Archive for September 23rd, 2006

So this thursday, my friend was giving a presentation of pressuppositional apologetics. The topic was specifically on neutrality. He explained that asserting that one has no position is a position also.

I had just watched an anime called Naruto, and decided to write something about Naruto, Kenshin, and the themes in the perspective of a Christian worldview.

We see in examples such as Kenshin and Naruto as well as other anime that the philosophies and themes promoted are not neutral, and express a mix of Christian as well as atheist themes.

Rurouni Kenshin is an anime about a wandering samurai, attempting to atone for his sins in his former life as the hitoriki battousai or the man slayer. In the anime, the villian Shishio believed, “If you’re strong you live; if you’re weak, you die.” This was in opposite to Kenshin’s philosophy that the sword was to protect the weak.

Similarly, the enemies in Naruto, the popular anime about ninja, held power and strength in idolatry. The perfect characterization of this was, Oroshimaru, one of the strongest ninjas, whom would accomplish anything to become stronger with seals and techniques. All that mattered to both Naruto and Rurouni Kenshin villians was who was most powerful. Once the powerful killed the right, who was right became irrevelant. Thus, the survival of the fittest is taken to the logical conclusion: Survival of the strongest determine what is right.

However, to these villians morality becomes dependent upon what the believe are right. And thus, when two disagree in regards to morality, they fight it out and the stronger one is the right, and the dead one is wrong.

This sort of idea professed in Naruto and Rouroni Kenshin comes from the idea that morality is subjective and depends on man to exist. So thus, if man ceases to exists, his morality dies with him.

It is interesting that the they decided to depict this type of philosophy as bad guys, because in the setting, the audience might see the foolishness without the knowledge of God.

In earlier episodes of Naruto, like during the battle between the 3rd Hokage and Orochimaru, the 3rd Hokage tried to explain to Orochimaru, why Orochimaru would not succeed. He explained, it was the protection and love of his village that gave the 3rd Hokage power. In the current episdode 201, the message toward the end, and especially in the conclusion expressed the importance of a group of friends willing to protect each other against anything.We see in Naruto especially, that during extreme stress and duress, and even when over-matched, the WHY is more important than the HOW. The characters in Naruto anime can’t lose because their friends depend on them.

Likewise, the truths of the bible will allow any Christian to rejoice in suffering, death, tribulation, and persecution. Knowing that we are sharing in Christ’s suffering, in order to share His glory. Knowing that we are called to suffering. Knowing that our suffering is small compared to the glory that awaits. Knowing that there is therefore no punishment, because Christ has set you free from sin and death. Knowing that all things in your life work together for good.

Knowing these are the truths keep you in Christ, and determine whether you remain in the Word, or fall away during hardship.

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In my business law class, my professor began the lecture by asking if ethics could be taught. Some students said yes. She said, “No ethics can’t be taught.” She continued on saying, “They come inside of you, from your parents, your friends, and your environment.” Even more interesting, my professor broke us into groups, so we could discuss what we would do for certain scenarios.

“What if you saw a classmate cheating? What would you do?”

My group wasn’t very talkative. But our consensus was we wouldn’t say anything.

Out of around 30 students, all six groups said they wouldn’t do anything.

The next question she asked was, “What if your classmate was your friend?”

My group said, “We’d cheat together,” which got a good laugh in the class.

She also asked, “What if you saw your co-worker taking money?”

Interestingly enough, almost all the class said money was different, and so they would either confront the co-worker, or tell the boss. One explanation was, “the boss might think it was me.”

The last question was, “If your company policy was no dating, but you found a guy or girl that was everything you ever wanted- what would you do?”

All of the class would date them. Some while still working, while other students would find another job and then date.

At the last part of the lecture my professor exclaimed, “There’s no such thing as right and wrong!”

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