>Don’t play this if you are not willing to pay attention and think. This is between James McDonald and C. J. Mahanney, two of my favorite pastors. James is confused a bit by C. J.’s statements, and that’s okay, because it makes those willing to think, think. And that’s a good thing:
A Fact-Free Election?
We just went through an election where the facts didn’t matter. And if you don’t believe me, then sit down for this item. Talk show host John Ziegler commissioned a poll by John Zogby to test the knowledge of more than 500 Obama voters in a nationwide survey conducted after the election. The results are shocking. It must be noted upfront that virtually all those surveyed had high school diplomas, and more than half had college degrees. Only 2% of Obama voters earned “perfect or near-perfect scores on a post election test which gauged their knowledge of statements and scandals associated with the presidential tickets.”
For example: 57% could not correctly say which party controlled Congress; 88% did not know that Obama said his policies would bankrupt the coal industry; 56% did not know that Obama started his political career at the home of two former domestic terrorists; and 72% did not know that Joe Biden dropped out of a previous campaign due to plagiarism. But, 94% knew Sarah Palin had a pregnant teenage daughter; 86% knew Sarah Palin had $150,000 in clothes purchased for her; and 87% said that Sarah Palin stated she could see Russia from her house. Sarah Palin never actually said that – Tiny Fey of Saturday Night Live fame did. You can learn more about this poll and John Ziegler’s upcoming documentary, “Media Malpractice” at: http://www.HowObamaGotElected.com.
This may seen humorous, but it is no laughing matter. Elections have consequences, and there are serious issues at stake. Yet, throughout the campaign, I regularly ran into pro-life voters who did not know that Barack Obama strongly supported the Freedom of Choice Act and had pledged to sign it as one of his top priorities. I got angry emails from folks taking me to task for suggesting that Obama supported same-sex “marriage.” But they did not know that he had called the Defense of Marriage Act “an abhorrent law” and supports its total repeal. Clearly, in the next election cycle we have to do a lot better educating the electorate.
Here is part of what William Lane Craig (research prof at Talbot) wrote in the July issue of “Christianity Today”:
“…some might think the resurgence of natural theology in our time is merely so much labor lost. For don’t we live in a postmodern culture in which appeals to such apologetic arguments are no longer effective? Rational arguments for the truth of theism are no longer supposed to work. Some Christians therefore advise that we should simply share our narrative and invite people to participate in it.
“This sort of thinking is guilty of a disastrous misdiagnosis of contemporary culture. The idea that we live in a postmodern culture is a myth. In fact, a postmodern culture is an impossibility; it would be utterly unlivable. People are not relativistic when it comes to matters of science, engineering, and technology; rather, they are relativistic and pluralistic in matters of religion and ethics. But, of course, that’s not postmodernism; that’s modernism! That’s just old-line verificationism, which held that anything you can’t prove with your five senses is a matter of personal taste. We live in a culture that remains deeply modernist.”
The entire article is worth reading; too bad most find even the extract above too long and too hard to read. If you made it this far, drop a comment and tell me what you think! Ah, there’s that word…”think.” And as Edison said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is why so few engage in it.”
Perhaps truer of most Christians than we’d like to admit…
Let’s set the stage: Genesis 2.15-17, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
The remainder of chapter 2 describes the creation of other living creatures, climaxed in the formation of Eve. Eve was not present when God instructed Adam about the trees of the garden.
Chapter 3.1-3 says, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die’.”
Now, are either of those alleged quotations correct? No. God did not say they couldn’t eat “of any tree.” Neither did he say, as Eve states, “neither shall you touch it.”
Satan misquotes intentionally; Eve adds. Where did she get the “neither shall you touch it.” From her own imagination? Or did Adam, perhaps in good intentions, tell her that God actually said that, thinking that he needed to add to God’s instruction? Scripture does not provide an answer.
Satan’s question is exceedingly important. “Has God really said?” The danger to the faith is not the atheists; the danger is from people who say they are Christians who play games with the Word of God; either by denying and deleting certain verses; or by adding to the Word, in sometimes very subtle ways.
The virgin birth. The trinity of God. The substitutionary death of Jesus. The resurrection. These and more “fundamental” doctrines are under attack…and increasingly so.
What do you think? What has God said about these and other subjects? Don’t tell me what your pastor, denomination, or favorite author says…what do you say?
That requires thinking…devoting time to not only scripture reading but biblical thinking. And, like all thinking, that requires time, work, effort. And it displays obedience to 2 Peter 3.18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”