Stone a person to death. It is a command that feels icky and uncomfortable and wicked. Why did God have to kill people? How could He be so cruel?
The Ten Commandments seem like the beginner's level of being a Christian. But as I reread them, I was surprised by how many of the commandments conflict with things I really like to do.
What if your significant other falls out of love with you? What if your friends get tired of you? I wonder if God ever asks those questions about us.
"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart." - Ecclesiastes 7:2
This verse used to get on my last nerve.
So the Israelites recommitted themselves to their crazy dream. They understood that they had sinned! They were ready to work hard now! So they charged up to Canaan and attacked their enemies.
"I've dedicated my life to Christ". "Complete surrender to God". "We're here to glorify God in everything". We've heard it before. We know it's supposed to be us. But it's more than just pretty words or the Christian ideal.
It's about saving our lives.
Summary: That feeling when you're just going about your business, having a nice life, and all of a sudden you get that twinge in the back of your throat. Oh no. You're getting sick, and now it's up to every remedy you can get your hands on and frantic prayers to God to keep you … Continue reading Prosperity Gospel Is A Lie (Leviticus 26)
Is the Bible misogynistic? Are women treated like second-class citizens? Does God see women differently than men?
Summary: I'm not into spontaneity. If you you look up "spontaneous" in the dictionary, my picture will be listed among the antonyms. It's just not who I am. I need to prepare. So when an acquaintance dropped a random group lunch invitation on me this morning, I knew I needed to get out of it. … Continue reading No Excuses (Leviticus 5)
Summary: I remember when I graduated from high school. It was a great day. It was a sunny, hot Friday. Some of my family had flown in for the occasion. I had on a super cute pink dress. I felt happy and accomplished. But the peace and joy I felt that day had nothing on … Continue reading This Is Just The Beginning (Exodus 40)