Category Archives: love

If We Are Free to Approach God Without Fear, What Becomes of Our Other Religious Fears—Like Hell?

To many believers God is love. This is the primary thing we know about God from Jesus—unconditional love. This is what Jesus told us about the Father and also what Jesus demonstrated in his own life as the representative of … Continue reading

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Posted in atonement, fear, God, hell, Jesus, legalism, love | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

Belief in Angry God is Perhaps the Most Damaging, Misguided Christian Belief of All

What is more central to our religious experience than our relationship with God? But some believers understand their relationships with God much differently than others do. Most of us believe God loves us and cares about us. We even talk … Continue reading

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Posted in alienation, fear, hell, Jesus, legalism, love, love your enemies, Old Testament, The Father | Tagged , , , , , | 43 Comments

More about Progressive Christians and How to Connect with Them

Last time we talked about who progressive Christians are and some things they tend to believe. High on the list of what most of them do NOT believe are harmful doctrines like angry god, inerrancy, hell, legalism, penal substitution, homophobia, … Continue reading

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We Often Become What We THINK God is Like: Angry God Part 1

Many people at some point decide to begin reading the Bible. But the Bible is a very large book; where should they begin? A large percentage begin at the beginning, of course—Genesis! Genesis is an interesting book: there are creation … Continue reading

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Are Christians Being Persecuted During Christmas Season?

As the Christmas season gets fully underway, I expect to hear more Christians claiming persecution; it happens every year. Do you know any Christians who feel persecuted by others during this season? Here is a simple chart you can share with … Continue reading

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Evolution and Imago Dei: What, Whence, and When the Image of God?

In the Genesis 1 creation story God says: Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why Loving Others is Not All There Is to Following Jesus

In recent years the idea that loving others is the essence of following Jesus has exploded. And this is a good thing! It runs counter to the view that following Jesus means embracing harmful beliefs like angry god, inerrancy, legalism, … Continue reading

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Posted in behavior, Jesus, Kingdom of God, love, love your enemies, the Good News | Tagged , | 62 Comments