No plagarism here-I’m just that good.

For those of you asking, yes, I did post a slighly edited version of  “Five Things Christians Need To Stop Doing” at “AboveTopSecret.com”

Can science prove God?

Short answer: no. He either doesn’t exist, or else he doesn’t allow you to prove Him.

Why wouldn’t He allow it? Doesn’t He want people to accept Him?

It’s easy to accept something that’s obvious. What merit would there be in that? But something that requires a surrender of your ego, and your wisdom, and your self-will… ah, now that is something.

Christ may be likened to a secret prince, who went searching for a woman to be his bride, and kept his identity and wealth hidden, so as to test the sincerity of the woman’s love.

Having said that, here are some things I was thinking about the other day:

 

  1. According to the scientific law of conservation, energy cannot be created or destroyed. Since it is here, it must have always been here, and it will always be here. That means it’s eternal.
  2.  According to the law of Mass–energy equivalence, energy is the same as matter, just at a different speed. So when energy changes speed it becomes matter.
  3. Energy is everywhere, so we can say that it is omnipresent.
  4. According to 1-3, you have an eternal, creative, omnipresent force. Religion just attempts to give that force intelligence and call it God. Human beings are energy/matter that has an intelligence-why not a greater one that is called God?
  5. How does something which is physical (the brain) create something non-physical (the mind)? If we are all just sacks of chemicals and electricity, where does the mind come from?
  6. Let us say that man continues to progress, that uses science to increase his lifespan indefinitely, that he learns the power of atom manipulation to change reality, and the secret of faster-than-light travel. Would he not be essentially, a god? So why is the idea of God so far-fetched?

Do these ideas prove that God exists? Of course not. To prove something would require testable data, unbiased observation and repeatable experiments logically leading to a conclusion. Of course, when some atheist says, “God is a myth, religion is bullshit, it’s a fairy tale and you are an idiot if you think otherwise,” he has not proven this statement either. He has provided no conclusive data. He is simply responding emotionally to something about religion he doesn’t like (hypocrisy, morality,) or something he doesn’t understand (some misheard, misspoken or misunderstood doctrine.)

Is this argument likely to convince atheists to accept the idea of God? Let me see…it’s about as likely as Rick Warren casting a demon out of someone or Joel Osteen throwing someone out of his church for sexual sin. In other words, no.

What is Truth?

If you ask a Christian, they would say, “the Bible.” The Bible is God’s word, period, end of story. But what if it is something not found in the Bible but that agrees with God’s word? Could we quote pagan philosophers? “Oh sure, you’d say, maybe for a sermon point or two.” It’s not like the Bible ever quotes pagan philosophers to illustrate truths, right?

Except that it totally does.

Paul quotes Epimenidis in Acts 17:28 and from Aratus in Acts 17:29 (both of whom are pagan prophets writing about Zeus) Jude quotes from the Apocryphal book of Enoch in Jude 15 and Paul quotes Cretan prophets in Titus 1:12-13.

I believe that God knows all, and everything that is true comes from Him-whether it is mentioned in the Bible or not.

What about oral tradition?

What we call the New Testament is a series of letters and memoirs recounting the oral teachings of Christ and his disciples. It is no different than a teaching or a practice started by Christ or his disciples and simply passed down by word of mouth through the ages. But, somehow, we get all weird about that. Like, if it’s in the Book, it’s true, but if it got started by the disciples at the time of the Book and didn’t get written down for a couple of hundred more years, it doesn’t count.

“But,” you say, “they could have changed it!” They could have changed the written accounts too, but few Christians think that. There were plenty of alternate Gospels and letters supposedly from disciples circulating out there, which is one of the reasons Christians got together and voted on which books should go in the Bible.

In most parts of the world, for most of human history, oral tradition is how religious ideas were passed down. Even the Bible admits that oral teaching is superior to the written word. 2nd Thess. 2:15 puts oral tradition on par with Paul’s letters, and 2 John 12 shows that the disciples preferred face-to-face teaching over the written word.

I’m interested in finding out what the traditions of the early Church were. What did the “fathers” of the church, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, and Augustine teach?

Let’s hear it for graven images

When I read the book of Revelation, I am awestruck. The descriptions of Heaven are stunning-it is a richly decorated place, with an altar and incense-it is a temple, a building which aids the worshiper in reverence and worship of God. This is what I think of when I go into a cathedral. When I enter a modern Evangelical church, I’m not even sure I’m in the house of God. There is no altar, no cross, and no finery. It might as well be an auditorium to hear a business or academic lecture. There is nothing there to offend someone who might wander in off the street. People show up in their jeans; sometimes coffee is served. Does this prepare us to fall on our faces before the majesty of God, as we will one day? Do we imagine that Heaven consists of us sitting around drinking coffee with Jesus?

Of course, this informality has been done to combat “idolatry.” The best and most beautiful explanation of the use of imagery in worship that I have heard is the comparison to a man or a woman who carries pictures of their kids and spouse in their wallet or purse. No one believes that the person loves those pictures instead of their family; the images are simply a reminder. In the same way, no one actually “worships” a crucifix or the stained glass windows. Maybe its time to get some statues in the churches, or an altar or other holy place, to help create a proper feeling of reverence in our worship. Perhaps we’ve become a little too casual with Christ.