How did the author of Genesis originally intend for the creation account in Genesis to be taken? Is the day-age interpetation ad-hoc, or are they restroing original intentions to the work?
For those lacking in knowledge of the day-age/old-earth creationism views, see the link below:
Has morality (objective or absolute) ever existed without the initiation by religion? To me it seems like non-theists have an ad-hoc position on morality in the same way religion has an ad-hoc position in scientific advancements. Thoughts on this?
What was the original intent of seperation church and state and does it conflict with how it is used today?
Also, why have we taken one sentence out of a personal letter and assume its implied in the constitution and the amendments?
Many people bring up the issue that sending people to fell for finite deeds for an eternity is unfsir because the punishment does not fit the crime. However they miss the point. The reason people are sent to hell is for rejection of God. One of two things happen:
1) You disbelieve in God. God says ok in your worldview I do not exist. So God sends you to hell because he is not there.
2) You complete reject God and say you do not want any part in him. So God sends you to hell because he is not there.
In both cases you are given what you want. Even number one is more leanient to number two because number one is usually said in a way to say number two without the consequnces.
The "God of gaps" is a term used to describe how young earth creationists support their intelligent design theory. It is how they support "irredusable complexity" and combat evolution. In reality it is simply a lack of imagination and is equivelant to them saying I [insert name here] cannot imagine how [insert a biological organ or process] couldve evolved" and is a very weak arguement. As a old-age creationists I find similar arguements with atheists when i present my ideas. They do not see any mention of planets or galaxies or any specific mention of evolution and dismiss the idea. They ignore certian literary devices and the hebrew language completely. My question is the "god of gaps" comparable to the atheist refusing to look at theistic evolution and the theistic big bang due to their lack of imagination?
1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
Basically if Christ just died and didn't rise again, Christians are screwed. However if he did rise again, all others have something to think about.
Idolatry (biblical)- worshiping idols in turn creating an image they believe to have power but forgeting their own role in creating that as an idol in their own mind.
Scientific idolatry- applying the above to scientific principles:
Today the average person-including a good many scientists-treat tye ideas, concepts, and theories, of science in excactly the same way the ancients treated their golden calves. We take quarks, black holes, and the big bang theory to be objective elements in an authoratative desciption of an external, indepedent reality. We forget or sepress the fact these elements areideas that came originally from the human mind, as do all the arguements we use to justify them. All tue scientific concepts and theories, together with tye whole system and rationale if the so-called scientific method, clearly originated in the human mind. The complex, extensive, detailed, abd astonishing picture of the natural world that we call science is the product of human thought, insigight, and genius. It neither external , nor independent, nor final, nor even provable. Tye whole structure and content of science, including its fabled emperical method, is like vast intricate games whose rules, playing board, and pieces were all created by human beings fir their use, benefit, amusement, power, and security.
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Most people either argue for either evolution or ID (Intelligent Design, a.k.a. Creation), but could both be correct? Here's an illustration. Many solutions in chemistry need stirring for the reaction to be completed. If not, the solution just sort of sits their and stay extremely unsaturated. Could God have been the one to stir the pot of evolution?
For those who know me, this is NOT a religous debate. I'm taking a break from that for a little while. Do other peoples desicion made in your lifetime has an absolute effect (only one possible "output") or only influence you're decisions?
Are their any unjustified atrocities in the Old Testament? Examples of "justified" acts:
A) exposed to 25 years of truth and rejected it
B)was a judgement
C)not a single righteous person in the city outside of Lot's family (Genesis 18:23-33)
D)Lot's family allowed to escape
2)The Flood (true or not it is used in arguments)
A)AT LEAST one hundred years of pleading by Noah which is mocked
B)none were found righteous except for Noah's family
C)was a judgement
A)The Amalekites are a predatory, raiding, and nomadic group; and are descendants of Esau (and hence, distant cousins to Israel).
B)They would have been aware of the promise of the Land TO Israel, from the early promises to Esau's twin Jacob.
C)They did NOT live in Canaan (but in the lower, desert part of the Negev--a region south of where Judah will eventually settle), and would NOT have been threatened by Israel--had they believed the promises of God.
D)As soon as Israel escapes Egypt--before they can even 'catch their breath'--the Amalekites make a long journey south(!) and attack Israel.
E)Their first targets were the helpless (the Amalekites attacked the helpless)
F)Saul orders the innocent Kenites to move out if the way giving the Amalekites plenty of warning
4)Nineveh- an example of when people do heed God's warning
There is an obvious pattern here:
1)The annihilations are judgments.
2)These judgments are for publicly-recognized (indeed, international and cross-cultural in scope!) cruelty and violence of an EXTREME and WIDESPREAD nature.
3)These judgments are preceded by LONG PERIODS of warning/exposure to truth (and therefore, opportunity to "change outcomes").
4)Innocent adults are given a 'way out'
5)Household members share in the fortunes of the parents (for good or ill).
6)Somebody ALWAYS escapes (Lot, Noah, Kenites)