Matthew 7:1—Judge not, that you be not judged.
As the context reveals, this does not prohibit all types of judging (v. 7:16—you will know them by their fruits).
There is a righteous kind of judgment we are supposed to exercise with careful discernment (John 7:24—Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment). Continue reading
Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.
— Charles Spurgeon
You will be freed to the joy of life where there are no more fears, no more tears, no more hate, no more bloodshed, because you will be with the One who has already shed his blood for you, where love is supreme, grace abounds, and the consummate joy is of the soul. The smile of God awaits you: “Well done.”
“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for them that love him,” 1 Corinthians 2:9 promises. Your eyes will now see and your hands will now touch that which is the only Real estate.
— Ravi Zacharias, written to Nabeel Qureshi prior to his death
The proposition ‘I only believe in what can be observed empirically, or what can be inferred from what is empirically observed’ cannot itself be derived from empirical observation!
— Greg Bahnsen, quoted in Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 320
The term “scientism” describes the view that science is the only reliable method of knowing truth about the world. Accordingly, “Everything outside of science is a matter of mere belief and subjective opinion,” says J. P. Moreland, “of which rational assessment is impossible.”
— Greg Koukl, from Tactics, kindle location 2112
Scientism, though, comes in two basic flavors. The strong version of scientism declares that only science can give us knowledge. The weak version sees science as the best path to knowledge. Scientism tends to assume that (a) nature is all the reality there is and (b) science is the (only) means of obtaining knowledge.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 1604
As G. K. Chesterton once bemoaned, once people stop believing in God, the problem is not that they will believe nothing; rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.
— J. P. Moreland, from Love Your God With All Your Mind, kindle location 303
Evangelicals can greatly benefit from thinking “worldview-ishly.” Unfortunately, most do not. It appears as if the concept is largely either unknown or untried among most individual Christians.
The lack of appreciation for worldview-thinking negatively impacts doctrinal literacy, apologetic understanding, evangelistic fervor, and the living of a God-honoring life. Pollster George Barna’s survey in 2003 revealed discouraging news: “Only nine percent of born-again Christians hold a biblical worldview.” Barna further stated that “most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunity of life.” Continue reading
Ideas have consequences. This is what Richard Weaver titled his seminal work, asserting that the catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of choice.
— James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 147
The basic problem of the Christians in this country … is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals. They have very gradually become disturbed over permissiveness, pornography, the public school, the breakdown of the family, and finally abortion…. They have failed to see that all of this has come about due to a shift in a world view—that is, through a fundamental change in the overall way people think and view the world and life as a whole.
— Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, p. 19