August 16, 2021

  In the first three instalments of Would The Real Jehovah Please Stand Up, we’ve established a foundation of God’s fundamental nature, as stated by David in Psalm 145, 8-9:   ‘The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.’   We’ve examined how the goodness of God found expression, and at times was temporarily obscured, in the Garden… Read more

August 11, 2021

  Hebrew Law.   In parts one and two of this series, I’ve examined the interaction and nature of God as seen in Eden and the time of Noah – whether historic or allegorical stories, the message is the same. It would take half the post to recap what was discussed, so I’ll leave a couple of links here and here, for parts 1 and 2, and move on into the interaction between God and his people in the time… Read more

August 9, 2021

The Time of Noah   Last time we looked at Adam and Eve (whether literal figures or an allegory of humankind’s relationship with God, the message is the same), and how judgement was the pivotal sin that brought about the Great Plummet of the human race. When we appropriated for ourselves the position of Judge – of ourselves, others and God – we laid claim to a platform that is the sole province of the Almighty. Only God is capable… Read more

August 3, 2021

  Part 1 – The Garden of Eden   Let’s be honest; the Bible can get a bit confusing when it comes to the nature of God. For instance, the kindness we see in Jesus is absent under Hebrew Law. Does God forgive us freely, as the New Testament teaches, or does he insist we are stoned to death for the picking up of sticks on the Sabbath, as he did in events described in Numbers 15?   In this… Read more

July 31, 2021

    To the best of my understanding, God has blessed us abundantly in every area (Romans 8, 32):   ‘He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?’   We are inheritors of a fabulous spiritual and emotional life (Romans 14, 32):   ‘For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness,… Read more

July 28, 2021

  Discipleship would be easy if it wasn’t for other people. If it were just the Lord and I, communing in the privacy of my home, and that alone determined the quality of my personal growth, I’d be flying. Though discipleship begins with divine connection, its continuance is found in human relationships. We all carry wounds. Some of the deepest were inflicted in childhood, and have festered ever since. They undermine us, send us round the same loop time and… Read more

July 24, 2021

    Sin is such an emotionally laden term. It is often associated with heaviness and accusation – the angry finger of a vengeful God, wagging in our unworthy faces. Any Biblical term, if misused, becomes associated with the misuse itself, and can become misleading. In this sense, the Church, by means of its doctrinal and cultural assumptions, can reshape important Biblical concepts in its own image. I believe this has happened with sin/sinner/sinful. In this post, I intend to… Read more

July 19, 2021

  In this, final instalment of Job – Our Most Consequential Lie, I’ll be covering the remainder of the text, presenting a complete, end-to-end interpretation of the book (based on the text itself and its relationship to the Gospel narrative), and explaining why I consider our understand of Job to be so important, and so potentially destructive when we get it wrong. In chapter 32, Job accusations against God cease. The three friends have given up too, leaving room for… Read more

July 18, 2021

  This post follows directly on from part 1. I’m going to dive straight into the text to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that Job was a self-righteous man, who considered God his enemy. We have got this wrong for far too long, and it has damaged us!   Chapters 1-6 work as a subsection of the text, and can be summed up in a simple phrase – Job Holds his Tongue. Chapter 1, 4-5:   ‘His sons used to hold… Read more

July 16, 2021

    The way Job is treated and taught in the Church is, in my view, damaging to anyone who hears it, because it confuses believers about the nature of God. Does he want to give us life and life to the full, to prosper and not harm us, to bind up our wounds, to delight over us with singing, or does he hand us over to Satan on a whim, allowing the destruction of everything and everyone we love?… Read more

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