by Ernest Liu
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  • Random Snippets
    • Spiritual Gifts
      To quote myself in a chat with Krystal, “Life would be much easier if spiritual gifts were like… flying and stuff.”
    • How Not to Ask For Counseling
      My pastor told me that when most people go to them for advice, they don't really go for the advice. They just want to hear the pastor affirm or justify their concerns.
    • Christians get hot in the summer!
      It’s approaching the time of year when the sun shines high and bright. You know what that means… time to whip out that summer attire! Of course this post isn’t about having fun in the sun. It’s about the (confusingly […]
  • 3 Answers I Like

    Got a ton of books a couple weeks ago. One of them is The REASON for GOD – Belief in an Age of Skepticism. It’s a good book so far, though I’ve only just started. Only quibble I have with it is its lack of Biblical reference so far. But it does at least hold Biblical concepts.

    Here is a small list of answers I like. Small snippets of answers from the book.

    Objection – All major religions are equally valid and basically teach the same thing.
    Answer – Do we really want to say that the Branch Davidians or religions requiring child sacrifice are not inferior to any other faith? . . . Ironically, the insistence that doctrines do not matter is really a doctrine itself. It holds a specific view of God, which is touted as superior and more enlightened than the beliefs of most major religions. So the proponents of this view do the very thing they forbid in others.

    Objection – Each religion sees part of spiritual truth, but none can see the whole truth.
    Answer – How could you possibly know that no religion can see the whole truth unless you yourself have the superior, comprehensive knowledge of spiritual reality you just claimed that none of the religions have?

    Objection – It is arrogant to insist your religion is right and to convert others to it. – John Hick
    Answer – Most people in the world don’t hold to John Hick’s view that all religions are equally valid, and many of them are equally as good and intelligent as he is, and unlikely to change their views. That would make the statement “all religious claims to have a better view of things are arrogant and wrong” to be, on its own terms, arrogant and wrong.