More Questions From Joe on Platonism
I’ve noticed that there is an extremely pessimistic and negative attitude that a good chunk of devout Christians have…Is that the whole “there is nothing good in us or in the world” & “everything is going downhill” sort of thinking? Can you help me understand this topic better?
I don’t get it – shouldn’t Christians be the happiest, kindest people on earth – overflowing with joy?
Even with sin – there is soooo much good in the world. They can just take a hike in the woods one day. It’s an amazing world.
Platonism. All material things are evil. Plato hated life. Remember, for some reason, God made a point to state the obvious over and over again: “and God saw that it was good.” Even in the New Testament we find: “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,”
Creation, like the Christian, is good. Both are weak because of the deception in the garden, but weakness does not equal evil. That’s why we also read the following in the New Testament: “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.”