Two types Of Teachers

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Are your instructors wiser than a pile of rocks? Below are quotes from two distinctly different camps of teachers. Does one better express your views?

GROUP A:

“Almighty God is not under our microscope. We are under His.”

“God is testing man for faith. Lucifer and the fallen angels in heaven had more knowledge about God than we possess, and they still disobeyed God.  Lots of God information  does not prevent one from doubting God.”

“Faith and doubt are enemies. The serpent got Eve to doubt God. She deserted faith. We choose one or the other. The Bible states that faith is essential to please God. Throughout church history its enemies have used  skeptics, renegade theologians, false teachers and western philosophers to spread doubt and disobedience towards God. Satan is alive and well.”

“Man is not his own moral authority.”

“Without faith in God one is left with shallow optimism or despair. Christian doctrine begins with the Word of God. Century after century of western philosophy has not brought us to lasting truth but only endless, vacillating, contradictory speculations. Enough of fleeting opinions, posing as wisdom.”

“God gives peace.”

“The Crucifixion of Christ is the most significant event in human history.”

“Any teaching which detracts from the centrality of Christ under the pretense of leading men to maturity and perfection is a perversion of the faith.”

“Jesus Christ is the sinless Son of God, deity, eternal, co-creator.”

GROUP B:

“There is no original perversity in the human heart.”

” . .  the exact nature of philosophy is still in dispute. Philosophy began originally as a curious mixture of scientific, theological, magical and ethical “explanation” of the common and uncommon features of the world. . .  In the past 40 [80] years, at least three influential philosophical movements have developed, each with a different answer to the above questions.”

“Perhaps the most famous presentation of pantheism is the metaphysical system of Spinoza. He sought to establish that God and nature were one and the same substance . .  God has no personal qualities,since He is not a being independent of, or separate from, the universe.”

“A great many philosophers assert that the argument is not conclusive and fails to establish the existence of a Supreme Being.”

“Decartes raises a final and more devastating reason for doubting even the knowledge of which we are most certain . .  the most harrowing possibility of all, that the world is commanded by a deity who deceives humanity. . .  Once the possibility of systematic deception is admitted, all appears lost, and even our most “reliable” information seems dubious . .”

“The major difficulty with Christian ethics stems from its assumption that the moral code expresses God’s will. A violation of the code is thus equivalent to disobedience toward accepted authority. Immorality in this view is equated with disobedience.”

“At this point, Christian ethics is faced with a dilemma. Either it must be proved, instead of assumed, that God is good, or one must attempt to justify  God’s precepts on purely ethical grounds, rather than theological ones. . .  ”

(references for above quotes have been omitted to enhance focus on what is being said, not who said it. Group A quotes are from conservative Christians. Group B is by published philosophers.)
Conclusions:

1. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him,and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Cor 2.14 NAS).

2. Do some skeptics and western philosophers say in effect: I will allow God to exist only if He agrees with me . .  only if He reflects my finite, human expectations of what an infinite God should be. Thus I want to create my own god. He is the concoction of my mind. God is subjective.  I am objective. If I can make god what I want Him to be, I must be god!”

3. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Heb 11.6 NAS).

4. Some write of God as if they were critiquing a freshman term paper. It is rebellion adrift in a sea of sophistry.

5. Our self-worth comes from our personal relationship with our Creator, Jesus Christ. If naturalistic evolution reigns that man is just a collection of cells floating around the cosmos without meaning or  future. (Eph 1.3-4: Jer 29.11).

***I recommend these Christian philosopher-writers,’ biblically-based books: Can Man Live With God? by Ravi Zacharias (Gold Medallion Book Award Winner); Escape From Reason; The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer; Evidence Demands A Verdict (New Testament reliability, best seller) by Josh McDowell.

 

 

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