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Christianity Thomas on 31 Jul 2009

Our president panders to the religious

Not long ago this was a legitimate question:

Is Obama a closet atheist?

Not anymore. Now Barack Obama sounds completely delusional:

Obama: I Pray All the Time Now

President Obama says he starts his day with a devotional that the director of his Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative, Pentecostal pastor Joshua DuBois, sends to his BlackBerry each day.

And though he was in the habit of praying every night before going to bed, Obama says since becoming president, he prays “all the time now.”

“I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate and I need guidance all the time,” he told ABC News’ Terry Moran in an interview for “Nightline.”

He receives guidance from a completely imaginary being – That is NOT how a rational, technologically sophisticated country should operate.

Christianity Thomas on 28 Jul 2009

10 Ways to Embrace Doubt and Find Truth

Excellent article:

10 Ways to Embrace Doubt and Find Truth

Shortly after I became a Christian, I saw a book about Jesus at the library. I couldn’t get enough of Jesus, so I brought it home and began reading. Excitement turned to horror as I realized it was arguing there was hardly any evidence that Jesus even lived, much less was a miracle-working god who rose from the dead. I was appalled. But I was also a little shaken. I never realized someone could question the existence of Jesus. Could my new found belief be wrong?

Very helpful – the baloney detection kit:

Christianity Thomas on 27 Jul 2009

You can help a new Christian see the light

“New” Christian needs help

Christianity Thomas on 27 Jul 2009

Reflections on Thunderf00t Ray Comfort discussion

Thunderf00t gives his thoughts on his discussion with Ray Comfort:

See also the discussion in this thread

Christianity Thomas on 25 Jul 2009

The Thunderf00t – Ray Comfort discussion

The invitation:

The Thunderf00t – Ray Comfort discussion :

Part 1:

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5 (can’t be found)
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 9a

There is a discussion in this thread

Christianity Thomas on 24 Jul 2009

Atheists choose ‘de-baptism’ to renounce childhood faith

Atheists choose ‘de-baptism’ to renounce childhood faith

Up until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself “a weak Christian” whose baptism at age 11 in a Kentucky church came to mean less and less to her as she gradually lost faith in God.

Then the 32-year-old medical transcriptionist took a decisive step, one that previously hadn’t been available. She got “de-baptized.”

Christianity Thomas on 24 Jul 2009

How To Get Excommunicated From the Catholic Church

How To Get Excommunicated From the Catholic Church

If you are an atheist who was once a Catholic, you should consider having yourself excommunicated. There are few more definitive and public steps you can take on behalf of the rejection of religion. Unless and until you are excommunicated, you are still counted as a Catholic. Why would you allow them to regard you as even provisionally Catholic? What are you afraid of?

Christianity Thomas on 24 Jul 2009

Crazy Indians

Millions view rare solar eclipse

The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century pitched a swath of Asia from India to China into near darkness Wednesday as millions gathered to watch the phenomenon.

But millions more, gripped by fear, shuttered themselves in. India abounds in superstitions and fables based on Hindu mythology, one of which says an eclipse is caused when a dragon-demon swallows the sun.

Christianity Thomas on 23 Jul 2009

Why God is back

“In America, modernity has not meant forcing religion into the private sphere, but letting it thrive in all its variations”

Why God is back

Hume lived before fundamentalism, of course, that later product of modernity when some religious people made the mistake of thinking that belief needed to be founded on the same certain grounds to which science appeals. The lust for certainty is the dark side of the theological free market and religious pluralism. However, it is here that Obama’s speech is such good news.

Christianity Thomas on 23 Jul 2009

Ever seen Ezekiel 4:9 bread at the health food store?

Ever seen Ezekiel 4:9 bread at the health food store? It’s made by a company called Food For Life:

Foodforlife.com

Now read Ezekiel 4:9. You decide if you want to eat their bread:

Ezekiel 4:9-15 (New International Version)

9 “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels [a] of food to eat each day and eat it at set times. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin [b] of water and drink it at set times. 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.” 13 The LORD said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”

14 Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth.”

15 “Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement.”

Why would ANYONE be a Christian?

Christianity Thomas on 23 Jul 2009

Chaplain Explains Why And When God Heals People

Chaplain Explains Why And When God Heals People. Readers respond:

Why And When God Heals People

One response:

It is fascinating to read your posts. I know exactly where you are coming from. That firm belief in the Truth you have dedicated your life to (I was a missionary for 20+ years), and all the evidence that somehow it doesn’t quite work like you expect, and all the excuses why, the compulsion to let God off the hook for not fulfilling his promises. And having to point to things like “peace” and “joy” as spectacular evidence of promise fulfillment.

As I read your posts I can’t help [seeing that] you are here with deep questions about the disconnects you are describing in the Faith.

I encourage you to step back and read your own posts from a position outside the Faith – just as a thought experiment – and see if you see what I see.

All the best on your journey.

Christianity Thomas on 22 Jul 2009

What is the TOP reason you are advocating atheism?

A great thread from the forums:

If you could take a moment, could you please tell me, in your own words, what is the TOP reason you are advocating atheism?

The answers are interesting.

Christianity Thomas on 22 Jul 2009

Watch and learn

This is what religion offers us. A person can stand up and say anything, without any evidence:

Christianity Johnson on 21 Jul 2009

Where did you get the idea that God is love?

At the 2:00 point he asks, “Where did you get the idea that God is love?”

Where did you get the idea that God is love? She thought about it for awhile, then she answered and said, “I don’t know”. I said, “Well, I’ll tell you where that idea came from. It came from the Bible. And it came from Jesus himself.” There is no such thing as the God of love outside the Biblical revelation.

He then proceeds to tell us about the True God, according to Jesus. He begins to detail it at 13:45.

The only problem with the preacher’s statement is that, if you read the Bible, it is quite clear that God and Love are mutually exclusive. There are innumerable examples in the Bible showing that God is a homicidal maniac, as demonstrated here:

“There is no such thing as the God of love outside the Biblical revelation.” That’s what he says. The problem is that the “Biblical Revelation” shows nothing of the sort. In addition, anyone who actually reads the Bible can see that the Bible is filled with nonsense. Once you see that, it becomes obvious. There is no God outside the Bible, and the Bible is nonsense. Therefore, God is imaginary.

Christianity Thomas on 21 Jul 2009

Rick Warren joins Twitter

Really:

Rick Warren joins Twitter

Warren similarly said Sunday that rather than answering the question “What are you doing?” – which he believes is “boring” – he will be using Twitter to share what he’s thinking.

“You cannot win your enemies to Christ. You can only win your friends. Treat everyone with love, respect, and dignity,” he wrote in one post.

Warren’s Twitter feed:

RickWarren

Now the obvious question – Why doesn’t God join Twitter and speak for himself?

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