Most Bloodshed In The Name Of God?

A common objection from unbelievers that is presented as fodder to support their hatred of God is that “most blood has been spilled in the name of God, more than any other cause.”

This objection is just flat out incorrect, and a vain attempt at taking away the Majesty of our Glorious Creator! The atheist will also expand that objection to saying that “God and Christianity are the greatest source of evil that has ever been!”

If one were only to look at reality and facts, one would see that this is incorrect! As well, why the atheist would bring this up as a point is fruitless in trying to prove that there is no God!
Arguing that violence in the name of God is proof he is evil or just does not exist is foolish, to say the least. Attaching the name of Christ to violence that is done in his name has no idea of the Gospel.

The greatest cause of evil has stemmed from the denial of God not following Him.

If one were to lift up a copy of the Guinness Book of Records, you would see the stats of the horrors brought to humankind was indeed from institutionalized atheism! 130 Million plus have been wiped out by Stalin, Lenin, Khrushchev, Pol Pot collectively. One-third of the eight million Khmers were wiped out under the communist Khmer Rouge!

Dear Christians, I ask you to hold unbelievers “feet to the fire” when this ridiculous statement is made as a statement of hatred to our Loving and Glorious God! Ask them, “Are you sure that is true?”
“Where did you get that idea from?”

Please pray that the unbelievers to become elect by God. They are still creatures made in the image of God!

Matthew 5:43-48New American Standard Bible (NASB)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

God Bless,

Brian Mason

Charles Darwin And The Nonsense Of Atheism

As Richard Dawkins the high priest of the belief of atheism loves to point out that Charles Darwin was an atheist, Darwin only became an atheist after the death of his daughter Annie in 1851, just eight years before his first publication of “The Origin of Species”. You will note though that atheism really had little to do with the bankrupt evolutionary theory. The atheism started to hit high gear when T.H. Huxley had taken the wheel. Huxley had a political agenda that was to rally against the religious authority that was in the British education system.

Evolution as a theory was around since the days of Saint Augustine, when he produced an exegesis on the Book of Genesis as he proposed that creation was “over a length of time that he dare not conjecture” (1). The idea of evolution was not totally rejected by the Church back then obviously! The theory of evolution predated Darwin; Pierre-Louis Maupertius  wrote:

“Could we not explain in this manner (fortunate change) how the multiplication of the most dissimilar species could have sprung from just two individuals? They would owe their origin to some fortuitous productions in which the elementary parts deviated from the order maintained in the parents. Each degree of error would have created a new species, and as a result of repeated deviations the infinite diversities of animals that we see today would have come about” (2)

There was and still is this battle that the evolutionist atheists are fighting against Christianity (not “religion”…Christianity!) as the atheist wants to believe “they” are a cosmic accident that just “happened”, then accountability for their actions goes out the window! Besides why would anyone believe what they say? Their brains may not have evolved that far, as to say what they say is indeed correct? By their own words they claim they are just a bag of chemicals. I wouldn’t trust them from that standpoint alone!

“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out it has no meaning: Just as. if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark” C.S. Lewis (3)

Proverbs 1: 7 (NIV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

God Bless

Brian Mason

(1) Pierre-Louis Maupertius: System de la Nature, 2: 164

(2) Miller, Walter M.,Jr. (1959) A Canticle for Leibowitz, p. 209

(3) C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Jesus Existed(and still does)! Testimony of Non-Christian Sources

Jesus had enemies don’t fool yourself. There is a crystal clear picture in the Gospels of a battle between Jesus and the Jewish religious powers.  John 13: 22

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[c]

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

When Jesus taught the masses were divided, and in fact some wanted to kill him on the spot! John 5: 18

18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

The Jews saw his ministry as a paramount threat to them. So Jesus’ death was conspired by them and they succeeded. The Jewish reaction indicates that they were not able to deny important facets of the Christian story. In fact the Jews tried to discredit Jesus as the Messiah by saying he was the son of a Roman soldier and not born of a virgin, and discrediting his Divine powers. John 8: 40-41

40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”

The Babylonian Talmud describes Christ’s Death:

It has been taught: On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu. And an announcer went out, in front of him, for forty days saying “He is going to be stoned, because he practiced sorcery and enticed and led Israel astray. Anyone knowing anything in his favor let him come and plead on his behalf. But, not having found anything in his favor, they hanged him on the eve of Passover.

Then there was Josephus a Jewish Historian who lived around AD 37, he wrote:

Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct to this day.

There were Roman Antagonists that affirmed Jesus’ existence and all knew Jesus claimed to be God:

Lucian of Samosato (ad 115-200)

Celsus (2ND Century)

Porphryr of Tyre (ad 233)

They all knew Jesus claimed to be God.

There were many neutral writers that confirmed Jesus existence also:

Cornelius Tacitus (ad 55-120) and he wrote that Jesus was crucified under Pilates Jurisdiction.

Pliny the Younger (ad 112) wrote that “Christians of his day sang hymns to Christ and to God”

Evangelical scholar Gary Habermas did an exhaustive survey of ancient sources and wrote in his book “The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ”, and reported:

We have examined a total of 45 ancient sources for the life of Jesus, which include 19 early creedal, four archaeological, 17 non-Christian, and 5 non- New Testament Christian sources. From this data we have enumerated 129 reported facts concerning the life, person, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus…While some believe that we know almost nothing about Jesus from ancient, non-New Testament sources, this is plainly not the case.

 

God Bless

Brian Mason

Atheism: Is It Feasible?

When you ask an atheist what their worldview is, they will answer boldly state the negative position and that is that “God does not exist”. But can that position actually show a stitch of evidence to prove itself? To begin with they cannot prove a negative, demonstrating that there is NO God.
Some atheists will say that they “lack belief in a God”. Well my German Shepard also “lacks belief in God”. The atheist is in a very tough position to prove a negative.

On a larger scale, the atheist must invalidate evidences for the existence of God! Simply put; if the unbeliever says “there is no God”, then that unbeliever must know everything? Pushed on the subject they will state that the origin of the universe and life itself was a cosmic accident called “ The Big Bang”. This theory implies that through odds too great to count, all the correct particles in the “beginning” collided and created the universe! I would like to now call the theory “The Big Implosion”. The theory falls all over itself. Come on now, life came from non-life? Where did those supposed “particles” come from?

No the Atheist position is NOT feasible!

Psalm 14: 1-3
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

2 The LORD looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

God Bless

Brian Mason

What Is “The New Atheism” And What Are They Cooking?

In ancient written history since the times of Epicurus (341-270 BC) and other pleasure seeking materialists there have always been atheists. What makes the so-called “New Atheist” any different?

A renowned American Sociologist of Religion Rodney Stark, describes them as simply “angry and remarkably nasty”. Let’s look at three points to chew on, shall we?

First, their arguments against God’s existence are very weak. They seem to be very uneducated on what it is they are criticizing. Their arguments are simply not intellectually sound. However they still bring up important questions on the “Problem of Evil” but their argument usually ends up in a heap of rhetoric and don’t form a solid argument about the subject.

Rodney Stark also brings up the point in regards to the uneducated backing of their position, and writes,“To expect to learn anything about important theological problems from Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennet (famous Neo-Atheists) is like expecting to learn about medieval history from someone that had only read Robin Hood.”

Secondly, they like to emphasize cool-headed, scientifically sound rationality; however they themselves express their position in passionate anger sprinkled with vitriol! Michael Novak, author of “No One Sees God” wrote about the New Atheists writing’s “they have an odd defensiveness about them – as though they were a sign not of victory but of desperation.”

Thirdly, why are the New Atheists not willing to own up to horrible acts committed in the name of Atheism? Names like Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin come to mind. On the other hand they expect Christians to own up to heinousness acts done in the name of Jesus? Any Christian or Atheist that has a spattering of intellectual honesty knows that the Biblical Jesus would never condone such actions, as the Crusades and Spanish Inquisitions.

Paul Copan in his book “Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God” writes and I paraphrase, “Since September 11th, 2001, the terror attacks on the Twin Towers and on the Pentagon, the New Atheists have capitalized on evil done in the name of religion” “to tar all things religious with the same brush, even though the term “religious” is hard to define.

Lastly, there seems to be a complete disregard from the New Atheists and blatant refusal to acknowledge the well documented positive influence of the Christian Faith. Actually Christianity laid down the Foundations of Modern Science, promoting human rights, overthrowing slavery and the list goes on…

So I will say in conclusion that the so-called “New Atheists” are just the same old Atheists but considerably more angry. When using Richard Dawkins as their Patriarch they,(the New Atheist’s) should really consider that his accusations that God is a Moral Monster, etc, can be quickly refuted. I would suggest that the New Atheist does his or her own homework before lashing out. And have some humility if shown the correct way.

I have had conversations with atheists,and I don’t hear them give any well grounded evidence for the validity of of their own religion of atheism! They can’t show any “proofs” that God does not exist; at least, none that I have heard or read, especially since you can’t prove a negative regarding the existence of God.

God Bless!

Brian Mason