Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality

Satan Survey Says: Demons Are Real

From the Gospel Coalition website

From the Gospel Coalition website

The Gospel Coalition website posted a story about a recent survey.  It found that a slight majority of people actually do believe that Satan is real and that demons can possess people.  If you’re a Southern, born-again, Republican black woman in her 50’s with a post-graduate degree, you’re especially likely to believe that.  Good.  If we don’t think Satan exists, we aren’t looking for his influence in our lives.  We aren’t wary of being manipulated by him.  And we won’t pray against him.  Those who know he’s out there will be stronger Christians for it.  Just like those amazing Southern, born-again, black women.

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A Christian Astrobiologist

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Bilogos conducted a fascinating and uplifting interview with astrobiologist Stephen Freeland.  It’s definitely worth reading.  He speaks about how his faith is bolstered by his scientific discoveries.  Here’s an excerpt:

What’s the most fascinating thing about God’s creation that you’ve learned throughout your scientific studies?

What a good question! I could talk easily about my joy at discovering odd species and interesting behaviors, about the harmonies and patterns that link nature or, more philosophically, about the wonder of a universe that is, to a significant extent, understandable. But honestly, when I really think through this question, the answer is that I think I have learned through science how human understanding is finite. I have learned some spiritual humility (and I am sure more is needed). During my teenage years, I gravitated to what some might call “fundamentalism” – a version of Christianity that was confident about what every part of the Bible meant. I think science taught me humility about what we don’t know and what we cannot know — and how much of what seems certain today is turned on its head by something we discover tomorrow.

A Hummingbird Called Patience

This is a hummingbird with a broken wing that floundered into my life quite by accident.  I named the wild hummy Patience.

Patience with angel

I gave him/her that name because the little birdy wanted to fly so badly, but it needed time to mend.  It needed time to heal.  And it needed patience to allow the healing to happen.  Watching the hummy made me keenly aware of my own unwillingness to wait for God’s hand in my life.  I want to flap my wings constantly, I want to just keep moving regardless of whether or not I know where I’m going.  But that isn’t always healthy for me.  Just like I knew the hummy needed to calm down in order to get to a better place, God knows what is best for me; His angels are watching out for me.  And it would be easier on both of us if I would just have some patience and let His will work in my life.

I fed Patience, kept him safe, and found a veterinarian that would give him medical care and rehab him.  I would have probably kept him if it weren’t illegal in California to do so.  There’s something about caring for another being that really produces a bond.  I can’t even imagine how much God is bonded to us.  We all need so much care and love.

Angels in the Bible: They Are Better Than Us

Angel medallion sculpture by Lukeman

Angel medallion sculpture by Lukeman

Psalm 8:4-5

“What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”

I feel honored to have been created only a little lower than the angels.  I think at times, however, I can pull myself down to waaaaay lower than the angels.