People sometimes say that if God really is all powerful then he is not Good because of the things that happen.
I say that if God is behind everything that happens, and what he does is good, then what’s bad to us is only bad from our perspective.
Furthermore, since God is God and you are not, then what is evil and good are ultimately determined by God and not by you.
Or in other words, God is the final arbitor of that which is ultimately Good and that which is Evil. And you are not. Nor is your philosophy nor your worldview nor your point of view.
Remember when police officers were our ‘best and brightest’? Yeah, not so much anymore, it seems…
Darn it. Why can’t I ever come up with good marketing ideas like that. Why do I have to rely on dead people endorsing my good work? Dead people and some live ones. But mostly dead ones.
“We have shaped our entire theologies around the insights found in Jim West’s books”— Jurgen Moltmann & Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (Via Jon Balserak).
In a move designed to help students of the Word carefully impose their own theology and personal experiences onto the text, Zondervan released its all-new Choose Your Own Adventure Bible to widespread public acclaim Wednesday morning.
Boasting over three hundred different endings, the CYOA Bible allows readers to guide and bend the narrative through all its various twists and turns in order to shape the Bible’s theology to fit readers’ own tastes, biases, and prejudices.
“What a great resource to help pastors and laymen alike insert themselves into any biblical text,” Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church said in a promotional video touting the new study Bible. “In the past, Bible readers were just reading some boring story about Hebrew men and women that were really difficult to relate to. Now, the Bible is finally all about you.”
The video also previewed one of the CYOA Bible’s storylines, as a reader decided that God wouldn’t punish the world with a great flood, but rather praised and rewarded the ingenious and creative ways mankind had invented to rebel against Him.
The CYOA Bible is already a runaway success, having reportedly sold over 4 million copies in its first hour of availability, causing Zondervan to announce that it would be slowly phasing out the “old, boring versions of the Bible that don’t cater to reader preferences.”
On the mark. And just what the Millennials actually want.
Ernst has provided a very extensive text critical expansion of his Judges Commentary. You’ll want to take a look at it here.
Be like Kara. Read The Commentary.
At this moment the death toll stands at 37. Recover quickly, Italy. CNN is posting regular updates here.