where religion and politics meet

Everybody has a worldview. A worldview is what you believe about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Nations have worldviews too, a prevailing way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Politics is the outworking of that worldview in public life.

Our country’s worldview used to be Christianity. Now we are told it is and has always been secularism, which is practical atheism. This issue divides our country, but those who disagree are divided as well on how to respond.

Our country could not have been founded as a secular nation, because a secular country could not guarantee freedom of religion. Secular values would be higher than religious ones, and they would supersede them when there was a conflict. Secularism sees religion only as your personal preferences, like your taste in food, music, or movies. It does not see religion, any religion, as being true.

But God, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments were always important parts of our public life, including our public schools, until 1963, when the court called supreme ruled them unconstitutional, almost 200 years after our nation’s founding.

Our country also did not envision a multitude of different religions co-existing in one place, because the people, and the government, would then be divided on the basic questions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Our Constitution, which we fought a war to be able to enact, states, among other things, that our government exists for us to form a more perfect union, ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. It could not do this unless it had a clear vision of what it considers to be true, a vision shared with the vast majority of the people in this country.

I want to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

Because religion deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, though the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation, critical thinking, and a hunger for what is true.

Science and education used to be valuable tools in the search for truth, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions of life without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary, possible, or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues. Many of the newer articles are shorter responses to partiular problems.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Evolution: Why it is wrong and why it matters 2 (Part 2)

Evolution:  Why it is wrong and why it matters (Part 2)

Imagine you were going to a book signing for the 700 page best-selling historical mystery thriller novel you were reading and found that the person signing the books was a 7 year old second grader.  You would leave without getting an autograph.  Why?  You would not believe that a seven year old child, no matter how precocious, could write what you are reading.  Because the effect (a 700 page best-selling historical mystery thriller novel) was not commensurate with the cause (a 7 year old child). 

This is what evolution is: a series of effects so much greater than the causes that if we were to see them in real life, we would immediately reject them.

We are expected to believe that random mutations over millions of years could and would produce complex living systems that have eyes, brains, hearts, intelligence, and self-awareness.  There is nothing in our experience that would suggest that anything like this is possible.  In fact, all known laws of science, like entropy and thermodynamics, tell us that things decay or deteriorate when left to themselves.  Houses don’t build themselves, and tools left outside for years will rust or become unusable.

But why is all this so important?  What difference does it make if you think aliens left organic compounds here, or a God created all this, or if everything just happened all by itself?

The first and obvious reason is that it answers the question: is there a God?  Those who say that all this could have and did happen all by itself essentially dismiss the concept of a Supreme Being.  They see no reason to believe in anything beyond what they can see, feel, taste, or, in scientific talk, what they can observe and measure.

If life was/is just a chance occurrence of chemical compounds that ends with physical death, then life has no meaning beyond what we choose to give it.  And everyone is free to choose what meaning that is, if any.  Life ends at death, and there are no prizes or rewards to the winners.

Science can analyze a human being, tell you how much carbon, water, hydrogen, etc. exists in a body, but it cannot tell you if that life has meaning or purpose. 

Scientists are often quick to dismiss the idea of God, because they deem it unnecessary and unproveable, yet they resort to a faith in natural processes to create things beyond what they with all their intelligence cannot. 

If there is a God, I would certainly expect that He would be beyond human comprehension and measurement.  Scientists look for proof of Something that by definition would be greater than everything that exists.  They feel justified in rejecting the concept, because they can’t fit Him to their experiments or see Him with their eyes.  I submit they need look no further than themselves to see the work of Someone who is vastly more intelligent than all our accumulated knowledge.

Acknowledging that there is a God changes everything.  On the other hand, rejecting the idea also changes everything.  This is the pivotal concept that shapes our lives.

If life (our lives) is just the result of random chemical interactions, human life just isn’t that important anymore.  Nations that have rejected the idea of God were instrumental in killing millions of their own citizens, because they didn’t fit into the plans of those who were in power. 
The survival of the fittest becomes the law of the land, and everyone has to look out for themselves first. 

If there is a God, then life, our life, was intentional.  Life is valuable and has meaning and purpose.  What meaning and purpose?

This leads to the second reason why the question of evolution is so important.  If life is intentional, if we were made and not chance occurrences, then we would expect that there are certain laws to our existence. 

Science recognizes natural laws, laws of physics and chemistry, laws that tell us how things work in the physical realm.  But are there laws that tell us how life is supposed to work?

You can’t buy so much as a toaster without getting a long booklet from the manufacturer telling us how the thing works, how it is meant to work, what are the inherent dangers, how to get the most use out of it.

But what about life?  Are there rules that we ignore to our detriment?  Did our Manufacturer give us an instruction manual to tell us how this is supposed to work?  Or do we spend our whole life trying to figure what is best only to realize on our death beds how we could have done things better? 

This is what a religion is.  It purports to tell us what life is all about.  You don’t study religion long, however, before you see how vastly different their conclusions are about a lot of things.  They are close on some things, but most have mutually exclusive teachings on many important issues.

Does this mean that truth is unattainable, and all religions are essentially equally valid, because we don’t know enough to be able to decide between them?  No.  It just means that, like everything else in life worth having, you might have to put a little effort in searching it out.

One last reason I would like to submit here why the issue of evolution and God is important is that, if God did indeed create the world and life, it is very possible, as more religions teach, that we are in some way accountable to God for our lives.  The details vary from religion to religion, but the first place to start is that the idea that what we do with our lives is important in ways we can little imagine should wake us to the pursuit of what things in life really matter.

I know some people will think I have tried to make too much of this issue of evolution and God, that I reach conclusions that don’t have enough ‘proof’ behind them.  The fact is life is not like a job, where you have orientation and are given the company handbook with all the rules inside. 

Our lives are pretty open-ended.  We can do pretty much what we want in how we live our lives.  We eat what we want, when we want, choose a spouse, or not, all kinds of choices everyday without somebody looking over our shoulder and telling us what to do.


Life is also short, and there is no rehearsal.  This is it.  We are not going to get the absolute certainty of everything before we have to make choices on how we will live our lives.  In this short article, I hope I have clarified some of the questions we need to ask.