November 13, 2010

Pray for the Persecuted Church

"Muslim people of Russia...all of your mosques and religious places were being destroyed during the reign of the Czar...From today your beliefs and ideals will prevail and should remain free forever."
— Vladimir Lenin, 1917


Several countries in the former USSR were Muslim. Since Islam flourished under Soviet rule (Lenin wanted to destroy Christianity and the Jews, not Islam), Muslim governments reign in several of those countries today. As a result, persecution of Christians is widespread. Naturally, Christian persecution is still rampant in atheist regimes as well.

Lenin declared that "The church is dead" in 1923. Instead, the church is very much alive, and Lenin has gone to meet the Maker that he claimed did not exist.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 has been designated as a day of prayer for persecuted Christians around the world. I urge you to see what is happening in the rest of the world. Venture away from rose-colored stained-glass windows in our hot tub Christian country where persecution does not mean torture and death; get informed — and pray.

(Hint: Click on the "Full Screen" button at the right of the "Slide 01/09" thing.)


2 Timothy 3.12

November 12, 2010

Working in a Quote Mine

(Revised)

Buon giorno. Today, I want to prompt you to use some rational thought, and I'm going to use hyperbole do to it. Is that all right with you? If not, get over it, I have points to make, capice?

There is an increasingly popular expression called "quote mining", where your opponent's words are used against him. The problem is, people get to crying that quotes are taken out of context or otherwise misused. Leftists fuss about alleged "quote mining" when their words are used against them, but they run their mouths and spew so much hate, it is not difficult to find something that they said and use it against them (check Joe Biden, for example). When evolutionists are faced with quotes they do not like, they dismiss quotes with a wave of their magic wand.

When you fire off some anti-evolution statements by evolutionists, they put their lab coats over their heads, picket your home and burn models of the DNA molecule in your yard. That is to say, they get really cranky.

I want you to think about a couple of things. First, let me ask you this: Are people stupid enough to think that all of these remarks are taken out of context or made up? There are many quotes, you see. In addition, the evolutionist community is not quite as unified as their press indicates. Think!

Second, they attack creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design. I will focus on creation science this trip around. I'm going to ask you: Do they really think that creationist scientists who serve a holy and just God (who has told us that lying is a violation of the Ninth Commandment) are going to lie to get you to believe in God? Not only are they insulting God-fearing scientists, but they are insulting the public. Well, except for the hateful and gullible ones that want to believe such things against their opponents.

Now, let's think the other way. Just who are the ones screaming about faked quotes? The evolutionary establishment and its cheerleaders. Evolutionists do not have a track record of either accuracy or honesty. Your evolutionary ancestors are not exactly constructed from an abundance of complete skeletons. Look in the museums: Fragments, creative imagery and lots of synthetic materials comprise those critters that are supposed to be in your lineage. And many of those "ancestors" were misclassified or outright fakes.

The geologic column, showing simple forms in older layers of the earth and more complex forms in more recent layers only exists in textbooks, not in reality. They fooled, you, Zeke! And these pillars of integrity point their shaky, bony prosthetic (i.e., fake) fingers at creationists and accuse them of lying because the creationists brought facts to light that you are not supposed to hear about. Someone pulled the sacred cow of evolution's tail and she moooooooed!

True scientific investigation will consider alternative evidence and models. If evolution is true, then evolutionists can have intelligent, civil debates with creationists — then bury them with the evidence and wipe creationism off the map. Think! Why doesn't this happen? Because creationists do have something to say. We do not need to take statements out of context.

Atheists love to say that Christians are liars. Especially when we say things that they do not want to hear. This includes catching them in their own failures of logic and in their own lies. (It's called "projection". Look it up on a psychology site.) Naturally, they say that Christians are stupid or uninformed as well. Ray Comfort's posts get hammered by vicious atheists on a regular basis. Then, they cry that they want respect! News flash, Poindexter: It is difficult for others to give you respect when you start out with the personal attacks. (I had one guy here recently start out with the sneering and sarcasm, and I gave him sarcasm back. Then he was civil, and he got civil — and detailed — responses.) As I have said repeatedly, people motivated by hate have their judgment clouded.

Now, getting back to how all Christians are liars. OK...

I have a critic who I am going to call Norman. Want to watch me drive him insane? (It's a short drive, I know.) Hey, Norman! Everything I say is a lie. Now read this carefully, Norman: I am lying. Listen to this classic TV moment from Star Trek, it's about half a minute long:

Christians should know why atheists hate us, why evolutionists lie and fake evidence for their insipid "theory", and why some God haters are simply out of their minds: 1 Cor. 1.18, John 8.44, 2 Cor. 2.15-16, Matt. 5.11 . They hate us because of Christ. It's a spiritual problem, and has nothing to do with the intellect. Otherwise, they would behave rationally, having meaningful dialog instead of sneering, slander, false accusations of "quote mining", and hate.

November 10, 2010

Frog Gigging, or, What Do You Have to Offer?

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too." 
2 Cor. 1.3-4 ESV
— The Apostle Paul
Edited for clarity and fixed links.

Buona sera. Wow, I've been at this since May 30, 2007 and almost 600 posts. Should I have a party for article number 600, or my four-year anniversary? Both?

So anyway. From the Ministry of Dreadful Analogies, I present: Frog Gigging. Basically, it's skewering the critters with a big fork-like spear in the middle of the night. (Some people think it's a fun sport and a variation on hunting, but I'm not fond of the idea for the most part. Perhaps if I had eaten frog legs I might feel differently.) The analogy kicks in now: I'm hunting and skewering bad ideas so you don't have to do it yourselves.

Now I'm going to irritate people, including Christians who say, essentially, "Cut it out". (Don't judge me when you have no idea what I have seen, felt, experienced and counseled. Especially when using the same kind of approach for which you scold me!) I have seen the modern, arrogant atheists become even more vindictive and antagonistic of late, but I suppose it is just the way it goes, because Matt Slick of CARM has spoken of even worse experiences than I have had.

In another Weblog, I was slandered and I told the guy to look at this Weblog because I had posted something earlier in the day that proved him wrong. His response was that his "atheistic morality" kept him from reading my material. I do not recall all of the ranting he had, but it included "bigoted" and "racist". Strong stuff for someone who has never read my Weblog! He is so skilled, and has such "godlike" knowledge, he "knows" what is here by...magic? Hypocrite.

Another situation had me sharing with someone else about evil circumstances that had befallen us. We were attacked by a certain hateful loser that shall remain unnamed (but I could give out his location and Internet provider of Comcast, that he uses Internet Explorer 7 and such just to live down to his image of me). This Lad spewed forth: "I'm not surprised that people like you two were emotionally unequipped to handle the curveballs life will throw at you, without resorting to appeals to superstitious entities. Life is not fair to anyone. Get over it."

Yeah, sure. Let's take this further, all the way to a grave site. 

Tell me, O Enlightened One, what do you have? What does your brand of atheism have to offer, besides moral bankruptcy and intellectual castration? What words of comfort do you have for someone who has lost a spouse or child, or learned that they have a terminal illness? "God sure sucks, huh? Good thing he doesn't exist except when I want to complain about him. Oh, and your dear departed is now worm food, you'll never see him again. Have a nice day. Be enlightened like me." What kind of man are you? Not much of one, that is obvious! Even in your naturalistic philosophies, there is no good reason to strip away the comfort of others, no matter how much you hate it.

People like both of these jokers are motivated by hate, not "reason" or "logic".

Meanwhile, it's the poor, stupid xtians missionaries that build schools and hospitals, minister to the needs of the impoverished and homeless, give comfort to the hurting as well as proclaim the Gospel. What do atheists do for anyone? Sure, anyone can give to a charity, but it's the Christians that do the heavy lifting.

Before you get bent out of shape because I'm rough on this breed of atheist (or the lying "agnostic" that will not admit that he's really an atheist), my regular readers know that I am also less than gentle with "religious" people and fake Christians. Don't like the image of a Christian that I present, and prefer the wimpy Christian following a wimpy Jesus? Well, Jesus wasn't always "nice", click here and also read Matthew 23. Don't engage in a form of idolatry, making Jesus act the way you think he should act, and not the Jesus of the Bible. Yes, I'll watch out for that, too.

We have a resurrection to look forward to. I will be with my brother, who had Down Syndrome, and he will be perfect. My mother is waiting, free of the pain of the malignant glioma. My father is there, no longer wracked by Alzheimer's, Dementia and Parkinson's.

Mr. Enlightened One, you have a resurrection coming, too. However, you will have to account for your sins. Since you rejected the death of Jesus on the cross, scoffed at the resurrection and second coming, essentially urinated on the love of God, lied about him as well as his servants — well, you have a harsh judgment coming. Hell is real, and eternity is a long, long time.

Do you want to know why I am doing this? Good.

First, to show arrogant atheists that they are not fooling people. Second, to wake them up and try to get their attention onto the things of God. Third, to warn Christians that these people are very mean spirited, attempting to destroy the faith and comfort of God's people — but those hypocrites have nothing to offer. After all, trying to take away someone's religious faith just because you think you are smarter than everyone else is really, really low.

Don't be skewered on your pride. Wake up and repent while there's still time, give your life to Jesus and have a good future to anticipate. The rest of us whom you mocked have had our sins forgiven and can enter into the joy of the Father. "Religious" people, false Christians, atheists, anyone else can repent and be forgiven, having a right relationship with God before it's too late.

November 8, 2010

More About That Supernatural Discussion

Buona sera. There have been a few articles and discussions regarding the supernatural here and elsewhere in which I have been involved. One of the main points is whether or not (or when and how) to use "the supernatural" (or miracles, God or other explanations). Well, Podcast #177 from Please Convince Me apologetics addresses these matters to some extent, as well as discussing the Virgin Birth, the Early Gospels and other issues. It runs about an hour, but at least it's free. And the host is very qualified regarding what qualifies as evidence. You can listen to that here.

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