Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Gun's Free Will

I learned about this experiment from my friend Ralph, so I decided to try it for myself.

I took my Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special revolver out of the gun safe and placed it, along with a box of ammunition and a speed loader on my desk. I told it that it could exercise its free will and do anything it chose to do. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it just stayed where I left it. It did not even have the motivation to load itself.

I took another step and loaded it with five rounds of “Buffalo Bore” hollow point .44 Special ammunition and placed it back on my desk. I again told it to exercise its free will and do anything it wanted to do. What a lazy gun. It did nothing.

Perhaps this speaks to two issues:  1) "Gun control." The fact is that a gun is just an inanimate object. It needs an idiot attached to it to do anything evil.  2) The correct theological definition of free will:  “The freedom to act according to one’s nature.” Just as the gun could do nothing without someone acting on it, so humans cannot be made right with God by their own righteousness. We have none; that's why we need a Savior.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Changing the Meaning of Words

Much could be said, and much will be said and written about the Supreme Court's decision on the "same-sex marriage" issue. The following statement by Chief Justice Roberts sums up the legal situation quite well.

"This court is not a legislature … Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be … The fundamental right to marry does not include a right to make a State change its definition of marriage … Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law…" (Chief Justice Roberts).

This statement is well-thought out and well-reasoned. However, it is interesting to note that the Chief Justice used almost the exact opposite reasoning in his opinion on Obama Care. We need justices who will consistently interpret what the Constitution says, not what they want it to say. “Words mean things."

The bottom line on the "same-sex marriage" decision is that no court, not even the Supreme Court, has the right or authority to change the definition of marriage. God originated marriage, and His definition is the only valid one. Our government has now given "hearty approval" (Romans 1:32) to something of which God does not approve, and more than that, He calls it sin.

Truth is not determined by what people like or what makes them feel comfortable. It doesn't really matter if people don't like the truth. Truth is truth. God's Word is truth (John 17:17), and it would be very wise for those in leadership of our nation to heed that reality before it is too late.