Monday, August 15, 2011

Why the Riots in London?

by Steve Ray on August 15, 2011

riot_londonSince Janet and I were in England during the riots, the whole situation was a bit more poignant for us than if we had been far removed.

British headlines and editorials immediately attempted explanations and suggested band-aids to fix the problem. I said to Janet and our friends again and again that the flurry of well-intentioned voices not only missed the mark, but usually missed the target all together.

I just read an article that hits the nail on the head. It would be wise for everyone in modern Western countries to read it carefully and take not. This should not have surprised anyone in London. It should not surprise us when it happens in the United States — and it will.

First I provide two paragraphs from the article which are indicitive of the clear thinking sustained throughout the article. Second I will provide the link to read the whole article.

“What surprises me is that there is any surprise. People act out of their philosophy, their way of viewing the world. For many years, decades even, a philosophy has taken hold of the popular imagination which was virtually guaranteed to lead to such an end. Yet for so long we held to the strange belief that what we believe doesn’t matter that much, that we can eliminate objective morality and objective truth without eliminating certain objective standards of behavior.”

“We have been so careful not to offend, not to be so arrogant as to claim that there is a truth, one truth, an objective truth, and one that comes along with an objective standard of behavior. Schools must be non-judgmental. The Ten Commandments are passé. We believed that those of differing opinions would respect and like us more if we told them that their opinions were just as valid as ours.”

To read the whole article by Rebekah Hebbert, click here.

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Grandpa’s New Tattoo?

by Steve Ray on August 15, 2011

Maybe I should get this tattoo, but I’d have to keep moving it down :-)

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boy-reading-bibleI was just going through the Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Time Lines. I find the book very helpful in many respects but was struck by the deceptive “factual” statement about the list of books in the New Testament.

On page 17, under the heading “How We Got the Bible: Ten Key Points,” it says, “The books of the Bible were collected and arranged and recognized as inspired sacred authority by councils of rabbis and councils of church leaders based on careful guidelines.”

Really?!?!

Then I am curious about a few things. First, who were these “church leaders”? Were they Protestant professors or pastors? Or, might they be the councils of the Bishops of the Catholic Church? Hum! The same guys who said the Eucharist is the Real Body and Blood of Jesus and that one is born again through water baptism?

Second, who were these rabbis? Might they be the mythical “Council of Jamnia” which even Protestant scholars admit did not decide the books of the Bible — the very rabbis debunked by Jesus in favor of the Church’s authority?

Third, if we accept the authority of the Bible Alone — where in the Bible does it say that there will be inspired writings added to the already existing Old Testament? Where does it give us the list of New Testament books or the criteria for knowing what books should or should not be included? And even if it did, wouldn’t that be circular reasoning?

Fourth, and why did it take almost 400 years for these rabbis and church leaders to figure out which books belonged in the new collection of books added to the old collection of books?

Fifth, what were the “careful guidelines” that were used in making this determination? Where can we find this mythical list? :-)

The fact is, Protestants don’t want to admit it, but the problem of the canon of Scripture is the Achilles Heel of Protestantism and one of the reasons I joined the Catholic Church!

If you want to learn more on this, check out my list of 36 “Questions for ‘Bible Christians‘”. For other free resources, visit here.

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Three latest Runs in Great Britain

August 15, 2011

Check out my 3-Hour Run Around London – lots of video and pictures! HERE Check out my running trip in Cardiff Wales with lots of people and animals. See it HERE Check out my running trip through medieval, quaint Lancaster England. Nice Catholic surprise. See it HERE

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