Christianity for the gentiles

I fondly remember a nursery rhyme I heard when I was much younger:

"As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kitts. How many people were going to St. Ives?"
After furiously attempting to add up all the individuals mentioned in the rhyme in a bid to answer the question, I was quite surprised to find out that the answer was one! I simply was distracted by all the information and did not pay attention to the key part of the rhyme that answered the question.

I sometimes feel as though some Christian doctrines come about like; that is the entire context is ignored and doctrine is established on the least relevant text. For instance it is widely believed that the number of wise men that came to see Jesus after He was born was three. This is despite the fact that the bible never mentions the number in the company but this assumption is made due to the number of gifts given. The bible never says…

Can anyone tell me what a tithe of 9 sheep is?

I’ve still been mulling over the tithe doctrine and there are aspects of it that make no sense to me. Someone will say am questioning the bible by this statement, on the contrary. I think the bible is pretty clear on the tithe but it is the attempts at interpreting the bible’s position that fails my litmus test.

I have said this before and no one has been able to convince my otherwise – I am yet to see proper scriptures being used in support of the claim that tithing is still valid in the New Testament. All I see used is logic and when I hold this logic up to the light of scriptures it completely incinerates before my very eyes.
How can we say God is a just God in one vein and then insist that He requires everyone to give 10% of what they earn irrespective of their circumstances? Are a bachelor that earns £30,000 per annum and a family man with a wife and 2 kids in the same position? The responsibilities of the bachelor are in no way the same as that of the family man and even if they e…

How exactly do we determine Christian doctrine?

It is a known fact that doctrinal differences abound in Christianity. From the ultra-conservative to the liberal and to the outright outlandish. These differences nearly always drives a wedge amongst Christians with everyone believing they alone possess the truth and others are simply walking in error.
However, the bible is clear on one thing though – if the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do? And it appears this may be the source of the problem; many may have a hard time identifying the foundation upon which the Christian faith is built.
As per Christianity, the bible is very clear on several fronts: Jesus died so our sins could be forgivenJesus is the only way to the fatherAll who receive Jesus have been given the right to become sons of GodWe are saved by faith, not by works least any man should boast
These all form the basis of the foundation laid by Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). And upon this foundation did the apostles themselves build and we are told that this…

How exactly does the bible describe sowing?

I am quite curious about this doctrine of sowing and have been for a while now. A lot of people swear by it and claim it works hence it has almost become the bedrock of today’s Christianity. It is used to describe some sort of sacrificial giving towards God’s work with the expectation of a huge financial return. This sort of approach to giving seems to have a ring of paganism to it in my opinion. Personal opinion aside, I decided to go through scriptures to gain a better understanding and here is what I discovered.
The main scripture used in support of this teaching is the prosperity Isaac experienced after he moved back to the land of Canaan. Genesis 26: 12 tells us that:

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

The word ‘sow’ was clearly used in the verse of scripture but I was wondering if this was meant to convey some sort of sacrificial giving and did a deep dive into the word sowing. The Cambridge dictionary defines the…

Why fight about tithing?


A proper approach to bible doctrine

I never knew until recently that quite a number of Christians consider joy and happiness to be 2 different things. And the general consensus is joy is not dependent on one’s circumstances and thus eternal while happiness is dependent on one’s circumstances and could be short lived. It seems like we were pitting one against the other.

I checked the dictionary to see the difference between the two and was quite surprised to find that they were both synonyms of each other. This was when it hit me that we tend not to look at things in the bible in the context they were used. This kind of approach to bible interpretation can be riddled with errors and give rise to faulty doctrines.

I decided to look to the bible and check the original words translated as joy and happiness and discovered to my amazement that the original word Hebrew and Greek words happiness was translated from actually means ‘being blessed’. Joy on the other hand referred to rejoicing, gladness. Both have their place and n…

Does the bible teach a 'rapture' of the saints? Part 4