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Archive for May, 2012
The following are links that has to do with Presuppositional apologetics or subjects that Presuppositionalist would be interested in.
1.) From Theodicy to Theophany: Inscrutability and the Problem of Evil– by Scott Oliphint.
2.) Book Review: A Shot of Faith to the Head (To the Head)— Review of this new book by James Anderson.
3.) God and Language— Chapter by Vern Poythress.
4.) Gay Christianity Refuted— Five hour long audio by James White!
6.) Blogging about the evils of blogging the evils of blogging by Steve Hays.
WARNING: EMOTIONAL CONTENT.
Memorial Day morning…
Lest we forget, with our church retreats, picnics, the beach or sleeping in,
Take a time this morning or evening to remember those who have fallen in during times of war…
Out of all the pictures I’ve seen, I think this has got to be the most riveting for me of all the pictures concerning Iraq…
The picture of a Marine’s casket (a 2nd. Lt. Cathey, who left behind his pregnant wife) as contrast to the plane and the people looking out of the window…the contrast is beautifully captured and is almost surreal.
Enough with my words. THis picture was part of a series that won the pulizter prize…reading the 19 pages, you would know why. Have tissues nearby, it is very emotional.
The picture in its context:
The American Airlines 757 couldn’t have landed much farther from the war. The plane…
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Ever since President Obama announced his stance on gay marriage, it appears that proponents of gay marriage and the gay lifestyle, have passionately been more vocal in the limelight. The passionate orientation of a gay lifestyle is nothing new. It happened during Old Testament times and even happened during Paul’s time.
For the Old Testament account of queer madness, please read Genesis 19,
Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said however, “No, but we shall spend the night in the square.” 3 Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 5 and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” 6 But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. 8 “Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 9 But they said, “Stand aside.” Furthermore, they said, “This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them.” So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway. 12 Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place; 13 for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the Lord that the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” 14 Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the Lord will destroy the city.” But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be jesting. 15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. 17 When they had brought them outside, one said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.” 18 But Lot said to them, “Oh no, my lords! 19 “Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die; 20 now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved.” 21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken. 22 “Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar. 23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven, 25 and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the Lord; 28 and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the valley, and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace. 29 Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.
Paul echoes queer madness in Romans 1:25-32,
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
When reading both accounts in Genesis and Romans, what we see is God’s judgment being poured out. The judgment in Genesis 19 was expressed via fire and brimstone and the wrath of God in Romans 1 was expressed via the release of depravity over the sinners.
Some say that God has not judged homosexuals because we do not see fire and brimstone, but God clearly judged the homosexuals by permitting depravity to ruin their lives.
God’s judgment still hangs over the heads of those who are in love with the homosexual and lesbian orientation. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10,
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Hebrews 13:4 which speaks about honoring marriage also used the term πόρνους (fornicators), which conveys a broad range of sexual sins that not only includes bestiality, sex before marriage, pornography, but also the homosexual and lesbian orientataion. Hebrews says that they will be judged. Here is what the author says,
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
We also see God’s eschatological judgement of homosexuals and lesbians who do not repent. In Revelation 21:8, Apostle John uses the plural noun “immorality” (πόρνοις) which is the same concept as Hebrews 13:4.
But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Consequently, it appears that the ancient queer madness that took place in the Old Testament and New Testament is running rampant in the American public square. And not yet satisfied with President Obama’s stance on gay marriage, queer madness is also trying to invade the historical evangelical Christian schools like Biola University.
As Christians, we stand firmly committed to the position that Scripture teaches that homosexual and lesbian orientation and behavior are contrary to the order for human sexuality God placed in creation. Hence they are sinful. From a judicial standpoint, those who engage in this sin are no more and no less guilty before God than those who lie, steal, or break other moral rules. All sinners, which includes all of us, need to repent and change their ways.
But sin also has a social dimension, and sexual sin, including homosexual sin, is a form of behavior whose impact on others is far more devastating than the impact of some other sins. The enslavement of some sins is harder to escape than that of others. Homosexuality and lesbianism are truly enslaving sins, but for those who think a person caught in them cannot change, we respond: “Never underestimate the power of Jesus Christ to transform a life! Christ loves all sinners, and he died to pay for our sins! He can both pardon the sin and liberate the sinner from homosexuality and queer madness!
As Christians, we must lovingly pray and reach out to these people with the Gospel who favor a sinful lifestyle. Because God desires that they be freed from the enslavement and consequences of sin, we too, should have that same desire.
For more details pertaining to the queer madness that is occurring at Biola University, please click on this following link:
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has hosted many great resources, sermons and lectures online that is a tremendous blessing to the body of Christ.
They recently have loaded up online lectures concerning Old Testament Biblical Theology as taught by Dr. C.N. Wilborn, who gave the recorded lecture in 2009.
Though my theology is not Presbyterian, nevertheless I do hope to listen to them and get to learn from it.
Here are the MP3s to the thirteen part series.
Apparently the San Francisco Board of Supervisors supported the idea of naming a Navy vessel by consulting with a spirit using the ouija board!
Where is rationality? Where is science? Where is the ACLU?
The Word of the Lord is still true.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe (1 Cor 1:18-21)
Warning: The following content might be disturbing.
Point: In defending certain sexual ethics that violate the Scriptures such as homosexuality, some will no doubt hear the argument made that such a behavior cannot be wrong because when one look to the animal kingdom, such behavior occurs in nature. However, the Christian apologist must take this form of logical argument to it’s absurdity. If certain behaviors are observed in nature, does that mean it’s okay to commit them? It’s always useful to have a few ready examples to reduce this kind of moral reasoning to absurdity (see the previous apologetics sermon illustration #6). The following example for the apologist’s illustration arsenal will be from the observation that female praying mantis at times (though not always) killed their male mates during mating.
From About.com we read this about Praying Mantis:
Entomologists would offer a captive female a potential mate, and would quite often be horrified to watch the female bite the head or legs off the smaller male. After the male had served his copulatory purpose, he was nothing more than a good meal to the female. For a long time, these observations of praying mantis sex in the lab were thought to be the way things were in the mantid world.
Once scientists started observing praying mantis sex in a natural setting, the story had a different ending, which is good for the males. When unconfined in laboratory terrariums, the majority of praying mantis mating ends with the male flying off, unharmed. By most estimates, sexual cannibalism by praying mantis females occurs less than 30% of the time outside the lab. Those are pretty good odds for the fellows. Praying mantis sex, it turns out, is really a rather romantic series of courtship rituals that typically ends satisfactorily and safely for both parties involved.
There is a decided advantage for the female, however, if she does decide to behead her lover. The praying mantis brain, located in his head, controls inhibition, while a ganglion in the abdomen controls the motions of copulation. Absent his head, a male praying mantis will lose all his inhibitions and consummate his relationship with wild abandon.
And what if she’s hungry? For certain, a slow moving and deliberate predator like the praying mantis is not going to pass up an easy meal. If a male makes the unfortunate choice of a hungry female for a mate, he’s probably going to be toast once they’ve mated.
(Note: While it does not happen all the time, scientists have observed this cannibalistic behavior to note that it’s a regular phenomenon.)
Here is also a disturbing video to shore up the veracity of this phenomenon for the skeptic to make the point that these cannibalistic behaviors does exists:
POSSIBLE PRACTICAL EMPLOYMENT OF THIS ILLUSTRATION
Non-Christian (NC): Well, you can’t say that _____ is wrong, because scientists have observed that behavior in nature. Thus, the act of _______ is natural and should not be prohibited or condemned as wrong.
Christian (C): Am I hearing you correctly that your argument is that _____ is ethically permitted because ______ is observed to have happened in nature?
C: By chance, you do believe that it’s wrong to kill and cannibalize someone don’t you?
NC: Yes of course I believe it is wrong.
C: What about the fact that this behavior is observed in nature? Here’s a Youtube video of Praying Mantis practicing cannibalism while mating. I could cite more examples of cannibalism occuring in nature. But the point I want to make to you is this: Does this justify cannibalism as right? I want to challenge you to reconsider this type of argument justifying an act just because it’s observed to have happened in nature. Again, does this fact that cannibalism occur in nature justify it as right?