I was a little disappointed with Chris’ two videos on other Christians. He spent most of his time on the opinions of non-Christians, one professor in particular. I was expecting him to show how other Christians failed him, but this didn’t happen. While he does mention one particular author upon whom he leaned heavily for support of his Christian worldview, he didn’t show how this author failed him until a later video. Chris did mention that he already believed in the Big Bang Theory and in the Theory of Evolution, so whatever he believed about God had to be married to these scientific theories, if it was going to influence his thinking. Read the rest of this entry »
It has been put forth by Chris, our young atheist whose video series on You Tube I am presently considering as a theme for discussion, that, if the commands of God define morality, then God could command rape, murder and child molestation, and such things would become moral, simply because God said so. Moreover, if morality is being good, it would render being good meaningless. While I agree that what God says is moral, I don’t agree this renders morality meaningless, because the Bible claims God is good, and only he is good in his essence (Matthew 19:17). Therefore, morality can be defined as being like God (cp. Genesis 1:26-27), because God is moral in his essence. So, if we know what good is, we know what being moral is. What, therefore, does it mean to be good? Read the rest of this entry »
In the next video in this series, Deconversion—Morality, the idea of morality is discussed. What is morality? Is morality what is good? If so, then we would have to define what good actually is before we could determine what moral behavior actually is. Is that not so? For example, one could argue that getting to the top of the ladder of success would be good, but would it be good at any cost. Would it be good to attain success at the cost of ruining the reputation of another person or ruining that one’s chances of attaining success in his or her own right? One might argue for the ‘survival of the fittest’ rule and say: “Yes, the better of the two won out!” Is what is good for one but ruin for another moral? If good is moral, then what is good must be something different than merely pleasant circumstance. Read the rest of this entry »
In a previous blog I showed that it is a misconception to believe that God’s omniscience relegates prayer impotent. Omniscience means God knows all things that could be known, and since he created time, he has no future or past. God exists in an eternal present. This means, although our future is known to him, God doesn’t know it before our present or our past is known. He simply knows us—our whole life is before him at once. Therefore, if we pray to God concerning an important matter in our present, God is able to answer our request in our favor in the present, and it becomes a part of our future—whether our immediate or distant future. Time may be affected from our perspective, but time has no bearing from God’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry »
Prayer is what we say to God. It can be worship and praise, or it can come in the form of personal requests for ourselves or others whom we know or of whom we have been told and are in need of God’s intervention. Sometimes, prayer is simply conversation with God. It doesn’t take the form of worship, praise or request, but rather it is simply a personal sharing of one’s life similar to how one would do with a friend. Read the rest of this entry »
Chris, a young author of the Why I am no longer a Christian series on You Tube’s Evid3nc3 channel, correctly concludes in his video The God Concept that our belief in God doesn’t hang upon a single idea. Rather one’s belief in God is supported by a various number of supporting “pillars” of beliefs and experiences that support the “mega belief” of God’s existence. Therefore, if a single belief that supports the existence of God is attacked by a non-believer, and assuming that attack is successful in leaving the Christian with no argument, the Christian is still justified in holding to his belief in God, because there are so many other supporting pillars that remain unscathed by the attacking atheist. Hence, many atheists wrongly consider the Christian position as weak and hypocritical, because (at least in this one assumed instance) he succeeded in disarming the Christian position. Read the rest of this entry »
“I don’t think an all-powerful God would have a Chosen People. That idea shows the cultural influences and marketing techniques of religion.” ~ David G. McAfee
Comment by an admirer:
“In other words, whoever invented the god and whoever believes and follows the words of it has inherent racial superiority and bias.
“‘The Jews are the chosen people, and Israel is the holy land,’ say the Jews, who live in Israel.
“This has been my go to argument when asked to refute or disprove the god of Abraham. The super intelligent being that a creator deity would have to be in order to create the universe, would not resort to such unintelligent ideas such as a chosen people, or creating a place of infinite torment for the finite “crime” of simply not believing it exists, especially when it leaves no evidence in support of its existence, and all evidence points to the contrary. Can I help it if the bible paints god as a disgruntled 2 year old, prone to throwing extreme temper tantrums?”