Friday, October 31, 2014

Only in Facebook...

Remember, the claim is "giving atheists" a hard time. So whether he is a rude atheist or not, he must be the one having a hard time, not Michael Relano. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Evil Exists, therefore… (Ivan Laurenciano and the Epicurean Paradox)

I saw this post on Facebook the other day. Now, I think this is an attempt to debunk Epicurus’ problem of evil issue, am I right?

If you guys are not familiar with it, well…

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jesus Against Slavery. Is there such a thing?

                                                                                                 Painted by R.Coghe

I sometimes wonder why Jesus didn’t say something about slavery?

Some Christians says that since Jesus taught about goodness then automatically he carries a message about anti-slavery, but that’s not the case. Consider the fact that in the first place, you can't say that Jesus was ignorant on slavery. In the time of the Roman occupation of ancient Palestine, slavery was prevalent and that slavery was one of the greatest atrocities on basic human rights. As a benevolent God-Man, we except Jesus to say something against it, but he was very silent about the issue.

We won’t even read any quote in all four Gospels that Jesus said something against this practice. In fact, you won't find anything in the whole New Testaments about the evilness of slavery. Instead, what we can read is this...   

"Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free." And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him." (Ephesians 6:5-9 NIV)

I wonder why the deep silence on a very crucial issue?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A God Outside Time

There is a  big problem with Kuya Adviser's response (other than the cap locks and how he spelled the name “Einstein”). If God is “outside time…”  Uh, wait a minute there. What is “outside time?” Now, time has something to do with space.  Does this also mean God is outside space? First of all, the idea that God is outside time (since he created it) is not biblical. The idea came from the philosopher Plotinus. Yeah! He's the Catholic Church equivalent of Marx in the former Soviet Union.

Anyway, to say that God has no beginning nor end is defining the attribute of being eternal. But being eternal doesn't mean “outside time.” Eternal simply means existing forever; without end or beginning.

Going back to Kuya Adviser's “timeless god.”

As I have said earlier, there will be a lot of problems on Kuya Adviser's god who he claims to be outside time:

1. It is incomprehensible.  Saying God exists outside time carry no real meaning because there is simply no frame of reference for that in our universe.

2. If God is outside time then he is like a block of wood. He  should not have any single thought nor action. Remember that “time” has something to do with change and change has something to do with action. A timeless god means a god that cannot act, think, reason, interacts, create or any other action we can think of.

3. This God cannot be a person – in the sense that God  possesses “personality” and that He is a rational Being with self-awareness. A God outside time is impersonal just like a solid block. It has  non-conscious and doesn't have any life at all.

Until next time