Satan uses religion to defeat himself, but in a way that only solidifies his own power and influence in the world. He uses violent religion to kill the messengers of God, who have been demonized by the religion of power and violence.
When religion reacts violently to evil, this may not be God judgment against sin, but rather, Satan casting out Satan. It may be that Satan casts out Satan to make it look like God winning, when in reality, Satan is using violent religion to consolidate and amplify his own power.
Why does Jesus say “Go and sin no more” when it is impossible to “go and sin no more”? By looking at John 5 and John 8, a beautiful truth emerges about Jesus’ statement that people should “Go and sin no more.”
The “telos” or the end of Scripture is Jesus, and the “telos” or the end of Jesus is to become numbered among the sinners. Why? Because Jesus reveals God to us, and this is what God has been doing since the very beginning. God looks violent just as Jesus looks like a criminal.
There are many possible answers to why God waited so long to send Jesus. Here are 6 possible answers to why God delayed in sending Jesus, following with my own modest proposal. Ultimately, the question comes down to why God delays in anything He does.
I pretty much gave up on the task of reconciling God’s violence with the love of Jesus. But as I was writing this post, a new idea occurred to me… I will pursue it and see where it leads. Hopefully I can learn to see Jesus in the descriptions of God in the Old Testament.
Luke 17:20-24 and Mark 14:62 seem to indicate Jesus’ second coming will be in the clouds. But will it? I am not so sure. Jesus will return physically, but may not as many of us think. In fact, Jesus can return today through our words and actions toward others.
What does it mean when Jesus is called the Son of God? Does it mean Jesus is God, or does it mean something else? I try to answer this theology question sent in from a reader. I also explain some of what Jesus was saying in John 10:34-36 where He quotes Psalm 82:6 about people being sons of God.
Apostle of the Last Days by C. Marvin Pate is an excellent book showing how Jesus fulfills BOTH Jewish AND Graeco-Roman expectations for the last days. If you are preaching or teaching on any letter of Paul, I highly recommend this volume.
Are Christmas trees idols? Some believe that putting up a Christmas tree is idolatrous (cf. Jeremiah 10:2-4). I disagree. Jesus is in the business of redemption, and even if Christmas trees used to be pagan idolatrous symbols, they have been redeemed by Jesus, just like you and me and everything else Jesus touches.