“Taking the Roof Off” with Homer Simpson
When I became a follower of Jesus Christ, I had no idea that I would be having so many interesting conversations with so many different types of people with various beliefs.
After becoming a Christian, I had dinner with a friend of mine and his girlfriend. They were both well aware of my recent decision to follow Christ and during the meal his girlfriend looked at me and said, “Can I ask you a question?” I replied, “Sure.” She said, “How do you know that he (Jesus) is the one?” I proceeded to share with her some of the evidence that had helped me conclude that Jesus was the Son of God and that He rose from the dead. She seemed interested. Then, I looked at her and said, “May I ask you a question?” She answered, “Yes.” I asked, “What do you believe about God?” She thought about it for a moment and said, “I guess I think that whatever you believe, that is what happens to you after you die.” I found this fascinating.
The restaurant we were sitting in was in a mall and across from the restaurant was an FYE entertainment store. In their window display they featured large cardboard stand-ups of popular movie characters and cartoons characters. I looked up and saw Homer Simpson and had a thought. I looked at the young lady again and said, “So on your view, if I sincerely believe that Homer Simpson is god and that when I die I will go to Springfield and worship him forever, that is what will happen to me?”
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Some sound advice from G.K. Chesterton:
In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”
via Advice from Chesterton: Don’t Take Down the Fence until You Know Why It’s There – Stand to Reason Blog.
A quote from Reasonable Faith
“People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one’s faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, and of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.”
Read more from William Lane Craig
BEHEADING OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
29 June 67, a Roman soldier beheaded the apostle Paul in Rome.* Preaching the Gospel of Christ Jesus, Paul did as much as any man to found the churches of the western Roman Empire. He was aware of his own influence. Writing to the Corinthian church, he summed up his own contribution to Christianity by saying, “For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
via It Happened Today | Christian History Institute.
God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior.
The Reason for God (p. 17).Keller, Timothy (2008-02-14). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
You can’t say, “All claims about religions are historically conditioned except the one I am making right now.” If you insist that no one can determine which beliefs are right and wrong, why should we believe what you are saying? The reality is that we all make truth-claims of some sort and it is very hard to weigh them responsibly, but we have no alternative but to try to do so.
The Reason for God, Keller, Timothy (2008-02-14).(p. 9). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.