June 2016

What are the Moral Values of a Consistent Atheist?

What are the moral values of a consistent atheist? Well, it would be consistent if he or she were a person of integrity but it would also be consistent if they were a person of dishonor, racism, greed, oppression, torture, human trafficking, slavery and rape ... all of which are not, in any way, inconsistent with being an atheist. But neither is being a person of honor, sincerity and decency. That is the reality of a system of understanding the world which has no belief in objective truth. Atheists cannot, therefore critique the morals of other atheists or people with differing belief systems, and remain consistent in their claim to moral relativism. As soon as they claim their own morals are "better" they are appealing to some absolute standard of morality. To consistently live by "atheistic principles", therefore, is a recipe for moral anarchy. It is true that a person professing to be a Christian may also be a dishonorable person, but he is being inconsistent with what he knows to be true.

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:22 -- john_hendryx

God Calls Us to the Impossible

God calls all of us to the impossible: an impossible standard, an impossible life, an impossible faith. The Divine legislation was not designed to awaken our natural ability but to reveal our inability, our impotence, our sin (Romans 3:19-20). It forces us to come to an end of our own resources and find the only way to godly living is if God supernaturally changes our hearts. That is why I can only shake my head when I saw a Yahoo! News headline yesterday which declared that some Christian rocker had come out as gay and left his family. It is not as if this rocker did not know that living for Christ is a call to do something against his very nature. This is explicitly made known throughout the scripture. God calls all of us to a radical, impossible life of self-denial. not a life of self-fulfillment. It is no easier for me than it is for him. Someone might say that they feel happier to do something natural, but so what? What we want, our happiness is not the goal. To be a Christian we are no longer our own but are the Lord's.
 
Frankly, I am not sure what was newsworthy about the Yahoo! story. The man is just doing what is natural to him; sinning. What would really be newsworthy is to do a story about a person who does something that is impossible -- someone who, by the regenerating grace of God, has broken his lifestyle of sinning and lives in a way of love that goes against his nature (1 John 3:9). There are plenty of those stories but I do not see them make the headlines. Impossible to live against our nature? yes, of course. That is the point. "But what is impossible for man is possible with God." (Luke 18:27)
Thu, 06/02/2016 - 13:02 -- john_hendryx

A Reminder to the Covenant God

by John Hendryx

It is pretty common knowledge that it rains quite a bit here in our city of Portland, Oregon. Most often it is a very light rain such that the city-dwellers do not even use umbrellas when they go about their business. But recently we had quite an unusual phenomenon.  My wife and I were in our home early in the evening just before sunset and over the airwaves came the news that a major electrical storm would be passing over our area.  It is not very often that thunder and lightning accompanies the rain here, but especially at this magnitude. As we went out on our front porch the sky became dark and gloomy while lightning flashed from one end of the sky to the other.  But since the sun was near to setting in the west, its light came through underneath the dark clouds creating a surreal glow among the half-darkness.  Then as we looked out at the beauty of the moment, what appeared to be a transcendent rainbow, one like I had never seen in my life, sprang to life in full color in the midst of the mournful sky.  While most rainbows seem to be partial, disappearing into the clouds, this one created a full arc or a half-circle from one end of the heavens to the other. Then another rainbow was revealed creating a double rainbow.   We just stood in awe at its dreamlike quality and immediately both my wife and I, who were now sitting on the front porch transfixed at the vision, recalling its biblical significance spoke of it as a sign of a great blessing from God.  I also saw several neighbors come out of their houses to view the unusual prism of colors. I approached to see if our next door neighbors had seen it and one of them said they thought was that it was “the end of the world”, but my wife and I recalled that rainbows are not signs of the end but of a new beginning in which God looks at His creation with favor.  God uses covenant signs to create and affirm His covenant favor toward us.

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 16:40 -- john_hendryx

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