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Dialogue with and
atheist - Part 1 - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012
This is a continuation of my previous dialogues, and like
the others, this is also a hypothetical dialogue. Not that it is fictional. It
is a summary of all the discussions and arguments I have had with atheists and
agnostics over many years, and of the principles of their unbelief written in
many books I have read. In this dialogue my own words will be prefixed by the
acronym GLC meaning a God Loving Creature.
what do you believe in?
Atheist:I can better tell you what I do not believe
in. I am an atheist and I do not believe in God. I only believe in things that I
can see or observe - things material and physical. Things which I do not
believe in is anything else. I do not believe in the meta-physical world or
Adult Sunday School -
Part 17 - The dead shall rise - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
Ouch! ... that's a terrible blow to atheists. They think
that they can just die one day, and never live again - and never answer for
their deeds on earth or anywhere else. How convenient. Atheists believe in
determinism which states that each cause has an effect. But, they omit to state
that it is only they who are free from this injunction, as their lives and
deeds - and death - has no consequences or effects. How inconsistent is that
belief? Enough of that. I am here to bury Caesar, not to praise him, lest he
should rise again.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 16 - The Sign of Jonah - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012
Jonah is one of the shortest books in the bible, but so full
of meaning and prophecy, that one can hardly ignore it. In fact - it is one of
the first books newcomers read, being such a wonderful and even far-fetched
story of someone being swallowed by a whale and later spit out on a beach.
So whilst it is a miracle, we will not stop there, but probe
deeper into the underlying meaning, especially since Jesus Christ told us that
He was giving us the sign of Jonah, when asked for a sign (by the people). Mat 12:39But he answered
and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and
there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: v:40For as Jonas was three days and three nights
in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in
the heart of the earth.
As a 'zwischenzug' (an intermediate neutral move in chess) between articles, I wish to thank everyone for reading my blog. I appreciate it - and please feel free to question or support my arguments. I have been surprised this week with two unexpected outcomes. The first one is that my latest article, Adult Sunday School - The Lamb of God, reached unexpected reading statistics, pushing it up to sixth place overall within six days. It inspires me to extend this series. Secondly, I was surprised to find that for the last week, Russia was my largest audience. That really means something for me, due to the history of that country. I always maintain that South Africa (the country I live in) and Russia have very similar histories. South Africa has a short, sad and sorry history, and Russia has a long, sad and sorry history - both tainted largely by suffering, greed and the monopoly of power, combined with unnecessary wars. But then, is that not the history of every country in the world? I feel strongly about questioning everything we accept as normal and at face value - even the simple things, and like to probe its uncertainties with new perspectives - mostly unsuccessful - but here and there I can feel the light breaking though in this twilight between knowledge and ignorance, or between light and darkness. Please share with your friends and acquaintances.
Adult Sunday School - Part 15 - The Lamb of God - by P.K.Odendaal
Written October 2010, Rewritten April 2012, April 2014, April 2019
Writing about the Lamb of God is a continuing process as new insights are gained every time the scripture is studied again. It is Pass-over 2019 now and I have freshly considered the last week of the life of Christ. In this last week He is fulfilling the prophecies of the Lamb of God and showing us what will transpire towards the end of the world. Once again I gained new perspectives on this subject since I wrote the original article back then.
Adult Sunday School -
Part 14 - The Last Judgment - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
This used to send shivers up my spine, but not anymore - and
you can prepare yourself for this to take the sting out of it. But sure as we
live, there will be a Final or Last Judgement of the World. It will be like a
court case for individuals and nations, and it is easiest to think of it in
terms of a court case on earth, as what we have on earth is based on a justice
system instituted by God for Israel.
The basis for any such a court case is the presence of a
judge (Jesus Christ), an accuser (Satan), an accused (me and you), witnesses
(anyone we wish to call), and the Law (Mosaic Law and the Bible). We all know
the procedures which will be followed. Satan will bring in an accusation
against us, we will plead guilty or not, and if we plead innocence, we will need
to defend ourselves with suitably prepared witnesses and arguments in terms of
the Law (and the rest of the Bible).
Philosophy - Part 24 -
Deeper into the Sunset Limited - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
Somehow this story haunts me often, and although I have
spent much time on it here on the blog, it comes up again and again as a
general life crisis for many people, although not for me personally. I know
their position and their plight quite well, as I almost tripped in front of
that train many years ago. Although we have gone much deeper than a superficial
treatment of the disease, we have not explored its depths satisfactorily.
What is concept of the The Sunset Limited? It is the
pinnacle of a life of self-destruction, ending sadly with an inevitable
nihilistic act - in this case jumping in front of a train to commit suicide. It
is clear from the story that White has no other viable option. If we listen to
him carefully, we can clearly hear the words of Nietzsche in the background of