The Christian and the State PART 4 – The American Experiment

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

The King who thinks he is God… soon becomes the devil.

It would be hard to look at history and find reason to disbelieve that statement.

According to Romans chapter 13, the State is God’s servant and will be judged by Him. Hence rulers who take the mantle of leadership in government will undergo a strict judgment and should rule according to justice and not ego or selfish ambition.

This simple but powerful concept rushed into the once barbaric Roman Empire after Constantine legalized Christianity in A.D. 312. The faith quickly “infected” culture and politics and turned the blood lusting Roman world into modern Europe, a hot bed of human flourishing. For nearly a thousand years after Constantine christened Rome, apostles, scholars, priests and bureaucrats yearned to create a legal system that would be deemed just by the God of their bible. Kings were told that they would be judged according to their righteousness and so pressure mounted on them to be just and fair to their subjects. In A.D. 1215 the Magna Carta was born of this urge and the origins of radical concepts of freedom for the common man were born. Unheard of  ideals such as separation of Church and State, the legal system being above the King himself, protection from unlawful imprisonment and unfair taxation were in their embryonic form in “the Great Charter.”
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The Christian and the State PART 2 – Community

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

In Part 1 of this series on politics we looked at the importance of studying our history so we can know what has and has not worked in government. Our past also helps us understand who we are and where we are going. Now, in our second part, we will look at the structure of human relationships.

Job 25:2 states “…He establishes order…” and 1 Corinthians 14:33 says “…God is not a God of disorder…” One look at nature and we can see this to be true. A chicken egg, for example, has over 10,000 pores to allow the chick embryo to breath. At 19 days the chick starts pecking downwards towards the air space which contains 6 hours of oxygen. This is enough to allow it to rest and then wrestle the rest of the way through the outer shell and be born. Continue reading “The Christian and the State PART 2 – Community”

Examining Dawkins – Part Two: Mutations & Genetic Innovation

During a television interview, Richard Dawkins was asked point blank for a single example in which a mutation had increased the information in any piece of DNA under the sun. By “increase,” we do not simply mean the repetition of pre-existing information (e.g.: complete extra  copy of the 21st chromosome which causes Down’s Syndrome) but new, innovative programming. For example, the appearance of the genetic information required to introduce a never-before seen body part such as wings, horns or gills. Or even something more subtle such as webbing between fingers or different retinal cells in the back of the eye. Or heck, something ever more subtle than that. Anything! See Dr. Dawkins’ reaction below: Continue reading “Examining Dawkins – Part Two: Mutations & Genetic Innovation”

Examining Dawkins Part 1: Faith

The following blog entry is an answer to points brought up in the following 3 minute video:

1. There Are Many Religions. Christianity is Only One Of Them.

Dawkins states that because there are a myriad of religious beliefs, it would be silly to suppose one of them was an accurate description of our world. There is no logical power to this statement. Dawkins would simply need to look at his own realm of scientific academia and the history of the scientific process to see that a thousand voices are constantly erupting and making contradictory claims. But once the truth is discovered, it becomes the lone pillar of truth in a pantheon of errors. This is the case with politics as well. There is a right way to govern but a hundred theories. Whether or not Christianity is true will not be settled by the mere fact that it has competitors. Continue reading “Examining Dawkins Part 1: Faith”

Examining Sam Harris Part 1: Considering a Creator

This blog entry is an answer to the following 3 minute Sam Harris video from Big Think:

1. God’s Existence is Not A Testable Hypothesis

Dr. Harris’ first point is that the notion of a Creator or a God is “unfalsifiable.” Image result for brain in a vatHe means there is no possible evidence for it so how can it be intelligently discussed? We may as well believe that we are brains in a scientist’s lab and all we experience is a result of his poking and prodding with electric impulses. Such a scenario is basically to be taken “on faith” and cannot be tested. Harris claims belief in God is just as frivolous. Continue reading “Examining Sam Harris Part 1: Considering a Creator”

Natural Selection: What Is It? Does It Have Limits?

Most people are familiar with the term “natural selection.” Most people can even use it in a phrase:

“How do I know Darwin was right? Well, natural selection of course!”

However, most people can’t describe precisely what it is or how it works. Let alone discuss its limitations. Continue reading “Natural Selection: What Is It? Does It Have Limits?”