Truth? Nah, I'm Just Human...

Hey, so I came across something tonight that struck me as simple enough that I could blog about it and still get to bed in time - I'm trying not to pressure myself so much about this thing anymore, maybe that way I'll actually get some blogging done. So here you go...I've managed to post something after all.

So...isn't it great when you've been thinking about a concept or idea for quite some time, perhaps even had conversations with people in which you described this concept, and then find that there's other people out there in the wider community who have also been thinking about such things? I do. Anyway, this happened tonight. I was reading this in a document from soulforce.org, and I love it so much because not only is it one of those ideas, but it uses phraseology and wordage that is shockingly similar to the way I describe it. I guess I'm not really shocked that other people have thought about it, I just haven't heard it directly until now. Anyway, it's a relatively simple concept, but I challenge you guys to chew on it, at least a little.

"Even when we believe the Scriptures are 'infallible' or 'without error,' it’s terribly dangerous to think that our understanding of every biblical text is also without error. We are human. We are fallible. And we can misunderstand and misinterpret these ancient words—with tragic results."



Alright, so I'm going to stop bullshitting myself (and all of you) - I've
decided to pretty much put this blog on hold until further notice. I WILL
get around to this again, but life has just been crazy since...well, for a
while. I still love these subjects and everything and I'm constantly
blogging in my mind all the time, I just can't focus on writing it out and
posting it as much as I'd like to right now. So yeah, swing back around
once in a while and hopefully I'll get rolling again here pretty soon.

Behave yourselves out there, kids.


Bear With Me...

Hey all (that is, if I even have any readers left out there), just wanted to drop a quick note on here. I haven't posted in over two months, and the reason is primarily my most difficult semester of school yet. However, please know that I still have lots on my mind and lots to blog about (and I will). But as for right now I'm just trying to survive the semester and maintain a decent GPA. I have finals in two weeks and after that I hope to revisit and post something (and subsequently more often). So bear with me, folks, I'm still around.

Oh, and I love everyone's comments thus far, keep them coming once I write more stuff, please. And I plan to visit and offer my comments on all of yours as well (again, when time is more abundant).


Q + Tree = Dignity.......What???

I must say, I have yet to succeed in getting into the blog rhythm. Many many a thing interest me in the topic under which I created this blog, but so often the subject, as it comes up, frustrates me too much, fades away too quickly, or I just simply find myself too busy to feel justified in spending my time on typing it for the internet world to see...as if I really cared. Well, I suppose I do care a bit, because I like dialogue and conversation, and I'm told that's what blogging is all about. So maybe for a while I'll attempt to blog about things that I can sum up in few words and then perhaps it won't demotivate me so much from blogging at all. We'll give it a shot...

So this one goes back a few months, but I've never been able to let it go in my mind. I have this scholar friend of mine. He is a thorough Christian thinker with a master's degree in apologetics (Christian apologetics, to be clear). A small handful of you who may read this know who he is; most of you don't. Either way, it doesn't really matter, as he will remain nameless. I used to meet with him once a week for breakfast to talk about Christianity, theology, philosophy, etc. Many of the things that came out of those conversations will make it on to this blog at one point or another; some already have. My point is that I am not mentioning him so that I can attack his character. Rather, I am intrigued and often frustrated by some of the things that he believes and argues and thus, they make for good blogging material. I just wanted to make that clear: this isn't a bash-fest.

Moving on, here's one particular topic we talked about one morning over breakfast. We entered onto the subject of the traditional Christian doctrine of hell. This is a subject that I've spent so many hours thinking about over the years that I would actually just like to say "screw it" and get some of those hours back for more productive purposes. However, the devil himself probably couldn't even make that happen, so we'll just live with it. Here's the conversation. I was asking the following question, which may resemble my personal beliefs to some degree that perhaps not even I am aware of. But more importantly, it was for the purpose of discussion.

(from the human perspective) "Why does a finite amount of sin warrant an infinite amount of punishment?"

The following is his response (verbatim):

Well, a finite crime against an infinite being warrants an infinite amount of punishment.

Now here's my response to that (that unfortunately I did not have at the time). Why on earth would someone think this makes sense? From the viewpoint of a logician, this is absurd. The reason so many people in the western church culture would buy this argument (among many many other reasons, I think) is because is sounds really nice. In fact it sounds very mathematical. However, there is no real logical basis for it. Who says a finite amount of crime against an infinite being warrants an infinite amount of punishment? Why doesn't a finite amount of crime against an infinite being warrant a finite amount of punishment? Why does the punishment reflect the victim rather than the crime, or even the criminal? I'm not trying to rule out anyone's response to this, but I honestly don't think an American court system analogy would do any good here, as I'm not talking about a general consensus of morality. This subject is clearly much bigger and unfortunately, abstract.

Anyway, there's the food for thought. Please understand that I am not trying to spark a debate about the existence, reality, consequence, or doctrine of hell. That subject is way too big for right now and I have no interest in going into it as a whole. So please, any thoughts you may have out there should only relate to the above argument, not the topic at large.

There, so much for keeping it short.