This is a great little snippet from one of Lee Strobel’s television shows earlier this year, where Sam Harris, a member of the New Atheists group, is pushing his latest book, entitled “The End of Faith.” Hugh Hewitt is the other guest meant to somehow challenge Mr. Harris on the premise of his book.

First of all, the entire idea behind the New Atheists group is utterly preposterous, as its its core goal is to stamp religion and faith not only out of the public sector but to push what Sam Harris calls in this clip a “conversational intolerance” of religion. But unlike his counterpart Hugh, I don’t have a problem with this. Not at all. Bring it Sam. Why? Because his entire argument is that faith and the claims made by theists need to start being challenged publicly more and more so we can move beyond the dangers of religion as a civilized society. That’s great. Because a lot of the claims of Christianity are easy to demonstrate, or at least support. What isn’t easy to demonstrate, in fact could be impossible, are a lot of the claims made by Sam and those of his ilk. For example:

1. Sam claims that there is no evidence that a personal God wrote any of our books. That’s true, and Christianity doesn’t claim that God wrote them either. Christianity claims that the Bible is inspired by God.
2. Sam accuses religion, as having justified cruelty that rational people would otherwise not justify without religion. But not all religion justifies cruelty, and even in some cases where Christianity in particular is accused of justifying “cruelty”, its a subjective view of what is “cruel”. That is the claim that militant atheists like Sam refuse to acknowledge in their zeal to get theists to justify their own beliefs.
3. Sam falsely claims that while Christianity has progressed over the decades and over the centuries from beyond things like the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades, that the only reason we’ve progressed is not because of faith or religion, but because of scientific and social progressiveness. This is patently false and totally unsubstantiated. First of all, he assumes without evidence that science can progress, social interaction can progress, but understanding of religion is never allowed to improve. In other words, Christians are incapable of coming to a better understanding of their faith in Christ, and are not allowed to improve on that knowledge, but scientists and sociologists are allowed to come to better understandings of the world around them. This is so flabbergastingly nonsensical and devoid of any basis in fact its a wonder smarter people haven’t challenged Sam Harris on this before. He then contradicts himself when he asks why there aren’t suicide Christian, Palestinian bombers. That’s the point Sam. All religions are NOT the same, not all faith is destructive, and not all theists promote beliefs that get people unjustifiably killed. I couldn’t have made the point better myself. So even atheists like Sam can see the difference between a faith like Islam and a faith like Christianity, yet he lumps all theism into one pot and wants to boil the faith right out of it, assuming that if religion is removed, that man will have no reason to harm man.

So in the end, while guys like Sam Harris write entire books about how theists need to be challenged more to demonstrate their claims, they are making sweeping, blatant, wild generalizations, speculations, and pushing theories that have no basis in fact, which is why no facts are given to support their views. That is why I’m all for the “conversational intolerance” that he speaks of, because it will put militant atheists like himself in the uncomfortable position of proving their own speculations.

Video  —  Posted: November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

In God We Trust

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

This website will never be political, ever. There are too many of those blogs where people engage in internet battles of wit as it is. But given what happened in Congress last night, the state of our country and its leadership, I felt it prudent to write something meaningful.

The fact is in my experience Christian liberals and Christian conservatives alike seem to think Scripture supports their political views and their political views alone, and if you don’t vote to legislate that way, you’re “not being very Christian”. I would not only encourage Christians not to question the spirituality of their brothers and sisters in these matters but would also warn them of the grave danger in judgments of that nature. For example, I’m against a universal healthcare system for America. But would I really question the authenticity of a liberal’s Christianity simply because they disagree with me about a governmental policy? Seriously? Just because I can point to Scriptures in Proverbs that talk of being rewarded for one’s own hard work? Also, while I’m certain homosexual behavior is sinful, am I really to have my spirituality brought in question because I don’t think the government should legislate against people having those relationships? Did Jesus ever even speak on those matters? No. He spoke to the heart of the individual, their motives, their personal thoughts, actions, and choices.

What Christians need to remember is that these are all matters of policy. That’s it: policy. That isn’t to trivialize the debates or the issues, they are important and should certainly be discussed, and even passionately discussed. But when they get to the point that we are so concerned with just being “right” that we close off all reason and openness to the possibility that we might be wrong, when we get to the point that we are actually questioning our brothers/sisters relationship with Jesus, not because their motives are poor but because we question their knowledge and the veracity of their policy, then we need to search within ourselves and ask whether or not our motives are pure. If being “right” trumps being a brother in Christ, then I’m of no use to Christ at all. If being a “conservative” trumps loving my fellow man because my fellow man is a liberal who disagrees with me about an economical policy, than the Kingdom is probably better off without my contribution. I encourage all, when discussing important issues, that as important as they are, they are finite, and of little to no account when one considers our relationship with Christ. I leave you with this: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NASB)

Btw, as an aside, I know I’ve been sporadic with my posting, often taking months off at a time, but I plan to write on a more regular basis from here on out, as this site and the Bible research and introspection that comes with it is a form of ministry for me. Looking forward to any contributions and insight anyone is willing to make.

Gay Marriage And Christianity

Though this isn’t a political site, nor do I want it to be, I thought it necessary to weigh in on the Supreme Court’s latest decision concerning gay marriage. Christians far and wide have let their displeasure heard over the decision to allow federal benefits for those same sex couples who are legally married in the states that allow same sex marriage.

But I disagree with the displeasure, at least partly. First, I’m against government involvement in marriage at all. There shouldn’t be tax breaks or benefits on the federal level because I fell in love, and there shouldn’t be tax breaks because I have babies. Both were my choice. Second, I’m appalled at the idea of same sex marriage. However, I don’t believe this battle is a battle for the courts. Its not the federal government’s job to protect true marriage. That is the job of us Christians.

Until the cultural devolution in this country is steered in reverse, fighting in court will get us nowhere. A gay couple getting married doesn’t devalue my marriage in any way, and my marriage and family isn’t threatened by it. The real issue is that, as basic as it may sound, people in this country need Jesus Christ. That’s it, and that’s all. The rest will take care of itself. Christianity is the new counter culture, and its up to those of with with mouths, brains, Bibles, and the Holy Spirit to protect true marriage, not through the oppression of laws written by an overreaching government, but through the spread of God’s Word.

Image  —  Posted: June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Martial arts have been at the forefront of my life for some years now, ever since I started training in muay thai and my 7 year old son likewise in Gracie’s Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. Those two disciplines are two of the most popular sports/styles right now thanks largely to the growth of the UFC and mixed martial arts as a whole in the past 10 years. 

What has amazed me though is the amount of mixed martial artists (cage fighters) who are not only of the Christian faith, but actively wearing their Christianity on their sleeves, right where its suppose to be. These fighters are every bit as public about their faith as any Tim Tebow but of course MMA hasn’t quite reached the status of the NFL yet. But its the fastest growing sport in the world. Brazil is pretty much the martial arts capital of the world thanks to the Gracie family’s Jiu Jitsu and its prevalence in the UFC and cage fighting. So its not surprising that most of those fighters are Christian, as Brazil is a very catholic country. But the number of American and European fighters who are publicly and actively professing their faith and using fighting as a platform seems to be growing by the day. Most notably is Benson Henderson, the current world champion in UFC’s Lightweight division. He’s a dominant fighter, but walks out to Christian music, is active in ministry, and a great ambassador. He’s only one example but I could go on. 

Its an odd dynamic, the art of punching/kicking another man in the face while professing Jesus Christ. While I’m not training for MMA, the muay training I do will lead to a fight at some point in the future, and even the sparring is very intense. Muay Thai is generally considered the most brutal form of striking in the world, while BJJ is probably the number one best form of self defense and submission grappling in the world. Is it sinful to do that kind of damage to another man’s body for sport? Its an interesting discussion to have. People are cashing in on this new dynamic as well. There are even Christian MMA apparel companies, such as “Jesus Didn’t Tap”. Its my favorite, and the short I train in have that logo. 

Some have strong feelings about the idea of fighting for sport while representing the cross of Christ. But for me, its exciting to see Christianity blowing up in my favorite sports like muay thai, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA. The rise of the UFC is encouraging as most of these fighters are under contract with the organisation. The possibilities that come with the best and most popular fighters in the world in the fastest growing sport in the world, using to reach people for Christ, are simply endless. For me, its a very exciting time. 

A long debate, but worth the look of you have the time. Obviously it touches on a number if issues and questions in regards to the debate over the existence of God, but I’ll focus on only one here.

At about 1:13:00 Hitchens is railing away at how we as humans should not claim to “know” why we are here as humans or how “it” all began. Its good he acknowledges that its a very good and very important question, but that the question should remain open, the questions “sharpened”, and all the infinite possibilities explored. Well, there are some issues with that:

1. He and most of his atheist crusaders, while claiming that we can’t “know” yet the true meaning of our own existence, have rejected literally every explanation that doesn’t deal in the scientific realm of possibilities.
2. If we can’t “know”, than rejecting any possibility as irrational, not just religious explanation but ANY explanation, is just as fallacious as claiming to “know”.

The first issue is an issue for simple reasons: the true meaning of our existence can’t be quantified in scientific terms, because to answer that question one must go beyond the “beginning”, if any, and science can’t do that. Ever. Science is the study of the natural, observable world we live in and whether you believe in a big bang, or some other mechanism, science can’t look beyond the formation of the natural order.

The second issue is the problem with most atheist crusaders. They claim to have a lock on what makes a belief “rational” without ever demonstrating what makes a belief rational or irrational. They simply chant over and over again that Christianity and all other forms of religion are irrational. But the fact remains, in their worldview built supposedly on verifiable, empirical evidence, they have none to validate their accusation that belief in a Creator, which is obvious to 2/3ds of the world’s population, is irrational.

So Hitchens is right, we can’t “know” in the factual sense why we are here. But the Christian explanation, built on the completely logical conclusion that the natural order had a beginning and that life cannot be formed from nonlife, coupled with the verifiable evidence that supports the reliability of the Bible, is still far better an explanation than the ultimate idea that there is no reason why we are here, we just are. Unfortunately for atheists like Hitchens, since they reject all “unscientific” explanations to a question that can’t be answered by science, that is the only answer left for them.

Video  —  Posted: May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

This video actually has been posted in 4 different parts, feel free to look up the other 3. Its a ridiculous “debate”, as a scientist and a “skeptic” (I guess that makes him smart) try to explain to a nuclear physicist from MIT and one of the smartest apologists on the planet that their belief in God is irrational.

Funny thing though, they never actually demonstrate how the belief in God is irrational. I thought skeptics were all about empirical evidence when debating logic and reason? They agree in the video that over 2/3′s of the world’s population agree on the consensus of an intelligent creator, if not the identity. So 2/3′s of the world are irrational, or have at least one irrational belief? And as the video demonstrates, many of that population work in the same field/fields as those who are “skeptical”, having the same level of intelligence?

The fact is, most skeptics who debate these sort of things are forced repeatedly to concede that science is incapable of proving/disproving the existence of a God, yet when they argue against that existence, its always based on scientific theory or lack thereof. Its hysterical how they carved themselves a comfortable little niche: demand natural evidence of the supernatural, knowing that if such evidence existed that it would make the evidence natural by default, not supernatural. So circular reasoning wins the day for the skeptics again.

Video  —  Posted: January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Now that its nearly Christmas its time for the annual self-righteous bashing of the way we celebrate Christ’s birth in December rather than His actual birthdate. A friend sent me this article via email and it made my stomach turn.

When this subject is broached, many Protestants and Catholics become quite emotional, often becoming firmly entrenched concerning the December 25 date in spite of the facts. Many simply enjoy the season and feel that the actual day of Christ’s birth is irrelevant. Biblical and historical scholars are equally divided over this question as well. Christmas, however, is founded on the premise that Jesus was born on December 25, and a person who is truly striving to follow the Bible will see that the celebration of Christmas is based upon falsehood.

The author is right in that many feel the actual birth date of Christ is irrelevant. Or more correctly put, relevant but our faith doesn’t hinge on the actual date. The author is completely wrong when he says the celebration of Christmas is based on a falsehood. The article goes on with a well researched argument as to why the December 25th date is actually not Christ’s real birth date, and I’ll leave that to my readers to look at.
Why is it important that we know when Jesus was born? We certainly do not use this knowledge to celebrate His birthday—He tells us to commemorate His death, not His birth (I Corinthians 11:23-26). The true date, however, destroys the entire foundation of the Christmas holiday. It also points to the proper time of His ministry, crucifixion and resurrection, helping to disprove the Good Friday—Easter Sunday tradition also. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, it renews our faithin God’s Word—that it is true, verifiable and historically accurate.
Here is the point the author is missing: almost everyone already knows all of this. We don’t care. The “true date” doesn’t destroy any foundation of Christmas, because regardless of when Jesus was born, December 25h is when we celebrate the holiday. Period. Its no more disrespectful or detrimental to the Christian faith than my celebrating my son’s birthday on the Saturday before the Tuesday he was actually born. I’m also insulted at the ridiculous notion that we’re not to celebrate Christ’s birth. While I agree His death and resurrection are far more crucial and should be celebrated far more than what they are, to simply write off His birth as something we shouldn’t celebrate is just flat out stupid. At Christmas we decorate trees with our families and buy gifts for our loved one’s in Christ’s name while celebrating His birth and that is something that doesn’t get diminished in God’s eyes by one date or the other. While its true that church leaders backin the day decided to celebrate Christmas in December on the 25th to answer many pagan rituals that transpired during that time and to bring happiness to an otherwise depressing season, those goals aren’t exactly “heathen” and if Christ’s birth is so irrelevant as the author claims than it shouldn’t matter that we hang holly and buy presents on the 25th or any other day. While secular society has indeed commercialised Christmas into the biggest holiday event of the year its not up to the author or any other man to decide for themselves that Christmas should not be celebrated in the winter. To place such theological importance on this is so mind-bogglingly fruitless its no wonder atheism has gone up a few percentage points.