If you were raised in church, you probably grew up being told that God’s love is the kind that does not expect anything in return. You probably believed it too. Hopefully, you will come to see how that statement is false in every way possible. God demands that we love Him back. He demands obedience too. Surely, that is some expectation. No? Yes; God loved us before we were capable of loving Him. But He…"God’s love expects something in return"
There is an ongoing debate in religious circles about whether to accept that God planned everything out or God has left everything in our hands by giving us the power to make choices. I think that the debate has largely been misguided and that there is a middle ground in which it is a mixture of divine planning/purpose and choice. Think of a computer game programmer. He writes the programme in such a way that…"Does the concept of God planning everything out negate choice?"
Interpreting the bible is a very interesting task. Sometimes, it takes more critical thinking than the average person is willing to put into it. As a rule, it is easier to grab and run with what is written without considering things like context in which it was said/written, linguistics, and intent. And that is how people arrive at the poor interpretations of the Bible that we run into everywhere. Let us look at how to…"God loves a cheerful giver; does he hate the grudging giver?"
People hold on to God, not because He exactly meets their expectations (actually, He lets them down again and again), but because, in truth, He simply isn’t physically experiential. Their relationship with Him is sustained only by their imagination and fantasies. In other words, each person cooks up a personal image of how God relates to them regardless of the reality. The truth is that were God a physical person living and moving among us,…"The allure of the God of your imagination"
Pssst: Satire alert! I woke up this morning to find a series of tweets by Reverend Sista Gbemisoke of the Church of Married Twitter. I always knew that the woman had issues, but she has clearly lost her marbles now. Apparently, while I was away busy, she had done a series of tweets on the subject of orgasms. She even suggested that one of the reasons why pastors’ wives often look unhappy is because they…"Orgasms are of the devil; Who is afraid of hell?"