L. Alfred James

Can You Do Whatever You Want As Long As You Don’t Hurt Anyone?

By L. Alfred James The most commonly proclaimed moral principle in our society is this: “You can do whatever you want, as long as you don’t hurt anyone.” This view of morality is outrageously popular. In the public square, it is assumed that every intelligent person totally agrees with it. One of the reasons for the popularity of this principle is that it doesn’t condemn much of anything. In fact, it only condemns behaviors that cause physical or emotional harm. So, if you don’t cause pain in someone’s body, or … Read More »

Is Morality Just Subjective?

By L. Alfred James Is morality merely a useful fiction? That is, are moral rules just social conventions? Or does morality have some kind of objective existence? Our culture stridently asserts that moral beliefs are entirely a product of one’s culture. If one is brought up to believe that, say, premarital sex is wrong, then one will have compunctions of conscience about premarital sex. Or if one is brought up to believe that it is a sin to not recycle, then one will feel bad if one fails to recycle … Read More »

Do Our Religious Beliefs Really Matter?

By L. Alfred James “I don’t think it matters what you believe, as long as you are sincere about it. Sincerity is the only thing that really matters when it comes to religious beliefs.” Have you ever heard this claim? I have heard it literally thousands of times. Friends, family, and coworkers have announced it in my presence ad nauseum. I’ve also heard it proclaimed on TV, in movies, and even in church. We are told constantly that the content of our beliefs does not matter. Sincerity is all that … Read More »

Is Christianity A Gamble?

By L. Alfred James “You are giving up so many things. You don’t act the way you used to. And now you spend so much time with Christians. And you give a lot of your money to your church, and also give money to the poor. That’s all cool, if that’s what you are really into. But I just wonder if it’s a good idea. How do you know it’s all true? How do you know you aren’t wasting your life on a lie? I mean, you don’t know for … Read More »

Thankful to Whom?

By L. Alfred James I have observed a very strange thing under the sun. Many agnostics and outright atheists regularly talk about how “grateful” they feel for their lives, their career, or their family. They say things like, “I feel very thankful for this,” or “I’m extremely grateful.” I’ve seen numerous interviews with Hollywood celebrities who openly profess atheism but who, at the same time, use this kind of language. In fact, the arch-atheist himself, Richard Dawkins, has done the exact same thing: When I lie on my back and … Read More »

You Already Worship Something

By L. Alfred James I have an important question for you. In fact, this is one of the most important questions you will ever think about in your entire life. Ready? Here it is: What makes your life meaningful? It’s such a simple question that it is easy to misunderstand it. And most people do exactly that. They don’t really understand what is being asked. I’m not asking, what makes you happy? If I were, you might respond by telling me about puppies, rainbows, or peanut butter cup ice cream. … Read More »

Do You Have Any Evidence That God Loves You?

By L. Alfred James One of the most important things I’ve ever learned in my entire life is this: If people believe that you care about them, they will be receptive to what you have to say. But if they don’t think you care about them, they won’t take you seriously. It doesn’t matter if you explain the most profound secrets of the universe to them. If you don’t exhibit concern for them as human beings, they won’t give you a hearing. They will probably be polite to you, but … Read More »

Can We Really Love A Silent God?

By L. Alfred James Newsflash: Two adults cannot have a very deep relationship if they never exchange words. Okay, that’s probably not really a newsflash since it’s extremely obvious. In fact, it’s so obvious that we virtually never think about it. But this obvious fact has huge implications for our understanding of God. Words are the only medium that can adequately express the thoughts, feelings, and choices of a human being. Without words, a relationship between two people cannot be very fulfilling. Consider the short anecdote that Bob Kauflin tells … Read More »

Recent Examples of the Bibles Cultural Impact

By L. Alfred James In the past few weeks, we’ve surveyed attempts throughout history to create a modern nation without the use of any kind of scripture. In France (in the 1700s), the result was 40,000 deaths and the arrest of two percent of the adult population. In communist countries (in the 1900s), the result was even more devastating: Approximately 100 million people were killed by communist regimes, regimes who had the best of intentions—they wanted to create a fair society. It is not hard to understand how this could … Read More »

Modern Attempts To Create Scriptureless Nations

By L. Alfred James My last article analyzed France’s attempt to create a nation without the use of any scripture at all. The result was a bloody revolution with 40,000 deaths in its wake, the arrest of hundreds of thousands of people, and a dictator controlling the nation. That was the outcome of trying to create a nation that had no dependence at all on any kind of scripture. It is not surprising why this would happen. If there is no revelation from God, then there is no law decreed … Read More »