We are familiar with the verse that urges us to “put on the full armour of God” [Ephesians 6:10-17 British spelling throughout] but I got new light on those verses when I realised the obvious fact that all this armour isn’t ours – by striving, effort, mental/spirit achievement, or anything else that is human.Continue reading
1 John 4:8: Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.
God doesn’t just love as an attribute or a choice (as if his love might be fickle and some days he is judgmental or angry instead) but God IS love. Love is God’s nature. Knowing that, everything makes sense – creation, heaven and hell, salvation, and day-to-day life too.
There are some things the bible describes as essential aspects of God’s nature, and they are the exact opposite of Lucifer’s nature.
- God is Love (1 John 4:8) – Satan is accusation, hatred and murder (1 Peter 5:8)
- God is Truth (John 14:6–7) – Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44)
- God is Light (1 John 1:5) – Satan is darkness (Colossians 1:13 and Ephesians 6:12)
- God is Life (John 11:25-26) – Satan is death (Hebrews 2:14)
Do you believe in the afterlife? This is a question many today are asking themselves, and increasingly so as the transitory and insecure nature of this earthly life becomes more apparent.
Some are just ‘hoping for the best’. Some earnestly believe they will continue to exist in some form after their death, but have sentimental ideas about heaven based on fantasy fiction and cartoons. Continue reading
God put wonderful and astounding defences into the human beings he created. Even before birth, and from our first moments, we are able to defend ourselves from deadly threats because of the chemical, hormonal and psychological mechanisms that are encoded into our bodies and brains.
If threatened by overwhelming distress that raises blood pressure and heartbeat, and creates damaging levels of brain activity, the conscious body is capable of shutting down to preserve the essentials of life until the distress passes or is bearable.
Until the pain or threat is proportionate and can be processed by our minds and bodies, we avoid it. Perhaps some of you have experienced the emotional numbness that follows overwhelming grief or have fainted at bad news. This is the protective mechanism at work.