Theophily:

"What makes it difficult for us to see the truth about God, I think, isn’t his overwhelming immensity but our overwhelming self-centeredness. Looking past ourselves is a lot harder to do than most of us realize…We judge him by our standards of justice, fairness, power, and mercy. We even measure his greatness by our own ideals of greatness."
Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep
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There is a concept called body autonomy. Its generally considered a human right. Bodily autonomy means a person has control over who or what uses their body, for what, and for how long. Its why you can’t be forced to donate blood, tissue, or organs. Even if you are dead. Even if you’d save or improve 20 lives. It’s why someone can’t touch you, have sex with you, or use your body in any way without your continuous consent.

A fetus is using someone’s body parts. Therefore under bodily autonomy, it is there by permission, not by right. It needs a persons continuous consent. If they deny and withdraw their consent, the pregnant person has the right to remove them from that moment. A fetus is equal in this regard because if I need someone else’s body parts to live, they can also legally deny me their use.

By saying a fetus has a right to someone’s body parts until it’s born, despite the pregnant person’s wishes, you are doing two things.

1. Granting a fetus more rights to other people’s bodies than any born person.
2. Awarding a pregnant person less rights to their body than a corpse.

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Hannah Goff (x)

This is valid. Perhaps, if people really want to give additional rights and protections to the unborn, they need to support fetal development outside of a woman’s body. Yes, I’m talking about 3D printing and jars and all that gory stuff, but if you’re serious about these fetii then you’ll get cracking on the hard science.

(via stevestillblogs)

This is not valid. It’s a canard.

Watch this video in it’s entirety and re-evaluate. It’s just a guy talking before Congress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXtcCvbj6CI&feature=youtu.be

(Source: kimmymary, via stevestillblogs)

Judging Others →

The allergy our culture has when it comes to judging, or being judged has bothered me for years. JP Moreland does a great job distinguishing between condemning and evaluating and how they both get wrapped up under the heading of judgement. One we are told to avoid, one we are to practice in love.

"Not long ago I heard a sermon to the effect that we are not to judge others and try to tell them how to live.  In a similar vein, yesterday’s Orange County Register featured a study of younger churchgoers according to which they want their churches to be less judgmental and more caring.  Now there is something right about this, because in a sense to be clarified shortly, we are, indeed, not to judge others.  But, given the current therapeutic culture in which we live and move and have our being, there is something seriously wrong with this perspective.  Let me explain.

In Matthew 7:1-5 we find the classic New Testament text about judging others.  Before we look at it, we need to distinguish two senses of judging:  condemning and evaluating.”

Continue Reading…

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 #truth

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 #truth

#wisdom #truth

#wisdom #truth

"Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words." is a quote that people love to throw around, and well, it’s just silly. This video does a great job at demonstrating why.

Sending Positive Thoughts

When people use that term it kinda annoys me.

It often seems to me that people who think of themselves as rational evidentialists are the ones who do that. Do they really believe that their thoughts have any influence on another persons heath or well-being?

I doubt it.

Why say it then? I think it’s because they want to feel like they’re doing something but refuse to humble themselves before their creator, and ask the one who can have influence, for help.

It’s the lame, useless version of “I’ll pray for you”.

The only person your thoughts affect, is you. Pretending that they have influence on others is silly.

And if you really believe that your thoughts can affect others… Well, I suppose we all make idols of ourselves in one way or another.

Love Alone Saves No One

How many times have you heard someone say that the golden rule or just ‘loving God and your neighbor’ is the essence of Christianity? Have you heard others defend the inclusivist position that it doesn’t matter if someone believes in Jesus, as long as they love God and others. Maybe that’s what you believe.

"And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 22:35-40

Catch that?

On these two COMMANDMENTS depend all the LAW and the Prophets.

Jesus was answering the question, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” NOT talking about salvation. He said that all the Prophets and the Law depend on loving God and loving our neighbor.

So what? Let’s connect this to what the Bible says elsewhere about the Law and salvation.

Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, what did the Apostle Paul say about the Law?

"Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin." ~Romans 3:19-20

We could read then:

For by loving God and our neighbors (works of the law) no human being will be justified.

Hmmm… So if you promote just loving God and others as a means of salvation, your telling others they can earn that salvation by law-keeping.

Really, you may want to rethink that. That is a VERY heavy burden for one to bear. In fact, it impossible, which is why Jesus bore it for us.

Next time… Imputed Righteousness!

Just a Lament

Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips.

My inmost self is destruction; my throat is an open grave;

What comes out of my mouth proceeds from my heart, and this defiles me. For out of my heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile me.

My tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. My tongue is set among my members, staining my whole body, setting on fire the entire course of my life, and set on fire by Hell.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.

Now to him who is able to keep me from stumbling and to present me blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, my Savior, through Jesus Christ my Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.