Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Invitation to the masses and Membase are not just a 'funny image' websites. They are not where one can go wind down and look at a few funny images. I would have liked it if it were that. No, occasionally it turns into a hate perpetuating moral toilet for those who want nothing more than to slander those of other religious / political / ethnic viewpoints. Every now and then I do see a ray of light though.

They are places to go to feel empowered. People flock there to 'have their say' and ultimately, their say is drowned in the sayings of others. I am not going to encourage readers of this blog to go to these sites, but rather, I have provided the inks necessary for you to check it out for yourselves. The fist image I have linked to reveals a supposed 'call to equality.' It is funny how all religions are thrown into one basket here. You know I have never seen any other religion being slandered or blasphemed on this website. Only Christianity is blasted there. Only Christ and the true God of the universe is slandered there.

What I love is that they are doing what the devil has been doing for years. The users on this site reveal that they are not actually using their brains, but are rather a product of the culture they live in. They only attack Christianity, because they seem to think that is the only religion. They group all Christians into one basket, as if all of us go out protesting and hating others.

By the way - NO Christian HATES. If they do they will be in the group of goats to which Jesus says: "And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’" [Matthew 7:23]. If Westboro Baptist Church does not offer a message of hope and salvation to those in sin, and admit to being sinners themselves, they are far more gone than any homosexual or pro-'choice' person.

I am starting to get sick of using a logical argument - and let me defend that (yes, with logic...). Logic only takes people so far. And what is hilarious is that you can have the wrong premise and the logical outcome can be fairly rational. However faith and logic can be a powerful tool. I do not throw away my faith when I come to a failing in my logic (something I am at least capable of admitting to), I rethink, go back to first principles, and hopefully move on. I am not even asking for the world to approve of my logic plus my faith. All I ask is the opportunity to defend the truth that "All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" [Romans 3:23] and that there is no injustice with God (the claims that he says not to kill and yet kills people [This is a blatant and childish attempt to bring God down to human standards.]) [Romans 9 : 14-15] and that he does not offer freedom from death, but freedom from hell and eternal death.

What really scares me is the eschatological implications of the way the world is going. My view of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ says that the history and future of this world have a sort of 'poetic balance' in and of themselves, and what I see revealed in the history of the bible and today is an alarming symmetry. I see the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, I see the lifestyles of the Roman empire, I see the wretched faith of a stubborn people, both in the now and in the then of the bible. Why is this balance there? To show us that God is not surprised with what is going on here.

Here is my demotivational poster, I need to find a group of 'christians' protesting something the world really loves (like pro-homosexuality) and put that picture in here, and that will be my contribution to 9Gag.

Just again: I am not anti-homosexual. I am anti-sin. I will not protest sin in the streets, not condemn anyone who practices it without knowledge. Just as much as you have the freedom to sin, I am not capable of obliterating it. I will try to lovingly tell you that what you do will have an eternal affect on your position with God and that if you repent and believe you will be forgiven. But once you have heard and rejected my message all I can do is protect myself and my loved ones as best as possible. I will never vote allowing people to sin. I cannot change your heart or see what you do when you are alone, I can only pray that the One who can and does will change your heart and grant you repentance.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Does Evolutionist = Racist? (aka If I am a big enough bully, I win the argument)

If there are two things I hate in this world it is ad hominems and straw men. As a creationist SECOND and a Christian FIRST it must be stated that I am better than the other side. Dear Evolutionist, I refuse to resort to the simple minded tactics that you would use on me. As someone who was captain of the debate team, I learned early on the best way to defeat an argument was on the premises of the argument itself. Or as the bible induces 'from within.' In other words, present the argument correctly and consistently, because a bad one is easily destroyed by the proponents as misrepresentation.

Where does this come from? Well, people read my bible the wrong way. The call God immoral, they misread biblical texts in order to introduce supposed erratum, they call Christians bigots and hypocrites. While this brand of 'mud' slinging does wonders for the validity of the arguments themselves, I fail to understand why both camps still do it. By employing Jesus' best trait we can win the fight, at least in worldly terms, by eating a rather large slice of humble pie.

I believe that when I resort to certain tactics, the tactics I learnt while not a Christian, I do my own argument detriment in the eyes of the onlooker. Take people who picket abortion clinics or those who have anti-homosexual protests. These people exhibit an anti-Christian behaviour that is inconsistent with their theology. And you know what? It's obvious that they do not understand the very underlying nature of their beliefs.

But that is only from the Christian side. The (non-Christian) evolutionist has no such 'saftey net' into which they may fall. I propose to you that if evolution really teaches racism, the obvious answer is 'so what?' Just because we see it as a social evil does that necessarily mean it is not true? Did you really think that kind of argumentation would convince someone that a (supposedly) scientifically proven process is untrue? Because you claim it promotes racism? Do you think genes care?

I would say to Christians that we need to up the ante here. We need to stop looking for our petty 'solutions' to the evolution problem regarding scripture.

Can I tell you why I don't believe evolution? Because of my EYES (with reference to the scientific method of observation, not to the eye as a physical 'unevolvable' appendage). Really. I have not seen genes pop out of nowhere and extend the length of a DNA strand. In the first place, I have never seen a report where NEW information (NOTE: a system with {a, b} in it producing {a, b, c} where c = a + b is not NEW information) was generated inside an already existing cell. Secondly, I have never seen a report where the DNA structure was ENLARGED as a result of breeding. Thirdly, death cannot come before sin, which makes God a liar.

The more I consider the argument, the more I believe science will eventually come around. But to tell them to 'stop sciencing' because 'mah bahbel tellz em so' is counter-productive. Let them search for truth, and eventually, eventually, they will be filled with so many contradictions that they will eventually start questioning the assumptions.

There are no easy answers, I have heard several stupid ones lately, namely:
  • If we came from apes, why are there still apes? That really has to be a knuckle-headed question. There are still apes BECAUSE THEY SURVIVED. Evolution does not claim that it throws the old away, it claims that changes happen over time.
  • Conservation of angular momentum. This one is silly. Some would say that if the big bang is true, everything should be spinning in the same direction. Wrong conclusion. Please go look at your clock. Make sure you take note of which way the hand is turning. Now stand behind the clock, which way is the hand turning now? Anti-clockwise! That proves that in a 3 dimensional universe an object can flip over and be spinning in the opposite direction.

Monday, June 4, 2012

If faith is blind, then so are you

This is by no means earth-shattering, but it is a thought that has crossed my mind as I was reading the title [here]: "Faith obeys, without knowing how." (I do not consider this great literature as it poses thesis' in an unnerving tone)

Now while I certainly believe the statement, it got me wondering about the creation / evolution debate, a.k.a the religion vs science debate. Now the latter title is clearly wrong, there is not a distinct line separating the two - you can have religious science, and you can have a scientific religion (I am one of the former).

But what I want to speak of is this: faith knows not HOW. This is interesting if you actually stop to think about it. While atheists and the like will childishly stipulate that not knowing HOW is the reason why they do not believe in God, they miss the point entirely. Knowing all the internal mechanisms is not an answer to the bigger questions. I think God gave us what we need 'at base level' in the bible, and has left the joy of discovery of the rest of it up to us. But the bible does not put all the answers to HOW things come about.

And then the question is: is this reasonable? Can we truly believe in a God who expects an acceptance without knowing HOW? I think the absence of HOW is exactly that: faith. Which then categorizes evolution very nicely into the religious sphere. In fact, a lot of science then falls into this sphere. I will not pretend to know so much as others, but the purpose of science is to divulge that of a earthly nature, the purpose of Christianity is to expose that of a spiritual one, using the same mechanisms.

The fact is, all science and human knowledge is based on faith. For example, what is the smallest thing in the universe? Atoms can be broken down into... what? And further than that? And further than that? Can you ever PROVE you have reached the smallest thing ever? You can't because FAILURE is not a definitive answer. And yet we have entire branches of sciences in these fields expecting things to work consistently, regardless of their blind faith. A way to demonstrate this would be to argue: Do you believe that things that happen in nature happen according to rules? Why do you believe that? Are there ever exceptions to these rules? Can you explain all of them? If you can't get any smaller, how do you know that? These questions initially seem to be the rantings of an annoyingly energetic toddler, but they reveal the ugly truth - that at some point, all people are willing to stop and say 'I have gone far enough in terms of understanding this thing.' That, is faith. If you have ever put down a topic even for a moment, being quenched for a period. You just exercised faith.

That is kind of 'micro' faith. But what about belief of big things? Can we know something for sure on the 'macro' scale? Not entirely. For example: You are either a biological evolutionist or a geographical one. You cannot be both. I would argue that you don't know everything in your field, but I certainly lack the ability to question you within your field. I can say, however, that you would have very little at your disposal in evaluating the discoveries of those who exist within the field opposing yours. So how do you develop an infallible system? Well, you don't. You develop a system in which TRUST forms a major role. I would call it a 'hazy' truth (the term fuzzy is taken). A truth that you promote even though you lack the necessary tools to fully grasp it yourself (You may even misrepresent these truths from time to time). Hmmmm, sounds an awful lot like Christians (Who just happen to be people too). So basically you can argue that two branches of science agree on a truth, but there is no way you can absolutely sure they correlate (e.g. Age of the earth with respect to both the evolutionary 'timetable' and the geological), unless you get an experts in all fields.

So just because Christians have more experience with 'hazy' truths, does not mean we have established all the truth there is to define, nor does it mean we are better at truth than that of others. We have the same struggles as all men do. We are no better off 'logic-wise' than other people. But we have completely different goals. Our goal is not necessarily to see you understand the mysteries of the universe, it is too see the one who put it there. For some people the worst possible thing that could happen to them is death. I disagree, I believe the worst thing is after death for those who have not known Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord. That puts scientific discovery after theology in importance.

Here is the big question: since I claim to know God, why can't I show Him to you? I can show you all the bible I want, all the history I want, but why can't I prove not only the existence of God, but of the Christian God. Ah, you see, that is not the reason I have been put on this earth. My purpose as a Christian is not to explain the HOWS of God, but rather the NEED for God. You must understand that God must reveal Himself, as I believe He did to me. HOW? Well, the only way is to truly humble yourself before Him. But even here I cannot help you. It is within my system of belief that there is NOTHING you can do to force / coerce God to reveal Himself to you, but it is in the realization THAT there is nothing you can do to save yourself, that God has promised to prove your faith worthwhile.