point that “biological arguments for racism may have been commonplace before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of the evolutionary theory” (Gould, 1977, 127). The evolutionary theory being 1) the controversial claim that people evolved from apes over millions of years and 2) the well-accepted claim that humans are able to adapt in different environments all over the world thanks to evolution. Darwin was equal to evolution but the effect of Darwin could not be safely contained to those two claims (and that is why I explored the book The Darwin Effect by Jerry Bergman which I refer to in this piece).
It seems like more and more people nowadays are just saying they only do ‘what the Bible says’ because the ‘Bible says so’ and they ‘believe in the Bible’ while the opinion, interpretation and application of what select Biblical texts might mean varies from Christian to Christian, denomination to denomination – most of whom appear to be followers of Christ, or at the very least, dedicated to good works. In light of the burst of moral and intellectual relativism infecting the Western world, I’m surprised to say that legalism with it’s younger brother literalism are running rampant in the modern church.
The world’s understanding of love is very different from God’s definition. As a word, we use ‘love’ all the time and it seems the distinctions have been worn away. People say they love everything from their family to movies to food to Lego to coffee. It affects our society at all levels and as a culture, we describe it using many metaphors: crazy love, love sick and falling in or out of love. According to the ancient Greeks, there are eight different types of love. Today’s definition seems to be ‘unconditional acceptance’. Read More »
GOD AS HOST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Do you remember reading about the Israelites going into the Wilderness of Sin? Their stomachs and spirits complained because of hunger, it had been two months since they departed from Egypt’s slavery where they had their daily fill of meat and bread (Exodus 16:3), and where they multiplied and grew exceedingly great (Exodus 1:7). The wilderness journey out of Egypt was necessary for those Israelites, even as they grew, because there was a prideful and insecure king who had set himself over Egypt, one who did not know the provision, comfort, and kindness of Joseph (Genesis 50:21; Exodus 1:8).Read More »