Daily Archives: April 25, 2010

Did John Piper Say that God was the Author of Sin?

I’m getting numerous hits from search engines that indicate people are looking to see if John Piper said that God is the author of sin. I can’t find the source of this controversy, or who made the charge, or why people seem to be looking for this topic right now. As near as I can figure, it comes from this article, dated January 1, 1993. Nothing like dealing with current events, right? Read the rest of this entry

Yet More Fun From the Spam Folder

I get a never-ending barrage of comical comments caught in the spam folder. “Kyra Estle” left me this interesting comment attached to my prayer essay:

GURU means the preacher who removes ignorance – darkness by emitting knowledge – light. The field of the context is important here. If you are ignorant of mathematics, a teacher may remove your ignorance about mathematics by teaching mathematics. Such a teacher cannot be called as Guru. Guru is the preacher who diverts you towards God by removing your ignorance about God. This is the most important field for any human being because it is the basis of every aspect of life here as well as there after death. The final knowledge of God is to know that you are always ignorant of God, because God is unimaginable or ever unknown.

Actually, according to Wikipedia, a guru is “one who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area, and who uses it to guide others (teacher).” Kyra is correct in drawing the comparison between darkness and light, as the elements of the word indicate coming out of the darkness and into the light. However, why someone would not be considered a guru just because his subject is mathematics is beyond me.

Kyra seems to say that a guru can direct one toward God, but then turns around to say that we’re always ignorant of God because he is “unimaginable or ever unkown.”

Obviously, Kyra’s concept of God isn’t drawn from the Judeo-Christian one. Man is made in the image of God. Therefore, it stands to reason that God is, at least in some sense, knowable to man in that respect. While I agree that it is tough to contain God in a neat box, the fact that man is made in the image of God means that God and man share at least some characteristics. This makes it possible for the skeptic to argue as he does that man made God in his image. Put another way, “if triangles had God, he’d have three sides.”

Either way, that is why I thank God for spam folders. DELETE!