Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jesus is NOT watching you

Today I happened to hear a political commentator reference a scene in the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Curious, I found a synopsis of the scene online. I was shocked and disgusted by what I read, and grieved that so many Christians find this violence entertaining.  

A few hours later, while flipping through a collection of early Christian literature, I stumbled across this passage by Salvian (5th century):
Let us suppose that our Lord is willing to watch over us, even though we do not deserve it. Let us see if He can. See the countless thousands of Christians daily tarrying at the games where base performances are enacted. Can God watch over people like this? Can he watch over those who revel in the circuses and who commit adultery in the theaters [Matt 5:28]? Or, perhaps, do we wish and think it becoming that, when God sees us in the circuses and theaters, He also looks at those performances at which we look and at that wickedness on which we gaze? That He gazes at them with us, one or the other of the following must happen. If He designs to see us, it follows that He must see those things where we are, or, if He averts His eyes from them, which is doubtless what happens, so He must likewise avert them even from us who are there. Nevertheless, we unceasingly do these things.
In the small New Mexico town where I grew up, the Catholic church erected a billboard outside of a porn shop with the words, "Jesus is watching you." Of course, this message is perfectly true. God is omniscient and omnipresent. He knows what you do, and he will hold you accountable.

Salvian, however, has struck upon a deeper truth. In a very real sense, Jesus is NOT watching you. When you sit down to be entertained by Game of Thrones, you have left Jesus far behind. You are thoroughly alone.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Is it still possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist in 2017?

Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins famously quipped, "Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist." In other words, before Darwin published his Origin of Species, no one had a satisfying, naturalistic explanation for the apparent design in nature.

However, while Darwin's explanation may have offered intellectual fulfillment in the nineteenth century, does it still satisfy today?

James Tour does not seem to think so. With over 475 research publications and over 60 patents, Tour was named one of the 10 top chemists in the world by Thompson Reuters. He specializes in nanotechnology and has rankled many of his fellow scientists by admitting that he has no clue how evolution could have produced the machinery found in a living cell. For 10 years he has been asking his Darwinist colleagues to enlighten him, but none have come forward.

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