St. Augustine said that Christians should realize that “wherever we may find truth, it is the Lord’s.” (On Christian Doctrine, II. 40) We know from the Bible that God’s design for sex is finding its expression within the safety and commitment of the marriage covenant. In a culture that has seen at least two full generations turn sex into a commodity for mere consumption, it is heartening to see a new generation waking up to the absolute destructive power of porn.
God’s Word warns us, and now even more science is showing us that porn is far from harmless, and even though in Christ we can always find forgiveness, the real life consequences are not easily dispensed with. Porn physically alters the brain, destroys capacity for genuine relational intimacy, and empties the soul. Christians addicted to porn need to find a safe place to confess and break free, and parents need to take vigilant steps to educate and safeguard their families.
I recently came across this movement to end porn called Fight The New Drug (www.fightthenewdrug.org). It isn’t Christian in its orientation, but there is good information related to the insidious nature of porn.
In this segment we continue dealing with the problem of God and Evil. Before we begin a quick reminder that we are still working with the logical argument. Since some questioners consider God’s existence in the face of evil to be a logical problem, we serve them best to offer a response at the level of logic. We must never forget, however, that nobody lives at the level of logic alone, (with the possible exception of Mr. Spock). We may reason about the problems of evil at the level of logic, but we live with them at the level of experience. That said we must always treat our questioner with compassion and gentleness because though they may present a logical objection, the issue is always personal. Even Jesus reasoned with people’s minds, but always in consideration of their hearts. Continue reading →
In 2000 years, the fundamental conflict between those who follow Jesus (i.e. the church), and the rest of the world can be summed up in the brief exchange between Jesus and Pilate found in John 18:36-38: Continue reading →