A Few Thoughts

30 Jan

#1. Justice Takes The Hard Road

Why isn’t mom being charged with negligent homicide?  Because the second amendment (wrongly interpreted) trumps every other law in the land.  Without exception.

She isn’t charged because she did not commit a crime. Now some people will say she left a gun in her purse but those who practice real justice will not let the emotion of a child being killed influence their thinking and see what really is involved here. Being forgetful is not a crime; she may have told the kids to leave her purse alone; she did not encourage or tell the kids to play with the gun; the child acted upon his or her own decision to play with the gun or was encouraged by the other children and there are other factors to consider

Real justice doesn’t just haphazardly charge anyone with a crime because something bad took place. Real justice will take the chance to look bad and only charge a person when they actually committed a crime. In this modern age, too many law enforcement officials are just throwing too many charges at the wall to see which one will stick because they are focused on looking tough on crime, getting their conviction rates up or want to be seen doing their job. They are not looking to produce real justice.

When society looks to charge anyone with any sort of criminal activity then people soon adopt the attitude of why care to do what is right because they will be punished no matter what they do. Bad justice encourages and supports more crime.

#2. There Is No Candidate That Would Qualify

Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University expressed his thoughts this week on the university website in response to local media inquiring whether he, like Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., would welcome Trump to have the podium. “My answer has been simple and brief. No, I will not,” he wrote.  Piper said that at his university, unless the event is a debate, speakers need to align with biblical principles and be in step with the school’s mission.

Politicians are out for votes and do not care what they say as long as they can get enough people to back them and put them in the white house. I do not think I would qualify as I know nothing about that school or its mission.

#3. I Disagree

It’s the dirty little not-so-secret of academia: Professors have grad students do a good deal of their research.  The fact is, however, that most of the time when the ‘world famous academic’ publishes a book, he doesn’t tell readers that the bulk of the material has been compiled by students.  Instead, he takes the credit (and the acclaim), for the whole.

That’s plagiarism.  And frankly, if you can’t do your own work then you shouldn’t be writing the book.

West likes to think he is king and that he has the right to label other people’s activities as he sees fit. He is part of the problem not the solution. Getting help with research is not plagiarism it is getting help and I guess West forgot to read the page titled Acknowledgments as many times academics do list those who help them in their work.

Distorting what others do is not a Christian act.

#4. So?

People who injure children.

People who talk about what the Bible ‘means’ when they don’t read Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic and yet think their opinion really matters.

People who talk or write about Zwingli when it’s obvious that they haven’t read more than half of one of his books.

The first line: Why be so prejudiced and discriminate against those who injure teens and adults? Why not hate all those who purposefully injure another human being? Why should children be singled out here and elevated to such precious status?

The second line: West just doesn’t understand God, the Holy Spirit, the Bible or the church. He is an elitist who thinks only he knows what the Bible says. But then opinion doesn’t matter only the truth does.

The third line: I have Zwingli, Calvin and Luther. Their writings are no greater than anyone else’s and they are not inspired works of God. They carry no more weight than any other Christian writer.

#5. Attacking Scholarship

The claim is that, if you move the Exodus back far enough in Egypt’s history, then you get a precise fit with certain evidence. That claim is simply false

I saw very little wrong with the movie Patterns of Exodus and I saw nothing wrong with re-dating certain artifacts and events to line up with the biblical account. That is after all what scholarship is all about. Yet for some reason when people do this to support the Bible it is all wrong and the error filled ideas of Egyptologists reign supreme.

I cannot agree with the quoted words because we are to find the truth even when it corrects accepted scientific and archaeological thought and ideas. The people who have a problem are not the ones using scholarship to think through their ideas but those who refuse to correct their mistakes when the truth is discovered.

#6. Erroneous Teaching

A common question I’ve received over the years is, “I’ve left fundamentalism, but how do I re-program my kids? How do I raise them differently than how I was raised?”

It’s a good question.

For those of us who have moved beyond Christian fundamentalism but still desire to raise our children as Christians, we need to make some adjustments in how we raise our children in the faith

Are they robots that need programming? We are to teach our children the truth not program them like a person programs a computer. Christian fundamentalism has its problems but those problems do not mean we toss aside the truthfulness of scripture and add in our own ideas to biblical passages. The word ‘teach’ does not mean ‘change the truth’ and go your own way though many use that word to do just that.

If you go through that list of 10 tips you will see that he is telling people to lie to their children because he cannot accept the historicity of the Bible, or that his ideas about scripture are subjective and false. I need to say a few words on each point though:

Teach them a Jesus-centered approach to faith, practice, and reading the Bible.

To do that one has to correctly know the Jesus centered approach to those ideas and they must accept the fact that the other books of the Bible carry as much weight as the Gospels do. All the words are inspired not just the red letters of the gospel. Also one must teach their children how to follow the Holy Spirit to the truth. One cannot get to the Jesus centered approach if they ignore the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit

Help them see the value of Old Testament stories is rooted in the narrative, not the historical reliability.

Doing this means teaching your children that God lied, hid the truth, allowed his writers to lie, did not preserve his word, did not communicate his word and so on. it tells the child that the Bible and God cannot be trusted to tell them the truth leaving them without a bible to guide their lives and teach them how to live correctly.

Teach them the Bible is an inspired story of God revealing himself to us, but it’s not an owner’s manual for life.

This idea defeats itself as how can the Bible be the inspired words of God yet not be a manual for life?What that statement says is that the reader of the Bible can cherry pick which parts are inspired and omit the rest. Also if God is revealing himself to us then he is also revealing to us how he wants us to live and act. What good is revealing oneself to his creation if he withholds instruction on how to please him in our lives?

Help them become love-driven instead of fear-driven.

To do this one must correctly understand what love is first. Love is not accepting unrepentant sinners into the church and letting evil work is destructive nature upon believers. Love does not let sin ruin paradise yet so many of these love focused people forget these vital points and stress acceptance instead of repentance. love does not leave people in their sin, bound to evil and headed for destruction.

Teach them their worth and value is intrinsic and not tied to their ability to perform.

Not sure what he means by that but love does teach that each human is valuable and worthy of grace but love teaches the complete picture–one needs to repent of their sins and then they need to exercise their gifts and talents. Love is not just a feel good emotion where no one is a loser or doing wrong.

Show them the value of Christian community over rigid church attendance.

It is true that some people stress church attendance too much but then David said ‘I was glad when they said let;’s go to the house of the Lord.’ Church attendance is not a bad thing for that is where we can gather together to encourage, support, rebuke, learn, teach and so on. Church is valuable bit sadly too many church leaders think about seats in the pews and not the quality of the service.

Teach them to generously serve without blindly following.

You are supposed to teach them to follow the leading of the Holt Spirit, to do God’s will and follow the instructions given by both God and Jesus. That is not telling them to blindly follow anything but teaching them how to obey God.

Help them develop empathy for others– especially outsiders and those who are different.

Empathy does not mean one forgets or ignores God’s rules.Nor doe sit teach that unrepentant sinners are acceptable to God. Empathy does not remove or alter the steps needed for salvation and acceptance. It tells people the right way to go to be saved and does not hide the truth from them. it does not remove repentance of ones sins.

Show them they can hold their opinions with both conviction and humility.

We are to go for the truth not subjective opinion. We need to show our children how to hold to the truth with humility and conviction so that they do not turn people off of Christ.

Encourage them to ask the hard questions.

This one I agree with but with a caveat. Make sure you know the correct answers or where to find them in order to guide your children to the truth. We do not just give at answers hoping the difficulty will go away. We make sure we provide our children with the right answers presented in the right biblical way in order not to lose them later on in life when someone tells them something different. We also do this so that our children will have confidence in us and our knowledge instead of having them feel dissatisfied and seek the wrong people to provide them with the wrong answers to meet their needs.

We need to take tie to answer our children’s questions correctly so that they can be strong believers as well and not dump the faith when something more glittery and fun comes along.We want our children to find the straight and narrow path and stick to it thus we need to do the hard work to get them there.

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