World renowned philosopher William Lane Craig says that,
“It’s not just Christian scholars and pastors who need to be intellectually engaged with the issues. Christian laymen, too, need to be intellectually engaged. Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral. As Christians, their minds are going to waste. One result of this is an immature, superficial 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, of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.”
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via Stepping Up to the Plate: The Call for Community Apologists | Christian Apologetics Alliance.
I would never downplay the role of the mind in Christianity. It is part of the most important commandment
Matthew 22:36-38 (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
But the mental aspect of apologetics isn’t as important as living as a Christian. It doesn’t matter one bit how intelligent your words are if you are living like the devil. There are way to many people out there who say they are Christian, and turn around and commit terrible crimes! Most infamously people like David Koresh, who claimed to be a Christian for most of his “ministry” but later claimed to be Christ himself, and priest who were overly fond of little boys. But there are a lot of people who claim to be Christian with their mouths, but live in ways that completely contradict the word of God. If you are mean, and nasty in one breath, and in the very next talk about the love of God, no one will listen to you. SOME of the things the Rev. Phelps guy says are technically correct but his behavior is so vile that any somewhat decent person who hears him speak will reject everything he says.
Always keep in mind that any time you identify yourself as a Christian people will be watching your conduct. They see you as a reflection of our God. If you act like a jerk, or commit newsworthy crimes this reflects poorly on Christ.
The closer you live to God’s word, the more believable your words about God will be.
Using the heart is part of the Christian walk, but it isn’t the only part. God gave us brains, and he intended on us using them.
For a long time Christians had a tradition of creating great thinkers. Most of the fathers of science were devout Christians.
Johannes Kepler, a German mathematician and, an astronomer, once described science as thinking God’s thoughts after him.
If our point of view is correct God created the universe, and getting to know it is learning the works of God.
But somehow that great tradition of Christian curiosity got lost, and many think it is somehow sinful to think to deeply about anything.
When we forgot to love God with all our minds (Matthew 22:37) we hurt our witness to others.
It is hard to respect the opinions of people whom you think are less intelligent then you.
This problem not only effects our scientific minds it negatively effects our spiritual lives as well. Many have even neglected learning about proper theology and our reasons for believing in him. For example a few years ago a book called The Da Vinci Code had many Christians questioning their faith, but many had no idea where they could go for answers. So it resulted in Christians leaving the faith for ungrounded LIES, and DISTORTIONS! Our knowledge of our own beliefs have suffered so greatly that we either to terrified to answer the door, or converted quickly when certain people knock on our doors. This should not be! We should rejoice when God gives us the opportunity to witness to people who are in spiritual darkness. We should be showing them the light, and not turning out the lights to hide when they knock!
We live in a culture that wants to know what our favorite Hollywood personality had for lunch, what they are wearing, and so many personal details about them the paparazzi torture them by not giving them a moment of peace. But yet we can’t seem to bother putting in half the effort of getting to know who God really is that we put into learning where our favorite actress bought her clothes. That is wrong, the God that created the universe is infinitely more interesting, and infinitely more worthy of worship then anyone in Hollywood!
Who decides what is evil?
Is it the individual?
If it were for the individual to decide what is evil, then I could decide to do anything that was good for me, was good.
But if I were to decide to steal your Ipad I think we all know it would be wrong, even if it is good for me.
Moral relativist say we make up our own rules, but they all complain when someone cuts them off in traffic.
Is it societies that get to decide what is good and evil?
In 1933 Hitler’s Germany decided that it was OK to do a lot of do a lot of different things that shook the world to it’s core, including committing mass murder. If societies get to decide what is good and evil and they decided that mass murder was OK then we could not say that Hitler was wrong. All we could say is we did not like what he did. But sane people all agree that what Hitler did was PURE EVIL. If a society could be that wrong about what is good, and what is evil then clearly societies do not decide what good and evil are.
Does evolution decide what is good and what is evil?
The core of evolution is about survival of the fittest reproducer. Evolution does not care about animals that are to far away to mate with. It is all about you and your pack. If morality came from evolution it would be wrong to give up your resources, to help someone in a far off place who could not aid in your survival in the least little bit.
If evolution were the cause of morals then morals are all in the gene.
If that is the case then Hitler and Mother Theresa are different in the same way brown eyes , and blue eyes are different. We do not hold people accountable for things that are accidents of birth, but deep down in our souls we know that when someone shoots up a movie theater that person should be held accountable for their actions.
If anyone has ever done anything so evil that we know that person should be punished, then in can not be evolution that is responsible for morality.
The way I see it good and evil can only exist is if it is something that is discovered and not created.
Science can not account for most parts of it’s existence. But yet it is very real.I believe the best way to
account for the existence evil, is the absence or perversion of the good. And the best explanation for good is
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.”
― Elvis Presley
There are a lot of people who actually think that there is no truth. Most of us know that is just silly, but some actually believe this.
In order for the statement to be true there would have to be at least one truth, but if there is one truth the statement can’t be true.
There are two main types of truths. One is subjective truth, an example of subjective truth is that “I like cheesecake”. That statement is true as long as the speaker actually likes cheesecake. My husband on the other hand HATES cheesecake. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact that just means there is more cheesecake for me. My waistline may have a problem with that, but logically nothing is wrong here because the truth in each sentence depends on the subject’s taste buds.
The other kind of truth is objective truth. Fire is hot, is an example of objective truth. It doesn’t matter what your particular taste are in that truth. If you refuse to believe that fire is hot you will get hurt. You can not simply disagree with it and make it go away.
What kind of truth is religion? My religion says that God created the universe. The universe isn’t a matter of taste. It either is or it isn’t real. Since we are able to think about the universe, we have to believe it is real. Now if God did not create the universe then my beliefs are wrong. Simply thinking that God made the universe doesn’t make it so. So religion is an objective truth, having millions of people who disagree with me doesn’t change the matter one bit. I am either wrong or right. There is no “It’s true for you and not for me about it.”.