FAITH AND SPIRITUAL LINKS

These links will send you to Faith, Spiritual and/or Inspirational sites. Find answers to your questions about Faith. We are Christians, so most of the links are pointed in that direction. Christianity is not only a set of beliefs, but leads us to a relationship with God, which allows us to put those beliefs into practice, with love.


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ATHEISM

"Tolerance of pervasive myth and superstition in modern society is not a virtue.Religious fundamentalism has gone main stream and its toll on education, science, and social progress is disheartening.Wake up people!! We are smart enough now to kill our invisible gods and oppressive beliefs.It is the responsibility of the educated to educate the uneducated, lest we fall prey to the tyranny of ignorance."They even have videos, so the Atheists don't have to be able to read.

"This is the challenge posed by the New Atheists. We are called upon, we lax agnostics, we noncommittal nonbelievers, we vague deists who would be embarrassed to defend antique absurdities like the Virgin Birth or the notion that Mary rose into heaven without dying, or any other blatant myth; we are called out, we fence-sitters, and told to help exorcise this debilitating curse: the curse of faith."
"The New Atheists will not let us off the hook simply because we are not doctrinaire believers. They condemn not just belief in God but respect for belief in God. Religion is not only wrong; it's evil."
""How much do we regard children as being the property of their parents?" Dawkins asks. "It's one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society stepping in? What about bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods?""
These atheists don't want us to have the right to believe in God. They think belief in God is a form of insanity. Read this amazing article by an agnostic dealing with the hardline atheists.

"The very fact that Wolf remains unconvinced by the arguments promoted by the New Atheists is itself significant. What Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett--along with the other New Atheists--really demand is that society must place itself in the hands of a new and militant atheistic priesthood. Science as defined by these new priests, would serve as the new sacrament and as the means of salvation."

"They're mad, and their not going to take it any more. There has been a spate of books, TV shows, NPR interviews, magazine stories and the like involving one or more of the angry atheists."
"Indeed, from what we can tell they have always been a tiny minority. Maybe that's why they are so angry. I mean we are supposed to be not only in the age of reason, we are supposed to be in the space age, 'boldly going where no one has gone before'. And maybe this is one reason for the proud man's contumely. They just can't understand why people are still bothering to believe all this 'religious' stuff."

"For the new atheists, believing in God is a form of stupidity, which sets off their own intelligence. They write as if they were the first to discover that biblical miracles are improbable, that Parson Weems was a fabulist, that religion is full of superstition. They write as if great minds had never before wrestled with the big questions of creation, moral law and the contending versions of revealed truth. They argue as if these questions are easily answered by their own blunt materialism. Most of all, they assume that no intelligent, reflective person could ever defend religion rather than dismiss it." An article from Wall Street Journal, of all places, defending faith in God.

"...the New Atheists become more and more vocal in their opposition to faith in general and Christian faith in particular, they cannot help but draw upon the tenets of faith in order to make their points. And that, as rational beings should see, is telling evidence that they are wrong."

"Can the atheistic worldview present a logical reason for the abstract laws of logic? I think not. But, the Christian world view can." Imagine that. Christianity is logical, but the atheistic view is not. You don't hear that very often. Read the whole article.
There are also many other interesting articles which tackle Atheism from a Christian perspective at .


"> The above quote generator is from one of the atheistic websites. I really did think for a while about whether I should put this on our site. If this offends you, I am very sorry.

As I read several of the quotes, I realized how lame they are. The sayings may be clever, with a nifty twist and written by a famous person, but they have no depth, they have no ability to lift up the human spirit, they are not words of encouragement. They are mostly just pot-shots at man-made religion and selfish people. I take shots at man-made religion and selfish people, myself.

Sometimes, religion has little to do with God, and much to do with man's interpretations and understanding. Men make mistakes and do not fully understand. Atheists are no different, they make mistakes and do not understand, also. For God's part, He just wants to have a loving relationship with us, and that is not religion.

This also shows, above all else, that atheists believe they have superior intelligence. They see people of faith as sheep. There are also many intelligent people of faith, and there are answers to all of these clever slogans. But it mostly seems that they have missed the most important concepts from God; love and a forgiving spirit, and the fullness and peace these add to our lives. Those things don't require intelligence, but you wouldn't be very smart to reject them.


Be very careful what you read. This is another unbelievable article. This one, about Jesus, is from The "Freedom From Religion Foundation". From their viewpoint Jesus is not peaceful or compassionate, Jesus is anti-family values, Jesus is against equality and social justice, Jesus gave bad moral advice, Jesus was unreliable and a bad example. "Why is Jesus so special? It would be more reasonable and productive to emulate real, flesh-and-blood human beings who have contributed to humanity--mothers who have given birth, scientists who have alleviated suffering, social reformers who have fought injustice--than to worship a character of such dubious qualities as Jesus."

Be Very careful what you read and who you listen to. They are using Bible scripture to prove all of their points. He even admits after the article, that he took the verses out of context. But this just shows how some people will purposely bend and twist the truth without offering a shred of evidence to support their viewpoint. And they make references to sources which are not even a little reliable, but that source supports their viewpoint. There are lots of scholarly writings which prove the physical evidence that Jesus existed. In fact most skeptics accept that Jesus was a real person. Only a desparate person would argue that point. But the evidence that the Bible is a true and accurate document continues to pile up, using archelogy and contemporary historical documents.

These articles make me feel really bad for the people who believe these concepts. They seem to have a negative outlook and are desparately looking for something to be able to hold on to, something to believe in. I personally believe that, in context, Jesus is a trustworthy example of how to approach life and his words are true and uplifting.

Generally, I have found that skeptics don't have any problems with Jesus. Skeptics usually accept that Jesus was a real person and his moral teachings and spiritual concepts are at the highest level. But where the skeptic has problems is with religion, religious organizations and phoney Christians. Usually, those have nothing to do with Jesus. The religious are playing mental or power games. And the phoney Christians are trying to play the religious games, but they don't read their Bible enough to know what is right or wrong.

Mahatma Gandhi was asked by someone, "What is the greatest hindrance to Christianity in India?" His reply was, "Christians." Gandhi also said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ". Gandhi was no Johnny Sixpack who got his world view from the Daily Show. He apparently studied the teachings of Jesus. He learned what a disciple of Jesus should be like. And that is where it fell apart. Gandhi never met a "real" Christian.

I know some "real" Christians. They are not perfect Christians, but they desire to live by the teachings of Jesus and keep striving toward that direction. Could it be that the skeptics and non-believers are looking for examples of Christianity that actually works in a person's life? Walking the talk. The changed life. The new creation. Truely born-again.

I encourage everyone, especially you skeptics, non-believers and phoney Christians, to read the teachings of Jesus, again and again. I know I get something different everytime I read from Luke. Maybe the more we learn and understand what Jesus is talking about, we will get a different insight. A different understanding of what a Christian is supposed to be and who Jesus is. And you will definately question the misunderstandings in the article about "What is so great about Jesus".

By the way, for my skeptic friends, check out the website. Their objectives are: Reduce misunderstanding of biblical texts and historic Christian beliefs, Answer skeptics and those critical of Christianity, Equip the church by helping Christians think more clearly and accurately about their faith, Show Christianity is a consistent world view by examining its non-contradictory nature, Show Christianity is the most intellectually satisfying answer to life's problems. That is a lot to live up to. See if it is real.


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By Anthony Flew / Harpersanfrancisco

"There is a God, a leading atheist concludes. Philosopher says scientific evidence changed his mind,"---Associated Press. Flew, whose famous paper "Theology and Falsification" was first presented at an Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C.S. Lewis, had been a staunch critic of theism. This book chronicles his journey to believer. 256 pages, hardcover. HarperOne.

"In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world's leading atheist, now believes in God."

"Flew is a pioneer for modern atheism. His famous paper, Theology and Falsification, was first presented at a meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C. S. Lewis and went on to become the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last five decades. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. He now believes that such evidence exists, and There Is a God chronicles his journey from staunch atheism to believer."

"For the first time, this book will present a detailed and fascinating account of Flew's riveting decision to revoke his previous beliefs and argue for the existence of God. Ever since Flew's announcement, there has been great debate among atheists and believers alike about what exactly this "conversion" means. There Is a God will finally put this debate to rest."

"This is a story of a brilliant mind and reasoned thinker, and where his lifelong intellectual pursuit eventually led him: belief in God as designer."



By Dinesh D'Souza / Regnery Publishing

D'Souza, who was born in India and is now an American citizen, takes on leading critics of the church from E.O. Wilson to Richard Dawkins, from Sam Harris to Christopher Hitchens, extolling how Christianity is at home in the arena of science and philosophy and can offer a recipe for lasting happiness in a disillusioned world. 256 pages, hardcover. Regnery.

This may be the most important and thoughtful Christian book of our time. Yes, it is that good!

From the Inside Flap

Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? Has Christianity been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality?

Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great About America) looks at Christianity with a questioning eye, but treats atheists with equal skepticism. The result is a book that will challenge the assumptions of both believers and doubters and affirm that there really is, indeed, something great about Christianity. D'Souza reveals:

*Why Christianity explains what modern science tells us about the universe and our origins--that matter was created out of nothing, that light preceded the sun--better than atheism does
*How Christianity created the framework for modern science, so that Christianity and science are not irreconcilable, but science and atheism might be
*Why the alleged sins of Christianity--the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Galileo affair ("an atheist's fable")--are vastly overblown
*Why atheist regimes are responsible for the greatest mass murders of history
*Why evolution does not threaten Christian belief, but actually supports the "argument from design"
*Why atheists fear the Big Bang theory and the "anthropic principle" of the universe, which are keystones of modern astronomy and physics
*How Christianity explains consciousness and free will, which atheists have to deny
*Why ultimately you can't have Western civilization--and all we value from it--without the Christianity that gave it birth.

Provocative, enlightening, a twenty-first-century successor to C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity is the perfect book for the seeker, the skeptic, and the believer who wants to defend his faith.

BY DINESH D'SOUZA, OF HIS NEW BOOK, FROM WWW.TOTHESOURCE.ORG.


By Norman L. Geisler / Crossway Books

All worldviews---including atheism---require faith. But some belief systems are more reasonable than others! Geisler and Turek make the case that Christianity requires the least faith of all because so much evidence points toward the existence of God and the reliability of Scripture. An engaging, easy-to-follow defense for Christians and skeptics. 256 pages, softcover from Crossway Books.

HUMAN SECULARISM

If you think Christianity can co-exist with Secular Humanism, please read these quotes from some scholars and intellects. In public they are only looking out for our kids. But in private they are trying to destroy Christianity and all religion.


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SCIENTOLOGY

"These are the main critical books (plus the most important reports and essays) that explore the murky world of the cult of Scientology. Many are available over the web, and a few are still in print. Scientology has conducted a long war against these books by trying to ban them, buy them up, destroy them, sue the authors and remove or destroy library copies. Most large libraries will have at least some of these books surviving on their shelves, however." What are they hiding?

"Scientology is based on the belief that 75 million years ago an evil intergalactic ruler named Xenu was concerned about the mass over-population of the universe. Consequently he massacred the populations of 76 planets, froze them, and transported them to earth. On earth he put them into volcanoes and exploded them with atom bombs. However their souls or spirits - called Thetans - were blown apart and left to hover about looking for new bodies to inhabit. Thetans can move into and out of bodies at will, and now inhabit human beings. A Thetan is thus the Scientologists term for the spirit of a person."
"But there's more..."
And he is not making this up. This IS what they believe.

Scientology is quite controversial. There is often a deep gulf between what it says and what is actually true.

This is a series of articles from "The Watchman's Fellowship" which present news information which concerns Scientology and their practices. Something strange is going on.


STAR WARS

The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, gives a very detailed compilation of info about "The Force". Includes: Definition, Sides of the Force, Traditions, Abilities of users, Disturbances, The Living Force, The Unifying Force, and more than you could believe and all documented here.

The story behind "the Force" and the Gospel according to Lucas.


"Memo to would-be Jedis: in the new movie, the knights are elitist, dictatorial, and unconvinced that good is an absolute." Very well written article. There are also some very interesting "posts" about the article, from true believers. This thing is real.


"The moral relativism gets a bit confused in the most recent film. Neither Jedi or Sith want to be labeled an absolutist, but they are all completely unswerving (except, of course, for Anakin, who does some violent "swerving" but for other reasons.)" You have to scroll down pretty far to find the article.


. "A mix of wildly separate genres as Science Fiction, Romance, and Christian Inspirational writing. And she became an immensely popular writer with this series, drawing some of the best writers in the Star Trek fanzine world into writing in her series."


By Dick Staub / John Wiley & Sons

Star Wars, one of the most enduring pop cultural phenomena of our day, is a spiritual mythology built around a universal energy called "the Force" and the Jedi's ability to "use the Force." The overt spiritual themes in the Star Wars mythology can convey remarkable theological truths to a younger generation dissatisfied with religion but spiritually ravenous. This book opens the door to a revitalizing Christian faith by identifying those spiritual themes and using the lore of the Star Wars films to recast Christian spiritual sages as Jedi Masters.

Award-winning radio personality Dick Staub employs anecdotes from the Star Wars films as a launching pad into a discussion of Christian theology, augmented with quotes from revered "Jedi Christians" like Thomas Merton, Teresa of Avila, the apostle Paul, G.K. Chesterton, and other theologians, mystics, writers, and philosophers. Shedding new light on the struggles and challenges of living faithfully in post-modern life, this book is a reintroduction to what C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien called the "one true myth," Christianity.

This entire web site is written about and written by ex-witches. That is, ex-witches who became Christians. They have a ministry to lead witches to new freedom in Christ and also to teach Christians about the actual beliefs and rituals of witches. Intertwined in all of these pages is also information about the occult in general. There are many things about witches and the occult that I didn't know and some that I thought I knew but where wrong. This is very interesting and important info for our Christian faith.


By Steve Russo / Bethany House Publishers

Today, you're bombarded with spiritual questions. It seems that every day, another celebrity has embraced a new religion. Across the country, your peers, including many in the church, are being bewitched by Wicca, a form of witchcraft.

Wicca promotes ideals like "Don't lie," "Don't kill," and "Respect your elders." Sounds familiar? The truth is, on the surface, there's a lot about Wicca that seems to mesh with the Bible. But when you take a closer look, you'll find a spiritual peril.

Steve Russo provides an in-depth examination of the state of Wicca and witchcraft in America, and presents the beliefs and practices of Wicca, sharing a Bible-based perspective on the spiritual roots of this centuries-old religion, laying bare the deception of witchcraft. He focuses on both how this occult-based movement is being touted in the media as well as hard-and-fast information about the materials, motives and mind set of those involved. You'll get a better understanding of the reality of this growing worldview with real-life stories and illustrations from Russo's lectures and radio show. Inside you'll find a chapter called "When a Friend Is in Wicca," as well as helpful discussion questions.










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