Why doesn’t God help all people who are suffering or in need?
There are people who are helping to alleviate suffering and to supply what is truly needed by others. We need to understand that the usual way to receive help is through other people. This does not take away from the divine nature of the help. We are called to be Christ’s hands and feet. We […]
The Supreme Being
The Ancient Alien The Absent Deity The Chess Master The Ultimate Source There are so many ways that we human beings have tried to identify and describe the Supreme Being. Generally we ascribe a singularity to this Supreme Being. We also attribute the origin of all that exists in the material world to this Being. […]
How do I know if I have eternal life?
This is an age-old question that has been answered in many ways depending on one’s wants and fears. It seems the driving concern is actually more about punishment in the after-life as much as it is about a blissful eternity. Will the guilty be punished? Will there be an end to misery? Will there be […]
Thanksgiving, Hopefulness and Faith
This is the time of year when preachers spout platitudes. Many phrases about gratitude and thankfulness are superficial and trite, and are used too often. To some the platitudes of thanksgiving can seem downright cruel. It is cruel to tell someone they ought to be thankful when they are being abused physically, emotionally and sexually. […]
Do we control our future or do we follow God’s plan?
Neither. I realize that is not a helpful answer when we are trying to make decisions. However, many factors beyond our control have an effect on our future. We cannot follow a plan when we do not know what the plan is. So, is there any help from our spiritual understandings when we need to […]
Does God Want Our Allegiance?
Full disclosure, I have trouble with the word allegiance. It conjures up the relationships in feudal societies. We have romantic visions of knights swearing allegiance to their liege lord. Oaths of allegiance bound them to the service of a noble of some rank. Those oaths might have been given willingly. However, the idea of allegiance, or […]