A fascinating book to read and ponder is The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens. Peter Hitchens is the brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, a noted journalist and outspoken atheist. In this book Hitchens describes his journey to faith in Christ from a background in staunch atheism. As the title indicates, he also deals with the anger so many atheists exhibit against God and religion. He makes an interesting point. Why are the atheists so angry? If we believe in God, and they don’t, so be it. Why not just let each person have his own beliefs? Why be so enraged about the whole thing? Continue reading
An area that I find fascinating to study is quantum theory and the world of sub-atomic reality. Here is a world that is more bizarre than any science fiction story. Things are both particles and waves. Particles can be in two places in the same time. Once particles interact they can affect one another instantaneously, although separated by great distances. Time speeds up and slows down. Reality is affected by the simple act of observation. (We have to wait until the box is opened to find out if that live/dead cat is actually either one.) Things pop into and out of existence. And chance and randomness and probability seem to be the order of the day. Continue reading
Question: “If God is real, and He is good, then why does He allow evil to exist in the world?” P in Virginia.
My Answer: This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in the fields of philosophy or theology. It is a major obstacle to many people in their seeking after religious truth. It is an argument often used by skeptics, agnostics and atheists to question the goodness and/or reality of God Himself. Why is there is evil? And how can a good God allow it?
This is not a question that can be answered fully in this short space. However, we can give a partial answer that will hopefully offer some insight to anyone wrestling with this issue. Continue reading
Note: This posting is somewhat lengthier than most of those dealing with cultic groups and false teachings. However, the nature of the subject warrants a more in-depth consideration than normal.
There is a growing trend in some Christian circles to question whether hell is truly eternal, or only temporary. Generally it is asserted that a loving God would not condemn anyone to an eternal punishment. This is a serious enough issue that it needs to be addressed.
The first point that must be made is that we have only one genuine and reliable authority for deciding this issue. This is the Bible, the Word of God.
Second, it is obvious that much of real issue concerns the terms used in the Scriptures for hell and eternal destruction. Much of this study will concern the meaning of these terms and how to properly understand them. Continue reading