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The Moral Argument for God’s Existence.

  An atheist might say you can be good without believing in God. However the question isn’t can you be good without believing in God but can you be good without God? Here’s the problem if there’s no God. What basis remains for objective good or bad, right or wrong? If God does not exist objective moral values do not exist. Here’s why. Without some objective reference point we    really have no way of saying something is up or down. Gods nature however provides an objective reference point for moral values. It’s the standard which all action and thoughts are measured. However, if there is no God then there is no objective reference point. All we are left with is one persons view point as opposed to some other persons view point. This makes morality subjective not objective.  It’s like a preference for vanilla ice cream. The preference is in the subject not the object. Therefore it doesn’t apply to other people. In the same way subjective morality applies only to the subject. It’s not va

Jesus and Racism and Injustice

(Webster) racism: a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

Jesus answered: “Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'? - John 14:9 (NIV)

When Jesus answered Philip he answered him in a way a Jew would unmistakably understand what he was saying. When Jesus used the term “Father” he meant the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of the OT. So when he said “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” it was exactly like saying if you have seen me you have seen God. Thereby making himself equal with God. 

From God's perspective all people were created in His image therefore He doesn't look at people according to their melanin or their ethnicity but according to the condition of their heart.

Christians are ambassadors of Christ. Jesus told those that were his followers that they are the light of the world. Light shines in the darkness and exposes what is hidden there. This is what Jesus did. He shined a light and exposed the Sin that dwelled in the hearts of all humans. Especially the Sin that dwelled in the hearts of the religious leaders of his time. Their sin infected the people that they were suppose to shepherd. One of these sins was racism. And a consequence of racism is injustice. Jesus came to turn things around.
We see this in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:27), the woman at the well (John 4), the healing of the centurion’s servant (Luke 7:9), the healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter (Matthew 15:28). 

Jesus speaking to his Jewish disciples said in John 10:16 (NIV) “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Jesus’ follower after his resurrection continued in this biblical worldview that since God showed no partiality therefore we should do the same. We see it in the conversion of the Ethiopian (Acts 8), Peter’s encounter with Cornelius (Acts 10:23) and pretty much the rest the the New Testament. 

Paul’s said in Galatians 3:28 (NIV) “There is neither Jew nor Greek (race or ethnicity), slave nor free (economic or social status), male nor female (gender), for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Read what Paul said in Ephesians 2:11-3:6.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ racism and injustice have no place within the body of Christ and by extension within the hearts of those who claim to be Christians. Why? First because Jesus exposed this sins as not being God’s will for humanity. Second every human being is created in God’s image. They are image bearers of God. This is how God see us therefore can we look at each other any differently? 

If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus, He tells us we are to be peacemakers not fomenters of hate and violence. We are not to justify lawlessness as an excuse to fight against racism. Or identify one another according to the pigment in our skin. The world may say and do this but not those who are citizens of God's kingdom. We are to hold out the  message of the gospel of the kingdom of God as a message of reconciliation not division. Do not become a tool of the enemy that comes to divide, confuse, kill, steal and destroy. In this world you will have division, racism and injustice however, Jesus said I have overcome the world. Now we who claim to be followers of Jesus need to live as overcomes. We follow Jesus through the Holy Spirit which gave us the word of God not the Zeitgeist of the culture which gives us the wisdom's and philosophies of the world. It’s not the Zeitgeist that leads us but the Holy Spirit.   

We are to hear the cries of the victims of sin and give them the gift of love in Jesus which is both the word and try to meet their physical needs. Not a water downed love; A love as defined by God. A love the tells the truth even if it’s uncomfortable. A love that sees people with the eyes of God. The church is lead by Jesus and Jesus tells us it is for all people who are willing to have a heart change from darkness to light. You cannot legislate racism out of existence. It's a heart issue not a system issue. Racism is sin and Jesus is the only cure. 


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