Difficult Scriptures: The “Genocidal” God?

By Chaplain Mike Some of the most difficult stories in the Bible are those which portray God ordering the annihilation of entire nations or groups of people. This appears prominently, for example, in the Book of Joshua, when the Hebrews defeated the Canaanites on various occasions to take control of the Promised Land. How doContinue reading “Difficult Scriptures: The “Genocidal” God?”

Difficult Scriptures: The God Who Smites

God loves us.  We learned that in Sunday School.  So how do we explain God smiting people? I’m thinking of four incidents, three in the Old Testament and one in the New.  In each case people were struck down, usually with death, once with leprosy.  The Bible is very clear that judgment was from GodContinue reading “Difficult Scriptures: The God Who Smites”

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 1: 26-38

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29Continue reading “Difficult Scriptures: Luke 1: 26-38”

Difficult Scriptures: Thanksgiving Edition

11-13It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14-16Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go,Continue reading “Difficult Scriptures: Thanksgiving Edition”

Difficult Scriptures: Matthew 27: 50-53

Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit.  At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,  and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.  They left the cemeteryContinue reading “Difficult Scriptures: Matthew 27: 50-53”

Rethinking the Text: Genesis 6

By Chaplain Mike Today I am following up on Jeff’s “Difficult Scriptures” post from last week on the first part of Genesis 6. Though this text has a long history of interpretation with much imaginative speculation, I have come to the conclusion that the passage is relatively straightforward, and has been misunderstood primarily because ofContinue reading “Rethinking the Text: Genesis 6”

Difficult Scriptures: Genesis 6:1-4

Well, iMonks, based on the comments we have received for our post regarding life on other planets, it seems you have a curiosity about speculative things, the stuff science fiction is made up of. So here is a verse for you to wrestle with that is just up your alley. 1 Then the people beganContinue reading “Difficult Scriptures: Genesis 6:1-4”

Difficult Scriptures – John 3:1-5

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and saidContinue reading “Difficult Scriptures – John 3:1-5”