yes, imagine an atheist coming up to you as some kind of evangelist and saying, “I believe in nothing and that changed my life for the better.” lol
November 26, 2013 at 3:06pm
Atheism says, “There is no God. I know this for absolute certainty!” But to know this for absolute certainty would be to claim that you yourself are omniscient and are a god yourself thus making you the object of your own religious belief. When things boil down, most so-called atheists that i’ve spoken to are really agnostics with some kind of a spiritual outlook on life which is a step up from the militant atheist who wish to stamp out anything religious, its main target being christianity.
November 26, 2013 at 2:56pm
I’m a bit bewildered by what they’re doing since they’re effectively saying nothing. Imagine this: a Christian comes up to you and asks if he/she can share what he/she believes in and sharing how that faith has changed him/her for the better. Now imagine this: an atheist comes up and says, “I believe in no God. Life has no purpose. When you die, that’s the end. Happy holidays!” and then walks away whistling.
I know of NO atheist that say "life has no purpose". That's a strawman fallacy.
January 9, 2013 at 4:29pm
Just got a similar map from the group Voice of the Martyrs. I think it’s really telling when you find that the majority of these nations are primarily Muslim or under an atheistic totalitarian regime (North Korea #1???). We should pray for those persecuted in these nations that they might be kept safe and that they might continually be encoraged to spread the gospel. However, we should also recognize that Christians are persecuted everywhere in the world as the world hates us because we are not its own. Because of this, we should be compelled to action to support our brothers and sisters wherever we are.
North Korea (the PDRK) is anything but atheistic. It has a well established cult of personality built around the ruling Kim family. All other religions are brutally suppressed.
December 18, 2012 at 4:04pm
The magi saw the star yes, but in Matthew 2:1-6, they demonstrated their knowledge of Scripture by saying that the star itself was only a sign of a prophecy made by Michah. They were led to their destination by the prophecy which reads, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity” (Micah 5:2 HCSB). And in Luke 2:8-20, the angels likewise revealed the location of Jesus’ birthplace to the shepherds. However, the shepherds got there the night of his birth, whereas the magi made it possibly several weeks to months later as Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house at that point (Matthew 2:11) and were no longer in the stable indicating that there was a long journey yet they still managed to reach their destination.
October 7, 2012 at 9:54pm
Acid- You must have missed the part where mentioned that no one had been around for Creation. Scientists work with observation to hypothesis to test to repeat and so on until they find results. Creation is not something that was observed nor is it something that can be tested repeatedly and if it could, it would only prove that intelligence is required for Creation.
October 7, 2012 at 9:12pm
Ken- The sun works with nuclear fusion not fission. And there is plenty evidence against evolution as well, some of which I listed somewhere else on this article. We are called to be perfect: Be holy because I, The Lord your God, am holy. (Lev 19:2) Obviously we can’t do that on our own, which is why Jesus came down and made it possible for us. And the reason why we start with the Bible first is because it is God’s Word, not man’s. “All of Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Acid- Evolutionists claim that we are merely time+matter+chance and it works off of atheistic notions. Therefore they too have the burden of proving God’s nonexistence just as much as the theist is in His existence. However, there is far more compelling evidence for God’s existence than otherwise. And since they claim that we are time+matter+chance, then we are a universal accident. I am merely the product of a biological mass forming in some coherent way. Accidentally, of course. I have no control over such a formation and am subject to the whims of my molecules. Evolution does not answer the “ought” question nor can it answer that question.
October 7, 2012 at 7:51pm
And yes, both sides use the same evidence. It is the interpretation that is different. Creationists work on the assumption that God exists. Evolutionists work on the assumption that everything can be explained naturally. But if the latter is true and only my genetics decides what I believe and what you believe, then there really is no point in trying to change my mind, since my mind is already “made up”, pun intended.
October 7, 2012 at 7:47pm
Actually challenges have left some believers without answers for centuries until new evidence appears to support the Bible and its claims. And yes I suppose it is unfair that God’s evidence is on His side ^_^
October 7, 2012 at 7:44pm
Yes tigress you are a mess (shakes head). I’ll straighten you out eventually lol. I’ll see ya around ^_^
October 7, 2012 at 7:10pm
But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind- God prepared this for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 HCSB)
October 7, 2012 at 7:03pm
Oh I think my leg will be fine once I bandage it lol. Yes I’m sure God did know what Adam would do which is why He had already made a plan to save us through His Son. As for God being lonely, remember that God’s eternal nature means that He cannot change. So if God is a Father, He must’ve been a Father eternally, which means that the Son existed eternally as well and they both loved one another in the same Spirit of God. Three in Personhood, One in Godhood. And if they are three in Personhood, then they aren’t alone now are they. I understand where you’re coming from though. It’s near impossible to imagine just what being in a relationship with God really means until we actually come before Him face to face. It will be in that moment when our greatest expectations will be overcome by the reality of His purpose for us. And yes I had a fantastic time talking with you. If you want to talk more I could give you my email if you like.
October 7, 2012 at 6:45pm
And I can see where you get your inflammatory and incorrect views on science and the Bible judging by the videos you chose to show me. Try again.
These scientists have dealt with your criticisms a thousand times over. I wish you luck in proving them wrong.
October 7, 2012 at 6:27pm
It’s good to ask questions Tigress. But the best place to find answers is within Scripture. For “all of Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
October 7, 2012 at 6:23pm
Ouch my leg! Jk lol. Yes God made us in His image. Now God is spirit so He made us as spiritual beings, who can communicate in the spirit with God and with mankind. Now God told us if we were to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we would die. Now before that, God claimed that everything was good. In a good world, where do you find evil? Evil, by biblical definition, is willfully choosing to go against God. So when Adam and Eve ate of the tree, they died. But since they lived on for about another 900 years, we know that they didn’t die physically immediately. But they died spiritually immediately. That is why Jesus, who before was just spirit, became a man, became human, to receive the punishment of all mankind so that we might all be reconciled to God. It was by our own choice that evil and imperfection entered the world. I’m sure if you continue a daily reading of God’s Word, you’ll come to understand Him better. :)
God would not have been bored and lonely because He is perfect and can find innumerable ways to occupy Himself.
October 7, 2012 at 5:44pm
Tigress- The burden isn’t on Him. That’s just the way He is. And while you can do the best you can, the only one capable of saving you is Jesus Christ. That’s the point. No one is perfect and is capable of being perfect by their own merit. Only God can make that happen.
I think you’re missing the point of my argument tigress. The command to be holy as God is holy is the command to be perfect as God is. You yourself are diminishing Him. You’re allowing the serpent to ask you that infamous question: Is that really what God said? I urge you to ground yourself in the truth of Scripture and what God Himself has to say about His character. God bless ^_^
October 7, 2012 at 4:52pm
There is quite a bit of fine-tuning in the universe that defies probability. And the God who created all things also created the physical laws. I think He has things under control. As for miracles, they are excluded by naturalistic explanations because in a completely natural world miracles don’t happen. Kinda works like a circle. Miracles also cannot be tested by science since scientific methods work with repeatable results. I doubt you’ll be able to get a man to walk on water repeatedly lol.