Does God Exist?

The Rise of Atheism

In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of atheism in our culture as evidenced by the popularity of such authors as Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Stephen Hawking (The Grand Design). Intense debates like the ones between seminary professor Dr. William Craig and Christopher Hitchens, a self-proclaimed anti-theist, pack university auditoriums across the country with hungry minds seeking an answer to the question:  Does God Exist?

A Time to Reflect

It’s common for many to spend the last week or two of a year reflecting on the past and looking forward to what the new year might bring. As we prepare for 2011, I encourage you to take some time to consider what you truly believe about God’s existence. How we answer that question, both individually as well as collectively,  will determine the path we travel as a nation in the coming year.

A young Albert Einstein’s Answer to this Question

The following clip is a reenactment of an exchange between a young Albert Einstein and his professor over the question of whether or not God exists and, if He does, is God evil. This might be a good starting point for your reflections as this year comes to an end.

Does God Exist? Albert Einstein

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“You will seek me and find me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, NAS). May God reveal Himself to you in 2011 as you earnestly search for Him.

Enhanced Interrogations

Enhanced Interrogation

In response to the enhanced interrogation methods (a.k.a. waterboarding) used during the Bush administration, the American Psychological Association issued a revision of its ethical guidelines on February 10, 2010 to prohibit a psychologist’s participation in any activity in which an individual’s human rights are violated. In George W. Bush’s Decision Points, the former president states that waterboarding was only used on three individuals. Other enhanced interrogation methods were used on the rest of the terrorists, thirty to forty, at the most. Contrast this with information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that says, from 1990 through 2006, a staggering 970,434,000 abortions were performed in the United States.

Psychologists Threatened with Loss of License

Am I the only one who sees the irony here? Three individuals are waterboarded and the American Psychological Association expresses outrage over such treatment and  threatens psychologists with losing their license should they participate in this type of program. And yet, almost one billion individuals are killed through an ‘enhanced measure’ called an abortion, more gruesome than what any terrorist faced.  And despite what science says about a fetus being fully human,  my profession says nothing about my direct participation in ‘therapy’ designed to violate an individual’s human rights simply because they’re in someone else’s womb. Furthermore, if I counsel enough women and help them to end the life of their unborn child, it’s even possible for me to receive an award from my fellow professionals for this ‘service’ to the community.

What is Choice?

In Part 3 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer concludes his remarks on abortion and gives his definition of What is Choice. He states that “When a government negates the law of God, it (gives up) its authority.” He goes on to suggest what our responsibilities are as Believers when faced with such a government.

The Christian Manifesto – Part 3 of 3

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Torture (of Any Kind) is Terror

At the very least, I would expect from the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association a serious ongoing debate regarding the ethics of aborting an individual, a sober discussion at least as intense as the one conducted over waterboarding, instead of a casual disregard for the life growing inside of another. Regardless of the side on which you stand, a decision of this magnitude should not be made lightly. And given that each of the above mentioned groups looks to science for answers, ethical as well as professional consideration should be given to the scientific evidence that shows a person inside a womb to be just as human as those of us already born.

For the Record

I’m against all forms of torture that violate human rights, whether it’s to obtain information from a terrorist or to end a life so that someone else is not inconvenienced.

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