One of the ongoing social conflicts in Western countries with Christian roots concerns abortion. This paper seeks to provide another Christian perspective on this issue and includes some unconventional thoughts.
The Persecution of Christians in Australia has become overtly demonstrated with the dismissal of Australia’s best Rugby player, Israel Folau, by the commercially controlled Australian Rugby Union for publicly expressing his Christian viewpoint in a social media tweet last week. The which-hunt continues for other Christians who like Mr Folau’s post, such as Wallabies players Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa, and Australian Football League (“Aussie-rules”) players Geelong champion Gary Ablett and Carlton midfielder Matt Kennedy. Staff writers from news.com.au have gone one step further and named elite sportsmen Aaron Hall and Zac Smith who have been noted to pray with them.
Is the Kingdom of Satan real? How do we recognise Satan’s Kingdom? How do we deal with it when we do identify it? Is there a Pax Diabolica which ‘blind’ leaders cannot see?
There is little scientific evidence that people are born gay or transgender. Yet those who point this out in the academic intstitutions are hounded by those who wish to drown out free thinking, scientific or Biblical revelation which undermines their position.
The “Wild Human Theory” arises from an examination of the Biblical evidence in Genesis 4-6 suggesting that Adam was not the first Homonid. There were possibly at least three different homonid groups in the Biblical narrative. The line of Adam called the sons of God, wild humans with whom they bred inappropriately to produce heroic hybrids, and the nephilim or giants. It seeks to provide an alternative to traditional theological narratives which is not exclusive of non-atheistic scientific anthropology. The Wild Human Theory explains the origin of the cognitive explosion which accompanies the emergence of truly Homo sapiens 40,0000 years ago.
Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is a book on the philosophy of science by Moreland and Craig in which the epistemiology of naturalism is explored, demonstrating the catastrophe for the atheist who affirms naturalism and denies the independent existence of souls.
German philosopher Immanuel Kant posed three famous questions at the root of all philosophical enquiry in his book Critique of Pure Reason in 1781-1787. What can I know? What must I do? What may I hope? Western luminaries, celebrities and notaries reflecting upon their successful lives often seek to answer these very same questions in one form or another. Unfortunately, these questions are almost invariably left unanswered, or their answers are unsatisfactory. Most will offer an optimism in human reason or progress which is not substantiated by historical experience. Many of the more honest ones will say they have more questions than they did at the beginning of their careers. Dr James Fratzia applies Biblical understanding to these questions.
There is an enormous difference between knowing, being known, and knowledge of God. The essential characteristic of a christian is not theological knowledge, but personally knowing God and being known by Him, a gift of the Holy Spirit, not something which can be educated.
The Jihadist attack on Paris is actually an expression of the ancient resistance to God by fallen spiritual beings and their human followers.
Religion, by redefining absolute truth, and cynically using it, even with sincerity, to enslave man, is the enemy of God. For to not have Truth, is a fate, worse than death. If we die in an act of terrorism, we may still live. But if we have no Truth, we are already eternally dead.
Most follow their respective religion sincerely believing that they follow the right path. Christian and Islamic Revelation are different.
How can we know things reliably and chose freely when our reason, memory, interpetation of our experience, our traditions, our systems of belief and our scientific endeavours are inherently unreliable. What if we can discern things spiritually and we have things revealed to us directly by and all-knowing God. Would our will then be genuinely free?
The genuine people of God are those who have called upon the name of the Lord and heard the specific word of Jesus.
In the discussion/debate last night the overwhelming impression, despite denials, was that one could have either an atheistic/scientific viewpoint or a theistic/Christian one. I believe each of these is inadequate by itself.