He is Absolute, All Else Relative

“The cross of Christ is the victory of God (oh, strange victory!) over all the powers of this world that pretend to be absolute. ‘Nothing now is absolute except God as he is known in Jesus Christ; everything else is relativized.'”-Rankin Wilbourne

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Nobody Outside of Us, No Atonement

“[Ian] McEwan leaves us where he left Briony [from Atonement], with the grim realization that without something beyond us, outside ourselves, there can be no atonement. Such a message might not have been palatable for a mass movie audience because it goes against our cherished assumption that we can atone for our lives by the choices we make. But McEwan, a professed atheist, is more honest. No God, no atonement. We may yearn for it, but that’s all we can do. As he says, “The attempt was all.”” -Rankin Wilbourne, Union with Christ

 

Theories of Suffering

  1. Suffering is real and will not go away. But death comes as the end, and death brings an end to suffering and [gives] eventual peace. [MATERIALISM]
  2. Suffering is an illusion. It simply is not there, but is imagined. [EASTERN RELIGIONS]
  3. Suffering is real, but we ought to be able to rise above it and recognize that it is of little importance. [EXISTENTIALISM]
  4. God suffered in Christ. God knows what it is like to suffer, and therefore can offer help to sufferers. [CHRISTIANITY]

 

From Alister McGrath, I Believe

Implications of Creation

“If God created all things, then lots of very common beliefs about the universe are simply wrong. Think about it: Materialism (the idea that the material, physical world is all there is) must be wrong, because there is a God. Dualism (both God and everything else have always existed side by side) must be wrong, because God created matter. Pantheism (God is in everything) and panentheism (everything is part of God) must both be wrong, because God is distinct from what he has created. God created all things, and by his will they exist.” -Andrew Wilson

God, the Foundation for Everything

God is a foundational assumption that must be in place to have an intelligible view of the universe. It’s not that unbelievers don’t think intelligently about the universe, but their most basic assumptions about it are hostile to the way they engage the world around them. Without God, morality becomes impossible to justify. As do scientific laws, and laws of logic. These have to be designed by Someone and deliberately set within our universe, or we have every reason to doubt their existence, or at least wonder if they actually mean what we have always assumed them to mean. Honest unbelief requires contemplating the possibility that  we might just be lying to ourselves about what the universe is, and what we are.

Examples of Things That Can’t Be Proven Scientifically

“Take the statement: “For something to be true, it must be provable scientifically.” Can that statement be proved scientifically? Can you do an experiment in a lab to demonstrate that it is true? Or how about, “My daughter loves me”? How can that very important statement ever be proven? The fact is, we believe things because they make sense of the world as we see it, not because some outside authority (like scientific proof) says they are true. So the real question is: How does belief or nonbelief in God make sense of the world around us?” -Andrew Wilson, Incomparable: Explorations in the Character of God