What Are Some Problems of Atheism?

Here is a post from Chris Lockwood (comment) on Quora.com:

I tried to respond to this comment directly. however the site was not allowing me access.

I will dissect and refute the points that Mr. Lockwood posted, as this is a very typical response that atheists have against Christianity.

“Religions are like viruses (I do not mean this in any kind of derogatory way).”
– Oh no, I always use the word “Virus” as a term of endearment!

“To spread and remain viable, they evolve and adapt to pressures around them.”
– I wish he would have elaborated on that statement, but it is easy to just come up with such statements.

“There are a lot of dead religions today because they lacked mechanisms to ensure survival.”
– This inadvertently defends the Christian Faith, as it is the Truth and Christianity is stronger than ever.

“Twenty-first century Christianity is almost unrecognizable compared ninth century Christianity.”
– I again wish that Mr. Lockwood had elaborated more upon that statement with examples. He may have been thinking about Roman Catholicism as it is always changing and non-Christian. As well the Holy Bible has remained the same, barring different language translations, as the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Papyri confirms the written Word. (See link on bottom for an in depth article)

“Religions thrive on blind faith acceptance of authority and doctrine…”
– Blind Faith is actually dangerous. How would you know if there were false prophets? Jesus said: 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” A verse telling us that blind faith is wrong! The verse is telling us we should “test the spirits” to see if they give evidence that they are indeed from God.
– Evolution is a great example of “Blind Faith! Faith is trust in something or someone. It is a confidence that something is true even if that which is believed cannot be logically proven as being true. Faith is often based on experience, the repeatability of events with logical expectation that such events will continue in the same manner, etc. Sometimes faith is based on no evidence and no logic. This is called “blind faith”.

“…often creating an emotional attachment to their belief and a blindspot where reason is concerned. This is an enormous obstacle to overcome. As a result, atheism is viewed as a threat to the point that atheists are often demonized and ridiculed.
– Oh really, let’s see what the famous atheist Richard Dawkins has to say about that….”Ridicule (Christians) is the best response, never violence. Laugh at them, mock their ridiculous beliefs…(Twitter Jan 10 2015 9:46 AM.)

“The emotional attachment people many people have with their religion is so strong that it obscures logical discourse”
– Just like evolution?

Here is his post in full:

“Here’s the thing: Religions are like viruses (I do not mean this in any kind of derogatory way). To spread and remain viable, they evolve and adapt to pressures around them. There are a lot of dead religions today because they lacked mechanisms to ensure survival. Twenty-first century Christianity is almost unrecognizable compared ninth century Christianity.

Religions thrive on blind faith acceptance of authority and doctrine, often creating an emotional attachment to their belief and a blindspot where reason is concerned. This is an enormous obstacle to overcome. As a result, atheism is viewed as a threat to the point that atheists are often demonized and ridiculed. (This reaction is designed more to keep the religious within their ranks, rather than to convert atheists.) The emotional attachment people many people have with their religion is so strong that it obscures logical discourse”.

Chris Lockwood, Graphic Artist
Quora.com
Posted May 5, 2015

God Bless

Brian Mason

https://carm.org/a-brief-history-of-bible-translations

Margaret Sanger’s Satanically Inspired Quotes

Those who believe in abortion or the organization “Planned Parenthood” must read her quotes and her agenda. She revealed herself as a racist, pro-abortionist, sexist and eugenicist!

Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108)
Article 1. The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.
Article 4. No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit…
Article 6. No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.

April 1932 Birth Control Review, pg. 108
Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.

A Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.

“Hordes of people [are] born, who live, yet who have done absolutely nothing to advance the race one iota. Their lives are hopeless repetitions… Such human weeds clog up the path, drain up the energies and the resources of this little earth. We must clear the way for a better world; we must cultivate our garden.”
– Margaret Sanger. Birth Control: Facts and Responsibilities, 1925

My worries are that there is an apparent glorification of Satanism. We have a particular politician that could become (potentially) the President of the United States, that has overtly stated that she “admires Margaret Sanger enormously”! Abortion is simply put the greatest holocaust inflicted on man, and with my biblical understanding, Margaret Sanger is currently in Hades experiencing God’s Wrath unless she was repentant.

Matthew 18:6New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it [a]would be better for him to have a [b]heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

The murderer’s of the unborn will face God! Those who promote and supply funding to Planned Parenthood will also face the Wrath of God! Guaranteed!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Morality, God or Science?

Here is the debate between Frank Turek and Michael Shermer, in April 2015.

Dr. Michael Shermer vs. Dr. Frank Turek, Debate Shermer vs. Turek, Morality, Science or God, New York Apologetics – For more information (list of segments with times) you can watch the debate at http://www.newyorkapologetics.com

God Bless

Brian Mason

Is A Christian Able To Reach Perfection?

Matthew 5:48 (NASB)
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The answer is a cautious “yes.” When Matthew 5:48 is carefully translated the word “perfect” means “to be complete.” We are to mirror or imitate God the Father in His moral supremacy and “completeness.” Is it possible to reflect the “integrity” of God’s moral superiority? A significant number of Christians believe that to achieve this supremacy is attainable. Those Christians that subscribe to such beliefs are following what is called “perfectionism.”

However, the harsh reality is that we Christians live in this world, and there are many pitfalls. The majority of Christians fall way short of perfection. Even the Apostle Paul had a wrestling match with sin as he wrote:

Romans 7: 14-25 (NASB)
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

For every sin and temptation, God will give us an escape plan. That flight is given to us by God’s grace! In theory, we can all achieve perfection, however living in a fallen world it is extremely unlikely! The only person I know that was perfect was Jesus Christ.

Psalm 19:7 (NASB)
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

God Bless
Brian Mason

Should A Woman Be Put To Death For Not Being A Virgin?

Atheists like to bring up the old covenant laws as fuel for their hatred of the God of the Bible. The book of Deuteronomy is a good source for their accusations of an “evil God” without actually taking scripture in context. Read;

Deuteronomy 22: 13-21 (NASB)

13 “If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then turns against her, 14 and charges her with shameful deeds and publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,’ 15 then the girl’s father and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. 16 The girl’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man for a wife, but he turned against her; 17 and behold, he has charged her with shameful deeds, saying, “I did not find your daughter a virgin.” But this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city. 18 So the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him, 19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the girl’s father because he publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days.
20 “But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin, 21 then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

The scripture from Deuteronomy looks very harsh when you compare it to today’s morality. Judging a scripture using today’s morality is problematic. Trying to tie in the morality of 3000 years ago on the same scale as the morality of today will seem difficult to understand. Sexual purity was paramount unlike the culture of today!

When an Israelite had reason to believe that his wife to be was not a virgin he could make a formal protest to the elders of the city. The parents needed to give proof of the daughter’s virginity. If the evidence was satisfactory, the husband was not allowed to divorce his wife and had to pay a fine or dowry (proof was likely a blood stain on her garment or sheet). On the other hand, if the accusation of the husband were to be correct the woman would be put to death. The death sentence was not because she wasn’t a virgin, it was the woman’s deceptive behavior.
These laws were certainly severe, but the law of that magnitude is not enforced anymore due to the new covenant.

Luke 22: 17-20 (NASB)
17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 And in the same way, He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.

The new covenant does not “approve” of the moral sins, and we are not to be violent to anyone as the old Theonomic, system was done away with, read;
Hebrews 8: 13 (NASB)
13 When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

God Bless
Brian Mason

Existentialism

Existentialism is based upon Soren Kierkegaard’s* philosophical work. This movement accentuates that “existence is before essence.” Individual choices are put above moral absolutes and in a nutshell “truth is found within personal experiences.” Moral truths are denied! This is a dangerous philosophy as, it denies a greater power such as God, and only deals with one’s subjectivity.

*Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish Philosopher who died in November 1855.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Dangers Of Shamanism

This article is about the dangers of the modern New Age practices. This has captured the hearts and souls of its practitioners. Listed in this section are the leading practices and some of its consequences. The New Age is a huge market in the western world mostly in the form of best-selling books and being promoted on highly rated talk shows as something that is for your well-being, well maybe not;

“There are four ways to use shamanic power—for healing, for manipulation, for acquisition and malevolent action…. Manipulatory shamanism is [sic] to do with manipulating the environment for personal gain and without regard for the consequences. Malicious shamanism is tied up with intentionally causing injury, illness or death and can be applied to people, places, and the environment.”
Frazier, “Shamanic Survival Skills,” p. 37.

Does this sound like something that is beneficial? This is purely Satanic in nature and highly egocentric!

“In other words, the shaman is one who acquires knowledge of both good and evil spirits, often attempting either to use both or to bring both into “harmony” Albert Villoldo, “A Journey of Initiation of Don Edwardo Calderon,” Shaman’s Drum, Fall 1985, p. 20.

Sexual perversion is associated with certain shamanistic practices as well. Many shamans become homosexual, androgynous under the direction of their “spirit guides,” sometimes leading to suicide!

“The dissolution of contraries—life and death, light and dark, male and female—and reconstitution of the fractured forms is one of the most consistent impulses in the initiation and transformation process as experienced by the shaman…. During mysteries of initiation such as those of shamanic election, androgyny can appear at two very significant moments in this sacred continuum: at its inception and its termination. Among Siberian peoples, androgynous shamans seem to be unusually prevalent. … The spirit ally, or ke’let, demands that the young man becomes a “soft man being.” Many instances of suicide among young shamans occurred as a result of their refusal to meet this requirement. Nonetheless, most neophytes complied in spite of their profound social and psychological ambivalence. The transformation process is heralded by the spirits guiding the young man to braid his hair like a woman’s. Next, the spirits, through dreams, prescribe women’s clothing for the young man.The third stage of this initiation entails a total feminization of the male shaman. The youth who is undergoing the process relinquishes his past male behaviors and activities and adopts the female role. His spirits are guiding and teaching him the woman’s way. His mode of speech changes as well as his behavior, and on certain occasions, so does his body. Even his physical character changes. Generally speaking, he becomes a woman with the appearance of a man. The “soft man” comes to experience himself sexually as a female. With the help of his spirit allies, he can attract the attention of eligible men, one of whom he chooses to be his husband. The two marry and live as a man and wife, often until death, performing their appropriate social and sexual roles.” Halifax, Shamanic Voices, pp. 23-24.

Demonic possession of shamans can lead to horrible experiences;

“The initial experience of possession, particularly, is often a disturbing, even traumatic experience. Where the successor shows reluctance in assuming his heavy duties, the spirits remind him forcefully of his obligations by badgering him with trials and tribulations until he acknowledges defeat and accepts their insistent prodding.” Lewis, Ecstatic Religion, p. 66.

As you can see, the practice of shamanism is a highly dangerous and immoral practice. Perversion, self-gain and manipulation using the spirit world all wrapped up in a box that looks very enlightening to the unsuspecting person looking for “ higher meaning”!
I will turn to the Holy Bible now and see what it reads on such divination and sorcery;

Leviticus 19: 26, 26 “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.
“‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.

Deuteronomy 18: 10-13 10 Let no one is found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

It is evident not only by common sense that such divination is evil, God is giving a stern warning not to become enamored with such practices, let alone become ensnared in shamanism. We as Christians must pray for those souls that enter into such a demonic system.

God Bless

Brian Mason