False Dilemmas Everywhere so Beware

This is an excellent example of the
False Dilemma Logical Fallacy

Though I have recently written about the false dilemma logical fallacy I believe that we should look at it again from a slightly different perspective as it is so prevalent in everyday discussions; especially in use by the media outlets to elevate their position over what they view as an opposing position.
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False Dilemma: Superstition or Education

False Narrative: Faith (Superstition)
Or Scientific Knowledge (Education)

On of the ignored false dilemmas of the 19th century was the deliberate pitting of faith, characterized as superstition, against scientific knowledge that was being developed and taught in public schools as fact.  This false dilemma continues today under many flags but its major characteristic is its reliance on the ignorance of its adherents.
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Jerusalem: Capital of Israel?

Jerusalem Under the Shadow of Zionism, Judaism,
Islam and Christianity; But Christ?

President Trump’s declaration that America would recognize Jerusalem as the legitimate capital of Israel was like tossing a branch into a hornet’s nest! Everyone had a reaction. Not surprising, Islamic adherents were vehement in their opposition, not so much because of the Mosque of Omar at the Temple Mount site, but because of their racial hatred of all Jews as enshrined in their holy books. The Jewish response was also not surprising since they have been seeking support from any powerful nation to help them realize this dream that was born with the United Nations declaration that gave birth to the modern nation of Israel. Yet, it was the reaction of Christians that should give one pause to ask if they even understand the very Scriptures they claim to use to guide them in their understanding of God and His plans?
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Nostalgia for Charles Finney’s Godly America

This man nearly single-handedly made
America a godly nation: But which god?

Many in American Christendom have this yearning to return America to its godly roots, away from its current anti-God philosophical societal self-destruction. However, I have heard no one describe this godly America they so nostalgically yearn to reimplement. Charles Finney, the Great Revivalist epitomizes the Christian philosophy that moved America during the 19th century and his influence remains today in many churches. However, a study of his doctrine reveals his beliefs to be anything but godly. Continue reading “Nostalgia for Charles Finney’s Godly America”

Mosaic Law: Repentance Leading to Salvation

Gospel Appears to Replace Mosaic Law
When in fact Christ Fulfilled the Law

If there is one issue that appears to cause much confusion to Christians it is the relationship of the Gospel of Grace to God’s Law given through Moses. Many Christians believe that Christianity is a new religion that replaced the Law which is not taught in Scripture. Continue reading “Mosaic Law: Repentance Leading to Salvation”

Jonah: A Study in Ridiculousness

Turning Jonah into a caricature
robs this book of its truths

No other Old Testament book elicits more repudiation in the veracity of the Bible than the book of Jonah. The standard belief that a man is swallowed by a fish, survives and then preaches repentance to a very powerful militaristic nation that turns to God is beyond the belief of modern man; as well it should for that is not really the truth of this book. Continue reading “Jonah: A Study in Ridiculousness”

Discernment Fallacies

This is how Christians are taught Discernment
This confusing process discourages true growth

What is discernment? Following the first Law of Logic, Law of Identity, this question must be clearly answered or any discussion becomes meaningless, confused and degenerates into a morass of rules and platitudes. The Free Dictionary defines discernment as, “The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.” Notice the problem with this definition? Continue reading “Discernment Fallacies”

The Arbitrariness of a God Who Can Do Anything

Christians Teach that God Can Do Anything
Do You Know What That Really Means?

We are all guilty of blurting out trite ditties without giving them much thought believing that these little sayings can end all discussion on a topic. The unfortunate aspect is that one does not take the time to fully explore the implications of such a saying. The phrase taught by Christians and sung in a chorus by children, “God Can Do Anything But Fail,” is such a trap of logic and belief. Continue reading “The Arbitrariness of a God Who Can Do Anything”

Soul Winning Done Wrong

Soul Winning Usually Taught as a Technique:
Salesmanship Rather Than  Work of the Spirit

Soul winning, as it is usually called in evangelical circles, by its very title takes a non-Biblical approach to presenting the Gospel of Christ. Unfortunately, it relies on salesmanship techniques to obtain the lost’s attention, convince them of the truth and secure their willingness to say “the prayer” inviting Christ into their heart.  None of these approaches are taught in the Bible and thus are doomed to failure. Continue reading “Soul Winning Done Wrong”

Friendships: Helping on the Journey

Friendships Reduced to the Basest
Sentimentality Becomes Meaningless

Friendships are one of the most difficult relationships to define but the easiest to recognize; especially in modern life. Wikipedia defines friendship as, “a relationship of mutual affection between people”. The above graphic sentimentalizes friendship into a meaningless emotionalism. In essence, friendship becomes the means by which you either succeed or fail on your journey through life. Continue reading “Friendships: Helping on the Journey”