Jason Wisdom's Posts

Eternal Punishment for Temporary Crimes?

Eternal Punishment for Temporary Crimes?

As the saying goes: “The punishment should fit the crime.” We all agree that it would be unjust for a judge to sentence someone to the death penalty for a speeding ticket. But what about God sentencing people to eternal punishment for sins committed in a finite span of time? Isn’t that overkill? Christians often argue that suffering we face in this life is very temporary, almost ... »

The Time Crunch Phenomenon and Miracles

The Time Crunch Phenomenon and Miracles

When we watch movies and/or television shows, we never suppose that we are seeing every detail of the characters’ lives. Huge chunks of time and events are skimmed over, implied or simply left out. However, we tend to subconsciously put the puzzle together without asking about the missing pieces. Just because Batman is never shown brushing his teeth does not lead us to conclude that Bruce Wa... »

The Time A Gun Was Pointed At My Head, And Why "Keep Your Morals To Yourself" Is Dangerous

The Time A Gun Was Pointed At My Head, And Why "Keep Your Morals To Yourself" Is Dangerous

You probably know what it’s like to be so exhausted that you find everything funny. It’s the place just before you start finding everything annoying. A time when things that would never be funny suddenly seem hilarious. These moments were commonplace during my time in a touring band. The following story is about how one of those times resulted in a gun being pointed at my head. On this... »

USE THE TOOLS YOU ALREADY HAVE

I was recently approached by a man who attended an introduction to apologetics seminar that I taught. He was very nice. He told me that I have a gift for taking complex ideas and making them easy to understand. He also said that he was surprised by how fun and engaging my presentation was. Lastly, he added that I really “sold” the arguments that I was making. I told him thank you, but ... »

IS YOUR AIR FILTER DIRTY?

Every time I take my car to the shop or get my oil changed, I am inevitably asked, “would you also like us to change your air filter?” Already alarmed by the amount of money I am hemorrhaging in that moment, I always say “no thank you.” They tell me that it looks really bad, but still, I politely decline. “I can just change it on my own later and save money,” I ... »

Young Theists Just Haven't Thought About it Yet

A self described “atheist, anti-theist, humanist” recently posted the following thought on Twitter: “Every time I talk to an intelligent young theist, I have hope that they simply haven’t thought about it yet.” It struck me that this sentiment is a very clear and succinct expression of how many atheists view theists. For that reason, I think it is worth consideration.... »

Take Away Hell and It's All Good…Right?

“A good and loving god wouldn’t send anyone to Hell.” This is a common objection raised by opponents of Christianity and even some Christians. The implication is that the Christian God, if He exists, isn’t good and loving since He sends some people to Hell. Therefore, even if He exists, He isn’t worthy of worship. So, the general objection is: God does X, and X is not... »

If God Allows That, I Won't Worship Him

One of the most common objections raised against the existence and/or goodness of God is the problem of evil and suffering. If God is good and powerful, then why does He allow so much pain and injustice? Admittedly, this is one of the most difficult and sensitive topics that we can discuss. It touches all of us. For that reason, I want to say from the outset that I do not suppose that what I am ab... »

Disproving Christianity is Like Killing a Zombie

Killing a zombie isn’t tricky, but it does require something specific–you have to destroy the brain. You will barely slow a zombie down by breaking his arms and legs. Even if you have a sword, you will have to get dangerously close to becoming a zombie yourself just to remove his limbs. Why not just swing for the neck? Cutting off the head will make the brain an easy target. Or, if you... »