Pastor's Corner

6 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

Agree with them or not, you have to admire someone who is honest about the holes in their belief system.  Only when we reach this point can we have a real discussion about truths held by each side.  It would be nice if we could have honest debate in religion, politics and the things of life.  The problem is that we have become so arrogant in our stance that, when backed in a corner, you come across as ignorant.  At that point you lose credibility and no matter what you say next the other side will never take you serious.

Take for example Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world’s most famous atheist. I have read just about everything he has written, viewed most interviews he has given and listened as he has expressed his point of view.  Why? Because he is honest.  In a recent interview with British paper The Times, Dawkins admitted that eliminating God from the public consciousness would pose huge problems in the area of human morality.  He said that if religion were to be abolished, it would “give people a license to do really bad things.”  https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ending-religion-is-a-bad-idea-says-richard-dawkins-sqqdbmcpq#

He goes on to explain, “People may feel free to do bad things because they feel God is no longer watching them.  They would feel entitled to do what they like because they no longer need to obey a divine spy camera in the sky reading their every thought.”  Dawkins points to the findings of a 2006 experiment where researchers attached a “picture of eyes” watching an “honor box” to pay for coffee.  When the eyes were present more people paid, when the eyes were removed, the amount went down. 

https://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/melissa.bateson/Bateson_etal_2006.pdf

Creationist Ken Ham weighed in by saying, “Without a biblical foundation, anything goes. Who is to say what is right or wrong? There is no ultimate foundation. It becomes arbitrary; everyone does what’s right in their own eyes. In fact, Dawkins is admitting that atheism is totally bankrupt morally.”  Ham is correct and anyone who is honest will admit that.  The experiment does not prove that God exists but it does open the door for discussion on the origin of morality.  If our “honor system” does not originate from God, then where do we get it?  The Bible tells us that we are sinful from birth and that nothing righteous comes from within (Psalm 51:5).  Ask any parent of a two year old, they need guidance.  Where did the original idea of right and wrong originate? Was Moses just that smart?  Reading his personal history the answer is no!  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23

I wish we had more people like Dawkins to discuss these things, more than that I wish his followers would listen to this part of what he has to say.  The trouble is, because of sin, the world does not want to listen to arguments that run counter to their personal beliefs.  A hard heart and deaf ears keep them from being honest with their own self.  

Learn to be a self-feeder.  Don’t add to the problem by arguing issues you don’t understand or just because you heard someone in authority saying it.  Educate yourself on the subjects, be honest and admit there are things we do not know, but stand firm on the things we do know.  Next, don’t argue with a fool.  If someone lacks the ability to have a calm discussion with you and instead wants to scream and call you names, end it! Don’t fight back in the same way or you too might come out looking like a fool.   

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Proverbs 26:4 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

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