Archive for October, 2012
- “Faith is a secure confidence not based on evidence”. Can’t speak for anyone else but my faith can only be based upon past experience, and the fact is the same with much of science. After all what much of what is called scientific “fact” is taking multiple results to an experiment and based on getting the same result multiple times, believing that the results will continue to be the same ad infinitum.
- “Faith is unsupported wishful thinking”. Christianity isn’t about wishing things were all puppy dogs and rainbows, but rather an acceptance of what is, not about how we wish it was. We accept what is and make the decision to live our lives based on that, working to achieve what we believe to be the best possible outcome, even if we do not have the certainty of success.
- “Religion is a belief system that means you are required to believe this, and forbidden to believe that” – guilty as charged, however science is in the exact same boat, for example, if you’re a mathematician aren’t you required to believe that 2+2=4, and not 6? Or how about an evolutionary biologist? If you don’t believe the theories of this discipline can you still call yourself an evolutionary biologist?
- “The real problem for empirical scientists and rational skepticism is we care more about truth than the religious do” – really? As a follower of Christ the pursuit of truth is a requirement, not an option. The problem with scientists and skeptics is the refusal to admit, at least in public, that those data points most often used as “proof” of evolution, the beginning of the universe, and the like are assumptions, an if this then that, line of thinking. Where is the willingness to stop and say clearly that ” We believe that The universe began because of X, therefore Y, but if the beginning is actually Z then the answer would be completely different and the truth is we can not know if for no other reason then there are different ways to get to this point and there is no empirical evidence which can say with absolute certainty that X is really the starting place.” Will you ever hear a Hawking, Dawkins or other scientists who believe in evolutionary origins say this? Will they freely admit to doubt or other possibilities? I doubt it but time will tell.
- “All sin can be forgiven if you believe in Jesus, and simply because you believe in Jesus” – Close but not quite, yes all sin can be forgiven, however as James says “Thou believe that there is one God; thou doesn’t well: the devils also believe, and tremble”. So no just belief is not the key, it starts there, but it also requires, a declaration of Jesus as Lord, see Romans 10:9-10, and if you think this is just some sort of lip service to God think again.
- “He(God) lives by those rules even when circumstances demand exception” – really and what exception would that be?
Not having the answers doesn’t make you wrong
I’ll keep looking for answers,thank you very much.
Do you ever wonder if “Christian Living” is even possible?
I’m thinking is it any wonder that so many that are held up as leaders of spiritual matters fail (some not just falling but jumping off the cliff). Jesus said plainly that if a man even lusts after a woman he has already sinned, yet how many laughed at former President Carter over his confession of that very same sin. Do we think Jesus was joking? I cannot speak for anyone else if for no other reason than the simple fact that I cannot know your heart or your mind. But for me I will take it literally and believe God meant it.
Is living a life for Christ too much to ask?
Who are we afraid of offending?
What does it really take?
What price would you be willing to pay to save a friend from Hell?
Love your enemies.
Who does that?
It is supposed to be extreme.
Loving people more than I humanly can. To stop looking at people in the same way. Instead to see people we meet as C. S. Lewis described them. “You have never met a mere mortal. Everyone you have ever met is either an eternal horror, or an everlasting glory.”
So a couple of weeks ago my pastor was preaching about God’s forgiveness and mercy to man. And trying to explain it he used the following example:
Too much inside baseball
- What if what you meant to say was ” what’s bothering you”. And instead you said “What’s wrong with you” think that might bring a different response?
- Or how about ” we need to spend more time in the Word”. How small would you have to be?
Sometimes we don’t know who may be listening or what in their background may cause them to put the emphasis on the wrong sylable. Sure I get it we can’t make our speech perfect for everyone all the time, but we owe it to our families, friends, and especially our God to do our best to communicate to the best of our abilities.