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Using the Interactive Bible Verse Collection

bible_verse_collectionThe New Interactive Bible Verse Collection currently includes over 600 Bible verses. These have been selected by the editor of Notaccidental.com over a period of many years though his personal involvement in Bible studies, worship services, personal research and readings, and yearly read through the Bible series. While every verse of the Bible is significant and the inspired Word of God, these verses have a special significance to the author and to the understanding of God’s Word in general. Bible verses should not be used out of context or in such a way to distort the intended meaning of the verse, which is why a link to an online Bible containing the verse and passage is provided, and this is encouraged to be used for further reading and understanding.

Most of the verses are in the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV), the New International Version (NIV), or the New American Standard Bible (NASB). The online bible that is linked to (BibleGateway.com) provides easy conversion to numerous other translations of the Bible for reference.

The original Bible Verse Collection had the the Bible verses organized into 18 categories: humble thankfulness, comfort and hope, joy, faith, strength, blessings, seek and find, praise, self development, grace, love, only one God, God in us, responding to God, children’s Bible verses, prayer, unexpected verses, and the authority of God’s Word.  There are other lists of Bible verses, such as a list of verses explaining salvation through Jesus Christ that are found on other pages. However, as more and more verses were added to the Bible Verse Collection, it became harder to categorize a verse into just one category, and many categories overlap and many more could be added.

With the development of the New Interactive Bible Verse Collection, and using the database programming provided, the Bible Verse Collection was expanded to included multiple categories per verse in addition to an entirely new set of smaller, more specific categories per verse. The entire selection of Bible verses can then be searched by these categories in addition to specific keywords.

The unique feature of the Interactive Bible Verse Collection is that the categories are selected specifically by content and meaning of the verse, not necessarily by a keyword being present in the verse. There are many Bible verse keyword searches available on the internet, but the Interactive Bible Verse Collection is based on meaning and content.  For example, if one searches for Bible verses related to “Peace”, Psalm 23:1 is on the list, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”  Note that the word “peace” does not appear in the verse, but obviously is implied by the verse. It took many months to covert the existing Bible verse collection with only one category to this new version with multiple categories.

Some tips in using the Interactive Bible Verse Collection are shown at the top of the Interactive Bible Verse Collection page.  I will discuss more about those here:

The verses can be displayed on one long page or on multiple pages of 10, 25, 50, or 100 verses per page. This is selected on the drop down menu just above the verse table showing the verses themselves (Show ____ entries).  The default is 25 verses per page, but I personally usually choose “all”. When a selection of verses is made and the table created, information will be at the bottom of the table indicating how many verses are shown out of the total number selected (such as “showing 1 to 25 out of 606 entries”).

The verse table has headings of “order”, “scripture reference”, “verse”, “verse category”, “sub-category”, and “link”. The verses are organized in the database by book, chapter, and verse of the Bible from beginning to end. If you click the caret under or beside “order” that will reorganize the table forward from Genesis to Revelation, or in reverse if desired. You can also scan this to see about how many verses from each book of the Bible are included in the collection. The “Scripture reference” heading is the scripture itself in standard format of Book, chapter, and verse. If the caret is clicked here the list will be sorted alphabetically (or reverse alphabetically), not by their appearance in order in the Bible (the “order” caret does that). The “Verse category” heading refers to the original major 18 categories that the verses were sorted into, with the first category in the list for a given verse being the original category it was sorted into. The “Sub-category” heading are new smaller categories included for each verse. The “Link” column is what must be clicked to access the online Bible that contains the verse for further reading and context.

The sorting and search functions are found above the table and just below the title “NotAccidental Bible Verse Collection”. The main functions here are the drop down menus for “Verse Category” and “Sub-category”. When a choice is selected from these lists, all of the Bible verses in the collection that are in that category will immediately appear. If want to deselect a category you can either choose a new category, or click the blank space near the top of the menu selections. While you cannot choose more than one category in a list at a time, you can choose simultaneously from different lists. For example, you could select “Thankfulness” from the “Verse category” list and also “Attributes of God” from the “Sub-category” list. Verses that are included in BOTH categories would then be returned (“and”, not “or” logic).

You can also type in keyword searches in several places. The box under “Scripture Reference” can by typed into, if you wanted to see verses from just one book of the Bible, for example. Note that this sorts from the existing chosen list, so you might need to reset the list by clicking in the blank areas of the drop-down menus. You don’t have to type the entire name of the Bible book. For example, if you just type in “Je”, all of the verses in Jeremiah will be shown. You can type keywords into the box under “Verse” as well. Note that your keyword might not show up if it is spelled incorrectly, or if it is used in a different translation of the Bible than what you are used to. For example, if you typed in “thou “, no results will be returned because thou is found in translations not included in this list.  Capitalization does not matter when searching. It is possible to type into the boxes under “Order” and “Link”, but there is not much purpose in doing that.

There is also a search box located at the upper right of the table. Here a keyword can be entered that will be searched for in every column of the table. Be sure to clear that out when you are finished searching for that keyword.

Some searches may monetarily slow down a computer due the complexity of searching through multiple categories in the database.

There are functions for “copy”, “pdf”, “csv”, “print”, and “excel”. These covert your existing list of verses selected into the desired format for exporting.  The entire table will be exported including data from every column. Unfortunately the Bible verse links are not functional when exporting.

Finally, it is interesting to explore the verses and categories in this list.  There are some unusual categories and sub-categories included. This list is not exhaustive in nature, but if you have an idea for a new category type or a particular Bible verse not in the list, please feel free to comment.

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A Biblical Creationist

It starts with God’s Word.  It starts with The Bible. Being a Biblical Creationist requires respecting the authority of God’s Word as infallible truth – truth that was intended by the Creator to be understandable, not as a cryptic mysterious riddle. God’s Word is rich in meaning, but not in the sense that it can be cherry picked apart searching for irrelevant and clever but unintended revelations. The Bible comes first and everything else is understood within its framework (Biblical worldview) – science, anthropology, sociology, geology, biology, etc. The meaning of the Bible is not to be contorted in such a way to accommodate the ideas of the world or the speculations of science.

An example of this is found in 2 Peter 1:16 – “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”  Peter spoke candidly of what he saw with his own eyes in his time spent with Christ and after Christ’s death and resurrection. There is no hearsay, no conspiracy theory, no rationalization, and no vacillation from the truth. Similarly, Genesis 1 and 2 present a straightforward account of Creation, as revealed to Moses by God. Genesis is not written as an allegory, a poem, or as prophecy. It is historical, in a literary sense (though it does contain prophetic references). A “day” in Genesis is an ordinary 24 hour day, just as it is referred to elsewhere in the Bible.  In a contorted viewpoint of Genesis, one might argue that since the sun, moon and stars were not created until day 4 of Creation, then the first 3 days could have been any time period (i.e. billions of years), since the rotation of the earth in relation to the sun defines the 24 hour period.  A similarly contorted interpretation would be referring to the 24 hour day in Genesis as an “age” or a long period of time. This becomes nonsensical in light of verses such as Exodus 20:10-11, where man’s work and rest during the week is compared to God’s during Creation week. It would indeed be odd for Moses, the writer of Genesis and Exodus, to refer to a “day” as an “age” in Genesis, and then refer to it as an ordinary 24 hour day in Exodus.

The point of this is that the Biblical Creationist does not search to find a way to squeeze the secular worldview of science into the Bible so that both match. The scientific world promotes the idea that the universe is billions of years old, but the age of Creation based on a straightforward chronology of the Bible is around 6000 years old. Thus, the terms “Young Earth Creationist”, “Young Earther”, and “YEC” have arisen. However, the term “Biblical Creationist” is preferred, because it is not the age of the universe that is of most importance, but rather respecting the authority of the Bible. The understanding of things such as the age of the universe follows after the Bible is understood first.

There are other ramifications of placing faith in the Bible, specifically in the intended literal reading of Genesis:

  • Evolution:  Evolution has not and is not occurring on any scale. Molecules did not spontaneously come together to form primitive life forms in some primordial ooze, and primitive life forms did not randomly become more and more complex and diverse over millions of years. The theory of evolution, as it is taught today, would require millions of years to take place, thus making it incompatible with a young earth. In reality, there are NO number of years that would ever make evolution possible. Genesis 1 clearly states that man was created fully formed by God (as were all other life forms).
  • God is not using evolution to accomplish Creation. There is nothing in the Bible that suggests this idea, yet it is accepted by many Christians as true. This is an example of changing a straightforward reading of the Bible to accommodate scientific theories.
  • Geology: Geological formations such as canyons and caverns, crystals, minerals and other phenomena have not formed gradually over millions or billions of years, but instead very recently. The catastrophic results of a global flood as described in Genesis have led to many of the geological features that are seen today.
  • Radiometric Dating:  Scientific tools such as the radiometric dating of fossils and rock formations are accepted as fact in the scientific community, but in reality the methods of dating are highly flawed and inconsistent.
    • For an in-depth discussion of radiometric dating and its fallacies, see these articles in Answers in Genesis.
  • Global Flood:  Genesis 7-8 describes a global flood, not a local or regional flood, which led to most of the features of the oceans and continents as we know them today.  Almost all of the life on earth was destroyed in the process.  The rapid death of organisms and layering of sediments led to the geologic column as it is found today, which is consistent worldwide.  While not specifically ruled out by the Bible, this would tend to discount the possibility of a massive asteroid strike as the cause for the extinction of dinosaurs and many other organisms.  While land mass shifts may have happened during the flood, this also discounts continental drift as a major cause for the current position of land masses in the world today.
  • Big Bang Theory: A straightforward, literal reading of Genesis 1 does not suggest an initial explosion and rapid expansion of the universe with subsequent formation of stars, planets, galaxies, etc. We can observe the universe today, and many scientists have suggested different theories of the origin for the universe over the years. However, no one was present when the universe was created, so it is important to note that observational science differs from speculation about origins. Interestingly, in both the Biblical account of Creation, and the Big Bang theory, the universe was created from nothing.
  • Pain, suffering, and death: Science has no explanation for this – it is just part of cycle of life. However, in Genesis 3, the origin of pain, suffering, and death is explained.  The rest of the Bible explains how God has provided a way for man to make his way back to Him (and man’s repeated struggles in doing so). In the New Testament, Christ is given as a sacrifice for man’s sin.  Romans 5:12, 21 explain the connection between Adam and Christ, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men . . . so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

These are just a few examples that demonstrate what it means to be a Biblical Creationist, and the differences between a Biblical Creationist worldview and a secular, non-Biblical worldview. In spite of what secular science claims, it is possible to believe the entire Bible, including the account of Creation in Genesis.

 

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Bacteria are Not Evolving

Surprise!  Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance is Not Evolving!

A number of recent studies have revealed conclusive evidence that antibiotic resistance in bacteria exists naturally, predating modern antibiotic development and use.  Antibiotics have been used agriculturally and clinically for about 70 years.  The fact that antibiotic resistance has been discovered in specimens predating human use discredits the long held idea that bacterial antibiotic resistance is an example of “evolution in action”. This would presume that bacteria were evolving on the fly when exposed to antibiotics, developing mechanisms of resistance de novo.

In reality, these mechanisms were already in place eons before antibiotics were even developed and used in agriculture, veterinary medicine, or human medicine.  Instead, this is an example of natural selection. Bacteria which possess the genetic mechanisms of resistance survive when exposed to antibiotics. As these bacteria survive and reproduce, other bacteria die off. While it may appear that the bacteria have evolved, there is actually no new genetic information in place that was not already there.

Research Study #1

Vanessa M. D’Costa et al, published a research letter in Nature online on 8/31/2011 titled “Antibiotic Resistance is Ancient” (doi:10.1038/nature10388). The researchers obtained core samples in permafrost sediments in the Yukon of Canada estimated to be 30,000 years old, according to the researchers. They then undertook genetic analysis of the bacteria present, searching for genes in the bacteria’s DNA that are known in modern bacteria to convey antibiotic resistance. In summary, the authors report:

“Here we report targeted metagenomic analyses of rigorously authenticated ancient DNA from 30,000-year-old Beringian permafrost sediments and the identification of a highly diverse collection of genes encoding resistance to b-lactam, tetracycline and glycopeptide antibiotics. Structure and function studies on the complete vancomycin resistance element VanA confirmed its similarity to modern variants. These results show conclusively that antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon that predates the modern selective pressure of clinical antibiotic use.”

Of special significance was the discovery of the vancomycin resistance.  While most forms of resistance are attributed to a single gene, vancomycin resistance results from a 3 gene mechanism, vanHAX.  Extensive analysis determined that the vanHAX genes present in the ancient samples encode enzymes capable of genuine antibiotic resistance. The work of the authors of this study firmly establishes that antibiotic resistance genes predate the use of antibiotics.  Furthermore, this study is the first direct evidence that antibiotic resistance is an ancient, naturally occurring phenomenon widespread in the environment. The authors went on to state that new antibiotics will select for pre-existing resistance genes that have been circulating within the microbial genetic code for millennia.

Research Study #2

Another research article published on 4/11/2012 in PLoS ONE by Keirandeep Bhullar et al (PLoS ONE 7(4): e34953. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034953) also demonstrated extensive antibiotic resistance in cave bacteria reportedly isolated for over 4 million years, according to the researchers.  The article was titled “Antibiotic Resistance is Prevalent in an Isolated Cave Microbiome”.  In this study, actual living bacteria were retrieved and cultured, looking for evidence of antibiotic resistance. In reviewing previously reported studies indicating that the existence of antibiotic resistance is ancient and independent of human involvement, the authors summarize, “These studies support a hypothesis that resistance is an ancient and genetically rich natural phenomenon, deeply embedded in the microbial genome”.  Thus, the resistance is not recently evolved, but already present in the bacteria.  The authors of the study were able to obtain bacterial samples from the Lechuguilla Cave, located within the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  Because of the unique process by which this cave developed, it is believed to have been isolated from surface input for the past “4-7 million years”.

A wide variety of antibiotic resistance was found in this culture collection, including a previously undiscovered macrolide kinase variant leading to resistance to daptomycin, an antibiotic of last resort in the treatment of drug resistant Gram positive pathogens.  Overall, the cave bacteria were found to be highly resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics, some being resistant to 14 different commercially available antibiotics. Enzyme mediated mechanisms of resistance were discovered for natural and semi-synthetic antibiotics.  Resistance to most antibiotics is through complex mechanisms including control of drug influx and efflux (in and out of the bacterial cell), extremely efficient enzymes, proteins and transport systems that are often highly specialized toward specific antibiotic molecules.  These complex mechanisms could not arise spontaneously or rapidly.  Examples of antibiotic resistance found in the cave sample are shown in the following graphic, where graph A shows Gram-positive strains, and graph B Gram-negative strains of bacteria (click to enlarge the image):
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As can be seen from these graphs, the bacteria possessed resistance to a wide variety of modern antibiotics, some naturally occurring and some synthetic or semi-synthetic. There was a wide variety of mechanisms of resistance. Some antibiotics are naturally occurring, often produced by the soil bacteria actinomycetes, or by the fungus Penicillium chrysogenum in the case of penicillins, or by the mold Cephalosporium in the case of cephalosporins. However, many modifications have been made chemically to these antibiotics by the pharmaceutical industry, yet the bacteria still have resistance to these modifications.

Final Thoughts – An Amazing Lack of Evolution

Why would bacteria possess complex genetic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance when the antibiotics had not yet been created?  In the cases of naturally occurring antibiotics, the amounts of the chemicals in the environment are extremely low compared to the concentrations that are used by humans today. Yet, the mechanisms of resistance already exist, predating human use and modification.  Bacteria also possess interesting mechanisms of lateral gene transfer and plasmid transfer between each other.  Nevertheless, these mechanisms are also preexisting – no new genetic information is being created and no new information is evolving, is spite of the tremendously increased exposure of bacteria to human administered antibiotics.

Also, another interesting finding is that the actual genes conveying antibiotic resistance in ancient bacteria are the same genes found in modern bacteria without meaningful changes. Given the extremely short reproductive life span (cell division between 30 minutes and 3 hours) and the tremendous numbers of bacteria in the environment, the opportunity for “evolution” of these mechanisms would have been ideal. However, the genetic mechanisms present in ancient bacteria remain virtually unchanged today.

In summary, bacterial antibiotic resistance is pre-existing in ancient bacteria and is not evolving. The widespread use of antibiotics by humans (the anthropogenic influence) has led to an increase in the prevalence of antibiotic resistance through natural selection, but not in new mechanisms of resistance.

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Anatomy of a Soccer Ball

My church has been involved in Upward Sports leagues for many years, and this includes Upward Soccer for children ranging from Pre-K through 7th grade, and more recently an Upward Soccer Challenger league for children with special needs.  Regardless of the skill level of the players, every player is able to play. For soccer there are rules that must be learned and followed to be able to play the game, and there are soccer skills that are practiced and learned throughout the season.  Imagine, however, if the children had to learn and master extensive details about the construction of soccer balls and the physics of kicking a soccer ball before they could play.  Some knowledge of these details may have some pertinence to an advanced player, but are they required for a grade-school child to be able to play?

Here are some facts about soccer balls:
•    An official match ball is roughly spherical and made of leather or other suitable material.
•    It is of a circumference of not more than 28 inches and not less than 27 inches.  The size of a soccer ball is roughly 22 cm (8.65 inches) in diameter for a regulation size 5 ball
•    It is no more than 16 oz. in weight and not less than 14 oz. at the start of the match.
•    It is of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 1.1 atmosphere (8.5 lbs/sq in to 15.6 lbs/sq in) at sea level.
•    Smaller sizes are safer and more suitable for younger players.

However, soccer ball anatomy can become more complicated:

•    Soccer balls are usually stitched from 32 panels of waterproofed leather or plastic: 12 regular pentagons (five-sided figures) and 20 regular hexagons (six-sided figures). The 32-panel arrangement is similar to the polyhedron known as the truncated icosahedron, except that due to the faces bulging from the air pressure inside, it becomes more round.  Some premium-grade 32-panel balls use non-regular polygons to give a closer approximation to sphericality.

•    This shows the truncated icosahedron on the left, and the rounder, inflated soccer ball on the right. The diagram below shows how all of the panels fit together to form the ball.
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•    This shape was also the configuration of the lenses used for focusing the explosive shock waves of the detonators in the “Fat Man” atomic bomb, and is also a molecular spherical arrangement of pure carbon atoms known as buckyballs (a.k.a. fullerenes).

•    The truncated icosahedron is a 32-faced Archimedean solid, and the surface area (S) and volume (V) of the structure can be described mathematically, given a unit length, as:

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•    All of this gets more and more complicated, and I don’t really understand any of it any more than you do.
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So what is the point of all of this soccer ball anatomy and geometry?  Again, imagine if the soccer players had to know and understand all of these mathematical details in order to play soccer.  Imagine if the players had to be able to describe the various physics of soccer ball movement before they were authorized to even begin to practice.  Are any of the details listed above necessary for these children to be able to enjoy a game of soccer?  Obviously, no.

However, all of these details are extremely important for us to be able to play soccer.  If something was not right about the construction of a soccer ball it might explode on impact, or cause injury to the players.  We don’t need to know or understand great detail about how a soccer ball is put together, but thank God there are people who do understand these details, in order that a soccer ball can be safely and effectively designed.
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Do We Have to Fully Understand God?

What if we had to completely understand everything about God before we could believe in God?  What if we had to know everything that Jesus ever said or did before we could accept Him as Savior?  What if we had to know and understand everything in the Bible, and perfectly follow every command set forth in the Bible before we could even approach the Lord in prayer?

Fortunately, we do not have to know everything about God to believe in God, and in fact, it is impossible for anyone know everything about God.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”Isaiah 40:28 (NIV)

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

It is impossible for the human mind to understand the nature of God, how He created the universe, how He works in us and in the world.  Unfortunately, this can be a stumbling block for some people who refuse to believe in God because they do not understand such things as:
•    How did God create the universe from nothing?
•    How did God exist before time?
•    How can God know everything before it even existed?
•    How can God know every hair on my head, and every thought that I have?
•    How can God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit be the same?
•    How can a Holy Spirit come to live inside of me?
•    How can a man be resurrected from the dead?
•    How is it physically possible to receive a new body and be united with Jesus after we die, and have eternal life?

No one has the answers to these questions, except through faith.  God defies the laws of logic, and God exists apart from the physical laws of the universe.  We do not need to understand the physics of God to believe in God.

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)

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Do We Have to Fully Understand Everything About the Bible and Follow Every Command?

It is important to study the Bible, as it is God’s revealed word for us to understand what our earthly minds are capable of understanding about God.  It is like an instruction manual for our lives.  However, only through prayerful study can the true meaning of the Bible be revealed to us individually through the Holy Spirit.  Different people can apply passages of the Bible differently based on their own life experiences.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.”1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV)

But how much of the Bible do we have to understand in order to believe?  Is there ever enough that we can know or do to gain favor with God?  Jesus has made this easy for us.  Because of Jesus, all that we have to do is to believe in Him, and He will do the rest.  We don’t have to understand it, just believe.  Once we believe, understanding will be revealed to us.

“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. . .For, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Romans 10:9,13 (NIV)

And Jesus Himself said, in Mark 5:36, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

For essential information about what needs to be believed, see the page titled Steps to Salvation through Jesus Christ.

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“Home” by Daughtry – Not Christian Songs

What is Christian Music?

I frequently listen to Christian radio, and occasionally songs are played that originally were promoted as non-Christian, or secular, music.  Questions arise such as, “I didn’t know that was a Christian song”, or “I didn’t know that musician was a Christian”.  In reality, these songs are probably not Christian songs at all. There may be a pseudo-Christian or spiritual interpretation, but the song may have never been intended as a Christian song. What should define music as “Christian”?  There are many diverse opinions on this topic, but I personally believe that Christian music is:

  1. Music that is written and performed to glorify God and Christ (as in praise and worship).
  2. Music that provides interpretation or insight into Biblical topics (example: MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” provides an interpretation of Heaven).
  3. Music that gives examples of God working in life through storytelling (example: Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel”).
  4. Music that are songs of prayer, repentance, joy, or lamentation to God (example: Matt Redman’s “The Heart of Worship”).

 

There may be more examples, but I think that the heart and intent of the writer and performer of the song is crucial in classifying a song as Christian. While it may be possible for a non-Christian who understands Christianity to write a Christian song, it would be very hard for a song to be accidentally Christian.  Christian music can also be classified as rock, pop, country, metal, etc. However, just because a song mentions God, Jesus, or the Bible does not make it a Christian song; for example, nobody would assert that “Stairway to Heaven” is a Christian song.

“Home” by Daughtry

“Home” is a 2007 song by American rock band Daughtry from their self-titled debut album. Chris Daughtry reportedly wrote this song shortly before had had appeared on season 5 of American Idol, which began in January of 2006. After only placing 4th on the show, he sang this song and won a recording contract. Ironically, “Home” became the send off song for exiting American Idol contenders on the show’s sixth season.  According to Wikipedia,

” ‘Home’ charted on the Hot 100 weeks before its release as a single, and became the band’s second top-five single on the chart, peaking at number five. The song topped both the Billboard Adult Top 40 and the Adult Contemporary charts, spending ten consecutive weeks at number one on the Adult Top 40, as well as becoming the band’s first number one on the AC chart, where it spent ten non-consecutive weeks at the top. The song became an unexpected hit on the Christian charts as well, reaching number twelve on the Hot Christian Songs chart.”

The full lyrics of “Home” can be viewed Here.

So, is “Home” a Christian song? Some people believe that “home” is referring to Heaven, and “your” is God, most likely related to the lyrics:

Well, I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.

However, the remainder of the lyrics don’t really support this theory, and the official music video made in 2007 definitely does not:

It appears that the song is primarily referring to a person coming home to his loved ones after being separated from them for a period of time.  For example, at around 1:45 in the video the lyrics read, “The miles are getting longer, it seems, the closer I get to you” and it shows Chris Daughtry talking to someone on the phone.  This most likely is not God, and it is very doubtful that he is singing about being closer to God. Throughout the video, he makes no gestures or any other indication that he is speaking to or about God, and neither does his adoring audience.

He goes on to sing, “I’ve not always been the best man or friend for you. But your love remains true”, and this most likely is a girlfriend or wife, because people typically do not refer to being a best man or friend for God, but rather a friend of God.

Finally, the lyrics, “I don’t regret this life I chose for me” might be misheard as “this life you chose for me”, because admittedly, the “I” sounds more like a “mm” in the song. A Christian might sing of the life that God or the Holy Spirit has chosen for him, being led or directed by the Holy Spirit. The Christian would instead regret the life that he chose for himself, if he had disregarded or neglected the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion: Is “Home” a Christian song?

The answer is a resounding “no”. Daughtry is not singing about God, Jesus, Heaven, or anything spiritual at all.  Is it a good song? Many, including myself, would say that it is. It is a clean song, with an emphasis on faithfulness to loved one’s during a period of absence, and a longing to be reunited. It certainly could be played on a Christian radio station promoting these values, but care must be taken not to misinterpret what the song is trying to say.

Two examples of truly Christian songs referring to home include “Finally Home” by MercyMe, and “This is Home” by Switchfoot.  In the case of the Switchfoot song, the song is associated with the Chronicles or Narnia.  However, in a live performance of the song, the lead singer Jon Foreman states that “home” is indeed a reference to Heaven in the song.

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