From time to time, I find some sermons upsetting, for not living up to my subjective (hence not necessarily reasonable) expectations. This was one of them. Firstly, I really appreciated the speaker teaching about how some Psalms with hateful-sounding content (i.e. asking God to do seemingly morally reprehensible stuff) should be treated as merely describing the Psalmist’s own imperfect … Continue reading Post-sermon thoughts, 11 Sep ’16
Assumptions that need to hold, for homosexuality to be objectively wrong in a “Christian” context: (1) There exists only one unique objective morality that everyone should adhere to. People will never agree on this, because it just depends on how “morality” is defined. (2) God’s morality is what (1) refers to. This assumes that God … Continue reading Relying on “the bible” for objective morality / truth
Transcript (starting from 1m0s): //start Trying to study the bible without knowing the original languages is like trying to play Beethoven on a mouth organ. I mean—it’s just not going to be hugel– you may be able to get something of a tune, but it won’t actually be what the guy had in mind. And … Continue reading Reading the bible is as easy as … pretending that it’s easy to read.
Moral inspiration is when I see someone do a great thing and somehow, to my own mind, that seems like a really good thing to do, and I follow his example. Moral perversion is when I pretend that there exists instructions that I can blindly follow and somehow guarantee that I’m doing something good, even … Continue reading Moral inspiration, or perversion?