The Elusion of Freedom

“Beliefs do not change facts. Facts, if one is rational, should change beliefs.” – Ricky Gervais We are naturally inclined to study and research within the bounds of our tribe. And the “bounds” I speak of are the places we are taught not to worry about because everything passed those lines has been researched by…

The One-Sided Box

“Does God only work through violating the laws of nature? Can He not use the laws of nature He designed to accomplish His purposes? Could He not have providentially ordered the world so as to bring about life through a natural unfolding of what He had sovereignly decreed? … We must remember that when we…

Tribal Instincts and the Construction of Faith

Is deconstructing one’s faith a “movement” as it is referred to in many circles of Christianity today or is it a lifestyle that we have no choice but to embrace if we are to follow the teachings of the Christ? At the heart of any belief system there is (or should be) a desire for…

I Am Scared of the Gospel

The egregious misinterpretations of scripture and the assumptions spawned from such interpretations by much of mainstream Christianity has not only perpetuated a false perception of The Creator’s character but has fueled twisted motivations for sharing the gospel, which depending on what subculture of Christianity you come from could have various implications in how you interact…

The Truth About Love

Love. Yes, it is romantic.  We are attracted sexually and emotionally to the qualities we have longed for in another and also to the attributes we never knew we desired. Yes, it is unconditional. We learn to sacrifice and put the other’s needs before our own with no desire for recompense. Yes, it is chemical….

Faith in Faith? Or Faith in God.

Faith–a beautiful and challenging act of complete trust and confidence. It is a choice that grows stronger the more we decide to choose that mindset. The human psyche is phenomenal in that sense. The more we fuel faith, the more natural it becomes until it is practically second nature. However, this nature of faith is…

Sifting Belief

We develop belief systems, whether good or bad, at a very young age. They are things we were told repeatedly by others or ourselves till they became undeniable and, as we matured, a core part of our psyche that ignites reaction when that belief is either challenged or reinforced. But we never think of questioning…

How I Escaped the Rapture

Though it is not a commonly held belief within Christianity worldwide, if you came of age in the United States then the rapture was unquestionably a biblical truth–especially in the evangelical and charismatic circles. It was imminent and could happen in the “twinkling of an eye.” It is an event you needed to be ready for so…

The Miraculous and the Mundane

Sometimes the simple act of standing on a chair and forcing your body to view the surroundings with a different perspective is enough to remind you that there is so much more. Sometimes standing on your car or laying on the grass in the middle of the night is enough to remind you nothing has…

The Cry of Human

We tend to think individualistically regarding self inflicted pain. But the need to cry out for help during distress and the flawed idea that the immediate destructive gratification of this self harm is a sort of beneficial action that will somehow result in the pain vanishing forever is a trait that is common to humanity…