Religion

Religion

God Squad: A letter to help a reader through the death of a dear dog

Q: I just had to put my poodle of 14 years to eternal sleep. Coping with having to make that decision has been quite difficult. I read your column every week, every one is comforting and informative. I am wondering if you can suggest how I can justify playing God when I had to make that decision. My guy had many issues, so I prayed for weeks that God would take my little boy and spare me the pain of deciding. He didn’t. Thank you for your advice and help. – K from Bellerose, N.Y.

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God Squad: An inquisitive Christian’s guide to reconciling Jesus as God

Q: I believe in God. I see the perfection of the universe and the beauty of his creation. I was raised in a Christian home, have studied the Bible extensively, and I believe the teachings of Jesus are God-inspired. Here is my issue: I have a strong faith in God but my faith in Jesus as “God” is not as strong. I believe many people feel this way but are not willing to say it because they were raised being told that Jesus is God and not just a God-inspired prophet. What are your thoughts? – From M

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Religion not always as good as we need it to be, but not as bad as skeptics fear

Q: It seems to me that over the millennia religion has been a major cause of harm in this world. We need only look in the papers to see the ongoing bloodshed. And no religion seems to be immune. From ancient Roman times through the Middle Ages to the 20th century to now, more atrocities have been committed in the name of religion than anything else. Maybe on a very local level religious establishments can play a positive role in terms of youth clubs, comfort in times of sorrow, helping those in need, providing a place for community of the faithful, etc. But on a more universal level, religion has been nothing but a cause for hatred, fear, anger, envy, mistrust and killing. Everyone thinks that his or her religion is the true one, and it seems to be getting worse. Religion is supposed to be synonymous with love of one’s neighbor. But in truth, on a global level, it has mostly been a scourge. In the face of all of this, how can we still praise religion as a force for good? – P from Hauppauge, N.Y.

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God Squad: What does it mean to be made in the image of God?

Q: I was perusing a display of books at a church conference when a gentleman made a comment about a book on display. He said, “I have friends who actually believe in evolution.” He further stated, “No way am I from a monkey. It says in the Bible we were made in the image of God and God is not a monkey!” Of course, I believe he was interpreting literally the phrase that states we were made in the image of God. I immediately thought of your weekly column and wondered, firstly, what is the Hebrew translation of this passage. – M from Nova Scotia, Canada

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Protesters and supporters clash as Noah's Ark park opens

A group of protesters and supporters clashed outside the Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky as it opened to the public last week.
Marcus Dorsey / The Lexington Herald-Leader
Protesters and supporters clash as Noah's Ark park opens 2:14

Protesters and supporters clash as Noah's Ark park opens

Rev. Nancy Petty on providing comfort in these times of despair 2:02

Rev. Nancy Petty on providing comfort in these times of despair

Replica of Noah's Ark to wow visitors in Kentucky 1:13

Replica of Noah's Ark to wow visitors in Kentucky

Men become first same-sex couple to get married publicly in a United Methodist church in North Carolina 0:45

Men become first same-sex couple to get married publicly in a United Methodist church in North Carolina