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Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 2: Thanksgiving Edition)

Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 2: Thanksgiving Edition)

Who does good? God does good, because it is his nature and his way to do good. Today with appreciation to Timothy Keller from whose outstanding book Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just I compiled these references, I draw your attention to the heart of God for the poor, burdened, and vulnerable. I encourage you to reflect on these passages and give thanks to God with me for his heart of compassion. Psalm 146:7-9 Deuteronomy 10:17-18 Psalm 33:5…

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Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 1)

Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 1)

Christianity is first of all about the good God, our Creator and King; and about Christ's work reconciling us, whom he had created in his image but who rejected him, back to a full and right relationship with him and with all of his works. Everything else flows out of that, including the explanation for who does good and why. Everyone exercises compassion. Why? What motivates interpersonal compassion? What is its purpose? Where does altruism fit in to the human…

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Real vs. Counterfeit Compassion (Part 2)

Real vs. Counterfeit Compassion (Part 2)

Sam Harris thinks we’ll see how rational it is to be compassionate toward evildoers if we recognize that no one has free will. If criminals are not really to blame for their wrong, it makes no sense to hate them for it. But as I wrote in Part 1, this “compassion” comes at the price of denying all humanness; and with that eliminated, just what is it we’re being compassionate toward? Harris’s no-free-will dystopia is disturbing in other ways besides….

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Real vs. Counterfeit Compassion (Part 1)

Real vs. Counterfeit Compassion (Part 1)

I am no expert on compassion. To talk about it is easy, but to know it is to practice it, and there are others who practice it far better than I. This I know, however: “compassion” that strips away humanity is no compassion at all. The Bible is a record of God’s compassion toward real people. The book of Isaiah, for example, rings with God’s call for care towards the hurting, the poor, the needy, the oppressed; for very often…

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He Healed the Sick, But What Did He Do For the Poor?

He Healed the Sick, But What Did He Do For the Poor?

Jesus healed the sick everywhere he went. He had the power to feed the poor, as we know from the feedings of the 5,000 and the 4,000. Other than those two meals, though, there is no sign that he did anything to directly take care of their needs. “The poor you will always have with you,” he said. Why did he do one but not the other? Would it have been that much harder for him to solve a few…

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