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Read the Bible

To get on spiritually you need to know God better and to know God better you must spend time hearing what he has to say which means you need to read the Bible.  Although God can also speak directly to your heart, you need to know His written Word so you can judge whether God is speaking to you, or the enemy is trying to deceive you.  God will not love you more because you read the Bible. It's for your benefit, not required to make God love you. However, without reading the Bible, you will not grow spiritually, and you will be more easily deceived.


There are many very good reasons for reading the Bible, as I discuss in an episode of my radio show (The Good News Show) but often people come up with excuses: here are two common reasons why people give up reading the Bible.  One reason is that they tried to read the Bible but it didn’t make any sense, the words were difficult for them to understand. One solution is to read a modern English translation of the Bible that uses words that…

Oh Mother

How is it that "mother" became an insult, as in "a real mother of..." or "you're a real bunch of mothers"? I know what word mother is short for here and I have no intention of rehearsing how it came to be shortened in common parlance.  But, once the word had been shortened do those uttering it as an insult not notice a strong similarity of the word "mother" to the word "mother"?
Recently I was stunned to realise that the phrase "your mom..." or "yo' momma..." if said with a certain inflection is also an insult.  Apart from anything else, it's only a phrase, not even a complete sentence.  Apparently it calls to mind such gems, and I mean "gems" in the sarcastic sense, as "your mum is so ugly, when she was born the doctor slapped her mother."  But the sentence is unfinished often, how then is it an insult?  It is an insult because it is understood by both parties to be an implication of…

Justice

Even an implication that God is a judge and has superiority over people is problematic for many. In polytheistic societies Gods may be assumed to have limited powers and wisdom, and as such may be judged by alternative standards. Under the assumption of an all-wise and powerful God, the perspective of the observer is important.

One of the early examples of justice through punishment in the Bible is the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18. According to the Bible, this event occurred at about 2000BC, during the life of the man Abraham. Abraham's nephew, Lot, chose to live near the city of Sodom, and at that time, the men of Sodom were described as being wicked. In Genesis 18, God started taking action against the people of Sodom. Given the statement in Genesis 13, it appears that the wickedness of Sodom had been a long-running state. In chapter 18, some angels came to Abraham, and God gave a message to him. He chose to reveal to Abraham His plans to enact j…