• The Importance of Genesis 1:2

    “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” The importance of Genesis 1:2 lies in its context as the beginning of the creation account in the book of Genesis. This verse sets the stage for the narrative of how God created the universe and all that is in it. Here are a few key points regarding the significance of Genesis 1:2: It’s worth noting that interpretations and understandings of Genesis 1:2 may vary across different religious and theological traditions. The verse’s importance often extends beyond its individual significance, as it serves as a…

  • Importance of Genesis 1:1

    Genesis 1:1 is the opening verse of the Book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It holds significant importance for several reasons: Overall, Genesis 1:1 is considered highly important because it lays the foundation for the biblical narrative, asserts God’s role as the creator, and establishes key theological concepts. Its significance extends beyond religious boundaries, as it has had a profound impact on the cultural and intellectual heritage of humanity. Original Graphic by D. Gordon called Heavens and Earth Click here to download a printable version for study. Although this is copyrighted, you are free to print and share for…

  • Creationism Theories and Interpretations are Divided Through Time

    Multiple accounts, theories and interpretations have been developing over time in regard to the Creation story, which can leave Jews and Christians alike following diverse views from one another. This post will attempt to show various theories and interpretations that are diverse, yet none of them take anything away from a Judean or Christian belief. As a Christian, one has to follow what is best in accordance with their faith, reality, and Scripture. Theistic Evolution There are three definitions regarding the term evolution that one needs to consider when evaluating theistic evolution. First, we turn to the creative power of the natural selection/random variation within can explain the appearance of…

  • God’s Attributes, Picking and Choosing at Will

    Aristotle made an interesting statement that inferred that if an attribute of God was removed, God would be destroyed. Which brings full circle the concept/theology that God is Dead. Therefore, all attributes must remain whole and intact as innate characteristics that belong to God. When looking at the main attributes, they all seem to interact with one another, therefore removing or changing an attribute would not make God whole, therefore dismissing his presence. This is a very important concept that the ministry must remember, as one cannot pick and choose which attributes God is allowed to have, as God maintains all attributes at all times. The Attributes of God The…

  • The Dialogue Decalogue

    Swidler, Leonard. “The Dialogue Decalogue,” JOURNAL OF ECUMENICAL STUDIES 20:1 (Winter, 1983), 1-4. Dialogue is a conversation on a common subject between two or more persons with differing views, the primary purpose of which is for each participant to learn from the other so that s/he can change and grow. This very definition of dialogue embodies the first commandment of dialogue. In the religious-ideological sphere in the past, we came together to discuss with those differing with us, for example, Catholics with Protestants, either to defeat an opponent, or to learn about an opponent so as to deal more effectively with her or him, or at best to negotiate with…

  • Quick Little Augustine Facts

    Confessions of St. Augustine is an autobiographical work by St. Augustine of Hippo. These 13 volumes were written one decade after Augustine’s conversion, witnessed by Ambrose on Easter Sunday, 387.[i] This conversion came about in part from reading many letters written by Paul. Augustine decided to take a sabbatical to contemplate Christianity, as he felt the letters of Paul were a direct voice of the Lord directed solely to him.[ii] Augustine realized that when he broke away from his Catholic Christian mother to “find satisfaction in hellish pleasures,”[iii] that this was not a very moral life he was leading. Augustine described himself as “arrogant, vain in his mind and emotions,…

  • Wrath of God With and Without a Human Component

    The wrath of God is an innate attribute of God’s actions to keep His plan on track. God’s wrath can not be understood as a human emotion, although most do not differentiate between God’s emotion and human emotion. This is an important comparison in order to begin the considerations of God and His attributes, especially in regard to His wrath. This topic is important on the basis that it is commonly misunderstood due to the limitations of vocabulary and assumptions that God is similar to mankind in ways He is not. With a clearer understanding of who God is, those that are supportive of the God is Dead theory, or…

  • Man and Woman Part One

    Biblically the purpose of man and woman is to become one and procreate, which is why marriage is between a man and woman. Marriage is a sacred vow between a man and woman and the Bible offers many verses that offer guidance for married couples, husbands, wives, newlyweds and engagement. The Bible correspondingly talks about procreation and raising children. Marriage God has provided us with a flawless blueprint for marriage and family, which is one of the greatest gifts provided for humanity. This gift, which bears such a great significance, is told to us in just the first few pages of the Bible. “Then the LORD God made a woman…

  • Understanding Good Works

    Good works are not required for salvation. Salvation can only be obtained through faith, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me, John 14:6. Titus 3:4-7 also makes this precisely clear: But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we…

  • Welcome to Coram DEO Theology

    Coram DEO is a fancy way of saying live your life every day, every minute, every second in the face of God. The words cōram and Deus (Deo) are Latin terms found in the Vulgate. Cōram is a Latin preposition meaning in the presence of, and Deo meaning God. The root of Deo is Deus and has many inflections, one being Deo. Coram and Deus (Deo) are found in many Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek alignments. Coram DEO Theology is where you will find inspiration, answers to some of the big ‘G’ questions, and most of all, what YOU can do to live your life in the face of God and…