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. . . who does great things beyond understanding,
and marvelous things without number. Job 9:10

We hear words all of the time, but how often do we truly perceive what those words really entail? For many years I had heard that God created the world and everything in it. Just as I heard the term intelligent design, but it was mostly just words. Then one day I was washing my car and my entire hearing focused in on the sound of the water hitting the car and God gave to me the realization that he had determined what sound water would make. What all sounds would be, for that matter. How light would reflect off of a surface at each and every angle. Even in the smallest increments of change in angle. The shape and substance of every single thing in creation and how each would interact with every other thing in existence. God had determined it all and we marvel.

An ant carries 100 times its own body weight and we marvel at it.

Life exists and we marvel at it.

The entire blueprint for a person is contained in a single cell and we marvel at it.

He gives His only begotten Son for the forgiveness of sins and we marvel at it.

There seems to be some confusion as to whether the basis for the United States rests on Christian beliefs, thus making it a Christian nation.  The crux of this question seems to rest on the use of “Nature’s God” in the Declaration of Independence.  Somehow the combination of ‘nature’ and ‘God’ leads some to believe that the term stands for some generic god that can just as easily refer to any god.  Some taking it so far as to say that God (meaning the Christian God) is not even mentioned in the Declaration of Independence regardless of the fact that the actual word is present and He is also referenced under three other Christian titles later in the document.  Once pressed on this, the naysayer will then ask, if it does mean God (still denying God), then which god?  The Jewish God, the Muslim God, or the Christian God?  Considering the founders were Christians, then it would be the Christian God1.  If they had believed as Muslims do, then they would have been called Muslims, not Christians and the Declaration may have been different (I say may because I have no idea what Muslims believe.) and it would have referred to Allah and not God2.   It was this Christian faith in God, a faith so great that it led them to put their lives on the line (don’t forget they were regarded as rebels and treasonous), that led to the founding of this country.  Making the United States a Christian nation founded on Christian principles because it was founded by Christian peoples. Continue Reading »

It seems like we were only about two minutes into the American Experiment when the Spirit of ’76 was subsumed to a spirit of strategy, slander, and domination.  The Spirit of ’76 was a thing of beauty which filled most Americans with a willingness to meet and deliberate on what was best for the country and it’s citizens.  The House of Representatives was set up as a branch of the Legislature where citizens of each district- united by the ties that bind a region together whether that  be background, economy, mores, or religious values – elected a representative who would present their particular viewpoint on any particular issue.  This representative would, likewise, listen to the viewpoints of the representatives from the rest of the country. They would come to know and understand how a particular issue would affect the entire country and deliberate to reach an optimal solution.  The Senate was set up as a check on the House of Representatives to ensure that the voice of the most populous states did not drown out the voice the least populous.  The Executive Branch, as George Washington showed us, stayed removed from the proceedings of Congress so as not to influence them, yet always standing ready to enact the will of the American people.  And finally the Judical branch which helps  keep everyone in line with both the letter and the spirit of the Consititution of the United States of America.

“To the victor go the spoils.” – Thomas Jefferson

The Spirit of ’76 lasted until there was a divergence of opinion and some opportunistic men, of Tammany Hall ilk, decided rather than honor the Spirit of ’76 by upholding the Constitution of the United States that they would exploit the inherent weaknesses.  In this way they could dominate over the will of the people by operating from a position of power rather than one of humility and deliberation.  Yes, there are weaknesses in the way our government is set up.  The weaknesses in our system of checks and balance are thus:

  • Any party that can gain a majority in one of the Houses of the Legislature gains control of that House and can decide the  bills as they see fit.  The result is the entire destruction of the deliberative process.  In addition, it allows the party that holds that House to use the issues of the country to the political advantage of that party.  This is the normal course of business these days.  We seek to gain control of one or both houses, so that we can operate from a position of power.
  • Any party that can gain the majority in both Houses of the Legislature gains control of the entire Legislative Branch of government.  A check or balance no longer exists between the two Houses.
  • Any party that holds the Presidency and one or both of the Houses has extended the power of the Executive Branch to include the power of the Legislative Branch or vice versa.  Making the checks and balances between the Executive and Legislative superfluous.  Oh, they still exist on paper, but not in spirit. 
  • Any party that holds the Presidency, a majority in the Legislative branch and Judical Branch has gained control over the entire government.  Continue Reading »

I have become a strong advocate for third parties.  There are a few reasons for this:

  • Whenever one of the major parties control both the House and the Senate the checks and balances built into the institutions become null and void.  This problem can be exacerbated when the same party also controls the Executive and Judicial branches (if it can be said that the Judicial branch is partisan).  The addition of vibrant third parties would decrease the likelihood of any one party controlling any of the branches of government.
  • Whenever one party has control of either one of the Houses along with the Executive branch, issues are dealt with from positions of power and strategy rather than a truly deliberative approach to solving our countries problems.  A multiple party make-up of the legislature would mean that the president would have to approach them with humility rather than with power.  The same could be said of the parties making it the deliberative body that it was meant to be. Continue Reading »

The Election

. . . My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

Another election is over and President Obama remains president.  Not a particularly pleasing thought.  It is times like these that makes one wonder why despite good people’s best efforts they are seemingly defeated while evil is seemingly triumphant.

. . . It is finished. . . . John 19:30

It may be that the indominable will of man does not allow him to admit defeat until faced with a fait accompli.  My first feeling on hearing the news that Obama had won the election was disappointment.  The second was to double the effort. When a thought brought me up short: it’s a done deal.  Obama is President for the next four years and there is nothing that good people are willing to do that will change that fact.  There is nothing I can do.  Utter and complete dependence on God.

. . . Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit. . . . Luke 23:46

It is at these most vulnerable and helpless moments that we truly turn to God. God has expressed to me on a number of occassions that I am very small and He is very great.  Yet hearing the words and comprehending them fully are two different things.  It takes times such as these for that to happen.  It is needful to realize that our efforts are puny and will only get us so far against principalities and powers.  For that we need the greatness of God.  So fully cognizant of the fact that this was out of my hands my inclination, like many others, was to turn to God to change President Obama’s heart so that he would love and revere God. Continue Reading »

God and Country

This site seems a strange place to write a post about the Declaration of Independence as the purpose of this site was to defend God from his detractors by revealing the true meaning of the passages that were being twisted and used to crucify Him. Upon revelation this post is both apropos and a blessing.  As most everyone is aware both God, the Catholic Church, and the beliefs that underlie our founding documents have been under attack the last few years, if not longer, here in the United States.  I have prayed, mourned and fought, with God’s aid, to defend them: God and the Church more so than country, as I rightly believed that it was only through God that everything could be set to rights.  I prayed,  mourned, and grew angry when I saw everything that was good and right with our country being brought low, and everything that was vile and beastly being raised up.  I asked that He restore it to its former beauty.  I prayed, worried, and grew angry when I saw the members of the Church being hard-pressed to defend what was right and good, so I asked to understand and provide them with the evidence for what they believed.  Though blessed are those that hear the Word and do it, I didn’t see that how it could be used to overcome  misrepresentations and subtle falsehoods.  For that we needed Truth and Light.  I prayed and mourned when my God, sterling in character, perfect in every way, and overflowing in kindness, goodness, grace and mercy; was mocked, ridiculed, and treated as nought.  I asked God to allow me to defend Him, and he answered yes.  So, I wrote.  I wrote even when I did not understand where it was leading me.   Not understanding that what I was being led to write was in answer to all of my prayers, not just one. Not until something that the Holy Spirit had lead me to write was put in the context of country (thank you, Fr. Sirico) did I see that God was answering all three prayers and not just one. The answers which, as I believed, are all contained in that one person: Jesu Christi.  Truth, Light, and Justice.   Truth and Light to defend God and give the faithful understanding, and justice to know and restore the proper order.  My cup overfloweth. Continue Reading »

Science vs. Faith

“Thus says the Lord,

who gives the sun for light by day

and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, . . .” Jeremiah 31:35

 

I hold back my feet from every evil way,

in order to keep your word.”  Psalm 119:101

 

Science claims that it is superior to faith, on the main, I think, because it’s theories can be tested and proved, so to speak.  Think about this, a scientist test inanimate objects that have no will of their own, but completely conform to the will of God.  Whereas, man, on the other hand, has both a mind and will of his own and chooses whether or not to conform to the will of God.  Therefore, the one is not superior to the other, but only simpler to test.

Revisions

09/15/2012     Revision

What follows is part 3c.3 of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  This post continue to explore Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.

 

continued from Reply to Proof #1, Part 3c_2 Matthew 7.7

 

Note:  Sometimes I will draw from a Scripture passage.  In those cases I will put the passage first and then try to elucidate it.  At other times, I will try to bring you to a passage by explaining it first, then pointing it out afterwards.  So the passage actually follows the statement.  This may cause confusion because they end up running together.  To avoid that I will use a separator when I’m start to highlight a different area of the subject.

 

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:15-20

 

16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17

 

36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

From these we know that the love is obligatory for participation in life.

 

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”  Colossians 3:14-15

 

Love, that unseen force, is a bond.  It binds people to God.  I remember contemplating the suffering that God the Father asked Christ to endure for us.  The Holy Spirit gave me to realize the vastness and strength of the bond of love that  had to have existed between them for one to undergo such suffering for the sake of the other. The same bond exists in the saints and martyrs.  It’s one of the things that makes them adhere to God under the worst kinds of treatment and torture.

Love binds people to each other.  You can see this bond at work in families. You see it in the labor and sacrifice that they undergo for each other.  One laboring to provide the means for them to live and the other laboring in their care.  It’s unfortunate that so few these days seem to see this.  Instead, having their eyes full of the things of man, they miss the acts/signs of true love. Continue Reading »

What follows is part 3c.2 of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  This post continue to explore Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.

continued from Reply to Proof #1, Part 3c_1 Matthew 7.7

Which brings us to another reason all faiths are seen as equally valid.  That is that the truth is unknowable.  If there was no known reason on which to base that faith then all faiths or beliefs could be said to be equivalent.  A couple of points about this.  If you are a Christian, and you say that the truth, especially about God, is unknowable, you name God a liar.  That may sound harsh.  But if just saying it sounds harsh, then think about how much worse it is to do it.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15

I’m not here to condemn people.  Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. Today’s sinner may be tomorrow’s Christian. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about trying to make you realize how incredibly important the truth is, so you will adhere to it.  I’m about making you aware of the import of what you believe and, therefore, what you say.  Too many times we are willing to buy into the most preposterous and blatant lies without giving it any thought whatsoever.  Ending up committing the most horrendous acts. Continue Reading »

What follows is part 3c.1 of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  This post continue to explore Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.

 

Continuing from the previous post:

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. 1 John 4:2-3

That was in the day of the Pharisees.  Not much has changed in 2,000 years.  People still deny the existence of God and, hence, deny His power.  They strip the Incarnate Word of all that He is until all that is left are some insipid platitudes.    Becoming nothing more than some ‘nice Jewish guy’ who expressed a pleasant ideology.  Completely interchangeable with any other guy who expresses an ideology.  Nothing special.  Which is just another way of denying God His due, and another way of saying that He doesn’t exist. Because if God existed, then His only begotten Son would be very special indeed.  He would be everything He has been proclaimed to be and more.

Part of the problem is that faith has become all about believing, and not what you believe in.  Faith is no longer based on truth.  Because of this all faiths are equally valid.   This has come about through a few misconceptions. Continue Reading »

What follows is part 3c of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  This post continue to explore Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying.  This is the first section of Part 3c.  It was getting quite long, so I will be posting it in sections as they are completed. I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.

Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?  Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! “

and

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke 11:9-13

According to Jerome’s Biblical Commentary the things being compared are similar in form.  Similar in form, but their make-up is entirely different.  Look at what’s going on in New Testament times: the devil quotes scripture, the Pharisees give the doctrine of men instead of the doctrines of God, and there are wolves running around dressed as sheep. They all talk a good game and they appear to be Holy, but inside is a very different story.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28 So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew  23:27-28 Continue Reading »

What follows is part 3b of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  This post continues to explore Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.

Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?  Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! “

“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:7

Ask, seek, knock and it’s all ours.  But why do we have to ask, seek, or knock?  And this applies to everything, not just the kingdom of heaven.  If I want to learn something I have to ask or seek out the answer.  If I want to gain entry into someone else’s house, then I have to knock. But why did God make it this way?  Why did he make it so that everything we needed or desired had to be sought after?

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew10:37-39

Whoever doesn’t taken any interest is definitely not worthy of Him.  Continue Reading »

What follows is part 3a of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  This post will be exploring Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.

 

The Meaning of the Passage by the Grace of God:

Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?  Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! “

On first glance Matthew 7:7 would seem to be edification for answered prayers, and it is that, but on looking at the contrast of good and evil, I would ascertain that it is actually instruction on how to obtain those good things.  Operative word here being good.  God and the fruits thereof, and right relationship with God and our neighbor is the good thing.

And the way to that good thing is the salvation (which includes not only the saving after someone has sinned, but also the preservation or keeping so he doesn’t sin) of man. To bring about the salvation of man God gave us Lord Jesus (the Word made flesh or bread), the things of God (including Christians or fish), and the Holy Spirit (who is often portrayed as a bird and whose fruit would be eggs).  These are the gifts Lord Jesus is saying you will receive when you ask.  It’s through the Holy Spirit which we will receive these things.

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke 11:9-13 Continue Reading »

“The ray of divine revelation is not extinguished by the sensible imagery wherewith it is veiled, as Dionysius says; and this truth so far remains that it does not allow the minds of those to whom the revelation has been made, to rest in the likenesses, but raises them to the knowledge of intelligible truths; and through those to whom the revelation has been made others also may receive instruction in these matters.” Summa I.9.  (Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas)

“The heavens tell of the glory of God and the firmament tells the works of His hands” (Ps 19:2)

The story of Newton discovering gravity always mystified me.  I could never figure out what was the big deal.  The way I saw it anyone that had ever threw an object in the air, or tripped and fell knew about gravity. They watched their steps, so they wouldn’t fall.  If they wanted a roof over their heads, they had to build supports to hold it up, so it wouldn’t fall.  If they wanted to set something higher than ground level, they had to secure it in some way so it wouldn’t fall.  On some subconscious level everyone knew about this unseen force that shaped their lives and determined the actions of everything in existence.  So what was this great revelation that Newton perceived and accepted?  What was this epiphany, this realization that transformed his thoughts about the world, and set him and those that came after on the path they now take? Continue Reading »

The Word Made Flesh

God never ceases to amaze me.  It seems like the more I learn about Him the more amazing He becomes.  He wraps everything up in a single package.  There are no seams. No holes.  No exceptions.  That one single package is the Christ.  The Word made flesh. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. John 1:1-3

And it is because God chose to have everything ‘come into being through him’ that Lord Jesus can make this unqualified statement:

“. . . No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:7

Because nothing, including us, came into existence except through His Word, and it is only because we, and those things around us, have being that we can in any way be cognizant of God.  Therefore, with no exceptions, anyone that has any conception of God, whatsoever, has gained that knowledge through Christ.

P.S.  I once heard a rabbi say, (I’m paraphrasing), that what they could not figure out was how God bound himself to the physical universe.  The answer to that is: He bound himself with His Word.  Everything came into being in the same way that His covenants with Israel came into being.  God gave His Word.

“For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.”  John 3:16

Merry Christmas everyone!

My Apologies

First and foremost I would like to give my apologies for not posting.  The main reason is that it has been a rough year.  It’s not a lot better now, but my attitude is better, so I will be more apt to write.  Unfortunately, there are other obstacles to overcome.  This means that posts will probably be few and far between.  However, there will be a post out shortly as I want to get it out before Christmas.

Scripture Passages

As this blog deals with the truth of God, and discussions regarding Atheist claims that there is no God there will be times when specific Scripture passages will need to be addressed.   This post is going to explain how I will deal with Scripture passages, most especially when they are used to defend the Christian position on any specific  issue.

First off, by the Grace of the Holy Spirit, I am going to try to ascertain the truth of the passage, before addressing any arguments that use that passage.  You may remark that everyone seeks the truth of the passage.  I would have to disagree with you.  Although many people look to the Scriptures for truth, many others look to the Scriptures for justification.  In addition, in the same way that we have selective vision when we take photographs, where we only focus on what we want to look at and block out everything else, we also do this when reading the Scriptures.  This especially happens when we come to the Scriptures with preconceived notions, and we all have preconceived notions about something in the world, whether that be about marriage, slavery, or as in the case of the religious of his time who the Christ was.  How many people have gone to the Bible and come out with the idea that polygamy is okay, even though God formed them as male and female, and Christ explicitly states in Matthew 19:3-6 what marriage is, who the parties are that are involved, and how long it has been that way?  I bet there has been justification from the Scriptures for every sin under the sun.  Because of all the sins committed in the name of God religion gets a bad name.  But what people don’t understand is that the problem of religion is the problem of sinful man using religion to forward his own agenda. Continue Reading »

What follows is part 2 of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof.   The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.  This post is simply going to look at the argument in and of itself to see if it’s a valid argument.

Lord Jesus tells us “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” Matthew 7:24-27

One of the things that this passages teaches us is that we need to base what we build, even arguments, on a firm foundation.  If we don’t it won’t stand up to real life testing, so before we buy into any kind of argument, or present any type of argument, we need to look at the argument itself to see if it is sound.  Much easier to do with someone else’s argument, then our own unfortunately.  If we don’t test arguments, our own or someone else’s, then we are lost before we begin because we have accepted something that may not be true or valid as truth or validity.  By doing this we have just moved onto their foundation of sand.  This is detrimental to us we act in accordance to what we believe and if we believe something that is not true than we have acted for naught because it’s bound to fall. Continue Reading »

What follows is proof #1 of the proofs used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist.  I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof. I’ve copied it here, so you can familiarize yourself with it.  The original post can be found at:  http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI. Even though I will be writing on it, I would like to hear your thoughts on it.

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This post is an exploration of objectivity and subjectivity, their purpose, and their place in marriage.  I have laid out the argument to the best of my ability.  Please feel free to comment, critique, contribute, etc., but please keep in mind the rules for civil discourse under which the discussion being held here operates.

Assertion:  Like anything else to be successful marriage needs to based on objective truths first, then subjective truths added in to personalize it.  In addition, the more objective the couple can be in regards to arguments the better able they will be to come to a more just settlement. 

Definitions:

Objective – Pertaining or belonging to an object; contained in or proposed as an object.  In metaphysics, an epithet applied to whatever is exterior to the mind or which is the object of thought or feeling outward; external; opposed to subjective.

Subjective – Belonging to or dependent on the self or personality, as opposed to objective, obtained from or based upon one’s states of thought and feeling;, as distinguished from external impressions and relations: concerned with the inner consciousness;  the feeling of pain is subjective; observation is objective. Continue Reading »

Keeping You Posted

I started doing these recent blogs because of a discussion that came up regarding atheism.  Most blogs are set up and maintained by people that are knowledgeable and have much to say in a specific area.  Unlike them I started this blog to explore arguments that atheists use against the existence of God.  While I am a Christian, and while I have spent much of that time in personal study of the Bible, my main focus of study has been on the reality of God and how His Truths are played out in the world rather than on questions of faith or even philosophy.  So much of what I will be exploring is new to me, that, combined with my time limitations means the posts may be few and far between.  This post, which I will keep as a link, is a post to let you know what I am working on and that I haven’t just up and quit. 

After I finish the post on objectivity and subjectivity in marriage I will be starting replies to the proofs that God does not exist as they are listed at www.Godisimaginary.com.

02/10/2011  The first two posts in reply to Proof #1 at www.Godisimaginary.com are finished.  Part 1 of the reply to the proof can be found at  Reply to Proof #1, Part 1: The Proof and part 2 can be found at Reply to Proof #1, Part 2: The Argument.

This post is an exploration of objectivity and subjectivity in America.  I have laid out the argument to the best of my ability.  Please feel free to comment, critique, contribute, etc., but please keep in mind the rules for civil discourse under which the discussion being held here operates.

You know, when I was writing the post on objectivity and subjectivity places where this could be applied kept popping in my head.  One of those places was the United States, and, so I had put on that  post that there would be a forthcoming related post exploring whether we, as Americans, had lost our objectivity.  I was thinking specifically in the area of government.   The thought that had occurred to me was that our government had been set up with the federal government, via our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, establishing the truths that applied to everyone in the country.  Then  the state governments using some subjectivity as it related to all (or the majority) of the people in the state.  This continuing down to local governments with the city government being the most subjective of all governments, but still in keeping with the foundation of objective truths set down by our founders. Continue Reading »

This post is an exploration of whether imaginary and invisible are the same as has been posed by atheists.  They use this to maneuver God from the invisible to the imaginary.   I have laid out the argument to the best of my ability.  Please feel free to comment, critique, contribute, etc., but please keep in mind the rules for civil discourse under which the discussion being held here operates.

Assertion:  Imaginary and invisible are not the same.  Continue Reading »

This post is an exploration of how long truth lasts in order to answer the question of are there eternal truths.  I have laid out the argument to the best of my ability.  Please feel free to comment, critique, contribute, etc., but please keep in mind the rules for civil discourse under which the discussion being held here operates.

Assertion:  From the moment that a thing/event is established/occurs, and at any point in time forever after, the truth regarding that thing/event can be asserted/understood. Continue Reading »

This post is an exploration of objectivity and subjectivity, their purpose, and their place.  I have laid out the argument to the best of my ability.  Please feel free to comment, critique, contribute, etc., but please keep in mind the rules for civil discourse under which the discussion being held here operates.

Position:  Both objectivity and subjectivity are needed for the well-being of mankind.  As a matter of fact, each human being is a specific case of objective and subjective truths.  I would go so far to say that a particular order is needed where objectivity needs to come first followed by subjectivity, and that if that order gets reversed or objectivity is ignored or replaced by subjectivity, major problems ensue. Continue Reading »

Is All Truth Relative?

This post is an exploration of the assertion that is frequently brought up by atheists.  I have laid out the argument to the best of my ability.  Please feel free to comment, critique, contribute, etc., but please keep in mind the rules for civil discourse under which the discussion being held here operates.

Assertion:  All truth is relative. Continue Reading »

1) It is unreasonable for anyone to make a statement and expect someone else to believe it, without being able back up that statement with proof or logic or both.  Whether or not that statement affirms a positive, or a negative.  B and N are getting ready to cross the street.  They both look both ways before crossing.  B says, “Wait, a car is coming.”  N says, “It’s clear (meaning that no cars are coming).”  N, even though he asserts a negative needs to provide proof for what he says before we can reasonably expect B to cross the street.

2) It is unreasonable to expect any logical person to believe, or even know which one to believe, if two or more people are claiming that they have the truth of a thing, especially when those two or more people are saying things that directly contradict each other, thereby proving that one or all of them do not have the truth.  And to insist that a person make a decision under those circumstances without providing the reasons that you say it is true is unreasonable and cruel. Continue Reading »

The Great Debate

Hermes, I would like to make some UNQUALIFIED statements and draw some, I hope,  logical conclusions from them.  I’m doing this because I think there are some obstacles in the way of people having a reasonable discussion whose ultimate aim is to discover the truth.  If possible I would like to a) lay some ground rules that I hope will let people discuss this openly and without fear, and b) so you can better understand where I am coming from.   I neither ask or expect you to believe what I am saying, only that you follow the logic (and you don’t have to accept that, either).  This list is not exhaustive, and I may be wrong in the some of the things I have stated. I simply submit this as a hopeful starting point, knowing that if it was decided to start this discussion then particulars would have to be ironed out and agreed upon before we could go any further. Continue Reading »