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This may be my last communication with the last remaining fragments of my sine qua non being.  Why are you so desirous? Do you not know this will be your undoing? This is the cause of all your pain, dude. If there is anything “I, this” dude has learned in the past few weeks it is that the idolization of another being, a beautiful wonderful caring being is STILL an err.   It is STILL putting the mind’s eye upon an essentially void and dark ultimate.  She is not the meaning and purpose and satisfaction in this life, however much she is wonderful to spend time and existence with.  She is STILL the same as I, A soul in search of the ULTIMATE. 

Which is God. 

I would far away and very very much rather do away with every precious moment with her for a trade to BE IN COMMUNION with HIM. 

For this I pray. 

"I suppose most men have some thought of pleasure or satisfaction or strength to which they turn when action pauses, life becomes for a moment still, and the wheel sleeps on its own swiftness: with Jesus it needed no pause of action, no rush of renewed consciousness, to send him home; his thought was ever and always his Father. To its home in the heart of the Father his heart ever turned. That was his treasure-house, the jewel of his mind, the mystery of his gladness, claiming all degrees and shades of delight, from peace and calmest content to ecstasy. His life was hid in God. No vain show could enter at his eyes; every truth and grandeur of life passed before him as it was; neither ambition nor disappointment could distort them to his eternal childlike gaze; he beheld and loved them from the bosom of the Father. It was not for himself he came to the world—not to establish his own power over the doings, his own influence over the hearts of men: he came that they might know the Father who was his joy, his life.”

George Macdonald ~ Unspoken Sermons

After reading Francis Schaeffer, I’ve come to the following thought. I think postmodern man’s problem is that he believes he is the measure of all things. That he can believe whatever “truth” his inner being chooses. It’s a leap of faith because it bypasses objective, outside ourself, truth and measures his own purpose for being by looking inward.

Postmodernism is an irrational marriage between science and religion. The rational side says we are beasts, the product of chance, doomed to die, with no God or hope of a meaningful existence. Because this is not a fulfilling way to live, modern man then, to find meaning, decides within himself what meaning he will give his life: an irrational leap of faith. They choose their own view of God, gods, or no god - love, money, or power. He looks within himself for “truth” because the material outside world is rationally empty and meaningless. Both modern theists and atheists fall into this inconsistent view. Its inconsistent because it forces him to see the world through a compartmentalized dichotomy of on the one hand rational meaninglessness and on the other irrational meaning.

But I think biblical Christianity combines rationality and truth, science and faith? How? Because it reasons that Jesus Christ rose from the dead in actual space and time, outside ourselves, in reality. God and truth exist outside of our own head-beliefs. There just seems to be logic is the universal and absolute: A is A and not non-A. ONLY this Christian worldview allows for BOTH rationality and meaning/truth/God without having to resort to performing a leap of faith. It’s “reason” that this kind of Christian firmly holds onto. Sure, you can use reason to come to a different conclusion about Christ’s resurrection, that it didn’t happen, but then you fall back into postmodern thought and back into the irrational dichotomy. No man can live without meaning in his life. He either has to leap and “imagine” it or “find” it with rationality. But rational beliefs are able to be refuted or wrong.

The problem with leaps of faith are that they look inward and have no relation to an objective outside. It is not communicable - it’s a “perspective” or “metanarrative”. There is no way to argue or refute absolutely anything concerning their inner “truth” because they reject rationality and absolutes.

Pazuzu Lives: I don’t ever tell anyone to believe in God, only that I do. It is...

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I don’t ever tell anyone to believe in God, only that I do. It is obvious to me because I had a spiritual experience. It may never be obvious to others. I don’t hate anyone for that, nor do I deny that their experience is not also a real one. Anyway, people should believe in God for having…

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

This is either true or false.  There is either God, gods, or no God.  There is one salvation or not.  If there is more than one way to God than Jesus was wrong.  You can’t have all ways and Jesus, too. 

  1. The law of identity says that A is A, that if something exists it has a nature, a single nature. It is what it is.
  2. The law of non-contradiction says that A cannot be both A and not A at the same time and in the same sense. Truth is not self-contradictory.
  3. The law of excluded middle says that a statement is either true or false.

Religious Pluralism?

“Jesus is the only source of salvation because there is no forgiveness possible unless Jesus died on the cross as payment. Jesus is the only object of salvation because we must believe on Him and none other for this forgiveness to be ours…

Adam and Eve’s violation of God’s sole command in the garden brought swift justice. The serpent’s suggestion of an alternate route to wisdom, knowledge and fulfillment brought destruction, not the promised salvation.”
-‘Jesus, The Only Way: 100 Verses’ by Gregory Koukl

Exodus 20:2-5 “I am the Lord your God….You shall have no other gods before Me….You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.’”

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it”

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

Acts 4:11-12 “He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 16:30-31 “He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.’”

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”

1 John 2:23 “No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Luke 10:16 “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Luke 12:8-9 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.”

John 3:18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

John 8:24 ” I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”

As usual, I’m amazed at how frequently very sensible and intelligent people can make very foolish and absurd statements about the nature of truth…This person is commenting that the nature of religious knowledge is merely relative, not absolute… However, [the] statement itself is a statement about religious knowledge, making it merely relative, not absolute, according to his own rules. See the problem there? In other words, here is an absolute statement about religion that says one can’t make any absolute statements about religion. The argument commits suicide.
Gregory Koukl
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