Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Pitfalls of “Superior Learning”

Recently I listened to a short clip from a longer conversation between Sam Harris, famous atheist speaker, and Bart Ehrman,  professor of New Testament studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and professed "former Christian." (If you're reeeeeally bored, you can listen to the entire interview at this link). The segment of the conversation that I listened to, dealt with what Harris called "the moral logic of human sacrifice" in the context of Jesus dying on the cross. He explained that our species once upon a time believed in invisible gods who could be propitiated with human sacrifice. In his view, Christianity is little more than an "unwitting cult of human sacrifice" following in the footsteps of such cultic practices in our historical past. The doctrine, or as he corrected himself, the assertion that God required a human sacrifice is the central issue at the heart of Christianity.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Healing the Soul

"It does no good to heal people's physical bodies, just to send them back to the depraved lives that are leading them to destruction." D. Martyn Lloyd Jones

It is often eye opening how the world views sin. Just the other night, my wife and I were watching a TV show. Now, before I write anything else, let me specify that Hollywood is not known for its support of traditional, biblical-based morality. So the fact that they portray depraved, sin-soaked lives and activities should not come as a surprise to anyone. But it just seems that those who are the ones most in the public eye are constantly trying to outdo each other in their rush to embrace anything and everything that rejects God and His dictums. If some sort of new-fangled sin begins to peek its head in the public consciousness, you can bet that it was likely first promoted by the media.