MY DUSTY BIBLE

April 26, 2009 – 5:39 pm


Some years ago I read a sign outside a church in a small town just north of Boston that read “Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives.” It made me smile and was an amusing break from the usual trite and forgettable sentiments that one sees on church notice boards. I suspect, and I hope, it was meant with some humor, but something about that funny statement made it indelible in my memory.

The Bible

This year I’ve tried reading the Bible, but to say I have found it hard going would be a an understatement. I feel like a teenager reading Shakespeare for a class they don’t enjoy. The language is hard, the context is harder, and for me the whole experience is about as enjoyable as going to the dentist.
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SO JESUS DIED FOR MY SINS?

April 11, 2009 – 3:02 pm


It’s Easter weekend and Christians have once again remembered the day on which Jesus died for our sins. So, apart from the obvious question of why does Easter always fall on different dates, I’m wondering why Jesus died for my sins in the first place?

Sunset

Jesus died for my sins. That was nice of him, but I am not sure I can understand why. I mean, to me that doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Jesus is God, and he is also God’s son. He came to earth to hang out with the nice folk in the middle east, and they killed him in the most awful way, but he was okay with that because he did that to save me? But hang on, what was he saving me from? God’s judgement? He is God though, so if he wanted to save me why not just not go through all the bother of getting nailed to a cross. Maybe I’ll again be accused of blasphemy when I ask this, but wasn’t that all just pointless theatrics?
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GOING TO CHURCH

March 15, 2009 – 5:47 pm


I’ve believed in God for as long as I can remember. God just seems to make sense to me. I look around and it seems entirely logical that a creative, powerful, and timeless force would be behind the science that has woven this world and all others together. I’ve never really thought anything other than that, never considered the possibility that God might be nothing more than a creation of mankind in order to answer the questions we cannot answer. I believe in God from beginning to end because the thought of a Godless world where we come from nothing and go to nothing seems bleak and empty to me. Life surely has to be about more than just making the rent, watching TV, sex, eating, and dying slowly.

I was criticized by a friend recently for not being more open and honest on this blog. She told me that, while interesting, the two previous posts read more like articles than the writings of someone who was trying to confront the most searching questions of God and faith.
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HOW DO YOU LISTEN TO GOD?

February 26, 2009 – 7:14 pm


Throughout human history people have often claimed to hear God talk directly to them. These claims have justified a whole host of events and actions ranging from staggering acts of selflessness, to utterly disturbing acts of horror. God, it has been claimed, has been behind all of these things, and across the world today millions of people spanning all religions still claim that they listen carefully to God. So, given that many religions claim exclusivity on God, how is it that all these people can hear from ‘on high?’ What are they listening to? In a world full of mixed messages and misinformation how do you listen to God?

The other day I was talking to someone about a recent event in my life that I thought was perhaps a sign, and maybe even a sign from God. I’d found something on a beach that seemed to clearly communicate a course of action to me. It had to be a sign, I thought to myself, and encouraged by this I embarked on a course of action.
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HOW DO YOU TALK TO GOD?

February 12, 2009 – 12:34 am


Way back in the old testament it seemed that God would make several personal appearances, or at the very least send down a member of staff (an ‘angel of the Lord’) to speak on his behalf. If we’re to believe those old texts, back in those times God seemed far more interested and available to mankind. Yet today, in a world more connected and capable of communication than ever before, talking to God has been the only form of communication that seems to have become more difficult. So how on earth do you talk to God?

Maybe it begins the moment you start talking to God. “Hello God, it’s me, Simon.” But then what? Other forms of communication lend themselves to clear responses, conversations, and conclusions. But speaking to God seems far more ambiguous than that. We talk, he listens, or so we hope. But does he?
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STARTING AGAIN

January 24, 2009 – 6:16 pm


I’m not an honest blogger. By that I don’t mean that I lie, I just mean that I’m not the kind of blogger who sees every emotion or thought in my head as an opportunity to bare my soul. I’m more reserved than that, or dare I even say more conservative. However that’s where my conservatism ends.

I started this blog in order to find God. The somewhat irreverent title was meant in jest, and also to perhaps make those holier-than-thou types feel a little uncomfortable in their seats or pews. But more than that, it was a genuine expression of my searching heart – I mean really, who the hell is God?
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