Another fantastic article on Pokemon.
From a Christian Perspective. Any thoughts?
I came across a very good show that you can call in to that airs on Sunday nights. You use “Google Hangouts” to hook up with them. Always a good watch and the show brings up great dialogue between Christians and atheists. The program is hosted by Tim Hurd and regular guests including Matt Slick from CARM.ORG Also available on Youtube.com
“Why do people laud this man as a deep thinker? He is amazingly facile in his thought and his answers. Here is an example. Update: I keep forgetting that when you address atheism on YouTube, you turn off comments since atheists have no moral restraints so as to control their tongues, or, in this case, their keyboards. My apologies.” Dr. James White.
Okay this debate was well received! I will keep my input silent…
Although many people feel that Buddhism is a wonderful religion or non-religion (that definition appears to be on which follower you ask), and is harmless and has many good points. Many overlook the evidence or lack of it and not realize that it is the work of the devil. It keeps followers of the faith of Buddhism away from the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus clearly said John 14:6 ““I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”” No other way to Salvation other than through Jesus!
“The history of Buddhism is problematic. It has grown from the cultural practices and beliefs from particular parts of the East and there seems to be no evidence for Buddhist beliefs. Not only that, but the Buddha himself lacks any evidence for his existence, apart from the fact that many varied and contradictory stories were once passed on orally for hundreds of years before being written down. It is impossible to separate fact from fable.
*Buddhist traditions all claim that through a long and accurate teacher-student lineage, their practices were those ordained by the Buddha. Yet major divisions exist between the branches of Buddhism as to what practices are good, what are bad, and what the beliefs of the religion are. It is clear that with so many contradictory claims, most Buddhists must therefore be wrong in their beliefs.”
I found this quote from the Dalai Lama troubling:
““Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
First I wonder where the he gets the idea of “good”? What moral standard does that statement come from? Coming from an atheistic belief (sic), he must steal that from God! Second, how could this statement be more confusing to the buddhist? Third, I would suggest that believing in God DOES MATTER! You won’t want to say to God on judgment day, “I didn’t believe in you”!
Psalm 9:8 (NASB)
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
*Criticisms of Buddhism http://www.humanreligions.info/buddhism_criticism.html
This comes directly from the website http://mindfulnessinschools.org:
“A brief history of mindfulness
Mindfulness is said to have originated in Buddhist thinking and meditation practice over two and a half thousand years ago. Its original purpose was to address and relieve self-induced suffering caused by the dysfunctional ways people habitually tend to respond to their experience.
Over the last 30 years, mindfulness has become secularized and simplified to suit a Western context. In the 1970’s anecdotal and research findings of the ability of meditation to reduce unhealthy psychological symptoms triggered interest in mindfulness as a healthcare intervention. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts introduced the first eight week structured mindfulness skills training programme which gave considerable psychological, and some physical, relief, to patients experiencing intractable severe pain and distress from a wide range of chronic physical health conditions.
Since then mindfulness interventions and research have proliferated across the world, and the emerging evidence base suggests that mindfulness has a wide range of potential applications.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Buddhism dressed up in a slightly different package. This should come as an outrage to Christians! The secular school (brainwashing) system has forbidden prayer and bibles in the classroom and now teach Buddhism! This is Satanic and should NOT be practiced by anyone especially Christians. This is being taught along with Yoga.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ reports: “The last decade has seen a huge spike in secular applications of mindfulness, the practice of focusing our attention on our thoughts, feelings, and the environment in the present moment. While the first wave of mindfulness-based programs was for adults, more recent efforts have targeted the well-being of children and adolescents; as a result, mindfulness programs in schools are becoming more and more widespread.”
This is a serious problem Christian. We must fight this satanic practice now!
Deuteronomy 18:9-11 (NIV)
9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be 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.
The origins of the office of the pope were pagan in its inception. What the Roman Catholic Church wants you to believe is that the apostle Peter was the first “pope,” however scripture refutes this claim. In fact, the theology of the Roman Catholic Church reads that if anyone denies that Peter was the first Bishop of Rome, they shall be accursed!
Nowhere in the New Testament does it say that Peter took on any role of “pope,” in fact, the Gospels do not even show a whisper of any evidence that any of the apostles held any position of primacy! Jesus treated all His disciples the same and demonstrated this by conferring with all of them.
1 Peter 5: 1-5 (NASB)
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet aslording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Does that read as if Peter views himself as pope? No, he speaks as a fellow pastor/elder! Look if Peter shows us absolutely no evidence of him being the “Vicar of Christ” and it is nowhere indicated in the writing’s of Paul, why should we trust the Roman Catholic Church of such proclamations of the papacy of Peter?
As for the Roman Catholic term “Vicar of Christ,”” the word “Vicar” is defined as a “substitute.” This is the thought pattern of the RCC as they have stated that Peter is that “substitute” as he is the Lords representation on earth. This is blasphemous as Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit is the “Vicar of Christ,” read John 14: 16 (NASB)
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
Also read John 16: 5-11 (NASB)
5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
I conclude that inlight of evidence of the holy scriptures, the institution of the Papacy has zero credibility.
I pray that the Roman Catholic today, pray for true revelation, and listen to the Word of God in the scriptures. Read: Acts 17: 24-25
24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;
It is in fact not found in any of the Holy Scriptures. It is a heresy of the Roman Catholic Church.
*“The use of holy water in the earliest days of the Christian Era is attested by documents of only comparatively late date. The “Apostolic Constitutions,” the redaction of which goes back to about the year 400, attribute to the Apostle St. Matthew the precept of using holy water. The letter written under the name of Pope Alexander I, who lived in the second century, is apocryphal and of more recent times; hence the first historical testimony does not go back beyond the fifth century. However, it is permissible to suppose for the sake of argument that, in the earliest Christian times, water was used for expiatory and purificatory purposes, to a way analogous to its employment under the Jewish Law.”
*(http://www.newadvent.org) emphasis added.
In fact, some eastern religions, Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists employ the use of so-called Holy Water.
**“In Ancient Greek religion, a holy water called chernips (Greek: χέρνιψ) was created when a torch from a religious shrine was extinguished in it. In Greek religion, purifying people and locations with water was part of the process of distinguishing the sacred from the profane.
The Book of Numbers mentions using water in a test for the purity of a wife accused of marital infidelity. A ritual would be performed involving the drinking of water. If she participated in the ceremony, and she was guilty, she is supposedly cursed to miscarry any pregnancy. If she was still able to bear children, then she was presumed innocent.
Sikhs use the Punjabi term amrita (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ) for the holy water used in the baptism ceremony known as Amrit Sanskar or Amrit Chhakhna.
In Wicca and other ceremonial magic traditions a similar substance is produced when salt is mixed with water. It is consecrated and used in many religious ceremonies and rituals.
Bathing in holy water is an essential element in Hinduism, and the Ganges is considered the most sacred Hindu river.’
The Book of Numbers mentioning the use of water for purification was of Old Testament Jewish purification law and has been abolished since the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. And that means nothing today when the Roman Catholic Church professes to be still under the Law!
Numbers 8:7 (ESV) 7 Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them go with a razor over all their body, and wash their clothes and cleanse themselves.
Please pray for the Roman Catholic and all others that rely on such heretical ceremonies! We are saved by faith alone!
Romans 4: 5 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,
Actually no it is forbidden in the Bible! It was a pagan custom to kiss the feet of emperors!
Acts 10: 25-26 (NASB)
25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.”
Rev 22: 8-9 (ESV)
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
Please pray for the Roman Catholic.
1. Cut the vitriol. Personal attacks are unacceptable. I will cut off ANYONE including the atheist when they get personal.
2. When the atheist IS cut off, please don’t consider it a victory for yourself. God commands us to move along and not waste our time with fools. Ecclesiastes 7: 5 “It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.”
3. Remain consistent! The lack of consistency is the sign of failed argument.
4. Stop the cut and paste from poorly researched anti-Christian websites/blogs.
5. Please read and quote biblical scriptures in context.
6. Please learn some theology.
7. Please don’t railroad me with 20 questions in one comment. I have found that tactic called “steamrolling” (Greg Koukl – Tactics) to be incredibly annoying and I will only answer one question at a time if I can.
8. Forget the movie “Zeitgeist” ever existed! This horribly done mockumentary has been debunked over and over.
9. THINK before you type or speak. That would be refreshing.
10. My biggest wish is for the unbeliever to use their real name. Fake names are a shield and license to type whatever you want with no accountability. Please don’t say you need to do it for your protection. Frankly, if you are having a cordial conversation, you would not have to hide behind a disguise.
2 Corinthians 4: 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.