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How to love God - Imagine turning up for a date with your beloved but instead of an actual person, only their picture stares at you across the table. It’s a sad thought. Why? Because you only have the memory of love, not the experience of it. You see, we can’t have intimacy without proximity. The demonstration of love with another person requires a certain proximity to them. Jesus affirms this in John chapter 14. He is reassuring the disciples that – though he will not be with them much longer – the Holy Spirit will soon come and be with them. But then comes something of a surprise. Not only does love require proximity, it also requires obedience. He says, “21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me”, and 23  “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.”  Why does Jesus say this? When we speak of God’s love for us and our love for God, we are not talking about love among equals. Frankly, we cannot love God in the same manner that he loves us, and it would be improper for God to love us as we love him. True, there are similarities. For instance, both ‘loves’ are;....
Believing is seeing - They say that ‘seeing’ is ‘believing’ but I’m not so sure. I actually think that ‘believing’ is ‘seeing’. Consider this prayer of Paul. 13“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬) What an amazing prayer. The wonder of it is found in the words translated here as; “believing” and “hope”. Firstly, the greek word “pisteuo” means, to believe, put one’s faith in or trust. It also implies that some action will follow. For instance, we may look at a chair and believe that it will hold us if we sit on it and so we sit. We believe a friend to be a good driver and so we agree to be their passenger. With regards to our soul, we  believe that Jesus Christ (and he alone) has freed us from the bondage of sin and made us new, so we seek to live in alignment with that reality. To believe is to agree with God that, “it is as he says it is”. Secondly, the greek word “elpis” means, the expectation of good or to hope. Of course, it too requires belief or trust but it also implies....
Love under a microscope - If you were to listen only to contemporary voices, you’d be forgiven for thinking that science and religion are at odds with one another. In an upcoming ‘4:12’ elective, Dr. Andrew Brown will address this in depth. As a teaser though, I thought I’d post a couple of thoughts. The first of which is this, “Science and religion are not so much at cross purposes, just distinct one’s.” For instance, it’s impossible to place love under a microscope! Bio-chemistry might explain our response to love but it comes up short on motivation. It’s here that theology can help. Here’s another thought, “Science is a neutral weapon, used poorly by both theologians and atheists alike.” For an example of the former, simply have a chat with me someday. For examples of the latter, note much of the writings of so-called ‘militant atheism’. Now, far be it for me to attempt to offer a defence here. Instead, I’ll allow the self-proclaimed agnostic – David Belinski – to do so. Here’s a quote from the blurb of his book, ‘The Devil’s Delusion’ (a response to Richard Dawkins book, ‘The God delusion’). “A secular Jew, Berlinski nonetheless delivers a biting defense of religious thought. An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about....

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