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Atheist – Smile

As a Christian internet user who visits the occasional public forum, watches videos on Utube and contributes to the comments section, I encounter a lot of people who don’t share my spiritual views. This is to be expected but it hasn’t always been the case. It wasn’t so long ago that I wouldn’t have heard from these folk unless I was actively evangelising.

Put it this way. The internet has not only given Christians a new platform from which to spread the word, it has also given voice to a generation of people who might previously have kept quiet.
Naturally there will be objection from some quarters if you are street preaching – the hecklers will always speak up – or one-on-one witnessing. But those who would normally keep their thoughts to themselves now have an anonymous megaphone.

At certain times this can ignite lively and thought provoking conversation. This is the public forum at its best. At other times I have found myself the object of ridicule by mean spirited people with virtually zero knowledge of the scriptures they are rubbishing.

A favourite topic of these folk is the supposed contradictions in the scriptures. A popular one is the account of Judas Iscariot:
Matthew 27:5 tells us that Judas threw the money into the Temple and went off and hanged himself.

Acts 1:18 says he bought a field with the money. There, he fell headlong and burst open, his intestines spilling out.

Theologians have written tomes about these two accounts. They have been studied for years, pulled apart and dissected. Men and women with advanced degrees, people that for whom if they had studied medicine for instance, would be specialists.

Now some tosser with no understanding of scripture whatsoever wants to establish an understanding that the Bible is fake based on his or her great find. Whoopi-doo. These are the same folk who cling to the premise that the great singularity –

er, gotta pause here . . .

Don’t you love that word, ‘Singularity, What it means is “I don’t have an explanation or sound reasoning for my theory, any reasonable application of the English language would fail like army boots with a wedding dress.” Here’s a trick, let’s make a new word.”‘

– you know, when nothing spun around really really fast until finally, with a great big bang, gave us the universe and everything in it! We shall call this momentous event, a Singularity.

Now I expect mocking and a guffaw or two over that one. That’s the wrong application of the word. I’m an idiot who doesn’t understand the subject. Well here’s one that effectively shuts all the nuclear traps:

Creation, therefore, Creator.

Now, let’s go back to the smelly old corpse of Judas Iscariot.

Any two Newspapers, from the same town, with reporters at the same event, witnessing the same thing, and then aided by sophisticated computer editing software, digital cameras and professional photographers, will give different accounts.

Two cars crash, a Ford and a Toyota. Three people are injured, one seriously.

That very night three newspapers, two TV networks and a radio station report the story. Interestingly enough, there are some variations in the story. One reporter said there would be a recall on one of the vehicles because of a possible fault in the brakes. The other media sources didn’t even mention this although it is the single item that could send a relatively small story into a front page scoop. Then it turned out that the recall vehicle wasn’t involved in the crash.

What is the story? Two cars crashed, three people were injured, one of those seriously. That is the nitty gritty of the tale.

Jesus was betrayed by Judas. He was subsequently crucified to death, now if that’s not enough, sealed in an airless tomb for three days, then he rose from the dead.

In the meantime, Judas, feeling guilty, or terrified because he had indeed had a hand in murdering the Son of God, topped himself.

That’s the story. It’s all there.

Another favourite of the savvy biblical illiterate is to quote the non biblical as if it were.

“God helps those who help themselves.”

Really? Where did you dig that up? It isn’t in the Bible. As a matter of fact the Bible is full of, and most Christians can attest to, incidences when God helps the helpless. In fact if people want to live their lives helping themselves, without God, He frequently leaves them to it.

Or my personal favourite: “The problem with you Christians is you go on and on claiming yours is the only way.”

You really can tell who has done their homework: Islam claims the same – except its practitioners will kill you if you don’t believe. All the world’s major religions claim to be the sole path to salvation. (With the exception, of course, of those who don’t believe salvation is necessary, and yet these too, believe they have the only way).

The Bahá’í believe that all the major religions come from the same place as long as it is Bahá’í.

The internet has opened this doorway. Loaded with good and bad information the internet confirms and validates every opinion. This is the post modern mind. Everyone is right.

Except Christians it seems.

In a matter of seconds a person can have at their hands the fruits of what only a short time ago required hours of exhaustive research. You get the answer but not the education.

The internet is the University of Bits n’ Pieces.

We really need to watch it, folks. They’re coming at us dumber and louder.

Arm yourself with The Word. Know the Truth. And the next time an atheist fixes you with a cheesy grin and asserts that the universe and everything in it was once squeezed into something the size of a pinhead, you can look at them and say, “That’s nice.”

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Garbage From the Pulpit

Here’s a small dishing of the swill being peddled from some of our pulpits. Some of it is more suited to a comedy club than the House of God.

“There are some people right now who are living in your house, driving in your car . . . and God is getting ready to give them an eviction notice. This stuff is going going to be transferred . . . ” drivel, drivel, drivel …

Garbage courtesy of Medina Pullings. Can’t you just see Robin Williams saying this? I can.

And from Mega Church man Ed Young comes drivel of the expensive kind.

“God gave me a Ferrari because I am a Ferrari. You’re a Ferrari too. God has given you a Ferrari,” he said.

And from the king of all things rubbish, Joel Osteen:

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”

I am always blessed in abundance? Wow. Funny how this has never worked for me. Maybe I haven’t been enough of a blessing to anyone.

Jesus said:

” . . . Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man had nowhere to lay his head.” Luke 9:58

Garbage from Cleflo Dollar. For those who don’t know him Cleflo Dollar is one of the kings of the greediest. He is all about the money. Cleflo’s thing is the Prosperity Gospel.

Now, the Prosperity Gospel is a creative mix of motivational scripture twisting, deceitfully designed to help you part with your money.

Joel Osteen is a prosperity preacher. So is the very well known, Kenneth Copeland.

Here is some of their garbage:

“You will often receive preferential treatment simply because your Father is the King of kings, and His glory and honour spill over onto you”

This tripe is from Osteen. He seems to have missed the teachings of Jesus when he studied theology. And from the mouth of Cleflo Dollar:

“Keep saying it – ‘I have equality with God’ – talk yourself into it”

And getting real honest, “We are going to see a lot more millionaire preachers . . . I know, I am one.”

It’s all there for the asking. Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the Prosperity Gospel is how many people buy into it.
Joel Osteen’s church is the biggest in America. I find this really puzzling and it raises yet another question:

Are Christians not taking it upon themselves to read the Bible? If more Christians took the initiative to read the scriptures then fewer of them would fall for the lies of people like Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Cleflo Dollar, Osteen and others.

Everyone wants an easier life. Who wouldn’t like a financial windfall? The really sad part is that it’s the truly desperate who are propping up these dishonest people . . . No, let’s call them what they are. Thieves. No better than a pension scammer or a charity rip-off. Professional liars.

Somewhere, I forget where, I read it: Check out the church’s parking lot. If the luxury cars are parked up close to the building – in other words where the staff park – you can almost predict the message being preached inside.

Good Gospel preaching, generally speaking, doesn’t generate enormous sums of money. Occasionally it does; when the wealthy express their gratitude for their salvation with their wallets for instance. But this us the exception.

So in order to create the enormous wealth the above mentioned preachers are chasing, they have to lie. Have to. They can’t get it from the Bible. I have heard prosperity preachers openly declare that Jesus lived a life of luxury, and therefore, so should we. Find that in the Bible.

This carpenter who died with only a single robe to His name.

Before attending one of these churches led by a rock star preacher ask yourself this question: If you had to have a major operation, or a minor one for that matter, would you rather have a swash-buckling Zorro, or a surgeon who, out of love and compassion for his fellow man, had agonised over the textbooks, checked and double checked the facts, watched others perform the procedure. And then, and only then, proceeded carefully.

Now, applying the same logic, ask the same question of that church’s pastor.

But Hitler was a Christian

I was watching a YouTube clip on the World War II recently and I was surprised when I read the comments that some – admittedly a minority – claimed that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. The reasoning for this was that Hitler had attended church.

Now this much is true. As a youth Hitler did indeed attend church. It would seem he didn’t receive the message however. He was said to be intoxicated with the pomp and ceremony and splendour of the Mass.

This is a superb example of how church attendance does not make one a Christian. I explained this to the commentor and was promptly shot down with, Aren’t all the big wars religiously motivated? – And what about the crusades?

It is interesting that when people attack Christianity they often start with the crusades. This is much the same as attacking the Human Resources policies of a major corporation with an argument from the 1850s coal mines. As for the 2nd part of the argument:

I did a rough estimate of the number of deaths in wars that were religiously motivated. It’s not possible to get an accurate count but even if I’m wrong by an astronomical margin, as you will soon see, it doesn’t matter.

In the last 100 years – atheists will never agree to it – the vast majority of conflicts have not been religiously motivated. However, even giving the atheist the benefit of those borderline cases like the Arab/Israeli wars (an argument could easily be established for political, religious, territorial motives), the ball lies fairly and squarely in the religious corner for the purpose of this exercise.

Deaths due to religiously motivated wars in the past 100 years amount to about 5 million. That’s a lot of dead people but because of the propaganda machine of the secularists a lot of people would be expecting that figure to be a lot bigger.

Fair enough. For the purpose of this demonstration I’ll double it. Call it 10 million. (Take a few minutes to do the arithmetic yourself. You may be surprised).

Now, let’s look at the 2nd world war. Estimates are between 60 and 80 million killed in this terrible conflict.

But Hitler was a Christian, wasn’t he? No, he was not. You will not get any religious leader, or layperson for that matter, to agree with you.

There are certain criteria that need to be fulfilled in order for a person to become a Christian. Sitting in a church isn’t one of them. It is perfectly possible to be a dedicated Christian by every meaning of the word and not attend church. There are many reasons why a Christian might be absent from church for extended periods, or even permanently.

You can sit in the henhouse all day but it doesn’t make you a chicken.

Jesus commanded us to love one another. This quality could hardly be attributed to Hitler. We know of his crimes; there is no need to list them.

Joseph Stalin, another major player in WWII was a communist. A communist is by the very nature of the ideology, an atheist. A person living under the boot of communism has to believe, or come to believe (it is drummed into them), that their rights, necessities, and their comforts, if any, come from the State.

A loving, benevolent God undermines the authority of the State. Jesus and communism don’t mix because it is to Christ whom we owe for not only our salvation, but our next meal, our very next breath.

The aggressive manner in which communist authorities attack Christians is well documented. There are literally thousands of links to studies on this topic. The research is quite easy.

Let me be really clear about this: It is Grace by faith in The Lord Jesus Christ by which we are saved.
There is no other path to salvation. Period. Believing in the powers of the state to provide, attending church, kneeling to face Mecca, chanting, singing, praying, tongues, none of these. The pope cannot save. You can give all your money to charity, live in a cardboard box reading the Bible all day and still go to hell.

Jesus Christ and nothing else. There is no other way.

Now, let’s take another look at Hitler, shall we? I think by now that most people would agree the Adolf doesn’t fit, does he? At one point he was held as a messiah by the German people. This is because prior to Hitler a lot of Germans were doing it very hard. Under his leadership things got better.
But God doesn’t judge us according to man’s standards. He sees what is in the heart, and there can be no doubt that Hitler’s heart was very dark.

In his youth Hitler had attended church services and had even sang in the choir.

As an adult he was a war monger who started World War Two and set about the genocide of the Jews in Every country he conquered. He also murdered homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the disabled, the intellectually handicapped, political opponents and a host of other folk who didn’t fit into his perception of the new Germany.

There is considerably more evidence of Hitler’s forays into the occult than that of his Christian life.

No, once and for all, Adolf Hitler was not a Christian.

And What About the Religion of Peace

Here is something they don’t tell you; in response to the rise in Islamic terrorist activity around the globe, 911, Spain, Bali, London and so on, the rank and file Muslims have pretty much convinced the world that these are the activities of extremists. The true Muslim is peaceful, loving.

Okay, that’s the bit they do say. And there is some truth in the first part. That the terrorism had been the work of extremists. But the rest?

Lies. Lies. Lies.

The difference between the Islamic extremist and the Moderate is that the former is prepared to act on his hatred, whilst the latter is not. This is a definition much closer to the truth.

A new oxymoron for the 21st century: Moderate Muslim.

If you could convince a Muslim to be completely honest (difficult because their religion allows them to lie if it is for the greater good of Islam), they would tell you that they hate Westerners. They despise our culture, our morals and of course, our religion. Given the opportunity to act without consequences, they would kill us all.

Here’s a few quotes from the Koran.

Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. – Sura 2:98

On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. – Sura 2:161

Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – 2:191

Muslims are harsh against the unbelievers, merciful to one another. – 48:25

Muhammad is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Through them, Allah seeks to enrage the unbelievers. – 48:29

Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate. – 66:9

This is not a complete list by any means. The Koran is seething with hatred and violence.

Islamic apologists have been very active in promoting Islam as a peaceful, tolerant religion. They even tell us that the name, ‘Islam’ means peace. Any scholar would tell you it means surrender or submission. Both words have very different meanings to the word, Peace.
The Koran calls Believers to submit to Allah and to subdue non believers until they also, believe and submit.

Muslims will tell you that they believe in Jesus. True. But what about Him do they believe?

Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet. They do not believe He is the Son of God.

Understand. No matter how convincing the apologist, regardless of what your President believes, this is an evil religion with violence and hatred at its core.

Just what does Mr Obama think of Islam? He is quoted as saying, “Islam has a proud tradition if tolerance.” Yeah, that’s a goody. How about, “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism, it is an important part of promoting peace.”

Lee Rigby, the British soldier who was hacked to death on a London street was one of the more publicised incidents of this peaceful religion. As they butchered him his attackers ranted, “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you”.

In the wake of this cowardly attack British prime minister David Cameron was quoted as saying that there was nothing in the Koran that justified this murder.

Nothing? Something else the attackers ranted whilst they waited for the police (and the cameras) was, “The Koran commands us to kill those who kill Muslims.”
Lee Rigby had served in Afghanistan. He was fighting in a war. Lee Rigby was a hero who put his life on the line for the freedom of others. His slayers were not even soldiers.

In my opinion they should receive the same penalty as any foreign agent operating behind our lines. Yes, their British citizenship is clearly just a cover.
These men should be summarily executed.

Instead, David Cameron waffles on about how exceptional this behaviour is, coming as it does from the Religion of Peace.

Get the picture.

Okay, what is the answer?

Prayer. Then more prayer. Things are changing: many Muslims are giving their lives to Jesus. Jesus is appearing in the dreams of these people, calling them to salvation. And many are heeding the call.

That’s the good news.

The bad news us that there will be a lot of pain ahead.

Whilst our leaders are supporting the Islamic agenda the road can only be tough. I believe that Mr Obama should be charged with treason for his open support of Islam. During WWII if an American leader had openly supported Hitler or Hirohito that would have been the result. Today, in the wake of horrific terrorism, Obama can get away with words of support for these people. It is upside-down.

Which brings us back to prayer. This is the arena in which we will win: the spiritual arena. When Christians pray we pray to a real God, the Creator of the universe and everything in it.
Muslims do not. Their’s are empty words falling on deaf ears. At the Head of their church there is nothing. Perhaps this may explain why, despite the wealth of some Islamic nations they still live in sixth century doldrums.

The Universe – An Exact and Deliberate Balance

We have all heard of the ozone layer and the role it plays in the earth’s climate. Well, we have heard what happens when there is too little ozone, anyway. Ozone depletion has been in all the news. What hasn’t been mentioned is the delicate balance of ozone that is required to sustain life on earth. Too much ozone and not enough UV light gets through to sustain plant growth.

I will quote now from Bible411

Scientists actually identified over 188 parameters within our solar system and 38 parameters elsewhere in the universe. Each of these parameters is so exacting that they could not happen by chance.

The ozone layer is just one of these parameters. The researchers at Bible411.com go into much more detail than I can possibly do here. This is just an appetiser.

The book, Origin of Matter, from which much if this material was sourced has over 4,000 quotes in support of Creation, and disproving Evolution theory. Of these 4,000 quotes that the encyclopaedia is comprised of only 164 are by creationists.

Can you grasp that? You smug, pig-headed evolutionist! Man, if it weren’t for your smug, condescending attitude I would leave you alone. But here it is. Even your experts don’t support you!

The truth is this. You would believe in God but you don’t want to give up your ways. Let’s call it what it is: you know that turning to Christ would require sacrifices on your part. You don’t want to quit your premarital sex, your free and easy lifestyle.

Haven’t I hit the nail on the head, Atheist? Perhaps you are gay. That is wrong. You know it. It is a perversion against man and nature. Not to mention, God, who probably wants to vomit when he sees your life.
Oh, you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body . . . . Crap! You are a pervert trying to pass yourself off as a human. I mean, how can you say this is human behaviour? You even give it non homosapian names: Lesbian, Gay, Transgender . . . What biology book gives such a diversity of sexuality.

Oops . . . did I stop editing myself? Gotta watch that. I don’t want to traumatise our sensitive, secular friends. And they do get upset when we throw a little back.

Hey Atheist. It’s time to pull your pants up and elevate your thinking.

This is why you won’t even consider life under the loving hand of God. You want to continue telling lies.

Yes, you lie to yourself, you lie to others. You would get fired if you told your boss the truth, wouldn’t you? If they ever found out what you were thinking. Not the stuff for the breakfast table, eh?

Yet you love this lifestyle. Jesus said it in John 3:19

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Back to the title point. We could accept one or two parameters as a coincidence. Perhaps even 10 or 15. But 188! Give me a break. Does Jesus have to parade down the Main Street before you will believe?

Well, yes. The Bible tells us just that. In the end, despite plagues, oceans turned into blood, angels descending from heaven . . . you will still not believe.

Here’s another: The proton to neutron ratio.

This must be within a tolerance of 1/1000 either way. That is one part in a thousand. Outside this tight limit chaos would result. The universe would be destroyed. Atoms would fly apart. This is just one of 188 parameters.

I’m not going to list all 188. In addition to Bible411, you should check out some pages of the Creation/Evolution Encyclopaedia. This is a good place to start. The Elemental Forces of the Universe

It is pretty hard to deny God when all the information hits you in the face. The long and outstanding problem has been the atheist scientist agenda of withholding the facts. Let me explain;
The scientific fraternity has known all this for a long time. Understandably so since they discovered most of it. But there is no way they are about to admit it.

The problem is that scientists, those working in the universities anyway, want tenure. Fair enough. Ambition is a noble thing, worthwhile. To get tenure they have to publish . . . wait for it . . . and here it comes . . . the curriculum is Evolution. No scientist who publishes creation is going to be tenured.

So they deny the evidence. And the evidence is in abundance. In addition to these 188 parameters which have to be in such tight check that coincidence is impossible, I have not even touched on Equidistant Letter Sequencing. Yet another evidence that the atheists slam the door on without investigation.

I digress:

The evidence from the study at Bible411, says 188 parameters is just too much to call a natural phenomena: about 184 too much. I’m in full agreement with that. I mean! one set means nothing, but it could raise an eyebrow. Two raises some serious curiosity, and three says – this is too much for coincidence. But four is absolutely outrageous! Four such parameters shrieks of a disciplined, creative mind at work.

188 in proof beyond all doubt.

Might this be the reason we have not found life elsewhere in the universe? Because it doesn’t exist, because just one of these criteria is not met. Because all these criteria fall within these tight parameters in only one place: here on earth the wasy God planned

And this is only one subset of proofs. There are similar tests that can be put to the Bible, archeology, the Jewish Holy Books and so on. The evidence is there if you look for it.

Few atheist scientists will look for the evidence however. Their minds are made up. They would rather talk about life on earth 20 million years ago, unrecorded and assumed, than consider what happened 2 thousand years ago in recorded history.

But I won’t scratch the line too deep in that sand. ??

See I don’t really care about the age of the earth; I figure it is unknowable. I only know that Jesus was there at its birth, because He created it. Whether there was a Big Bang when He did it, I don’t know. There was no-one around to tell. What became of the dinosaurs, Neanderthal man, I don’t know.

But this I do know: The earth is held in an extremely fine and delicate balance. Many of the 188 known parameters are of an elemental nature. The very building blocks. A minor variation doesn’t mean an extra day or two of rain, or hail, nor does it even mean an end of existence, but means that existence would not have taken place to begin with.

I took a Cynic’s path to becoming a Christian. For a long time I would not, could not believe. There was no alternate theory, I simply knew it wasn’t that one.

Well, what changed? As I got older I started to question my mortality. I had lived through an horrific car accident, I was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. My personal desert had been hard and long. I had changed, not the evidence. I will save my full testimony for another post as it is too long and too off topic to put here.

Today I try to keep an open mind and it is this open mindedness that has led me write this post.

It is a giant universe and the vast majority of it is still unknown, and with present technology, unknowable.

All the more reason to say, ‘Why not God?’

Random Ramblings on Atheism

When I comment on a Utube clip and express my Christian faith I invariably come under attack from the atheist brigade. Just why these people seem intent on slathering abuse upon me mystifies me. I’m not an influential celebrity, and I’m not dragging hordes from the streets, depriving them of their liberty, to listen to my rhetoric. I’m just an ordinary man who believes in One Extraordinary.

Yet the abuse is that of the type you’d expect would fall upon pedophiles.

Why? Why the sentiments that fuel the attacks, and why the passion of their delivery?

I have a small understanding of the objections if I were witnessing on a secular site, but what about when the topic is Christian? And this raises a third question: why are atheists viewing and reading Christian material?

I have no objection to atheists visiting Christian sites. To the contrary; the more the better. Perhaps some will be saved by doing so.

Assuming then that the atheist is not viewing the video, reading the post, simply to cause trouble – and trust me, there are a lot that do – then why the interest? I don’t feel the need to visit atheist Web sites or Utube channels.

The only conclusion I can arrive at is that some people just like to know what’s over the fence.

Like the old tale of the elderly lady who calls the police because from her kitchen window she can see her neighbour sun-baking nude.

“I can’t see anyone nude,” the policeman told her as he peered through the window. “In fact I can barely see into his garden.”
“Silly policeman,” the old woman replied, “You have to stand on a chair and use these binoculars!”

Such is the atheist who watches a Christian video, reads a Christian blog or sermon, and can’t restrain himself.

Here’s a tip: watch something else if you are so offended! Isn’t that what you tell Christians when we protest about the sex and foul language on TV?

“Hey, Buddy. Censorship starts at home,” they say.

Well, swallow some of your own medicine. I’d love to see atheists watching Christian media. But not if the motive is a vendetta. In that case, “Beat it. Scram!”

Then we come to the atheist web site. Now, the term, Atheist Web Site, makes one think of a site whose primary message is the spread of glorious atheism, the wonderful feeling that when the wind is in your face and the wolf has torn down the front door, is snapping his chops, that you needn’t bother with prayer . . . that you’re on your own. . . .

Thank goodness I don’t have to pray at a time like this. Phew!

Atheism marketing itself. That’s what comes to mind when confronted with an atheist link, a UTube clip, podcast.

But no. Don’t be fooled. Their tenet is not Pro Atheism, but Anti Christianity.

I have yet to find an atheist site that holds the Hindus up to account. The Buddhists don’t get a mention. Nor do The Sikhs, Lamahists, Krishnas. For that matter I was pushed to find even a single reference to The-Religion-of-Peace. Nothing: despite the fact that they flew planes into the World Trade Center, killed 202 in the Kuta nightclub bombings in Bali, 2002, and on and on and on.

These people kill their daughters for honour. They mutilate the girl’s genitals by barbaric female circumcision, and for their entire lives Islamic women are treated as 2nd class. They will be denied equality on every front. A Muslim man treats his camel with greater dignity.
Not a mention of these good folk in the vast majority of atheist postings.

One of the more prominent sites, The Thinking Atheist, a contradiction in terms if there ever was one, is exclusively devoted to anti-Christianity. The owner of the site explains this by saying that Christianity is his or her background. Fair enough. But to only publish that which is within the writer’s personal experience can lead to a biased account of the truth.

Research is a dirty word to those seeking to discredit Christianity.

To say that there is no God is the height of ignorance. The atheist will say the same thing of Christians at this suggestion. The claim that to declare the existence of God is not only ignorant, but gullible.

There is a difference between the Christian claim for and the atheist claim against: the Christian can back up their assertion with changed lives, despair giving way to hope, with 1000s who had stood at the precipice and had come back – and the atheist can not.

(There is not room in 100 blog posts for a full exploration of the evidence for Christianity but it’s readily available for those prepared to look.)

That’s lives affected. Now the truly cynical might argue that this is subjective; lives healed, destructive habits cured – a man with an horrific drug addiction that had cost him his work, home and family, set free, and gone with the addiction the associated behaviours: lying, thieving etc (I’m writing of myself now) – this could be a unique perception. Despite the 1000s of similar stories to the contrary.

But Christianity is also supported by a profusion of objective evidence. There are at present over 5700 pages, or part pages, and over 2000 containing all or portions of the Gospels.

In 1946 in a system of caves not far from the Dead Sea were discovered what’s now widely known as The Dead Sea Scrolls. Among the 850 or so scrolls are now identified 19 copies of the Book of Isaiah, 25 copies of Deuteronomy and 30 copies of the Psalms.

Perhaps the most important aspect of this find was the proof of the accuracy of contemporary texts. The atheist can no longer argue that the Bible has been radically altered. The Dead Sea Scrolls proved the modern books to be 99% accurate. Segments have been found from over 500 manuscripts.

If scholars reject the accuracy of Biblical documents they must also reject that of Plato;7 copies, Homer; 643 copies for example. Documents supporting the New Testament number over 24,000.

This is by no means exhaustive. In fact I’ve only scratched the surface of Biblical evidence for the Holy Scriptures.

Then there’s the non Biblical evidence supporting Jesus and New Testament accounts. This list is quite understandably, not as voluminous, but it’s within an easy internet search.

Some people, however, will refuse to be convinced. They just will not believe. Then there are those who refuse to allow us the freedom to believe.

If you, like myself, live a pretty ordinary life in the west, you greatest opposition, discounting disgruntled family and friends, isn’t going to come from Islam, the Mormons or JWs, but from atheists. This is by far the most militant group the average citizen is likely to encounter.

I heard a great quote on the other day. It really made me smile.

Why would someone invest so much energy in fighting something they don’t even believe in?

That just about sums up all I’ve been trying to say for the last 1000 words or so. You don’t see the adults at Christmastime lining the malls chanting, “Santa is fake! Your gifts come from your parents!”

People just don’t usually put much effort into something they don’t believe in. Some may argue that Christianity damaged them and they want the world to know it. Fair enough. But once again, these folk just haven’t done their research.

Genuine Christianity, in belief and in practise, will never hurt anyone.

Jesus is the God of love. Love never harms. For the atheist who won’t consider that statement, who shuts off at the mere mention of His name, consider this.

The practise of the real spiritual principles found in genuine Christianity is never detrimental to a person’s physical, mental, or emotional health. It is simply not possible.

Just this morning I joined a Google discussion on the Evolution/Creation debate. I decided not to aggressively defend Christianity, which is my normal position, but to ask some fairly gentle, innocent questions of the evolutionists. Such as: Could you give me an example of evolution? How can we reliably know what happened 20 billion years ago? Assuming such a time existed.

Needless to say I was met with hostility and mockery. I don’t understand evolution I was told. I am a blind fool who has been led by the nose.

Okay. I’m an idiot. Enlighten me. If there is a clear example of evolution that cannot be contested, show me. I will keep an open mind.

No comers so far. Ironically the very folk who accuse the Christians of closed mindedness shut themselves off to the possibility of something other than their charter.

I’ll leave this post on that note. I am open to the possibility that I don’t have all the answers. I will listen to an evolutionist who wants to prove his case. I will hear them out if they don’t shout me down.

I wonder if they will do the same . . . . 🙂

Christian Pro-Choice? An Oxymoron

I was listening to Todd Friel on Wretched Radio the other day, while Todd was talking to students at a Catholic University. He was asking how people felt about the bill recently passed banning late term abortions. (This was a prerecorded podcast from 2011 but for the purposes of this post the date doesn’t matter).

I was really surprised to hear a couple of young women who identified as both Christians, and pro-choice.

Mhm. Really? Now that is an interesting position. See, my Bible says, Thou shall not kill. It’s probably one of the simplest commands and it’s not open to interpretation. We know what killing is. We know what happens when one is killed. It’s easily understood; don’t do it.

Jesus saw no need to correct the matter. In fact He reinforced it, telling us to turn the other cheek. The implicit understanding was to do this rather than striking back.

Now the questions which arise obviously at this point are, “Is the zygote, cell-cluster, embryo, foetus, alive? Did this union of sperm and egg, this conception, produce life, and at which point afterwards did life occur?”

Knowing that they will have to admit that abortion is murder if indeed the above is a human life – and what other kind could it be – the typical Pro-Choice blunder is to argue that it is not.
Life begins, they say, when the foetus is able to
live outside of the womb.
There are other responses the Pro-Choice lobby may give but the is the main one I’d like to shoot down.

The following is a portion of an article sourced from The Independant.ie

The large studies, led by teams at University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary, University of London, compared babies born between 22 and 26 weeks in 2006 with those born between 22 and 25 weeks in 1995.

The first examined immediate survival rates and health. Researchers found that overall survival rates increased by 13% during this period.
However, the proportion of premature babies who experience serious health problems has remained “largely unchanged”, according to two studies.

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Consider this: Preterm birth mortality is improving. It’s fair to say that this is due to advances in medical science, prenatal care and technology. In all likelihood this trend will continue.

It is easy to envision a time when technology will permit the premature birth to survive at any stage of its development. We can see the zygote growing to full term outside of the womb.

Now, when such a time arrives, and it will arrive, will medicine have accomplished the impossible and created life where there was none? Remember, life begins when the infant can live outside the womb (presently about 23 weeks). Ten minutes post conception presently has no chance.

When that conception can live outside the womb, albeit aided by technology, will the Pro-Choice people stand by their determination of when life begins? I hardly think so.

The stage of development at which life begins does seem to be the tipping point for those Christians who won’t take a life but will have an abortion. This person needs convincing of the fact that life begins at conception, not at a date determined by convenience.

It’s believed, that life starts when the foetus can live outside the mother’s body because a doctor said so. There is nothing to support this. As advances in science allow for this to happen at an earlier stage of development, the same reasoning says life must accordingly begin earlier.

That is absurd! Life either begins at 23 weeks or it does not. This is not flexible like the onset of puberty. One is alive or not alive.

Medical science may well be able to save a life, preventing it from expiring, but it cannot create life where there has been none.

This is the province of The Almighty God. The existence of life is one of the great evidences of our Creator. Scientists may alter, delay, advance and correct (any imperfections in the embryo which may be corrected by geneticists or surgeons exist as a result of the Fall and were not God’s intention), but they cannot create life.

Any expectant mother can tell you she is carrying a life well before 23 weeks. Even those intent on aborting the pregnancy, if they could hear the truth through the mountains of denial, would say the same.

Here’s a word for the atheist: Human beings are the only species that deliberately murder their unborn. Nature shrieks when a child is aborted. It goes against the harmonious operation of every atom in the universe. The miracle of birth disrupted.

God, the Master of Life, its Creator and Sustainer has a plan for you. He has a plan for every single one of us. He has a plan for the unborn child. Abortion disrupts that plan.

Getting back to the young women being interviewed by Todd Friel. How is it possible for a person to identify both as Pro-Choice, and as a Christian? If it isn’t a case of massive denial, it has to be a case of ignorance of the facts. This is assuming, of course, that the women are Christians. Many who say they are, are not.

The Lord said it is a narrow gate that few find. Put quite simply if she is a Christian, she would not find a premise on which to stand her Pro-Choice sentiments. She is most likely an unsaved woman who likes the idea of the abortion safety net? The Lord changes our thinking. A saved person would not, could not think that way.

Substitute any other sin in place of the word, ‘Abortion,’ and say the following: “I am a Christian who is in favour of theft. . . . In favour of adultery . . . of murder, lust, bigamy.”

If you can stomach that then perhaps you can say, “I am a Christian who is in favour of abortion.”

Harry K.