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More Questions From Joe on Platonism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 15, 2016

Paul,

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.

Joe,

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.”

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  1. John said, on December 15, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Joe, I’m guessing, dear friend (not judging, but are the devout Christians you are referring to of the Protestant kind? I’ve never met, repeat, never, met a happy Calvinist. But those Christians who have been truly born-again know what’s to come, know the implications of the New Birth, and live them out with love and there is NO condemnation for them as Romans 8: 1 states. We are happy because we are free, and because we can share the true Gospel, and because we were saved ONCE. There are no chains around our feet or things we HAVE to do to remained saved. We bring hope (gospel) and we are supposed to be the salt and the light of this dying world. Man, that is exciting and fills me with joy!

    As beautiful as nature is, it cannot bring you closer to the creator; it simply testifies of Him. When the Holy Spirit resides in is at conversion (New Birth), something supernatural happens. Remember, the peace of the world is not the peace of God. Ons is fake and lasts a week or so. The other one is heavenly.

    I appreciate your questions, Joe, because you’ve made me think too. But be assured, that Paul and his crack team will help you. That ain’t no lie.

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  2. johnimmel said, on December 15, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Hey Joe…. actually the people you mention are being doctrinaly consistent. They should be pessimistic. In fact the more seriously they take Luther and Calvin the closer to terror stricken emotional collapse they should live. They are the personification of evil deserving of God’s unmitigated wrath and as such they should live in the pit of despair.

    happiness? Joy? Peace? What on earth does that have to do with Christianity. You must be thinking of a false gospel.

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