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Should we put the LORD our God to the test?

Well, what does the Bible say? "You shall not put the LORD your God to the test" - Deuteronomy 6:16 That seems straightforward enough, right? Why did I even bother to write this post? Isn't this an open-and-shut case? Not so fast. Let's apply the principles of Bible interpretation, and look at what the Scriptures […]
2015-04-06

"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"

I'm trying my hand at a Bible fanfic. This story is based on John 21. In that chapter, Jesus thrice asks Peter whether Peter loves him. The subtleties of this conversations are lost in translation, as the Greek words "agape" and "phileo" are both translated as "love". You can read more about the possible meaning of […]

The role of evidence in the Christian faith (Part 5)

This is a continuation of the last post. We're examining biblical passages that demonstrate the following six patterns in how God works to provide evidence for our faith in him. The six patterns are: 1. God provides evidence whenever he asks us to believe something, especially when he does something new.  2. God expects us […]

The role of evidence in the Christian faith (Part 4)

This is a continuation of the last post. We're examining biblical passages that demonstrate the following six patterns in how God works to provide evidence for our faith in him. The six patterns are: 1. God provides evidence whenever he asks us to believe something, especially when he does something new. 2. God expects us […]

The role of evidence in the Christian faith (Part 3)

In the last post I introduced six patterns for how God worked in the Bible to provide evidence for our faith in him. They were: 1. God provides evidence whenever he asks us to believe something, especially when he does something new. 2. God expects us to test and verify the evidence he provides. 3. […]

The biblical timeline of the universe

The following is the timeline of events in the history of our world, as best as I understand it using my model. Afterwards, I provide links to all the other posts about my interpretation of the creation story, in connection with the timeline. This post therefore serves as the conclusion and a links page for the […]

Interpreting other Bible passages (Part 1: Cain and Abel)

We've now covered all the major points in my interpretation of the Genesis creation story: the seven-day creation week is a prologue to the whole Bible. It employs an abstract, broad language to describe God's act of creation, and it's not to be taken literally. The purpose of this prologue is to declare a simple, […]

Adam and Eve were historical persons. Who were they? (Part 2)

In my previous post, I said that Adam and Eve were recent common ancestors to all of humanity. This means that they were almost certainly NOT the first humans, or the only humans to have lived in their time. Instead, they were the first humans to have been ensouled by God and created in his […]

Common arguments about the creation account (Part 2)

This is a continuation of my previous post. I evaluate common scriptural arguments about how to interpret the Genesis creation account, and relate them to my espoused interpretation. Each of these arguments deserves a full post at the very least, but I have condensed my reply to a few short paragraphs as to not repeat […]

Common arguments about the creation account (Part 1)

In this and the next post I will evaluate some common Scriptural arguments about how to interpret the Genesis creation account. I will answer common objections raised against my interpretation, and evaluate common arguments put forth for my position. Now, as I mentioned before, there has already been so much written on this topic that […]