Category Archives: Myths, Lies, & Half-Truths

Stirring Up Apathy

“Big government depends on going around the country stirring up apathy – creating the sense that problems are so big, so complex, so intractable that even attempting to think about them for yourself gives you such a splitting headache it’s easier to shrug and accept as given the proposition that only government can deal with them.”

~ Mark Steyn, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon (Ch. 2, pg. 51)

Harold Camping Glorifies God: Seventeen Ways

by Dan Phillips

It is tempting to write “Inadvertently, unintentionally, and by means of contrast” – and let that suffice. However…

First, Harold Camping glorifies God because all things are God’s servants (Psalm 119:91). Camping can’t not glorify God. You can’t not glorify God. You will either glorify Him as His servant, or as His tool; but you will glorify him (cf. Isaiah 10:5-16).

Second, Harold Camping glorifies God because, by his refusal to repent for past false guesses and his insistence on “doubling down” and putting all his weight on yet another guess, he illustrates God’s wisdom in warning us: “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” (Proverbs 26:11).

Third, Harold Camping glorifies God, because his arrogant false claim to knowledge he does not and
cannot possess spotlights the humble truthfulness of Jesus, who confessed that “concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” and then admonished us “Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:32-22).

Fourth, Harold Camping glorifies God because his repeated false guesses about the future throw God’s exhaustive knowledge of the future — and inerrant declaration of the same through His genuine prophets — into stark and splendorous relief (Isaiah 41:22-23; 44:7; 46:10; Deuteronomy 18:21-22).

Fifth, Harold Camping glorifies God because, by his repeated predictions despite past humiliation and exposure, he bears out God’s wisdom in warning that you can “Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him” (Proverbs 27:22).

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Identity Theft

A line from The Road comes to mind as I write this; a beautiful, haunting line in which Cormac McCarthy describes a father and son as they embark on a long and dangerous journey:

Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.

Throughout the rest of the book, it becomes plain just how powerful the love between this father and son is. It is a fierce love, an overwhelming love, a burning love. And in considering this love, I am unfailingly reminded of the love God has for His children.

But I’m also reminded of something else. I’m reminded of the importance of identity, and where we, as Christians, find it.

Christians possess a unique identity: we belong to Christ. Who we are does not change with the latest fad. We are not defined by things of this earth. We are set apart, consecrated unto God.

But all too often, we lose sight of this simple fact. We get caught up in the here and now; we define ourselves by the temporal. And we suffer for it.

Some may try to define themselves by the stuff they possess; the car they drive, the house they own, the paycheck they bring home. Others mistakenly think their identity lies with what they do, perhaps reading or writing, photography, or even blogging.

But these things, wonderful and marvelous as they may be, cannot truly define a man. And when a Christian tries to find his identity in anything other than Christ, he ultimately comes up empty.

In The Road, the Boy understands his identity: he is his father’s son, carrying his father’s fire. No doubt about it. Not only does he understand it, he treasures it. Without his father, he has nothing, is nothing. His father is his world.

Christians ought to view God that way. He is our all. Apart from Him, we have neither life nor hope. And when someone asks who we are, our first answer should be, “I am a Christian”. Because in the end, that’s all that matters. Not whether you sold a dozen paintings or made the New York Times bestseller list or won an Oscar. Only whether you’ve been washed in the blood of the Lamb.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galations 2:20