Saturday, July 30, 2005

Mike Adams' Philosophy of Life

The other morning I was feeling a bit discouraged about the world around me and how I was dealing with it, but as I was perusing the opinion columns at Townhall.com, I ran across Mike Adams' three-part series, "Life and how to live it" (Part I, Part II and Part III), and immediately I felt better . . . and even a bit inspired.

Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a former liberal atheist, says he has a simple philosophy of life "that guarantees both peace of mind and success in any important endeavor."

Here's a sampling of his suggestions:

No one can call himself educated if he has not read the Bible at least once. Even after several readings of the Bible some things will remain unclear. Some questions will remain unanswered. Nonetheless, upon every reading of the Bible, greater wisdom is gained. After all, life is a journey. It is not a destination. . . .

One of my favorite verses of the Bible is James 4:17. It states that "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." That verse reminds us that we don't have to actually do something to be morally culpable. In other words, there is such a thing as a sin of omission.

It can often be tough to step up and combat evil when one may be risking, for example, one's job. We humans are so weak and frail that it is often tough to stand up for what is right even when the consequences are merely ostracism or momentary ridicule. In those times, the following verse (Hebrews 13:5) helps: ". . . For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" Remember when you read that verse that, quite literally, nothing else in life matters. . . .

Just remember that Jesus didn't die on the cross for you to run from what is right. And war heroes didn't die on the battlefield for you to cower away while this country is destroyed. . . .

If you do not do that which you know is right, you will never know what kind of happiness and peace of mind you might have attained in this life.

To read all three of his columns in their entirety, which I recommend you do, here are the links: Part I, Part II and Part III.

1 Comments:

At Saturday, July 30, 2005 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

Mike’s three articles are very encouraging. This is a “must read” for political conservatives. Even Reformed Presbyterians might be encouraged stand up for their faith.

 

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