This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Why Being Intimidated by the Biblically Illiterate is So Dangerous to Christians
The human brain is hardwired to make sense of our world. Many of us use the Bible to do this. But it helps to know what it says. And, because the Bible is a revelation of the supernatural dimension, it requires believing in the supernatural and supernatural forces.
The Bible reveals to us that at a point in history, our God Yahweh, gave up on the human race and divided the world into 70 entities, each with an elohim (spiritual being) to watch over it. Just as He gave us humans free will, he did the same with the elohims. Some enjoyed being gods so much they rebelled against Him and did terrible things. Some of the worse renegades were the gods of the middle east. Some of them even calling themselves THE GOD.
To defeat these elohims, Yahweh took a tribe, the Hebrews, and led them in battle to retake one small territory for Himself. He drove them straight into the elohims’ territory. A big section of the Old Testament becomes the story of the war of the elohims and their followers, against Yahweh and His followers.
The Hebrews were to never, ever worship the other elohims. To do so made them spiritually unclean. But they did and the rest of the Old Testament is about Israel worshiping the elohims. As a result they were finally scattered over the entire planet.
In 1948, Yahweh brought them back to His chosen land. The ferocious war took up right where it left off. Only this time Abraham’s offspring includes us Christians.
Most people don’t believe any of this. But I defy you to come up with your explanation. See Michael S. Heiser The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, $12.09 Kindle.
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