The message that God is love permeates the entire Scriptures. Consequently, many attacks against God claim that He instead is evil, a cosmic Hitler or Stalin who commits atrocities against humanity.
Let’s take a deeper look.
What happens when God gets His way?
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. …
The more we study our universe, the more inescapable this conclusion becomes.
We used to think we evolved randomly. Life could evolve anywhere, given a few basic starting conditions. Given this, we expected that life should exist widely throughout the universe, taking on the nature of whichever environment it chanced to occur within.
But the more we study how life works, the less tenable this position becomes. …
Through the twists and mires of politics, Evangelical Christians often get lumped into the category of racists, bigots, and hateful people. Evangelism becomes a dirty word, a curse among those who want to love others.
If we only accept this narrow way of thinking, the Gospel can seem like the enemy of unity.
The opposite is true.
When the Gospel comes in power, racism is abolished.
Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, was summoned to give an account for why he ate and drank with non-Jews. The leadership thought that God came only to their people, not to those outside…
Curiosity is one of God’s greatest gifts.
It compels to ask. It drives us to seek. It urges us to keep knocking until the door opens.
This space, Hope You’re Curious, focuses on following honest questions all the way to their answer — God. Every honest question is welcome. Seekers, skeptics, and curious believers can all unite around excellent questions. We all seek truth.
Jesus declared, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6, ESV). If indeed Jesus is the Truth, then He stands waiting for us in the answer to every question. There will be…
If you spend any time in online forums where Christians and atheists debate, you’ll soon encounter a claim like this: “There’s no proof Jesus ever existed.”
Some even take this to the extreme of claiming that Jesus was invented long after the fact as a way to manipulate gullible believers.
But what does the evidence say? When we look at the hard evidence that archaeologists have dug up, where does it all point?
It leads to one inescapable conclusion:
There is more archaeological proof for Jesus’ existence than for any other figure from ancient history.
Archaeology provides abundant corroborating evidence…
As Christians, we often use phrases like “God is in control” to comfort ourselves in worrisome times. And indeed, the thought of the God who loves us reigning over all Creation is a comforting truth.
But we must always remember that God, in full control, gives us a choice:
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life, so that you and your descendants may live, and that you may love the LORD your God, obey Him, and hold fast to Him. …
Honest, painful questions often lead to transformation. They break through the barriers of denial and distraction, clawing desperately for the truth.
Few questions are as raw or painful as this, repeated so often by so many:
Why do we still cling to this idea of an Almighty God of Love, when it feels like God doesn’t love us? Why should we love this God unconditionally when life feels so lacking?
When a question is asked in pain, often the answer lies in hope.
This Almighty God hopes we will love Him unconditionally, because loving God unconditionally is the highest form…
This one is easy: Prophecy.
Anyone can write a book. Anyone can claim that book is from God.
But only God can accurately predict the future.
Further, only a book written by God could contain hundreds of prophecies, each proving accurate, without a single detail failing to come true.
The Bible is the only Holy Book in the world full of prophecy. This is deliberate, according to the Bible itself. God is eager to distinguish Himself from false gods. As God says about Himself:
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come…
Do you want to know the answer to this question?
Do you really, truly want to know?
Would you want to know the answer even if it led to a conclusion you don’t want to reach? Do you care enough about truth to follow logic all the way to its end, even if it means you might have to change your view on the most crucial question in all existence?
If so, let’s go.
In the beginning, there are only two possibilities to consider:
If God exists… then something else can exist.
If God does not exist… then nothing else…
That might sound ridiculous, at first. If the star was visible today, wouldn’t we notice?
The answer is that we notice the star today just as most people in the ancient world did. Which is to say, we see it, but we don’t recognize its significance.
Let me cut to heart of it:
The Star of Bethlehem is Jupiter.
Again, that sounds ridiculous. Jupiter is a planet, not a star. Further, how could Jupiter lead the way for the Magi, or come to rest over Bethlehem?
First, the word Matthew uses in Greek, astera, can refer to a traditional star…