Why Bible Blender?

BibleSince time began, people have possessed an inherent longing for religion.  Religion gives societies order and purpose while defining the moral standards that guide the civilization.  Man-made laws can be overturned or more likely, evolve over time, as man’s inherent self-centeredness and the society’s inevitable moral decline require laws be modified to “fit the times”.  But religious doctrine is dictated by a higher power and cannot easily be overturned.  Religion has served as the backbone for every major civilization in recorded history.  It keeps us civil.

Some disregard religion, feeling that it clashes with science, history. and “common sense”.  It doesn’t have to be that way. Intelligent curiosity, the longing for explanations, *and* belief in God can coexist in wonderful harmony.  As the name implies, Bible Blender blends religion, science and history together with an unbridled interpretation of the lessons God passed to us through the Word.  Throw in your comments and analysis of the scriptures and you will find logic and reason can not only coexist with religion, they can also strengthen your faith.

Core tenets and theological beliefs

Bible Blender does not confess nor adhere to any formal religious denomination.  In short, my belief system encompasses the following basic tenets:

Scripture

The Bible was written by men who were inspired by God.  Inerrancy is irrelevant – taken as a whole, God’s message is clearly expressed.

Authority

The Bible alone (Old and New Testaments) is the final authority over standards of belief.

Creeds

No official creed is central to belief although the Apostle’s Creed most clearly express a consolidated statement of beliefs.

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Trinity

There is a God and Jesus was his messenger.  The concept of the Trinity is a central mystery which man cannot answer, the substance of which may be incomprehensible to mankind, and thus is irrelevant in understanding God’s message and expectations for his creations.

Jesus

Jesus’ existence, being conceived by God, defies formal explanation.  Whether he is fully man or fully God is irrelevant.  What matters is the understanding that he acts as the mediator between God and man and was sent to Earth by God to deliver a message to all of humanity.

Mary

Mary was the mother of Jesus and one of his disciples and should be admired (but not worshiped) for her role in God’s plan.

Heaven

Heaven is the final destination for those who believe the word of God, strive to adhere to his principles and moral standards, and choose to accept salvation as a condition for everlasting life.

Purgatory

The concept of Purgatory is irrelevant and unknowable.

Hell

Hell is the final destination for those who discard the word of God, refuse to adhere to God’s principles, and choose to reject the offer of salvation.

Predestination

Man’s ultimate destiny is chosen by man but foreknown by God.  We are able to choose our destiny because God first chose us.

Atonement

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, he enlightened mankind, paving the way for us to atone for and reconcile our sins.

Are you going to twist logic to fit religious beliefs?

Bible Blender will not mince words nor gloss over points that theologians don’t quite understand.  At the same time, Bible Blender will not close its eyes and ignore criticism from atheists, agnostics, or other biblical detractors nor will we overlook the importance of alternative religious doctrines, ancient documents, or current public sentiment.  Some of what you find here may be controversial.

In a similar vein, Bible Blender will not blindly accept scientific theories as fact nor take proposed scientific fact as infallible, absolute truths (too many supposed scientific truths have later been proven wrong).  We don’t profess to having the wisdom of God nor can we claim to comprehend all the mysteries of the universe.  On the other hand, we recognize the importance of science and the positive impact scientific discoveries have on our society.  We will demonstrate that science and religion are not mutually exclusive areas of knowledge and that in all instances, science supports the bible – not the other way around.

Will our journey prove there is a God?

Right or wrong, Man’s only acceptable evidence of God will be the day we see him in person.  Still, outright disbelief is the result of ignorance and arrogance.  As the astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle asked, “What are the chances that a tornado might blow through a junkyard containing all the parts of a 747, accidentally assemble them into a plane, and leave it ready for takeoff?”  The same logic applies to the creation of our planet, solar system, galaxy, and the universe itself.  Even with our limited knowledge, scientific discoveries and historical evidence do not discount the existence of God.  In fact, they strengthen our faith.  As scientists unwind the complexities of the universe and life itself, they have come to realize that this wonderful but puzzling universe is not a random act. Something has, and is, guiding us.  Our faith tells us that something is “God”.  Bible Blender will show you that belief in a higher power is easy to maintain and in fact, is the logical answer.

But doesn’t the Big Bang counter our belief in God?

The very first sentence in the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”.  It’s right there in black and white.  Again though, we are not arrogant enough to blindly accept the Big Bang theory as *proven* fact nor are we going to presuppose God did not use the “Big Bang” to create the universe as we know it.  Similarly, Big Bang is a theory and at some point in the future, will likely be expanded, or discounted.  Still, however it all began, we know God kicked the whole thing off.

Where does Jesus fit in?

There are two aspects to this question. Did Jesus exist and was he a deity? The first is very easy to prove given that there is much historical evidence that he existed.  The second, that Jesus was a sent by God to deliver a message to Man, is also easy to prove using simple logic.  If you agree that Jesus was a very moral man and teacher,  it is difficult to assert that the lied about who he was.  It just doesn’t make sense.

Secondly, we can be assured that the stories were not made up or exaggerated.  It’s commonly accepted that the gospels of his life were written immediately after his death and resurrection.  An exaggerated or made up story published immediately after his death would certainly have been countered by detractors and we find very little evidence that it was disputed.  If you put yourself into the historic times, it’s difficult to dispute his claims given the number of people who witnessed his resurrection (in one instance, 500 people saw him move about after his death) and the lengths they took to spread the word (some were tortured and executed because of their beliefs.  For most Christians, faith in Jesus is fairly easy to come by.

So again, why Bible Blender?

Why Bible Blender?  Because we are intelligent, curious creatures and the Bible is full of interesting information and important lessons.  God gave us the Bible as an “owner’s manual” or guidebook to life and we’d be foolish to not use it.

We welcome you to Bible Blender and hope you enjoy your visit!

 

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