Archive for the ‘Moral absolutes’ Category

I was recently engaged in a very lively debate, regarding the validity of the Christian worldview vs. non-Christian worldviews, over at Debate.org.  Believe it or not, a very simple challenge, put forth to those who hold to worldviews which deny the God of the Bible, turned into a discussion thread of over 800 comments (well above the norm)!  I have included the link to the discussion for anyone who is interested in seeing how non-Christians fared when asked to account for the most basic, fundamental concepts (i.e. logic, truth, knowledge, the foundation of the scientific method, etc.), required for making sense of the world around us, in their worldview.  Warning: it ain’t pretty!

http://www.debate.org/forums/Religion/topic/55783/

NOTE: What you’ll notice in these types of discussions is that those who deny God and the truth of the Bible will always ultimately be reduced to ‘vain and foolish’ reasoning, just like Scripture states (Romans 1:18-22, I Corinthians 1:19-20).  In particular, notice how the unbelievers’ positions are always shown to be based upon nothing more than blind-faith and mere opinion, having no logical foundation whatsoever upon which to rest.  As I always enjoy pointing out, that is the very definition of an irrational (and, therefore, untrue) position.  The more familiar Christians become with these arguments, the easier it is to then (hopefully gently) expose the errors in the unbeliever’s reasoning and to pull down the ‘intellectual strongholds’ that prevent them from considering and, subsequently, receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Remember, no one will receive with their heart what their mind rejects as false, making the mandate of 2 Corinthians 10:5 especially relevant to us today:

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I welcome your thoughts.

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How would you respond in these situations?

1.  A preacher and his wife are very, very poor.  They already have 14 kids.  Now she finds out she is pregnant with the 15th.  They’re living in tremendous poverty.  Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion?

2.  The father is sick with the sniffles, the mother has TB.  Of their four children, the first is blind, the second has died, the third is deaf, the fourth has TB.  She finds out she’s pregnant again.  Given this extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?

3.  A white man raped a 13 year old black girl and now she’s pregnant.  If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?

4.  A teenage girl is pregnant.  She’s not married.  Her fiance’ is not the father of the baby, and he’s upset.  Would you recommend abortion?

 

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above: 

In the first case you would have killed John Wesley, one of the greatest evangelists in the 19th century.  In the second case, you would have killed Beethoven.  In the third case, you would have killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer.  If you said yes to the fourth case, you would have declared the murder of Jesus Christ!

God is the Author of life, and he has given every single individual supreme value.  Each life–whether inside or outside the womb–should therefore be valued by us.  God knows the plans He has for each individual and has written in His book all the days ordained for us before even one of them came to be.  When we presume to know better than God who should be given life, we are putting ourselves in the place of God and are guilty of idolatry.