Do you ask yourself the tough questions?

Wow, lots of great discussion happening at work this past week and into this week now.  Here are a few questions that I am finding people have not asked themselves before, but that are coming up in conversations or that they need to be thinking about based on our talks.

1. Either you believe that people are morally good by nature or you believe they are morally bankrupt from the start.  This is one of the biggest reasons for strife in politics too.  A lot of our social welfare programs (of which I, myself am a beneficiary) are structured under the premise that man is good at heart. What do you believe about the condition of mankind – born good (morally pure, ethical, able to do good of our own accord) or born wicked (sinful, evil, immoral, etc…)?

2. People have not thought deeply about whether God exist or not.  Meaning: most people go with their gut on this one.  They use their mind a little but the stomach overcomes their reasoning in most instances.  If you want to check it out then the next time you see your friend ask them why they do or don’t believe in God.  The conversation will not flow logically.  I guarantee you that emotion, experience, and culture will be the top three influences.  Those who have wrestled with the question might give you classic arguments (teleological, ontological, intelligent design or “the watchmaker analogy”, and cosmological) if they came up with the conclusion that God does exist rationally.  Although those who don’t believe might argue from the standpoint found here.  Either of these doesn’t matter because it is a rational response usually devoid of any commitment to the reasoning.  Only those who have coupled their rational faith with emotion and experience will be the passionate ones among us – whether Atheist or all others.

3. Most people who believe in the mainstream Christian message (Jesus lived, died for our sins, was raised from the dead demonstrating His power over death, and that those who believe in His message of repentance and faith in the work of the cross will receive eternal life) did so based on experience and emotion.  The Christian message is a heart issue, not a head issue.  Here is the kicker, you have to decide what to do with question #1 before being able to believe the gospel of Jesus.  We base a lot of what we know as  truth on experience and emotion that drives our reasoning.  You choose how to respond to your spouse based on previous experience of what kept peace in the past or not.  It is illogical for an abused person to stay with the abuser but it happens all the time.  Because of emotion and faulty thinking.  Does this mean our faith is in something that isn’t true?  You have to wrestle with this.

However, within Christianity, or any belief system for that matter, those who agree with the message, but still choose to go against it are said to have a volitional problem (a matter of will, not reason).  Most of us have a volitional problem of some caliber in our lives. What are the things that you know to be true but that you have not altered or fixed based on those truths?

4. If there is a God then so what? This is one of the biggest questions that has to be asked by each person living.  Some of us don’t ask it because it is built-in to our way of understanding life already.  But if you are struggling with God’s existence then this is definitely question number 2 in the process.

5. Technology is going to play a major role in the future of mankind.  Are you staying aware of what governments and private industries are creating that are going to alter your life in ways you never thought possible?  Is mankind going to be obsolete?  Will a government use technology to wipe out religion…is it possible to wipe out a gut instinct? What is a RoboBee and how will it affect me?

Well, that is about all for now.  Those are great questions to use to start discussions with strangers and friends alike.  Don’t go into ready to judge or to preach.  Go into it to learn where people are in their development of their own belief system.  The key is to shut-up and listen.  Don’t talk, just ask questions.  It is amazing to hear other people think out loud.

Blessings,

Keith

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2 thoughts on “Do you ask yourself the tough questions?

  1. David Laurence says:

    Hey Keith. You sure ask a lot of questions. Can’t you come up with 1 or 2 where I could just respond with a yes or no? I would have to go with morally bankrupt from the start. No one is good, no not one. Are we all born with a moral compass that helps us determine good from bad, right from wrong, good from evil, or is morality a learned condition from our parents, friends, environment, circumstances, laws, etc. Not to skirt the issue but what exactly is definitive morality. Isn’t morality subjective? Just like the argument on porn. One of the Chief Justices when trying to decide a case stated, I can’t define it but I know it when I see it. How is defining what is moral or not any different? Humans, left to our own moral compass will degenerate into total chaos. Only through the grace of God will some come out the other side.

    Whether God exists or not has been questioned to death. Not going there today except to say why yes, yes there is a God. By faith I choose to believe. I agree that in most cases salvation or the precept of being saved is an emotional one.Once all the emotion is removed are you really saved or just caught up in the moment. You will know them by their works. Can you plant a seed, of course. If I am a non-believer can you convince me that God exists in 100 words or less, probably not.

    Technology is a wonderful thing when used wisely. Man will never be obsolete. Technology needs a creator. Religion or the search for God can not be wiped out by any government, even our own. Just look through history to all that has tried. Do those kingdoms exist today?

    That’s all folks.

    • Keith Wadley says:

      I know. I had that thought as well, that I should aim for shorter, maybe more frequent blogs.

      The moral compass thing is something that C.S. Lewis uses to say that God exists and does desire certain things from us. Every tribe, culture, people group, etc… has a standard of right and wrong that they follow, either as a group or as individuals. He believed that core moral issues such as murder, rape, incest were standard. If there are any that are standard then it gives support to their being something internal that guides us in our morale decisions. Some have argued that this is a result of nature through evolution. Murder and incest are negative means for procreation so it is a product of our natural instinct, not morality that drives us. Not sure I follow that one.

      The thing that relativist don’t understand, especially those that preach tolerance, is that each of us has a standard that we follow and live by. When two people disagree on something then who gets their way? There has to be a standard that we all agree on in order to keep peace in the world. Wars revolve around two things: politics and religion. Behind these two lie the great sins of greed and a desire for control or power. The Chief Justice can’t define porn because He didn’t have a standard that all people who read the judgement would agree with. Here is the google definition: Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity. Now the issue still isn’t clear. What is explicit description? What is considered sexual activity? This is where people who are into art on a different level than I am, think that nudity is beautiful to look at for artistic reasons. I am pretty sure the only people who think this way are women.

      I love the line, “if I am a non-believer can you convince me that God exists in 100 words or less, probably not.” Well said. It is not so much a matter of the amount of words, but that words in general do not persuade people to believe. Actions. Seeing people who believe doing things that “prove” their beliefs. These things are what motivate people to believe.

      As far as technology needing a creator, not sure if it will always need a creator. Haven’t you seen the Matrix series and iRobot? Very frightening. I think humans need to be very careful about how far we take technology before we really do make ourselves not so much obsolete, but slaves to the technology we created.

      Thanks for posting.

      Keith

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