Should Christians go to war? In one of my current seminary classes we have spent a good amount of time discussing the answer to this question. My teacher and textbooks have all leaned toward a view that is dubbed within theology as ‘Just war Theory’. The title gives you the general gist. But this is not supported by all Christians. I have on my bookshelf one book that has eight different theologians explaining their own viewpoint, a few of whom adopt a pacifist stance. One of those with the pacifist stance has been one of my favorite seminary teachers. So although I adopt a just war theology myself I can understand why pacifist christians take the approach they do. But in the end, I simply do not think their arguments hold up and in some recent conversations that I have had with some pacifist friends of mine it has made me realize pacifists often misunderstand the just war view.
I’ve started writing a short six part series on five categories that every pro-choice argument falls into and why they fail to justify abortion. This is the first of those five categories. Put nicely the argument is that because the fetus is still dependent on the mother to survive while still in the womb, it is permissible for the mother to end the pregnancy.
Put in a bit more an emotional form, pro-choice advocates may argue that the mother is is in some way unable to provide for the future of the child in the best manner possible. Why should a mother be forced to carry a child that she will in some way, be it financially or emotionally, she will not best be able to provide for. Would it not be better that she wait until she is able to better take care of a child and have a child then? Would you really wish to put a child in that sort of circumstance?
Abortion often feels like a very hard topic to talk over. So many factors seem to play a part in the debate. What if the mother can’t afford to take care of the child? What if she isn’t prepared for other reasons? What if the mother was raped? What if the baby will have abnormalities? What if the mother is too young to raise a child? What if the family doesn’t support the mother? What if the father says she should have an abortion?
What if I told you the entire abortion debate can be narrowed down to one question? What if I told you the best answer to that question supports a pro-life stance?
In light of the horrors that happened in Virginia, both with the white supremacists and the attack by one of the members, I think it is important for people to know the churches stance on those issues. Let’s take a quick look at history. Continue reading
Perhaps, one of the most common arguments against christianity is the assertion that Jesus never actually existed. I recently stumbled across this video of Bart Ehrman that I think sums it up pretty well. Keep in mind Ehrman is not a Christian and in fact left Christianity after going to Moody Bible Institute, getting his M.Div and PH.D. from Princeton is now is a professor at UNC and an expert in New Testament Studies.
Check out what he has to say when someone in his audience says that he doesn’t believe there is evidence that Jesus actually exists. Also, keep in mind the award in front of him is from the Freedom From Religion Foundation who gave him the award because they believed he has been exposing religion.
Why does God seem different in the Old Testament and the New Testament? Ravi Zacharias gives his answer: