The Christian and the State PART 1 – HISTORY

**this series is based on Focus on the Family’s “Truth Project” with Del Tackett. Click here for original materials.

In this series we will be answering two simple questions. First, what is the government supposed to look like in an ideal world? Second, what is the Christian’s relationship to the government? Before we can answer this we have to dust off our tools. One essential tool is history. The past is the key to the present and the future. Everything we have learned we have learned from the past. Our medical knowledge is built on past trial and error. Our airplanes are constructed with the help of past mechanical successes and failures. So why would we build our civilization without referring to the past? It would be disastrous in medicine and aviation, and it would be equally a disaster in politics.

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other…”
– Isaiah 46:9-11 Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 1 – HISTORY”

Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5

In PART 4 of our series “Is the Old Testament Moral?” we looked at the death penalties listed in the Old Testament. We argued that God is right in ordering the death of certain people who commit certain sins. And He has no problem using regular people to carry out His penalties. If we successfully defended the notion of capital punishment for individuals than it should be possible to apply this same judgment on a large scale. In short, it should be possible to identify scenarios in which God asked people to carry out the death penalty on an entire tribe or nation. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5”

Is the Old Testament Moral? Part 3

This is perhaps one of the touchiest subjects for Jews and Christians to approach. Our modern Western world unequivocally condemns slavery. Yet as God was forming the nation of Israel in the Sinai desert, He included a form of slavery (servant-master contracts) as part of the fabric of Jewish society. How does a Judeochristian mind broach this subject? Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? Part 3”

What Makes Us Human?

The question “what makes us human?” can appear like one of those mind numbingly esoteric exercises a philosophy professor would put his poor students through. Along the lines of “what makes a circle a circle?” Just something to make the brain chase its tail, leaving it exhausted and no better for the endeavour. Yet, as I hope to demonstrate, there is no other question that can be more dangerous to you and me if it is not answered correctly. Whether or not you are protected from your government or are stripped of all your rights by your government depends on the answer to the question “what makes us humans?” Are we biological machines, different from other machines only by our carbon-backed molecules and degree of complexity? If so, we will suffer a fate similar to machines when we lose our usefulness to our society: the refuse pile. Continue reading “What Makes Us Human?”

The Apostle to Ireland – St. Patrick

Every year in mid March the whole world goes a little green. Green hats, three leaf clovers, green beer, green rivers, green parades and green hair. It seems everyone loves “St Paddy’s Day.” A traditional Irish holiday, St Patrick’s Day celebrates Maewyn Succat, a Britain-born man who eventually become known as St. Patrick after spending his life converting the wild pagan Celts of Ireland to Christianity. He died on March 17, 461 and every year since, the people of Ireland have celebrated his life and mission on the day he passed away.

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WHEN HUMANITY DROWNED Part 1: When Was Noah’s Flood

Look at a world map. Except for the uninhabited poles, every continent on planet Earth has several Flood Myths. And this stems back thousands of years, effectively as far back as we have recorded history. Even Australia’s Aborigines tribes speak of a deluge. The Indian subcontinent has its fair share. Africa? Yep. So do Europeans and the British islands. North, Central and South Americas have a gang of flood accounts too. China is no different. By the way, as a point of interest the word for “boat” in Chinese is made up of the characters for “vessel,” “eight” and “mouths/persons.” Funny thing is, the first boat mentioned in Genesis is the vessel of Noah’s Ark with a total of 8 mouths on board. Continue reading “WHEN HUMANITY DROWNED Part 1: When Was Noah’s Flood”