Doubt

March 5, 2010

Hellooooo

Is anybody out there?

Serves me right. I start this blog and then run off and abandon it for—what? Two years now?  I don’t know when it really started. I started blogging as a way to demonstrate my understanding of scripture. I did this to advance my freelance writing career. I had applied for jobs with Christian publications. Yet, I lacked the published clips in my so-called niche market. But, I think there was more to it. As I told more than a couple of people, I think I started this as a way to answer my own questions, to challenge my own doubts.  But that’s easier said than done. Does God get angry at us for doubting? My former pastor said that it wasn’t doubt that God hated but fear. Doubt questions, seeking answers. Fear paralyzes. I remember from when I was a kid and my mom was a Sunday School teacher, she had this poster in her classroom in our little church. The poster was a photograph of a tombstone with the epitaph “Faith Without Works”. Faith requires action. Although Abraham was justified by faith, it wasn’t enough for him just to nod his head and say “Okay God I believe you” and then go on about his business. No, he had to act on his faith.

So, what does that have to do with me?  So, I start this blog for the aforementioned reasons. But, I have paying clients and I’m not really making any money from this blog. (I know quite a few people make a lot of money blogging) However, I put my attention with where I’m making money—writing for other people. In my writing business, I have a motto: I’m either making money or wasting time. If I’m not making money, then I’m wasting time. So, other things were more pressing.

Then, I faced some challenges. I know everybody does from time to time. Then I started to question whether God really existed. I started to look at science for answers. I challenged people I know to challenge me. I reached a point where I said I could see how the universe came into existence without God. But just because it’s plausible doesn’t mean its actually what happened. I know I’m doing a crappy job of writing an apologetics blog right now, but I also believe in this blog’s motto: 1 Peter 3:15 Be prepared to give an explanation as to the hope you have. That’s where I believe that a little doubt can help us. If I come out of this darkness still believing, then my faith will be stronger. If I go the other way, then I will still believe that I have sought the truth and that’s what God asks us to do anyway.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2009

Kind of getting away from my typical post, I wanted to say that last night, I want to the annual New Year’s Gospel Sing in Charleston, WV at the municipal auditorium.  The performers were Tony Gore, The Isaacs, Brian Free and Assurance, and several more!

I would encourage anyone who loves good Southern Gospel or Bluegrass music to come out next year.  The attendance was kind of slim this year, I would really hate to see this annual event come to an end because the word isn’t getting out.  Even if you’re not into that “twangy” bluegrass type stuff, Southern Gsopel has a bit of a modern country feel to it.  I recommend you check these sites.

http://www.brianfreeandassurance.com/

http://www.tonygore.com/

http://theisaacs.musiccitynetworks.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beOG_DF6UwY

Witnessing to Atheists

March 26, 2008

I respect atheists. I think that they ask important questions. Saint Peter told us to be able to give an answer to anyone as to the reason for the hope that we have and to answer them with gentleness and respect. Also, we all have doubts from time to time. I have come to the point where doubts don’t scare me. Because if I’ve never doubted, how can I truly answer about why I believe what I believe. God does not expect us to take him on “blind faith”. Paul told us to “critically examine everything” and hold to the good(I Thess 5:23)

However, I find that most of the bretheren don’t know how to deal with these hard questions. Part of it, is that we still think in terms of faith, while addressing logic.

The conversation might be comparable to this:
Me: “I’m Napolean Bonaparte”.
You: “You can’t be Napolean Bonaparte. He’s dead”.
Me: “Well, I am Napolean Bonaparte, and I’m alive and well”.
You: “How do you know you’re Napolean Bonaparte?”
Me: “I know it in my heart”.

Well, what we’re doing is different from trying to convince someone that we’re Napolean Bonaparte. But, sometimes, the approach is the same. So, how do we deal with these questions? Start by listening. Then think. Remember, there was probably a time when you didn’t think that religion had anything for you–especially Jesus Christ. You’re trying to speak faith to someone who’s speaking logic. But, remember faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God (Romans 10:17)

Next, Pray for guidance as you begin your search. Then research. These questions have been around for years, and they’ve been pondered by some very bright people. Most questions or criticisms pointed at the Bible can be easily answered with some simple research.
But not all questions have been answered, and not all questions are answerable. So don’t feel intimidated.

Easter

March 22, 2008

Easter is the holiest, most important time of the Christian year. Without Easter, there would be no Christianity. Easter is the day that elevated Jesus of Nazareth from a radical rabbinical teacher to “The Christ”, our Messiah. Easter began as the week of the Jewish Passover—the feast in which the Jews celebrated their Exodus from slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land.