well since im up i suppose ill write a little bit about my interesting day. my anthro professor in my first class brought up a touchy subject, cultural beliefs and science. He started off by stating the simple facts that different people believe in different things around the world. A native from Africa might believe that he developed a cold by way of witchcraft whereas a Greek may think he upset the gods. He then spewed out that the Jewish/Christian point of view is that God OR satan causes illness or death..that “God or Satan is after you” basically that God wants to kill you and make you sick. right.
then he went on to introduce “moral relativism” but of corse never naming it under that umbrella. the idea that if i believe something is right, then it is right. for example, the Yanamamo tribe of the Amazon basin believes it is right to kill, therefore making killing right to themselves. I believe it is wrong to kill, therefore making it wrong for me to kill. at this point a girl in the back of the class asked my professor “so if i believe 2+2=5, does that make it right?” his response was a resounding “yes”. a man with a doctorate says that 2+2 can somehow equal 5. wow.
truth is relative. you just contradicted yourself. saying truth is relative is saying that there is no absolute truth. There is no set of rules. no set standard. no truth and no false. but in order to have a fact, you must have an un-fact. truth is relative=truth therefore truth is not relative=false. you have set up for yourself a true/false statement defining a theory which claims there to be no absolute truth. yeah..
grr. then the really bad part came. he told the entire classroom that the bible teaches that the world is flat.he then proceeded to quote “..four corners of the earth” in just those five words. “so are you going to say the bible is false? you can disprove the bible with so many different facets of science”
Isaiah 40:22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
this is just one verse. it just makes me so upset that first of all i was so unprepared for this. and two he tried to make my God look stupid in front of students who hopefully can think for themselves. in my opinion, he can spew all the nonsense he wants about his theories and whatnot, but please do not misrepresent my God. if he were to come across that verse, would he think any different? I certainly hope so, because he talked about my God as if he were a fool. its frustrating to see the truth of God trampled on and made to look like foolishness by an ignorant person with a little bit of authority.
so this instance has further proved to me that we can no longer learn by sitting back. we as christians can not sit down and take in this faith of ours mindlessly. Why do you believe God is real?? How do you know the bible is true?? How do you know God created us?? We must be solid in our own belief in God. We must know why we believe what we believe. I know that if i am solid in my faith, that will in turn directly affect my relationship with him because ive decided on my own that he is real. then that will splash onto others. its a beautiful thing. plus this personal knowledge will fuel us when we need it, such as me in my class today. i didnt know very much about relativism, so i didnt say anything.
do not be lazy! search out your God and allow him to set your heart on fire with passion for his loveliness. he is looking for obedient children to fill up with his wisdom and beauty. he is looking!!! your friends need Jesus, they need you to leave this world behind and show them the way. just think next time you are sitting in the food court at your mall, half of these people are going to hell. for eternity. and you are sitting next to them. doing nothing. this convicts me bitterly. i am certainly not taking my own advice and its convicting me to the core but its also invigorating me. we are so lazy and satan is rocking our cradle so gently. we need a revival and we need to fight to stay pure. we can not settle for mediocrity, its not enough. look on your television, its telling you that Jesus is coming back. its coming soon, iran wants us off the face of the earth. nuclear crazyness is expanding. natural disasters are happening more and more, sooner and sooner. we must wake up and join together. we must take up our crosses and abandon this world. we need each other.
its so important to not just eat up whatever a professor is saying. DOUBT HIM!!! just because he is standing in the front of a classroom with a PhD behind his name doesn’t mean he knows everything. he is just a human, he just wrote a really long paper about archeology.
obviously im not an expert on this topic and some of my facts may be off. but please debate, tell me your thoughts. 🙂