Saturday, September 30, 2006

Dieting and Phylosophy

Imagine if you will, a new form a dieting, dieting based on the philosophy that many in America subscribe to. This diet would be accepting, not condemning of anyone else's diet. It would work like this: Each person must decide for themselves what is good for them and what is bad for them. What is good for one person may not be good for another, and what is bad for you may not be bad for me. Each person's diet is dependent on them, and they must decide for themselves what is best.

Sounds pretty absurd, doesn't it? However, this same attitude is applied to morality in much of America. The philosophy of existentialism states that each person decides for themselves what is right and wrong for themselves. This relativistic attitude has become quite popular in America's politically correct culture. Obviously eating in an existentialist way will not make you healthy, why would living in such a way lead to a good life?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

America: the battlefield of ideas

America has become the greatest country on earth, and as such has become the battlefield of modern ideas. It is here where the future of the civilized world will be decided. War, politics, diplomacy, they all come back to the battle of ideas. It is in the assumptions of a society, the core beliefs, that the course that country will take is decided. America is the leader of the west, and our actions define those of the entire world. The battle of ideas in America is determining how most of the world will react. Is this most important battle being won for the glory of God?

For decades, Christianity has been struggling against Humanism in America, and frankly we have been loosing. Humanistic thinking has pervaded every area of our society, even the church. We need to realise not only that there is a problem in our society, but that we must be part of the solution. Analise what you believe, and ask if it is in line with what the Bible says. Look at the world through the Bible, not the Bible through the world. Only once we believe rightly can we enter into the arena and fight for the truth.

The schools, the media, the courts, the laws, the churches, every area of America needs to be reformed. We need to stand firm in the truth, boldly and uncompromisingly, if we wish for this country to have a chance of turning from the path of humanism. Stand and fight for what is good, what is true, what is right. The Christians of America have been silent for too long, we must begin to stand and proclaim the truth in every area of our society. We must not only pray for the country, but act to redeem it, for faith without works is dead.

America's actions define the direction of the entire world like no other country in history. We need to struggle to turn our country back toward God, for in so doing, we are fighting to turn the world towards God.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Consequenses of Ideas

What are the topics that you aren't supposed to discuss in polite society? Politics, and Religion. This really comes down to avoiding confrontation by avoiding topics that really effect your life. How you view God is the most foundational belief in a person's life, and resounds throughout every other belief and action that you take. If God is viewed as the creator of all, with ultimate power and authority, we cannot help but be filled with the hope of salvation, or the dread of punishment. If you believe that man is the measure of all things, and that God does not exist, than what hope is there in life?

Believing that God is the Creator of the universe leads to the belief that, since the world is created and defined, it is possible to understand. It leads to the belief that if a Supreme Being designed Man to have a conscience, then he designed a right and a wrong for Man to follow. It leads to the belief that we have a purpose in life, that this life is not all there is, and that what we do really does matter.

Believing that there is no God, that man is the measure of all things, naturally leads to a view of the world where everything is chaotic. If the world came about by chance, what hope do we have in understanding it? If Man is only an animal, what use is there is right and wrong, except as a means to an end? If this life is all there is, why should we care what we do? If there are no consequences to our action beyond what other people do to us, should we not try to get as much pleasure out of life as possible? If we are only here by chance, what meaning is there in life? What value is there in life? If man is the measure of all things, everything truly is vanity.

This fundamental belief about who God is is not a discussion that should be ignored. It is the most important belief you could hold. While this discussion must be entered into with wisdom, it should not be avoided simply to avoid confrontation. The consequences of this single belief resonate through your entire life, even through an entire society. This single belief defines a person, a nation, a civilization. Should we not strive to spread the truth?