“All roads lead to the same destination.”
While I can understand the sentiment of inclusivity, this idea pictures an evil God. Religious pluralists often reject exclusivist positions for positing a cruel God who only made one way to reach him. But if all religions are true, then God is cruel. And not just cruel—God is an incompetent, cosmic child-abuser. If religious pluralism is true, then God is the father in the second scenario. He saw the train coming, yet he decided to pull the first lever and kill his son, rather than pull the second lever.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things the grievers face is the lack of a body. An airplane crash makes it even more dramatic, too, since the loved one is seen by friends and family one moment only to take off on a plane the next and never be seen again. A body provides closure. A vast ocean with fathomless depths fills the mind with ungraspable questions. Did my loved one suffer? Was it traumatic? Did they have time for any last thoughts? Did they survive the crash only to die in the open ocean? Is their body sitting in the plane at the bottom of the ocean? Or is it floating on the surface? Then there are the deeper questions. Why did this happen to them? What if they’d taken an earlier or later flight? If only. The “what if” scenarios can play out in your mind forever.
This looks like a pretty neat new service, spearheaded by Fred Zaspel.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Yesterday I shared a bunch of great Kindle deals. Here are a few more:
- Rich by Peter Dickson & David Gibson—$3.99
- Totally Sufficient by Ed Hindson &Howard Eyrich—$3.99
- Expository Preaching with Word Pictures by Jack Hughes—$3.99
- The Shape of Faith to Come by Brad Waggoner—$2.99
- A Better Way by Michael Horton—$3.99
Because life is so hard and exhausting, every day is a battle. Every day I must fight to believe in the goodness and kindess of God. Everyday I must fight to believe that God is working all things for my good and his glory. Every day I must fight to believe that I serve a God who turns mourning into dancing. What I, and everyone else, desperately need every day, is encouragement. I need fresh hope, fresh faith, fresh strength.
There are enough critics, watch bloggers, angry prophets, protesters, and trolls in the church and in the world. We need more encouragers. We need more people like Barnabas.
Westminster Bookstore has a number of terrific books on sale to help Christians
- Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield—$6.00
- Is God Anti-gay by Sam Allberry—$ 5.00 each/$4 when buying five or more (reviewed here)
- Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill—$9.00 (reviewed here)
Unfortunately, Christians have helped contribute to this callous disregard by undermining the role of disgust in helping to recognize and restrain sinful behavior. While we should never be disgusted by people there a broad range of human behaviors that we should find inherently disgusting. Yet while disgust was once considered a guide (albeit a fallible one) to God’s natural law, we now chastise Christians for even implying that any sinful behavior can be disgusting.