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In modern times, it has become commonplace for people to say that all roads lead to heaven and that all religions are pretty much the same. Many say that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe something. If you believe something and you live by that belief, then you will find yourself in heaven. This means that a good Buddhist, a faithful Hindu, a pious Muslim, and even a staunch atheist will be accepted into heaven (according to 65% of “Christians”).

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Evangelical Statement on Faith, Politics Stirs Up Religious Right

 Many Christian leaders have expressed concern about the document called the “Evangelical Manifesto”. There are varied issues as to why many of them won’t sign it (see below), but all of them need to be considered very carefully. The Manifesto is a 19-page document that is a call for Christians to keep faith and politics separate and to “expand their concerns beyond single issue politics”. The document says that Christians have allowed faith and politics to become too closely mixed and allows Christians to become “useful idiots” for the politicians. Some of those who would not sign the document had an issue with the given definition of evangelical being too vague. They also said that some of the statements see to leave room for inclusivism and universalism.

I haven’t read the document yet, but I hopefully will get the chance this weekend. I have heard bits and pieces of what the Manifesto says and even caught an interview with Os Guiness on Way of the Master Radio. Without having read the document, I just wanted to make a few general statements (which may change in regard to the Manifesto after I read the entire document). From what I understand, the definition of evangelical has changed over the last few decades and has become just a shadow of what the word used to mean. I also don’t like the push to try and separate faith and politics. I don’t think that we all need to be so politically minded that we aren’t doing what we’ve been called to do, but at the same time, we do need to be involved to some degree. We need to speak out against abortion and gay marriage, not because it’s a politically charged topic that happens to be “hot”, but because the Bible says that it’s wrong! Many times, the only way that Christians can be heard is through their voting. The Manifesto will hopefully get a lot of people thinking about things, but I don’t know if it’s really necessary. Instead, we need to have more and more people return to the biblical truths that God has given us and live them out. Not our way, but God’s way…

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University Employee Suspended Over ‘Anti-Gay’ Column

 A member of the faculty of the University of Toledo has been fired (see below) because of statements made in a recent column she wrote. Crystal Dixon was the associate vice president of human resources at UT. The article that she wrote in the Toledo Free Press was in response to another article, which compared the effort to legalize same-sex “marriage” with the struggle for racial equality by African-Americans. Dixon said that she is unable “to wake up tomorrow morning and not be a black woman”. She then went on to say that many homosexuals are choosing daily to leave that lifestyle and that homosexuality is not an immutable characteristic like race or gender. Not long after her column was printed, the president of UT wrote his own column saying that Dixon’s writings “did not accord” with the views of UT or its values. He made a statement later saying that “race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation are not included in any decision making process nor the evaluation of worth of any individual at this university” and said that UT will continually be “aligning its actions with that value statement”. Attorneys defending Dixon say that her right to free speech was taken from her. They say that she wasn’t speaking on behalf of UT but as a private individual.

I fully agree with Miss Dixon. Homosexuality is a choice and always has been. You can see that in the Bible. All of the biblical statements describing homosexuality are conditional and show a choice to disobey God being made. To compare it to the struggle for racial equality is getting to be a tired canard of the pro-homosexual movement. It’s not the same. As Miss Dixon said, when she wakes up tomorrow morning, she’ll be black. It will always be that way. There are many people in the U.S. who are ex-homosexuals. They choose not to live that sinful lifestyle anymore. It is completely different. The fact that UT didn’t agree with Miss Dixon is very clear, but should in no way bring about her termination. I know that it’s getting old, but if this were turned around and it was Christianity that was being derided, no one would have said anything to the article writer and those who condemned the article would have been labeled “narrow minded” or “bigots”…

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Vote Against Embryonic Cloning Seen as Sign of Shifting Debate

Lawmakers in Western Australia have recently voted down a bill that would allow the cloning of human embryos for research purposes. The major reason for the vetoing of the bill is a discovery made in November of last year. The discovery came from a joint effort between Japanese and American scientists who found a way to “reprogram” adult human skin cells into cells that behave like embryonic stem cells. This means that they have the potential to develop into any type of cell (pluripotency). This new technique provides cells that are genetically identical to the patient and avoids the ethical problems with using embryonic stem cells (ESC). Those who support the lawmakers’ decision cite examples of scientists on the forefront of cloning, including Ian Wilmut (who cloned Dolly the sheep), walking away from using embryonic cells in favor of the “reprogramming” method. Western Australia’s health minister, who supports ESC research, said that the veto has put Western Australia out of step with the rest of the country. He also said that the decision has “denied its people world-class medical research and denied potential cures to those with life threatening medical issues”.

I think that this is a wonderful development both for Western Australia and for the world. The discovery of being able to reprogram adult skin cells is a boon for those who are actually involved in the search for cures. For those wishing to push a naturalistic agenda, well, I doubt they’ll ever be happy with things like this. If the “health” minister truly cared about the science and about the lives his position is supposed to be protecting, he would be shouting about this. Instead, he is griping and complaining about not being able to destroy unborn human life. Look at the issue for a minute. The discovery last November says that scientists have been able to “reprogram” adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. They have the ability to become any cell. They are also genetically identical! This is HUGE. This means that scientists can now work with cells that are the same as the ones they should be with that specific patient! Not to mention that they would no longer have to kill unborn children. On top of that, think of how many adult skin cells we have and how fast they are replaced. This is an unending, ethical supply for doctors and scientists to work with. I can’t see a problem with any of this, unless of course you have another agenda…

 

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Israel Celebrates 60th Year

This year, Israel celebrates its 60th year as a nation. The country became a recognized nation on May 14th 1948. It is the longest living democratic state in the Middle East. More than 700 world leaders were in attendance at the celebration. Also joining in the festivities were many evangelical Christians. A report released recently states that around 90% of evangelical Christians support Israel because they see it as a “biblical obligation”.

I’m glad to see Israel celebrating and hope that it continues. I also hope that the US will continue to support Israel and help them. I am one of those who see it as a biblical obligation to back Israel. It is obvious both from scripture and just what has happened in the last 60 years that they are a special people that God has not forgotten. We need to do what we can to show them our support and stop trying to divide their country…

 

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‘Lost’ Christians Greatest Crisis in American Church, says Author

Author David Sanford believes that the reason many in the church are leaving and not coming back is due to them “losing their faith in Christian beliefs, the Bible, and the church”. He says that the topic is taboo among many Christians and that the lack of its discussion is not helping the situation at all. Sanford said that most of the time, Christians walk away from the church because of doubts or questions that go unanswered or because of the feeling that God has just “walked away”.

While I think that this is something that should be discussed openly among all Christians, I think that there is one reason that needs to be discussed more than any other. Those who do talk about people leaving the church focus on the reasons like Mr. Sanford did; the ones who walk away because of doubts or because they were “wounded”. A more alarming reason that many seem to be leaving is not because of being wounded or of doubts or because God “walked away”. They are leaving because of the unscriptural teachings and the complete lack of biblical foundation that many churches push as an agenda nowadays. If you wanna talk about taboo, there it is. Toss that up in front of pastors and ministers. I doubt that it would be seriously talked about and I’ll tell you why. In the modern church, the pastor is no longer just one of the many who are called to serve the church. They are the one. There may be others that handle ministries and stuff, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the pastor. Look at the TV people. You never hear about “so and so”. It’s the pastor. The pastor has become a career choice or “job” for many people and they treat it as such. There is great pride taken by pastors who “build their church” and to question their actions, words, or motives is to get the same treatment as if you were the antichrist himself. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all churches. The problem is, many pastors who operate this way see that as applying to them. It’s not “their church” that does that it’s other churches. Ya know what? You’re wrong. It’s you’re church too, and until you see that and repent of your pride and callousness, people will continue to leave the church. They won’t leave God and they won’t “lose their faith experientially”. They’ll find others who have experienced the same thing and fellowship with them. It’s a sad state of affairs, but that’s where we are today in many churches…

 

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One evangelical writer has said that he thinks that his fellow writers are alienating those who don’t attend church. Tim McLaughlin says that they use “passwords” like how long a person has been married and how many kids they have and that it alienates the “unchurched”. He also that evangelicals are alienating non church goers with their campaign for traditional marriage. He said that the idea of “one man with one woman for life” may be unrealistic depending on where you look in scripture. Examples given were: “Adam and Eve had no civil ceremony, Abraham slept with other women including Hagar, Isaac’s wife was selected by his father’s servant and was his cousin, David ‘collected wives like military victories, and his most memorable son came from an affair with a married woman,’ and Prophet Hosea married a whore”. McLaughlin said that we “shouldn’t call marriage biblical, but healthy”. McLaughlin says that when he writes he’s not “picturing someone who is lost, but someone who is finding themselves and being chased by God”.

If this is the modern definition of evangelical, then it’s no wonder people are so confused! How many “evangelical” writers actually write specifically to those who don’t attend church? I can’t think of any or why they would. Other than evangelism, what would be the point? The Bible says that they wouldn’t understand it anyway (although there are many in the body of Christ today that don’t understand it either…hmmm). This is the “seeker sensitive” view of the church brought to writing. “Don’t talk about Christian topics using Christian words or phrases because you might upset or alienate someone”. Didn’t Jesus alienate those who were living in sin? Yes. Should we go out of our way to make it difficult to understand? No. Should we cater to people who have absolutley no idea about what Christianity really is? No. McLaughlin then says that we shouldn’t be “campaigning” for traditional marriage because it’s not clearly defined in scripture. Huh? What version of scripture is he reading? Genesis 2:24 defines what marriage is – one man and one woman for life. Period. The fact that Abraham, David, Solomon, and others had multiple wives doesn’t mean that God approved of it or that the definition of marriage changed. And, if you’ll notice, they were still wives. Marriage is biblical if it follows the guidelines that God set for it. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t matter how “holy” the person was, it wasn’t a proper marriage. He then says that he writes to people who are “finding themselves and being chased by God”. Oh…how sweet. Unfortunately, it’s not scriptural. We don’t have to find ourselves. We know who we are, we just don’t like to admit it because it isn’t the sweet adorable image that we want people to see us for. If people ever truly come face to face with themselves, they will shrink back in horror. God is not “chasing us” either. He’s omnipresent. How would He run? He is everywhere and knows everything and He is waiting for one of two things to happen. He’s either waiting for us to repent of our sins and put our faith in Christ, or He’s waiting for us to die without Christ. If the latter happens, then we’ll be judged and find ourselves in hell.  It really is that simple. To treat people otherwise is to mislead them and keep them from finding the truth.

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‘Academic Freedom’ Legislation Advances in Four States

Four states, Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri and Michigan, are currently considering legislation that would allow public school teachers and students to discuss problems, critiques, and objections to Darwinism and evolution. Lawmakers in all four states said that the bills were in response to both teachers and students who felt marginalized or discriminated against when sharing views that were opposed to Darwinism. The legislation has been helped by Ben Stein’s movie “Expelled” as well.

I think that this is a great first step. Those who are opposed to legislation like this say that it would be allowing religion into schools. The truth is, religion is already in schools. Public school systems have become “churches” for the humanistic viewpoint shared by many atheists and agnostics. The teachers are preaching a message of “No God” and anyone saying otherwise is furiously attacked to protect the sacred cow of evolution…I hope that the legislation passes in all four states (especially Alabama) and that it leads the way for others to follow suit. If evolution is truly as strong and evident as its proponents say, then why are they so afraid to allow criticism and actual scientific study and debate of all the evidence (or lack thereof)?

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Joel Osteen Maintains Homosexuality as Sin

Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Bakker, and a group of pro-homosexual activists met with Joel Osteen on Mother’s Day to discuss the issue of homosexuality and to try and get the pastor of America’s largest church to endorse them. While a spokesman said that the meeting was cordial meeting, the end result was that Osteen and his church will continue to see homosexuality as a sin. The group, called the American Family Outing, is planning on meeting with five other “megachurches” over the next couple months to try and receive endorsement for the homosexual lifestyle.

I couldn’t help but think about something when I read the headline. What does it say when you’re the pastor of a church and you have a headline written about you saying that you see homosexuality as a sin? Shouldn’t it be that way? I guess the reason it struck me was that it sounded like this is something out of the ordinary. From the sermons I’ve heard him preach, I would have to say that it is, at least to a certain degree. Whenever I have heard or read anything by or about Joel Osteen, it has been about how he is focused on helping people live a better life. Not once do I recall hearing him speak out against any sin at all. I am glad to hear that he still holds to the Bible in this case, but what about many others where he seems to “waffle” back and forth when scripture is clear about how God sees something? One of the people travelling with the American Family Outing was a lesbian mother. She said that “families come in all forms” and that “God loves us”. Why is it always the same canards? Man may see families as coming in different forms, but that doesn’t mean that God approves of it or that the biblical definition of a family has changed. And while it is true that God loves homosexuals (just like He loves anyone else who is living in sin) that doesn’t mean that He condones their lifestyle or approves of what they’re doing…

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The director of movies such as “Basic Instinct” and “Robocop” has written a book on the life of Jesus. In his book, Paul Verhoeven says that he believes that Jesus was the son of Mary after being raped by a Roman soldier. Verhoeven also says in his book that Judas Iscariot didn’t betray Christ. The Dutch author is a well-known member of the Jesus seminar, a group of scholars and authors that seek to establish historical facts about Jesus. The author hopes to print the book in English next year and use it as a springboard for a movie. First, the Jesus Seminar has done nothing to find “historical facts” about Jesus. They may be “scholars and authors” but they are not Christians. They have voted against many of the events in the life of Jesus as being tales or not happening. Second, scripture says that Jesus was the result of the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary. Jesus is the Son of God. Mr. Verhoeven can say what he wants about Jesus, but that doesn’t make it true. Scripture also clearly states that it was Judas who betrayed Christ. It doesn’t leave any room for doubt about that, and yet, Mr. Verhoeven seems to think otherwise. This is just another in a long list of attempts to discredit the Bible and Christianity. If Mr. Verhoeven really wants to find the “historical” Jesus and make a “realistic portrait”, he needs to read scripture.

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Proctor and Gamble, the largest television advertiser today, has resumed airing open-mouth homosexual kissing on As The World Turns, the daytime soap opera owned by P&G. The AFA has put out an action alert once already for this and is calling on Christians to step up and boycott P&G. This is sad. P&G will not listen to its Christian consumers and seems to be pandering to the homosexual agenda. I will not be using any of their products and would encourage those of you who read this to do the same. There are plenty of alternatives to P&G products. They may not listen to our emails and phone calls, but they will listen to us when we spend our money elsewhere. I think that this is something we need to do concerning the gas companies as well. Instead of boycotting for one day, find out which companies have made the most money (in the billions!) and stop buying their gas.

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The increase in child prostitution can easily be linked to the availability of child pornography on the Internet according to Pat Trueman, an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund. Trueman says that people see it on the Internet and then go looking for it on the streets. He says that many of the people looking for children to have sex with see it as a novelty and believe that there is less chance of them getting a disease. He also says that while those looking for sex with children are to blame, they aren’t the only ones. The pimps who put children on the streets are just as much to blame. They often use threats and violence to control the children or offer a type of “love” to those who have been thrown out of their house by giving the shelter and clothing. While the article talks about child prostitution in Oakland, California, it also says that it’s happening in Atlanta, Chicago and other places in the US. This is both sad and disgusting and is another reminder of the reality of the heart of man. The Bible says that there is no one that is righteous and that no one does good. It says that the heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” and this shows it. To use children as young as 11 on the streets as prostitutes is abominable. Those kids should be playing with dolls or playing baseball and having the ability to be children. Instead, there are people that are using them to make money and (just as bad) there are people out there that are looking to have sex with them! The state of America continues to plummet and it’s people turn away from God with vigor. To stop this, the church needs to be reaching the children, the seekers, and the pimps with the truth of the gospel. Not the “feel good” gospel or the “prosperity” gospel, but the truth; that those who die in there sins will find themselves cast into hell for eternity. And that those who hinder a child from coming to Christ would be better off having a millstone tied around their neck and being cast into the sea. As far as the Internet pornography problem, I’ve often wondered why they can’t make it easier to block? Why can’t they require porn trafficking sites to have a specific address (like .xxx instead of .com) to help filter them out? It would be easier for parents to block a large percentage of porn like that. I don’t think that that’s a permanent solution, but it would be a start and would allow Christians to reach the kids while they also reach out to those who run the porn industry…

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Renowned scholar encourages scientific debate

According to David Berlinski, author of The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, science tries to squelch any type of healthy debate, especially where intelligent design and creation are concerned. Berlinski, who makes an appearance in Ben Stein’s move Expelled, says that people like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris spend all of their time pretending that they have some kind of standing when they do not. He says that it’s time that people look at the scientific community the way that they do the political community. “We look at a politician and we can certainly say we regard anything a politician says with a certain measure of well-deserved skepticism. We need to start doing that with our great scientists and the scientific theories they are advocating”. Berlinski also believes that the state should not regulate what can and cannot be taught in the classroom. My hats off to Mr. Berlinski. I believe that he has definitely said something that Americans need to hear. One of the major problems for most people is confusion between operational science and origins science. We turn on our computers and they work, we drive our cars and they work, we see the medical breakthroughs and they work, and we instantly assume that when some scientist talks about something that may have happened 140 million years ago that they must be right. That’s not true at all. Operational science, the kind that makes our computers and cars work, is something that can be repeatedly tested in the present. We can test our cars and computers and make them better, and we can do it repeatedly. We can’t possibly test something that supposedly happened millions of years ago. To be honest, nothing happened millions of years ago. While scientists keep spouting millions of years, there is plenty of evidence that suggests that the earth is only thousands of years old. Not only that, a plain reading of the account of Creation in Genesis 1 and 2 as well as the genealogies in scripture give us something around six thousand years old. I was listening to Way of the Master Radio the other day and Todd Friel shared a story that illustrates this. In the story, the scientists presented one of their many hypotheses on what happened millions of years ago. Todd then talked about how he saw a show on Adolph Hitler. In the show, scientists were discussing whether or not it was really Hitler that died in the bunker. They talked about the different evidence that they had (including a piece of his skull with a bullet hole in it and the fact that his dentures – verified by his dentist – contained glass from a cyanide capsule) and how they still weren’t sure it was Hitler. If they can’t be sure of something that happened in the late 1940’s with that much evidence, how can they be so sure of something that they think happened millions of years ago with no evidence for it at all? The truth is, they can’t. The reason they do it is because to admit that they don’t know is to allow the possibility of the divine and that goes against their naturalistic beliefs.

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TIME defends altered Iwo Jima photo

TIME’s managing editor Richard Stengel recently defended a cover photo used for the magazine. The cover photo is an altered image of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima during World War II.

The image (seen right) has been altered to replace the American flag with the picture of a tree. Many veterans, including those who were at Iwo Jima were outraged that TIME would do something like this. In the issue itself, TIME called “green” the new red, white, and blue, saying that the war on global warming was just as important a battle as World War II. This idea seems to coincide with Al Gore’s ad campaign. When defending the photo, Stengel said that he “doesn’t think journalism should really be objective anyway because he thinks objectivity is a fantasy”, which is a huge shift from the idea that journalism should be unbiased. I think that this, like the story above, should be a warning to Americans. If the managing editor of TIME magazine doesn’t think that journalism should be objective, I would just keep that in mind when (if) you read TIME. Understand that you’re not getting the truth; you’re getting someone’s idea of what the truth should be. Sadly, journalism isn’t the only place that this happens. As far as the doctored image goes, this is deplorable. To compare the “battle on global warming” to World War II is ludicrous! How many people died because of global warming? More than the millions of others that died in events leading up to the war and the war itself? Nope. Add to this the fact that “global warming” still hasn’t been proven and you’ve got a liberal propaganda machine. Instead of focusing on things that this country needs, we have a number of people promoting war on an issue that doesn’t even exist and wasting time and money that could be spent elsewhere to much better results. My heart goes out to the veterans and I apologize for the photo even if TIME won’t. I truly appreciate what you have done for me and for our country. I may not be old enough to have been around then, but what you did has allowed me to be around now. Thank you!

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Huge Christian Ministry to Disabled Fined $23,000 For Rejecting Homosexual Employee

A Canadian Christian ministry has been fined $23,000 and told that they need to pay 2 years wages and benefits to a woman after she was dismissed from working there. Connie Heintz signed a morality statement when she applied for work at Christian Horizons. The statement says that employees are “not to engage in homosexual relationships, extra-marital sexual relationships (adultery), pre-marital sexual relationships (fornication), viewing or reading pornography, and lying”. She claims that when her employers found out that she was involved in a homosexual relationship, she was subjected to a poisoned work atmosphere and threatened with the loss of her job. She quit in 2000. Those who support the decision say that it’s important because it helps to let faith based organizations know when they are infringing on the rights of others and moving outside of serving the communities needs. This is another exercise in lack of common sense on so many levels. The company is called Christian Horizons for crying out loud! I realize that that may not mean as much as it should, but shouldn’t that be a clue as to what their standard will be? Not only that, Miss Heintz signed their morality statement when she got hired!!!! Wasn’t there something on the statement that said something to the effect of “I acknowledge the above and understand that if I engage in any of this I will be subject to termination without legal recourse”? If that isn’t on there, it should be. On top of all of that, she quit! The employer isn’t required to do anything for her are they? The fact that she knew that being in a homosexual relationship was against company policy (and rightly so for a Christian organization) and that she signed the statement before being hired should clear Christian Horizons from any legal requirement to pay her anything…

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Middle School Student Punished for Silent Protest Plot Against Abortion

Janelle Bushnell, a 14-year-old at James Monroe Middle School, was given a silent detention during lunch for planning and advertising a silent protest against abortion involving red armbands and duct tape. She was inspired to do this when she found out that her biological mother was encouraged to abort her before foster parents stepped in. School officials said that this would inhibit students involved in the protest from answering questions. She is not the first to face this sort of thing. In an interesting development, even the ACLU agrees that students should have the right to engage in silent protests and that they do not lose their privileges and rights as Americans when they enter school. I can’t help but wonder if this would have ended differently if it was tied into the “Day of Silence” in support of homosexuality. I wonder if the school would have paid for the tape and made it mandatory? This is ridiculous. I think that the initiative Janelle shows is something that is lacking in so many young people today and the fact that her school leaders (those people who should be encouraging and developing this sort of thing) are standing against her and her rights only goes to show how indoctrinated even adults have become to issues like life and truth. I hope that Janelle doesn’t get discouraged by the lack of support she received from her “educators” and that she will continue to stand for the truth.

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‘Expelled’ Correct on Darwin, Hitler Link, Says Christian Group

Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed spends a lot of time on the link between Darwinism and the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler. According to Richard Weikart, “there’s really not much debate about whether or not Hitler was a social Darwinist. He clearly was drawing on Darwinian ideas. It drove pretty much everything that he did. It was not just a peripheral part of his ideology”. He also said that Darwinian theory was popular in Germany and Hitler was drawing from what German academics were teaching in the early 20th century. All it takes is a little common sense and even the most basic definitions and teachings from evolutionary theory to see that this is true. When Darwinism teaches that we’re nothing be highly evolved apes, and that life is all about “survival of the fittest”, is it really hard to see the correlation? If I think that my race is more highly evolved than yours and that I can better ensure my survival by eliminating you, what’s to stop me from doing it? Not only that, Darwinism leads to things like population control and euthanasia as well. “If we can control the number of children people have, it will better help ensure our future survival”. Blah. Ask China how well this is working. To be honest, it raises an interesting question though. If evolution is supposed to be all about survival, why would life develop to the point where animals take care of their offspring? Isn’t that just creating more mouths to feed? Why would life have the desire to procreate and create other organisms that will compete for the food and other things that it needs to survive?

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Theologians: Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Recently, two theologians have been engaging in a debate over why God allows suffering and evil in the world. Bart Erhman, a professor of Religious Studies at UNC, was a professing Christian who is now an agnostic. “Suffering increasingly became a problem for me and my faith.” “How can one explain all the pain and misery in the world if God – the creator and redeemer of all – is sovereign over it, exercising his will both on the grand scheme and in the daily workings of our lives?” Erhman also questioned why God didn’t stop droughts, help hunger victims, or answer the prayers of Holocaust victims. N.T. Wright, who represented the Christian viewpoint, said, “I read the story of Israel as a whole (not merely in its individual parts, which by themselves, taken out of that context, might be reduced to ‘Israel sinned; God punished them,’ etc.,) as the story of theodicy-in-practice: ‘this is the narrative through whose outworking the creator God will eventually put all things to rights’”. The debate has been going on over the last few weeks in a blog on BeliefNet. What I don’t understand is why the cause of suffering wasn’t even brought up? God allows suffering because of SIN! It is sin that has brought about the suffering and death in the world and that is not God’s fault; it is man’s fault. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they disobeyed God. God had made it clear that if they disobeyed, they would die. When they disobeyed, their sin separated them from God and brought death into the world. Sin and death have caused suffering ever since. The fact that God didn’t kill Adam and Eve immediately shows that He has mercy and His killing of the animals to make skins to cover Adam and Eve shows it as well. Not only that, in the midst of their punishment (Genesis 3:14-19), God gave them the promise of redemption through the seed of the woman (a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ – women don’t have seed!). To say that God doesn’t care about what’s going on is ridiculous. He was willing to let His Son die on the cross (even though He had no sin) in our place so that we could be reconciled to Him. To be honest, God has every right to destroy each and every one of us for our sins. He could have done it at any time and been fully justified in doing so. Instead, He’s been extremely patient with all of us and given us the time to accept our sinful, wretched state and come to Him in repentant fear. He’s giving you the time right now to do the same. If you will repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ, you can know that you will go to heaven. That will not erase the suffering you may face here, but it will promise you a place in heaven where there is no death or suffering ever. That seems very caring and merciful to me…

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