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Are Atheists Insecure about their Worldview?

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In this article, I am interested in observing the sociological phenomenon concerning the Atheist community as it relates to falsely labeling, and in extreme cases, deifying particular scientists against their will. Moreover, there is a pattern in the Atheist community to associate historical persons as having a nonreligious disposition despite strong evidence to the contrary.

For example, Neil DeGrasse is associated with Atheism, even though he has publicly stated his preference to be called a scientist. In addition, Carl Sagan was an Agnostic more closely aligned with the philosophical beliefs of Spinoza–Pantheism, than he would be of Atheism as we know it today. Not sure how Mr. Sagan would react today by the deification of his being, Saganism, and the wide following by Atheists.

The picture presented in this article is an example of false branding of historical persons by the Atheist community. Firstly, Jefferson was a Deist and antagonistic towards Christianity, but definitely not an Atheist. Secondly, Albert Einstein, similar to Carl Sagan, followed the beliefs of Spinoza and considered god to be impersonally detached from the cosmos. Thirdly, Abraham Lincoln revered the Bible. Not sure how he made it. Fourthly, Charles Darwin absolutely believed in evolution, but believed God was in control of the natural processes involved–Theistic Evolution. Fifthly, Mark Twain was certainly non-religious and despised the teachings of Christian Science by Mary Eddy Baker, but he wrote in his dialogue Three Statements of the Eighties, “I believe in an Almighty God, but not in revelation.” Lastly, Benjamin Franklin was a friend of George Whitefield, the greatest Anglican cleric and evangelist responsible for the spread of the Great Awakening.

My point is merely to observe the sociological phenomenon involved with Atheism as it relates to incorrectly labeling, profiling, and in extreme cases, deifying particular humans to legitimize their worldview. Of course, I am open to understanding more about the psychology involved in the Atheistic community and whether or not this sociological phenomenon directly affects their atheistic tendencies or not.

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Same-Sex Marriage is not Supreme

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Sadly, under the guise of “civil rights,” same-sex marriage has become legal in all 50 states. While I am confident that the separation of church and state ideology will be readily proclaimed in the marketplace, it’s quite clear that the illusion of liberty of conscience has been judged and found wanting.

As a Christian, I realize all of us are sinners and in need of the grace and mercy of Christ. I am no better than those who choose a homosexual lifestyle and pray for God to humble me everyday. However, I can’t condone same-sex marriage because it violates the very nature of creation and the Creator of the world. 

As a pastor, if a heterosexual couple came up to me and said, “marry me,” and I found out they were living together or just wanted a beautiful “traditional” wedding, I would refuse to marry them until they trusted in Christ. Why would someone want my blessing by God if they didn’t believe in the same God I worship? The same is true for same-sex couples. The bible teaches that it’s sin just like living together before marriage is sin and I believe Gods word is clear on the subject. Consequently, if put into a situation where a same-sex couple or heterosexual couple co-habitating before marriage asks me to marry them, even if it’s breaking the law or considered a hate crime, my answer is a prayerful “no.” I will obey God before men.

I do pray that wisdom and insight be given to our President as this will lead to a further cultural divide among the people who feel their freedom “of” religion is being taken away by a secularized, totalitarian-oriented freedom “from” religion agenda. Mr. President, I will continue to pray for you because God has chosen you to lead our nation. Supreme Court, you made one of the most important decisions that will personally affect all generations. While I strongly disagree with your decision, I will be praying for you too.

Christians, do not lose heart but trust in God. I want to end with a quote from my preaching professor, Dr. Hershel York. He said: “The first marriage was between a perfect man and a perfect woman. The last marriage will be between a glorified man, the Lord Jesus, and his sanctified bride, the church. Between those two weddings, humanity has marred and defaced the institution of marriage in many ways, including this new way. But the Lord Jesus will have the last say.”

Nepal Earthquake Devastates Land, Killing Thousands

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Photo Credit: NPR

On April 25th, 2015 at 11:58 A.M, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, was devastated by a 7.8 earthquake. Sadly, more than 2,430 people died in this city alone. Approximately 2,500 others living in India and China also perished from this massive shaking of the ground.

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, was named after the Kathmandap Temple. In Sanskrit, the word Kastha (काष्ठ) means “wood” and Mandap (/मण्डप) means “covered shelter.” Unfortunately, the city’s unique name wasn’t enough to safeguard a high wall monastery, a mud and brick cottage, various high-rise buildings, and many historic places of worship for Buddhists and Hindus living in the area from collapsing to pieces.

The city has a rich and diverse history. It was an important trading center on the Silk Road that linked India, Tibet, and China together. It still remains an important trading center for agriculture, metal casting, and woodcarving. Not only is Kathmandu known for it’s enormous treasure house of art and sculpture, it is renown for its economic development. The Nepal Stock Exchange, The National Bank, and the Chamber of Commerce all reside here.

There are more than 1 million people who live in this metropolitan area. The majority of them are part of the Newar tribe–indigenous people who love and care for others. Tourists noticed that it wasn’t the government or the police helping out the afflicted. It was ordinary citizens rescuing people from collapsing buildings, providing communal kitchens to feed the hungry, and aiding thousands through medical care.

Psalm 10:17 says, “You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,” Please continue to pray for these precious people who lost their family, friends, and loved ones. Ask God to send volunteers around the world to help rescue the injured, serve meals to the displaced, and share the good new of Jesus Christ. May God also remind us to be thankful for all that He has given to us. In Jesus name. Amen.

Afghan Insider Attacks US troops at Camp Qargha near Kabul

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On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 16 American and British troops at Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, were attacked by an Afghan insider dressed in an army uniform. At least three coalition troops, including a two star Major General, were killed in the tragic incident. The general has not been named, and is currently the highest ranking member of the American military to be killed in the Afghanistan war since its inception on October 7th, 2001.

General Mohammed Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry, said the killer was a “terrorist in an army uniform.” Intelligent sources are still uncertain whether the individual was a member of the Afghanistan military or part of the terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and Taliban. Azimi said the shooter had been killed.

Since 2012, killings by uniformed Afghans of foreign soldiers has increased as NATO and other international troops began working closely with the people of Afghanistan to help fight against the local insurgents and terrorist organizations there. For instance, in Helmand, Captain Walter Reid Barrie was shot and killed in the Nad Ali District on November 11th, two British soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman last October and in the same month, another militant police officer poisoned at least six Afghan people.

Please continue to pray for the families of those who lost their lives, and also for the country of Afghanistan. There is a lot of uncertainty with what is going to happen as more international troops continue pulling out of this country.