European Court of Human Rights photo by CherryX By Jesse Lempel International law speaks softly on the question of force-feeding prisoners who deliberately starve their bodies for the sake of protest. Feeding them against their will is neither banned outright as a form of torture nor mandated for the preservation of life: On an issue plagued by such disagreement and ambivalence, one might expect that the force of international law—a shaky proposition in any context—would be terrifically meek.
The point is Christianity is but one of vast number of beliefs and god concepts. The number of competing ideas says nothing about their relative truth. Multiculturalism and the information age expose us to a hugely diverse range of ideas and beliefs; many in stark opposition to Christian doctrine.
The turning point for me was after I read the bible followed up by a history of religion course.
This is an enormous problem for our ability to raise kids who are prepared to faithfully deal with biblical challenges. This is simply a false dichotomy, and one that our kids need to learn to think critically about.
Our kids need to understand that Christians believe because of the evidence, NOT in spite of it. We, as parents, then need to be educated on — you guessed it — apologetics to teach them that evidence. But appealing to our emotional reaction says nothing about whether or not God indeed worked that way through Jesus.
We need to teach our kids how to identify emotional appeals and separate the search for truth based on evidence from the search for truth based on what makes personal sense to us. Parallels between stories in the bible and that of earlier Pagan, Babylonian and Greek mythologies are remarkably alike almost to the point of plagiarism.
The point for point similarities are so great it convincingly demonstrates that Christianity has drawn a great deal of its content from other religions.
J Warner Wallace has written several excellent articles about the topic. But a renewed interest in skepticism and independent critical thinking have set the stage for growing numbers of young atheists. No one needs a blind faith. But our kids need to understand that critical thinking is a skill set, not an antithesis to faith.
There are Christians who are critical thinkers, and Christians who are not. There are atheists who are critical thinkers, and atheists who are not. One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is an understanding of how to think critically about faith.
Critical thinking is something to be embraced, not feared. While the number of young atheists in the US is considerably less the growth rate of atheism is still high. Higher than for any religion in the industrialized world.
The real question for a Christian is can your belief system prevail on the playing field of ideas. My answer is no, at least not any more. There are many robust answers to intellectual questions from a Christian worldview. It seems that this person did not grow up engaging in these tougher questions of faith, however.
What an unfortunate conclusion. Our kids need spiritual armor more than ever.
How much are you giving them? Which do you hear or see most regularly?European Court of Human Rights (photo by CherryX) By Jesse Lempel. International law speaks softly on the question of force-feeding prisoners who deliberately starve their bodies for the sake of protest.
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