Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Charles Darwin Killed Terri Schiavo
03/31/2005 - James WhiteI have not addressed the Schiavo situation over the past number of months, not because I have not been watching the situation with great interest, but because everyone else has been saying almost everything you could possibly say about it. Now that Mrs. Schiavo has been put to death in the most inhuman possible way (who can argue otherwise? We show more mercy to mass murders and rapists than to those whose brains do not function "up to par") through the actions of a godless judiciary and an adulterous husband who is living with another woman and has already fathered children with her, there will be no end to the commentaries and discussion. So I wish to look at the foundational issue that will not be discussed at all in the MSM (mainstream media): the culture of death that has blossomed in Western culture.
First, I truly believe the speed with which Western culture has embraced a view of mankind that is utterly opposed to God's truth is a mark of His judgment coming upon a culture that has shown its deep hatred of His law and His rulership over mankind. God's wrath is being revealed against all the ungodliness of man who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18), and that wrath is becoming clearer and clearer in its impact to anyone who has eyes to see it (eyes that require a mind enlightened by God's Word). Those who hate God's law will be given a darkened mind, and that mind, devoid of God's light, will become more and more opposed to His truth and more intent upon self-destruction. Since the reprobate mind hates God's truth, the fact that man is created in God's image will be one of the primary things suppressed and attacked. And the past history of Western culture is replete with evidence of the accuracy of this observation.
Next, I have titled this short entry "Charles Darwin Killed Terri Schiavo" simply to make one point: when culture as a whole embraces the idea that man is merely an animal, the random result of the chance toss of the cosmic die, a purposeless biological accident without any meaningful superiority to an ape, a dog, or a microbe, no firm basis can be provided for a culture of compassion and life. The natural realm is a savage place, and there is no reason, within an evolutionary framework, to seek such things as compassion, tenderness, or mercy. We are seeing, especially in European culture, but more and more in the United States as well, the long-term impact of a belief in not the theory of evolution, but the religion of evolution. The impact of religious naturalistic materialism is tremendously clear as we see the judiciary abandoning the rule of law (especially as law reflects God's creatorship and sovereignty) and issuing edicts that treat man as a mere animal, or worse (in the case of Terri Schiavo). Given that the evolutionary worldview cannot provide any basis for morality, the moral fiber of the culture is collapsing into a mass of internal self-contradiction due to the fact that forces of evil cannot immediately wipe out all monuments of our past recognition of God's law. God's grace continues to produce people who will not shut their mouths about the fact that we are created in God's image, and the result is seen all around us.
Terri Schiavo is gone, but the forces that killed her are not only still with us, but they are now setting their sights upon doing more and more to continue to suppress the truth of God in culture.
A Fascinating Commentary on Jesus and Sola Scriptura
03/30/2005 - James White...and that from a Jewish perspective. From World Magazine.
The Godless Oligarchy
03/30/2005 - James WhiteI don't know how long this link will be valid, but you have probably read about the 3-2 vote of the Colorado Supreme Court throwing out the death penalty conviction of one Robert Harlan all due to the citation of the Bible during the deliberations. Harlan, a murdering rapist thug, deserves the death penalty, but now the citizens of Colorado will get to feed and clothe and care for him for the rest of his life, and for what reason? Because someone dared to read a Bible in the deliberations. Let's not worry about the fact that the same Scripture passages may be chiseled in marble on various court buildings (the ACLU hasn't managed to expunge every reference to our Christian heritage quite yet)---never mind that the Ten Commandments are on the wall behind the US Supreme Court. Never mind that some of us actually have the passages cited memorized. No, the single work that influenced the writing of our Constitution and our laws more than any other cannot be read in a jury room, and its worldview cannot be allowed to "influence" the Secular Utopia of the modern American Judiciary. The rule of law has ended: begin the rule of the Priest-King-Judge. We see it all around us. A small class of liberal activist judges have hi-jacked our government, and no one seems to have any idea what to do about it.
This most recent judiciary fiasco illustrates, to a fine point, the effect of the wrath of God upon a nation that has turned its back upon His law. Unrighteous judges are a plague, as Israel discovered (Psalm 82). How someone can call themselves a judge and decide that a murdering rapist will live because someone read the book that we used to have in every courtroom and upon which every witness used to swear is beyond all reason, and shows the effect of the darkening of the mind Paul described in Romans 1. Combine this with the attempt by some in the UK to pass a law criminalizing speech that might "offend" (i.e., in essence outlawing the preaching of the Gospel) and you can see what happens when nations that once basked in the light of the truth come under God's judgment.