Tag - religion

Judgmentalness – A Peek Into Ourselves

Being the victim of a judgmental 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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