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Driving nails with a banana

Tiger Woods’ apology included an angry denunciation of the news media.  They certainly have that coming for a host of reasons, but the nasty, gossipy inquisitiveness of the news media is just a fact of life for people who devote their lives to riches and fame.  If you choose fame as your path of life and achieve it, this is a consequence you cannot decline.  Like the old Cheech and Chong gag, you pick what’s behind door number three, and if it turns out to be a spinal tap, well, that’s what you get.  Nobody approves of media scumbags stalking his kids, but the only way to shield them is by doing nothing to attract the attention of scumbags.  And scumbags love sin, so there you go.

Woods indicated he intends to put some retread tires on his Buddhism.  Rotsa ruck with that one, sez I.  Buddhism teaches “restraint,” quoth Tiger, only sorta-kinda correctly.  To whatever extent it does so, a religion without a god cannot point to any particular reason why people should restrain anything.  In fact, the case could be made that all Tiger’s unhappiness has resulted not from his actions but from all the prudes and prigs out there acting out their hang-ups.  Given his Buddhist assumptions about morality, what would be wrong with claiming that?

Buddhism does teach that neutralizing desire is one of the things people should do, but the philosophy is self-defeating.  Why should I desire to defeat desire?  Or to put things even more absurdly, what if the first desire I defeat is the desire to defeat desire?  That would leave me stuck just like I was before.  As a tool for dealing with sin, Buddhism is not up to the task.  It’s like driving nails with a banana, and hitting it harder as Woods has promised to do really doesn’t help.

Taken together, the Tiger Woods business shows three basic Christian truths.  First, the law of God is absolute.  Woods’ actions were wrong, not just because they resulted in a few kilobytes of unhappiness out there in the cosmos, but because fornication is sinful and it brings men into a state of guilt.  Second, along with all of us sinners out there, Woods is made in the image of God and therefore cannot escape the voice of a God-made conscience accusing him.

Third, the dismal and hopeless tub of hogwash called Buddhism just shows why man needs not a philosophy but a Savior, Jesus Christ the Righteous.

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  1. “Woods’ actions were wrong, not just because they resulted in a few kilobytes of unhappiness out there in the cosmos, but because fornication is sinful and it brings men into a state of guilt. Second, along with all of us sinners out there, Woods is made in the image of God and therefore cannot escape the voice of a God-made conscience accusing him.”

    well said, Steve. I almost detect a bit of Lewis in there , CS that is.

    Posted on 21-Feb-10 at 22:26 pm | Permalink

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