This highly controversial page is for those with open minds and souls and those unwilling to make opinions and judge books by their covers (which I only do at bookstores). Because, you know, a book cover is like a block of moldy cheese...and I'm not sure where I'm going with that, so let's just skip the introduction and take a look at some...

Used Religion



constructed many years ago...when I first got "saved"
about what I've learned since then

scientific problems that arise from the Bible...and some solutions

addendum (March 2010): these pages are here for archival/education purposes, not argumentative (despite their tone)

"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain (Titus 3:9 King James Version)".

the "global flood"

Daily Devotionals

Daily excerpt from 'A Year with C. S. Lewis' and 'Wisdom from the Proverbs' for the 22nd of July

22 July

Judging by Results

If Christianity is true why are not all Christians obviously nicer than all non-Christians? What lies behind that question is partly something very reasonable and partly something that is not reasonable at all. The reasonable part is this. If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man's outward actions—if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before—then I think we must suspect that his 'conversion' was largely imaginary; and after one's original conversion, every time one thinks one has made an advance, that is the test to apply. Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in 'religion' mean nothing unless they make our actual behaviour better; just as in an illness 'feeling better' is not much good if the thermometer shows that your temperature is still going up. In that sense the outer world is quite right to judge Christianity by its results. Christ told us to judge by results. A tree is known by its fruit; or, as we say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. The war-time posters told us that Careless Talk costs Lives. It is equally true that Careless Lives cost Talk. Our careless lives set the outer world talking; and we give them grounds for talking in a way that throws doubt on the truth of Christianity itself.
—from Mere Christianity

Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

July 22

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding (15:31-32).

A young dancer wanted to be the best she could be. She auditioned for a number of dance companies, many of whom were interested in her. She chose to go with the one who told her they saw great potential, but she needed to work hard to become better. She worked diligently with the instructors, and she gained knowledge from their expertise. She listened carefully to everything they had to say, and she tried to do everything they told her. Her desire to be a great dancer guided her actions, and she did everything in her power to attain that dream.

If the young woman had allowed her ego to get in her way, she would not have been willing to listen to the people who were best able to help her. If she had been satisfied with where she was, she could have settled for less than was her potential. But when we place quality above all else, then we are able to humble ourselves and listen to the teachings of those who can help us. When we commit our lives to Christ, then we free ourselves to follow the commandments of God, knowing in our hearts that His commandments will lead us to our heart's desire; eternal union with Him in heaven. It is possible to all who will place self aside and open their lives to God.

prayer: Lord, I am a selfish person, and I rebel against those who would help me to improve. Break this rebellious spirit within me and lead me in the ways which lead to improvement. Amen.

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