A Problem With People

In light of the recent calls for knives to be filed down to eliminate their sharpness and reduce crime, one person speaking of guns gets what the real problem is, and it is not knives (or guns or anything else):

This tells me that it isn’t really a problem with guns. It’s a problem with people.

Source: https://www.theorganicprepper.com/mass-knife-attacks-guns/

I have posted this quote before:

“In any society, only two forces hold the sinful nature in check: the restraint of conscience or the restraint of the sword.  The less that citizens have of the former, the more the state must employ the latter.”

~ Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), p. 191

We live in a world where people are losing moral restraint because they have been taught that there are no objective morals and that everyone should do what is right in his own eyes (Yes, I’m using “his” in the 1980’s and before sense of including all humans. Gasp!). What else can that philosophy lead to but an increase in crime?

 

 

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Christianity Can Change Even The Hardest Of Criminals

The growth of evangelical Christianity behind prison bars in El Salvador is giving gangsters a way to break the spiral of violence.

Such is the power of the Chrisitan revival that hardened criminals can be seen weeping and bowing their heads in prayer…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5635951/Gangland-killers-El-Salvadors-toughest-prison-seeking-salvation-evangelical-Christianity.html

Christian Street Preachers Have Convictions Overturned

Whatever one thinks of these preachers’ opinions and the manner in which they expressed them, a high regard for freedom of thought, belief, speech, etc. is necessary in order to maintain a free society:

Christian preachers fined £300 each for shouting ‘Mohammed is a liar’ and telling shoppers ‘being gay is immoral’ have their convictions OVERTURNED after judge rules ‘they were just expressing religious beliefs’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4653742/Preachers-fined-300-convictions-OVERTURNED.html

We Do Not Murder in the Name of God

It is commonly claimed today that the Bible is a book “full of violence” that supposedly incites its followers to individual or vigilante acts of hatred and violence.  This claim is false.  Those who follow the Bible alone as the basis of their faith (ie. truly Protestant Christians) are among the most peaceable people on earth.

Here is a quote from a Catholic author, who considered Protestantism to be a pernicious heresy,* illustrating this point.  It is taken from a book about the Huguenot wars in France.  Consider how the Protestant Huguenots behaved even in times of war:

“What does this mean, you rascals!” he shouted angrily as he entered.  Then he stopped petrified with astonishment.

“It means this,” Philip said, levelling a pistol at him, “that if you move a step you are a dead man.”

“You must be mad,” the president gasped.  “Do you know who I am?”

“Perfectly, sir.  You are president of the infamous Parliament of Toulouse.  I am a Huguenot officer, and you are my prisoner.  You need not look so indignant; better men than you have been dragged from their homes to prison and death by your orders.  Now it is your turn to be prisoner.  I might, if I chose, set fire to this chateau and cut the throats of all in it, but we do not murder in the name of God, we leave that to you.”

~G.A. Henty, St. Bartholomew’s Eve, Robinson Books:2002, page 122.

*In the preface to the above-cited book, Henty refers to Protestantism thus: “The great organization of the Church of Rome laboured among all classes for the destruction of the growing heresy.”

Canada Makes It A Crime To Deny Postmodern Gender Ideology

Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/16/canada-passes-law-criminalizing-use-of-wrong-gender-pronouns/

OTTAWA, June 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Senate passed the Justin Trudeau Liberals’ transgender rights bill unamended this afternoon by a vote of 67 to 11, with three abstentions.

The bill adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime section…

Critics warn that under Bill C-16, Canadians who deny gender theory could be charged with hate crimes, fined, jailed, and compelled to undergo anti-bias training.

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-canada-passes-radical-law-forcing-gender-theory-acceptance

Existential Exercises

Dr Alan Keightley recounting his encounters with serial killer Ian Brady.  It’s always interesting to me that people are allowed to describe other’s views as “perverted” when it suits the power that be:

‘Why children?’ I demanded to know. He answered immediately, not batting an eyelid: ‘Existential exercises.’

Brady was an evil, sadistic psychopath who considered himself an existentialist, in that he believed it was entirely up to him as an individual to live in whatever manner he chose. He was also a nihilist who thought that life was meaningless, the universe had no purpose, and religion was a delusion.

Five young people died in horrible circumstances in and around Manchester between July 1963 and October 1965, their parents were put through unspeakable anguish, and all, it seemed, because of this man’s perverted philosophical view of the world.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4512514/Ian-Brady-confessions-Myra-Hundley.html

Atheism, The Death Penalty, and the Problem of Evil

18xx Richtblock und Richtbeil anagoriaOn atheism and the death penalty:

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has spoken of his desire to reinstate the death penalty in the country saying growing atheism and agnosticism means people have developed a lack of fear and respect for the law.

On the problem of evil:

‘When a one-year-old baby, 18-months-old baby is taken from the mother’s arms brought under a jeep and raped and killed. So where is God? My God, where are you?’ he asked the crowd in capital Manila .

‘I believe in God but that is my perpetual question to him,’ he added.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3810083/If-God-doesn-t-exist-death-penalty-Philippines-president-claims-growing-atheism-means-people-lack-fear-respect-law.html