Monday Musings for April 30, 2018

Good morning, Musers,

Ideas have consequences. This is where my war cry, “Do your own thinking!” comes in handy. That way, if you are wrong about salvation, then at least you’d be sending yourself to hell… which is better than following someone else there. Now… that would be small consolation, to be sure… but at least you could say of yourself, “I wasn’t had” … and there’s a lot of “having” going on out there.

I also tell people to follow their gut. We have this marvelous nervous system that gives us that feeling of “butterflies in our stomachs” when we have to make decisions on things that we quite haven’t figured out yet. This is not foolproof… but it’s saved some grief over the years. How many women have had a creepy feeling about a guy… so they rejected his advances…  only to find out later that their suspicions were warranted?

Sometimes this feeling co-occurs with cognitive dissonance — that time when you act in a way that goes against your best knowledge of how you should behave — like that nagging feeling a physician gets when he smokes a cigarette. That’s the kind of feeling this week’s question evoked in me. Why are we guilty of sin? (… the questioner assuming that we don’t have free will). And again, why are we guilty of sin? (… the questioner assuming that transcendent morality does not exist).

Okay… so here’s the gut check: throw away everything the “elite thinkers” of the world have told you and ask yourself, “Do I have free will?” And also ask yourself, “Does morality exist?” The gut answer — which aligns with the observational answer — is yes to both. It’s only when we start playing with philosophy that we start to question reality.

Now, I’m a fan of philosophy! I vex you guys with it all the time! But since I’m primarily a believer — and since I am continually refining my Christian worldview — I don’t subscribe to any philosophy that is mutually exclusive with the more important things I believe. Because of this, people like Richard Dawkins have no effect on me… but they do send other people to hell. And why’s that? Because ideas have consequences.

So, join me today as I explore the ideas of free will and transcendent morality. I don’t believe that today’s seeker is a believer… and I’m not sure where all of you stand on these issues… but without free will, the Bible is absurd. And without transcendent morality, we wouldn’t need God after all.

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