How we use force of law to plunder our neighbor instead of love our neighbor
In 1696, the legislature of Britain implemented a window-tax. The more windows you have, the more you have to pay. If you are wealthy enough to own a home in London that has a lot of windows then you can pay your fair share (for the common good, of course). Some variation of this law existed for about 150 years.
This (even if well-meaning) tax was a swing at the rich but these laws rarely hit their targets. Those with the means just bordered up their windows with bricks leaving a legacy of absurdity making both air and light a government service that one has to pay for. When the law is used to target the rich, it rarely hits the target. In this case, a large tenant building full of middle and lower-class renters would get taxed heavily. The owner would pass the cost down to the tenants. A swing and a miss.
One absurd law played out requires another absurdity to fix it. A similar tax was placed on the number of fireplaces and the number of bricks used to build a home. This, in turn resulted in bricked up hearths, cold residents, and building houses with over-sized bricks.
It is not that all laws are absurd. Undeniable laws exist naturally and organically. These natural laws govern all human activity. Natural laws are based on the responsibilities of the individual to bear the image of God. This requires certain rights in order to execute those responsibilities. These rights include the right to your own life. Not being killed. They include the right to your freedom. Not being enslaved. They include the right to property. Property is what you did with your right to life and freedom in the past. Not being robbed or plundered.
The bona fides of the Church that Christians must consider
Politicians have told us that we must follow the science. Models were presented that caused us to brace for impact for up to 2 million dead from this virus. We complied. We submitted. The Executive Branch of our states have the legal authority to curtail rights in the face of an attack or national emergency. The emergency was originally the risk of overwhelming our healthcare infrastructure with too many infections. We shored up hospitals, erected tent hospitals, and boats to care for the sick. We were called upon to not assemble, to stay at home, to flatten the curve so that we are not all sick at once. The curve was flattened. The hospitals were not flooded, the tents are empty, and the boats have sailed away. The estimates were overblown, the models flawed, and the science trumped by politics.
Do the Narratives of Jesus's Resurrection conflict?
Dan Barker, many years ago issues a challenge to Christians to take the 4 gospels and build a reasonable narrative of them. Presumably, he feels it is difficult, when in fact, the 4 gospels harmonize nicely without adding any commentary at all.
The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul's tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened. ...His premise is that the gospels contradict and cannot be reconciled.
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Building Confidence in the Bible in light of Muslim skepticism and other garden varieties
Does the Bible deserve confidence in the face of Muslims' and other skeptics' objections? This 3-hour seminar will present reasons we can trust the Bible as authentic and credible revelation from God, particularly the New Testament. In this teaching Steve Schlichter, Scott Cherry and Chris Samuel will raise the skeptical questions and address them, especially those of Muslims who believe the Bible has been altered and compromised. Our Muslim friends and adherents of all views are welcome. Press Register to see the general outline of presentations and the material we will cover.
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How 1 plus 1 plus 1 is not a real objection to the triune nature of God
||"Been there, tried that. '1+1+1 does not equal one.'"
I have heard this math operation as a proof that the Trinity can't exist before. It is a very popularized Muslim objection to the Trinity. I never quite understood it and I am not sure why we should assume the operation for such a question would be addition. Why not multiplication? 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 after all.
Voila! Problem solved.