Thursday, June 22, 2006

THE FOOLISHNESS OF UNBELIEF

Dr. Greg Bahnsen made an excellent statement which I think sums up the foolishness of unbelieving thought. He said the following:

“It is not a mark of rationality for a person to assert one thing, but then to live contrary to it.”

He added,

“The life of the unbeliever is riddled with such inconsistency. He will presuppose human dignity and attend a funeral to honor a dead friend or relative, even though he previously argued that man is, in principle, no different from any other product of evolution like a horse or dog. The unbeliever will insist that man is nothing more than a complex of bio-chemical factors controlled by the laws of physics—and then kiss his wife and children when he goes home, as though they share love with each other. He will argue that in sexual relations ‘anything goes’ (there are no moral absolutes)—but then indignantly condemn child molesters or morally repudiate necrophilia. He will suggest that the things which happen in the universe happen randomly—by ‘chance’—but then turn around and look for regularities, law-like explanations of events, and uniformity or predictability in the things studied by natural science. The non-Christian does not have a workable worldview, and he exposes its weakness at every turn in his life.”

I put the above statement on my dorm door in college, and my unbelieving neighbor got offended. (Convicted, perhaps?)

Praise the Lord that He has saved us not only from His wrath, but also from the foolishness of unbelief.

O Lord, please continue to renew us in our minds and hearts, that we would more and more think Your thoughts after You. Make us more like Christ our First Love, in Whom are deposited all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. In His precious Name I pray. Amen.

Monday, June 12, 2006

FAREWELL CLASS OF 2006/FAREWELL COVENANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Praise to the God who is in control of our lives.

As I type this blog entry, I am sitting in my classroom on the Monday after the graduation of Covenant Christian School's Class of 2006. I am surrounded by blank bulletin boards and bare walls. My desk is clear on top, except for a few things I have in some piles.

Change is happening.

I have mixed feelings right now. Part of me wishes I were staying here next year. I wish I had the privilege once again of teaching the students I am leaving behind. The other part of me recognizes that I have been blessed with a new job, teaching Spanish at a charter school, where I will be able to take care of my family very well, by God's blessing.

I know that I will meet new people there and I know that I will grow to love them as well.

I am just afraid of change.

We all go through these moments in our lives. Here I am, a 29-year-old man who still feels like a little boy. I have been blessed with a beautiful wife and three gorgeous children. Not only that, but we are looking at moving to Vista into a house that will be sold to us as a low-income family. The Lord is truly meeting our needs, more than we can ask or imagine.

As my boss at Covenant told me, the Lord knows what He is doing.

I am not sure how many of my students read my blog, but if you read this, I want to tell you all that I love each and every one of you.

Class of 2006, I am so proud of you all. I pray that our Lord would lead you all to a deeper love for Him.

May the Lord bless us all in our future endeavors. May we take joy in Him wherever we are in life, during both the sad times and the happy times.

May the Lord bless the ministry of Covenant Christian School in Chula Vista, California.

Monday, June 05, 2006

RESPONSE TO AARON KINNEY

Aaron Kinney of www.killtheafterlife.blogspot.com has recently visited my blog on occasion and has decided to respond to some of my beliefs. He has taken what I have said to him very well and has not become offended at me personally. I commend him for this. I did not hesitate to give him the gospel and to warn him to repent. I even warned him of God's wrath.

I am glad to say that Aaron Kinney has been respectful toward me and my blogsite. He enjoys a good cordial debate, as do I. He recently wrote a post responding to some comments I have made on my blog entries as well as some comments I made elsewhere. His recent post on his website is entitled "Josh Brisby and the Master-Slave Morality of Christianity." I am happy to now respond to it.

AARON KINNEY'S MORALITY

Aaron holds to the fundamental axiom of self-interest, which is to say that it is clear that everyone tries to live on this fundamental principle. He then argues that the main reason Christians become Christians is to simply avoid hell--that is, for their own self-interest, because everyone lives for his or her own self-interest.

I called him out on this. I claimed that when God regenerates a sinner, He opens our eyes to see that His ways are right and just. Kinney responded:

"Josh says what I've heard a thousand times before: that Christians are diametrically opposed to self-interest! I've heard similar sentiments . . . ."

and he also said,

"That, my friends, is a classic master-slave scenario. God is the master, humans are the slaves, and the only entity who's interest is valid is God's interest. Disgusting."

Of course Kinney thinks this is disgusting. He fails to see that God's ways are beautiful. He fails to see that only God's ways make sense. He is living for himself. He is his own god, and he does not want King Jesus to reign over him. It takes a miracle of sovereign grace to break our sinful stubborn rebellion.

I likened Kinney to an illegal immigrant who lives within the borders of a country, biting the hand that feeds him. Kinney lives in God's Kingdom, but he bites the Hand that feeds him. Kinney thought I was saying that God writes the immigration laws of the U.S., but of course I was merely giving an analogy. Perhaps he was being comical. I'm not sure. If he was, I can only say that it was interesting comic relief.

KINNEY'S FURTHER COMPLAINTS

Kinney continues on. He says that for him to repent, I must first "prove" to him that God exists. He asks how I can account for the fact that the matter/energy in the universe was never created nor destroyed. What Kinney fails to recognize here is that this law in science is not dealing with origins, nor can it. Can science really explain our origins? Science entails the use of inductive principles for the scientific method. I am turning the tables on Kinney here and asking the following question: Aaron, how can you begin to talk about science given the claims of your worldview?

Kinney recognizes the problems of relativism and tries to place a "fact-based" system in place of it (as if there were such a thing as a "fact" outside of the interpretation our various worldviews assign to it), but he is unable to show me from where he derives his ethics. I am still waiting for him (or any other atheist) to tell me what "good" and "evil" is. He still hasn't told me.

KINNEY DEMONSTRATES THAT GOD'S LAW IS WRITTEN ON HIS HEART

I would like to close off this response to Mr. Kinney by pointing out that he has once again demonstrated that what God's Word says about him is true. Romans 1 and 2 says that God has written His Law on the heart of every man, yet people kick against this and set up idols in God's place.

Kinney is appalled at the notion of original sin. He finds it hard to understand why we would be punished for something that someone else did. I am not going to go deep into this, but I am just simply going to ask,

Why is this a problem for you, Aaron, given your worldview? By what standard do you have a problem here? Who cares who gets punished?

He asks me why I should follow God's rules. The answer is that I owe God my obedience. He made me. He saved me. He redeemed me. As Dr. Bahnsen has well pointed out, if a watchmaker makes a watch, but it doesn't do what it is supposed to do (namely, tell time), then you throw it out. Furthermore, you don't reward the watch if it does what it is supposed to do.

Likewise, as question and answer 1 of the Shorter Catechism correctly says, man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. I owe God my allegiance because He is my Creator. He has done so much for me. He even had mercy on me, even though I was once like Aaron Kinney. And, in many ways, I am still like Aaron Kinney. I still retain my sin nature. But God has had mercy on me-- on ME, a big, walking bag of sin. Atheists think that to admit that we are sinful is such a mean thing. But they fail to see the standard here.

Were Ted Bundy or Adolf Hitler or other men similar to them sinful? Surely they would have said, "How dare you call me sinful! I am basically good!" This is mankind's problem. We always try to make ourselves out to be better than we really are. But the FACT is, Bundy and Hitler were wretchedly sinful. And when we compare ourselves to God's standard, that is still the fact. We are wretchedly sinful.

Aaron Kinney is no worse than me. I am the chief of sinners. I am sin, from head to toe.

Aaron, it is reasonable and fair for you to bow the knee to the lordship of Christ. He is patient with you. Today is the day of salvation. Turn to Christ and live.

ADDENDUM: COMMENTS ON THE B.J. EDDENFIELD/AARON KINNEY FEUD

I wanted to make a quick comment regarding something that went down in the comments section of my blog. This is really mainly for Aaron Kinney, so other readers do not need to feel the need to read this, but of course they may if they wish.

Aaron, you mentioned that you think I am a nice guy, and I am glad you think so. I hope you still think so after I mention the following.

You recently posted a blog entry against B.J. Toward the end, you had some rather harsh words to say about B.J. My guess is that you took offense to when he asked you how many "pounds of meat your mother lost" in her miscarriages. I wanted to give a word here, if I may.

As I mentioned before, I usually do not accept disrespectful remarks on my website. It is quite possible that B.J. may have gone too far by this remark. However, I decided to make an exception by keeping it in the comments section for good reason. There was a reason that I did not delete B.J.'s remark, which indeed may have gone too far:

I wanted you to see the utter foolishness of atheism. Worldviews are more than just abstract ideas. They are personal applications of our beliefs.

Of course you were offended. Do you know why? Because you have been created in the image of God. In fact, the very fact you were offended once again shows inconsistency with the worldview you claim. You are once again demonstrating that you truly do believe what our worldview has always said, namely, that at conception, babies are human beings.

Indeed, your mother did NOT lose just "pounds of meat." Your mother lost human souls. When B.J. called them "pounds of meat," he was merely doing what your worldview, *if it were consistent,* should have done.

But you were not consistent.

Stop kicking against the God who made you. You need to turn to Christ not only to be saved from God's wrath, but to avoid intellectual futility, to which you now hold.

Atheists try to pretend that they have a rational worldview, and they continue to pretend, even though Reformed Christian presuppositionalists have demonstrated time and again that the atheist worldview is pathetically absurd. It has been demonstrated time and again that only Reformed Christian theism is rational and makes sense.

In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Turn to Him and be renewed.