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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

If the War of Worldviews is raging, pick a side and go on the attack!!! God or Satan?




Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 that "NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS..."

I am a soldier in a war.   The war of worldviews is really just a battle in the overall fight between good and evil.   God is good and atheism is evil.   Simplification?   Nope.   There is a Satan who seeks to cause people to worship ANYTHING OR ANYONE other than God.   Atheism is his default position because evolution is being taught as fact (what a hoot!) which allows him to receive worship by people without even being named.
 
Those who worship Allah or are Buddhists or Hindus or Zoroaster or themselves are actually worshiping the enemy of God.   Agnostics are choosing Satan by default.   This is not my opinion, it is just what the Bible teaches.    Most of you who prefer to ignore God or find another spiritual focus are not intentionally choosing to worship the Angel who rebelled and was cast out of Heaven.    Yet you are still doing it.



Galatians 1:6-10 =  
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.


As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 


For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Frankly I didn't know what I was getting into when I first began this blog in 2004.   I was a writer and had been a professional journalist and I was doing sportswriting at the time, but somehow it was not enough of an outlet.   So I began writing a personal opinion blog which very quickly became focused on the battle of worldviews between Christians and Darwinists.    I decided to hold a "Darwin is Dead" blog carnival and did that twice before the entire concept turned out to be lame.    I found myself posting not only things I disagreed with, but also content supposedly supporting my side which was somewhat weak.    At that point I decided that I would try to "vet" my sources and make sure to attribute the articles I used.

Over the years I have become acquainted with some of the ID and creation science people, wonderful people, who almost without exception are not only personable but have a sense of humor.  Some of them have suggested that I moderate all comments and filter out the trolls.   However, it makes more sense to me to let them say what they will within the rules of common decency and let readers compare what they say to what I say and what my sources say.    If you have not spent much time in the comments thread, the Darwinists generally hide behind "logical fallacies", fairy tales, spun evidence and false claims of victory if I do not respond to everything they say.   Guess what?   My life is too busy to respond to every single comment so I may or may not comment.   But the First Amendment still reigns here on my blog.

Which brings us to this post.   I believe parents and communities owe their children a balanced education rather than indoctrination in the religion of Secular Humanism starring Neo-Darwinism and its host of fairy tales and just-so stories.    I thought Apologetics Press wrote a terrific article on the subject:

Combatting Evolution Education

by  Jeff Miller, Ph.D.

There is no doubt that for several years, there has been a battle being waged for the minds of the young people of this nation with regard to the matter of origins. Will they accept the atheistic General Theory of Evolution or believe in the Creation account as detailed in Genesis chapter one? Or will they compromise between the two? Or just try to ignore the debate and stick their head in the sand?

The side that each person chooses to take in the debate could have long-lasting ramifications for them and the next generation. The atheistic choice will send them to hell, and affect the lives of all whom they influence along the way. The approach of compromise leads to an interpretation of the Bible which pits it against itself and has the potential of watering down a person’s view of a host of biblical doctrines—all ultimately boiling down to a lack of faith in “God said.” The apathetic, ostrich-like approach boils down to a person sitting on the sideline while the forces of Satan flood society uncontested. And yet Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

In light of ongoing debate over teaching the General Theory of Evolution in various public school systems, which we have been documenting for several years (e.g., Warren, 2011; Brooks, 2011; Deweese and Brooks, 2009), some have rightly asked what Christians can do to combat the forces of pseudoscience in this critical area. This question has compelled us to give a few suggestions to that end.
  1. Encourage individuals in your churce/community to run for office where they can make a difference. Sheila Butt, mother of our very own Kyle Butt, was elected to office in Tennessee where she serves as a state representative. She is, therefore, in a position of potentially significant influence in this debate.
  2. Flood decision makers with letters from people all over your area expressing your opinions on the matter. Contact other churches to assist in a concerted effort to that end. Perhaps write several versions of letters that can be used in bulk so that people will be more likely to send them in. The more letters that lawmakers receive every day, the more likely they will feel pressure to hear our voices. Try sending DVDs of our Truth Be Told and Silencing of God seminars and related books (see http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=101; http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=97; http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=421; http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=49; http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=51). Books, especially, are hard for any of us to throw away.
  3. Get the local media involved. We all know how much the politicians are affected by the media.
  4. Host Creation/Evolution, as well as Silencing of God seminars all over the state and publicize them heavily (see http://apologeticspress.org/pdfs/Seminar_flyers/APSeminarList4Speakers.pdf). I recently spoke in South Carolina, where the hosting congregation used highway billboards to advertise the seminar. In fact, they spent several thousand dollars in advertising the event, including saturating their area with postcards and radio spots about the seminar. If local churches come together to host a seminar, more money could be pooled for advertising.
  5. Engage in consistent, fervent prayer. Host weekly Tuesday night or Thursday night prayer gatherings with Christians for the sole purpose of fighting the evolutionists’ agenda in the school system. Be sure to remember the coming elections in your prayers as well. God can easily raise up individuals who can make a significant difference in this fight if we have the zeal to plead with Him for assistance.
  6. Donate Creation/Evolution materials to local community and school libraries. If the next generation is taught the truth, the future will look much more promising. Hitler certainly championed effectiveness of indoctrinating youth with his agenda and such is the position of the homosexual community today, as well.
  7. Make sure that Christian public school teachers are equipped with materials to hand out to students who ask for information on the controversy (see http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=9&article=1314).
  8. More prayer.
  9. Encourage everyone at your church (and others) not only to have a subscription to Christian evidences journals, such as our very own Reason and Revelation (for adults) and Discovery (for children), but to order subscriptions for friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. who could also benefit from the information. Some elderships have even chosen to purchase subscriptions to Discovery magazine for every young family in their congregation.
  10. Devote at least one quarter of Bible classes each year specifically on preparation to defend the truth (i.e., about the existence of God, the inspiration of the Bible, the importance of God in government and society, Creation/Evolution, etc.). The focus would be, not simply learning the material for themselves, but to prepare them to teach it to others. Perhaps even pair members of the congregation during the Bible class and have one person play the atheist and the other play the Christian to see if members are prepared to teach the truth at a moment’s notice—especially when caught without notes (cf., 1 Peter 3:15). Our Christian Evidences and Creation/Science bookmark reference cards would be beneficial for this option (see http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=281; http://www.apologeticspress.org/store/Product.aspx?pid=282).
  11. Encourage parents to consider homeschooling their children or sending them them to private Christian schools. Thousands of parents throughout the country have pulled their kids out of the public school system in order to ensure that their children are being trained in the way they should go—in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, rather than of monkeys. Some families simply cannot take advantage of this possibility (especially many single parent families). And some areas of the nation are handling the subject in an appropriate way, thus eliminating the necessity of this option. However, many areas have been so infiltrated by Satan’s forces that children are being adversely affected in ways that parents do not know and have not anticipated. Yet it is still their responsibility to train and nurture their children. All parents will be held accountable for rearing their children. It is not the duty of their teachers.
  12. Even more prayer. Encourage your church to set their phones to remind themselves to pray every two hours of every day.
  13. Encourage individuals and churches as possible to support A.P. financially on a monthly/yearly basis. Combating atheism, evolution, humanism, etc. is what we do, but as a non-profit organization that relies heavily on donations, we simply cannot do it without financial support. In spite of the state of the economy, our Web page had over 8.1 million hits last year from people in more than 180 countries. It is undeniable that your financial support will directly affect the lives of millions!
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have other ideas that would be effective in combatting atheism and macroevolution (contact our offices at 334-272-8558 or e-mail us at mail@apologeticspress.org). As always, thank you for your interest in and support of Apologetics Press.

REFERENCES

Brooks, Will (2011), “Does Evolution Belong in Biomedical Curricula?” Reason & Revelation, 31[3]:18-20, March, Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=9&article=3796.

Deweese, Joe and Will Brooks (2009), “A Response to the 21st Century Science Coalition Standards of Science Education,” Reason & Revelation, 29[6]:41-47, February, Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/apPubPage.aspx?pub=1&issue=610.

Warren, Jim (2011), “Hart Schools Chief: Evolution is Viewed as Fact in State Test,” Kentucky.Com: State, http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/12/1992514/kentuckys-plan-for-biology-tests.html.




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I am a soldier in the war far beyond writing this blog.  Last year I brought Jonathan Sarfati into the area to make presentations at two church meetings to big crowds.   The year before that I taught a class for adults at church on Creation Science.   Every fourth year I teach a series on the subject in the senior high youth group and bring the subject up at least once a year in other years.   This year I am starting a small group of adults to study the basic Old Testament books that speak to YEC like Genesis and Job and Psalms and then discuss and bring in evidence from history, paleontology, geology and etc.  There really are only two sides.   Perhaps you  are not on the battle?   But this battle is not for just the entire world.   It is a battle for YOU!   Will YOU be a Christian or deny Him?   You must admit that there are only two possible answers to that question.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Classic case of a false dichotomy.

Anonymous said...

And Radar has the gall to accuse his commenters of being trolls. Not that its surprising that he posts hateful things like "atheism is evil", what is surprising though is that he still seems to expect to be taken seriously when spouting this kind of extreme religious bigotry.

-Canucklehead.

AmericanVet said...

Atheism is evil. Better I tell you the truth now. God made the Universe and all that is in it including you. Heck, I let you grump about it if you like. But when standard Christianity is called bigotry then this culture is going downhill fast. The Founding Fathers would have called you a cad. Me? I tell you the truth, pray you believe it and then leave it to you to agree or not.

Anonymous said...

Further to my point above. You are a flaming religious bigot. This is exactly why you and your positions are of little or no consequence to 99% of the US, and even less globally. You are a christian extremist and as a result most "christians" would clearly disagree with your archaic definition of "standard christianity".

To quote one of the greats "I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
...Stephen F Roberts

And yet I'm the evil Atheist. Oh and, for the record, I also have never dealt drugs, unlike you.

-Canucklehead.

radar said...

You guys need to understand this. If I am right then I am keeping you from making the biggest mistake of your life.

If I am wrong and there is no God then you are not harmed by my warning. However, based on science, history and logic I am surely right and I want you to know the truth. It is not bigoted to express my First Amendment right to freedom of religion and speech!

radar said...

Also, Canucklehead, you are not perfect so whether you dealt drugs or not you have done wrong.

I was drafted into an Army filled with gang-bangers and crooks back in 1971 and I did fall into a bad crowd for awhile. But I realized the needle was going to kill me and put myself into treatment. Cold turkey is Hell on Earth and I have been there. I did serve my country, got my head on straight, got my honorable discharge with a top secret clearance and I am still proud that I served rather than run away to Canada.

Maybe I did deal drugs and have sex without marriage and get drunk and live a wild life in the past. When Jesus came into my life all remnants of that stuff was washed away.

Now I am considered a "pillar of the community". I have a great reputation with all sorts of businesses and government agencies around North America. I know my Senator and various local and County and State officials personally. I teach adults and teenagers. God made me into a new man while yet remaining me.

So rant and rave if you will. The bridge is out on the road you travel and if you do not stop you will fall into the bottomless pit with no way out. I am offering you hope and joy and love via Jesus Christ for free. Your choice is your choice.

radar said...

Make that 1972, typo. I was drafted in 1972 and later enlisted for a more interesting job (and some money, too) and more rank and served until the end of 1975. I was given a slightly early out to coordinate with Christmas Eve so that on Christmas Day I could be back home.

radar said...

One more thing. Everyone is born with evil inside. If you have had children you know you do not have to teach them to lie or steal or hit other kids or be selfish, etc. You have to teach them good character habits and tell them "no" a LOT especially in the early years.

So we are all born evil in part and that does not mean we are all evil. Atheism is an evil belief system but atheists are almost always part good and part evil.

Some people are sociopaths and cannot even see value in others, thus, they will pretty much do evil whenever they can and whatever they can get away with...such as Dahmer, for instance, who declared that he was just living out the precepts of evolution. After he was imprisoned he claimed to understand Christianity. He declared that he was not fit to live and hoped someone would kill him. A fellow prisoner obliged.

I do not know if Dahmer became a Christian or whether a sociopath can even do so. That is beyond me and you to know. The Bible says that God is willing that all would come to Christ. Can a sociopath decide to go against his nature and repent for actions he considers his right to do?

Anonymous said...

I may not be perfect, Radar, but I certainly have never sold drugs to anyone and, honestly, I don't care about any of that other garbage you wrote. Why would I? The truth is that this blog stands as evidence that you are still a prideful bully and scumbag. The only difference now is that you peddle lies instead of drugs. Take the whole "Kevin" debacle from a few posts ago, where in the comments section your dishonesty was exposed for all to see by scohen. I guess it looks like Jesus may have missed a spot when he was "washing" all that bad stuff away. LOL

And if you only knew how everyone in your community really viewed you... I am a business leader community volunteer and political organizer in my community and I know exactly how individuals like you are perceived. And trust me, it ain't pretty. I mean, if these people truly respected you as a "pillar of the community" as you say, and supported your positions, don't you think one of them would show up on this blog to vouch for you? Just one? We're still waiting for that to happen. Seriously though, you can't even maintain the interest of your online "friends" like hb or hawkeye (who share much more in common with you than the average christian), what makes you think anyone else even cares about what you have to say.

You are not an expert, you are simply an uneducated blowhard with a megaphone.

-Canucklehead.

Anonymous said...

" It is not bigoted to express my First Amendment right to freedom of religion and speech!"

The fact that you're using your first amendment rights has nothing to do with whether or not a comment is bigoted or not.

You're free to say anything you like, and likewise, you're responsible for what you said.

Jon Woolf said...

"If I am right then I am keeping you from making the biggest mistake of your life.

"If I am wrong and there is no God then you are not harmed by my warning."

Pascal's Wager is both logically and theologically flawed. The right choice ... is not to choose at all.

anony-mouse said...

"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
-Rush