Calls For Paterno’s Resignation are Unjust

It seems to me that the calls for Joe Paterno’s resignation are grossly unjust. At this point (as far as we know) he is the only one to have done the right thing. He did exactly what the law required him to do. Once he told his superiors about the incident (as the law directed him to do) it was their obligation to call the police. There are those who say that Paterno should have called the police himself. This is understandable, but the law mandates that once a staff member tells a member of the administration that an alleged sexual incident has taken place, it is their obligation to call the police. Therefore by contacting the administration he was by default calling the police.

For those in the media who are calling for Paterno’s resignation, I wonder how many of them would have turned in their friend and colleague of thirty years without witnessing the incident themselves. Our first instinct in this type of situation is to not believe the allegation, especially if it appears to go against the character of the person being accused. Our next instinct is to protect our friend by saying that the accuser must be mistaken. It takes a lot of character to turn a friend of that duration in to the authorities.

It does not appear as if the administration will stand up for Joe. If not, I think the best ones to make a stand are the students. I think 10,000 students should go to where the media is camped out on campus, and make their voice heard in a peaceful and respectful manner, in support of the one man who I, and I’m sure others,  believe has done more for the university than any other person who has been associated with Penn State in many years.

As an aside, I must admit that I feel as if I’m living in an alternate universe. I have never heard of people wanting someone who followed the law to be fired.

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Steve Jobs Last Words

According to Steve Jobs’ sister his last words just before he died were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.” I wonder what he saw.

 

http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/steve-jobs-eulogy-reveals-last-words/2163149514/Comcast/2162977703/

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Does it really matter if the Bible is True?

Does it really matter whether or not the Bible is inspired by God and true if we cannot be certain as to what it means? What is the substantive difference between not having the correct understanding of a fully true book, and having the correct understanding of a book that is not fully true. Either way one’s understanding of the truth will be faulty.

Hopefully this illustrates the need for, not only a fully inspired and true book, but also for a fully inspired and true 2,000 year old tradition to enlighten us as to the true understanding of the book.

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St. Silouan the Athonite

Many a rich and powerful man would pay dearly to see the Lord, or his most holy mother, but God does not reveal himself to riches but to the humble soul.

St. Silouan the Athonite

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Did 324 Students Really get “Saved”?

In an article entitled, SC Schools Still Face Controversy Over Christian Rapper’s Performance, The Christian Post reported:

Public schools in South Carolina are being met with criticism again after allowing Christian-themed rallies to take place on school grounds.

Last month, a Christian rapper known as B-SHOC performed at a daytime rally at New Heights Middle School in Chesterfield County alongside youth evangelist Christian Chapman, resulting in much controversy.

The rapper identified as Bryan Edmonds had posted a YouTube video about the event held for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, and commented that 324 students had gotten saved.

 

Overlooking the free speech issues on this one; does anyone really believe that 324 students got “saved”? This is a particular problem with many (but certainly not all) Protestant evangelists. They give an emotional performance of some type, whether preaching, singing or both, and then in the midst of all of the emotion they ask for either a show of hands, or people to come down to the altar to be “saved”. Many respond out of emotion, and the evangelist/singer can now boast that hundreds got “saved”.

The problem is when the emotions die down. The Christian life is a tough one. It involves many battles, and one must go through much suffering in order to enter into the Kingdom of God. Most of those who raise their hands, or make their way down to the altar, never even begin that walk much less complete it, but since someone declared them to be saved they believe that all is right with their soul. Who knows how many people end up in Hell because of possibly well meaning, but ultimately self serving and deceptive evangelists.

No-one is saved by raising their hand or walking down to the altar. They may or may not begin their salvation at that point, but they are not finally and ultimately saved until they walk the walk, go into eternity, and hear the Lord say, “Well done my good and faithful servant”. Leading anyone to believe differently is a deception that may cost them their soul.

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Quote From Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

We must strive to improve our character while we are still in this life – we will pass into eternity with this very same character. We have the chance to change for the better if we repent of all our evil ways, but when a soul passes into eternity it does not have the capacity to pray for itself. I did not know this, but once I had the opportunity to feel as though my soul were about to depart my body. I felt that I could no longer pray for myself. A monk prayed for me, but I could not: my time for repentance was finished.

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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Bill O’Reilly Argues With Atheist Richard Dawkins

In an article entitled, Bill O’Reilly Argues With Atheist Richard Dawkins, the Christian Post reported:

On his Wednesday show, Fox News Channel personality Bill O’Reilly showed a recently recorded clip of a conversation he had with atheist Richard Dawkins, which seemed to be equal parts interview and debate.

Dawkins, a biologist and one of the most recognized atheistic figures in the world today, went on “The O’Reilly Factor” in order to promote his new book, The Magic of Reality.

“Throughout history some of the worst regimes ever have been atheistic,” O’Reilly said, pointing to leaders like Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot. Religious principles, he said, help put much-needed constraints on society.

 

Dawkins replied that atheism played no role in the regimes of Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao, but since objective morality is not possible if there is no God, then there are no inherent rights or wrongs that an atheistic regime must adhere to. Therefore if there is no God, an atheistic government can justify mass killing.

If a regime claims to be Christian and does evil that evil can be condemned by the Christianity the regime professes. There is no evil that can be categorically condemned by atheism; therefore anything can be justified.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/bill-oreilly-argues-with-atheist-richard-dawkins-57493/

 

 

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Pornography

I was recently contacted and asked to write something about pornography. Below is my attempt.

Pornography is a misuse of the sex drive which is supposed to be used to have sex with one’s spouse. When we watch porn we not only excite our lusts, but we also objectify and degrade women. Instead of sex being a way to become intimate with our mate, it makes women into a tool through which we obtain pleasure.

In addition, we will seek to do with our mate the same sort of things which we see on the screen, and since what we see on screen is just a way to obtain pleasure, it is not attractive to our mate. She gets upset which in turn upsets us which in turn hurts our sex life. Also, sex with a real person can never measure up to sex in our fantasies, so our sex life with our mate will tend to be a disappointment.

Pornography may seem like harmless fun, but it is a destroyer of sex lives, relationships, women, and men.

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Why is an Immaterial God the Only Exception?

Everything that we as humans can conceive of exists in some form. Even though our fantasies, such as unicorns, mermaids, and Star Trek aliens, don’t actually exist they are pieced together from parts of things that do. The unicorn is made up of a horse and a horn, the mermaid from a fish and a woman, and Star Trek aliens are humans with various features taken from our experience of the world around us. Even nothingness, defined as the absence of anything material, “existed” before God created.

 

If all of this is true, then why is the immaterial, and specifically an immaterial God, the only exception?

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Can There Be Christian Unity Without Doctrinal Unity?

I recently finished reading a book called “Your Church is too Small” (Why Unity in Christ’s Mission is Vital to the Future of the Church). The writer was seeking to unite Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians.

His message to Protestants was to respect the ancient creeds, and to know something of early Church history. His message to the Catholics and the Orthodox was to ease up on strict doctrinal adherence as a prerequisite for unity. Although the author believed that there are certain doctrines that we should all hold in common, he also believed that there are some upon which we should agree to disagree. In other words, some doctrine is important and some is not. He believed that our unity should be based, not upon doctrine, but upon our shared mission to evangelize the world.

Although there was much of value in the book, the author never stated which doctrines he felt were important and which were not. Neither did he say who within the Christian world would make such a decision, or why he felt there would be unity around such a decision.

The most important thing that he left out was any sort of Biblical support for the idea that some doctrines are important and others are not. Much of Protestant “unity” is based upon this concept, but I have yet to find any Biblical support for it. In fact, a quick word search for “doctrine” reveals that adherence to the Apostle’s doctrine is considered to be of utmost importance by the Biblical writers.

So the question is, can God really bring unity around a concept that is not Biblical?

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