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He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. ~Ps 18:19

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest throught the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: ~ Is 43:1b-3a
Philosophy VS. Christianity
"LET ME EXPLAIN THE problem science has with Jesus Christ."  The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his  new  students to stand. "You're a Christian, aren't you, "Yes, sir."

  "So you believe in God?"


  "Is God good?"

  "Sure!  God's good."

  "Is God all-powerful?  Can God do anything?"


  "Are you good or evil?"

  "The Bible says I'm evil."

  The professor grins knowingly. "Ahh!  THE BIBLE!"  He considers for a moment.

  "Here's one for you.  Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him.  You can do it. Would you help them?  "Would you try?"

  "Yes sir, I would."

  "So you're good...!"

  "I wouldn't say that."

  "Why not say that?  You would help a sick and maimed  one if you could...In fact most of us would if we could... God doesn't.  [No answer.]

  "He doesn't, does he?  My brother was a Christian who died of cancer even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good?

Hmmm?           Can you answer that one?"

  [No answer]

  The elderly man is sympathetic. "No, you can't, can you?"  He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.  In philosophy, you have to go easy with the new ones. "Let's start again,  young fella."

  "Is God good?"

  "Er... Yes."

  "Is Satan good?"


  "Where does Satan come from?" The student falters.

  "From... God..."

  "That's right. God made Satan, didn't he?"  The elderly  man runs his bony  fingers through his thinning hair and turns to the smirking, student  audience. "I think we're going to have a lot of fun this semester, ladies  and gentlemen."

He turns back to the Christian.  "Tell me, son. Is there  evil in this world?"

  "Yes, sir."

  "Evil's everywhere, isn't it?  Did God make everything?"


  "Who created evil?"

  [No answer]

  "Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred?  Ugliness. All the  terrible things - do they  exist in this world? "

The student squirms on his  feet. "Yes."

  "Who created them? "

  [No answer]

  The professor suddenly shouts at his student. "WHO CREATED THEM?  TELL ME,  PLEASE!" The professor closes in for the kill and climbs into the  Christian's face. In a still small voice: "God created all evil, didn't  He,  son?"

  [No answer]

  The student tries to hold the steady, experienced gaze and fails.  Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace the front of the classroom like an aging  panther. The class is mesmerized. "Tell me," he "How is it that this God is  good if He created all evil throughout all time?"  The professor swishes his  arms around to encompass the wickedness of the world. "All the hatred, the brutality, all the pain, all the torture, all the death and ugliness and all the suffering created by this good God is all over the world, isn't it,  young man?"

  [No answer]

  "Don't you see it all over the place? Huh?"


  "Don't you?" The professor leans into the student's face again and whispers,  "Is God good?"

[No answer]

  "Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"

  The student's voice betrays him and cracks.  "Yes, professor.  I do."

> The old man shakes his head sadly. "Science says you have five senses you use  to identify and observe the world around you. Have you seen Him? "

  "No, sir.  I've never seen Him."

  "Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"

  "No, sir.  I have not."

  "Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus in fact, do you have any sensory perception of your God whatsoever?"

[No answer]

  "Answer me, please."

  "No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."

  "You're AFRAID... you haven't?"

  "No, sir."

  "Yet you still believe in him?"


  "That takes FAITH!"  The professor smiles sagely at the underling.  "According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?  where is your God now?"

  [The student doesn't answer]

  "Sit down, please."

  The Christian sits...Defeated.

  Another Christian raises his hand. "Professor, may I address the class?"

  The professor turns and smiles. "Ah, another Christian in the vanguard!  Come, come, young man. Speak some proper wisdom to the gathering."

  The Christian looks around the room.  "Some interesting points you are  making, sir.  Now I've got a question for you. Is there such thing as  heat?"

  "Yes," the professor replies.  "There's heat."

  "Is there such a thing as cold?"

  "Yes, son, there's cold too."

  "No, sir, there isn't."

  The professor's grin freezes. The room suddenly goes very cold.

  The second Christian continues. "You can have lots of heat, even more  heat, super-heat, mega-heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat  but we don't have anything called 'cold'.  We can hit 458 degrees below  ,which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold, otherwise we would be able to go colder  than 458. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the  absence of heat. We cannot measure cold.  Heat we can measure in thermal  units because heat is energy.  Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."

  Silence. A pin drops somewhere in the classroom.

  "Is there such a thing as darkness, professor?"

  "That's a dumb question, son. What is night if it isn't darkness?  What are you getting at...?"

  "So you say there is such a thing as darkness?"


  "You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something, it is the absence something.  You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to  define the word.  In reality, Darkness isn't. If it were,  you would be able to make darkness darker and give me a jar of it. Can you...give me a jar of  darker darkness, professor?"

Despite himself, the professor smiles at the young effrontery  before him. This will indeed be a good semester.  "Would you mind telling us what your point is, young man?"

  "Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start  with and so your conclusion must be in error...."

The professor goes toxic.  "Flawed...?  How dare you...!"

  "Sir, may I explain what I mean?"

  The class is all ears.

  "Explain... oh, explain..." The professor makes an admirable effort  to regain control.  Suddenly he is affability itself.  He waves his hand to silence the class, for the student to continue.

  "You are working on the premise of duality," the Christian explains.  "That  for example there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God.  You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can  measure. Sir, science cannot even explain a thought.  It uses electricity and magnetism but has never seen, much less fully understood them. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.  Death is not the opposite of life,  merely the absence of it." The young man holds up a newspaper he takes from the desk of a neighbour who has been reading it. "Here is one of the most disgusting tabloids this country hosts, professor. Is there such a thing as immorality?"

  "Of course there is, now look..."

  "Wrong again, sir.  You see, immorality is merely the absence of morality.  Is there such thing as injustice?  No. Injustice is the absence of justice.  Is there such a thing as evil?"  The Christian pauses.  "Isn't evil the absence of good?"

  The professor's face has turned an alarming colour. He is so angry he is temporarily speechless.

  The Christian continues. "If there is evil in the  world, professor, and we all agree there is, then God, if he exists, must be accomplishing a work through the agency of evil. What is that work, God is accomplishing?  The  Bible tells us it is to see if each  one of us will, of our own free will,  choose good over evil."

The professor bridles. "As a philosophical scientist, I don't vie this matter as having anything to do with any  choice;  as a realist, I absolutely do not recognize the concept of God or any other theological factor as being part of the world equation because God is not observable."

  "I would have thought that the absence of God's moral code in this world is probably one of the most observable phenomena going," the Christian replies.  "Newspapers make billions of dollars reporting it every week!   Tell me,  professor.  Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?"

  "If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes,  of course I do."

  "Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"

The professor makes a sucking sound with his teeth and gives his student a silent, stony  stare.

  "Professor. Since no-one has ever observed the  process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a priest?"

  "I'll overlook your impudence in the light of our philosophical  discussion.  Now, have you quite finished?" the professor hisses. 

"So you don't accept God's moral code to do what is righteous?"

  "I believe in what is - that's science!"

  "Ahh!  SCIENCE!" the student's face splits into a grin. "Sir, you rightly state that science is the study of observed phenomena.  Science too is a premise which is flawed..."

  "SCIENCE IS FLAWED..?" the professor splutters.  The class is in uproar.

  The  Christian remains standing until the commotion has subsided.  "To continue  the point you were making earlier to the other student, may I give you an  example of what I mean?"

The professor wisely keeps silent.

  The Christian looks around the room.  "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?"  The class breaks out in laughter.

  The Christian points towards his elderly, crumbling tutor. "Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain... felt the professor's brain,  touched or smelt the professor's brain?"  No one appears to have done so.

  The Christian shakes his head sadly.  "It appears no-one here has had any sensory perception of the professor's brain whatsoever.  Well, according to the rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science, I DECLARE  that the professor has no brain."

  The class is in chaos.  The Christian sits... Because that is  what a chair is for.

Fall 2003
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  Psalm 84:11
Dear Friends,
It sure has been a long time since I’ve sent out an update. The Lord has been doing a lot in the past several months. In May I finally graduated from college with a degree in Biblical Counseling. Now I’m working toward a master’s degree in counseling. My current adventure is writing a 75 page thesis. I was also able to complete the courses for the Institute in Biblical Counseling last month. The Lord provided all the IBC training for me completely free. (My brother Mark has also started taking these courses.)I learned a lot from them and now I’m praying that the Lord will open up some opportunities to get clinical experience and perhaps apprentice.
I was able to go home for three weeks this summer. I got to meet my grandnephew, Johnnie, for the first time. I was also able to take care of another guide dog puppy for a little while.
I am still teaching in the Learning Center. My class has been pretty small of late. The other day I only had one student so we took a field trip. It has given me a better chance to have more one on one time with the students but I must admit that I have been doing some questioning of my usefulness. The Lord reminded me of the phrase from one of John Milton’s poems, “They also serve who only stand and wait.” It is a good reminder that it is not what I am doing for the Lord that is important to Him but only that I am doing what He asked me to do. He is pleased with my sacrifices of righteousness. Ps 4:5.
He also taught me another lesson along those lines recently. It was a day when I was tired from working in the Learning Center. I was assigned to clean up the kitchen after dinner. I had a pretty bad attitude about it. My legs were bothering me and my blood sugar was up a bit along with several other things that I felt should qualify me for a break. I knew my attitude was bad so I asked the Lord to change it. He reminded me that the harder something is for me that I am doing for Him the more He is blessed by it and appreciates it. Thinking about that instantly changed my whole attitude about doing clean up. I did a rhema journal picture about this lesson. It should eventually end up on my website.
I’ve had a lot of roommates come and go over the past few months. I think the two I have now are a little more permanent. Lisa is on the right. She has been my roommate before and it sure is nice to have her back. We have very good times of fellowship together. Rebecca, on the left, just had her 14th birthday. I have really enjoyed working with her. She has a very sweet spirit. She is almost always smiling and usually singing.
My roommates and I have been making little booklets to give out to people to encourage them. I’ve found that sometimes I have an attitude that needs to be changed but when I’m in the middle of it I can’t think of the right thing to fix it, so I’ve been carrying one of these books around on my key chain for the past few years. I’ve found that they are great for meditation. So far we have made over 200 of these little booklets. I’ll send the sheets as a second attachment. I don’t know if they will work on other computers and printers but I guess we can see. If you print the sheet so it is double sided it will make two of these little booklets.
I’m also including several pages that the Lord has been using in my life to help me understand new depths of who I am in Christ. The first is a list of truths about God’s relationship with me. I found these truths in a book called Taking Every Thought Captive by Alaine Pakkala. Then because there were some of them that my heart resisted, I did a Bible study to see if they were true and this is what I found.
In Christ,