Apologetics Blog Post 8

Blog Post 8 for Apologetics

Brandon Born

March 22, 2018

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV

So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

 

When I read this passage, I am reminded of Paul and his ow trials and tribulations. He consistently uses a “we” when he speaks through this passage and discusses the outward vs inward worries that Christians should be dealing with. The Corinthians at the time were worried about visible objects and troubles and triumphs. They spent their time expecting that followers of Jesus would reign as kings and queens, but Paul, in this passage, is ready to tell them otherwise.

            The first sentence in this passage Paul is reminding us to accept that our physical bodies are in decline, but that we should not be in distress as God is helping build our spiritual strength. Physical injuries and harm should not bear us down as we should have faith that God knows what’s best for us. Following that it would seem that Paul is telling us that as a follower of Christ we should be expecting afflictions, true Christians have problems too and we should not get tied up in our troubles.

            The last verse in this passage expresses Paul’s attempt at encouraging the Corinthians to stop worrying too much about temporary this in the physical world and instead to look towards what God has in his kingdom for us. All of our senses are temporary and will eventually disappear along with sin. We will no longer be able to see, taste, touch, smell or hear, so we should not spend our time worrying about issues that we witness physically.

            For me this verse is encouraging, but scary. Paul is telling us straight up, that our life will be difficult as a Christian. We will have physical pains, our bodies are going to decay and rot, but that should not be our focus. As our physical bodies start to decay, god will build up our spiritual strength. When I look at the issues that face our world today it is really hard not to worry. It seems that at almost any moment a new war could start, or an pandemic that cause so much physical pain that we can’t image. There are so many things that we could spend our time worrying about, but this would consume us completely. Paul wants us to instead set our mind to what is eternal and unseen.

            Though it feels so fatalist, I personally find this quite helpful. I don’t enjoy pain or suffering, but I find it way more bearable knowing that we have so much more to look forward to. If temporary pain may bring eternal joy, then I would be fine taking a bit of a beating in this life.

Apologetics Blog Post 7

Blog post 7 for Apologetics

Brandon Born

 March 11, 2018

 

Missing Spanish boy Gabriel Cruz found dead in car

 

On February 27th, Gabriel was last seen going to a playdate with a friend, but never made it and never returned. The eight-year-old boy was then put onto a missing persons list and searched for by over 4,000 people. A social media campaign was started, and the boy was later found the trunk of his father’s partners car, dead. This unfortunate incident struck a lot of people and hurt the family. It’s really hard to see why these things happen. Why is there so much evil and how come it happens to good and innocent people? Evil is something hard to grasp, but it’s there for a reason.

                Evil has always existed, it’s been there since the beginning, but we allowed it to corrupt our lives when we brought sin into the world. Now it’s something that affects our day to day life. We live with it and we see it all around us, but we also see the opposite, good. Everyone seems to have an awareness of what is good and evil, it’s in our nature. Even atheist seem to understand that there is good and evil, but if they don’t believe in God, then they are trusting that morality is based on each person. Only, each person has a subjective choice and biases. There must be an absolute and God is that absolute.

                When I see stories like this I find it very difficult to see what good can come out of it. You hear of the stories where someone’s death has inspired thousands, but the stories that come out week after week can just break your heart. This boy is now dead and his family is devastated by it.  Personally, I do believe in evil, it’s something I feel like I have witnessed and experienced, but I can’t say that I truly believe it has a good purpose in this world. Reading this chapter has helped me understand it more, but I will still struggle with seeing innocent people hurt.

                Evil exist so that we can learn to understand what happens after death. We don’t understand hell, but we also do not understand heaven. We only get a taste of each here on earth, but I’m sure you can understand from your own life where you want to end up. So even though we see evil all around us, we can see this as a sign that God exist. Even more so, when forgiveness happens and love shines through and covers evil, we can see that as a sign of the power God has in our lives. We cannot blame God for our evil. It’s our own doing, but we can learn to understand what happens in the afterlife from good and evil.