Refuse the Monster

David Berlinski once wrote, “In the early days of the German advance into Eastern Europe,” (his words here edited for space), “Nazi extermination squads would sweep into villages.  On one such occasion somewhere in Eastern Europe, an SS officer watched languidly as a bearded Hasidic Jew dug his own grave.  Standing up, the Hasidic man addressed his executioner.  ‘God is watching what you are doing,’ he said.  And then he was shot dead.” “If moral imperatives are not commanded by God’s will,” Berlinski argued, “and if they are not in some sense absolute, then what ought to be is a … Continue reading Refuse the Monster

What’s in a Meme?

“You can be a Christian and practice Buddhism…” I see the meme a great deal.  It’s catchy.  It’s popular.  I even heard it at a Christian church.  But, it isn’t true, and the friendly face of the person in the picture does nothing to change that. Listen:  Truth, and claims of truth, are exclusive by nature.  Let me repeat that:  Truth, and claims of truth, are exclusive by nature.  A truth claim excludes something.  Buddhism itself was born in the reality of such exclusivity when Siddhartha Gautama rejected certain claims of Hinduism.  If BOTH Hinduism AND Siddhartha Guatama’s claims were … Continue reading What’s in a Meme?

White as Snow?

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;”– Isaiah 1:18 The beauty of a snowy morning, as gorgeous as it looks, is only a poor comparison to the purity you will be given by Almighty God through the sacrifice made by Jesus. And… it’s already done! All you have to do is accept it; choose to claim the substitutionary death Jesus took for you, and you’ll have your way back to the God who made you. His promise began long before Jesus stepped through eternity … Continue reading White as Snow?

Who Are You?

Who Are You? Deep in the woods of Rockcastle County, away from the farms and the back roads, are two upright markers beside a pair of ground-level stones. The only one marked among the four identifies Lucinda Adams, who met her fate in the obscurity of rural Kentucky. She was preceded in death by two infant sons and a young daughter. Lucinda passed from this world a hundred and eighteen years ago. No one alive today knew her. The same year that Lucinda Adams was laid to rest beside the graves of her children in Kentucky, Albert Einstein received his … Continue reading Who Are You?

More Than a Carpenter – A Timeless Classic

Many religions and philosophic pundits like to use some form of this sentence: “Jesus Christ was a good teacher.” They may accentuate some aspect of his public interactions in order to show his profound understanding of spirituality, or whatever may serve the conclusion they’re reaching for. But, was he really a good teacher? Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If Jesus was a good teacher, then this should be true. If it isn’t true, then Jesus was wrong, crazy, or lying. Can a person who … Continue reading More Than a Carpenter – A Timeless Classic

In the Wee Hours of the Night

Origin.Meaning.Morality.Destiny. These four form the basic questions of your life; your existence. They are at the heart of what spins through your mind on nights when you stare at the ceiling, sleepless. Who am I? WHAT am I?What’s the point of all of this?What am I supposed to do?What is this thing I am, and what happens AFTER this? What still lives after this body I’m in dies? Or, is that all there is? Origin. Meaning. Morality. Destiny. Materialistic world views say that you came from nothing, and that your evolutionary ancestors were assembled purely by chance. Materialism’s logical outcome says that the … Continue reading In the Wee Hours of the Night