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Philosophical Reflections on the Binding of Isaac

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For the sake of argument, let’s assume Genesis 22:2, “Take, now, your son…” is an absolute command by God, and Abraham must do as he is told. Is the ‘command’ of God immoral?[1] Certainly the new atheists of our day believe God is making an immoral request, as understood from Dr. Richard Dawkins’ question concerning the event, “But what kind of morals could one derive from this appalling story?”[2] The question then becomes, is the taking of innocent life always wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Did God Bully Abraham or Isaac?

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The new atheists of today often point to the binding of Isaac as an immoral act and one of God acting as a bully to get Abraham to willingly sacrifice his son, Isaac.[1] Moreover, they make it seem that Isaac, a mere child (which I show not to be the case in a previous blogpost), was bullied directly by Abraham who seemed intent on carrying out God’s command, and indirectly by God who is responsible for the entire event. Notice how Dr. Richard Dawkins puts it: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Why All the Hullabaloo Over an Idol?

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Some time ago my son-in-law and I went to pick up our order of food from a local Chinese restaurant. While we waited for our order, I noticed an idol on display off to the side of the counter where we picked up our dinner. Before the idol was some food. I don’t remember exactly what the food was, but it was a mixture of fruit and vegetables. I caught myself smiling and so turned away, not wanting to offend the people serving us. Perhaps my reaction to the idol was too nonchalant; I don’t know. Nevertheless, I do know that such things were taken very seriously by the God of the Bible.[1] Why? What’s the big deal over what amounts to a ‘happy meal’ set before a hunk of stone (or plaster) that can neither help nor hurt anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Is God Jealous?

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The Bible has constantly depicted God to be angry, jealous, selfish, wrathful and possessive. Think for a moment – Who in the entire Bible was more miserable? But believers claim that this God is omnipotent and knows-it-all. This obviously is false. The Biblical God did not know how to win over human beings nor did God know how to successfully manipulate them for His pleasure. If God did know how to win Earth’s people over for His pleasure, He would have no excuse for not handling His murderous anger and jealousy.”[1] (emphasis in the text)

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Worshiping and Praising God

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What would it mean to worship or praise God, or anyone else for that matter? The Bible concludes that mankind does worship idols, so, whether or not we think it is proper, worship is not exclusive to God. In fact, we often hear of the term idol used of movie stars and famous musicians, whose admirers flock to auditoriums, stadiums and places that advertise the appearance of their favorite celebrity, and fans (short for ‘fanatic’) look on adoringly hoping to touch or speak with the one they worship so much. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Is God Humble or Arrogant?

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The new atheism[1] tries to categorize the God of the Bible as an arrogant control-freak, who often seems to seek attention and crave praise. Daniel Dennett writes that what makes the God of the Bible “such a fascinating participant in the stories of the Old Testament is his kinglike jealousy and pride, and his great appetite for praise and sacrifice.”[2] Is this an accurate estimate of the Judeo-Christian God, or do the new atheists misrepresent him in their works? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in apologetics

 

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A Comedy of Errors

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We often hear of the so-called “new” atheists getting great laughs from their audiences at the expense of the Christian worldview.[1] While even though they weren’t Christians, the new atheists have shown no regard for differences of worldviews by lumping Christians together with the Moslems, who hijacked the airplanes during the 9/11 Tragedy. Facts don’t seem to matter to them, unless they happen to be their own facts. It is “religious people” not political terrorists who run airplanes into tall buildings! If that gets the laughs or the cheers from their philosophically and theologically challenged audiences and adds another buyer to the list that would make their latest book a best seller, then such half-truths are worthy of expression. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in apologetics

 

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