The Only “I AM”

Children's Book about God

We associate I AM (in capital letters) as the Lord’s name from Exodus 3. The “to be” verb is significant because the Lord just IS. Meaning, he is (as Jack Cottrell puts it) “self-existent and eternal.” But we need to be aware that not all spiritual-sounding messages mean the same thing by I AM. Self-help guru Wayne Dyer produced a…

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A God Who Does Things

Dr. Jack Cottrell’s book What the Bible Says About God the Ruler talks about how God is present and active in our world . . . and that such a concept is absent from many world religions/philosophies. To this point, he quotes (on p. 15 in the edition I have) a guy named Harry Blamires, who is pondering what would…

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Be Still/Still, Small Voice

These days, when a writer focuses on Psalm 46:10 and 1 Kings 19:12, heads up: a number of such writers are promoting mantra meditation (“contemplation”). Note that Psalm 46:10 does not mean, “There, there. Lull yourself into an altered state where you can really know God.” (And—if you keep this up—you’ll ultimately conclude that you ARE God.) The chapter’s context…

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A “Personal” Problem

buddha statue in mist

Robert Thurman, a Tibetan Buddhist (and the “leading American expert” of that religion), said that the idea of a personal God is problematic “from an enlightened point of view.” Both the apostle Paul and the prophet Isaiah dealt with religious views that would elevate people and lower God. Some things never change—even “new” religious teachings are the same old false…

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Are We All God?

Hugh from "What's Up, Doc?"

In the climactic scene of the classic comedy What’s Up, Doc?, a mob of disruptive courtroom witnesses has Judge Maxwell on edge. One witness identifies himself: “I am Hugh.” But the judge hears, “I am you.” Judge (responding to the man): You are me? Man: No, I am you. The perplexed judge implores the bailiff: “Make him stop saying that!”…

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