Thursday, June 17, 2021



Why did science take root in the Christian West and not in the great classical cultures?
Christian presuppositions/beliefs aligned with the reality of the physical world in a way that paved the way for the advancement of science. In Return of the God Hypothesis, Stephen Meyer defended this thesis:
As historian and philosopher of science Steve Fuller notes, Western science is grounded in the “belief that the natural order is the product of a single intelligence from which our own intelligence descends.” Philosopher Holmes Rolston III puts the point this way: “It was monotheism that launched the coming of physical science, for it premised an intelligible world, sacred but disenchanted, a world with a blueprint, which was therefore open to the searches of the scientists. The great pioneers in physics—Newton, Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus—devoutly believed themselves called to find evidences of God in the physical world.” The astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), for example, exclaimed that “God wanted us to recognize” natural laws and that God made this possible “by creating us after his own image so that we could share in his own thoughts.”
Why would this belief, rather than the Greek belief in the “logos,” provide the proper foundation for the advancement of science? Meyer argues:
·       Although the Greek philosophers thought that nature reflected an underlying order, they nevertheless believed that this order issued from an intrinsic self-existent logical principle called the logos, rather than from a mind or divine being with a will. For this reason, many Greek thinkers assumed that they could deduce how nature ought to behave from first principles based upon only superficial observations of natural phenomena or without actually observing nature at all.
According to Meyer, the Greeks believed that they didn’t have to investigate the physical world to understand it. For them, it was enough to apply the unchanging logic of the creative “logos” to understand the physical world it had created. Why? Since the logic of the “logos” is impersonal and unvarying, the philosopher only needed to understand the “logos” to understand the world that it had inevitably generated.
In contrast, the Christian believes that God had been free to create in any way He so pleased. Therefore, it was not enough to discover God’s unvarying logic to understand the creation. Instead, they would also have to observe and test the creation, the essence of science.

Monday, June 14, 2021



Jesus teaches that the world cannot receive the Spirit of God, God within us:
·       “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15–17)
Yet many professing “Christians” claim that God lives within each of us, even if we have not been reconciled to Him, forgiven, and His wrath abides upon us:
·       “The God who dwells in our inner sanctuary is also the God who dwells in the inner sanctuary of every human being.” (Henry Nouwen)
·       “Yes, God is alive and he is in every single human being. (Robert Schuller)
·       “Blessed are those who see God in every person. (Pope Francis)
·       “God is everywhere, in everyone. (Roma Downey; All of the these quotations are taken from The Titanic and Today’s Church, Warren B. Smith)
However, the Bible explicitly and consistently teaches that God is not in everyone. Instead, His wrath abides on all those who have rejected Him and His clear evidences:
·       Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36)
·       For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)
Instead of God indwelling them, the knowledge of God’s judgment accompanies them:

·       We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:2–5; 1:32; Hebrew 1:26-27; John 16:8)
Unless they confess and sincerely repent of their sins, they cannot receive the Spirit of God. He is the last One they would want:

·       The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14–16)
It is a Biblical impossibility for the unrepentant to have the Spirit of God. Even God’s people had been afraid to approach God, let alone to even hear His voice:

·       Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:18–19)
Nevertheless, there is a multitude who teach that we all have the Spirit within, and even that those who listen to this spirit will usher in a worldwide awakening and peace. However, the Scriptures often warn us against Satanic deceptions:

·       For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13–15)
Considering these deceptive teachings, I take comfort that Jesus’ followers hear His voice in the Scriptures:

·       “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27–30)

Saturday, June 12, 2021




Does systemic racism still exist? CNN’s Chris Cuomo had a revealing conversation with Don Lemon about their common perception that blacks are still purposely being kept out of the system to their great detriment:
Lemon:  But the thing is, Chris, it does mean insurrection, and I don't mean -- I don't mean it in the way people -- let me -- it means insurrection when people get tired and if no one listens, then it fuels insurrection, do you understand what I'm saying?
Cuomo: Yes.
Lemon: After a while people say, okay, look, I'm tired of this. I'm tired of it and either you let me in, you understand me, I'm gonna force my way into the conversation, force my way into the system. I'm gonna demand that you let me into the house, meaning -- I'm talking about -- you get what I'm saying, the metaphorical house. And you're going to have to do it and people aren't going to like it. So why can't we all figure out how to do it now instead of an insurrection that happens because no one wants to change?
According to Lemon and Cuomo, the problem is in our “racist system.” Therefore, the system is guilty and must change, even if it requires insurrection, since the system is unwilling to budge on its own.
However, what changes are now needed? Better justice for blacks? Metro police departments have already largely bended to their demands. Many cities already have a majority of people-of-color on their police force. All the laws favoring racial discrimination have been struck down, often in favor of affirmative action requirements favoring blacks.
If blacks are being systematically excluded today, many whites don’t see it. If systemic racial injustice still prevails, we Christians must raise our voices against this injustice (James 4:17).  Truly, there is the appearances of racism on all fronts, but what makes this a systematic attempt to keep blacks down?
Yet, it is undeniable that blacks have the feeling of being systematically excluded, but what more can be done? Even after the trillions of dollars poured into entitlement programs and the election to office of many black mayors, the racial divisions are ostensibly worse.
Nevertheless, BLM continues to carry threatening placards, “No Justice, No Peace” and “White Silence is White Violence,” indicting whites who fail to acknowledge systemic racism and join the fight against it. If whites refuse on both accounts, BLM interprets their refusal as trying to maintain their “White Privilege.” This just heightens feelings of threat and alienation, forcing many into their tribal enclaves at a great cost to all of us.
For whatever the reasons might, whites also suffer, although their suffering is not broadly reported. White suicide rate is now almost three times as high as that of blacks. Whites are also victimized by black on white crime at a rate of six to eight times higher than white on black crime, according to FBI stats. Consequently, victimization is perceived on both sides.
We are divided by walls of conflicting experiences and perceptions. It feels as if we lack any common ground from which we can have an honest discussion. We need the courage to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), but instead honest and balanced exchanges are seldom seen in the media.
In Fault Lines, Professor and Pastor Voddie Baucham points out how risky these conversations can be. When whites doubt that present systemic racism is the cause of white-black disparities, they are charged as “racist”:
·       it is because you are a racist who wants to protect your power and keep those disparities in place. This has to be true because, if you were not racist, you would know that the cause of disparities is… racism. The news is replete with examples of people who have lost their jobs over this madness.
·       Kurt Beathard was the offensive coordinator for the Illinois State University football team. That is, until he found a BLM flyer on his office door and replaced it with a flyer of his own stating, “All Lives Matter to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Beathard was fired within weeks. Professor Stephen Hsu was forced to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation at Michigan State University over alleged “scientific racism.” His actual crime? Interviewing an expert on police shootings who debunked the CRT myths surrounding them. (Apparently, merely associating with someone who questions the narrative is tantamount to “scientific racism.”) Portland State University professor Bruce Gilley was subjected to international scrutiny and scorn after starting a “Critiques of BLM” reading group.
The divide has become trench warfare, and the opposition must be overcome by any means. Are the evident disparities due to racism? Are there other alternatives to the claims of systemic racism? Baucham answers affirmatively:
·       “The crucial question,” writes [Economist] Thomas Sowell, “is not whether evils exist but whether the evils of the past or present are automatically the cause of major economic, educational and other social disparities today.” In Sowell’s view, the fundamental problem is the assumption that “disparities are automatically somebody’s fault, so that our choices are either to blame society or to ‘blame the victim.’… Yet,” he asks, “whose fault are demographic differences, geographic differences, birth order differences or cultural differences that evolved over the centuries before any of us were born?”
Baucham reports that in June 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama gave a Father’s Day message at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago affirmed the existence of other factors that had accounted for the disparities:
·       “[I]f we are honest with ourselves,” he said, “we’ll admit that way too many fathers also are… missing from too many lives and too many homes.” He went on to say that fathers “have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.”
·       “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”
However, honesty and individual integrity have become endangered species. Is the problem in the “racist system,” which must be destroyed to achieve “justice?” Do we need an insurrection? The Leftist establishment continues to inflame those they deem as “oppressed” as the perpetual victims of the “white systemic racism,” as if the Leftists wanted to promote a race war – a Marxist ploy to foment revolution. However, the Bible regards this strategy as the deadly “wisdom of the world”:
·       Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:13–18)
The fruits of Marxism have long been evident. Consequently, it is no wonder that the Bible, and not Marxism, had once guided and inspired the most stable and prosperous nations.