He’s the most famous person who ever lived, so all kinds of people have expressed opinions through the centuries since His death and resurrection about who Jesus Christ was, ranging from “great teacher” and “unique moral leader,” to “deluded fanatic,” “Jewish Messiah,” and “religious ascetic.”
But who did Jesus think and claim He was? When He entered Jerusalem a few days before His crucifixion, the crowd spread palm branches before Him, a sign of their expectation that He would liberate them from Roman domination and oppression.
But they were mistaken, as were so many others since then and even today. The far more important question is who did Jesus say and think He was? The following video produced by Reasonable Faith is an impressive, enjoyable presentation of the answers:
Science and logic are wonderful pursuits, they have been the means for countless blessings to all of us, and I cannot imagine what civilization would be like without them.
And, while I don’t even remotely claim to be particularly proficient in any of those three pursuits, there are facts about which I become more convinced with every passing day, thanks to what I do know about science, philosophy and logic, and common sense (in the usual sense of that term, not the Scots’ School of Common Sense Philosophy).
The most basic of these facts is that God exists. Here’s why I say that: I can’t explain why there is something rather than nothing, but I know that there is something, so I seek the most reasonable inference from what I know, learn and see.
There are only three possible answers to the basic question: There is something rather than nothing because: A. God exists and He created it for His purposes; B. God doesn’t exist but something has always been here and always will be, or C. something exists because a chance combination of elements produced it in the inconceivably distant past.
God and creation can’t be put in a lab experiment and then be repeatedly shown to exist, but He can and has given us faculties that enable us to know quite a lot about Him and His creation. The “Big Bang” theory and supporting evidence goes here.
If there is something rather than nothing because the something has always been and will always be, science can’t, by definition, demonstrate eternal existence because it would be the endless experiment. This possibility requires a truly blind leap of faith.
Which leaves us with that chance combination of elements producing the beginnings of life some time in the far distant past. Evolution offers an explanation for how that life developed once begun, but it assumes the chance combination, or ignores the most fundamental question entirely. I don’t have enough faith to rely upon chance or simply not thinking about these issues.
And one more thing: This is no more “God of the Gaps” rationalization than it would be to believe science will ultimately explain everything, even though it can only explain some of it now — i.e. “Science of the Gaps” thinking.
If you are reading this post on HillFaith, odds are excellent that you are alive and breathing, thinking, talking. Even if you are going through rough times, being alive is the one thing we can all be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
But do you know what the odds are against any of us being alive in the universe? They are beyond astronomical, according to author, speaker and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.
Check out this Prager University video in which Metaxas relates some genuinely amazing information about how science has in recent decades added to the evidence that there is a God and we are all miracles.
There is a magnetic thingie on our refrigerator that says “Lord, help me today to be the person my dog thinks I am.” I swear that, once as I gazed at those words, Twister, our black Lab, gave a dog chuckle, the muttered “Fat chance.” I know that’s what he said because we “get” each other.
There is a serious question to be considered here, though, and that is this: Are we humans “special” in any sense that sets us apart from dogs, cats, buffalo, ants or any of the other of the billions of animals on Earth?
J. Warner Wallace, author of “Cold-Case Christianity” and NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective, addresses this question in response to a student’s recent question.
I will tell you now that Wallace gets it completely wrong on the issue of how smart are Labs, but the rest of his analysis ought to make you think seriously about your place in the world.
Right at the outset, let me make it clear that, being a journalist by profession, I stake no claim to expertise in physics, astronomy or any related science. So I could be totally off-base here. But let’s give it a shot anyway, okay?
Material processes function according to either known laws, or laws to be discovered in the course of credible scientific investigation. So how to explain this exo-planet’s apparent avoidance of being consumed by the Red Star into which, according to space.com, it was being drawn?
If you remember or have seen the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell as the two lead characters, you know he’s local TV reporter, she is his producer and he becomes trapped in a day-long time loop.