Entries by John

Matthew 6:1-8

” Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised […]

What Am I?

The very fact that we are alive leads each of us upon a quest for meaning. Each of us tries to “make sense” out of life — our own personal life and the world in which we live. We seek some understanding of life so we can have an overall framework through which we can […]

What Is Natural Theology?

The word “theology” comes from two Greek words, “theos” meaning “god,” and “logos” meaning “word.” Taken together we have the concept of “words about God” or “knowledge about God.” Some organized religions claim to have special knowledge about God that has been revealed only to a specific individual or exclusive group in some supernatural way. […]

The Natural Religion of Jesus

Each of us came into existence through no decision or action of our own. So each of us may wonder, “Why do I exist?” and “How shall I live the life I have?” These are the questions that “religions” attempt to answer. The word “religion” comes from the Latin word “religio” which has a meaning […]

Love Your Neighbor

The way that God, our Creator, intends for us to live is known by every human being. How God intends for us to live is called God’s “will” or God’s “law.” Jesus referred to God’s law as God’s “commandment” or “word.” Jesus taught that it is God’s will or intention for us to love our […]

How Can You Love God?

In the time of Jesus, the Jewish religion placed many obligations or requirements on the Jews. These obligations, or commandments, came from the Mosaic law and the teachings of the Hebrew prophets. Jesus tried to make religion simple and understandable by explaining that there were only two basic commandments from God. Jesus said that these […]

The Kingdom Of God

The basic message from Jesus is, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:14). This message has two parts. The first part is what Jesus called the gospel: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.” The second part is […]

Repentance and Forgiveness

  When Jesus preached the gospel, “The kingdom of God is at hand,” he called for a response: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” What does “repent” mean? The meaning of “repent” is found in Jesus’ parable of the “prodigal son” (Luke 15:11-24) as follows: “And he (Jesus) said, “There was a man who had […]

What Is The Gospel?

The word “Gospel” means “good news.” The good news is given through a message. In the New Testament, there are two different messages that are called “the gospel.” One is given by Jesus and one is given by Paul, a man who called himself an “apostle” (messenger) but was not among the original followers of […]

The Theology of Paul

What you usually hear about Jesus today in churches and on TV is an interpretation that comes from the writings of a man named Paul who called himself an “apostle” (messenger) but was not among Jesus’ “twelve” disciples who are also called “apostles.” Paul’s ideas about Jesus are found in letters which he wrote to […]