11-28-2016 Why Do Good People Suffer?

Many a self-professed “atheist,” in a fit of inflated ego, will ask, “If there is a god, why does he let good people suffer?”   Job, however, amidst his heap of personal losses, asked, “Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in power?” (Job 21:7 NKJV). Job then lists how the “wicked” seem to live with life’s blessings (Job 21:8-13) without God: “Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’” (Job 21:14-15 NKJV). Job answers with: “For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath” (Job 21:30 NKJV).  Good people suffering or wicked people prospering are not settled in life, but God’s Judgment will!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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6-15-2015 Ruling by “Offense”

The late atheist Christopher Hitchens said, “I’m very depressed how in this country you can be told ‘That’s offensive’ as though those two words constitute an argument.” Indeed, minorities rule by simply saying they are “offended” by: God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christians, the Church of Christ, or sin. But these are truthfully taught in the Bible. God’s blessings are on those who are not offended by them! Jesus Christ said: “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Matthew 11:6 NKJV). Jesus condemned Pharisees. “Then His disciples came and said to Him, ‘Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?’ But He answered and said, ‘Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted’” (Matthew 15:12-13 NKJV). Truth cancels someone’s “offense.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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What an atheist did answer, then me (9)

QUESTION: How did you become an Atheist?

ATHEIST: By being born. I was taught about God later.

CHRISTIAN: One becomes an atheist because he (she) is taught to be one. There is no natural reason for so becoming.

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I have a good friend who is an…

I have a good friend who is an atheist. He is an atheist for what he thinks are rational reasons, but in truth are not reasonable at all. We have discussed this matter for some length of time. It can be read at www.rv85.net. This good friend is not one I have seen for quite some time, but our personalities have hit it off exceptionally well. At one time he was preaching for the Lord in His church. It goes to show, because he is doing so no longer, that what he thought was depth at the time was nothing of the sort.

2 Corinthians 13:5 is always a good passage to reflect on.

Recently, this friend of mine posted some thoughts relative to God. He has done so many times before, but I could not give any attention to them; I can only give but a little bit of attention to it now.

To him, the issue of morality is a troubling matter; he won’t agree to this so much, but that he writes on it often is indicative of the fact that it is. For instance, he recently said that “moral codes are so subjective” and then sets out to undermine the foundations of those who ascribe to a moral code that is objective (or transcendent) in nature. He does this by arguing that the moral code of a community is based on that particular community’s acceptance of what is accepted from a previous generation (or generations). This, by the very nature of the case, is a subjective acceptance. He then buttresses his argument by illustrating it with what Muslims accept: the Qur’an. That particular community is compelled to accept that standard, and they even argue that it is an objective code of morality for all people at all times.

If morality is subjective, as my friend argues, then there is no rational reason to judge a particular perspective wrong – but this is exactly what he does with the pejorative term “homophobic” in a sentiment expressed by him:

Case in point, the homophobic tendencies of both Fundamentalist Christians and the Muslim communities are based upon the subjective standards which were written by homophobic peoples of the past.  Those homophobic writings then have come to be regarded as objective standards for people who even more than two millenniums later still consider such writings as sacred truths.

The term “homophobic” is clearly used in a judgmental, pejorative way. It is a term that “situation ethicists” use to dismiss something they can’t overcome in argument. It is a term used in current debate to dismiss those who stand opposed to homosexual behavior as something that is immoral (and also unnatural).

As he brings his subjective perspective to a close he speaks of generations past who have misused an objective standard of right and wrong to abuse others in the community. Whatever is to be said about these abuses…might warrant just criticism, but that in no way undermines, in rational debate, the valid nature of morality based upon a source higher than man.

#atheist, #morality, #objective-morality, #subjectivity

Atheist responds to JAM post – JAM

The trouble with Internet posting is you don’t often grasp how far-reaching the post is. A few weeks ago I posted the following: “A November (15, 2010) USA Today editorial headline declared: “Religious people are better neighbors”. Are they? The answer is no if you listen to a growing new profession: the professional atheist. This is an atheist who makes his living aggressively attacking religious faith. For instance, Christopher Hitchens argues “religion poisons everything”. However, the truth says otherwise. Christians do not spend all their time in church. They are the first to help the poor and elderly and the help the most. They are more involved in volunteer school and youth programs. They donate more blood, aid the jobless more, and on the list could go. Religious people, particularly Christians make the best neighbors. Get in trouble and who are you gonna call? An atheist? ”. I had moved on and forgotten about it. But over the weekend I received a response and it turns out to be from an atheist. He argues: “Well, actually, Harris is arguing not that there were people who did terrible things, and they happened to be religious; he’s arguing that these people are doing such things directly because of their religion. He’s saying that, using the Bible as an example, there are justifications in this book for all kinds of human atrocities and it is also supposed to be the perfect word of the creator of the Universe.” I am grateful that the writer narrowed the field to the Bible, because I would not want to defend any other religion. He claims the Bible justifies and motivates atrocities, but offers no example. On the other hand, what we do find is a God who says the 2nd greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself. We discover God defending the widows and orphans and encouraging kindness to foreigners. We read of Jesus telling us to love even our enemies and helping those in need. I challenge any atheist to survey the public where Christian faith is strongest and ask “Does Christian faith and practice make this world better or worse?”

 

#atheist, #christian, #faith, #just-a-minute

New breed atheist hostility – JAM

Steven Hawking, a new breed atheist, proclaims: “science wins, because it works!” I didn’t know science had entered a race. Hawking says without science we’d all live short, miserable and disease-ridden lives. I have no argument with that. I believe science has made great contributions to our world. But the success of science has nothing to do with the validity of faith, yet that is the conclusion Hawking and his kind draw. They claim there is no room for both science and religion; to accept the one is to reject the other. I deny it. Hawking says, “science wins because it works” and I say “faith wins because it works.” Science itself through research studies has proven believers are healthier, happier and live longer. Faith works! This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#atheist, #hostile, #just-a-minute

Thought for the Day

There aren’t any dead atheists.

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