Quite the Topic.

 
From Desiring God.  Read the rest of the article here.
 
 
 

How Could God Kill Women and Children?

February 27, 2010  |  By: Tyler Kenney  |  Category: DG Resources

In today’s Ask Pastor John, John Piper answers a question that some athiests, like Christopher Hitchens, have raised in their arguments against Christianity (about 5:25 into this video). If you prefer reading his answer instead of watching it, an edited transcript is included below.

For more of Piper’s thoughts on this subject, see the sermon, "The Conquest of Canaan."

The following is an edited transcript of the audio.

Why was it right for God to slaughter women and children in the Old Testament? How can that ever be right?

It’s right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they die.

God is taking life every day. He will take 50,000 lives today. Life is in God’s hand. God decides when your last heartbeat will be, and whether it ends through cancer or a bullet wound. God governs.

So God is God! He rules and governs everything. And everything he does is just and right and good. God owes us nothing.

If I were to drop dead right now, or a suicide bomber downstairs were to blow this building up and I were blown into smithereens, God would have done me no wrong. He does no wrong to anybody when he takes their life, whether at 2 weeks or at age 92.

 

Props 2 My Pops.

 
So my dad mentioned this bit to me today that George Carlin did, and I’d never listened to anything that Carlin had done because I’d always heard he hated God and was a dirty comic.  Maybe I was wrong or my dad should have higher standards, that’s still up for debate.  But this is worth sharing and it’s not dirty or anti-God.
 
 

Movie Review!!

 
I’d mentioned earlier that we saw "The Book of Eli", and I just gotta say again how incredible it was and attempt to motivate "you" to go see it in the theatres while "you" still can.  As a precaution – it is Rated-R and has lots of bloody violence and some swearing and it’s definately not a "chic-flic", so while I do recommend this movie, I should say it’s probably not for everyone.  But, if "those things" don’t bother you, go see this movie.  Here’s what one reviewer had to say:
 

“The Book of Eli” has an incredible Biblical message, which tells the story of Eli’s unwavering faith as he honor’s God with his life and follows God’s will no matter how hard the journey may be. We see Eli’s faith remain steadfast as he faces many trials and tribulations, including: gangs of bloodthirsty criminals, the power hungry Carnegie, and a lack of basic necessities, such as fresh water, food, and decent shelter.

 

Book Review!!

 
We’ve been reading an old classic with the boys – "A Pilgrim’s Progress".  The original story was written by John Bunyan (not to be confused with his cousin Paul and his pet ox) in the 1600’s, but this version has been re-written and illustrated to be a bigger hit with kids.  And it is, at least with us.  This story is 400 years old and fits perfectly today.  Can’t recommend it enough.  We got ours at the library and want to buy our own copy and found out it’s a little expensive (for a kids book) but totally worth it – every family should have this book and read it together.
 
 A Pilgrim's Progress
 

Gone Hiking… Or Was It A Death-March?

 
Last Sunday, when it was getting close to a balmy 55 degrees, we decided to take the boys for a hike.  There’s this hike we did last year with them that we weren’t able to finish, and so we thought to make another attempt on the Boulder River Trail just outside of Darrington. 
 
We looked up the trail conditions and the latest reports and were reminded of how easy of a hike it was, and how these magnificient water falls were enormous this time of year and that it was only two-and-a-half miles until the trail ended at this glorious sight.  So, after lunch, we made the short drive to the trailhead and got started at 12:26pm.  The boys did great and we arrived at the first waterfalls at just past 1pm.  But the trail kept going, so we did too.  After a few short up and downs we came to another waterfall about 1:40pm.  But the trail kept going, and we remembered reading how the trail ended at these great falls, so we kept marching, reassuring the boys that we’d be able to stop once we got to the end and eat some snacks.  By 2:30pm we start wondering how much further these wonderful waterfalls could be, and I started doing the math – if we’ve been hiking for 2 hours already, it’s going to take us longer than that to get out and it’s going to start getting dark around 4:30-5pm… we’re gonna have to wrap this up soon. 
 
Then we met this family on the trail as they were heading back and we asked them if we’re getting close, and they assured us that it wasn’t much further.  So, we pressed on.  And on.  And on.  3:00pm rolls around and I decide we’ve got to pull the plug on this adventure before we wind up on the news.  So, the boys, who haven’t complained once this whole time, happily turned around and started the trek back.  I wound up carrying Micah (our almost 4 yr. old), not because he was whining, but because I was worried about not getting out in time.  The rest of the boys nearly ran or quickly walked the whole way out, and we got to the parking lot at 4:26pm!  Four hours of hiking without one break!  What amazing little tough guys we have! 
 
Once we got home, we looked at the trail report again, and came to realize that once you get to the SECOND waterfall at 2.5 miles, there really isn’t much to see past that, and that the trail finally ends at the river at 4.5 MILES!  So, according to this trail report, we managed nearly 8 MILES in FOUR HOURS with FOUR BOYS ages 8 to almost 4.  They did awesome and we all can’t wait to conquer more trails as the weather gets nicer… just maybe not another 8 miler anytime soon.