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-Independence Day 2017: Freedom Comes from God

by Dr. D ~ July 4th, 2017

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Happy Independence Day 2017.

The following is our traditional message for the 4th of July:

Flags are flying, parades are moving, drinks are flowing, and politicians are speaking today in America.

240 years ago a message was confirmed by representatives of 13 colonies proclaiming their freedom, a freedom that was considered to be derived from God:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Much has been made of the variety of beliefs held by the founders of this country but their words and convictions remain not only on paper but also in the hearts of the people.

Declaration of Independence: The Emphasis Upon God

When it comes to the Declaration of Independence, the words- “by their Creator” were a major part of the message, the subject, and the emphasis.

Many secularists and atheists today want to de-emphasize the role of faith in the founding of this country to the point that many are attempting to actually rewrite history itself. For them, God could have easily been left out of the document with little or no effect.

But in the context of 1776, those words were the whole linchpin of the document and appealed to as the ultimate authority and source for the rights of the Americans to rebel against the King of England.

In the context of the 18th century the Europeans believed that their Kings reigned and ruled ‘by Divine right’ under the authority of God and were His direct representatives. In fact, the King of England was also the head of the church and was supposed to defend the Christian faith against heresy and all enemies. In that cultural context, to rebel against the King was tantamount to rebelling against God the Creator himself.

In the Declaration the founders made it clear that they were not rebelling against God but that the Creator was actually the ultimate authority they were appealing to saying that their ‘rights’ were derived directly from the Creator and not given to them by the King of England or some parchment or Parliament.

It was a radical document at the time and changed the whole course of human history and ‘the Creator’ was part and parcel of the Declaration of Independence and the ultimate authority appealed to in the whole process.            *Top

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-The Essential Difference Between Christianity and Islam?

by Dr. D ~ June 30th, 2017

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Here’s an excellent article by Dr. Michael Brown defining what he considers to be: “The Essential Difference Between Christianity and Islam

From the article:

The essential difference between Christianity and Islam is the difference between Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus was a spiritual leader who laid down His life to save the world. Muhammad was a spiritual leader, who became a political leader, then a violent military leader. Jesus accomplished His mission by dying on the cross. Muhammad accomplished his mission (at least in large part) by ruling by the sword.

Response: Dr. Brown identifies the essential difference between the two world religions as being reflected in the lives of the two founders. Jesus as a man of peace and Muhammad as a conqueror. The practical result is undeniable. Which is actually the ‘religion of peace’ in our world today?

I have written a number of articles on this same subject, mostly identifying the theological differences which revolve around our different understandings of the character of God and the identity and divinity of Jesus Christ:

Comparing Islam and Christianity #6 -The Divinity of Jesus

“-Islam and Christianity: Some Major Differences

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-Five Rational Arguments for the Existence of God

by Dr. D ~ May 22nd, 2017

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Here’s a very interesting article by Robert H. Nelson: “Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

This comes from an academic and includes 5 excellent scientific, philosophical, and historical arguments on why God probably does exist. Not the typical explanations that you might get from your pastor. Well worth the read.                *Top

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-Celebrating The Resurrection of Jesus and Easter 2017

by Dr. D ~ April 11th, 2017

Here are links to some of the past articles we have featured on this site on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the celebration of Easter:

-Resurrection of Christ: Wright On! Listen to this! New Testament scholar N.T. Wright is right on in this short video on the Resurrection (2:23)

 

-Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Yes! If not, as Paul says (I Cor. 15:14) the entire Christian faith is in vain. Here’s a link to a great article on all of the facts concerning the resurrection of Jesus–a timely pursuit for the Easter season:

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

by William Lane Craig, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. This is the best and most concise article that I have found on the Resurrection of Jesus. 

-Was Easter Really Borrowed From a Pagan Holiday? Here’s a good article by Anthony McRoy that contradicts the popular notion that the Christian celebration of Easter was borrowed from pagan sources:

“Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?”

McRoy provides historical evidence that the name ‘Easter’ was actually derived from the Old High German ‘eostarum’ which meant "dawn" and not from the name of a supposed pagan goddess.

Finally, here’s a link to our most popular article of all time during Easter week and one we traditionally post on Good Friday:

-“It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming”

May you and yours be blessed this Easter season.                 *Top

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-The Satanic Temple: Atheists in Goat’s Clothing

by Dr. D ~ February 28th, 2017

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The Satanic Temple is a growing organization with charter groups in a number of major cities across America. It styles itself as a ‘religious movement’ but is nothing of the sort unless you consider atheism a religion and it should not be confused with other groups which actually worship Satan.

In reality this is nothing more than an atheist activist group which does not even believe in the reality of the Devil but uses the symbols of Satan and the trappings of religion to oppose Christians, Christian beliefs, Christian organizations, and the American church in any way possible.

We recently wrote an article about ‘After School Satan Groups’ being established in public schools around the country. This is the atheist organization behind that movement. Now I find an article claiming that this organization will probably see exponential growth as an organization that opposes the Trump administration which includes a number of Christians. Here’s the story from the LA Weekly:

…these Satanists identify as justice-oriented atheists, using the symbol of Satan not just as parody but also to challenge religious groups that use the mantle of God to justify their actions. At a time when religious advocates hold tremendous power in the White House, the Satanic Temple’s mission may become more important than ever — if its would-be supporters can get past all the demonic imagery.

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Response: If you read the Wikipedia article about The Satanic Temple, what this group is all about becomes much clearer. This is an activist atheist group that opposes any public displays of religion by demanding equal time for their ‘Satanic’ prayers, symbols, teaching, and school clubs.

In addition, they are on the opposite side on nearly every major issue from conservative Christians. They support abortion, Planned Parenthood, evolution and climate change, all LGBTQ issues including transgender bathrooms, and believe that the separation of church and state limits freedom of religion in public. Also, when it comes to same-sex marriage, they have made it an actual ‘sacrament’ of their temple.               *Top

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