Judgementalness – A Peek Into Ourselves

Being the victim of a judgemental rant can hurt.  Such criticism quickly jumps to conclusions about ourselves.  How dare they assume they have the right to critique us in this way?  Whether or not the message itself is beneficial is besides the point. Today’s independent, isolationist culture asserts that judgementalism[…]

The Evolution of “My People” in Amos

INTRODUCTION What exactly is understood by the term, “My people”, a label often used by God to refer to the Israelites.  As the book of Deuteronomy dictates, it is a community in which is privilege and responsibility to God and His law are part and parcel.  Scudder presents Deut 10:12-22[…]

The Nominal Christian

In a recent conversation, I realized that in India, the label of “nominal” Christian is very different than what I understood growing up in the US. In India, people are religious almost as an ethnicity.  You are born into a certain religion.  On your government applications, you check the religious[…]

Are our health problems caused by our own sin?

The Black Paint of Sin The Fall, that ill-fated action which changed the fate of man, had such a profound impact that none can fathom the extent of the repercussions that have befallen creation nor envision the ideal community that might have been . The invasion of sin into the[…]

Inherently good or Inherently evil

I’ve been debating with myself for a while now on whether people are inherently good or evil.  Good in the sense that they would want what is best for others, but evil in that it can never come at the expense of themselves or what they love. For many, good[…]

The Movie Reel

Can we move outside of the movie reel?  We actually belong there because the images on the frame are real.  Their perceived motion is not.  So our perceived motion through time is not real, but perhaps we can rejoin God outside of time.  Perhaps that is what all the great[…]

Misinterpretation of the Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”  This is the Ethics of Reciprocity or the common interpretation of the Golden Rule. In this interpretation, critics argue that the rule takes on the meaning that if you don’t want something yourself, then you don’t have to do it[…]

“We believe…” versus “We understand…”

In this article, it appears that Americans are losing their resolve to believe in their faith. The quote from the professor below shows that he feels that Americans are becoming very “shallow” in terms of their religion. Americans: My faith isn’t the only way In all, 70 percent of Americans[…]

Morality – The Golden Rule

How simple is morality?  Do unto others as you would have done unto you.  Love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Ask that question before every decision and the question of morality becomes quite simple.  However, being a moral animal becomes quite difficult.  In fact, most likely it’s the other[…]

Observation…Interpretation…Application

Church today was pretty good.  We had a brief tutorial on how to read and study the Bible presented by Paul, the President of HBI.  I really enjoy the way he structures his presentations because he sounds less like a pastor and more like a college professor, which he is. […]

Worship in Pantheism

Hinduism claims that God is in all things.  Buddhism goes one step further to claim that there is no God, but that all things are one.  These are the two most well-established religions founded on the concept of pantheism.  Obviously, there are many that follow the tenets of these religions. In[…]

Convergenism: The Natural Selection of Religion

Herbert Spencer believed that Evolution and Natural Selection could be applied to all aspects of the Universe.  To see if this can be applied at least to religion, we must first understand what the difference is between natural selection and random selection? I was watching “Jesus Among Other Gods” by Ravi[…]

A True Christian

The company I work for was founded by three deeply religious individuals.  It was started in the US, where I was employed for 10 years, and now I am a manager in the Chennai branch that opened a few years ago.  It’s a small company.  Other than myself, I have a managing director above[…]

The Universe in 168 hours

Possibly the greatest conflict between science and religion has been creation.  The Bible “clearly” says the world and everything else was created in seven days, well six days plus one.  Every fact and theory that science has ever uncovered indicates an earth and universe much older than that.  Since around[…]

Science Versus Religion

This debate has gone on long enough.  And I have no plans on ending it.  As usual, I’ll just shed my own thoughts on the topic.  Ultimately, it all boils down to the fact that I could never understand why religion was so against science.  This week, our great Pope[…]

Einstein’s Cosmic Religion

Who would have thought that Einstein, of all people, was religious?  I’m reading a book on his views, lectures, and life examples that illustrated his belief in a God.  I would say he was more of a Hindu or a Buddhist.  He believed in a “cosmic religion” which basically means that[…]

Empty Space

Hindus and Buddhists both agree that the world as we see it is an illusion.  Christians and Muslims, though they may not mention the word illusion, agree that there is an alternate reality where Heaven exists.  For all religions, God exists in that alternate plane of existence, but of course,[…]

Why I’m not a Hindu.

What’s the difference between Convergenism and Hinduism? When I was in high school, I was an ardent Christian, and I had some Hindu friends.  They couldn’t understand why I would not “accept” their religion.  In my mind, if I believed my religion, that meant that all other religions were false. […]

Jesus in the Eyes of a Hindu

This post will probably be repeated and expanded in various other posts as my own understanding grows.  Since I’m too lazy to spend three years of research before posting, consider this my first draft.  First, let me give a quick runthrough of the story of Jesus as it is told[…]

The Butchering of Prayer

Have you ever heard a pastor or elder pray for what seemed like an eternity?  How about heard all the prayers asking for blessings?  And they may not even seem like vain blessings.  Like “bless this food for the nourishment of our bodies” or “Lord please let me drive home[…]