There Is A God and Why It Matters

“There Is A God and Why It Matters”

Christopher Neiswonger in a special presentation at the global center of one of the world’s largest non-governmental relief, development and advocacy organizations on why the existence of God has an important place in our thoughts about human rights and international development.

http://apologetics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=524%3Athere-is-a-god-and-why-it-matters&catid=43%3Akkla-995-fm-los-angeles&Itemid=74 Click to hear the lecture.

“Why do we need to defend “the existence of God” and relatedly the existence of this one specific God as opposed to one of the many other deities? Two reasons: Truth and Goodness. Having the wrong God or no God at all will tend bring about, as it’s normal consequence, violations of human rights, the repression of peoples on the basis of race, nationality and gender, the objectification and evaluation of people on the basis of utility which manifests itself in slavery, human trafficking, genocide, and the devaluation and commodification of children. Making ourselves into animals, or less than animals, carries within itself every kind of misery. These things are always looking for an opportunity to manifest themselves in the very worst that humanity has to offer and the denial of objectives goods and the inherent dignity and value of Man as a creation in the image of God, rather than an accident of the mindless universe, is usually at its center.”

http://apologetics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=524%3Athere-is-a-god-and-why-it-matters&catid=43%3Akkla-995-fm-los-angeles&Itemid=74

7 thoughts on “There Is A God and Why It Matters

  1. White America embraced the existence of God and practiced slavery for over two hundred years. Therefore Americans having a correct view of the existence of God will also bring about violations of human rights, the repression of peoples on the basis of race, nationality and gender, the objectification and evaluation of people on the basis of utility which manifests itself in slavery, human trafficking, genocide, and the devaluation and commodification of children; American slavery History is positive evidence of this.

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    1. I will not generalize..Slavery was the action of only a group of people that did not have Gods opinion in mind but their own. See Hitler and the Jewish people. Only a group of people that does not know God, the ” right God”.

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    2. You are absolutely right about the terrible abuses of slavery and I am sad to say that we British were at the forefront of such practices.
      However, as Christians we all surely believe in the possibility of redemption and restitution.
      My own grandfather bought a sugar plantation in Cuba and found that the workforce were virtually slaves. He instituted his own version of a welfare state and made optional freedom, medical care, education, good food the conditions of employment. Unfortunately the enterprise failed because the workforce refused to work – but still he paid them. Alas.

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  2. Since our culture values tolerance more than truth we need to remember whats important in Gods opinion not ours. And as you say it is vital we serve the “right God”..Beautiful message, thank you, grazie…

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  3. Hi Larry,

    Your argument seeks to prove too much. First, the slaves had a specific colour but the slave trade did not. To argue against “white” as if it were more than an abstract concept weakens your argument. Persons, not races, violate the Human Rights of others. If we do not maintain this to be the case we lose all intelligible moral interest. Racial guilt does not have a better standing that racial innocence. Both are really generalization about the actions of certain persons and we need to measure the moral and immoral actors. Here, your point seems very important to you and I don’t want to minimize that, but I am speaking to issues only incidentally related to your chosen focus.

    As to your author,

    If I say the true God did not endorse chattel American slavery, so does your author. He goes as far as to argue, “Did our Creator make us to be slaves to dust and ashes like ourselves? Are they not dying worms as well as we? Have they not to make their appearance before the tribunal of Heaven, to answer for the deeds done in the body, as well as we? Have we any other Master but Jesus Christ alone? Is he not their Master as well as ours? — What right then, have we to obey and call any other Master, but Himself?” So he is claiming to argue from the perspective of good theology, or a right understanding of God and our place in the universe as the children or God, to a proper understanding of Human Rights. Without this, his entire point would likely be as flat as the paper upon which he writes.

    So he agrees with me, and would think that you should also.

    All the best,

    Christopher

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