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.
For most, it is the experience of evil that presents the greatest struggle in reconciling evil with God’s existence. “A ‘good God’ would never allow ‘_______’ to happen”; and since ‘_______’ happened God gets reasoned away. And why not, since it is nonsensical to assert a ‘good’ God who is at the same time responsible for evil…isn’t it? Continue reading →
The heart of the Free Will Defence is in denying any logical contradiction between the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient and omni-benevolent God and the existence of evil in the world. Simply put the argument goes that a ‘good’ God would create a world containing evil if he had ‘good’ reasons for doing so. The Free Will Defence suggest that creating meaningfully free moral creatures can logically be defended as a possible ‘good’ that defeats any logical contradiction.
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 →
Questioner:“I don’t know how you can believe in God with all the evil and suffering that happens in the world. Where was God during 911? Where was God during the Tsunami of 2004? Where was God during the holocaust of WWII? According to your Bible, God is loving and kind and all-powerful…so why didn’t he do something to stop it? Why does he let anything evil happen for that matter?”
In the battleground of ideas, one of the greatest challenges Christians face surrounds the issue of evil and its apparent conflict with the existence of God. Unfortunately, popular and vocal atheists like Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have made their skeptical soundbites so accessible that many have adopted them without even considering the validity of the arguments that lie beneath. This is unfortunate since their arguments are not new and already have a long history of thoughtful response from Christian thinkers. Continue reading →
This week I learned of the tragic loss of a Christian family within my own church community. The automatic response to hearing the news of course was “why”? So is our response to all such events, and while we must turn to God for comfort from his Spirit, (for where else can true comfort come from?) we are also stretched in our faith to reconcile these things with our belief in God’s goodness and love for us; and we do not do so lightly. But I have many times found Christians who in their moments of grief find their faith in God not stretched but completely dismantled, due in large part to the fact that they have not worked through the matter at all in their own minds before hand. Consequently their faith cannot accommodate their present experience of suffering and their grief turns to cognitive dissonance. Needless to say, it is very difficult to comprehend inside of grief what we never took time to understand outside of it. Continue reading →