In western Christian art the living God is often associated with light, but a review of the Old Testament reveals a far more complex picture. For the God of Israel and everything else is associated with both darkness and light by the prophets. Here are a few examples that illustrate what I mean. God isContinue reading “YHWH, a God of darkness and mystery as well as light and illumination”
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Is the name of God, YHWH, without vowels?
Some unexpected questions about the Hebrew language came up for me today. While researching Hebrew letter symbolism I came across a reference on Wikipedia which suggested that “In the traditional form, vowels are indicated [in the Hebrew language] by the weak consonants Aleph (א), He (ה), Vav (ו), or Yodh (י) serving as vowel lettersContinue reading “Is the name of God, YHWH, without vowels?”
Could a Muslim ever call Allah “Father”?
This is a question I have put to Muslims living in historically Christian countries in light of the Christian practice of calling the Father “Allah” in historically Muslim countries. The response I have received has been mixed. For example, one said, “Yes…Jesus called Him Father and Jesus was a muslim i.e. one who submits…if you’re talkingContinue reading “Could a Muslim ever call Allah “Father”?”
Comprehension of God
In so far as we comprehend God we have not fully comprehended God as God.
On Loving God
“We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. When one asks, Why should I love God? he may mean, What is lovely in God? or What shall I gain by loving God? In either case, the same sufficient cause of love exists, namely, GodContinue reading “On Loving God”
5 verses where the Bible calls Jesus “God”
Every now and then someone says to me, “But the Bible never explicitly calls Jesus God!” This is frequently followed by an assertion that Christian teaching on the divinity of Christ was all dreamed up by the Council of Nicaea many centuries after the Bible was written. That “Son of God” language was misunderstood asContinue reading “5 verses where the Bible calls Jesus “God””
Malaysian Government and Catholic Church in High Court over ‘Allah’
Christian Today reports: “Malaysia’s high court began hearing legal arguments Monday over the use of ‘Allah”’by Christians as a translation for God. While the Catholic Church in Malaysia insists that the word ‘Allah’ is not exclusive to Islam and has been used by Christians and Muslims in Arabic-speaking countries for centuries, Senior Federal Counsel DatukContinue reading “Malaysian Government and Catholic Church in High Court over ‘Allah’”
God of the dark and light
Do you think Christianity teaches two opposite and equal deities? A word from Isaiah: I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Where does Satan fit then?
Is God misogynistic?
From a conversation I had earlier: To whom did Christ appear first? Actions speak louder than words. In an age where the testimony of women was not trusted, the God we know through Christ entrusted the good news to women first. It was they who told the men. Is that the mark of a misogynisticContinue reading “Is God misogynistic?”
God in the Old Testament and New Testament
Do you find the Old Testament and New Testament difficult to reconcile? I don't know about you, but as a new Christian I found it very difficult to see the Old Testament as inspired in any way, let alone authoritative. I found myself asking, "How could the same God be so angry and vengeful in theContinue reading “God in the Old Testament and New Testament”