This past year 2007-8 was 5768 in the
Hebrew calendar. The 824th occurrence of the 7th
year, or in Hebrew shmita. ... More
Amongst the leading online world news
reports for the week, dominated by the distress in China due to
earthquake and the devastating cyclone in Burma, was a tribute to 60
years with Israel. But is there any link between the three countries? ... More
'Armageddon' is English for an Ancient
Greek translation of a Hebrew place name, but, due to its use to
describe any form of disaster, it is much misunderstood. The Bible
is very simple. The Bible says that at this place there will be a
battle. A battle in a war between all nations. A world war. ... More
There are many different reasons why people turn to God in
Christianity. One of those is the promise of future reward from
God. On the surface it seems a somewhat selfish motive, but it does go
deeper when the full picture is considered.
One of the challenges of Christian life is that there is a very
high and specific standard set for a believer in God. Such a believer
is called on to take on the attitudes of God himself. Inevitably
people with even the highest of intentions find themselves not
managing to achieve what they feel they should be doing. Then they
wonder why it is that they always seem to fail.
Psalm 78 is long list of how the people of Israel were given great
signs of the presence and care of their God, but still turned away and
forgot him. It shows how easy and natural it is for people to ignore
all the evidence that God has given, and leave him out of their minds.
For quite some time now, Charles Darwin's theory of the origin of the
species through natural selection has been taught as something well
understood. However, the preferred model of punctuated equilibrium is
often not the one that is taught, leading to a misunderstood
To God, marriage is a symbol of a unity that is intrinsic to his
creation. From the Bible we find that people were designed with
marriage in mind, so that it is part of our nature. But reaching
further, it is also a relationship that may be abstracted and is
echoed in the one we are called to develop with Jesus.
For many years, there has been an emphasis in secular society to value
personal freedom. It is contrasted against the oppression that may be
seen in countries that are not ``free''. Indeed many people have
honourably paid a high physical price for the cause of freedom.
However, there is a presumption that when people are free, they will
be happy and fulfilled. While there is a truth in this, the Bible
shows that there can also be a hidden price and that it can be wise to
forgo some opportunities to freedom.
The accounts of the death of Jesus are surprising in just how weak he
seems to be. We know from his earlier miracles that he was capable of
so many things, and could defeat enemies, but yet here we see him as
defeated under the strength of the opposition. Of his crucifixion, it