“Who Are You To Judge?” – An Excellent Question

The following is a well-established pattern. Someone who is pro-LGBT finds out that someone else disagrees with them on that topic, and they quickly accuse that person of being hateful. Why do they automatically assume they know that a feeling of hatred is involved?

When someone asks, “Do you think that homosexuality is wrong?” they might not really be asking, “What conclusions have you reached based on reason and evidence?” If that was their meaning, they wouldn’t accuse you of hate if you answer yes. They’d simply try to correct your reasoning. What they’re often actually asking is, “What opinion do you have based on your personal feelings and preferences?” That’s the only reasonable excuse for responding with an accusation of hatred.

If you say that you believe that homosexual behavior is wrong or sinful, a common response is, “Who are you to judge?” That is an excellent question.

If you believe that homosexual behavior is objectively wrong just because you personally find it distasteful, then your standard for moral truth is your own feelings. If that were the case, it would make sense for others to question whether you have any right to judge. However, virtually no one thinks this.

Who am I to judge? I can’t! That’s the point. I’m not God, and therefore I’m not qualified to decide what’s right or wrong. If I’m not the one to judge, then who is? If God doesn’t exist, then no one can. We just have to try our best to figure it out…if objective morality even exists at all. But if God does exist, then he is the only one qualified to judge right and wrong.

I believe that God exists, so I can’t possibly think that I know more than him. How could I be a better judge of what’s best for humans than the one who created everything that has ever existed? How could I know more than the one who knows everything? Most Christians don’t get their opinions on homosexuality from a feeling of hatred. They get them from trust in the God who they have good reasons to believe in.

So who am I to judge? I can’t. I just accept the words of the only one who can. Who am I to disagree with God?

 

Recommended Links
Lauren Daigle and the Homosexuality Question (My blog post was inspired by this video)

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Is Abortion Genocide?

Even if you believe that abortion kills a valuable living human being, you can’t compare it to the holocaust because people who get and perform abortions don’t believe that abortion is murder.

This idea always seemed logical to me. Even though I thought that there is a legitimate comparison that can be made, because unborn humans are being treated as subhuman and killed in mass numbers, I always thought that ignorance of the fact that the unborn are valuable living humans was a key difference. But I just listened to a podcast episode that helped me realize that it’s actually another similarity.

How could ordinary people justify complicity in genocide? By thinking of the victims as subhuman. That’s also what made people think that enslaving black people was ok. If people will believe that it’s ok to kill or enslave those who they think are subhuman outside of the womb, how much easier must it be for a person to believe it’s ok to kill those who they think are subhuman inside the womb? It’s another layer of “otherness” that makes it easier to believe that a certain kind of human isn’t human at all.

The podcast I listened to is The Alisa Childers Podcast #6: “Why Does God Allow Evil? With Clay Jones.” Below is a rough summary of the part of the conversation that brought me to the realization described above. I highly recommend that you listen to the whole episode.

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A Pro-Life Response to Pro-Choice Arguments

In her last monthly vlog, YouTuber and author Melanie Murphy talked about why she’s pro-choice. She lives in Ireland and wants to encourage other Irish women to vote to make abortion legal. I didn’t choose Melanie’s vlog to comment on because I want to pick on her. I’m a fan. She is a kind, generous, passionate, intelligent person. I’m subscribed to her channel because I love her personality. I love her even though I disagree with her about a lot of important things. I chose her vlog to comment on because I think it’s a good representation of the most common reasons why people are pro-choice.

In this post, I’m going to quote what she said in the video and offer my thoughts from a pro-life perspective. If you want to watch the section of the vlog in question, it goes from 6:32 to 11:15 in this video.

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5 Questions About “Thoughts and Prayers” After a Mass Shooting

After a mass shooting, you’d think that any genuine sympathy for those affected would be appreciated, or at least not greeted with contempt. But the reactions online to those offering prayers are becoming increasingly hostile. If this was simply a case of different people having conflicting worldviews, that would be understandable and expected. Unfortunately, this is a case of a growing number of people misunderstanding and misrepresenting the view that they disagree with. Here are two examples of tweets that were posted after the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5th.

“Your thoughts and prayers are useless. They were useless the last time and the time before and the time before and the time before that.”

“The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive.”

Many people think that Christians are wasting their time by praying, and that the fact that these shootings continue to happen is proof that prayer is pointless. Is this a valid argument? Are the objectors pointing out a real flaw in the Christian worldview, or is it just that they don’t understand it? Here are five questions that I think will help clarify the issue.

1. Why do some people object to Christians praying after a mass shooting?

The main objection is that prayer doesn’t produce the results that they think it should. As one tweet said, “If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive.” They think that effective prayer should result in an end to the violence, or at least the protection of the person praying to keep them safe from the danger they’re in. But Christians die violent deaths all the time, and many of those deaths happened in spite of the Christian praying to be delivered from physical harm. Therefore, they think, prayer is useless. Continue reading

Inclusivity vs. Reality

This mini blog post is a copy of my reply to a YouTube video that included a short review of the book Eat, Pray, Love. In the video, the reviewer said:

“I like the fact that God is not referred to as a specific thing. The author is being very inclusive of people who have varied beliefs. When I ‘pray,’ I basically like to ask the universe for things and put out positive energy.”

This was my response:

“I think that the question of God’s existence is a question about a fact, not a preference. So either God does exist or He doesn’t, regardless of how many people believe in Him. And if God does exist, then either one religion has the right idea about Him, or none of them do, since they contradict each other about His attributes and actions.

I think the best we can do is look at the world’s religions and see which one, if any, has the best basis in history, science, and reason. We should absolutely be kind and tolerant to everyone regardless of their religious views. But I don’t think we need to say that thinking of God as a general concept is ideal.

God is either not real, or He is an actual spiritual being with actual characteristics. If He is not real, then the ideal would be to not believe in Him, since the truth is always preferable to a lie. If He is real, then the ideal would be to know as much about Him as possible, especially if there are eternal consequences.”

Recognizing Real Bigotry and Prejudice

Bigotry

In many exchanges between those with liberal values and those with conservative values, and especially in discussions about LGBT issues, the words “bigotry” and “intolerance” are used a lot. Mostly it’s the liberals accusing the conservatives, but sometimes conservatives claim that the liberals are actually the bigoted ones. I’d like to sort through the mess of name calling and try to figure out what actually falls under the definition of bigotry. I’ll start by examining the Dictionary.com definitions of the relevant terms.

Bigotry: stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
Intolerance: unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect opinions or beliefs contrary to one’s own.
Tolerate: to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.

Putting those definitions together, bigotry would be, “Unwillingness to allow without hindrance any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.”

Bigotry is when you think that people who disagree with you shouldn’t be able to express the view that you disagree with.

Disagreement is not itself bigotry. If it was, everyone would be a bigot because everyone has something that they disagree with other people about. How you express your disagreement is what determines whether or not you’re being bigoted. If you engage someone in conversation about why you think your views are correct, that’s not bigotry. If you tell someone that you think their views are wrong, that’s not bigotry. If you tell someone that they shouldn’t be able to express their views, or that they shouldn’t act as if their views are true, that’s bigotry.

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Responding to Pro-Abortion Arguments

Part One: What is abortion?

Arguments for abortion only make sense if you deny the personhood of the unborn. If the unborn is just an impersonal clump of cells, a part of the woman’s body, then no justification for abortion is necessary. If I believed that the unborn was not a human person, abortion would not trouble me at all. However, the evidence that the unborn are human persons is overwhelming.

“Fetus” is a stage of human development, like “baby” or “teenager.” The fact that the first stage of development takes place inside the mother’s womb does not make the fetal human any less of a distinct human being than a newborn baby or a 13-year-old. From the moment of conception, the unborn human has a complete set of DNA, separate from the mother’s. The claim that the unborn is “part of the woman’s body” would be disproved by a DNA test.

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