The most beautiful stories of youth and innocence are often penned by souls that have glimpsed great darkness; for only they can truly appreciate, truly cherish and adore, the purity, wonder and light of childhood.
I received a few comments on my last post that mistakenly concluded that the Bible endorses slavery and handful of other obvious evils.
These issues have been addressed repeatedly – and satisfactorily, in my opinion – over the centuries, so I’m not going to spend a great deal of time rehashing them here. If you have questions or crave more detailed explorations of the issues, Answers In Genesis is a great place to start. I’ve provide a link to their article on slavery:
As with other “gotcha” accusations hurled at Christianity over the years, the notion that the Bible endorses slavery is categorically untrue.
Time for some bullet points, yo:
- Christianity makes it clear that everyone is of equal value in Christ, making the ownership of another human being a repulsive concept to any Christian.
- While it is true that God provided guidelines for the treatment of slaves, that does not constitute approval or endorsement of slavery.
- God only handed down laws and codes of conduct pertaining to evil acts, never acts of righteousness. There are rules pertaining to the treatment of slaves, but no such limits are put on acts of charity or love.
- God provided strict guidelines as to the manner in which His followers were expected to conduct themselves within their contemporary cultures. In doing so, God was not endorsing corrupt societal constructs of the day (like slavery), only showing His people how to navigate that world honorably and morally.
“Can morality exist without God?”
No. Have a read:
Finally, if tough questions about God, morality and the bible have caused you to reject Christ, know that you are making the worst mistake of your life (and afterlife). There are answers. Seek and you will find.
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Why is Christianity – the world-wide gold-standard of morality, virtue and righteousness – relentlessly attacked?
Why are Christians driven out of business and publicly shamed simply for refusing to participate in pseudo-religious ceremonies forbidden by the Bible – which until recently were also against the law?
Why is it forbidden to even mention the name of Jesus Christ (unless you’re swearing or berating His followers) publicly?
Why do western governments deem Christianity so offensive that they believe they have to right to remove children from Christian homes, and deny Christians the right to adopt?
Why were more than 90,000 Christians murdered for their faith in 2016 alone?
Why have scientists, philosophers and scholars of all stripes tried (and failed) to discredit Christianity and the authenticity of the Bible for the last two-thousand years?
Why are barbaric religions and belief systems – including those that condone and even encourage abominable things like pedophilia, murder, slavery, torture, lying, theft, child marriage, persecution of unbelievers, genocide, racism, sexism, and terrorism – allowed to flourish, indoctrinate our children in schools, and receive special protections under the law?
Why are Christians almost exclusively portrayed as naïve morons, gangsters, bigots, or pedophile priests in Hollywood?
Why is the very sight of Crucifix deemed unacceptable, while adherents of other belief systems are allowed to freely display religious iconography, text and dress?
Why are even western Christians denied their basic rights and freedoms? The right to disagreement, free speech, and conscientious objection?
The answer is simple:
Christianity is under constant attack because it is true. A fact supported by biology, history, archeology, and astronomy. Changed lives and redeemed souls. Miracles, signs and wonders. Healthy, vibrant and productive societies, the hallmarks of which are peace, freedom, safety, and justice; scientific, artistic, and technological achievement.
Christianity is the only religion with the power to mend broken hearts, redeem the fallen, and save the world.
Christianity is persecuted and hated because it shines a light on the wicked deeds of fallen men.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Jesus
Some of the ways Christianity is awesome -> https://goodeggjoe.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/christian-heritage-month-and-maybe-a-little-something-for-the-men-too/
Whenever an act of terrorism or violence perpetrated by followers of a specific ideology is denounced by Christians, someone inevitably claims that “The Old Testament is just as violent as [insert insane ideology here]!!!”
Those claims are patently untrue.
Violence/war in the Old Testament was only authorized against very specific targets, and only for a limited amount of time.
In contrast, violence/war in [various whack-a-doodle belief systems] is an open ended command.
Simple. The world of the Old Testament was a violent hell-hole. God’s purpose was to preserve His chosen people and guide them through that nightmare. Sadly, amongst a world of fallen men bent on their utter and complete destruction, sometimes the survival of the Jewish people required going to war.
Other points to consider:
- The Old testament is a historical document. Recounting acts of violence and approving/authorizing/encouraging them are two different things. King David had the husband of his mistress whacked. God was not cool with it.
- Violence/war is sometimes justifiable. No one in their right mind would not defend their family against a someone bent on their murder, or their country against bloodthirsty barbarians raping, pillaging and plundering their way across the countryside. In such a scenario lethal force is not only justifiable, but likely necessary.
- God is omnipotent. Therefore, we must trust that His commands are always just. He is eternal, existing at the end and the beginning of time simultaneously, knowing completely the hearts and minds of every person – who will be saved and who will forever reject Him. If God determined that war must be waged against a person or people – David behead-bubbing Goliath, for example – we must trust that it was not an act of cruelty or whim, but in defense of those whose hearts and minds and souls belonged to Him.
- Finally, Jesus Christ commands His followers to love their enemies, bless those who curse them, and pray for those who mistreat them. God expects warfare to be a last resort when all other options have been exhausted, not on-going, open-ended march across the globe in His name.
The best feeling a chubby person can have is when someone asks them if they’re sick – because they’ve lost so much weight.
The idea that banning firearms will solve the problem of gun violence is patently absurd.
Bad guys are bad guys specifically because they don’t care about society’s laws or value human life.
Banning firearms only punishes the law-abiding citizens – sportsmen, collectors, hunters, and responsible citizens protecting their families.
The scumbags running around murdering people aren’t going turn over their guns because we ask them to, they’re going to prey upon a newly defenseless citizenry more viciously than ever.
The problem is not guns. The problem is spiritually and morally lost human beings.
If all guns could magically be taken away from everyone – good and bad – at exactly the same moment, the “No more guns!” argument might warrant consideration. As it is, back here in reality, the guns are already out there and there’s no way of undoing that.
Besides, to someone dead-set on doing harm, almost anything can be weaponized; cars, trucks, clubs, baseball bats, tire irons, knives, forks, spoons, bananas, plastic bags and packing peanuts. Anything.
Savages only understand savagery.
The best defense against gun violence is not a self-defense course, a rape whistle, or hugs and understanding. It is bad guys knowing there’s a better-than-average chance they’re going to lose their lives if they attempt to take someone else’s.
The best option for the world we live in, is for good guys to be well-trained and well-armed with weapons equal to those being used against them.
It’s not a perfect solution, but that’s the world we live in.
The only other option is an unarmed population and a lot more dead bodies.
If the truly evil people of the world don’t fear resistance, thieves will be bolder breaking into houses. Instances of terrorists opening fire in shopping malls, music festivals and other public gatherings will skyrocket. Extremist nut-bags will be far more willing to rape, torture, enslave, murder and forcibly convert our sons and daughters. Enemy states will take the fight to our shores (the main factor in Japan deciding not to invade the United States during WWII was a well-armed population). Corrupt governments will go unchecked, freely and fearlessly inserting themselves into every aspect our lives – self-determination, freedom of speech, religion and assembly will all be a thing of the past.
Basically, all of things that suck now will get exponentially worse if we take guns out of the hands of good men and women.
We don’t need gun control. We need self-control. We need a society that understands the value and sanctity of human life.
Life is not a balancing act. Good deeds do not erase the bad.
You can not earn or buy your way into Heaven. The scales of justice will never be in your favor.
Consider carefully Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation. It is literally your only hope.