Thursday, July 16, 2009
Yes, belief is a choice and faith, an action.
Let me explain.
For example, there was a man.
The man was standing on one side of a huge chasm with a massive burning forest at his back. On the other side, there was an open pasture flowing with living springs. He surely smelt the smoke and felt the immense heat behind him. However, on the other side at a distance he could hear the waters flowing and feel the cool breezes from across the chasm. Though he wasn't positive, he could sense it. Then, all of a sudden, he heard a man speaking just on his left side, asking if he noticed the fire, since he was just standing there, not going anywhere. Then, he asked him about the smoke and charcoal stains all over his face and clothes. Startled, the man asked, "Who are you, what are you doing here?" The stranger responded, "My name is Thomas. I saw you standing here and came to check on you." At that point Thomas noticed the contents the man had, a box of matches and, behind him, a small gas can. So, Thomas asked the man, "Did you have a hand in this?" The man responded quickly, "Of course not. I'm a good person." Then, he mentioned the man's matches, as well as his gas can. At first, the man decided to believe that, yes, he is a good person. But then, he remembered what he had done, and he softened his heart and admitted that it indeed was him.
Then, one of the man's friends spoke up from the edge of the forest and said, "Yes. Of course, we all had a hand in this. We started the fire because we love mischief. And we're all gonna be burned and die if we stay here." The man responded, "Well, where can we go?" Then the friend, confirming the man's senses, said, "Well, there's a beautiful pasture afar off. The Man that owns this entire forest owns that pasture." The man muttered to himself, "A field." "How do we get there?", he asked. The friend said, "Well, there is a great chasm between here and there." The man said, "I feared as much, for when I threw a stone in the direction of the cool breeze that I had felt, I did not here the stone hit, and I knew I could not reach its source if I tried." "That is true, but someone told me of a bridge that was built by hand. Built by the hand of the Son of the One who owns the field, actually," said the friend. He continued, "He built it by himself, without any help. He made it from wood and nails, that are now stained with the Son's blood and sweat. They showed me the bridge, and even though I too am blind, I believed them when they told me." He continued, "I felt the bridge myself. I knew it was there. However, I wasn't sure that it would hold the full weight of my body because it was built by hand by just one man, and it spans a great distance."
"What did you do?", the man asked. The friend responded to him, "Well, I told them that I could build my own way across. And they told me not to do that, because that would be a huge insult to the Father and the Son and sacrifice that He made. Then, they told me the Father would never allow me to enter His field on my own bridge, and that I could only enter by the bridge stained with the blood of the Son.' I said, ‘OK but, let me, at least, reinforce the bridge.’ Then, they said, ‘No, if the Father sees anyone adding onto the already complete work that His Son has finished, He will send them back across the bridge into the searing flames, that they had created, to burn in, because, He has seen the bridge that His Son built and He instructed Him in every step of its construction. Yes, He has seen it and, He says that it is perfect and beautiful.’ So, believing them, I grabbed a hold of the side ropes with both hands and believing this Man to be a good man, I lifted one leg to step out onto the bridge. Just then the person speaking with me yelled at me to stop. He said to me, ‘You can’t go to the Son’s feast dressed like that. The father will never let you in like that. This will be a fantastic, beautiful, and prestigious feast.' Of course, I responded, ‘Like what?’ ‘Well, you’re filthy. You’re covered in smoke and charcoal and you still have the evidence of the hand you had in the fire laying across your back.’
I begged, ‘What should I do then?’ ‘The fact of the matter is, when you put your faith and trust fully in the work of the Son to get you over to the Father. Then, you will be given an official invitation to the party, signed with a certain name that only the Father and Son will recognize. And, if you are willing to admit to the Father your guilt in burning His perfect and wonderful forest and ask for His forgiveness, He will forgive you your trespasses and He will give you a new outfit, white and spotless. Then, you will no longer have to be ashamed.’ ‘But He’s the one…', I said, 'He’s the one that made me want to burn down His forest ‘cause He allowed some person to tempt me by leaving these matches and this gas can next to my path.’ Of course, dumbfounded, he said, ‘What?!’ And, I eked, ‘Nothing.’ Then, they continued, ‘So, when you walk across, hold onto the invitation from His Son like your life depends on it because, anyone who doesn’t have the Son’s official invitation on them will be sent back to live with the fire that they started. Then, put on the new spotless suit and be sure to keep It spotless because, if you go back to your filth, there won’t be another suit to wear and you will be rejected at the door."
"So, when I heard the good things that Man and His Son had done for me, I just let go of the ropes and leaped onto the bridge and immediately stopped and thanked the Father and the Son. And, they said to me, 'You can always be sure the bridge is there because you have been on it. You know it is trustworthy because you've been across. Now, on the day when the feast is here, when the flames are licking at your back, you can know for sure that you will be at the feast. You will know because, the Father and Son were so kind that, even though you burnt down His forest, even though you tried to build your own way to the feast and build onto the beautiful work He had already done, He forgave you and saved you.'"
"Then, they continued, 'You see, He told us to show you, the way to His field, where the feast will be held. The feast for His Son and all those that trust in our message and in the work of the Son. So, while you are here, share this good news because, you were forgiven and you should extend this gift to all.'"
Well, after hearing all of his friend's testimony, the man said, "Well, show me this bridge. This all sounds so fanciful to me." The friend replied, "But, you have sensed all of these evidences. Even so, I will show you the bridge." The friend showed the man. The man even touched it. Then, the friend said, "So, there it is, I know that it will hold you, just like it held me. Now, just jump." "No way!", the man retorted. "What, you want to stay and burn?" "Well, you may think that the bridge is all well and good but, you don't even know whats on the other side. You don't even know if the fire is still burning." "Man, I really care about you. You're my friend. Just jump on. I don't want you to stay here and die!" The friend continued, "I've touched the bridge. I know the Son built it. It's good!" The man returned, "Hey, I'll go my own way!" "You'll never make it, man!" "It's my CHOICE!", yelled the man. Then, the friend simply replied, " I know." He continued, "The Owner of the field will not force you to go and neither will I."
This is simply AN analogy of the Gospel. It is not full. It is not a comment on either Calvinism or Armenianism. Like the parables of Jesus it is meant to convey a certain point. That is whether God, in His infinite wisdom makes us believe or simply grants us the ability to believe, it is a choice all people make. That includes atheists, agnostics, post-moderns (yes they believe in stuff), Sheep, and Goats. As well as, the fact that faith is to be acted upon to be true faith.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Are empirical Atheistic Evolutionists Really Being Empirical When It Comes To Evolution?
empiricism (plural empiricism s)1. A pursuit of knowledge purely through experience, especially by means of observation and sometimes by experimentation.
hypocrisy (plural hypocrisies)
- The claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions or virtues that one does not actually possess.
When I heard this I, uncontrollably, laughed aloud. I think I laughed mainly because this is one of my main arguments against evolution. To hear an evolutionist-scientist come right-out, unabashedly, and say it like it was a job description... This is also an argument used by other well known creationists. This quote is right up there with some other quasi-infamous quotes from evolutionists, such as: Evolution is neither proven nor provable, but its alternative, special creation, is unthinkable. and [The Big Bang] represents the instantaneous suspension of physical laws, the sudden abrupt flash of lawlessness that allowed something to come from nothing. It represents a true miracle... You can see a truly massive list of such quotes at http://www.evolutionisdead.com/marc4eid/Quotes.csv.
Now, when I look for evidence for evolution, I look for empirical evidence as well. Good, solid, unquestionable, unintercontradictory, court room kinda evidence. I would think atheists would also like this kind of evidence, because it is a basis for their entire worldview. Unless of course, you choose your worldview because you like its particular benefits. In that case you would probably, like St. Paul said, ...by unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18
No doubt you've heard someone somewhere say that unless they can see it or touch it they won't believe it exists. Well, since evolution is an idea and not a thing or person I would like to redefine this qualification. For evolution, the evidence that I think we should require is something that we don't have to propose a story on, something that exists in the present, and is sufficient in number. The evidence I've found for evolution has been less than thrilling. All I see is supposed links like some mollusks and bacteria. At its base evolution is about accidentally mutating beneficial attributes so as to better survive your surroundings. My sisters French Bulldog is evidence in the present of an accidentally and beneficially mutated animal. There are thousands of French Bulldogs and at one time in man's time they didn't exist. Their beneficial attribute? They are very small and hideously cute. On the contrary, they cannot survive more than a day or two without human help. I've heard some scientists say that this is evidence for evolution. I'd say at the best, this is grasping at straws. Their mutations are defects that were spotted by breeders who forced them to breed with other defective dogs.
So where, in nature, are the animals that are evolving? I've seen animals that have amazing natural defenses. Where are the animals with mutations? I've seen the cows with an extra leg. Where are the humans with beneficial mutations? I've seen X-Men and the NBA playoffs.
Probability suggests that in order for an animal with a mutation to pass on its mutation, it must have either a mutation that keeps it from dieing too soon to procreate or be incredibly lucky. The other option for a particular animal to pass down a mutation is for the same mutation to exist in many animals, either recurring through history or by being obtained by many offspring. For example, a rabbit giving birth to bunnies all having 1-inch longer ears or all similar rabbits having a relative that gives birth to a bunny with a 1-inch longer ear. Even though this is probable, I have not seen evidence for this in the wild. I've never seen even one same mutation passed down to all siblings. If this has happened, it is rare. And, the rarity, is a dead giveaway. Animals die from many natural occurrences, not to mention their predators. If you are the next step in the evolution of a species, when you are born, you need to make it all the way from infancy through adolescence all the way to maturity, without dieing in order to pass on that defective gene. But surviving to sexual maturity is not all. You still need to find a mate. Hopefully you can find a mate that has a thing for mutations and your mutation is hidden or attractive. If you actually do find a mate, the next step is impregnation... hopefully it takes. Now for the last piece. Did the faulty DNA transfer to an embryo? Other questions: Does that one embryo make it to birth? Does that one embryo survive the birth or is it still born? Does the father eat it? After all that amazing process, it has to happen a couple million more times and also has to be a beneficial attribute. This seems absurd to me, but that's not my point. My point is that we should see hundreds of mutants running around, mutants with beneficial mutations. I WANT EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE! and you should to.