In a previous post, I discussed the concept of particulars. Perhaps then, a reader might have wondered what this has to do with Christian issues and values, and certainly what does it have to do with a certain hypothesis I repeated from Man and God – Part One:
“Try to consider the possibility that God created and continues to create only good things. And try to imagine that no good thing can stray from being a good thing; for to see such happen would render God as less than good himself. Now consider, therefore, that mankind is thus good and has not strayed from the course that God set forth for mankind when created.”
“Mankind is evolving; this we must acknowledge, for man has changed in all ways physically and intellectually since recorded, historical evidence began, and therefore, this evolution is and must be of God’s will. Now, here comes the hard part for many. Now imagine that where man is today and where man will be tomorrow is also in God’s plan and of God’s will.”
Continue reading Man and God – Part Three – Scarcity
There has been a recent think-storm over a recent (supposed) statement that Pope Francis made to a man from Chile. It was a statement that appears to condone homosexuality. Well, quite a few opinions have begun circulating around; one of them from the journalist and past American presidential candidate, Patrick J. Buchanan, in an article on the WND website. A few noted paragraphs are here:
Continue reading As Time Goes By
Progress, by definition as a noun, refers to the movement towards either a specific goal or simply the movement in a particular direction. There are a few characteristics to progress:
First; that progress implies towards, rather than away.
Second; that progress is necessarily imbued with the idea that any movement entailed in progress is for the benefit of the mover and not to any disadvantage. Words used in defining progress include: advancement, improvement, development, and growth.
Third; that any new quality achieved through progress is considered to be superior to the previous quality.
Progress, by definition as a verb, refers more towards the idea of the movement of an object or condition without the adjudication, at the same moment, of any subjective value of good or bad.
Continue reading Progress to Where?
Recently, a good friend of mine read my essay on Pluralism & Relativism, and asked the question if I could comment on Secular Humanism. As I had started a series of moral arguments, it seemed practical that the next one may as well be on such an “ism”.
I also have to note, with great emphasis, that this essay quickly became a satire and a screed, and for that, I apologize. It just became so ridiculous examining the humanist point of view and then dealing with it in a mature and educated fashion. So I took the gutter. And while the gutter is smelly, dirty, and offensive, it still leads us to where we need to go; to the understanding of the very dangerous nature of Humanism.
In taking a hard look at Humanism, it became efficient to deal with the primary doctrines of this movement of man, and for accuracy’s sake I went to the source: The American Humanist Association (AHA). Within their website I found the three, basic humanist manifestos; generated in 1933, 1973, and 2003. Though there are other affirmations of their common goals to be found, and well worth the read, I am going to concentrate my discourse on the three manifestos as noted in order to contain the content of this essay. Yes, the devil is in the details – in this case the applications of Humanism into our American society – and I do believe it is the Devil who writes any doctrine that attempts to usurp the authority of God.
Continue reading The Moral Argument – Humanism
Being a witness for God is a truly inspiring activity; a motivating, galvanizing, and reassuring activity that does affect all those who hear or read your words; see or feel the imperative of the body in spiritual movement. It is an activity that I never experienced until my spiritual birth.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
I have to admit that while the recognized term for a person who experiences a spiritual rebirth of the human soul or spirit are the two words “born-again”, I continually refer to my awakening and transformation as my spiritual birth – my real birth.
Witnessing is the simple act of communication on a spiritual level; through the physical expression of your mind and your body. The effects of your witnessing is also simple in its results; the transforming of the mind and body of others. I like to look at witnessing as a minor miracle. Continue reading Witnessing, Evangelization, Theology & Philosophy