Time for change

8.08.2005

Do the math

From this morning's cbc.ca article on Canada's involvement in the war overseas, straight from the mouth of Maj.-Gen. Andrew Leslie:
Every time you kill an angry young man overseas, you're creating 15 more who will come after you," he said.

Um, I'm no mathmatician or anything but doesn't that sound a bit counter-productive? One step forward fifteen steps back?

But I suppose killing continuously is still a lot easier than understanding continuously....

11 Comments:

  • Thanks for your comment on my site.

    I've responded if you want to check it out.

    By Blogger Luke, at 2:56 PM  

  • Amanda:
    "1) Abundance of 'evidence.' I don't see an abundance of evidence that points to the Christian God."

    Have you searched?

    2)I never said that a lot of people believing in something implies that it's true. I simply said that should be enough to make you want to examine their viewpoint very seriously.

    I appreciate your thoughts! I pray that you will develop a desire to learn more about Christ.

    By Blogger Luke, at 9:27 AM  

  • Albert Einstein and deism.

    “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”

    By Blogger Luke, at 9:28 AM  

  • Actually Luke, I've done a lot of searching. A lot of researching, a lot of thinking, and a lot of trying to understand. I'm a grad student in philosophy extremely interested in the religious inclination. I just don't buy it.

    I examined the Christian viewpoint and found a lot of empty promises and unclaimed insurance policies. Despite the good you'll say it's achieved, your religion has done a great deal of harm to this world. It's time we changed that.

    I appreciate your prayer though.

    By Blogger Amanda Wrind, at 11:26 AM  

  • Amanda: I'm glad to hear you've searched/are searching.

    My religion has done no harm to this world. Misguided men have used Christianity to further "un-Christian" motives, but true Christianity has done no harm. Just like many good things in this world, when taken out of context and misunderstood, they can be used for harm.

    However, I don't believe in Christ because of the all the good things Christianity has done. I believe in Christ because he preached truth. I believe the Bible because it's been inerrant for thousands of years. I believe in the changing power of the Spirit because I've been changed by it. I've seen others changed by it.

    In Love.

    Thanks for being willing to converse with me about this! I think a lot of good is done when one is challenged.

    By Blogger Luke, at 11:42 AM  

  • Here's the thing Luke: we can sit here with hindsight on our side and say, "wow, those people burning witches during the Spanish Inquisition sure were misguided." But during that time, in the name of "your" religion, they thought they were right.

    They never once thought they were "un-Christian" and instead believed themselves to be the true walkers of Christianity. Just as you do now. Their past arrogance, your present faith.

    So when you base your current actions around the teachings you say have been “inerrant for thousands of years”- on the things you confidently say are "true"- how can you be so sure you're avoiding the path of the Spaniards? (Especially since you’re following the *same* book….)

    And that, Luke, is my problem with religion.

    NB: The entire last paragraph I ignored because it's simply religious babble. I've seen others changed by the healing power of Tony Robbins, that doesn't mean I'm about to pray to him.

    By Blogger Amanda Wrind, at 10:42 AM  

  • I'm interested to know what your proposed course of action would be to deal with terrorism?

    Understanding is always better than ignorance but that doesn't mean we assume that the grievor is justified and the victim is guilty.
    In other words, there's no guarantee that understanding will solve the problem. So then what?

    By Blogger ALW, at 12:16 PM  

  • True Christianity isn't about a "religion". My Christianity isn't about my "religion". It's about me and my God. It's about me serving my God with a lifestyle of worship 24/7. True Christianity is a lifestyle not a religion.

    When I say the bible is inerrant I'm refering to the prophesies that have been correct. Never has the Bible been wrong. How do you explain that?

    On what do you base your epistemology? Where do you get your knowledge from? How do you know if it's reliable? When are you justified in saying you know something?

    By Blogger Luke, at 8:06 AM  

  • I've responded at my site.

    By Blogger Luke, at 9:26 AM  

  • I had a new thought. It didn't answer any of your recent questions, but I'm trying to get to those. You're asking some excellent questions, and I'm searching for excellent answers.

    Do I need to come here and let you know everytime I post a comment on my site or do you check it periodically??

    By Blogger Luke, at 2:01 PM  

  • I check periodically. No need to post the link. Thanks for asking though.

    By Blogger Amanda Wrind, at 2:51 PM  

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