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Comment: Re:Justice (Score 1) 471

Because sin is not merely bad actions, but an attitude of rebellion against God.

One part of the answer then is that sin in an infinite offense against an infinite God.

But I don't think that on its own is enough. Another part of the answer is that the biblical pictures of punishment show that even while being punished, sinners continue to curse God (eg Rev 16:9, 11, 21).

Comment: Re:God bought himself out of punishing us, with Je (Score 1) 471

The Christian answer is that the evidence is God coming to earth in the person of Jesus - dying for the sins of the world and being raised to new life as recorded in the Scriptures. Claims about the personality of God such as "love" and are backed up by the historical events of the crucifiction and resurrection (eg John 3:16 - God so loved the world that he gave his only Son).

Now maybe you don't accept that evidence. Fair enough. But in order to fathom why Christians believe that God has certain personality traits, the evidence that we are basing our understanding on is the person and work of Jesus as revealed in the Scriptures.

Comment: Re:The reason Christianity has this problem. (Score 1) 1359

by mrsurb (#40190629) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins
Factually nonsense. The report of Paul meeting Jesus on the Road to Damascus is in Acts 9, written not by Paul, but by Luke. Acts also reports Paul's meetings with the other disciples. In 2 Peter 3:16 Peter acknowledges Paul as an author of Scripture. And - nitpicking - Paul writes less than half the New Testament - 13 books out of 27, and even less as a proportion of verses. Whether you believe the Bible or not - at least accurately represent its claims.

Comment: Re:Creationists (Score 5, Insightful) 495

by mrsurb (#38636696) Attached to: How Stephen Hawking Has Defied the Odds For 50 Years

I'm a Christian but not a creationist. I have a degree in physics and a degree in theology. And I thank God for Stephen Hawking and the insight that his incredible mind has given us into the universe, despite his defiance of God. I read his book "A Brief History of Time" and it blew my mind, it was one of the factors that led me to study physics. I used his latest book, "The Grand Design" in my honours thesis for my theology degree which was an investigation into the appearance of fine-tuning in the universe.

Not looking for an argument, just want to point out that not all Christians have the anti-science attitudes that seem so prevalent in American evangelicanlism.

Comment: Re:The end? (Score 1) 272

by mrsurb (#37713170) Attached to: BlackBerry Outage Spreads To North America
My wife just got one - loves it. It's her first smartphone - upgraded from a Nokia candybar. She finds it reasonably intuitive and there are no major frustrations. The only minor frustration so far is that there is no indicator LED or equivalent so she can't just glance at it to see if there's a missed call or message.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton