The Eagle-Eyed Argument

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The 16th century theologian St Thomas Aquinas proposed the Cosmological argument for the existence of God. This is a basically an argument based upon cause. Aquinas’s argument had four facets: motion, causation, contingency, and degree. The fundamental argument claims that all things have a cause, and even the causes have causes. But Aquinas argued that there had to be one original cause for all things, which itself was not caused. He argued this is God. Like the Teleological argument, it doesn’t necessarily isolate this as Jehovah, but as with before, it can be properly argued that the Bible is the error-free word of God. The Bible identifies Jehovah as the one God.

These four elements to his argument are really four different perspectives on the argument of cause. All things are in motion, so there had to be the original unmoved mover. All things are caused, so there had to be an uncaused first cause. All living beings are contingent beings, meaning the world doesn’t need any one of them for life to go on. If I were never born, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world. So if everything is contingent, there has to be an original necessary being from which all other living contingencies occur. And all things exist to degrees, meaning some things are of better quality than others. You can buy two apples from the store and one tastes fine and the other is starting to rot. So there has to be that being of the highest degree possible from which all other things can be measured.

Aquinas argued that all of these must backtrack to their original or you would have what is known as an infinite regression of things, which means they go back infinitely. Aquinas never offers proof for why this is true, but treat it like a tautology. This is the main argument against Cosmology. Skeptics want to ask Why can’t there ever be an infinite regression of things? But there is a reason Aquinas didn’t feel the need to develop this because it is somewhat obvious, truly a logical tautology. If you see a chain of dominoes falling, you know not only that the first domino had to fall, but that someone had to knock it over.

A form of this is the question Where did God come from? It is proposed that if all things need a cause, then God needs a cause. This is specious and ignores the entire Cosmological argument. There must be an original cause that was not caused or you have an infinite regression of all things, which is absurd. Skeptics have never shown how an infinite regression is even possible. In fact, every skeptic accepts the law of Entropy as thermodynamically true. If everything is in a state of running down, moving from order to disorder, then all things had a beginning. The strongest evidence for the argument of cause is that the Bible uses it.

  • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
  • For every house was built by someone, and He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).

St Thomas Aquinas and his Cosmological argument for the existence of God is a real eagle eyes perspective on the subject of cause (in case you’re curious, Aquinas is based upon the Latin word for eagle). Cosmology proves the existence of God and the Bible proves that the one true God is our Creator and Savior, Jehovah. He is not only the starting point of all things physical, but spiritual. The concept and means of Redemption was in the mind of God before He Created our world. And He made everything in the world and us in it precisely to suit His spiritual ends. God Created all things so that we might seek out such a loving God Who would not only make us, but bless us with all the good this world has to offer.

 

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The Passover Problem

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 The Passover death of Jesus provides a problem for believers in the Bible, but one that has a satisfactory answer. In crucifixion, the victim’s arms are stretched and tied or nailed to the crossbeam, called the patibulum. This puts enormous pressure on the diaphragm and labors breathing. Relief comes from standing on your toes, which is hard to endure under normal circumstances, but increased when your feet are spiked to the main pole, the stipes. Eventually, the victim collapses and the difficult breathing resumes. It’s a slow death by exhaustion that typically took a few days, sometimes a week, to claim the life of its victim.

Jesus Christ Is Our Passover

Jesus was crucified on the Passover (Matthew 26:2; Mark 14:1-2; John 18:28). This is not at all incidental. Jesus is our once and for all Passover sacrifice by dying on the cross (First Corinthians 5:7). Every Passover lamb offered, since Exodus 12 onward, typified the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The first Passover was on the occasion of the final Egyptian plague. The Angel of Death covered the land and took the life of every firstborn child. It gave exception if the doorposts of the house were painted with the blood of a perfect lamb, which was to be eaten indoors. When the Angel of Death saw the blood, it moved over the house and left all inside unharmed. Death passed over those with the lamb’s blood on their houses. Likewise, spiritual death that is the result of sin passes us over when we are covered by the blood of the Lamb of God.

Jesus being crucified on the Passover was intentional and deliberately done by God, but it was also the Jewish Preparation Day, as well (Matthew 27:62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14). This was the day before the Sabbath, which meant all final preparations for the Sabbath day had to be finished before sunset of that day when the Sabbath began. As an accommodation to the Jews, the Romans would break the legs of anyone still on a cross late in the afternoon on any given Preparation Day. That way the victim would die much sooner and could be buried before sunset and not on the Sabbath. The thieves crucified alongside Jesus had their legs broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus, they noticed that He was already dead (John 19:33). According to Scripture, he died during the ninth hour (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44), which would be 3:00 PM our time.

The Hour Of His Death

To make sure Jesus was dead, a soldier ran a spear through His side. That his bones would not be broken and his side being pierced were not happenstance, but clearly were part of God’s plan. The proof is that they were both prophesied. The full event reads from John’s account thusly: “Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not one of His bones shall be broken.’ And again another Scripture says, ‘They shall look on Him whom they pierced.’” (John 19:31-37). The first prophecy comes from Psalm 34:20 and harkened back to the premise that none of the Passover lambs should ever have their bones broken (Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12). The second prophecy comes from Zechariah 12:10.

All of these details help give the answer to a difficult question. By now it’s undeniable that Jesus by necessity must have been nailed to the cross on the Passover. By this same necessity He must have died on the cross on the same Passover. But how can Jesus be nailed to the cross on the Passover and die on the cross on the same Passover when it took several days for crucifixion to claim the life of its victim? The answer is that while Jesus died on the cross, He voluntarily laid down His life, even choosing the exact moment when it would have happened. The narrative in John even points this out. It says about His moment of death that He bowed his head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30). Upon closer examination, that is backwards from how it should occur. Normally one would expire and then slump. But Jesus did it the other way around, and He did this to show that His death was voluntary, even selecting the moment He would die for sins.

The significance of these two prophecies demonstrate the voluntary nature of Jesus’s death. The reason all of the Passover lambs were to have no broken bones is because they prefigured how Jesus would not need His bones broken because He would have already been dead based on laying down His life. Also, it was because He was already dead that the soldier speared His side. From this would flowed blood and water. While the crucifixion is a bloody mess, in a purely technical sense blood flowing from scourging and such is not a case of shedding blood, but from this spearstrike blood was indeed shed. And remember that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). This soldier’s spear is not incidental, but indispensable for salvation. That’s because it proves that Jesus was already dead, and from laying down His life.

When I speak of the voluntary nature of Jesus’s death, I mean more than He was willing to die, but that He selected the exact moment when He would die – when He would lower His head and then give up the spirit. Jesus mentions this in His ministry. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus lays down His life for His sheep. He says in John, “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father” (John 10:15-18). The Resurrection proves that Jesus laid down His life on the cross just as He said He would.

Based On Sinless Perfection

Jesus Christ was sinless even though He was tempted. This last part is important because infants are sinless, but they do not face temptation. Because of a lack of an exercise of their senses, they are not yet able to discern good and evil. They have yet to reach an age when they would be accountable. All infants, regardless how cute they are as babies, when they come of age will chose to serve sin due to a plague of weakness that hampers all of humanity. The single exception of course is the sinless Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ.

The wages of sin is death, and while this is principally spiritual, there is also a physical component to it (Romans 5:12). That is why sinless infants can die. Because of universal sin, there was also a universal fear of death. But Jesus became a man so that He could live sinlessly so that death would have no claim over Him. Thus, by choosing to die, He could reclaim His life again in resurrection. Jesus conquered sin and death on His part so that He can do the same on our part (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Because Jesus was sinless, the devil had no clam over Him (John 14:30), which means He is not subject to death in the same sense of other mortal humans. Jesus had an appointed hour to die, that is, to lay down His life. There were occasions when a mob wanted to take Him, but were not able to because His hour had not yet come (John 7:30, 8:20). One occasion, Jesus preaches in His home town of Nazareth, but is rejected. Luke records, “So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city. And they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way” (Luke 4:28-30).

As His life and ministry neared its end, Jesus prepared to come to Jerusalem particularly to die on the cross on the Passover day. His dedication to the focus of his time on earth is seen in how from that point on, “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Near the end Jesus is journeying toward Jerusalem, preaching and healing as He went. A group of Pharisees warned Him to turn around because Herod wanted to kill Him. Jesus says The Prophet cannot die outside of Jerusalem (Luke 13:33). That’s because Jesus not only had an hour given to lay down His life and die, but a place of execution, as well. The hour of His voluntary death was as indelibly written as was His subsequent resurrection. That’s why Peter said on Pentecost that it was impossible for Jesus to stay dead (Acts 2:24).

Not only was it needful for Jesus to be crucified on the Passover, but it was also necessary for it to be on the Preparation Day. It proves Jesus died on the cross the same day He was put up on it, even though this sort of death took days. this indicates that Jesus chose the moment of His death and voluntarily laid down His life so that He could take it back again. This verifies that Jesus is sinless, and that the devil had nothing on Him. That is why Paul could argue that the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that He is the Son of God (Romans 1:4).

 

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How the Battle of Hastings Proves the Existence of God

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At the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066, William, the Duke of Normandy, invaded England and conquered the island nation by defeating the Anglo-Saxon King Harold. This began the Norman Invasion of England and changed the country in many ways, linguistically, economically, politically, but also spiritually. One of the first things William the Conqueror did was establish St. Anselm as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Anselm & Ontology

This propelled Anselm into the public light. In those days, high ranking clergy were as well-known as kings and nobles. If not for the Norman Invasion, Anselm may have been a quiet cleric in some hidden monetary or hermitage. But being a celebrity of the Medieval period made it possible to put his thoughts out there for the public and for history to consider. Anselm’s greatest contribution to world thought is his argument for the existence of God by Ontology.

The Ontological argument as presented by Anselm of Canterbury is a purely logical argument. He contended that by the very definition of God, He must be the greatest of all possible beings. Further, to exist in reality is greater than existing only in the imagination. So if there is no God, then He only exists in our imagination, but that would make Him less than the greatest of all possible beings. Therefore, as Anselm stated, God as the greatest of all possible beings must exist because man can conceive in his mind the thought of the idea of God.

Objections Considered

The biggest argument against this is someone can also imagine the greatest pizza possible, so it must also exist. This is a false comparison. The argument isn’t about the best of anything, but the greatest of all possible beings that ever could exist. God is still greater than the best pizza in existence. The argument goes to the very nature of the Being of God.

Lesser arguments against Ontology are that if this is true, it doesn’t mean specifically that the Jehovah of the Bible is that God. It’s also said that this argument allows for a plurality of gods or even an impersonal and insentient god. These rebuttals miss the point completely. If Ontology proves a god exists without identifying him, then the Bible does. The Bible can be proven to be the perfect and inspired word of God, and it identifies the true God.

But remember than Ontology goes to being. This means that more than a transcendent divinity is proven, but a God who is the greatest of all possible beings. This means that the God of Ontology will be all-holy, all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing. This is how the Bible describes God, and it is far from how man’s mythology describes their idols. And this greatest being must be singular, sentient, and personal, or it cannot be the greatest of all possible beings. Far from being a weak defense, the Ontological argument for the existence of God is quite formidable.

 

 

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Can A Christian Believe In Theistic Evolution And Be Saved?

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The belief system of Christianity is based upon facts, not blind faith. The Bible teaches that the earth and everything in it was Created in six days just like our own, and that this Creation week took place just a few thousand years ago. Secular scientists, most of which have an anti-supernatural bias, claim everything evolved over long periods of time.

Special Creation is what the Bible teaches. If one reads the Bible alone and does not consider any scientific input, that person will never think evolution was involved in the creation process. So why are there so many in the church who believe that very thing? They believe science is at least as right if not more so than the Bible. The reality is that the Bible is right. Science changes what they hold as truth, the Bible never does. The truths of the Bible are consistent and provable especially since that which is perfect has come in complete revelation.

Evolution Puts Faith In Man

The entire field of evolution is false. There was no big bang. Spinning gas can make neither stars nor planets. Lightning strikes on pond scum cannot alter lifeless chemicals in living cells. Everything reproduces after its own kind, and mutations cannot change a species into a different kind. Variation within a species is not evolution, but is consistent with the Creation model. Darwin observed variations between finches, but everything he noted was still a finch. Evolution, whether astro-physical, chemical, or biological, has had no part to play with the existence of the universe, as well as life on earth.

And still, faithless members of the church doubt the Bible and agree with scientists. They have a hybrid of God’s truth and man’s error, and call it theistic evolution. In other words, evolution explains all that exists, but where the science doesn’t work out, God miraculously helped evolution over the hump. What non-sense. Not only is it factually untrue and Scripturally unviable, but it is fatally false doctrine to boot. Anyone who believes in theistic evolution is lost just as if that person believed in atheistic evolution.

Creation Puts Faith In God

The book of Hebrews says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (11:3). Whatever is understood here, it is by faith, so look at the beginning of the chapter to see what that involves: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (11:1). The word “substance” in the Greek is hupostasis, and means “foundation.” This is even clear in the English rendering of “substance” (sub means under, stance means to stand).

Faith is a foundation upon which one builds his hope in the unseen. What makes up this foundation of evidence is the evidence of Scripture, which helps build the foundation of our faith (Romans 10:17). So to understand something by faith is not a blind leap in the dark, nor it is an assumption one feels is right. Faith is not based on some experience that is better felt than told, nor upon something that makes us happy to believe in it. To understand anything by faith is to know it with assurance based upon the evidence.

Saving Faith Believes In Creation

So back to our original text, notice what is understood by faith: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” This is exactly what the Bible says. Not only in Genesis, but throughout the Bible, it mentions that God spoke the created order into existence. This is what the faithful know based upon the facts of the Bible. This is in contrast with what does not play a part in the faithful’s understanding or origins. The verse concludes, “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Theistic evolution teaches that things which are seen were indeed made of things which do appear, but God explicitly says it is not that way. In short, faith teaches Special Creation and not theistic evolution. More to the point, faith teaches against theistic evolution.

When one reads a few verses down, one finds, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him” (11:6). It is by faith that one understands that God spoke the universe into existence, just like the Bible says. Equally clear, by faith it is evident that theistic evolution is not only nowhere taught in Scripture, but is itself a belief that is contrary to the Scripture. In short, those who hold to theistic evolution do not have a Biblical faith. And since without faith it is impossible to please God, then those who hold to theistic evolution are displeasing to God. Such a compromise puts such a disbeliever in the same camp as the atheists, and both await the same condemnation at the Day of Judgment.

 

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Why Did God Create Man?

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Since God made man, then He did so for a reason. And according to the Bible, God not only crafted humanity with one overarching reason, He has made each one of us as particular and specific individuals with a plan for each of our lives. If the Bible is right and if God made us, then life has meaning and purpose. Solomon concludes that each one of us is made whole and complete when we fear God and keep His commandments, for this is our entire duty and responsibility before God our Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

First Act of Grace

The question of why God made man and the matter of Redemption are bound together. It begins with the nature of God. God is a loving God (First John 4:8). Heaven is the eternal abode of God, and is the greatest of all possible places simply because it is the real presence of God. It is figurately described in Revelation as a place of no sorrow and death where every tear is wiped away (Revelation 21:4). The reality is much greater than the figurative rendering, which is nothing but God condescending with human language to describe that humans cannot understand because of our physical limitations.

Love by its very nature is generous. Love seeks the benefit and welfare of others, even over our own self. Every good thing we have on earth come to us from a good and giving God (James 1:17). Therefore, God, by His own loving and generous nature wants to give the greatest gift He can, which is to share the greatness of Heaven. But with whom can He share, since He alone is eternal? It must be with a created being or beings.

The angels are created beings, and they do share Heaven with God. But this does not suit the primary intentions of God. Angels spend their entire existence in Heaven with God. They have never been anywhere else, with the exception of visits to earth, but the prime residence of angels is still Heaven (Matthew 18:10). Add to this the purpose of angels is to serve God and to minister to us as a part of that Divine service. Angels, always having been in Heaven, could not deny His existence or greatness since they have seen it since they were created. God wants to share the glory of Heaven as a reward for a creation of His that would choose to love and follow Him.

Man and the World

That is why God made man and why He made this earth exactly as He did. God is not in our immediate presence as He is with the angels. But He did not leave His reality hidden from man. From the beginning of time, this world that God had made has been observed by man, and by this observation conclude that this was all made and could not have just happened. This conclusion is so obvious that those who do not come to this conclusion have no excuse (Romans 1:20). No one can say they had no evidence for the existence of God.

God’s special creation not only explains why we exist and why the world exists, but also why it exists as it does. This world and our lives will all have plenty of good and bad, ups and downs. The blessings should make us want to seek and bless the creator of these blessings. The obstacles and frustration in life should make us not want to live just for this world and this life. It should encourage us to seek and better world and a better life, so that we, like the ancient pilgrims and patriarches, realize that this world is not our home, that we all seek a better and Heavenly country.

So God made this world and put us in the middle of it where His presence it not immediate and undeniable, but He did not set Himself too far away either that no one can know if God exists. He placed Himself at the perfect epistemic distance from man so that He could be found by those who chose to seek for Him with all of their heart. This is the point of Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill. God made this world and made all mankind from one blood and has already determined where each of us will live and how long. He did this so that we might decide to search for God, and we so decide, we can seek Him and find Him because He is not far from anyone one of us, because it is in God that we live, move, and exist (Acts 17:24-28).

A Perfect World

At each stage of Creation, Moses records that God ends His day’s work by declaring that what He had made is good. Once He made man, created in His image and given a soul, He said it is all very good. Man is the highest order of God’s creation. God made everything in the universe for the use and benefit of man, mostly spiritual. Therefore, this world is perfect.

That does not mean it is a realm where nothing bad ever happens. It is perfect for God’s intentions. God made this world as the ideal environment for soul-making. We will be suitably blessed with good and challenged with suffering in our one and only lifetime, which is our sole probationary period where our eternity is determined. The matter comes down to a simple thing: submission. If we truly yield to God and obey from the heart and love Him above all, then we will be redeemed from our sins by the blood of Jesus. So to sum it all, God made man so that He can have His creation that He can redeem from sin by our chose to come to Him. And He redeems us so that He can share the wonders of Heaven with Him, or more to the point, share His company and never-ending fellowship.

 

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What’s Wrong With Kids These Days?

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The Millennial Generation has been given a new nickname recently – Snowflakes. It comes from a couple of things. These people have been told their whole lives how special they are, like a snowflake. But when you get a bunch of them together, they just make up a pile of snow with no distinction between flakes. Also, these Millennials are triggered quickly and by the slightest provocation into a Meltdown.

Not all people born into the Millennial Generation are Snowflakes, just like not all young people in the 60s were Hippies. I’m not even convinced that a majority are, but the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the public malcontents get the notoriety while the normal kids go to school and work with no problem.

After Trump was elected was when we saw Meltdowns on a massive scale on college campuses across the country. America has had over two-hundred years of presidential election, and for that time half the country didn’t get what they wanted. But there has never been such a display over an election until now. It has nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with the Snowflakes.

Caused By Colleges

Universities used to be a place to encounter many different ideas, even those that challenged yours. Now they are the least diverse place in the world – not by sex, religion, or geography, but by thought. Most colleges today (there are a few exceptions, e.g. University of Chicago) are overrun by Existentialism, Postmodernism, and Marxism. These are the chilly clouds where Snowflakes are formed.

Modernism (first half of the 20th century) questioned everything, but still sought for truth. The result was pluralism where no one was wrong. Postmodernism questions everything, but in a different way and for different reasons. It is intentionally not trying to come to any conclusion, and is certainly not after the truth. Everything is central or marginal. Postmodernists want to pull the rug out what is central (agreed upon truths) and replace it with the marginal, only to do the same to this new central thought. The result is no one is right.

When you question everything and get no answers, you replace objective truth with subjective individual opinion, at best. And even though the result of this process is personal convictions, it has led to the greatest demonstration of groupthink in recent history. Modernism may have been pluralistic, but Postmodernism is Nihilistic. It is a search for nothing and finding it in abundance. This leaves people stuck in an existential crisis of pessimism.

Postmodernists are also Marxist. The root of Marxism is personal identity. With the Postmodern rejection of objectivity and reality, all that is left is personal identity. This is where the Meltdowns come from. When you disagree with a Snowflake, to them it’s not just someone thinking differently, but an attack in the most personal way. Snowflakes have tied their whole personality to their subjective thoughts, or stated in their words, how they identify themselves.

To disagree with a Snowflake is to tell them everything about how they see themselves is invalid. That’s why they take it so personally. It is an attack, they are the victim, and you are guilty of hate speech. This is why Snowflakes want to stomp out all dissenting opinions. It is genuinely dangerous to their fragile egos, and this is why they Meltdown when confronted with the other side of things. There is a new thing in our country, childish tantrums as political discourse.

Caused By Parents

Speaking of childish tantrums, it needs to be made clear that all of this was not caused by our college system. Parents are to blame. The destruction of the home is where this all started. The Snowflakes have been playing tantrum politics for years in pitting divorced/daycare parents against each other.

Tantrums only work only on bad parents. You may remember an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” where Opie tries throwing fits to get a raise in his allowance and Andy doesn’t budge. Good for him, but there are plenty of parents on whom this does work. These parents spoil their kids over their own guilt. Either they feel badly because of a divorce, or because tossed their kid into daycare even though the two remain married. By this separation from one or both parents, the child never gets true validation. They look for in their own identity.

The nursery has become nothing but a warehouse for developing children, often raised by persons with different value systems than the parents. The child is never really raised in the real sense of the word. They age, but never mature. Snowflakes act like babies because they were never made to grow up. They were all told how special they are. Every student got a happyface sticker on their homework, and everyone on the team got a participation trophy. This does not prepare anyone for the real word, so these people Meltdown when facing life. They are forced to learn the hard way that you can’t be whatever you want if you want it bad enough.

Cured By Scripture

I don’t want to complain and have no answers. That would make me as bad as the Snowflakes I criticize. There is a cure for the Meltdown syndrome. Speak the truth in love to these people and try to show them that there is objective truth, and this truth is in the gospel. I truly believe that other Millennials who have not been licking the backs of frogs should be the perfect sort to try this explanation. And to insure it doesn’t happen to another generation, parents need to be parents as the Bible says. It starts with being a godly spouse for your partner. And then, parents need to teach the Bible in the home to their children (Dt. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4; II Tim. 1:5, 3:14-15). This will help ground children who can become well-adjusted and profitable adults.

Many of the Snowflakes in their protests against Trump made references to the novel 1984, implying Trump is a dictator. They should have paid better attention in Literature class, because Orwellian does not refer to any totalitarian government. It specifically is a manipulation of language in order to control thought. Now who is the Orwellian, Trump or the politically correct Snowflakes? Attempts to silence what they call hate speech, along with the creation of new words, such as the many terms to describe the countless possible genders, is the new 2+2=5. The answer to this is not found in basic math as much as it is within the Bible – still the most perfect and most practical book ever.

 

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God’s Identity Crisis: Part III – Taking Life

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One of the harshest criticisms leveled again God in the Old Testament are His orders to take life, and in particular, large groups, such as the Jews devastating the Canaanites in order to occupy the land. In fact, many have charged God with genocide. Comparisons to the German Holocaust of the Jews are often raised, but this is not a fair comparison and is only intended to disparage and not illustrate.

Did God Commit Genocide?

God never ordered the Jews to annihilate the Canaanites, but to dispossess them. They were to kill those who refuse to be dispossessed. They were not allowed to chase down those who ran away. It was also located to a very specific geography, the land of Canaan. There were people racially similar whom God had not any order to attack and kill, and that’s because they were not living in Canaan, the Hebrew land of promise.

It was much more than they were living in the land God intended for the Jews. They were a wicked people. If you reconsider what we discussed in the Second Part of this series, God has the right to be angry at sin and punish it.

  • The Canaanites practiced “abominable customs” (Leviticus 18:30).
  • They engaged in “detestable things” (Deuteronomy 18:9).
  • Their idolatry involved witchcraft, and they tried to cast spells on people and summon the dead (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
  • They would even “burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods” (Deuteronomy 12:30).

Add to this that God was long-suffering with these people and gave them time to repent. Going back to the time of Abraham over 400 years prior, they were evil, but it was not yet in full bloom. He patiently waited until the sins of these people were complete before he ordered any action against them (Genesis 15:16).

Innocent Life

And still, critics claim God is blameworthy of evil because oftentimes children were slaughtered along with the adults. The insistence that this is innocent life being taken reckons blame on God, according to the skeptics. These lives are innocent, but upon what basis does the atheist declare this? By denying the Bible as the Word of God, they have also rejected any objective and absolute code for human morality. Therefore, the skeptic has no grounds to say anything in God is wrong since they cannot prove anything is wrong.

What is both ironic and sad is that these same skeptics do not really believe that it is morally wrong to kill all children or to take away all innocent lives. By seeing man in purely a materialistic way, we are no more than a body, just flesh and nothing more. When the unborn child in inconvenient or unwanted, killing it is not only not immoral, it is often called the right thing to do. Life does not being at birth, but at conception, and that is because we are more than flesh. We are all given by God a spirit.

The atheist will sometimes blame God for babies that died in the Canaanite captivity, saying that they lost their life, and this life is all we have. As beings with souls, this life is not all we have. All of those babies killed in Canaan died innocently, and thus are barred from the doom of hell and are guaranteed a place beside God in the eternity of Heaven. If those babies had grown to maturity, there is the greatest probability that they would have become as depraved as all other Canaanite adults.

To this, the atheist often responds that if this is true, then we should kill all babies and make sure they go on to Heaven. That is unreasonable because we, as limited humans, do not know the consequences of all action, unlike God. Some, like Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, not only favored abortion, but would justify killing sick children and the elderly. But neither she nor anyone else can tell if that young hemophilic will cure cancer or lead warring nations into peace.

Only God is in the position to legislate the death of innocents because only God knows what will be the consequences of these actions. All life begins with God and we are all in His hand. When we die, our eternal spirit returns to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7). And while we are alive, it is only in God that we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). If all life belongs to God, He may legitimately determine when a life has or has not achieved its purpose. And from there, God alone may designate when a life may legitimately end. God is not blameworthy for the deaths of the Canaanites, even their innocent children, just as He is not guilty of any wrong for any person who dies even today. Instead of blaming God and being angry with God, we should love and serve Him, and submit to Him with all of our heart.

 

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