Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,” was a statement attributed to Sigmund Freud by Allen Wheelis in a 1950 article in “Psychiatry” which was a medical journal.1 The point of the statement is that things are very often just as they appear to be, rather than the fantasy projections that Freud, or today’s conspiracy-minded people would have you believe the “real truth” is behind the proverbial curtain. “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,” … Continue reading

Does God Agree that Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

The question of the day is, “Do Christians and Muslims believe in and worship the same God?” There has been a veritable firestorm of debate amongst Evangelicals after Dr. Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College claimed that we do. “Wheaton College Moves To Fire Professor For Saying Muslims And Christians ‘Worship The Same God’” the debate surrounding Wheaton College to national prominence and conversation, as popular media outlets such as the Huff Post and CNN weighed … Continue reading

Equal Right to Self-Identify

President Barack Obama “self-identifies” as a Christian. Liberal media, progressives and the political left loses their mind if anyone questions his self-identification. The church he attended for 20 years through which he gained his understanding of his claimed faith denies the essential doctrines of the faith as historically taught and understood. But because he can spell the word C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N and he self-identifies as one, all must accept it without qualification. Rachel Dolezal who is white, … Continue reading

Deceiving and Being Deceived

In the event you haven’t noticed, the world is a dangerous place. It is a time for clear thinking and forthright truth telling, yet deceit and obfuscation seem to be the order of the day. This week, we have witnessed the Great Snowflake Meltdown on college campuses. These obviously oppressed students seem to be operating on the idea that they have a right to be protected from being offended, even to the point that none … Continue reading

Absurdity in Comparative Religions

A few years ago I was completing an undergraduate degree. There was an overall agenda taught that all religions were really the same. The parable of the elephant was told ad nauseam. Don and Joy addressed this in “Do All Roads Lead to God?” but as a refresher, the parable is about six blind men touching the same elephant, each at different points. One was touching the tail, the other the belly, the other the leg … Continue reading

Do All Roads Lead to God?

“All roads lead to God” was the prevailing idea and guiding principle at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (October 15-19, 2015) in Salt Lake City, UT. One of the first things an attendee saw when they arrived to register was a Jain Temple built in the entry hall of the Salt Palace Convention Center, oftentimes complete with Jains performing their worship rituals. The Jains also had a booth in the exhibition hall and … Continue reading