(Originally written in 2006)
A few months ago I saw God on My Side, Andrew Denton's film documentary about his visit to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in America. It features interviews with a wide-ranging group of people: puffy-haired 70's style evangelists, a passionate flakes-of-gold-on-your-hand-that's-God's-anointing Pentecostal, an Arabic Christian, a media-savvy laidback Phd in Theology, an Australian from UCB, a woman who has been married 9 times (or was it 10?), an end-of-the-world expert...every stripe of Christian imaginable...oh, and a ventriloquist doll!
(Post originally published Dec 2007)
It's an idea that seems to be gaining traction, or maybe I have just become more aware of it, i.e. the idea that Father did not forsake Jesus on the cross.
A quick google search turned up a couple of arguments against the idea that God forsook Jesus on the cross here and here. One article is more convincing than the other, but I have a question for "anti-forsakers".
When Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", would the Sinless One not have sinned unless that were true?
Does a toilet represent a bad day?
I have noticed more and more that I tend to choose the pleasant way, the secure and comfortable way - the way with the most to gain and the least amount of effort - all for a life of uninterrupted contentment and satisfaction. And should this dream of a continually pleasant life be rudely broken in upon by a "bad day", I get angry.
No, I'm not alone in this. All of us expect a good life. It is our right!!! or so we believe. But the truth is if we have no bad days, or weeks or months or even years...something's wrong.
How can I say this?