Showing posts from June, 2009

Going Green: not just for hippies, tree-huggers, or Al Gore

I've done a lot of teaching and promoting lately for this whole green/eco-friendly movement. My hope is that the church universal will keep up with the rest of the world. It's well past time for us to jump on the bandwagon. This isn't something just for hippies or "tree-huggers." It is also a command that Elohim gave to mankind. The first job (or command) that God gave for man to do was that of a gardener. Genesis 2:15 says that God placed man in the garden to work it and to watch over it. Man was to put the earth to work, to cultivate it and enjoy the produce. But he was also to take care of it, tend to it, serve it. This was the first command given to man. After the blessing to be fruitful and multiply, man was told to subdue the earth and rule over it. In other words, put it to work but treat it well. The same applies to us today. All humanity has been given the freedom to use the resources given to us by our Creator, but as we know, great freedom requires gr

What's in a name?

What is your name? What are you called? Why do you have that name? Why do things and people need names? Giving a name is part of the creative process. Think about it. Your parents "created" you, so they gave you a name. People give names to their books and movies and products. It seems as if the creation isn't complete until the thing has a name. We see in the creation accounts that when God creates, he also names. He called the light "day" and the darkness "night;" he called the land "earth" and the water "sea." But when it came to the animals, God let that job up to man. Whatever name man gave to an animal, that's what it was called. God involved man in the creative process by letting him appoint names. A name completes the creation. It is given by the Creator (or one whom the Creator appoints). A name gives purpose, meaning, significance, uniqueness. Fast forward to the story of Moses when he encounters God in the burning

Get Behind Me, Satan

So I was thinking the other day about this idea of personified evil in the figure of "Satan." I have a difficult time understanding this concept. There is no mention of "Satan" or "the Devil" in the Old Testament as we see him in the New Testament. Each time the Hebrew word for satan is used, it is in reference to the accuser, which was most likely a position in the heavenly court. Read Job again with this understanding, and it makes a little more sense. This idea of personified evil was not developed until the Babylonian exile when the Jews were exposed to the new religion of Zoroastrianism. The religion is still around today, though it is not widely practiced. The religion is not monotheistic, rather it is dualistic. There are two gods, one good, one evil, and they battle each other over the souls of mankind. The Jews took this dualistic concept and Judaized it. They remained monotheistic, but they developed the concept of Satan as personified evil. He