An atheist who gets it

Richard Dawkins actually gets it.

Talk to “evangelical” atheists and it does not take very long before the “Christianity is a dying religion” card is happily played.

My answer to that “card” is Christianity is only “dying” in Western cultures, not worldwide. And I’ll add, from time-to-time, that atheism will miss Christianity when it is gone, because the alternative will not be as accepting of their intolerance. Something else will fill the spiritual vacuum!

The cultures of mankind (and womankind, contrary to the thoughts of this Massachusetts “college” for women) have an unbroken habit of looking to a “higher-power” to worship: religion, politics, or self. It’s unavoidable! When something spiritual is gone, something spiritual will take its place. The “soul” of humanity craves it. Even atheism must admit this, because, according to atheism itself, God is not “real” and all people are born atheists – so where did religion come from?

So go to the “funeral” of Christianity and laugh. But it won’t be long before you go to a “wedding” and mourn.

The prophet visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Because the Syrians said, “The LORD is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys,” I will hand over to you this entire huge army. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”” (1 Kings 20:28 NET)

#atheism, #news, #western-culture

Gates destroyed by fire: Nehemiah 2.3 VOTD

“I replied to the king, ‘O king, live forever! Why would I not appear dejected when the city with the graves of my ancestors lies desolate and its gates destroyed by fire?'”

Nehemiah 2.3

The Jewish cupbearer heard of Jerusalem’s condition and wept. He could not keep his sadness concealed from the pagan king, even at the risk of royal displeasure.

How does news about departures from the faith and congregational troubles affect us? Do we feel the connectedness of our being a part of God’s family?

#sadness #news #VOTD

Now it’s a good idea?

Apparently the Pope is going to introduce the idea that Roman Catholic priests in Brazil should be given the “right” to get married.

Before this announcement one could often talk with a “Catholic Apologist” about the unscriptural nature of refusing to allow a priest to be married and he or she would be accused of being a Catholic basher and sola scripture fanatic. But now, to many Catholics, although undoubtedly to all, this will probably sound like a good idea simply because the Pope will say there is nothing unscriptural about it.

Truth is, people in the Catholic Church have been listening to the wrong Head of the church for well over a millennium (Colossians 1:18).

Read the scriptures and you find that the church has always represented marriage as a good, holy and undefiled right given to all people who meet God’s requirements (Hebrews 13:4) – including church leaders!

As a matter of fact, the scriptures record that a plurality of the apostles were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) as well as using a healthy marriage as a central identifying characteristic of the lives of bishops (pastors, elders, overseers, etc.) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12; Titus 1:5-6).

Must an individual be married to acceptably serve God? Absolutely not! 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:9-12 teaches us that. But no man, or woman, or council has the right to deny the scriptural state of marriage to any member of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

While it may now sound like a good idea to some, according to the Holy Spirit “marriage rights” was never a bad idea to begin with.

#catholicism, #marriage, #news

Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!

The Bible stories about the first man and creation are not true, according to a new investigation. Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!

How many times must the same headline be printed?

Headlines will come and go and the world will continue to turn, upheld by the power of Christ’s word, and people will continue to make a decision as to whether or not they choose to accept or reject Jesus and the book written about him.

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV)

#doubt, #news, #reliability-of-the-bible

A public call for prayer that encountered no protests

No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.

But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!

But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)

#danger, #news, #prayer

Truth creates bizarre allies

Much like the time Pilate and Herod became agreeable due to their dismissive ambiguity (and by that I mean their lack of interest in the repentance, righteousness and truth of the gospel) toward Jesus (Luke 23:4-12), right has the weird ability to make friends out of wrong.

For example, Continue reading

#huffington-post, #news, #western-culture

The intolerable tolerance movement strikes again

You may have heard about Kathy Griffin’s photo by now – you know, the one she thought would make people laugh by holding a decapitated and blood-covered head (or mask) made to look like the current President. This is the same woman who used an expletive aimed directly at Jesus after winning an award a few years back too. She’s a model of the true leftist agenda … preach tolerance but retain none for anyone you disagree with (the photographer of the image has offered no apologies).

Now, the irony of the latest situation Ms. Griffin placed her self in is that somehow she views herself as the victim!

Politics is politics for sure, but make no mistake – when politics takes aim at true morality under the guise of tolerance, the motivation is a lack tolerance for the said morality every time.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)

#intolerance, #liberal-inconsistency, #news

Head in the sand

Ostriches have the undeserved reputation for practicing it, but the western culture is the one that has actually mastered the skill of sticking its head in the sand.

Another terrorist attack and a large part of the focus in some popular media outlets (I’m not talking about TMZ) is revolving around the way “stars” are reacting to the news. Because there aren’t more important ways to talk about this situation I guess?!

Never-mind looking into the mindset that led to the attack – that would be too obvious! Nope, let’s stick our head in the sand and pretend like the problem is the recently elected American president, the stigma of using the word Islamic terrorist or even the explosives used to kill and maim so many people. The problem is the mindset that the media sweeps under the rug … a rug with no sand under it mind you.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4-5)

#news, #western-culture

What does this map represent?

What major 2016 statistic does this map represent? Continue reading

#news, #religious-persecution, #worldwide

Unconscious bias targeted with biased symbols – LOL!

The irony of liberalism can be too much at times – especially when it comes to feminism.

Melbourne, Australia is putting the brakes on the western culture’s “unconscious gender bias” with its new … wait for it … Continue reading

#irony, #news, #western-culture

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12-20-2016 Fake News In The News

“Fake news” is in the news, or is it “fake news” about “fake news?” If “news” is “new information about specific and timely events,” then it may, or may not be “true.” Some refuse to face facts: an election is over; there are illegitimate babies and illegal aliens; education is not, actually; profit is not evil and Christians are not hypocrites! “Truth” is “conformity to fact or reality.” Jesus said He came into the world “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37 NKJV).  Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 NKJV).  Pilate represents people who cannot accept reality, so they question “truth” as if it were “fake news.” Since “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21 NKJV), then there is no “fake news” about Jesus Christ in the Bible. Believe it!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#fake-news, #news, #truth

Those fountains of the great deep

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11 – NKJV)

One of the things that many people forget, or just plain out never knew, about the Bible’s account of the global flood is that the scriptures recount how water not only came down from the sky – it came up from the depths of the earth.

I know, I know…a global flood survived by eight people and a whole lot of animals on a big boat. That’s ridiculous mythological kid stuff, right? After all, it’s impossible! There isn’t enough water on the Earth to flood the Earth. At least that’s how most “intellectuals” treat the story of the world’s accountability for sin and God’s ability to judge both.

And yet, the Bible never ceases to amaze me when it comes to the little details which were recorded long, long before “modern-day” science even thought of knowing such, much less observing it.

For example, remember those fountains of the great deep that were broken up? Listen to this excerpt from a newly published study entitled, Deepest water found 1000km down, a third of way to Earth’s core: Continue reading

#news, #noahs-flood, #science

Jesus’ tomb opened? It never closed!

This story is headlined with the words, “Jesus’ Tomb Opened for First Time in Centuries.”

I know what they’re trying to say, but my first thought was, “Jesus’ tomb hasn’t been closed in nearly 20 centuries.”

Humanity has a habit of desiring material spiritual shrines (almost sounds like an oxymoronic statement there). We seek to make the intangible something tangible.

I’m not saying God has never asked his people to make something that is physically visible and spiritually important at the same time. God indeed directed the children of Israel (and several others before them when it came to altars) to build the Tabernacle and all of its complementing features such as the altar, the washing basin and the rest of the furniture that went inside the most important tent that fleshly Israel traveled with from the wilderness right into the promised land. But God had a purpose for the Tabernacle’s meaning that went far beyond what could be seen with the eyes. And that purpose was fulfilled after God-in-the-flesh came and tabernacled among his people in person, and then atoned for their’s and our sins, ultimately leaving behind an empty tomb that has refused to be closed two millennia.

My point is that when it comes to us (as spiritual Israel), God has not asked his people to make a shrine out of any supposed “holy-site” today. God has not asked for this because we do not need this. And the reason we do not this is because our holy-site is a sight that has yet to be beheld.

Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:6-12 -NKJV)

#empty-tomb, #jesus, #news, #types-and-shadows

What about that boycott?

According to Yahoo Business, Target’s stock has taken a hit the last couple of quarters, and it appears the trend is expected to continue for a while.

Why is that? It’s because fewer people are shopping there.

And why is that? Well, here are the five reasons they listed:

  • Groceries
  • Prescription Medications
  • Apple (electronic products)
  • Fashion
  • Amazon

So let’s do a real quick run-down of that list one more time: Groceries – check. Prescription Medication – check. Apple products – check. Fashion – check. Amazon – check. The national headline news boycott of Target due to their ridiculously PC, morally bankrupt, and dangerous bathroom policy – ???

I guess the boycott had nothing to do with it!

I’m not trying to do any damage to the direct context of Revelation 17, but when the beast and the harlot run this nation’s news media outlets, it’s not only important to pay attention to what gets mentioned – it’s important to pay attention to what doesn’t get said when it comes to the cost of sin on our nation.

So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:3-5)

#boycott, #media-coverage, #news, #target

The study missed 7 other cancers that alcohol is responsible for

According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:

  • liver
  • colon
  • rectum
  • esophagus
  • larynx
  • pharynx
  • female breast.

The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.

While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause: Continue reading

#alcohol, #health, #health-issues, #news