Archive for April 2010

Is This the Godfather?

April 7, 2010

“The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.”

So now our government practically takes out a hit on an American citizen. I’m so confused. First, we give an international terrorist the protection of our law in our courts, then refuse the same to an American citizen. What’s next?

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Ok, Kids, Who Wants a Nuclear Free World?

April 6, 2010

Here’s a video that’s making the rounds.  I’m concerned because there seems to be no strategy for accomplishing a nuclear free world. I just can’t see how it can be done. Now that the technology exists, how can we un-know how to make these weapons? As reported in the video, 84 percent of Americans reported they would feel safer knowing that no country had nuclear weapons. Well, no kidding. I’d also feel safer knowing no one wanted to rob or assault me. The problem is, how do we get to that happy place?

Taking Care

April 6, 2010

How immature must people be to simply accept without question the idea that God and/or government should take care of them? My previous post about the argument that God must not exist because people are unhappy leads me to this thought. Too many of us think that government is not good unless it takes care of us. We expect our lives to be trouble-free, and so of course the government must ensure that.

This morning I read that already 20 percent of households in the United States are dependent on the government for their income. And I do NOT mean civil servants. We’re talking welfare. How much longer can we sustain this kind of redistribution of wealth?

Does God Exist?

April 6, 2010

I know it’s futile to try to prove or disprove God’s existence, but it’s compelling just the same.

I heard a co-worker the other day claim that he was certain God did not exist, because he’d been good all his life and he has nothing to show for it. So God doesn’t exist because this guy is unhappy?

It occurred to me how difficult it would have been for God to make that happen. He could not have made us free to choose and happy at the same time. Besides, if we were always “happy” and content we wouldn’t know it, so how would that work out? I mean, He can’t even get us to love Him as it is, so how could he give us whatever we want?

Which calls to mind another argument that gets my goad. That God must not exist because horrible bad things happen to people. How could He love us and allow so much suffering? That question always made me think of a whining child.

And how could God engineer a world in which we are free to choose and yet not suffer? No matter where He drew the line — where He made the edge of our experience — we would have asked the same question. Imagine a universe that never got hotter than 75 degrees or colder than 65 degrees. Would we appreciate that? Of course not. We would only know the extremes of that creation, so when it was 75 we’d all complain about how unbearably hot is was, and when it got all the way down to 65 we’d shiver and ask why.

Think about it – God could have made the world even worse. Or perhaps He could have made it better. In either case we’d complain just the same.

The Older I Get

April 6, 2010

You may have heard the saying, “the more I learn the less I know.” I’m becoming quite familiar with the feeling. I used to be so confident and certain about many things, but the more experience I gain, and the more reality creeps in, the more I realize there are few absolute certainties. You know, the broader my understanding the less certain I am.

There are, however, two things I am more certain of every day. 1) I will never fully understand the kind of love that allows God to sacrifice His Son for me, and 2) I will never be worthy.