Please read this entirely before you read other philosophical posts.
To discuss the philosophy of Christianity we need a frame work. The first thing we will do is establish who Christianity claims God is and what Christianity claims his goals for humanity are. The foundational source of this information about Christianity is the Bible. Now I know some of you are immediately think “I don’t accept that the Bible is true.” Don’t worry, this discussion doesn’t require that we all assume the Bible is true. However, if we are discussing whether God and Christianity is reasonable or not, we need to know what the Christian God is and what Christianity is, and the Bible is the source of authority on that. Let me try to put this in perspective using another example.
(Please Read This Example) Lets say we are discussing a hot topic like speed limits. 🙂 If the question is “What is the speed limit on a state highway in Ohio?”, then the Ohio revised code is the authoritative source for the answer to the question. If the question is “Does it make sense to have a 55 mph speed limit on Ohio state highways?”, then the Ohio revised code isn’t authoritative at all. In other word, if someone said “the speed limit is 55 mph because Ohio law says so”, that would be a true and acceptable statement. However, if someone says “the best speed limit for Ohio is 55 mph because Ohio law says so”, that would not be true or acceptable.
Our discussion here is similar. To discuss God and Christianity, we first need to establish what that is and the Bible is the authoritative source on that subject. However, when we start to discuss whether that is reasonable or not, or how it works or does not work in the what we see int the world around us, no one will be allowed to say “this is true because the Bible says so”. I hope that all makes sense.
All Philosophical Posts:
- Trying To Explain Morality – A Discussion With Bob
- 3. Treat No One Like A God…Unless It Really Is God
- It Isn't Love If There Isn't A Choice
- Delusional Dawkins: Odds Of "Life" Argument Is Basically Flawed
- The Importance Of Perspective
- The Difference Intelligence Makes
- Scientific Discussion
- Biblical Discussion
- Philosophical Reasoning
- Why Christianity
- God's Goals or Purposes For Humanity
- Who Is The Christian God?
- The Fundamental Ability To See The Perspective
- A True Story We Can Learn From – Please Give Me Feedback
- If God is all-knowing, and God doesn't change his mind, why pray?
- I won’t believe in something I can’t understand. “Just have faith” just won’t work for me.
- Why would anyone be attracted to Christianity?
- How can God justify punishing Adam and Eve for eating from the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil", when before they ate from it they didn't understand good and evil?
- If God wants us to be close to him, why doesn't he just clearly reveal himself to the world? It is unfair of him to condemn anyone since he doesn't reveal himself clearly.
- How can you take the Bible, or the Christian God seriously today? For example: The Bible says an adulteress woman should be stoned. You wouldn't do that today.
- Religion, especially Christianity, has caused so many wars and killed so many people. How can it be from a loving God?
- Why would anyone literally "bet their life" on a Christian God they cannot see or touch?
- Why believe in the Christian God when all the gods of all the world’s religions seem so similar? People feel their presence and claim there are answers to prayers. etc. etc.
- You say God gives humans a free-will, but when I read the Bible I completely disagree. God clearly is deciding what is right and wrong, how can that be giving humans a free-will?
- How can an all-good God tell Moses and Joshua to kill thousands of innocent women and children?
- How can an all-good, all-powerful God allow disasters like hurrican Katrina, famines, and war?
- What Are The Basic Tenets Of Christianity? What Is The Gospel?
- What Is God's Purpose Or Goal For Humanity? What Is His Motivation?
- Who is God and What Are His Characteristics?
- Logically Christian