Friday, 30 November 2018

Professor Kirke on John Allen Chau

https://www.challies.com/articles/on-the-death-of-john-allen-chau/

Tim Challies began his article well enough. But when he got to this ...

Fourth, zeal is meant to co-exist with wisdom. Where I think a lot of us are uncertain about Chau is whether or not he exercised wisdom in what he did. That is something that is likely to take a lot more time and a lot more information to discern. ... It will take time for us to learn the facts and then to decide whether he went about his mission in a wise or unwise way.

... I wished he'd instead gone for this piece of advice for us all (us all who are inclined to believe we need to form opinions on far off things we know little about, that is):


"My dear young lady," said the professor..."there is one plan which no one has yet suggested and which is well worth trying."

"What's that?" said Susan.

"We might all try minding our own business..."

- C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The daft things that materialists say

Famous atheist Bertrand Russell wrote - and you'll still here lots of atheists saying the same thing today:
I conclude that, while it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know.
There are very many things you could say in response to that.

The first thing to say is probably that, it's not something that ever was, or ever could be, discovered by the scientific method. And therefore, if we take it seriously, it is not itself part of the body of possible knowledge; and Bertrand Russell himself did not know it. Whoops.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Mortality

Michael Johnson: "I used to be fastest man over 200m but after my stroke it took me 15 minutes to walk length of hospital corridor."

That's the headline from an interview on the Telegraph website today.

Is Johnson describing something unusual, something surprising and shocking? Not at all. The only thing surprising or shocking about Michael Johnson is his, former, excellent health. In his prime, he was the fastest man over 200m and 400m that the world had ever seen. His physical ability and speed were exceptional. But the other part of the headline; the part about the decline in his health... that's utterly mundane. That part, in some form or fashion, happens to everybody who doesn't die "too early" because of some other tragedy.

Life is a one-way journey, to the grave. And, in the normal run of things, the most energetic bits, the healthiest bits, the peaks of physical health and achievement - these are mostly in the rear-view mirror, and increasingly far in the rear-view mirror.

And in this race, there is only ever one outcome, as far as this life goes: we lose. Eventually, the body gives out entirely: life ends. The time comes when you won't do 200m even if you're given 15 years, let alone 15 minutes, because your body will be in a box 6 feet under the ground.

But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ: death is not the end. Existence is not a short spurt of youth and activity followed by a long, slow decline and then final defeat and death. This life is just a drop in the ocean of eternity. And all the weakness, sorrow, pain and death itself are enemies that Jesus Christ has defeated, when he defeated the ultimate enemy - sin - through his death on the cross. All the sad and bad things are, as Sam Gamgee put it, going to come untrue. We don't need to rage and fight against the dying of the light - taking inspiration, as Michael Johnson now does (and good for him), in the hope of making the fastest possible recovery (this time). The dying of this temporary light is the setting of the moon and fading of the stars, the darkest part of the night, before the coming, glorious and eternal Son-rise.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Roman Catholic church now and then - why its central claim is and has always been false

Despite its seemingly endless round of scandals, and despite being ready to admit that it is infested with rotten leaders from top to bottom, many Roman Catholics remain loyal to Rome. They hold on for one root reason: they believe Rome's fundamental claim that the Roman Catholic institution is the church that Jesus founded. Jesus, they believe, founded a successional institution, head-quartered in Rome, whose historical continuity is to be found in a line of Bishops of Rome. Take away this claim, disprove this root claim, and the whole case for remaining loyal to the Roman Catholic church falls away. In this carefully argued piece, Steven Wedgworth demonstrates how that claim is plainly false to both the Bible, and to church history: https://calvinistinternational.com/2018/09/05/leadership-catholic-church-now-vs-then/

Monday, 6 August 2018

Abolishing shame

This article is excellent in its clarity and relevane, concerning the state of modern evangelicalism and the homosexual revolution: https://warhornmedia.com/2018/08/06/revoice-review-wesley-hill-aims-for-a-world-without-shame/

Friday, 3 August 2018

An authoritative Bible must be an inerrant Bible

There are some writers and teachers in the evangelical world who claim that the Bible (when properly interpreted) is not absolutely without error in all matters on which it pronounces.

At the same time they assert that they still, being evangelicals, hold that the Bible is the final authority in all matters on which it pronounces.

This position is logically incoherent. If, on some matter, the Bible proclaims something false, then on that matter, it is ipso facto less authoritative than any other source that proclaims the truth. And thus, the Bible cannot be authoritative in all matters on which it pronounces. A falsehood cannot be authoritative.

Thus it follows, that to proclaim an authoritative Bible is necessarily to proclaim an inerrant Bible. If someone openly says that they do not think that the Bible is inerrant, then they are also saying that they think that on some matters, other sources are a higher matter than the Bible. And, as night follows day, on those matters, the Bible is not the Word of God, and not inspired on those matters.

There are writers and teachers who want to say "A, B, C, D, ...", but then, for now, want to deny that they are heading towards E as the next step. Such are not friends of God's flock. Let us be careful what we believe about the Bible. When someone says that they believe, as you do, that the Bible is the authoritative word of God, but that, unlike you, they believe it has some mistakes, perhaps just small ones, they are self-deceived, and attempting to deceive others too. Either the Bible is the Word of God, or the Bible is a stew of mixed truth and falsehood like every other book in the world. There is no middle ground between these two positions.