Stephen Fry, British actor, comedian, sometimes intellectual, and the long-time face of QI was interviewed recently by the ABC’s Tony Jones. Asked about his views on God, Fry raised the question of why an all-powerful, loving god, would create or allow pain and suffering in the universe it had made. It’s hardly a new question, but clearly it’s one that I think all of us, whether believers or not, ask ourselves—and God—from time to time. I must admit, that whenever I hear it asked, I feel a bit uneasy since it seems like a legitimate gripe, and the answers aren’t always clear. Continue reading
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I knew who Chan and Sukumaran were, or what the Bali 9 had done to deserve their fate. But that’s the point, regardless of who it concerns, the what of the case (the death penalty) is as ever, up for debate.
The impending executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has caused a flurry of commentary from journalists, doctors, lawyers, human rights groups, and politicians in Australia. Considering this possible overexposure to the case, I cautiously add my 2 cents worth.
I don’t know that God exists, nor that Jesus died, was buried, and then rose again. I don’t know that the Bible is the Word of God. Yet, I call myself a Christian.
I sincerely believe all of the above, but I don’t know that it’s true.
One might assume that I’m going through a phase of existential angst and serious doubt about my faith, but I’d disagree. To me it’s just part of living out my Christian life.
Because I believe I can be a faithful Christian, and yet not claim to know the truth.
A prostitute, the PM, Gina Rinehart, Novak Djokovic, and a paraplegic—no, they didn’t meet in a pub and this isn’t a joke—it’s about opportunity and whether people deserve what they get in life.
Johnny thinks he deserves an ice-cream. Why? Because his mum told him that if he behaved well, he’d get one. He did behave well, so he’s entitled to it (he thinks).