Monday, October 30, 2017

Debunking A Roman Catholic "Proof-Text" For Purgatory

  • The Bible Verse Being Examined:
          -"In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison." (1 Peter 3:19)
  • How This Particular Passage Of Scripture Is Used To Defend Purgatory:
          -Quite simply, Roman Catholics have interpreted the text of 1 Peter 3:19 to mean that Jesus Christ descended into Purgatory for admonition purposes. In other words, a number of Catholic apologists have identified the "spirits in prison" to be professing Christians suffering in the purifying flames of Purgatory.
  • Catholics Have Misused the Text of 1 Peter 3:19 To Substantiate Their Belief in Purgatory:
          -This text is not referring to human beings suffering in Purgatory, but rather concerns Christ descending into Hades for the purpose of proclaiming to the fallen angels. It means that the same Holy Spirit of God who resurrected His incarnate Son Jesus Christ from the grave also enabled Him to use Noah as an instrument to preach repentance to other men during his earthly lifespan (i.e. during the construction of the ark which took place prior to the global Genesis flood). Jesus preached the message of His triumph over sin and death to the fallen angels who have been imprisoned since the time of the flood. 1 Peter 3:19 is referring to a place for nonbelievers.
  • The Footnotes Of The Roman Catholic New American Bible Should Settle The Matter:
          -"3, 19: The spirits in prison: It is not clear just who these spirits are. They may be the spirits of the sinners who died in the flood, or angelic powers, hostile to God, who have been overcome by Christ (ch 22; Gn 6, 4; Enoch 6-36, especially 21, 6; 2 Enoch 7, 1-5)."

Refuting The Roman Catholic Doctrine Of Purgatory

  • The Catechism Of The Catholic Church Defines Purgatory In The Following Way:
          -"The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire...From this sentence we understand that certain offences can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come." (CCC #1031)
  • It Would Make No Sense To Believe That We Need To Pass From Death To Purgatory, When Jesus Christ Himself Said That We Would Pass From Death To Life:
          -"Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life." (John 5:24)
  • Rome's Doctrine That We Must Have Venial Sins Atoned By The Cleansing Flames Of Purgatory Is Proven Wrong By The Absolute Sufficiency Of Christ's Expiatory Work:
          -"But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
          -"You must know, my brothers, that through him the forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, [and] in regard to everything from which you could not be justified under the law of Moses, in him every believer is justified." (Acts 13:38-39)
  • God Purifies The Human Heart By His Grace Through Faith, Not Through Purgatorial Flames:
          -"He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts...On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they." (Acts 15:9,11)
  • The Lord Does Not Count Trespasses Against The People Whom He Has Declared To Be Righteous Through Faith:
          -"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not record." (Romans 4:7-8)
  • The Catechism Of The Roman Catholic Church Flatly Contradicts The Bible's Message Concerning Atonement, Forgiveness, Salvation, And Grace When It Teaches That Christians Must Undergo Condemnation After Death:
          -"Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)
  • We Know From Scripture That Purgatory Is A False Doctrine Because Once Christians Pass Spiritually From This Life Into The Next, The Set Norm Is That They Immediately Enter God's Presence:
  • -"So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord...Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:6,8)
  • No Sins Need To Be Expiated In Purgatory Because They Were All Nailed To The Cross Of Christ:
          -"And even when you were dead [in] transgressions and uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross." (Colossians 2:13-14)
  • The Roman Catholic Claim That Transgression Needs To Be Expiated In Purgatory Has Been Demonstrated To Be False Through The Lord Jesus Christ's Vicarious Atonement Cancelling Out the Effects Of Our Sin:
          -"if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of the world. But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice." (Hebrews 9:26)
  • After Death Is The Judgment, Not Purgatory:
          -"Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
  • We Are Perfect In The Eyes of God Because Of The Atoning Sacrifice of Christ:
          -"By this will, we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated." (Hebrews 10:10-14)
  • There Is No Room For Purgatory In The Christian Walk Because Christ's Sacrificial Work Cleanses Us From All Sin:
          -"But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin...If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing." (1 John 1:7,9) 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book Of Mormon Absurdities

  • This Text From The Book Of Ether Actually Teaches That A Character Named "Shiz" Died Of Suffocation While Beheaded:
           -"And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz. And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised upon his hands and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died." (Ether 15:30-31)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Myth That Religion Causes War

        It has been commonly charged by the people who categorize themselves under the umbrella of the atheistic worldview that most wars throughout the history of mankind were enacted in the name of religion. In other words, a large fraction of the secular critics of Judeo-Christian tradition maintain that the greatest amount of lives lost in the pages of previous ages was due to zealous religious people attempting to conquer other nations for the sake of their gods. Many atheists reason that if no religions existed, then the world would function peacefully because there would also cease to be controversy over the validity of contradictory sets of religions customs, traditions, and practices. Of course, the claim that religion is the number one cause of war has been advanced to give people the impression that the freethinker worldview is optimistically plausible. But if people actually devoted time to scrutinizing the premises of this anti-theistic argumentation, then they would readily know and understand that it is absolutely untenable.

        While it is impossible to deny historical atrocities such as the Crusades, it should still be pointed out that it is fallacious to paint all religions as being morally bankrupt. Furthermore, this argument is historically inaccurate. As one reputable Christian apologist noted, "An interesting source of truth on the matter is Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars, which chronicles some 1,763 wars that have been waged over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being religious in nature, which is an astonishingly low 6.98% of all wars. However, when one subtracts out those waged in the name of Islam (66), the percentage is cut by more than half to 3.23%." In his work titled Lethal Politics and Death by Government, Professor R. J. Rummel noted that death in battle was not usually inspired in the name of religion, but rather that naturalistic philosophies were the primary cause. Though religions may be used by governments to influence a large population of people to wage war, that still does not make religion the cause of war. Logically speaking, wars have oftentimes been fought among groups who adhere to the same religion. Consider, as an example, the Civil War. Battles are, for the most part, conducted strictly for secular purposes, which can include but are not limited to controlling foreign territories or obtaining resources. Therefore, governments are the source of war, not religions.

        Furthermore, the idea of war is not limited to the scope of the human race. In other words, the notion of battle can even be found within the organizational ranks of the animal kingdom, from ants, to bees, and to monkeys. If religion is the cause of all wars, then would this not mean that animals have the intellectual and rational capacities to subscribe to a belief system? Consider also, that relatively few atheistic societies have existed throughout history. That fact in itself speaks volumes against the claim that religion is the cause of all wars because it renders impossible the process of comparing religious and secular societies.

        If it is true that religions can inspire people to act viciously, then it is also follows that the concept can influence people to act in accordance to what is morally good. Christianity is a religion that has been founded on principles of love, hope, generosity, and peace. Thus, one would have to be terribly misguided to assume that religion is inherently evil. Furthermore, we cannot consistently affirm the existence of moral values without a supernatural Law Giver. If we choose to abide by the relativistic moral code enforced by the secular government, then it follows that truth can be self-contradictory and thereby self-refuting. If we cannot uphold objective morals, then neither can we uphold objective human rights or scientific laws. There would also be no such thing as value, certainty, or purpose. In short, a society that tries to function independently of God's presence will inevitably collapse internally. Nevertheless, we can never condone the establishment of atheistic governments in the twentieth century that treacherously usurped power and inhumanly murdered several million innocent people. So it is incumbent to understand why religion is an indispensable support for continual survival of the human race.

        The information which comprises the structure of this apologetical essay reveals the utterly dishonest nature of the claim that religion is the number one cause of all wars. Such a claim is historically inaccurate, as well as it is philosophically indefensible. Governments cause war, not Christianity. All quarrels originate from the inherently lustful nature of the human heart (i.e. James 4:1-2). In fact, secular societies are more guilty of taking innocent lives. Consider the examples of non-religious dictators such as Hitler, Stalin, Karl Marx, and Mao Zedong. The evidence clearly does not point in favor of the theory that most people throughout history have died in the name of spreading their religions.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Enduring Religious Persecution For The Cause Of Christ

  • Discussion:
          -Our Lord Jesus Christ emphatically told us to anticipate rejection for our religious beliefs, for our morals and values stand in contradiction to the ways of the world:
          "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you were not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word I said to you, A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the one who sent me." (John 15:18-21)

          If we were not of God, then the people of this world would accept and love us. This is not the case, however.

          Daily, several thousand Christians across the globe have been agonized by ruthless persecution simply because of their aspiration to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. For centuries, faithful adherents of Christianity have been mocked, jeered, beaten, starved, imprisoned, tortured, and even murdered for their involvement in spreading the gospel. Even today, those who profess the name of Christ are persecuted by their governments for their religious beliefs. As a matter of fact, our society has expressed much disapproval of Biblical standards. To summarize, the Christian religion has been condemned by the powers of evil since it first blossomed by completion of Christ's physical resurrection from the grave. Jesus Christ was the light which the darkness could not comprehend. His ways are not the ways of the world. He was beaten, ridiculed, and crucified for the transgressions of mankind. For these reasons, we as His earthly representatives should not expect to obtain a better reputation in our ministry of proclaiming the message of salvation to the lost.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Darwinian Evolution Is A Mathematical Impossibility

Donald Page of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Science has calculated the odds against our universe randomly taking a form suitable for life as one out of 10,000,000,000 to 124th power -- a number that exceeds all imagination. Astronomers Fred Hoyle and N.C. Wickramasinghe found that the odds of the random formation of a single enzyme from amino acids anywhere on our planet’s surface are one in 10 to 20th power. Furthermore, they observe, “The trouble is that there are about two thousand enzymes and the chance of obtaining them all n a random trial is only one part in [10 to 40,000th power], an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup.” And this is just one step in the formation of life. Nothing has yet been said about DNA and where it came from, or of the transcription of DNA to RNA, which scientists admit cannot even be numerically computed. Nor has anything been said of mitosis or meiosis. One would have to conclude that the chance of the random ordering of organic molecules is not essentially different from a big fat zero. Perhaps that’s why they call it a singularity, because it is without definition or empirical explanation.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg.35

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Evidence For Evolution And Fossils

  • Defining Transitional Fossils:
          -Evolutionists are notorious for claiming that they have found definitive proof for Darwinism through transitional fossils, which are organismal remains that purportedly reveal characteristic, behavioral, and adaptive transformations of animal species within the fossil record. In other words, they are fossils that inherited shared traits from ancestral groups. Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution maintains that descendant groups of organisms exhibit similar features from derived ancestral relatives. The express purpose of transitional fossils, also referred to as missing links, is to provide scientists with information regarding historical evolutionary trends. This concept is regularly illustrated through colorful diagrams in our science textbooks (transition series from ape-like species to human beings).
  • There Is No Such Thing As A Transitional Fossil:
          -Contrary to the widely promulgated Darwinian conviction that all fossils are transitional, scientists have never really discovered fossils going through intermediary stages of metamorphosis to become different animal species. We have neither found nor observed animals that were only half way or three fourths complete with an evolutionary process. What has been confirmed through the study of the natural world is the constant pattern of animals having complete anatomies and procreation after their own kindred. Thus, the overwhelming evidence that has been compiled against the Theory of Evolution has literally forced its advocates to desperately misinterpret fossil data to match currently hypothesized evolutionary models. It has rightly been said that Darwinists have mainly based their transitional diagrams on artistic proficiency. Now, this type of reasoning is purely pseudoscience. In fact, the claim that fossils lend irrefutable support to Darwinian notions is not an argument at all. It merely assumes the existence of transitional fossils and the validity of evolution to work backwards in proving that all presently existing remains of formerly flourishing organisms are transitional in nature. In other words, evolution has been used to prove evolution. Circular arguments are, by definition, irrational. Even if we grant the premises that all fossils accurately resemble their laboratory reconstructions and find sequences vindicating evolution, these factors would still not assist atheists in furnishing a case for their belief in macroevolution because there is no available method of determining which fossils are related. The fossil record can, at best, be consistent with Darwinism. We can also interpret the world to the exclusion of the evolutionary framework through the investigation of chemical, climate, and genetic reasons. 
  • Consider This Excerpt From Creation Today Commenting On The Severe Lack Of Transitional Fossils Which Darwinists Need In Order To Substantiate Their Theory Of Evolution:
          -"One of the most powerful pieces of evidence against evolution is the fossil record. If evolution occurred by slow, minute changes in living creatures, there would be thousands of times more transitional forms of these creatures in the fossil beds than complete forms. Since the billions of fossils that have been found are all complete forms, the obvious conclusion is: Evolution never occurred! Though evolutionists have stated that there are many transitional forms, this is simply not true. What evolutionists claim to be transitional forms all have fully functional parts. A true transitional form would have non-functioning parts or appendages, such as the nub of a leg or wing."
  • N. Heribert Nilsson, Who Is A Botanist, Evolutionist, And Professor At Lund University in Sweden, Admits That The Fossil Record Lends Absolutely No Credence To The Darwinian Hypothesis:
          -"My attempts to demonstrate evolution by an experiment carried on for more than 40 years have completely failed...The fossil material is now so complete that it has been possible to construct new classes, and the lack of transitional series cannot be explained as being due to scarcity of material. The deficiencies are real, they will never be filled."
  • Dr. Colin Patterson, A Senior Paleontologist At The British Museum Of Natural History, Said Concerning The Lack Of Evidence For Transitional Fossils:
          -"I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil of living, I would certainly have included them. You suggest that an artist should be used to visualize such transitions, but where would he get the information from? I could not, honestly, provide it...Gradualism is a concept I believe in, not just because of Darwin's authority, but because my understanding of genetics seems to demand it. Yet Gould and the American Museum people are hard to contradict when they say there are no transitional fossils...It is easy enough to make up stories of how one form gave rise to another, and to find reasons why the stages should be favored by natural selection. But such stories are not parts of science, for there is no way of putting them to the test." (correspondence w. Sunderland)
  • As A Matter Of Fact, Charles Darwin Himself Recognized This Significant Dilemma For His Postulation In His Famous Book Titled The Origin Of The Species:
          -"If evolution had actually taken place we should expect that the fossils would provide evidence of a continuous gradual evolution of life from a simple original organism to complex advanced forms. There are countless millions of fossils out there, but they tend to fall into major groups and intermediates expected between these major groups are not there. This is one of the strong scientific arguments indicating that evolution from simple to complex never occurred."
          -"Darwin attempted to save his theory of gradual evolution by maintaining that intermediate fossils are not found because of “the extreme imperfection of the geological record.”69 Even Gould noted that Darwin’s argument that the fossil record is imperfect “persists as the favored escape of most paleontologists from the embarrassment of a record that seems to show so little of evolution directly.”70 But in the last few decades, this excuse has lost credibility."
  • David B. Kitts, A Former Student Of George Gaylord Simpson, Said That Fossils At Best Can At Best Be Consistent With The Evolutionary Worldview:
              -“Few paleontologists have, I think, ever supposed that fossils, by themselves, provide grounds for the conclusion that evolution has occurred. The fossil record doesn’t even provide any evidence in support of Darwinian theory except in the weak sense that the fossil record is compatible with it, just as it is compatible with other evolutionary theories, and revolutionary theories, and special creationist theories, and even ahistorical theories.” (“Search for the Holy Transformation,” Paleobiology (Vol. 5; Summer 1979), p 353)

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    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Joy To The World

    "Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World” in 1719....Joy came to the world because God, our great Creator, loved His creation so much that He sent His Son to reveal His story, so that over time, His character and ultimate good will toward mankind would be recognized. The impact on earth of Christ’s birth will never diminish despite enemies’ attempts to stop it. John 21:25 says that the world would not be able to contain the books that could be written about what the Lord did while on earth. Since then many more testimonies of His transforming love have been and will be written."

    Anonymous

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible

    "What do I learn about God?...What do I learn about people?...What do I learn about relating to God?...What do I learn about relating to others?...What does God want me to understand/think?...What does God want me to believe?...What does God want me to desire?...What does God want me to do?..."

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/8-questions-to-help-you-understand-apply-the-bible

    Finding a “Sacred Meaning” in Anything Pagan

    “This is My body”: the Lord’s supper — Mark 14:22-26

    Information Exposing The LGBT Agenda

    • The "Born Gay" Argument Is Inconsistent:
              -"The biological argument [that a person was “born that way” as a “homosexual’] could be used by mass-murderers, pedophiliacs, chronic liars, and virtually everyone to justify their sins. We are all born with a corrupt nature which desires to fulfill sinful passions. Homosexuality is merely one of those for some people, whatever the root cause. As with other sinful behavior, one must repent and deal with it through the power of the Holy Spirit and according to biblical principles." (Gary E. Gilley, “Homosexuality: The Pressing Issue Facing the Church.” Personal Freedom Outreach’s, “The Quarterly Journal,” p.18)
    • Major Health Risks Of Engaging In Homosexual Behaviors:
              -"The median age of death for married heterosexual men is nearly twice that of homosexuals: 75 compared with 39. Only 1 percent of homosexuals live beyond the age of 65. The average age of death for married women is 79 compared with 45 for lesbians. Homosexuals are 87 times more likely to commit suicide and 23 more times to die from heart attacks. Base on the facts, it is reprehensible for anyone to encourage the practice of homosexuality!" Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, pg.330)
    • An Eye-Opening Question On Homosexuality:
              -"If gay apologists really believe homosexuality is not a biblically forbidden sin, why do they bother arguing, vehemently, that they cannot change? If something is not a sin, after all, then it doesn’t matter if it’s inborn or chosen, immutable or changeable." (Joe Dallas, The Gay Gospel?, pg. 120)
    • Homosexual Behaviors Are Completely Unnatural:
              -"In respect to a man’s sexual powers, which are unitive and generative by nature, the one whose state is best would be a man as husband and father, just as for a woman it would be as wife and mother. This is how we know that homosexual inclinations are privations and that homosexual acts are disorders. It is not a matter of “who says.” Homosexual behavior cannot actualize sexual potential because homosexual acts can be neither unitive nor procreative. Like a withered limb, congenital deafness, blindness, or a genetic predisposition to alcoholism, homosexual inclinations are not part of what a human being is in his essence. These are accidental, not essential properties. In each case, there is something missing that out to be there. For instance, the limb ought to be able to move in its full strength, the ear ought to be able to hear, and the eye to see. The further a thing is from its perfection, the more defective or “corrupt” it is—just as blindness is the furthest defect of the eye. A privation of the good cannot itself be good. In fact, as St. Augustine said, evil is a privation of the good." (Robert R. Reilly, “The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement,” The Catholic World Report)
    • We Are Just Beginning To Experience The Serious Consequences Of The Advancing LGBT Agenda:
              -"Youngsters who are even now prematurely assaulted with sexual references will have this issue thrown in to further damage their psychological health. We should expect a rise in the rate of teenage suicides as youngsters are forced to “decide” early as to their sexual orientation. We should expect a rise in AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as an increase in sexual abuse by men preying on vulnerable youth. We can anticipate that those who speak out against homosexuality will be increasingly reviled and repressed, while gay and lesbian activists will become increasingly vocal and persuasive in pushing their agendas in the media, in courts, in all branches of government. Already today, when science and homosexuality clash, science has been nudged aside. In the political campaign to normalize homosexuality, psychiatrists who claim to be able to help those who voluntarily wish to leave the homosexual lifestyle are ignored and even spat upon. Any facts that counter the dogma that homosexuality is as much a part of a person as skin color are rejected." -Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," pg.205-206 (1999)

    The Shocking Failures Of "Progressive Christianity"

    "The progressive of our time…no longer bother to tell us where they believe they are going. They neither know nor care. Having sown the wind, they reap the whirlwind and are at its mercy. The rudder has cracked and the ship knows no direction. At the moment the only liberty they believe in is the slavery of sexual license and the permission to fashion themselves in the image of any one of a multiplying number of sexual identities, whose very multiplicity and arbitrariness suggest how frail they are and how empty of meaning. What boon this is supposed to confer on mankind, or what this is supposed to contribute to the common good, progressives do not attempt to say. They cannot. In other words, the progressives of our time have no notion of a goal and therefore no notion of progress. They are not moving at all but sinking, deeper and deeper, into delusions and disappointment, blaming their failures on those who are insufficiently eager to sink along with them."

    Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.185

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Keeping Ourselves Unblemished In The Sight Of The Lord

    • The Bible Instructs Us To Maintain Our Guard When Interacting With Other People :
              -"Do not lay hands too readily on anyone, and do not share in another's sins. Keep yourself pure." (1 Timothy 5:22)
    • The Command To Refrain From Partaking In Sin Is Not To Be Taken Lightly:
              -The Apostle Paul wrote an epistle to a younger companion named Timothy for the express purpose of exhorting him to keep fighting in defense of the gospel. From the beginning of his ministry, the apostle knew that he needed a person to carry on his missionary work after his martyrdom. So Paul had decided to urge his brother in the Lord to uphold, preach, teach, and explain the message of salvation to the unfaithful and unbelieving. In setting forth written guidelines for presbyters, he tells Timothy not to impulsively ordain men to be leaders within the church. They thus need to be proved worthy of serving in the ministry of the Lord through the examination of conduct. This process is necessary for the sake of preserving the purity of the gospel message as it is being proclaimed to the world. But anyway, the principle of not randomly ascribing a good reputation to people whom we know not is certainly applicable to our everyday lives. It is not wise to be quick in placing trust in people who we are not well acquainted, lest we find ourselves partaking in their sins. We must always be wary of the presence of sin. We must reject any notion that conflicts with the commandments of God.

    Have No Fellowship With Sin

    • The Bible Exhorts Us To Separate Ourselves From Evil:
              -"Bad company corrupts good morals." (1 Corinthians 15:33)
    • Comments On The Text Of 1 Corinthians 15:33:
              -Originally, the Apostle Paul wrote his first epistle to the Church of Corinth in response to the divisions which formed as a result of pride. Disputes arose from within this sect of people because the source of contention was from the soul, sin. Individual members who made up the population of the Corinthian church were ensnared to fornication, adultery, incest, homosexuality, idolatry, thievery, greed, and many other strains of carnal thinking. Another major doctrinal heresy that caused division was the rejection of our Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection. This led up to Paul pronouncing the expression, "Bad company corrupts good morals." By uttering this declaration, the apostle was telling his audience to avoid the people who denied that Christ rose bodily from the grave. Moreover, we can infer from this text that evil is contagious. In other words, sin can infect the human conscience in the same manner that a virus can invade the cells of the human body. If we do not choose to flee from evil, then our ability to discern what is good will weaken because we are placing ourselves within the grasp of spiritual temptation. Sin can take over our lives, and has proven to be deadly to the soul. Verily, we would do well to heed to this saying.

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    C.S. Lewis On Reasoning To Atheism

    "Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It's like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can't trust my own thinking, of course I can't trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God."

    C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity, p. 12

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    We Need To Oppose The Liberal Agenda

    • Check out this disturbing quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, the father of post-modernism, concerning exterminating the morals, values, and objectives of Christianity:
              -"On all the walls, wherever walls exist, I will inscribe this eternal indictment of Christianity--I have letters to make even blind men see...I call Christianity the single great curse, the single great innermost depravity, the single great instinct of revenge, for which no means is poisonous, secretive, subterranean, small enough--I call it mankind's single immortal blemish...And we reckon time from the dies nefastus with which this calamity arose-following Christianity's first day!-Why not following its last day, instead?-Following today?-Transvaluation of all values."

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Conservative Christian Quotes On Atheism

    • Evolution Has No Regard For Morality:
             -"Given a starting point of primordial slime, one is forced to live apart from a moral law, with no meaning, no real understanding of love, and no hope."

    Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg.79
    • Atheism Inherently Portrays Life As Being Without Value:
             -"If non-moral, non-reasoning matter is all there was in the beginning, the result can only be what non-moral, non-reasoning matter produces. . . If life is random, then the inescapable consequence, first and foremost, is that there can be no ultimate meaning and purpose to existence."

    Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pgs. 38, 39
    • Life Has No Worth In A Consistent Atheistic Worldview:
             -At least Voltaire, Sartre, and Nietzsche were honest and consistent in their views.  They admitted the ridiculousness of life, the pointlessness of everything in an atheistic world.  Contemporary atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, however, are so blind to the conceit of their own minds that they try to present this view of life as some sort of triumphal liberation.  Sartre, as atheistic intellectual elites know but are embarrassed to acknowledge, denounced atheism on his deathbed as philosophically unlivable.

    Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg. 43
    • The Absolute Uniqueness Of Christian Morality:
             -In their attempt to argue that effective and binding codes can be developed without a deity, atheists often mistake inferior codes of “common decency” for absolute moral systems.  The Golden Rule, or doing as you would be done by , is such a code.  But the fact that people can arrive at the Golden Rule without religion does not mean that they can arrive at the Christian moral code without religion.  Christianity requires much more and, above all, does not expect to see charity returned.  To “love they neighbor as thyself” is a far greater and more complicated obligation, requiring a positive effort to seek the good of others, often in secret, sometimes at great cost, and always without reward.

    Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.142-143
    • No Abstract Values Can Fit Into The Consistent Atheistic Worldview:
             -The atheist in fact talks of the true, the good, and the beautiful, but never asks why we admire or pursue such categories.  These are ideas by which we judge everything….  The same applies for liberty, equality, and justice.  These are ideas by which we seek to live.  Wars are fought over them. Books are written because of them. If such categories exist, which of the worldview is able to explain them or justify them or sustain them?  Atheism simply cannot do it.  To be sure, it has been tried.

    Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.56

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Are We Truly Disciples Of Jesus Christ?

    "If you want to follow Jesus because He will give you a better life, that's idolatry. Follow Christ for the sake of Christ. He is worthy."

    Paul Washer, American Christian Evangelist

    Say No To Lust

    "Lust is in opposition to love. It means to set your heart and passions on something forbidden. And for a believer it’s the first step out of fellowship with the Lord and with others. That’s because every object of your lust—whether it’s a young co-worker or a film actress, or coveting after a half-million dollar house or a sports car—represents the beginnings of a lie. This person or thing that seems to promise sheer satisfaction is more like a bottomless pit of unmet longings. Lust always breeds more lust. “What is the source of the wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from the cravings that are at war within you?” (James 4:1 HCSB). Lust will make you dissatisfied with your husband or wife. It breeds anger, numbs hearts, and destroys marriages. Rather than fullness, it leads to emptiness."

    Stephen and Alex Kendrick, “The Love Dare,” pg.117

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    A Definitive Case Against The Roman Catholic Apocrypha

    • Introduction:
              -A major source of division between Roman Catholics and Protestants is the numbering of books that should officially be included in the Bible. While the Protestant canon of Scripture is comprised of sixty-six books, the Roman Catholic Old Testament contains seven additional books. The seven disputed books that the Church of Rome embraces are Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, and Baruch. Also, translators of the Catholic Bibles have incorporated a few extra verses into the protocanonical texts of Daniel and Esther. While Roman Catholics confidently parade this volume of ancient writings (which they refer to as the "Deuterocanonicals") as being canonical Scripture, the truth of the matter is that there are many solid reasons for rejecting the apocrypha as being God-breathed.
    • Rejection Of The Apocrypha By The Jews:
              -The apocryphal books were never included in the original Hebrew canon of Scripture. In other words, the Jewish people never endorsed the inspiration of these writings. As a matter of fact, none of the seven deuterocanonical books make any claims to being divinely inspired. They were written during a time when no Jewish prophets were alive (1 Maccabees 9:27; 14:41). All of this is important because the Jews were the appointed "oracles of God" (Romans 3:1-2). They were the ones who were the most acquainted with the Old Testament texts, as they were the ones who wrote them. This refutes the Roman Catholic Church's claim of infallibly defining the canon of Scripture because its own version does not match the God ordained Hebrew original.
    • Addressing the "Council of Jamnia":
              -In response to the aforementioned objection (i.e. Jews rejecting the apocrypha) to accepting the Roman Catholic apocrypha as Scripture, apologists of Rome have traditionally resorted to the Council of Jamnia (90 A.D.). Their reasoning is that because the Christians were excelling in making converts from the Jewish community, an assembly of Jewish rabbis arbitrarily removed specific books (i.e. the "beloved" Deuterocanonicals). On the contrary, this argument fails because the council was not convened to establish the Old Testament canon. Though some of the books were questioned concerning their origin (such as Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs), the gathering still operated on the assumption that all the included writings in the Old Testament canon were inspired by God. And only the twenty-two standard writings of Judaism (equivalent to the thirty-nine books of the Protestant Old Testament canon) were being discussed. In short, no books were "removed" from the canon. Therefore, the actual purpose of the Council of Jamnia was to uphold, protect, and confirm the inspiration of the Old Testament. The apocrypha was never accepted by the Jews as being of divine origin, nor even mentioned at the Council of Jamnia. As church historian F.F. Bruce affirmed, "The Council of Jamnia was the confirming of public opinion, not the forming of it." (F. F. Bruce, The Books and Parchments, p. 98). Consider also, "The Jewish canon, or the Hebrew Bible, was universally received, while the Apocrypha added to the Greek version of the Septuagint were only in a general way accounted as books suitable for church reading, and thus as a middle class between canonical and strictly apocryphal (pseudonymous) writings. And justly; for those books, while they have great historical value, and fill the gap between the Old Testament and the New, all originated after the cessation of prophecy, and they cannot therefore be regarded as inspired" (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, book 3, chapter 9).
    • The Divine Inspiration Of The Roman Catholic Apocrypha Was Denied By Many In The Early Church:
              -Contrary to the popular proclamations made by Roman Catholic apologists, the most primitive Christians were far from unanimous regarding whether the apocrypha should be included in the canon of Scripture. Members of the church throughout history such as Julius Africanus, Melito of Sardis, Origen, Jerome, Athanasius, Ruffinus, John of Damascus, Epiphanius, and Cardinal Cajetan rejected the deuterocanonical books as being inspired. A number of these men rejected the inspiration of at least portions of the apocrypha. Consider this quote from Pope Gregory the Great, "...we are not acting irregularly, if from the books, though not canonical, yet brought out for the edification of the Church, we bring forth testimony" (Moral Teachings Drawn from Job; 19, 34). Ancient documents such as the Manuel of Discipline and the Dead Sea Scrolls do not support the inclusion of the Catholic apocrypha. "Theologians of the Eastern Church, such as Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Amphilochius drew up formal lists of the Old Testament in which the Apocrypha do not appear." (Bruce M. Metzger, An Introduction to the Apocrypha, p. 179) The majority opinion of Christians during the first four centuries of Christianity was either silent or in opposition to the inclusion of the apocryphal books into the canon. While the patristic writers did indeed cite from extra-biblical writings, quotation of a source in itself does not imply acceptance into the canon or belief in divine inspiration. Early Church Fathers who did quote from the apocrypha usually did so for instructional, informational, or corroboratory purposes. It was not until the Council of Trent in 1546 that the apocrypha was officially deemed to be a part of the Roman Catholic canon. The online New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia admits, In the Latin Church, all through the Middle Ages we find evidence of hesitation about the character of the deuterocanonicals. There is a current friendly to them, another one distinctly unfavourable to their authority and sacredness, while wavering between the two are a number of writers whose veneration for these books is tempered by some perplexity as to their exact standing, and among those we note St. Thomas Aquinas. Few are found to unequivocally acknowledge their canonicity” (Under “Canon of the Old Testament”). "the Hebrew Bible, which became the Old Testament of Protestantism." (New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, Canon of the Old Testament) Further, "Even on the eve of the council [of Trent] the Catholic view was not absolutely unified...Catholic editions of the Bible published in Germany and in France in 1527 and 1530 contained only the protocanonical books" (Brown R. E. and Collins R. F. Canonicity, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, ed. Raymond E. Brown, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Roland E. Murphy (Bangalore: Theological Publications in India, 2000), p 1042, originally cited by Dr. Joe Mizzi). 
              -"It is often argued that the great scholar, St. Augustine, accepted the books of the Apocrypha as authoritative. However, Augustine seemed to have changed his mind about the authority of the Apocrypha. At one point he implied that the Apocrypha did not have the same status as Holy Scripture (City of God 18.36). At best his testimony is ambiguous. Moreover Augustine's testimony, while important, is certainly not the last word on the matter."
    • Presenting Even More Background Historical Information:
              -"From the Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament an Old Latin Version was made, which of course also contained the Apocryphal books among the canonical books. It is not strange, therefore, that Greek and Latin Church Fathers of the second and third centuries, such as Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Clement of Alexandria (none of whom knew any Hebrew), quote the Apocrypha with the same formulas of citation as they use when referring to the books of the Old Testament. The small amount of Fathers, however, who either had some personal knowledge of Hebrew (e.g. Origen and Jerome) or had made an effort to learn what the limits of the Jewish canon were (e.g. Melito of Sardis) were usually careful not to attribute canonicity to the Apocryphal books, though recognizing they contain edifying material suitable for Christians to read." (Bruce M. Metzger, An Introduction to the Apocrypha, p. 178)
    • Examples Of Internal Inconsistencies And Doctrinal Errors Within The Apocrypha:
              -Prayers for the dead (2 Maccabees 12:39-46).
              -Works-based salvation (Ecclesiasticus 3:30; Tobit 12:9).
              -Sinless perfection/pre-existence of soul (Wisdom 8:19-20).
              -Suicide commended (2 Maccabees 14:41-43).
              -Consumption of magic potions (Tobit 6:5-9).
              -God created world using matter (Wisdom 11:17).
              -Two contradictory accounts of the death of Antiochus Epiphanes in the same book (2 Maccabees 1:13-16; 9:19-29).
    • 2 Maccabees Refutes Its Own Inspiration:
              -"...I will bring my own story to an end here to. If it is well written and to the point, that is what I wanted; if it is poorly done and mediocre, that is the best I could do. Just as it is harmful to drink wine alone or water alone, whereas mixing wine with water makes a more pleasant drink that increases delight, so a skillfully composed story delights the ears of those who read the work. Let this, then, be the end." (2 Maccabees 15:37-39)
    • Notes On The Book Of Judith From The Roman Catholic New Jerusalem Bible:
              -"The Book of Judith in particular shows a bland indifference to history and geography. The scene is set in the time of 'Nebuchadnezzar who reigned over the Assyrians in the great city of Nineveh.' Jdt 1:1 but Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylonia and Nineveh had been destroyed by Nabopolassar, his father. Despite this, the return from exile under Cyrus is regarded as having taken place already, Jdt 4:3; 5:19 ... We may add that the itinerary of the army of Holofernes, 2:21-28 is a geographical impossibility."
    • Historical Errors Found In The Book Of Tobit:
              -"Tobit was supposedly alive when Jeroboam staged his revolt in 931 B.C. and was still living at the tie of the Assyrian captivity (722 B.C), yet the Book of Tobit says he lived only 158 years (Tobit 1:3-5; 14:11)." (Josh McDowell, Answers to Tough Questions, p. 48. Cited by Dr. Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics, p. 37)
    • The Inclusion Of The Deuterocanonical Books In Later Versions Of The Septuagint Does Not Translate Into Evidence Of Them Being Canonical:
              -The only noteworthy support for the deuterocanonical books is that they were included in copies of the Septuagint. However, some Septuagint manuscripts also included writings such as the Prayer of Manasseh, 3 Maccabees, 4 Maccabees, Psalm 151, and the Psalms of Solomon. Yet, these are not found in any Roman Catholic translations of the Bible. So the mere fact that the Apocrypha was included in Septuagint translations does not prove this collection of books to be inspired by God. Dr. Ron Rhodes notes, "...many Protestant scholars have noted that while the Septuagint was first translated several centuries before the time of Christ, it apparently was not until after Christ that the Apocrypha was appended into this translation. We know of no Septuagint manuscripts earlier than the fourth century that contain the Apocrypha, suggesting that the Apocrypha was not in the original Septuagint. But even if a first-century manuscript were found with the Apocrypha in the Septuagint, that still does not mean the Apocrypha belongs in the canon." (Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics, p. 39)
    • The Roman Catholic Church Did Not Declare The Apocrypha As Being Canonical Until The Council Of Trent In 1546. It Did So With The Intention Of Establishing Scriptural Support For Its Pernicious Doctrines:
              -"St. Jerome distinguished between canonical books and ecclesiastical books. The latter he judged were circulated by the Church as good spiritual reading but were not recognized as authoritative Scripture. The situation remained unclear in the ensuing centuries...For example, John of Damascus, Gregory the Great, Walafrid, Nicolas of Lyra and Tostado continued to doubt the canonicity of the deuterocanonical books. According to Catholic doctrine, the proximate criterion of the biblical canon is the infallible decision of the Church. This decision was not given until rather late in the history of the Church at the Council of Trent. The Council of Trent definitively settled the matter of the Old Testament Canon. That this had not been done previously is apparent from the uncertainty that persisted up to the time of Trent." (New Catholic Encyclopedia, The Canon)
    • The Roman Catholic Church Did Not Define The Canon Of Scripture Until The Council Of Trent In 1546:
              -“According to Catholic doctrine, the proximate criterion of the Biblical canon is the infallible decision of the Church. This decision was not given until rather late in the history of the Church (at the Council of Trent). Before that time there was some doubt about the canonicity of certain Biblical books, i.e., about their belonging to the canon.” (The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3, page 29, Copyright 1967; Under “Canon, Biblical”)
              -“The Tridentine decrees from which the above list is extracted was the first infallible and effectually promulgated pronouncement on the Canon, addressed to the Church Universal.” (New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, under the category titled "Canon of The Old Testament)

    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    How Genocide Begins With Groupthink

    "Perhaps most important to a genocidal plan is neutralizing any possible support for the victims. The Ottoman government maintained a well-coordinated propaganda campaign that vilified the Armenians in the eyes of their Turkish neighbors. In like manner, the Jews were demonized among their neighbors in Nazi Germany. 

    This sort of thing happens in all mass killings, including those done for reasons other than ethnicity. For example, in Stalinist Russia, several million peasant farmers in the Ukraine were deliberately starved to death in the winter of 1932-33 in what is known as the Holodomor. Soviet propaganda demonized these people, known as “kulaks,” as enemies of the people because they resisted the forced collectivization of agriculture, i.e., the confiscation of their farms. In Rwanda, Hutu propaganda vilified and scapegoated the Tutsis, often through radio, priming the popular mindset for the mass slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis during a 100-day period in 1994. The list of “final solutions” goes on and on. 

    Information warfare through a centrally controlled media is key to turning neighbor against neighbor. It plays a huge role in caricaturing perceived enemies and growing an us-versus-them mindset. In short, propaganda that psychologically manipulates a population is key to laying the groundwork for extreme social polarization, and ultimately for genocide. 

    This sort of propaganda thrives on ignorance and dissipates under conditions of social trust and general goodwill. This is why free speech and freedom of expression are not negotiable to any free society."

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Did Moses Copy The Law From The Code Of Hammurabi?

    Both Levitical law and Hammurabi’s Code impose the death penalty in cases of adultery and kidnapping (Leviticus 20:10; Exodus 21:16; cf. Statutes 129 and 14). Also, there are similarities in the law of retaliation, such as “an eye for an eye” (Leviticus 21:23-25; cf. Statute 196). Statute 206 of the Hammurabian Code says, “If during a quarrel one man strike another and wound him, then he shall swear, ‘I did not injure him wittingly,’ and pay the physicians.” The Law of Moses is comparable: “If people quarrel and one person hits another with a stone or with their fist and the victim does not die but is confined to bed, the one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed” (Exodus 21:18-19).

    There are other examples, but in all truth, such resemblances do not demonstrate that Moses plagiarized Hammurabi’s Code. What the similarities do show is that murder, theft, adultery, and kidnapping are problems in every society and must be addressed. Even today, countries throughout the world have similar laws. Such parallels certainly don’t prove plagiarism.

    Similarity in penal codes should be expected in civil societies. Both Babylon and Israel had laws against murder, but it doesn’t follow that one stole the idea from the other. Should one country not prosecute a crime simply because another country has a similar law?

    The differences between Mosaic Law and the Hammurabian Code are equally significant. For example, the Law of Moses went far beyond the Code of Hammurabi in that it was rooted in the worship of one God, supreme over all (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). The moral principles of the Old Testament are based on a righteous God who demanded that mankind, created in His image, live righteously. The Law of Moses is more than a legal code; it speaks of sin and responsibility to God. The Hammurabian Code and other ancient laws do not do this.

    The Code of Hammurabi focused exclusively on criminal and civil laws and meted out harsh, and sometimes brutal, punishments. In this way, Hammurabi has more in common with Draco than with Moses. The Law of Moses provided justice, but it also dealt with spiritual laws and personal and national holiness. As a result, the Mosaic Law dealt with the cause of crime, not just its effects. The Mosaic Law elevates the value of human life, and its whole tenor is more compassionate than that of the Hammurabian Code. The spiritual dimension is what makes the Law of Moses unique.

    In his book Highlights of Archaeology in Bible Lands, Fred Wight writes, “The Mosaic Law gives strong emphasis to the recognition of sin as being the cause of the downfall of a nation. Such a thought is entirely lacking in Hammurabi’s Code. . . . The great fundamental principle of the laws of God in the Hebrew Bible may be summed up in the words: ‘Be ye holy, for I am holy’ [Leviticus 11:45]. Such a principle as this was utterly unknown to the Babylonians as seen in their law code.”

    There is a dramatic difference in perspective between Hammurabi and Moses. One’s focus is horizontal, while the other’s is vertical. Archaeologist Alfred Hoerth, author of Archaeology and the Old Testament, says, “The Old Testament law code is religiously oriented, while others are civil. The Mesopotamians believed the god Shamash gave Hammurabi his law code so people could get along with one another. In the Bible, the law code was given primarily so people could get along with God.”

    This is what sets the Mosaic Law apart from all the other law codes of antiquity: its strong emphasis on spiritual matters. The closest the Hammurabian Code comes to effect such spirituality is its proclamation that those who stole from the gods would be put to death. Unlike the Mosaic Law, Hammurabi’s Code had no provision for forgiveness.

    The theory that Moses’ Law is simply a rewording of Hammurabi’s has largely been abandoned today, due to the fact that similar law codes, even older than Hammurabi’s, have been found in various other places. These would include the Cuneiform laws, written as early as 2350 B.C.; the Code of Urukagina, 2380 B.C.; the Code of Ur-Nammu, 2050 B.C.; and others.

    Most critics accede to the fact that the Babylonian laws were probably well-known to the Hebrews of Moses’ day. When God communicated His Law, He used language that the Israelites were already familiar with, and this would explain similar wording for similar laws.

    https://www.gotquestions.org/Moses-Hammurabi-code.html

    Top 10 Reasons for Accepting Jesus’ “I Am” Sayings in John as Historically Reliable

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    A Lesson From The Book Of Micah

    • God's Words Exhorts Us To Obey His Commandments:
              -"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8)
    • Commentary on The Text Of Micah 6:8:
              -From this text of Scripture, we learn that God anticipates authentic transformation of the human heart from a previous state of transgression to be externally revealed through sound conduct and language. In other words, the people who truly love God will by definition conform themselves to fit His divine will (i.e. the criterion prescribed by the Mosaic Law for the nation of Israel in the Old Testament). Micah 6:8 instructs us to change ourselves inwardly, outwardly, and upwardly. "To do justly" means to treat our neighbors in a righteous manner. "To love mercy" presupposes personal devotion to the precepts of God which thereby offers vindication of our profession to know, love, and serve Him. The phrase "to walk humbly with thy God" necessarily denotes having the proper desire to serve Him. This passage from the Book of Micah absolutely indicates that our earthly walk is evidence of what is taking place in us spiritually.

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    America Should Not Be Rejecting The Bible

    • Introduction:
              -Although the First Amendment does not allow for the establishment of any particular religion in our governments, it is abundantly obvious that the United States was originally founded on Christian principles as recorded in the Bible. Consider, for instance, that our National Motto is "In God We Trust." Also, examine this excerpt from the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, which is as follows, "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The Supreme Court utters this invocation daily: "God save the United States and this Honorable Court." Thus, it can easily be said that the foundation of our nation was constructed on the moral teachings of the Bible because Christianity has been inscribed into governmental function since its beginning with the fifty-six men who intrepidly signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. In fact, all who signed our Constitution were professing Christians, with the exception of Benjamin Franklin being a deist. Now, it would be wise to examine a few quotations from our Founding Fathers to prove that America was originally founded on Christian principles:
    • The Words Of George Washington As Documented In His Farewell Address, September 17, 1796:
              -"Of all the dispositions and habits which led to prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness-these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
    • Quote From Thomas Jefferson, The Third American President Who Drafted And Signed Our Declaration Of Independence:
              -"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?"
    • The Words Of Our Second President Named John Adams Who Also Singed The Declaration Of Independence:
              -"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."(Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.)
    • The Words Of Patrick Henry, A Person Who Ratified The United States Constitution:
              -"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
    • Why We Need The Bible Taught In Public Schools:
              -Because our nation was indeed founded upon the moral precepts of Christianity, and the Bible is a historically accurate document, it follows that our educational system should be using the Bible as a textbook of our heritage. It should be used in the establishment of our nation's moral foundation. Furthermore, posterity needs to be taught how to think in accordance to objective facts and reason, rather than with blind desires or emotions. Unfortunately, the public school system rejected biblical authority through the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the cases of Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963). Consequently, liberal ideologies have quickly been corrupting the minds of our youth. We see an undeniably high statistical disintegration in our moral conduct in areas such as teen pregnancies, abortions, homosexuality, higher proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases, drug/alcohol addictions, a much higher overall crime rate, and even lower SAT scores. The United States has become a much more bitterly divided nation, as well. Prior to the abandonment of biblical principles and the suppression of public prayer, these actions which were once abhorred occurred very scarcely. In other words, our society was in a much healthier state than it is now! This is what happens when a nation forgets God. While people should have the right (as long as the safety and rights of other people are not violated) to practice their religions and uphold their own worldviews apart from the fear of persecution, we should still not abandon the moral principles of Scripture because they are the principles of Freedom. In truth, the First Amendment was enacted to stop the Federal government from establishing a particular "denomination". Liberals are only fighting for a perversion of freedom, rights, and human dignity. Abandoning the Bible as a standard to govern our thoughts, words, and actions is just as foolish as removing the foundation from a household.
    • Secular Humanism (i.e. atheism) Was Officially Defined As Being A "Religion" In The Rulings Of The Supreme Court During The Case Of Torcaso v. Watkins (1961). This Was Done With The Intention Of Allowing People Who Do Not Affirm The Existence Of A Supreme Deity To Freely Express Their Opinions, Views, And Concerns Without Fear Of Persecution:
              -"Among religions in this country which do not teach what would general be considered a belief in the existence of God, are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular humanism and others."
    • Final Thoughts:
              -Therefore, atheists should feel utterly embarrassed when they attempt to remove the presence of God from our society (especially when they appeal to the First Amendment for support). What they are in reality trying to do is demolish our religious freedom by enforcing a strictly secular government on us (which is forbidden by the same amendment they abuse because humanism is technically a "religion")--double standard.

    Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Contemplative Prayer

    Perhaps the most significant manifestation of mysticism in the modern church is contemplative prayer, which draws very heavily from Buddhism and Hinduism. In this form of mystical prayer, one becomes deeply quiet, empties the mind (as in Eastern meditation), falls into an altered state of consciousness, and goes into his center, where he supposedly merges with the divine. Rational thought is completely transcended.

    To help induce a mystical state, proponents use breathing exercises (much like Taoists) and a mantra (or sacred word, such as ma-ra-na-tha), which is repeated over and over again to aid in deep meditation. Apparently, Christian mystics believe that simply because they utilize a Christian-sounding mantra makes the practice itself a Christian practice-a dangerously wrong assumption.

    Amazingly, many who practice contemplative prayer cite Psalm 62:5 in support of the practice: "For God alone, O my soul, waits in silence, for my hope is from him." However, this verse has nothing to do with prayer or contemplation but rather simply encourages believers to wait without distraction in eager expectation for God to act in deliverance.

    Another verse taken out of context is Psalm 46:10 (KJV): "Be still, and know that I am God." The act of being still, however, has nothing to do with prayer or contemplation, but simply indicates that one should slow down and trust God rather than get in a fuss over tough circumstances.

    Dr. Ron Rhodes, 5-Minute Apologetics for Today, Day 363