Naturalism

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It seems to me that people used to blindly follow the Bible and were skeptical of science. Now people blindly follow science and are skeptical of the Bible. Both are wrong.

  1. We do not “blindly” follow the Bible. We follow the Bible because we follow truth. There is plenty of (and a variety of) evidence to corroborate the Bible. It is not just the “wishful thinking” of a bygone era.
  2. We are not skeptical of science. Science equally corroborates the claims of the Bible. Science can do nothing other than reveal God.

I would call science the “new religion,” but science is not a worldview or philosophy; it is a study of the natural world through observation and experiment.

  • You can’t get morals from it.
  • You can’t get how to live from it.
  • You can’t get the purpose of all this from it.

Science can tell me how the brain works, but not why. Descartes said “I think therefore I am,” but why do I think in the first place?

This new religion is actually an old one: Naturalism; the worldview according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted.

Simply speaking naturalists worship the creation over the Creator. Paul says this brings God’s wrath: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator.” – Romans 1:25

Think about this practically: you come across an iPhone on the beach and start marveling over it. When I come up and tell you about Steve Jobs, you reject him, and return to marveling over the device.

It is exchanging the truth of God for a lie. Please investigate this for yourself and go where the truth leads you.

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Ice Cave Spelunking in Wyoming

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We stress over the most trivial things. Our priorities get out of whack so easily. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a dangerous event to wake us up.

Over the weekend, Spencer and Jessica Christiansen went ice cave spelunking in Wyoming. (Apparently that is a thing.) As you can guess, they got disoriented, lost, and began to freeze. They resorted to burning everything they could just to stay alive; their backpack, their gear, and even some of the woman’s hair. Long story short, they were rescued.

Here’s their takeaway:

“Things that were important before, definitely aren’t anymore. … I can’t watch regular TV or look at Instagram or Facebook because selfies aren’t important anymore, I don’t care,” the wife said.

Her husband echoed her sentiments: “You get to the point where you say you realize what’s important and what’s not. That comes after you escape but when you get to that point, the things that you stressed about so much are usually tiny pathetic things that don’t even actually matter in the big scale.”

I can’t be 100% sure, but I can guess: In that cave, the couple was not thinking about their favorite celebrity’s recent tweet. In that cave, they were not agonizing over how many likes their last selfie got (probably taken right outside of said cave #icecaving #spelunkingwithbae). In that cave, I’m sure they were not arguing over the historicity of Jesus or how old the earth is.

I can guess they were praying like they’ve never prayed before. I can guess their priorities got put in order pretty quick.

Don’t wait for a dangerous event to wake you up. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you will be saved.

P.S. And do me a favor: please cancel your next ice cave spelunking adventure, won’t you?


Ref: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/couple-rescued-ice-cave-burned-hair-keep-warm-095709486–abc-news-topstories.html

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Faith is easy to define: it is trust.

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis (“Is Theology Poetry?” The Weight of Glory.)

Even those who claim to have no “faith” put their faith in lots of things. Faith is easy to define: it is trust. Any married couple will tell you trust is the most important ingredient to a healthy marriage. Remove it, and you’ve removed the heart. As the bride of Christ, we trust in Him.

Faith is not something that can be “mustered up,” like courage. It is a gift from God and as such, can be either accepted or rejected (Eph. 2:8, 1 John 5:4). Faith is not payment for a job well done, but the reason to do the job in the first place (Romans 4:4). This gift allows me to properly see the world.

Faith does not depend on the person doing the trusting, but on the object of that trust. I can have great faith in Bigfoot, but my faith (great or little) doesn’t matter, what matters is what I’m trusting in. Jesus is the same whether you trust Him or not. Me trusting in Him doesn’t make Him stronger, it makes me stonger.

My object of trust is Jesus. What’s yours?

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Light or Lite?

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Are we the light of the world or have we become the lite of the world?

(Matt. 5:14-16, John 8:12)

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Truth is Uncomfortable

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Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, He promised the opposite (John 15:18).

“Comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

God never called anyone to a life of comfort. Look at Noah, Joseph, Jonah, Daniel, and the list could go on. Those who think becoming a Christian means no more problems is in for a rude awakening. If anything, becoming a Christian all but guarantees you problems. In a society that is increasingly hostile to the faith, its like placing a target on your back.

Here’s why: In a post-Christian world, truth is uncomfortable. Truth is offensive.

Great. Thanks a lot! Why would I ever want to subject myself to discomfort, right? Well, because truth is truth no matter my level of comfort. Whether or not I am comfortable has nothing to do with it. What is important is that I know what the truth is and that I believe it. (Rom. 1:18).

The most unloving thing I could do is lie about the truth. The truth is what sets all of us free (John 8:32).

Instead of comfort, seek truth – and comfort will ultimately & eternally follow. What is truth? God’s word is truth (John 17:17).

Do you know it?

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Freedom vs. Autonomy

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Some people think the Bible is anti-freedom because it has all these limitations and rules. When in fact, the Bible is VERY pro-freedom by promoting that freedom and truth go hand in hand (John 8:31-32). The Bible is actually anti-autonomy.

In a recent interview with Frank Turek, Abdu Murray explains the distinction between freedom and autonomy:

“One of our country’s greatest concepts is “freedom,” but in today’s society we have confused freedom (the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without restraint) with “autonomy” (freedom from external control or influence). When you are autonomous, you are (literally by definition) “a law unto yourself.” Well, what happens when you are a law unto yourself and I am a law unto myself and we disagree? Truth is no longer the arbiter between us. So when we clash in the public square, it won’t be truth that decides; it will be POWER. And that ultimately leads to authoritarianism which is enslaving. Isn’t it ironic that autonomy (which we think is freeing) leads to slavery?

Autonomy is without boundaries. Freedom has (and must have) boundaries! The example is given of children playing in the front yard. Beyond the yard is a busy street. The children have the freedom to play in the yard because there is a fence (boundary) between the yard and street. Otherwise, it would be dangerous. In fact, the purpose of the yard could not be fully experienced without a boundary. Because there is a boundary, the purpose (and the freedom to enjoy that purpose) can be realized. We want autonomy; no boundaries. And that leads to utter CHAOS.”


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Full interview

“Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray

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PUT GOD FIRST

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PUT GOD FIRST.

Denzel Washington’s commencement speech at Dillard University:

“Put God first. I’ve been protected. I’ve been directed. I’ve been corrected. I kept God in my life and it’s kept me humble. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He always stuck with me. So stick with Him in everything you do. If you think you want to do what you think I’ve done, then do what I’ve done and stick with God.”


“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” – Prov. 3:6

Full Speech Transcript here: https://speakola.com/grad/denzel-washington-everything-i-have-is-by-the-grace-of-god-full-2015

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