A philosopher from Paris once commented, "God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don't feel so good myself." His attitude illustrates the pessimism rampant in our culture today.
If there really is a God, people wonder, why has He allowed so much suffering in the world?
Many Christians honestly struggle with that same question. Only by turning to the Bible can we begin to understand the problem of suffering.
Basically, there are four types of suffering. The first type is that which comes as the result of natural disasters, such as an earthquake or a large storm. The suffering that results from these disasters happens to . . .
The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, ?non-establishment? has been redefined as 'separation,? effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.
?Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?? read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.
The text of the advertisement read:
'the radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a war of ideas. A war of conscience. It's a religious war. This war strikes at the very heart of our Constitution and threatens the freedoms we hold most dear. Freedom to worship as we . . .
It was one week before Christmas. I was 10 years old. Was I contemplating what gifts may await me under the tree? No. My mind was consumed with worry that I would not get home before my father died.
I had just taken my final exams at Quilmes Preparatory School, a private British boarding school I attended near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was getting ready to go home for the holidays when my grandmother, who lived nearby, called.
"Luis," she said, ignoring any amenities, "your dad is very sick. We really have to pray for him." She gave me no details, but I had a terrible feeling he was dead or dying.
Let's not overlook a power greater than politics as we seek to change America
America's simmering pot of politics is set to boil over. From now until election day, we'll hear a lot about "political power." And once again, according to a recent [February 2000] survey by the Barna Research Group, the "born again constituency" of 83 million American adults may emerge as a key voting block in the presidential election.
That power tempts evangelicals to trust in political answers to return America to biblical values. As followers of Jesus Christ, we should know better. America is in trouble because the great majority of its people have yet to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Greg's response to a letter which asserted there is no qualitative difference between animals and humans.
Let me sum up my thinking on this. My point was not that all of math historically is discovered before any science is done. People are aware of early math --2 + 2 = 4--and they use it in the exploration of the universe. As they learn, and maybe even discover things about the universe that are not explained by math, people probe the area of math more to learn more about it. The exploration of the physical universe stimulates a pursuit of a non-physical thing, the non-physical arena of math. Math isn't physical, numbers aren't physical, plus and equal and minus aren't physical, and equations aren't physical. We write them on the board and there is a physical representation of them, but those are only tokens. Math isn't the scratch of chalk on the board. Math is the concept of the numerals in plus and minus and equal relations. So, we can explore this world much like we explore the material realm. But they are two separate disciplines. Our limitations in exploring the material realm might stimulate our exploration in the non-material realm of math so that we can be more effective at exploring the material realm. But, if math came from science, science would not be limited by the lack of development in math. You observe that there was an attempt to make some sense of the movement of the bodies in the heavens that couldn't be done because the math wasn't up to speed. If math came from science in an organic relationship, then the science couldn't be less than the math. The science would always be more than the math, if it was its parent. As it turns out, science was brought somewhat to a standstill, at least in some areas, until the math could be done that could serve the interests of science.
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