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A View from the Altar / Free thinkers? Maybe not
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Free thinkers? Maybe not

A bumper sticker on a car in the parking lot exhorts me to be a free-thinking atheist.  By claiming to be “free,” the car-butt philosopher means he can follow evidence wherever it leads, especially if that is away from God.  One thing he likely does not mean is that he’s free to follow evidence to God, even though that’s where the evidence really does lead. 

The classical argument of Christians follows five lines of reasoning that point to the existence of God.

1.  The existence of a material universe.
2.  The existence of order within the material universe.
3.  The existence of absolute and transcendent morality.
4.  The testimony of witnesses who observed miracles, including Christ’s resurrection.
5.  The personal experiences of people who know God.

Brief comments: This line of reasoning has been around for centuries because it’s true.  The church keeps using it because our free-thinking friends have never devised a reasonable rebuttal.  If they had the freedom they claim, they’d cheerfully follow these reasons to Zion.

Second, the phrase “absolute and transcendent morality” is layers deep in redundancy.  Morality inherently is absolute and transcendent, else it ceases to be morality and becomes preference.  Nobody has conceived of a way to have an authoritative morality without an authority.  Tell a guy he *ought* to do something, and he’ll immediately ask, “Says who?”

Third, the argument from the existence of the universe is in the news these days in the form of the Large Hadron Collider.  The question of why stuff exists is crawling through the head of the Secular Man like an earwig.  While there’s nothing wrong with science (I’m all in favor of it, yahoo, more is better, throw money at it), the angst over the Higgs boson is instructive.  This, we’re told breathlessly, could be “the God particle.”  If you’ve read anything about the Higgs boson, you know the phrase “God particle” is ridiculous.  There’s a corresponding entity called the “Higgs field” which enables the Higgs particle do its mass-imparting thing.  Obvious question: What’s the source of the Higgs field, and who wrote the rules for how it interacts with other particles to produce mass?  Once those questions get answered by an even bigger and badder particle collider, we’ll have yet another set of questions to answer. 

Bottom line: The existence of stuff, including the cold vacuum of empty space, points to a Creator.  Something out there has to be eternal so it can be around to get everything else kicked off with particles and laws to govern their actions.  That eternal Being is God.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

2 Comments

  1. Thanks, Steve, for your ever-present voice of reason and truth. You’ve touched on something that’s been stewing with me for at least 4 weeks now and that I wish to write about. Something along the lines of “Love Without Authority” because I’ve been in several unrelated conversations with regard to homosexuality lately. As you know, there is the sense that love conquers all… but modern man wants that love without any constraints upon him, no law or morality to govern him, believing solely in his own authority. Their voice says, why can’t you christians love and embrace homosexuality? Is it so hard not to judge and just accept people? But love cannot be divorced from truth… their reasoning is so unfounded, just as you wrote earlier regarding the Penn State mess…

    Anyway, all this rambling to say thank you for your wisdom and for spurring me on to write something regarding modern man’s definition of love.

    Posted on 21-Dec-11 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  2. Thanks, Amy. I’d give attribution if I could recall who said this, but true love seeks to bind and to be bound. It’s an expression of the covenantal nature of our God that love must work in a covenantal relation, and convenants require holiness and righteousness in order to experience what God intends for his creatures. Obviously, then, a homosexual relationship which is founded on unrighteousness, if it endures at all, is forever stuck with what is low, base, degrading.

    Posted on 21-Dec-11 at 21:45 pm | Permalink

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