Notes

Today I read my assignment for Monday’s Worldview class. I read large excerpts from “The Universe Next Door” by James Sire and “How Now Shall We Live?” by Charles Colson. I have randomly pulled a few qoutes that I feel would be beneficial for all of you to read. Here we go:

An outlook on the atheist’s death:
“Without warning, David was visited by an exact vision of death: a long hole in the ground, no wider than your body, down which you were drawn while the white faces recede. You try to reach them but your arms are pinned. Shovels pour dirt in your face. There you will be forever, in an upright position, blind and silent, and in time no one will remember you, and you will never be called. As strata of rock shift, your fingers elongate, and your teeth are distended sideways in a great underground grimace indistinguishable from a strip of chalk. And the earth tumbles on, and the sun expires, and unaltering darkness reigns where once there were stars.” (Sire, Pg. 59).

“The only task of the church, many fundamentalists and evangelicals have believed, is to save as many lost souls as possible from a world literally going to hell. But this implicit denial of a Christian worldview is unbiblical and is the reason we have lost so much of our influence in the world. Salvation does not consist simply of freedom from sin; salvation also means being restored to the task we were given in the beginning-the job of creating culture…..Christians are saved not only from something (sin) but also to something (Christ’s lordship over all of life).
” (Colson, Pg 296)

“This point must be pressed, because most people today operate on a fact/value distinction, believing that science uncovers “facts,” which they believe to be reliable and true, while morality and religion are based on “values,” which they believe to be subjective and relative to the individual. Unfortunately, Christians often mirror this secular attitude. We tend to be confident about God’s law of nature, such as the laws of gravity, motion, and heredity; but we seem far less confident about God’s laws for the family, education, or the state. Yet a truly Christian worldview draws no such distinction. It insists that God’s laws govern all creation. And just we as we have to learn to live in accord with the law of gravity, so, too, we must learn to live in accord with God’s norms for society.” (Colson, pg. 297)

And as always, my most favorite mantra: All Truth is God’s Truth.
“By becoming a Christian, he (Justin Martyr) argued, he had simply become a better philosopher. He was now able to gather all the individual truths discovered by various philosophers and make sense of them within the framework of the one perfect truth provided by divine revelation. “Whatever things were rightly said by any man, belongs to us as Christians.” (Colson, Pg. 299)

“In fact, the Larsons’ studies have found that it is extremely unhealthy to hold strong religious beliefs without practicing them. People exhibit high levels of stress if they believe in God, but neglect church attendane, fail to read and meditate on Scripture, omit prayer before meals, or fall into sin. One study to chronic alcoholics are found surprisingly high number hold conservative religious beliefs but are not practicing them. The Larsons suggest that the stress caused by contradiction between belief and practice may contribute to their alcoholism. In short, the inconsistent Christian suffers even more than the consistent atheist. The most miserable person of all is the one who knows the truth yet doesn’t obey it.” (Colson, pg 314)

And in a very prophetic tone which reveals the modern moral and ethical failures :
“We live in an age in which liberty has been defined as absolutely free choice. It doesn’t matter what we choose; the dignity of the individual resides in the mere capacity to choose.” (Colson, pg. 319)

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