Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Left's Rejection Of God

I have been reading Dennis Prager's book The Rational Bible: Genesis lately. Genesis introduces us to God, who God is, what his character is, what our relationship to Him, to other humans, and to His natural world should be.  ( As an aside, Prager points out that a part of God's character is that he doesn't mind, indeed he wants us to struggle with him.  The idea that we should blindly believe is not a correct notion.  This, by the way, is one way I know Islam is wrong.  For Islam rejects the struggle with God that Judaism and Christianity involve.  Islam means "submission," and every good Muslim submits to the will of Allah, who brooks nobody asking questions.  Prager doesn't say this, but I think God also has a sense of humor, and expects us to have one as well.)

If you have never read Genesis itself, I recommend you do so. But you will never see all that the book has to say without reading Prager's commentary. The Jew's have been thinking about and discussing the Torah (Hebrew word for the first 5 books of the Bible) for some 3,000 years.  Their thinking is contained in the Talmud.  So all this thought and pondering can certainly help when we Christians read the Bible.  In addition, having grown up with the Bible, and without much understanding of ancient history, I did not realize all the innovations in religious thinking that Genesis introduced. Now, I have made the point myself that the God of Creation has to stand outside of time and space, because he created time and space. But I did not realize how revolutionary the Genesis story actually was, and is again.

Thus it was that I was drawn today to a piece by Trevor Thomas over at The American Thinker today entitled Rejection of Moral Absolutes Plaques the Modern Left. Whether it is abortion (Genesis states that all human life is sacred because God breathed a soul into the man, Adam, that he did not breathe into any other creature), or gender (male and female he created them), or countless other issues, the Left recognizes no power higher than themselves. Whether they realize it or not, they claim the power of God. They claim the right to tell everyone else what is right and wrong based solely on their feelings. But God created the universe, and only He can tell us whether our actions will be good or evil. And their truly is no other choice: either something is good, or it is evil. There is no category called "white lies," or "being naughty." It is with this understanding that Martin Luther declared that all of a Christian's life is repentance. I see this daily in my own life.

Thomas writes:
If death — anyone's death — brings you joy, you should intently re-examine your worldview. Even the just execution of a mass murderer — which I support in every case — should not bring anyone joy. As a Christian, I often find myself opposed — spiritually, politically, and otherwise — to those outside my faith. However, I take no joy in anyone's death, especially those outside of my faith. Christianity teaches that "each one of us will give an account of himself to God." Any death that results in eternal separation from God is always particularly tragic.
However, for those who have put their faith in the things of this world, who are determined to rule their own world, death usually has no such significance. Thus, for such people, like the death of an "inconvenient" child, the death of an enemy is often something to celebrate. The most recent case in point is the death of the wealthy philanthropist David Koch. After Mr. Koch died, many on the Left again found themselves in a celebratory mood. We shouldn't be surprised that those who engage in or promote the evil "shout your abortion!" movement would celebrate the death of a political enemy.
Thomas concludes his list of the sins of the Left with this:
I hope there is soon a political reckoning. There will certainly be a spiritual one.
I too hope for a political reckoning, but I suspect there will not be one. And I agree that there will eventually be a spiritual reckoning, which I do not wish on anyone. But at the same time, a spiritual reckoning is a natural consequence of the actions that are being taken. God is merciful to those to whom he grants mercy, but he is also a terrible judge to those on whom he passes judgement. Hope for mercy, but fear the judgement. For we all deserve to be punished!

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