Deja Vu Revisited

Not long ago, I presented a theory about how deja vu could prove that a personal and omniscient god exists. This theory does a little more, though.

If two-thirds of people experience deja vu, that means that essentially each person has either had a personal experience with God, or knows someone that has. Which essentially solve the problem of divine hiddenness. Because if every person either had a religious experience or knew someone that had, the problem of divine hiddenness is not a problem at all.

The Biblical Hierarchy

In my model of the Trinity, God the Father is the head of Christ. I think there is Scripture to support it. 

And Christ is head of the Church. [Colossians 1:18]

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. [Ephesians 5:23]

The church is made of families. And the husband is the head of the wife in marriage, which is the foundation of a Christian household.

And the children are called to honor and obey their parents. [Colossians 3:20, Ephesians 6:1]

So you see, everyone has a place in the hierarchy: God the Father, Christ, man, woman, and children.

The Fourfold States of Man

I stumbled across the Fourfold States of Man a couple days ago, and I felt compelled to share. As you may expect, there are four different states of man relating to man’s ability to sin and not sin. 

If you’re curious, Saint Augustine of Hippo developed this concept in the fifth century AD in a book titled Enchiridion: On Faith, Hope, and Love. 

  1. Man has the ability to sin and the ability not to sin.  This is the pre-Fall state. In the garden, man has the ability to sin and not to sin. 
  2. Man has the ability to sin and not the ability not to sin. Post fall, man does not have the ability to not sin. 
  3. Man has the ability to sin and the ability not to sin. With the gift of salvation, we are given the ability to not sin. 
  4. Man has not the ability to sin and the ability not to sin. This is the glorification state, given in heaven. 

These states seem to briefly describe the theme of the Bible itself. It answers the questions of how things got this way, how they were before, why we should fix them, and how we should fix them. 

Bad Theology: Aaron Hernandez

My wife and I just finished watching the Aaron Hernandez documentary on Netflix last night. It was very well done, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good documentary. 

If you don’t know how this story ends, stop reading. Aaron was a troubled man, who obviously had his problems. But his final act was an act of self-murder. He was found with a Bible and John 3:16 scrawled on his forehead. It was a truly grisly scene.

We all know the verse:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I just want to talk for the Aaron’s theology  for a minute. Aaron seemed to think that he was saved and his final act would send him to eternal life. I actually agree that it would be eternal. But if you accept the Bible as true, why would you introduce yourself to God in a final act of sin. But the question is that if he truly believed in Jesus, why would he have committed suicide?

Belief, according to most, is not just knowing God exists, but trusting him with your life. For Aaron to have committed this act, actually showed that he didn’t trust in Jesus. Not with his life anyways. 

Because if the consequences of sin are death, he actually just made the decision not to trust Jesus, but to sin and die at the same time.

Because I live, you also will live. John 14:19

So while I certainly don’t know where Aaron ended up, I think it’s important to know that whatever he thought he knew had no backing in the Bible. Aaron simply wanted to stop living and go to heaven. And that’s not how salvation works. 

 

 

 

You can’t be good without God

If free will doesn’t exist, and we live in a deterministic world, our choices are arbitrary. If they are choices at all. Any decision considered ‘good’ is simply what was going to happen anyways.

If free will does exist, we have the ability to make meaningful decisions. But for there to be good or bad, there needs to be a standard. If there is no standard, the morality of the decisions is subjective. And therefore, is arbitrary.

If free will does exist, and there is an objective moral standard outside of God, we still need a reason to act a certain way. Why is someone who acts with the well-being of others in mind better than someone who prefers that others suffer?

If you only do good things to be perceived as good, are the things good? The intent matters. So to do it because it feels good is no better position. It’s like telling your kids that they shouldn’t do something because you said so.

Essentially, in morality 2+2=4. Some people say there are no numbers. Some people say that it can equal whatever you want. Some people say that it does equal four. But those people cannot reproduce the method. It’s right because it’s right. And you should do it because it is right.

So if intent matters in an act, and if objective good needs a standard, you can’t be good without God.

Proving a personal God

Recommended Preliminary Reading: Defining Love and Applying Love

  1. The mind exists apart from matter.
  2. A God that exists in the mind is greater than one that does not.
  3. A God that exists in the mind is a personal God.
  4. God can exist in the mind.
  5. A personal God exists.

Consider the immaterial mind, the fact that God can exist as an idea in the mind does more than just suggest the possibility of his existence. If God can exist in my mind, he is greater than a God that cannot exist in my mind. And if he can exist in my mind, and yours, that would be greater than the former. So the more minds that God exists in, the greater God is.

But also, the mind exists in the dimension of time. So that God’s existence in the mind is greater the more realities he exists in. 

What does this say about Deism? A God that simply winds the clock is a lesser God than one that exists with us. And died for us on the cross. 

What about Islam? If we are measuring the potential greatness of God, God would simply be greater if more people believed in him. So that the God of Christianity’s greatness and love would be greater because of the call for mercy and grace instead of murder.