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Interview with Peter Makovini on Religion & Faith

What does your religion mean to you?

It’s the foundational rock from which nearly everything else unwinds. In other words, it influences my worldview to its deepest measures.

What makes your life valuable when you’re religious?

Namely because I am a Christian, I see life as something valuable since it was created by a loving God, according to his own image with a specific intention for every individual.

Do you try to make other people believe the same as you? If yes, a short explanation why?

I surely am. Before I answer why, I think it’s important to differentiate ones view on Christianity and being “religious”. For there is a serious number of people out there who the word Christian and “being religious” take as a mere tradition of going to church, having Children Baptism or Confirmation. While those are all good things, there is much more to being a Christian. In the end, you need to ask yourself the question – ”Does God really exist?” and if he exists “Is He the God about which we read in the Bible?” Because there surely are answers to those. It’s either “yes” or “no”. No matter which of them you take, this belief should seriously affect the way you live your life.

When I tried answering these questions for myself, after some years I had to say “yes” to both. This knowledge brought joy into my life which I simply had to share with other people and later as I read my Bible I found that it is actually also something we are to do as Christians, in places like Mark 16:15 “…Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone.

Do you think other religions offer a better life than your, even though you believe in what you do?

This question can be answered in a number of ways since it very much depends on what the word “better” means. I guess I would briefly say that if one thinks merely about expanding his material wealth, securing health and enjoying all the 21st century pleasures Earth can offer, than I would agree that the belief that God does not exist, namely atheism, might be the “better” way. However if meaning, purpose, joy and happiness are part of the definition, I would say that I don’t think other religions including Hinduism, Buddhism or Islam, even if true, can offer better life.

Do you think your religion expand in a way that makes your life more valuable?

It seems to me that the question 2 and 5 are quite similar so I would just add to it in the way I understood it. I indeed can say that I know for sure that Christianity expands the value of one’s life in contrast for example to atheistic belief. Try to follow me here.

When someone puts his faith on the fact that there is no God, no Creator, nothing but a blind chance by which we ended up all here on this speck of dust called Earth in the endless and mindless universe; he must deal with a series of terrible truths for his life and his future. Namely, that his very existence is absurd without a real purpose, meaning or value. If life ends at the grave it makes no ultimate difference whether you live as a Stalin or as a Mother Teresa. One of the prime atheists in Britain, Professor Richard Dawkins puts it well, for given atheism: “There is at bottom no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pointless indifference… We are machines for propagating DNA… It is every living object’s sole reason for being.” More than that from what we know from modern science is that the universe is expanding and as the galaxies are further and further apart it gets colder and colder for its energy is used up… Eventually all the stars will burnout. There will be no light; no heat; no life; only corpses of dead stars and galaxies, ever expanding into the endless darkness. Not only that life of each individual person will stop, but at some point the accomplishment of human civilization as such will perfectly turn in vain. There is no hope, no escape.

I admit, this alone does not make Christianity true, yet it shows some good news about how much this belief expands value of one’s life, simply by giving it objective meaning.

Many of my answers were inspired by the book “On Guard” written by Professor William Lane Craig.
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Lifestories, Reasonable Faith

 

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The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union.

C.S. Lewis


 

1 Cor. 6:18; 1 Thes. 4:3; Heb. 13:4; Pr. 5:19 (within marriage)

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Ethics, The week deal

 

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“I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.”

Keith Green


 

Mark 16:15-16

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Mission, The week deal

 

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William Lane Craig comes to Denmark!

Does God Exist?Yesterday we had a wonderful opportunity to witness the long-awaited debate between Prof. Klemens Kappel and Prof. William Lane Craig trying to answer the question: Does God exist? Over 600 people gathered in Bethseda building in Copenhagen. Both theists (Christians, Muslims…) and atheists under one roof in expectance to find some answers for their questions that would support their worldview as more rational. The debate had its traditional form:

2 x 20 min presentation (positive case goes first)
2 x 12 min rebuttal
2 x 8 min rebuttal
2 x 5 min closing statement
Break
Q&A

First one to present his positive case was Prof. Craig, who guided us through 3 reasonable ways of inferring that something might be one way rather than the other.

  1. Logical argument
    1. Cosmological argument
  2. Argument from the Best explanation
    1. Fine-Tuning of the universe
    2. The origin of the universe
  3. Historic explanation
    1. Resurrection of Jesus Christ (and the 3 indisputable facts rooted in historic sources)
      1. The empty tomb
      2. Post-mortem appearances of Jesus
      3. Strong faith of disciples that even lead them to die for their cause

After this Prof. Kappel compared God to other mythical beings like Thor or Aphrodite in effort to show the absurdity of such reasoning. Afterwards he explained that we ought to give space to science and common sense that tells us that such creatures do not exist and even though there are areas that science cannot yet give account for, we ought to stay careful in filling them with God. He stated that he will not respond to the arguments given by Prof. Craig for we should not give them so much credit, rather he will only give reasons to show why atheism is a better option. For it is most likely impossible to show somehow with arguments that God does not exist. Quote: “Not to persuade you, but to illustrate“. Then he presented some kind of dialectical issue in which we deal with two people who come to different conclusions based on the same evidence. However they are so convinced that their explanation is the right one that they are beyond the reach of reasoning and no debate will persuade them otherwise, thus only some sort illustrations can bear meaning. At last he elaborated on the origin of belief stating, that the reason why people believe in various religions is to large degree the background in which they were born to and raised in. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in News, Reasonable Faith, Reviews

 

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The more false any man is in his religion, the more fierce and furious he is in maintaining it; the more mistaken, the more imposing.”

Benjamin Whichcote


 

James 1:26-27; John 14:6

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Mission, The week deal

 

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