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Jesus and the Law

What did Jesus teach us about the (Old Testament) law? Did Jesus teach us to uphold the law during the Sermon on the Mount and follow all the rules and rituals of the Old Testament?

Many Christians believe that Jesus said we should stay true to the the Old Testament law during the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5. Lets have a look at the verses below:
Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the [a]Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished. 19 So whoever breaks one of the least [important] of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least [important] in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:17-19 The key word…
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Is the Bible the Word of God?

Is the Bible the inerrant, infallible Word of God? For years I used to believe that every verse in the Bible was the 'Word of God'. As I studied the Bible and grew spiritually I every once in a while came across 'problems' in the Bible. Things that I found difficult to believe was the will of God. The problems became more and bigger and it got to the point where I had to take a hard and brutally honest look at the Bible.

From childhood we are taught that the Bible is the Word of God in such a way that we never dare to question it. The idea that every verse in the Bible is the 'Word of God' caused Christians to use the Bible as some sort of weapon to oppress and judge others - to somehow be the moral authority of the world. You just need to take a look at the history of Christianity to see how badly that turned out.

Lets take a look at a couple of important points on the Bible:
Jesus did not believe every verse in the Bible is the Word of God (see example in the…

Health, Healing and Sin

Our health is important to God. One thing that Jesus did more than anything else was He healed the sick. He did not just heal the lucky ones that lived when He was walking on earth - He taught us important principles about healing and health.

One thing He did teach us is that if you want to receive healing you need to believe that your sins are forgiven.
When they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they [a]removed the roof above Jesus; and when they had dug out an opening, they let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying. When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” - Mark 2:4-5 Before Jesus healed the paralyzed man he first said to him 'your sins are forgiven'. Why?  We are not sure if the man was paralyzed because of sin, but one thing was clear - he needed to believe he was forgiven of all sin before he could receive healing.
If you are sick and you pray for heali…

Let the dead bury their own dead

'Let the dead bury their own dead' - it sounds like a line from a zombie movie - but it is something that Jesus said. Most people just try to explain this away as if it was an absent-minded, embarrassing tweet from Jesus. It is however a deep spiritual saying full of power and wisdom.
 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead - Matthew 8:21-22 (NRSV)A bit shocking at first glance - isn't it?! 

In the traditions of the time a person would have been buried on the same day. So the fact that the person can't follow Jesus at this stage but first need time to bury his father tells us that his father is probably still alive - possibly old and in need of care. Is Jesus really telling the disciple to abandon his dying father?!

Common interpretations that I think is incorrectThe father already died but the son still needed to perform a final burial that takes place a…

Creation vs Evolution

I believe that God is the Creator of all life. That does not mean I dismiss the theory of evolution. I believe evolution is real, but that it was set in motion by God. God created evolution (the ability for living organisms to evolve) - used evolution - guided evolution.

Lets have a quick look at evolution Below is a nice video that explains how the diversity of life on planet earth is possible.

Evolution can 'explain away' God - it can show how the earth was created by natural processes and how the intervention or direction of a supernatural entity is not required. 
But it is only a theory right? Yes, evolution is only a theory, but do you know what a scientific theory is? A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation. Some people think a theory is just one possible explanation for something, but that is call…