Comment Policy

I welcome visitors to my site and enjoy comments from guests, however there are some ground rules for comments:

First and foremost, every comment will be moderated. Unfortunately, I must do this because there are many “hit-and-run” comments that, without exaggerating, simply say “You believe in God and therefore you re stupid.” Thus, I have chosen to moderate all comments. It doesn’t mean I don’t like you if it takes me a while to approve your comment–it means I’m busy. I attempt to respond to everyone who comments on this site or contacts me, but due to an increase both in the amount of comments and the time taken by my off-site activities (marriage, studies, work, etc.) I will not always respond or may respond very late. My apologies in advance.

Second, I get an inordinate amount of comments that go to my spam filter. I try to check it, but sometimes there are literally hundreds of comments there. If you leave a comment and notice it hasn’t been approved–particularly if there was a link in it–it may have accidentally gotten into my spam folder and been permanently deleted. Just repost your comment, maybe leaving out the link, and then comment again with a link. If I consistently miss your comments, contact me via the form and let me know. My apologies to those whose comments have been missed due to getting spammed.

1) There is to be no usage of profanity. Any post with profanity will either be edited to take out the profanity or simply deleted as I see fit.

2) Insults will not be tolerated. Any comment which features insulting language (i.e. name calling such as “You’re an idiot”) will simply be deleted.

3) I reserve the right to delete any comments which do not add to the discussion. For example, if, in response to a post, someone comments that “You obviously don’t understand x” without presenting some reason for thinking I don’t understand x, I reserve the right to delete the comment as it doesn’t back up its own claims.

4) If you engage in discussion here, please refrain from either of the two following strategies: 1) Continue to get off topic; 2) bombard with huge comments that would take pages to adequately answer. Keep the points concise.

5) Don’t advertise. Merely commenting by saying “I answered this on my site here [link]” and saying nothing else is just as bad as spam. If you want to link your site, fine, but the comment needs substance.

6) I am under no obligation to respond to every comment you make. My failing to respond should not be taken as conceding a point.

7) Finally, I reserve the right to judge if a comment falls under any of these categories and whether a comment warrants posting. If there is a question about why a comment wasn’t posted, feel free to use the contact form to ask me about the details.

Thanks, and God’s peace to you.

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  1. Hi. I read your review on Amazon of Hugh Ross’s book, “Hidden treasures in the book of Job”. I’m a little afraid to read it. I don’t want him twisting my brain into being more confused than I already tend to get. I guess you could call me a young earth creationist but I’m not all that scientific minded, I’m a Lutheran. I wasn’t raised Lutheran like many of them, I became a Lutheran a few years ago while I was searching for a church that violated my sensibilities less than all the others. I still find snobbery and gossip there and that really bugs me so I haven’t been attending like I should as I find dealing with things like that very difficult. Plus my husband doesn’t approve of me being a Lutheran so that’s not too good either. I’m also am a little put off by the commercialism in the church & all the money drives. Anyway, I’m not commenting to tell you all about me though that seems to be exactly what I’ve done. Since I’m easily confused do you think reading Hugh Ross’s book would make it worse for me? I wasn’t even seriously considering reading it until I read your review and you made it sound like a really good book but I don’t want it messing with my head. I watched a video on youtube titled “answers in Job” Hugh Ross which led me to the book on Amazon.

    Were you born intelligent or did it grow on you? Have you had periods of confusion about what you think or believe? Do you have to grapple with issues to come to conclusions about what you believe? I’m asking these questions because everything seems really hard for me. I have to struggle with everything it seems. Maybe I’m just mentally deficient. Anyway, thanks for your time and I hope you find the time to answer me. I’m happy to have found your site and I think I’m going to read your blogs and reviews. Have a blessed day.

    Posted by Mitzi | November 24, 2011, 7:03 AM
    • Mitzi,

      Thanks for your comment. I am Lutheran as well! Welcome! I was raised Lutheran, so I suppose I am one of the “many” you speak of. I can understand your frustration with the church. It is important to note that we are sinner-saints. Although we are redeemed, too often we fall into bickering or human failings. Thanks be to God we have a redeemed world to look forward to in the future. There are indeed some churches who have embraced commercialism. But that doesn’t mean that all churches who ask for money are looking to be expansionistic or profitable. Too many churches are struggling to even keep their doors open, so I think it’s important to be good stewards.

      I don’t want to be dishonest with you–I’m clearly not a young earth creationist. Hugh Ross, similarly, is not. What I want to emphasize is that young earth creationism is not fundamental doctrine. Whether God created the world in 7 literal 24 hour periods, or over billions of years, the fact remains that God created the world. Most scholars on both sides of the debate acknowledge this. Hugh Ross’ book would probably challenge young earth creationists who read it. But that’s not a bad thing–Christians should constantly seek truth. Paul himself emphasized the basis for our belief is something which is either true or false (the resurrection: see 1 Corinthians 15:14 and its context).

      Also, I’m not 100% sure about what you mean when you ask whether Ross’ book will make it ‘worse’ for you. Could you clarify what you’re asking? As I noted, it will challenge the young earth position, but that is not the primary purpose of the book. His primary purpose is to show the amazing fact that even in Job, the oldest book in the Bible, God inspired knowledge beyond human capacity at the time. It will not challenge your faith, it will only aid it.

      As far as myself, I have studied these topics for several years now. I wouldn’t say I’m more intelligent than others, I just have studied more. I have experienced confusion with my beliefs, and I’ve had to really grapple with several issues. I’ve changed my position on the age of the universe, among other things, in light of the evidence. It is understandable that these things are hard. They’re never easy, especially not for me. It’s hard to shift one’s position or beliefs in accordance with what we learn. But God has made us in a wonderful world worthy of exploration, and has given us a wonderful spectrum of things to explore. All truth is God’s truth, so we have nothing to fear. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions via my “Contact” form (click at top of my page) or just keep commenting!

      In Christ,

      J.W.

      Posted by J.W. Wartick | November 24, 2011, 10:33 AM
  2. Thanks for your reply. I really don’t want to grapple with creation time right now but I think I’m still going to read that book. Watching that video and reading your review whetted my appetite for Job, a book the Lord has used to help me countless times through all kinds of challenges. If it forces me to grapple with creation time then I guess I’ll just have to face it. I agree it’s not fundamental doctrine so maybe that’s why I haven’t really focused on it. Didn’t Einstein show us that time is relative? See that’s the kind of thoughts I have that confuse myself. I think why is creation time even an issue with everyone when we know time is relative? It’s hard for me to get concerned about it when I already believe time indeed really is relative.

    I’ll be okay regarding the church. God will help me learn how to cope with it but Lutheran I am and Lutheran I will remain. The problem isn’t the church, it’s me. I think I just really am a social misfit and it’s my responsibility to learn how to make it work and deal with the pressure of fund raisers and bake sales. I am a firm believer in stewardship though. I believe in taking care of the Church and Pastor, giving to missions, helping widows, the fatherless and I’d personally like to help seminary students one day.

    Posted by Mitzi | November 25, 2011, 1:56 AM

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