No Goal Posts?

37745472-stadiumA professor said to his students: “Young men, play the game of life.” A student spoke up and said: “Sir, but there are no goal posts, there is nothing to shoot at.” Are there no goal posts? Nothing fixed in this moral and spiritual universe? No goal posts that are our guide posts? It is unthinkable. A meaningless universe would be a mean universe. And the god behind it would be a mean god, which would mean: no god.

–E. Stanley Jones

Truth firmly planted in mid-air

David-Wells-Theologian_4-opt.Truth is now simply a matter of etiquette: it has no authority, no sense of rightness, because it is no longer anchored in anything absolute. If it persuades, it does so only because our experience has given it its persuasive power, but tomorrow our experience might be different.

–David F. Wells

Absolutely no absolutes

UniversityA philosophy professor began each new term by asking his students, “Do you believe we can show that there are absolute values like justice?” The free-thinking students all said no. Everything is relative, they argued, and no single principle or law applies to everyone everywhere.

Before the semester was over, the professor devoted one class period to debate the issue. At the end, he concluded by saying “Regardless of what you think, I want you to know that absolute values can be demonstrated. And if you don’t accept what I say, I’ll flunk you!”

Immediately one angry student got up and walked out. As he went, he said, “That’s not fair!” Unwittingly he had just proven the professor’s point. He had appealed to a higher standard—the standard of fairness.

–Author unknown

Breathing air that “doesn’t exist”

Imagine a person who . . . argues ‘no air exists’ but continues to breathe air while he argues. Now intellectually, atheists continue to breathe — they continue to use reason and draw scientific conclusions [which assumes an orderly universe], to make moral judgments [which assumes absolute values] — but the atheistic view of things would in theory make such ‘breathing’ impossible. They are breathing God’s air all the time they are arguing against him.

―Greg L. Bahnsen