Today many, who call themselves Christians, but spit on other Christians, are more considered about their material than their spiritual welfare. Lots of people have become only Christians by name; have become blind and deaf for the Gospel-message and have become “in the world” not much interested in God as the Most High Being. They do not take much time any more to read or to study the Bible, the Word of God given for us all to be our manual and guide for ever.
Remember from this article and John Wesley his sermon “The Spirit of Bondage and Adoption.”
- A kind of peace by not fearing the pit, not knowing the danger + Having not enough understanding to fear
- No dread of God, because total ignorance of Him
- Different types of Christians and non-Christians, to be “natural” men and women, dead to the life of the Holy Spirit and unaware of God
- Today also many are spiritually dead and in need of supernatural intervention
- We appear to have largely abandoned the concern that men, women, and children stand under eternal judgment
- People clinging to religion because they don’t want to face the reality of their own demise
- Genuine prayer and true submission missing ingredients
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- Something Most False Christians Have In Common
- Migrants to the West #7 Religions
- Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
- Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
- Judeo-Christian values and liberty
- Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
- An Ex-Muslim’s Open Letter
- Holidays, holy days and traditions
- Bloggers for Christ and Bloggers for Peace
- Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
- Where is the edge
- Are Christians prepared to Rejoice in the Lord
- Jew referring to be religious or to be a people
- American atheists most religiously literate Americans
- Halloween custom of the nations
- Giving cogent reasons to young people why Christian faith is relevant to them
- Faith antithesis of rationality
- Being religious has benefits even in this life
- Grow strong in weakness
- Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin
- Louie Gohmert: Atheists Should Encourage Worship To Protect The Country (huffingtonpost.com)
If atheists want their country to be free and safe, they should encourage people to worship God, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert argued Thursday during a House floor speech.Gohmert, who has a penchant for tweaking people who do not believe in God, was delivering a speech about the lack of attention given to Christians who are persecuted around the world.Although he also declared that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, as an aside he argued that only nations that turned away from the Judeo-Christian god have ceased to exist.
- The Strange Fire Rationalists (cwoznicki.com)
In The Reasonableness of Christianity John Locke engages in a project of making the Christian religion palatable to modern sensibilities, so he argues that Christianity (at its core/at the kernel of truth) is very rational. Locke argues that you don’t need to believe all sorts of metaphysical/spiritual claims about Jesus in order to be called a Christian, all you need to do is confess that Jesus is the messiah, who was foretold in the Old Testament prophecies and that his mission was authenticated by miracles.
- Atheists: Nobody Needs Christ at Christmas (secularnewsdaily.com)
American Atheists launched a major billboard display on Tuesday that declares Christmas is better without the Christ. The huge 40′x40′ digital billboard is located in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan. Using motion graphics, the billboard proclaims, “Who needs Christ during Christmas?” A hand crosses out the word “Christ” and the word “NOBODY” appears. The display then says “Celebrate the true meaning of Xmas” and offers a series of cheery words: family, friends, charity, food, snow, and more.
- Sarah Palin Says Atheists Want to ‘Abort Christ from Christmas’ (thedailybanter.com)
As part of her book tour, Sarah Palin spoke yesterday at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
If you visit the official Monticello website, there’s a section about Jefferson’s religious beliefs and it’s quite clear that, as a deist, he didn’t believe in the divinity of Christ. Specifically, regarding “the reason for the season,” he wrote to John Adams in 1823, “[T]he day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”
- Does Science Attack God? The Atheist Perspective (troutasher.wordpress.com)
there are some Atheists who are so consumed with their own opinions and beliefs that they can’t consider anyone else’s view points or reasons they believe what they do. So in some cases people do use science to attack God because of an unwillingness to understand another view point. However, not every Atheist is out to disprove God’s existence. Therefore another answer to the question “why does science attack God” is that it doesn’t.
- Atheist group: Take back Christmas from Christians! (syndicatednewsservices.com)
People might be better served, said Silverman and American Atheists PR director Dave Muscato, by returning the holiday to its pre-Christian, traditionally pagan roots.“Many so-called ‘Christmas’ traditions celebrated by Americans have nothing to do with Christianity. For example, the North Pole and Santa traditions come from Nordic and Germanic pagan traditions, and caroling, yule logs, mistletoe, holly wreaths all pre-date Christianity,” Muscato said.
- A Response to Greg Stier’s Article “How to Share the Gospel With an Atheist” (theirishatheist.wordpress.com)
If we want to engage someone in a religious debate, we’ll defend our own stance just as fiercely. If, as in most cases, we don’t care to be prostelytised to, we simply nod politely and tune it out.
Stier also specifies that Christians should find out whether the person is agnostic or atheist, completely oblivious to the fact that one can be both. Like me, for example. I reject every man-made concept of spirituality because it lacks compelling evidence and does great damage to the world. But I do not know what other powers and reality is in existence, and I have no way of knowing. I’m an agnostic atheist. An atheist who does not know. Not an atheist who says ‘There is nothing else out there.’ Hopefully that clears things up for Mr. Stier, if he were to ever stumble across this.
- Are you an atheist…or something else? (fluidtheology.wordpress.com)
What is strange to me is that the atheists I have met online do not act like atheists. Now, I think most of them do actually reject the idea of any god but the things they focus on when they argue on blogs makes them look like they are not atheists at all and instead they are something else: anti-deists. For example, they say they don’t believe in God but then constantly rail against the way he behaves. They say they don’t believe the Old Testament is true, but then they go on and on about the atrocities in it.
Anti-deists believe that God is not good. As one such anti-deist has said “Even if you were to prove to me that your God were real I would never worship him. I would not even piss on him if he were on fire.” They are opposed to God and to be opposed to something gives it some form of validity.
- Stranger than a Manger- Atheist Christmas Displays (secularnewsdaily.com)
The motto of the “out of the closet” campaign is: “Many faces make Enlightenment work.” Each billboard pictures and features a different local atheist or freethinker, using his or her own words. More than 55 participants are involved, since some of the billboards feature couples, friends or families.
- None does not equal Atheist (religionron.wordpress.com)
There are two misconceptions in Christianity today. The first is that we were a Christian nation at one point where everyone was Christian. Sorry to burst your bubble but if we are going to use modern definitions only 17% of those in America during the colonial times were members of a church. That would make America over 80% none at founding. So what are we at now 35% None? So what happened why does this misconception exist?This happened because several denominations especially the Methodists and the Baptists had revivals in the frontier. This helped get the percentage up to 35% throughout the country. Then with the corporatization of American churches we got it up to over 70% in 1950. So while there is a huge decline since 1950 its still bigger than it was even 90 years ago. Why is this? Its because many people were part of a church by coercion. You had to be part of the church if you wanted to do anything. You were expected to be in church on sunday. It really wasn’t a voluntary religion. Now its voluntary again and people get bent out of shape about the decline.
John Wesley writes about the person he describes as spiritually dead or asleep in his sermon “The Spirit of Bondage and Adoption.”
The darkness which covers him on every side, keeps him in a kind of peace; so far as peace can consist with the works of the devil, and with an earthly, devilish mind. He sees not that he stands on the edge of the pit, therefore he fears it not. He cannot tremble at the danger he does not know. He has not understanding enough to fear. Why is it that he is in no dread of God? Because he is totally ignorant of him: If not saying in his heart, “There is no God;” or, that “he sitteth on the circle of the heavens, and humbleth” not “himself to behold the things which are done on earth:” yet satisfying himself as well to all Epicurean…
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