Augustine described things as follows: In his original state Adam was “able not to sin and not to die.” In his actual state (after The Fall), Adam was “not able not to sin and die.” That is where we find ourselves today. In Psalm 32, David expresses his experience of being forgiven. It is a joyful psalm, because forgiveness is a joyful thing.
The best children’s literature is not only written for children. Fairy tales can be full of danger and drama and life and death struggles – like the best literature. In Calvin and Hobbes (which used to be my personal favorite comic) there are always monsters under the bed, aliens or “Deranged Killer Monster Snow Goons” ready to attack. It’s the drama that makes them so enjoyable.
The most common view of morality in our culture is probably the one that says we can do whatever we like as long as we don’t hurt anyone else. This is, of course, accurate as far as it goes. If you are going to engage in some kind of destructive behavior, the rest of us would be happiest if you only harm yourself. But is that the whole story?
For many, the Christian faith has become increasingly implausible. The question is not so much whether one believes, but rather “How can one possibly believe such things as this to be true. This morning we’re having an introductory apologetics seminar at Calvary Chapel Bible College of Indianapolis. Here are the power points that I’m using and some other handouts that are being given to those who attend.