Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
A Sad, Sobering Statistic
01/17/2006 - James WhiteJust a few days ago it was reported that for every 100 babies born in New York City, 74 babies died in abortions in 2004. There were 124,100 live births and 91,700 murders of helpless, unique human lives at the hands of "doctors" in NYC in 2004. Face it: Saddam Hussein didn't kill as many people in one place in one year. Their blood cries out.
A Bit More On Dawkins
01/09/2006 - James WhiteAfter posting the link below Pastor Roger Brazier over in the UK (London, specifically--my host for my upcoming UK tour) dropped me this link to a series Dawkins is doing on channel 4 in England, and Jason from the UK came in channel and talked about it as well. Isn't interesting how biologists become experts on religion and history? Dawkins is the perfect example of a fundamentalist atheist, spouting such contradictory and silly statements as, "Faith, by definition, defies evidence: it is untested and unshakeable, and is therefore in direct contradiction with science." As I noted below, it must take a lot of energy for Dawkins to suppress the knowledge of God on a daily basis, and evidently, he's getting angry about having to do it all the time, so he lashes out in this fashion. Believe me, folks like this would love to see the faith suppressed by governmental intervention "for the good of human kind."
The Religion of Man
01/09/2006 - James WhiteMany of us were simply disgusted with the judge who recently sentenced a child rapist to 60 days in jail so that he could go into "rehabilitation" on time, saying he (the judge) no longer believed in punishment. But, if we were thinking clearly about how our society is disintegrating and "slouching toward Sodom," as it has been put, we would not be surprised. Punishment is only for humans created in the image of God. Punishment is only relevant when man bears the image of God and is something more than a dog or a tree. Once that foundational belief is lost, as it has been in Western society, law, justice, and an ordered society, becomes irrelevant.
Want a glowing example? A.D. (hat tip) sent me this URL this morning. It's Richard Dawkins, one of the leading proponents of evolutionary theory, discussing the same issue. If his words send a chill up your spine, they should. This is the black hole of meaninglessness and anti-theism that inevitably flows from his worldview. Thankfully, few people have the stick-to-itiveness that Dawkins has: the amount of energy he must expend daily to suppress the knowledge of God burned into his very being must be prodigious!
Dembski and the Book of Daniel
01/07/2006 - James WhiteWilliam Dembski posted this parody on his blog. I found it very fitting on the morning after seeing the second hour of The Book of Daniel last night. I had not intended to watch it, though I had heard all about the furor over it. I simply do not watch a lot of television. But someone in channel mentioned that the Suns were tromping all over the Heat, so I turned it on, and it happened to be on NBC, so, since I was doing the "Please, please, let me get this Bluetooth stuff installed" thing anyway, I kept it on. It was pretty much what I expected. Though I refuse to poison my mind with the graphic scenes in Brokeback Mountain, in reading in-depth reviews I gather Hollywood has invested its best in creating a focused apologetic for homosexuality--one that keeps your attention tightly centered on the emotional hot-buttons they are using to keep you from either seeing the big picture or thinking clearly about all the other relationships being destroyed by the perverted selfishness of two individuals. So I was hardly surprised to find Daniel well written, well paced, and witty. Of course, the Jesus figure in the show is simply laughable, but accurately portrays the 1960s style hippy Jesus the left can be comfortble with: nothing divine, nothing sovereign, nothing challenging about this bearded, effeminate figure standing across the room practicing his golf swing (yes, that's what they had him doing in one scene). But the rest of the cast is perfectly suited to the task of promoting an empty-headed religiosity to a postmodern culture. Immorality runs rampant with every form of homosexuality, adultery and fornication, theft, dishonesty---it's just your regular ol' American story, or so someone wants us to believe. The male homosexual character is soon to graduate as a doctor--he isn't the kind of homosexual you see in gay pride marches dancing down the road in a thong. No, Hollywood knows better than that.
Just one glaring example of the "overwhelm the emotions, end critical thinking, create lasting (if irrational) impact in muddled postmodern minds" methodology against which most are utterly without defense these days: the minister's father, a bishop, is blissfully unaware that his grandson has chosen to be a homosexual. The bishop's wife has Alzheimers. With the best of the videographer's skills, you are drawn into the tragedy of Alzheimers as you see her for a moment knowing who he is, and the next slapping him for touching her. If you are human, you are drawn into his pain. Then...a few moments later...he is putting on his shirt after committing adultery with a woman from the leadership of the church---and they stand there talking about how tragic her condition is, and how he should not feel guilty. You feel for him---so, right as that emotion sets in, *smack* show him committing adultery and excusing himself in the process. See, it isn't that bad! Covenants mean nothing! Gotta get your gratification you know, even in your mid sixties! He has needs! Those needs obviously outweigh solemn vows! I mean, it is obvious his whole church mocks the idea of marriage to begin with--it is just a convenience, so why worry about it? Probably one of the saddest things about the presentation is that it is so accurate to so much of modern Episcopalianism.
And so returning to the parody Dembski posted above...the man is saying, "I need a belief system that serves my needs right away." Bingo. Exactly. Man-centered religion. A Jesus without power, authority, purpose, or truth. That's The Book of Daniel and that is the face of the modern "mainstream" denominations that continue to morph into whatever a God-hating society wants them to be. Thankfully, God is still in the business of changing hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, opening blind eyes, and drawing His people unto Himself. And so we press on, seeking to be faithful.