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Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Christian worldview

I was asked to read an article on Christianity and why it is the only consistent, coherent worldview. Here is a link to the article if anyone is interested in reading it.

The author stated the following: ” Given the sum of what you assume and reject just when buying milk, you act like you believe that you live in a world described by Christianity.” He also stated this, “When you stand in line with others, expecting others to respect you space and person, you reveal your rejection of moral relativism and your deep trust in absolute ethical norms.”

Now, what is interesting is that the author never bothers to explain exactly what is uniquely Christian about the idea that buying milk, or any standard activity, invokes Christian worldviews. It is simply assumed that it does, in fact, invoke these nebulous ideals. I would submit that it does not invoke these ideals. If I am a Christian, I would expect the following is possible given my worldview. I would have to assume it is possible that dead people could be walking around the store as well as living people. I would have to assume it is possible that the sun could stop at any given moment. I would have to assume that a donkey or a snake might decide to start talking to me. I should expect to see unicorns and fairies when I walk around my city. I would have to assume many implausible events could actually start to happen, because according to the bible, they happened before. I would have to expect not only implausible events, but events that confound known reality.
Regarding the comment that I expect absolute moral norms, one cannot show that the Christian viewpoint provides any of that. Based on the bible, it should not surprise me that people expect to own slaves, desire to stone non virgins or kill people for minor issues such as cutting their beard. In fact, the bible is the complete opposite of an absolute moral authority. The god of the bible is Jesus. He is the god in the OT and he is the god in the NT. However, in the OT, he says that we should kill people for committing adultery. In the NT, he says only someone without sin should cast the first stone. We cannot know what to expect from him because his law is not constant. He says not to kill people, but then commands us to kill or kills people himself. Even if you want to argue that he has the right to kill us because he created us, he should not tell us to break his laws by killing people. Especially since he is perfectly capable of killing mankind all by his loving self. We expect our leaders to be better than us. When god commands us to kill, in spite of his commandment not to kill, he is asking us to commit sin on his behalf. A moral leader would never ask that of his people.

When people try to explain that Jesus has done away with the rules of the OT, that does not help any. They were his rules in the first place. Even if he did change his mind, all that does is show his laws are not consistent. And besides, he told us himself that he was not here to change the laws.

Verse 17) ‘Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.

(Verse 18) For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

(Verse 19) Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

(Matthew 5:17-19 – NKJV).

One cannot refer to the bible as an authority on moral behavior. One cannot refer to god as an absolute. One cannot refer to the Christian mindset as a consistent worldview. All one can do is make the claim that it actually does what you hope it does. But the concepts and reality show you are are completely wrong.

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