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Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

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I have heard the phrase cleanliness is next to godliness from the earliest days of my youth. I imagine nearly everyone who grew up with me in America during the latter half of the 20th century had heard the phrase at one time or another, but what does a clean body have to do with godly behavior. Can’t someone who is sweaty and dirty act godly? Are good deeds or is a good, kind word somehow tainted, if one’s body hasn’t been bathed? While it is true that this phrase cannot be found in the Bible, it stands closer to its context than one might at first imagine![1] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Addressing Iron Age Biblical Morality

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In Chris’ video Problems with Biblical Morality (HERE), he addresses issues concerning the Bible, which at least from the point of his worldview are antiquated and contradictory. He begins by showing an excerpt presumably from a Christian evangelist’s video where the Christian is discussing morality from a Biblical perspective with two young men who may be on a college campus. Chris reveals his perspective by saying the Christian evangelist was presenting a false dilemma—which would be that the Christian was saying morality must be the result of relativism or it comes from the God of the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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The Enuma Elish

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According to Chris or, as I mentioned in my previous blogpost, according to his analyses of Karen Armstrong’s book A History of God, the story of creation is found first, not in the Biblical text, but in the Enuma Elish, seven clay tablets found in the ruins of the palace of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh (see his next video HERE). They date to the 12th century BC and contain interesting allusions to the Genesis account of creation. In fact, in 1876 they were published by George Smith as the Chaldean Genesis! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Atheism—Spong

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The problem with philosophies like that of Bishop John Spong is that, if what such folks claim is believed, it would be hypocrisy to go on calling ourselves Christians. If we abandon the faith once delivered to us in order to espouse the philosophy of Bishop Spong, shouldn’t we be known as Spongites or a reasonable facsimile? After all, what does Jesus have to do with Spong’s understanding of what he calls Christianity? It seems to me that Spong is no more than a modern money changer in today’s Temple of God, seeking to make a living off the name of God in just as unethical a manner as was done in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Chris’ New Worldview

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Chrisfirst steps away from the Christian worldview were made into the worldview of pantheism, which he called atheism or a disbelief in theism, i.e. the personal God of the Bible (see video HERE). Nevertheless, he still seemed to cling to parts of the Judeo/Christian Bible in order to express his new found worldview. For example, Chris quoted: “God is Love” from the Bible (1John 4:8, 16) and used it to explain the beauty of God being everything tangible around him. At the same time, however, Chris implied he became angry with the God of the Bible who kept him from understanding this ineffable truth. Put another way, the words of the God of the Bible were used to express how Chris felt about another god, and at the same time Chris held the God of the Bible (whom he doesn’t believe exists) responsible for hiding this understanding from him (cf. Romans 1:28 & 22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Chris’ Personal Relationship

Scene from "The Caine Mutiny" (from Google Images)

Scene from “The Caine Mutiny” (from Google Images)

In Chris’ video series Why I Am No Longer a Christian, he tells how his relationship with God had taken a bad turn in Deconversion—Personal Relationship (part 1 & part 2). In my previous blog I offered my personal take on the role the professor had taken in Chris’ life. For Chris, “going on with the professor” was all he had anymore. His relationship with God at this point seems to have been replaced with the more physical and emotionally charged relationship he had with the professor. Turning back to his prior life now seemed impossible, because Chris’ church life had by this time become “increasingly troubled and hollow.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Deconversion – The New Testament

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In his two videos, Deconversion—the Bible (part 1 & part 2), Chris, a young atheist from Kansas, explains how he came to see the Bible as a book written by men and couldn’t be the work of an all knowing God. He admitted that he had never read the Bible from cover to cover, although he had read parts of the Bible while studying it and presumably hearing it read in a church service. Nevertheless, he had never really read the Bible for its own sake, and implied he never even read a single book in the Bible from start to finish until he felt the Holy Spirit tugging on his heart to do so (cir. age 20), and this just before his correspondence with the professor. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in atheism, naturalism

 

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