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A “Sign” of the Times

So sorry rabbi… Recently a friend of mine gave me a short clip out of a local newspaper to read (see below) and asked my opinion about what it said.  My friend knows that I’m a Christian and where I stand on issues of faith, but I think he was trying to get me to...

Starting a Grassroots Apologetics Ministry

Starting an Apologetic Ministry I had the privilege of speaking with Chris Arnzen of Iron Sharpens Iron Radio about the birth of New York Apologetics and how to start an apologetics ministry.  We know that "unless the Lord builds it, it's laborers labor in vain", so...

Beware the Hebrew Roots Movement

Hebrew Roots is dangerous! In my recent radio interview with Chris Arnzen on the Iron Sharpens Iron Radio Show, I was asked a question about the Hebrew Roots movement.  Although I've heard about the movement and knew some basic information, I promised to post some...

Who was Jesus? | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

The Deity of Jesus: the alternative | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Jesus’ Divinity leads to Trustworthiness | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Divinity of Jesus Difficulties | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Evolution: Science Fable, or fact?

This hilarious video on evolution illustrates the absurdity of the Theory of Evolution and the consequences that follow.  On evolution, you have no significant value or meaning.  

Think God started Evolution? Think again!

The idea of theistic evolution has come under fire recently and rightfully so.  Several scientists and theologians have worked together to address the idea in a new book called "Theistic Evolution".  In it, they explain that the storyline of scripture, and...

Gospel contradictions as a source of confidence?

Can multiple eyewitness accounts be the key to getting the truth? As you watch the video below, ask yourself these questions: If many people are eyewitnesses to an event, does that mean that their stories must be identical?  Do their stories have to match verbatim?...

Written by Ryan Galan

 

Just this morning a friend and I were discussing the hurricane that is laying a path of destruction through Texas and the pain and suffering it’s causing. Some of the photos that have already hit the media have been heartbreaking.  Homes destroyed, families left with nothing, some have been evacuated, and the death toll has now reached six with the storm still not finished.  In all of this, one thing is undeniable: this should not be!  Watching the pain and suffering caused by Harvey should cause us to evaluate whether the way in which we view the world can support the claim, “this should not be”.

 

Can we say this should not be?

Maybe, this isn’t your first question and I can appreciate that.  It’s not my first question either, but it needs to be “a” question.  Here’s why: if our worldview doesn’t support the statement “this should not be”, then we either must find a new worldview, or live inconsistently within the one we hold.  Are we reacting emotionally as if there is a problem when there isn’t one, or should we begin to try to live consistently within our worldview, having nothing to complain about and seeing Harvey, and the pain and suffering caused by it as, well, life?  Sound harsh?  I agree, and that’s because innately we recognize that its actually something that should not be.  It “should not be” that people lose everything due to any natural occurrence.  The hundreds of people hoping to be evacuated screams to me that this is not how things are supposed to be.  It “should not be” that people be dying due to lack of shelter and so on.  I think our God given common sense can inform us on these issues.

Of all the worldviews out there, there is only one that I know of that can support the statement “this should not be”, and that is the Christian worldview.

 

Why it is this way?

Within the account of creation, we learn that when God first created the world everything was good, and things were exactly as they were supposed to be.  There was no pain, or suffering, until after the fall.  The fall is that moment in the garden where man attempted to be his own god.  Since then, the world has been filled with things that should not be, including us still trying to be god.  And, it will continue to be that way until our Savior returns to put things back the way they are supposed to be once again!  This doesn’t answer the question of why God allows pain and suffering, or “if God, why evil”.  Maybe we can dive further into that in future blogs, but it does give us the foundation from which we can rightly and consistently say, this “should not be”.  May God help us and Jesus save us!

Ryan Galan

Pastor Ryan Galan is married to Eva and has 3 beautiful daughters. He is part of the New York Apologetics team and a former Marine who now serves as the Campus Pastor at CenterPoint Church, Bay Shore Campus.

His military experience gives him a unique point of view and approach to apologetics as he looks to recon the culture and bring to light the answers the Christian Worldview provides.  His posts are his opinions and do not necessarily represent the views of CenterPoint as a whole, and you can always feel free to contact him at ryan@cpchurch.com

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