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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

God the Father

I was reading (offline) some prison statistics. The one that struck me most was that 95% of male prison inmates have an unhealthy (or missing) relationship with their father. For female inmates, though the statistic was not so overwhelming, it was still a major factor in their histories. The sheer impact of a father on a child's development is astounding and multifaceted.

It made me think about how God describes himself as our father. It is so much more than simply providing for our needs. He has an all-encompassing impact on us, and he created our human father's similarly, to demonstrate the nature of His role. And, I would surmise, demonstrate our need for Him in the failings of our fathers.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Can God Create a Rock so big He can't lift It?

That question is the quintessential cheap shot. The asker doesn't want or expect an answer. It's about the points pure and simple. I think the best way to answer it is to ask more questions. Here are the questions I'd ask in response to it:

Does God have to create gravity along with the rock, or can he create a rock without any gravity?

Does God have to create something to stand on so he can lift it?

If you have two big rocks, one to stand on and one to lift, isn't it really just pushing them apart and not lifting anyway?

Wouldn't the gravity of two infinite rocks instantly fuse them together and create one rock, which you can't lift without creating another one to stand on, and so on?



The point of the questions is to illustrate that the question itself is nonsense. If they go on, they're just forcing themselves into defending nonsense, which turns the cheap shot around.

Gay Marriage

Overheard: "Why can't churches marry anybody they want to?"

The quick, simple answer is that it is not the church who is marrying them, but God:

Mark 10:5-9 "5"It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied. 6"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 7'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

Those verses address both the issue of the Christian definition of marriage, and why churches can't marry anybody they want to. It stymies me that this is an issue in Christian churches.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Why don't more abortionists get shot?

If a doctor in Kansas were butchering hundreds of old or disabled people, and legal authorities failed to intervene, I doubt most members of the National Right to Life Committee would stand by waiting for "educational and legislative activities" to stop him. Somebody would use force.The reason these pro-life groups have held their fire, both rhetorically and literally, is that they don't really equate fetuses with old or disabled people. Link.

That is a really bad analogy. Here's my version:

If a doctor in Kansas were butchering hundreds of old or disabled people, and the legal authorities failed to intervene... in fact, they actively helped him by providing him with protection of his person and facilities and imprisoned those who tried to stop him... and declared it a "right" for people to bring old people to him... and the media and a large portion of the country praised his work... and there was social pressure if you didn't bring him old people... and every time someone managed to kill a doctor like that it made him into a martyr... I doubt most members of the National Right to Life Committee would stand by waiting for "educational and legislative activities" to stop him. Somebody would use force.The reason these pro-life groups have held their fire, both rhetorically and literally, is that they don't really equate fetuses with old or disabled people.

Actually, I don't doubt that they would wait for "education and legislative activities."

If tomorrow killing abortionists was no longer a crime, and not counter-productive in ending abortion, I doubt an abortionist would be alive by the end of the week.

The problem with this case is that the wrong person did it at the wrong time. The government should have done it, and at the beginning of his career, not after he had honed his technique and garnered a reputation.