Truth, Understanding, Insight

John's Notes

Musings on the Word of God in life.


The Hope Laid Up in Heaven

4th Aug 2006, sjh.
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. ... More

Get Behind Me, Satan

21st Mar 2006, sjh.
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. ... More

Unbelief in God

18th Feb 2006, sjh.
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. ... More

Misunderstood Evolution

15th Feb 2006, sjh.
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 evolution. ... More

The Symbol of Marriage

14th Feb 2006, sjh.
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. ... More

The Price of Freedom

1st Feb 2006, sjh.
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. ... More

When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

25th Jan 2006, sjh.
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 was recorded, ... More

Return to Me, says God

20th Dec 2005, sjh.
The book of Zechariah starts with an appeal by God at around 500BC for the people of Israel to return to him. For many years God had persisted with those people even though they often failed to obey him. But still, God continued with them, punishing them for their evil and calling them to return to him. Without ever lowering His own expectations, he continually reached out to them and reiterated that they would eventually obey him and be blessed. ... More

We Should Love One Another.

19th Dec 2005, sjh.
The first epistle of John quite strongly emphasises the importance of having love for other people. It is placed as being one of the central attributes that someone must have in order to even be able to accept or to understand God. Modern society has a whole range of understandings of what love is, or how it may be expressed. They may vary among ideas that include lust, and simply making people happy. The views of our society will affect our initial response, so we need to take care to find the real interpretation. ... More

God Is Light, No Darkness At All

16th Dec 2005, sjh.
One symbol used of God in the Bible is that he is ``light'' and that his word sheds light to the world. Then equivalently, the lack of God in one's life is equivalent to being in darkness. In 1 John 1:5 it says that in God there is no darkness at all. This suggests that in the symbol, among the world we can expect to see a mixture of light and dark, and that mixing can give a false sense of security to society as a whole. ... More