Monday, July 10, 2006

Food for thought on Philosophical questions.

Question #1: "Why are the fundamental questions of life (like where do we come from and why are we here?) so rarely discussed by the "average" person?" (Phil Haversack).

My answer: Because those questions, even though they are fundamental, are not average. If the average person were to properly answer such questions it would require above average amounts of time and research, and the answer will force one to live above average lifestyles.
In answering those questions posed above I must say that according to Genesis chapter 1 we are created by God. That is where we come from. The reason we are here is to serve , have relationship with, and glorify God. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6, KJV). It must be understood that without a divine being there is no purpose in life. The reason being is that purpose is the object for which something exists (www.thefreedictionary.com) Evolution provides no purpose because if evolution is true we have no object to exist for. We are here by chance for no reason according to evolution, "Science alone cannot provide a meaning to life."(http://wiki.cotch.net/index.php/If_man_comes_from_random_causes,_life_has_no_purpose_or_meaning)
Most people acknowledge the shallowness and meaninglessness of life without God. Most people want those feeling of shallowness filled with purpose. Now you can temporarily fill them with videogames, sex, doing whatever pleases you. But if you live that way you say that nothing matters, history doesn't matter, the future doesn't matter etc... but you don't believe yourself because you don't live it out, if you did there would be no reason (according to your philosophy) to not throw yourself off the top of the Empire State Building. But because you have a fear of something, a fear of death or pain, you will not do that. The reason you fear is you are not sure of yourself or your philosophy. The Bible says in Proverbs 28:26 "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered." (NKJV). And so if you try to invent your own purpose you are a fool. Now look at say Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and he was completely sure of himself and of his faith in Christ. Now, you logically tell me which one you'd rather be.

Question 2: "What is truth?" (wikipedia).

My answer: I must use something I've already quoted. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6, KJV). According to David Guzik "a. In light of soon events, this declaration is a paradox: Jesus' way would be the cross; He would be convicted by blatant liars; His body would soon lie lifeless in a tomb

b. But because He took that way, He is the way to God; because He did not contest the lies we can believe His truth; because He was willing to die He becomes the channel of resurrection life unto us

c. The exclusiveness of this statement is staggering; if there are many ways to God, Jesus is not one of them ".


Some more philosophical quotes:

1. "Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it." (Albert Camus).

My response: That can be true, but what is also true is that many who lack courage can overcome it by defying that very lack. Many to overcome a lack of courage have a philosophy to justify being brave. "Be strong and of a good courage fear not nor be afraid of them for the Lord thy God he it is that doth go with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee." (Dueteronomy 31:6, KJV).

2. "The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men." (Gilbert Chesterton).

My response: I actually agree with this statement. If modern philosophers justify such atrocities as abortion, support such immoral things as gay marriage, and desire to remove all traces of Christianity from society then philosophers are a greater threat then burglars and bigamists.

3. "If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." (Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault]).

My response: Yes, quite true. Often when evolutionists try to argue for evolution "well its what most of the scientists believe." Well, most of the scientists used to think Galileo was crazy, just because it is what the majority believes that is not what makes it right.

Of Stoics and Epicureans.

Stoicism claims that freedom is secured by the removal of desires, and they don't much approve of emotions either. Well, I will contend that true freedom comes from Christ. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2, KJV). What we really need to be freed from is sin and death, and Jesus is the only one who gives that freedom. "But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 15:57, KJV). We do not need to be free from things like love, peace, gentleness etc... those are charachteristics that are desirable. And once we accept Jesus God will give us those things, for "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23, KJV). Notice that against such things there is no law, so we see that the Stoics were wrong in claiming all desires and emotion must be removed.

Epicureanism claims that fulfilling desires is basically the way to obtain pleasure. However I will contend that true joy comes from God, one of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. In Romans Paul says "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." (Romans 15:13, KJV). And in Philippians 4:4 we are told "Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice." (KJV).

I could go on for days answering philosophies and Stoics and Epicureans, but I will end now, possibly to several people delight. Anyway, God bless.

2 Comments:

Blogger Whymrhymer said...

Oh Wow! Do you have your head in the sand!

Best scientific guess is we came from the primordial swamp (a swamp designed by what you would call a God). Why we're here? That's a question that noone can answer.

Sat Jul 15, 11:56:00 AM 2006  
Blogger sweetswede said...

While you are entitled to your opinions that does not make them real nor right. And while I do not feel evolution is the best scientific guess I suppose you do.

At any rate there are several Creation sites that I feel support me. Some of you may want to check them out and note that many scientists are now reconsidering evolution.

http://www.creationscience.com/

As far as why we are here you've agreed that evolution doesn't provide an answer. As you have read I feel God does give purpose, we are here because of Him.

Sat Jul 15, 04:18:00 PM 2006  

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