Friday, January 15, 2010

Sir John Polkinghorne on Haiti Earthquakes

Polkinghorne writes 'Yet if there are tectonic plates, they will also occasionally slip, producing earthquakes and the huge ocean swells that accompany them. You cannot have one without the other. We all tend to think that if we had been in charge of creation we would have kept all the nice things and discarded all the bad ones. The more we learn scientifically how the world works, the more clearly we see that this is just not possible, for fruitfulness and destructiveness, order and chaos, are inextricably intertwined.'

God really couldn't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

People had to die as a result of earthquakes or Polkinghorne's God just wouldn't have been able to make Planet Earth.

What do people think God is, omnipotent or something?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Paul on oral traditions about Jesus

In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul writes 'Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly — mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.'

As 'infants in Christ' , would these newly converted Christians have wanted to lap up the oral traditions of what their Lord and Saviour had done and preached?

Would converts not have insisted on learning all the stories about the Messiah that they could get?

Clearly there were no early oral traditions about the life and teachings of Jesus. Paul could hardly have described the words of his Lord and Saviour as 'milk', as opposed to the 'solid food' that Christians were told after they had been Christians for a while.

Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 and counting

Another year has gone by and Jesus has not returned, although he said he was coming 'soon'?

Have Christians been stood up?

Perhaps there is a Christian out there who has a personal relationship with Jesus and could ask why him he never visits.

Perhaps he was washing his hair, and so couldn't make it this year.