Category Archives: God

The Shack: A Sub-Christian Explanation for Evil

The Shack, written by William P. Young and adapted to film in 2017 by Lionsgate media, tells the story of a man named Mackenzie who loses his daughter to a brutal murderer. In his grief, he is later summoned to the shack in which his daughter died by the Holy Trinity manifesting themselves as a black woman, a mid-eastern man, and an Asian woman. The film attempts to provide a Christian understanding of how human suffering and evil can exist when an all-powerful beneficent God exists. However, it ultimately fails to provide either a Biblical or comprehensive solution to the problem it addresses.

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Did the Fall Ruin God’s Plan? Sin, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

“God not only foresaw the fall of the first man, and in him the ruin of his posterity; but also at his own pleasure arranged it. For as it belongs to his wisdom to foreknow all future events, so it belongs to his power to rule and govern them by his hand.”-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (3:23:7)The above sentiment is not popular today. If I say, “The fall was part of God’s plan the whole time!” or, “This world of sin and suffering was Plan A,” then immediately people will retort that such a view removes free will from the picture, and accuse me of making Adam a robot. Continue reading Did the Fall Ruin God’s Plan? Sin, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

Does God love or hate sinners?

Does God Hate Sin and Not Sinners? Revisiting a Cliché

If I go into an average church and say, “God hates some people,” I would immediately be labeled a heretic. We have engraved in our minds the clichés, “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin,” or, “God loves everybody the same.” I would question the legitimacy of those ideas, and argue that God actually hates some people. Continue reading Does God Hate Sin and Not Sinners? Revisiting a Cliché

God knows the future

Alleged Divine Ignorance Texts Answered: Responding to Open Theism Pt. 2

Despite the many passages of Scripture which teach God’s foreknowledge, some of which were discussed in God Knows Everything, Even the Future, the Open Theist is not without weapons of their own. They will often cite passages where God is said to regret an action of His, which seems to mean He did not see the consequences of His choice. Or they will cite where God seems surprised by human actions, or where He remembers someone or something. Let us look at a couple of the more popular ones and see if these texts, upon closer scrutiny, really teach that God does not have exhaustive knowledge. Continue reading Alleged Divine Ignorance Texts Answered: Responding to Open Theism Pt. 2

God knows the future perfectly

God Knows Everything, Even the Future: Responding to Open Theism Pt. 1

The God of the Bible is omniscient and has a perfect plan from beginning to end. That is a major tenet of Christianity, is it not? However, a few centuries ago a heresy sprung up called Open Theism. It is the teaching that God does not know the future; history is open and unsure, rather than closed, certain, and set in stone. This notion has gained popularity, and has snuck into many churches. Sadly it is often considered a more peripheral matter up for debate, such as believer’s vs. infant baptism. But no, this doctrine is blasphemy and cannot be allowed to creep into our churches and deceive God’s people. Continue reading God Knows Everything, Even the Future: Responding to Open Theism Pt. 1