Is justice just?

I was ripped off. The chap at the laptop shop owes me £40 for a deposit on a repair.

There’s no point in warning you not to go to that shop, as it won’t be re-opening. He’s in prison now. Apparently I wasn’t the only one.

It made me angry. But I wasn’t angry the way I used to be, back in the 1970s. In those days I was a student, then a curate, and every penny counted. A car was out of the question. My only way of getting around to do my job – and come to that my only way of getting away from it – was my bicycle. I had four bicycles stolen. The losses had a major effect each time. I was furious. If I could have got hold of the people who did it, I would have… well you get the idea. Adrenalin splashed around.

Read more ...

Hard work is not a virtue

In an article printed in the Church Times on 17th April 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron writes:

The Christian values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility, and love are shared by people of every faith and none – and we should be confident in standing up to defend them.

Religious leaders have let him get away with it. They should not have. This is a far more serious attack on Christian values than any number of gay marriages.

Read more ...

Resurrection and kingdom

In theory Easter is the biggest festival in the Church’s year. How it works out in practice is another matter.

Today the main issue is that it’s impossible. Nobody rises from the dead. Some people conclude that Christianity is wrong, others that the whole point of Christianity is that God made something impossible happen. Cue science against religion debate.

Read more ...

Hell: the worst theory ever

I have recently received an email warning me of eternal damnation in hell. It comes with a link to a video full of graphic descriptions of what is in store.

Revelation 21 v 8 says: ‘All liars will have their part in the lake of fire”. The bible says: ‘No thief, adulterer or blasphemer will enter heaven’. You broke God’s laws and deserve eternal punishment...

And so on. Full text at the bottom. The video is here. It’s a bit more than four minutes long, but you get the idea quite quickly. The author, quite clearly, takes eternal damnation very seriously indeed.

Read more ...

African murders and the Archbishop’s dilemma

If I were the Archbishop of Canterbury I too would feel distinctly uncomfortable.

Speaking on a radio phone-in, Justin Welby said he had stood by a mass grave of 330 Christians murdered in Nigeria because of gay weddings in America. The murderers justified the massacre by saying

‘If we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians’.

Read more ...