Second-hand faith and hand-me-down morals can only take us so far. At some point, we either abandon that which was passed down to us, or we re-examine it, study the evidence for ourselves, adjust our thinking, and make it our own. It's painful to watch grown adults try to squeeze their lives into someone else's beliefs and attempt to defend that which they don't really believe. At some point, we must face the questions: "Who am I?" and, "What do I believe?"
The following essays by Christian author David B. Smith present beliefs and ideas for you to ponder and explore. Some have found them to be life-changing! | iBelieve Study Guide Index
The Triple Crown During a family camping trip, little Missie is abducted and murdered by a serial killer. Mackenzie, the distraught father, is beside himself with grief, but gradually finds healing through the loving intervention of three caring friends. That’s the premise of The Shack, runaway Christian bestseller by William P. Young.
Ever the Same If “God is love,” then why do so many of His children, like the prodigal son, want to take the family inheritance in hand, turn their backs on their Father, and move to a far country? This is maybe the greatest challenge for the Christian church today: a vibrant rediscovering of the compelling goodness of God.
King Forever I’m writing three days after the 2012 Presidential election here in the United States, and even that reference probably makes 49.5% of readers uneasy or resentful. A nation votes and then citizens either joyfully affirm or grudgingly admit that the designated winner will be our Commander in Chief, awarded with certain constitutional powers.
Do Calculators Lie? As a Christian instructor who walks into college classrooms, I’ve had to grapple with what scientists say in contrast to Genesis 1. The numbers in the laboratories suggest a universe that is millions of years old, that blindly pushes its way forward with mutations and black holes, with humans evolving from apes.
Orcs and Sinners What are we? It’s a fascinating reality that the human race doesn’t fully understand its own nature. What unique blend of metaphysical essences makes up a person? Just a body? Body plus soul? “Spirit”? All of the above? We walk around town breathing and thinking . . . and even we don’t know!
But I Wanted to Play Bass One of the timeless theologians of any generation is Snoopy, the wise dog in the Peanuts cartoon strip. One day he’s musing to himself as Charlie Brown ambles past: “I wonder why some of us were born dogs while others were born people. Is it just pure chance, or what is it?” Now, that is a deep question!
Do We Need More "Bible"? Court-watchers and other interested Americans sometimes toss around the expression original intent. The U.S. Constitution ought to be the nation’s “Bible,” they say; and they also explore what the founders of our country must have meant as they picked up quill pens and wrote the articles and amendments.
The Sinless Thief I came home from work the other day and found that someone had tossed a brick through my living room window. They had also removed a laptop, iPod, camera, two guitars, keyboard, and $50 in Thai currency from my domestic kingdom. Needless to say, I wish the thief had been more aware of the Ten Commandments.
My Treat There’s no nicer feeling than when Dad reaches out, picks up the check, and says: “I’ve got it.” It’s great at a restaurant; it’s even more pleasant at the admission gate of a pricey place like Disneyland! Or at the onset of an expensive cruise. The loving parent who helped to create us is still our Provider.
Taking Care of Business Okay, I admit it. I went to my trig class this morning and pretty much dressed down the students. Late in the semester, a whole bunch of them apparently took advantage of the common college rule to “throw out the lowest test score” and since they’d already locked in three A’s, they sloughed off the last chapter exam.
The End of Evil In C. S. Lewis’ Christian space trilogy, sinless creatures on the planet “Malacandra” look through a telescope and point to a faraway blue dot: Thulcandra; the silent planet. Somehow a great rebellion in that distant world has blocked all communication with the rest of God’s pure universe; though rumor has it a siege may soon commence.