Moral Argument

Good and bad have to do with the worth or value of something while right and wrong have to do with an obligation, or more specifically a moral obligation.

A parasitic relationship

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument, Tough Questions | 4 comments

A parasitic relationship

  Not long ago I heard one of my students refer to the unborn as a parasite when as a class, we were discussing the abortion issue. If you were to look up the definition of a parasitic relationship, you would see that a parasite lives off another organism which we call the host, this results in harm or even death of the host. Examples of parasites are tapeworms, fleas, and lice.  A harsh term for the unborn don’t you think? My class was split on this issue and actually wanted a debate on this divisive subject, but it ended up being rather one-sided because on the day we were to hold...

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Throwing off the Shackles of Morality

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument | 2 comments

Throwing off the Shackles of Morality

“I learned that all moral judgments are ‘value judgments,’ that all value judgments are subjective, and that none can be proved to be either ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ I even read somewhere that the Chief justice of the United States had written that the American Constitution expressed nothing more than collective value judgments. Believe it or not, I figured out for myself what apparently the Chief Justice couldn’t figure out for himself: that if the rationality of one value judgment was zero, multiplying it by millions would not make it one whit more...

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Crooked Lines

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument, Tough Questions | 3 comments

Crooked Lines

19 – If, in the beginning, there was only God and he created everything, why would he create angels that had the propensity to defy him? This very fallacy led to Lucifer challenging his authority because he desired to share the same power as God. This led to the rise, or fall depending on how you look at it, of Satan, the most notorious enemy of God and his followers. Failed, again! 20 – Why would you trust ‘God’s plan’ given his track record of many failures? These two questions, including #18  deal with the idea of creating creatures who have a free will is somehow a failure on God’s...

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If God is in Control of everything, is He really Good?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument, Tough Questions | 4 comments

If God is in Control of everything, is He really Good?

I was asked the question recently, “If God is in Control of everything, is He really Good?” The timing of this question was poignant in my life because this past week we found out my daughter, who just graduated from high school, has cancer. She had a dark spot on her scalp and after the biopsy came back positive for melanoma, further testing was done, and she will have to go to U.C. Davis to have more if it removed, and possibly some lymph nodes removed. While the prognosis at this point seems to be optimistic, it would be natural for someone to ask God why.   Out of all of our children,...

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What about rape and incest?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument | 8 comments

What about rape and incest?

This is the only comment like this I will ever make: I am not going to tell a woman who is pregnant by rape that she has to have the child. Great if she wants to, but I refuse to force her. Or a girl pregnant by incest. Or a woman who may die with another pregnancy. Or someone who doesn’t want a child. And no, I will not reply to or even read comments about my comment. Yes, it’s a rotten way to do it. I wish there were no abortions, but women – not me, not you, not our churches – have to make this decision. This was a recent post in a Facebook thread I had been...

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Marriage Market

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument, Tough Questions, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Marriage Market

Marriage is not defined, it is described. It has been a foundational feature of natural order. It is not a religious institution. It is not a governmental institution. It is an attribute, or characteristic, of human flourishing since we began walking on this earth. I believe marriage to be a created institution, but I will argue this from a secular perspective. Changing the language or the laws does not change the natural order, or the necessary characteristics for marriage. Greg Koukl has pointed out that as a rule, as a group, and by nature, heterosexuals produce the next generation....

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Murder of innocents

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument | 0 comments

Murder of innocents

1. Is there ever a time that it is ok to kill an innocent child? 2. What are your thoughts on a leader, (say Obama?), who sets out a set of laws and then exempts himself from them? Is that person moral? What of their personal character? 3. Assuming you have read through my weakly veiled attempt at misdirection, by what line of reasoning is God himself exempt from following the rules he laid out, specifically the ones on not murdering people? A young man by the name of Andrew posted those above questions on Facebook a few months ago. I believe he once attended our church,  but I am not sure....

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48 Questions Christian’s can’t answer

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Knowing for Sure Blog, Moral Argument, Tough Questions | 0 comments

48 Questions Christian’s can’t answer

This is a continuation of the 50 supposed questions Christians could not answer. You can find the full list here. 3. If God is so perfect, then why did he create something so imperfect allowing pain, suffering and daily atrocities? The question that is really being asked is why would a perfect God allow evil if he is all powerful, all knowing, and all loving. To many atheists and skeptics, this would not be sensible. So conversely, if we have pain, suffering, and atrocities, there is no God. Assumptions: *God is not perfect *God does not exist The Greek philosopher Epicurus put it this way....

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