July 9, 2010

Money Talks

There was this $20 dollar bill and a $1 dollar bill on the conveyor belt at the downtown Federal Reserve Building. As they were laying there side by side the $1 dollar bill said to the $20 dollar bill, "Hey, where have you been? I haven't seen you in a long time."

The $20 dollar bill replied, "Man, I have been having a ball! I've been traveling to distant countries, going to the finest restaurants, to the biggest and best casinos, numerous boutiques, the mall uptown, the mall downtown, the mall across town and even a mall that was just built. In fact, just this week I've been to a professional NBA game, Rodeo Drive, the all day retreat spa, the top-notch hair salon and the new casino! I have done it all!"

After describing his great travels, the $20 dollar bill asked the $1dollar bill, "What about you? Where have you been?"

The $1 dollar replied, "Well, I've been to the Baptist church, the Methodist church, the Presbyterian church, the Episcopalian church, the Church of God in Christ, the Catholic church, the A.M.E. church, the Disciple of Christ church, the..."

"Wait a minute! Wait a minute!", shouted the $20 dollar bill to the $1 dollar bill. "What's a church?"

July 7, 2010

Like I Said: The Atheist Agenda

“Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.”

— Publius

People have given me grief over the use of the term "atheist agenda".

"What agenda? We have no agenda! We are just people who believe that there are no gods."

Well, when feeling obstreperous, atheists change the definition of the term. Presumably, it is for the sake of clouding the issue and finding any excuse to make their opponent look bad. The problem is, I have heard so many different definitions of "atheist" (and types of atheist), I almost feel that I need to have each person give their own definition.

Boy, do they get defensive when you say that they have an agenda, gibbering like their imaginary primordial ancestors!

But if atheists are just people who happen to believe that there is no God, that nothing exists except for material things (using the most popular definition), why are the obsessed with trolling, ridiculing, whining about Christmas images in public, infiltrating, humiliating, lying, protesting, removing the civil rights of the majority and being a general nuisance?

"Oh, come on, Cowboy Bob! You're confusing atheists with anti-theists!"

Yes, I've had that word game pulled on me, too. Problem is, the alleged atheist who said that was busy bashing Christians.

"You're lying. You made that up!"

Ummm...yeah. Whatever. Logic and proof are things that these militant so-called "new atheists" (the disciples of Richard "Daffy" Dawkins and his ilk) say that they prefer, but are unable to furnish anything supporting their own accusations.

Listen. What's going on here is that I have had astonishingly stupid accusations leveled at m
e by these trolls from the intellectual desert of atheism. Militant atheists are mentally unstable because they are more intent on destroying than on doing anything useful, or even simply leaving people alone. (What happened to the "live and let live, you do your thing and I'll do mine" atheists? You know, the ones that were willing to discuss things intelligently if they felt like discussing their views at all?) Further, I think the militants believe their own nonsense. For instance, one believes that by closing off my comments due to atheist trolling, I negate everything I say. Wow! This clown had better stop smoking stuff, his ability to reason is fried! They also try to browbeat me into opening up the comments again so I can have more trolling. Here's a question for bloggers: If shutting off my comments negates what I have to say, what does comment moderation do, especially if you delete comments you do not like? Just curious. Too bad you cannot answer me.

"Militant atheists? Now you're really on a roll, Cowboy!"

Yep, I made that up, too.

Or did I? From Wikipedia: "Julian Baggini defines militant atheism as "Atheism which is actively hostile to religion", which "requires more than strong disagreement with religion — it requires something verging on hatred and is characterised by a desire to wipe out all forms of religious belief. Militant atheists tend to make one or both of two claims that moderate atheists do not. The first is that religion is demonstrably false or nonsense and the second is that it is usually or always harmful." Oh, so that's what's going on! You are arrogant and destructive. Militant atheists are annoying to the rational atheists, it seems. A few want them to stop and think before acting up. Also, here is a view from a Christian who has debated Daffy and Hitchens, if you have the courage to read it.

Rev. Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry has told me about learning of atheists' plans to literally destroy his ministry by uploading viruses. Also, they infiltrate the chat rooms and discussion boards. You can imagine the fun that follows.

"Yeah, but we still don't have an agenda, you big liar!"

Well, when Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens write books attacking religion and God, saying that they are evil, people get influenced. Besides, it's "cool" to be an atheist these days. (Except for Peter Hitchens, Chris' brother, who is a Christian.)

By the way, here is one result of the atheist "message of hope".

Then it grows. Another thing I took heat for was the term "organized atheism". Well, atheism is a religion. And the Atheist Alliance has an agenda. And that agenda is to destroy religion. Oh, wait. That article is a bit old. OK, here's one from the World Atheists Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in June of 2010. Many atheists do have an agenda, and want to destroy religion at all costs.

How about this gem?

“It seems to me that the regulative idea that we heirs of the Enlightenment, we Socratists, most frequently use to criticize the conduct of various conversational partners is that of ‘needing education in order to outgrow their primitive fear, hatreds, and superstitions’ ... It is a concept which I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own ... The fundamentalist parents of our fundamentalist students think that the entire ‘American liberal establishment’ is engaged in a conspiracy. The parents have a point. Their point is that we liberal teachers no more feel in a symmetrical communication situation when we talk with bigots than do kindergarten teachers talking with their students ... When we American college teachers encounter religious fundamentalists, we do not consider the possibility of reformulating our own practices of justification so as to give more weight to the authority of the Christian scriptures. Instead, we do our best to convince these students of the benefits of secularization. We assign first-person accounts of growing up homosexual to our homophobic students for the same reasons that German schoolteachers in the postwar period assigned The Diary of Anne Frank... You have to be educated in order to be ... a participant in our conversation ... So we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable. We are not so inclusivist as to tolerate intolerance such as yours ... I don’t see anything herrschaftsfrei [domination free] about my handling of my fundamentalist students. Rather, I think those students are lucky to find themselves under the benevolent Herrschaft [domination] of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents ... I am just as provincial and contextualist as the Nazi teachers who made their students read Der Stürmer; the only difference is that I serve a better cause.” – ‘Universality and Truth,’ in Robert B. Brandom (ed.), Rorty and his Critics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), pp. 21-2.
Audacity, arrogance, uppity, anything else... sounds like war to me.If I wanted to make this article ten times longer (and wanted to waste my time writing to people who will not care in the first place), I could easily copy and paste a great deal of the codswallop that arrogant atheists post. They troll Christian groups, obsessively attack Christians, are vicious and obscene. I cannot even quote some of the things I saw on a Bible group on Facebook. Or going onto discussions of America's founding fathers and lying about them being Deists, at best (certainly not Christians). Not true. Why is that? Also, I've asked before, but it bears repeating: Why don't you attack astrologers, spiritists, Mormons, Satanists and Muslims? Well, I can guess for the last two, you know they'll kill you.

They want to destroy religion, but it cannot be done with reason and logic. So, they resort to trolling tactics and ridicule. If you cannot bring down your opponent by dismantling his logic, then make people laugh at him. But this backfires. Not only are the militant, arrogant atheists irritating people, but they are laughed at themselves. Prov. 13.16

Or, find some other way of bringing your opponent down. They try, but they do not even believe that God, their opponent, even exists. Except when it's convenient to say how much they hate him, then he exists. Go figure. Frankly, I think they are also afraid; deep inside, some of them know that they're wrong. So they react with fear, and fear does not have a habit of speaking the truth, as Publius Cornelius Tacitus observed.

Kind of what I'm doing. I show these lovers of "reason" that they are failing in the most elementary logic skills. I laugh at them when they, who disbelieve in God and have a morality based on the convenience of the moment, dare to judge that I am a "bad Christian". So when I point out their folly, they retaliate.
Prov. 26.11 They are boring and predictable. It is indeed unfortunate that rational discussion, or even respectful silence, is impossible with that lot. If their methodology was rational and respectful, things might be different.

Actually, no, I do not think so. The bigger problem is that it is spiritual. Unfortunately, they cannot — and will not
see it. Rom. 1.20-22, Matt. 15:14, 1 Cor. 2.14, 1 Cor. 4:3-6, Eph. 4:18 John 8.43-45, 2 Cor. 4.4

"You stink, Cowboy Bob!"

Well... Jesus loved me enough to die for my sinful self. And he rose from the dead. You could have his love, but you're full of hate, and you are deceived.

July 2, 2010

The King of America

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

"We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus."

I really hate to break this to you, but America was founded upon Christian principles.

OK, I'm messing with you; I do not hate to break it to you!

Despite the dishonest claims of leftists, atheists, secularists, and so on, America was founded on biblical principles.
Image source: US National Weather Service
One aspect of the "progressive" agenda in its quest to eradicate religion from life is to rewrite history. They attempt to minimize the words of the founding fathers in several ways:
  • They claim that statements attributed to the founders were taken out of context
  • They claim that the founders were "Deists", as if to minimize (or neutralize) their remarks
  • They claim that if the founders really did say those things, they were afraid of being ostracized (what a joke to anyone who knows anything about the character of these men)
  • They claim that the quotes were never really said at all
"I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly
supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . .
that the confusions that are and have been among the
nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily
bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established,
and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace."

Samuel Adams

Guess what, Poindexter. America was founded to not only be a Christian nation, but to spread the Gospel. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean.

The "Fundamental Orders" of 1639 in Connecticut was the first constitution in America. It was a forerunner of the United States Constitution, and has many references to God and the Gospel. For example, the first paragraph contains: "...to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess, as also, the discipline of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said Gospel is now practiced amongst us..."

I like "The Old Deluder Satan Law". For one thing, I like the name. This was the first public school law. It seems that atrocities committed "in the name of Christ" were done under the religious power structure of the times before, and there was no Bible available in the language of the people. Now that the Bible was easily to be had, people were expected to learn to read, and then learn the Bible, so they could stop atrocities "in the name of Christ": "It being one chief point of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of Scriptures, as in former times, by keeping them in an unknown tongue, so in these latter times, by persuading them from the use of tongues that so at last the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded by false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers, that learning might not be buried in the graves of our fathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavours…" This law was passed by several states in 1642.

Do you know why Yale, Princeton and Harvard were established? I bet you can guess...

Harvard's original statement of purpose: "To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ...." One requirement of students was that "Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be able to give an account of his proficiency therein."

How about this requirement at Yale? "Seeing that God is the giver of all wisdom, every student, besides his private and secret prayer, will be present morning and evening for public prayer."

Princeton did not kid around: "Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

What the heck, let's go back to that oldest of American documents, the Mayflower Compact. It has words that progressives hate, as well: "Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith..."

If you want to pursue this further, I have a couple of documents for you to look at. First, a PDF e-book from American Vision, The Case for America's Christian Heritage. You can get it $0.99 USD if you click here. There is another that is also free, but not expensive, either. I know the author and I'm acquainted with his work on other things. I purchased Founders Speak on that basis, and I'm telling you that it's a solid resource. Use both books, and you'll have a great start in being able to slap leather with those who sneeringly try to rewrite history.

I have to say that, although America was established to be a Christian nation, Christians have to fight to keep it that way, as there are many sidewinders who are whittling away our liberties. And yet, it is a free nation. You can believe or disbelieve whatever you want, and cannot be compelled by a federally-mandated law to join a particular church. It is indeed unfortunate that there are those who want to remove our rights to practice and express our faiths. Nobody's persecuting unbelievers in America; no atheist has been or will be burned at the stake for his disbelief.

In your Fourth of July celebrations, please take a moment to be thankful for those who have served, and are serving, to protect our freedoms.

July 1, 2010

Just Five More Minutes

Hebrews 10.31
For a long time, I have been attempting to get unbelievers to give God's message a fair hearing. Naturally, I meet with considerable resistance.

"Why do they resist you, Uncle Bob?"
  • Blind, unreasoning hate. Although some will say that it is personal, that they hate me because I'm a bad guy, it's really because I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 15.18-19). Because of this, nothing I say on any subject has value in their eyes. I might feel badly if I cared about their opinions of me, but they are not the one I want to please (Galatians 1.10).
  • Pride (James 4.6). They think that they do not need God or his Word, that they are sufficient in and of themselves. Actually, it is idolatry, because they make themselves as little godlings, and worship themselves. Who wants to admit that they're a miserable sinner? I don't like it, but I admit that I'm a miserable sinner, saved by the grace of God. He didn't have to do it, you know.
  • Stupidity. Disciples of Richard "Daffy" Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others will gather their information from each other's unintelligent sites and think that they are clever (Luke 6.39).
  • Fear. I think that, deep down, some of them know full well that they are wrong. As it stands now, in their deceived, hateful minds, there is no God, there is no sin, there are no repercussions for your attitudes and actions if you do not get caught; you warrant what you can get away with. But if there really is a God...
When I have recommended that unbelievers will check out the links on apologetics that I have supplied, they are seldom clicked. In one case, I had the singularly absurd response that he knew what those sites would say, so he did not need to check them out. Another had a lame excuse about calling CARM and debating Rev. Matt Slick... but if he was so clever, you would think that he would jump at the chance of putting that stupid Christian apologist in his place. Agonizing!

As I have said before, I have been pretty much away from my faith for about fifteen years, having recommitted myself to Jesus in April. I'm lacking in the "Christian love" area ("Jesus loves you. Me, not so much").

And yet, I still have to try. So, I'm asking for just five more minutes. Actually, a bit less. Let Dr. Charles Stanley, who has more experience and compassion than I, lay things on the line and give you God's personal invitation:

If you want to hear the entire message (about 25 minutes), you can
click here and listen to the embedded mp3. If you want to talk further, contact them at InTouch.org.

June 30, 2010

Atheists Will NEVER Learn

You Just Can't See It

Buon giorno. I have read many discussions where people will attack the "believer's" position because it involves faith, the soul or spirit of man, and deeper meanings of the Bible. I will not attempt to explain faith, having read books about it and being unwilling to write one here and now. Nor will I attempt to define soul or spirit, especially since philosophers and theologians have been hashing it out for centuries. What I will do is state that if something does not fit into naturalistic and materialistic philosophies of science, that does not mean that those things do not exist.

But I will go after the question of the deeper meanings of the Bible. Essentially, "Sorry, Salvatore. You are unable to understand them." Now, come on, get off your high horsie, Pilgrim. I am not being insulting. It is a statement of fact according to God.

Work with me here so you can understand this point of view.

When someone actually belongs to God and has a personal relationship with him, then they start to understand the things that are "spiritually discerned" (1 Cor. 2.14). This does not apply to "posers" or "religious" people (they "have their religion", but do not actually know Jesus) because, frankly, they do not have a relationship with God, capice?

Here's a rockin' tune for you that might help clear things up:

"Blinded Eyes"
by Petra
from the album "Not of This World", 1983
Words and music by Bob Hartman, Lead singer Greg X. Volz

Don't know where you're going but you think you know the way
20-20 vision but you can't see the light of day
Road is wide or narrow but you can't tell which is which
Blind will follow blind and you'll both end up in the ditch
Can't you see - you can't see? Don't you know - you don't know?

Blinded eyes can't see the light
When it's glowing in the night right in front of you
Blinded eyes can't see the truth
When it's written on the wall out in plain view
Blinded eyes can't see the Son
Or the work that He has done out of love for you
Blinded eyes

Groping in the darkness searching for the missing switch
Come up empty-handed try to scratch the endless itch
There is only one light that can penetrate your mind
Just one look at Jesus, your eyes could leave their scales behind
Can't you see - you could see? Don't you know - you could know?
Blinded eyes can't see the light
When it's glowing in the night right in front of you
Blinded eyes can't see the truth
When it's written on the wall out in plain view
Blinded eyes can't see the Son
Or the work that He has done out of love for you
Blinded eyes

Based on Matthew 15:14, 1 Corinthians 4:3-6, Ephesians 4:18
Also see John 8.43-45, 2 Corinthians 4.4

If you want to be sure that you are in a right relationship with Jesus, click here. Don't let your pride, opinion, religion or whatever stand in your way, I implore you.

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