Thursday, 4 February 2016

Encouraging News From Egypt


From here...

Life seems to be returning to the country that rejected Obama's policies and the so-called, "Arab Spring."

Keep praying for God's protection for Christian brothers and sisters throughout the Middle East and not only Christians but all innocents enduring persecution around the world, wherever they are.

Take Care

I Took a Test

 
 
Someone linked to this online test on Facebook, so I decided, out of curiosity, to try it. When I reached the end, I was asked either to phone a 1-900 number for the result, or to pay 7 dollars by credit card. Being a bit of a cheapskate, I declined. "Quelle surprise," then, when it actually showed up on my Facebook page anyway. The number is a bit higher than I expected; back in my school days I was told my IQ was in the mid 130's, so either I'm gaining intelligence with age, it was an easier test, or I was better at guessing. 
 
But why am I posting it here?
 
I am posting it to say you can be intelligent and be a Christian. I am posting it here only to say to people of intelligence that you don't have to abandon your brains to accept the reality and the truth of the Christian faith. Look over to the left. You will see my statement of belief. You may recognize much of it as based on the Apostles' Creed. Those are not mere fuzzy and comforting thoughts of a philosophy of life. It is what I firmly believe, and believe to the point of certainty.
 
Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and their ilk would have us believe that atheists have a lock on rationality and critical thinking ability. I'm here to say that is not the case. In fact, I believe, just the opposite; I believe that atheists have not thought critically enough. In 2013, Alpha, in Alberta, Canada was part of an initiative to see 30,000 people in that Province participate in an Alpha course. The target was met, and the tag line of that campaign was, "Question Everything." I remember seeing, on an atheist discussion board at the time, the comment, "If everyone questioned everything there would be a lot more atheists." My immediate thought was, and still is, "No - there would probably be a lot fewer." 
One of my favourite Bible verses is not one of the usual favourites, but it is 1 Thessalonians 5:21:
...but test everything; hold fast what is good.
If you like, check out some of my posts on atheism or atheists, linked to on the left. See what you think.
 
In the meantime, as per the Apostle Paul, lest my posting this seem as a boast,
Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:17), or
 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30)
Take Care

John

Monday, 18 January 2016

Been a While, But This Is Fascinating

H. L. MENCKEN’S OBITUARY OF DR J. GRESHAM MACHEN


This was written in 1937 but its content could just as easily apply much closer to modern times. What is amazing is that Mencken was an atheist, but it seems to me an example of an honourable man recognizing integrity in another, in spite of fundamental disagreements. Such intellectual civility would seem impossible today.

A few quotes from the piece:
    • He saw clearly that the only effects that could follow diluting and polluting Christianity in the Modernist manner would be its complete abandonment and ruin. Either it was true or it was not true. If, as he believed, it was true, then there could be no compromise with persons who sought to whittle away its essential postulates, however respectable their motives.
    • On the one hand they sought to retain membership in the fellowship of the faithful, but on the other hand they presumed to repeal and reenact with amendments the body of doctrine on which that fellowship rested.
    • ...the body of doctrine known as Modernism is completely incompatible, not only with anything rationally describable as Christianity, but also with anything deserving to pass as religion in general.
 Take Care

Monday, 5 October 2015

Still Here


Obviously I've not been posting here much lately. Even the traffic this blog gets is mostly concerned with my thoughts on two older subjects; the pre-trib rpature, and the age of accountability.Most of my diminishing time spent on blogs is devoted to my other blog here..., and I expect that trend to continue.

But this is just to let you know that I haven't completely dropped off the edge of the earth.

It just occurred to me though, "What happens to blogs, twitter accounts or facebook pages that fall into disuse, or even when the blogger dies. I keep getting birthday reminders on Facebook for a friend who died 5 years ago.

Perhaps it's time to unfriend him.

Take Care

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Religion of Atheism

The article referred to here was from a couple of weeks ago, and I cannot source it, but I figure I might as well try to finish the post.

I don't know if it is a first, but a recent column on the religion page of the Edmonton Journal was written by an atheist, from an explicitly atheistic perspective. And it exposed the typical internal inconsistency and non-sequitur fallacies of the atheist's position.

The author claims to be an atheist but in reality he sounds more like a pantheist, ascribing divinity to the earth and ecosystem itself. So rather than acknowledge a Supreme Creator, who brought all we see around us out of nothing and has commanded us to take care of it, he and his ilk seem more to think that the universe created itself, and that it somehow holds us as humans to some kind of accountability. This ascribes a sort of personality to the ecosphere and all things within it, living or not. Which makes as much or as little sense as the theistic position with which atheists so vehemently disagree.

It seems to me.

Take Care.



Thursday, 27 August 2015

In the Western Catholic Reporter...

Josh, Alana and me
During Alpha's Alpha for Catholics Coordinator Josh Canning's recent Alberta visit, we were interviewed by a reporter for the publication, "Western Catholic Reporter."

Or rather, he was interviewed and I sat in. The article is now out and you can read it here.

I think it is a fairly balanced article, reflecting Alpha in a positive light, although I don't remember giving the final quote attributed to me.

Everything we can do, every effort we can make, every inroad we can establish to make use of Alpha as a tool for reaching our communities and our country, is worth the effort we put into it.
Cross-posted here

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Whatever You Ask For...

Some verses that crossed my mind. I may expand on them or I may let the reader ponder them and make whatever connection comes to their minds. 

From Scripture:
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)
 Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
 And the collect for the 10th Sunday after Trinity for our Anglican Church (ANiC)
Let your merciful ears, Lord God, be open to the prayers of your people and, so that we may obtain our petitions, teach us to ask for those things that please you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. (emphasis mine)
Do you see a connection? What do you think?

Take Care

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Charter of Rights & Freedoms; Credit or Blame?

As I just said in my previous post, I'm in a writing mood today.

A friend on Facebook, who I care for and respect as a brother, even if some of our views may be polar opposite, posted this on Facebook:
Think about this for a minute folks. It is my contention that if Steven Harper were the PM in 1980, 81 and 82, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would never have come into existence. What do you think?
My comment, upon which I will then expand, was this:
Frankly I think we'd have been better off without it. We already had a bill of rights. Question is have certain "rights" we acknowledge now come as a result of the charter, changing public attitudes or has it been a symbiotic action? Frankly I think more the second. The right to freedom of religion and conscience IS guaranteed in the charter, but seems to take a back seat to certain sexual "rights."
 
What I mean is this: Society has changed. Attitudes of morality have changed; I and others might use the word, deteriorated." Now, has that been a function of having the Charter, or has the Charter just been used to codify this deterioration? I think the latter, although is it the Charter's fault? The Charter may have been used to write many of these new so-called rights into law, but I think the same might have happened anyway.

It all goes back to the post-war generation, whose behaviour and attitudes have been responsible. This generation was responsible for removing many of the previous generations' stigmas in matters of sexuality and personal entitlement. Therefore, when this generation came to a position of power, sexual licence, for example, became a "right," and I believe we will see more and more areas of what used to be considered sexual abnormality or deviance, be reclassified as mere preferences, and therefore rights and entitlements. These will include polygamy, bestiality and yes, eventually, even pedophilia. Just this morning I saw in the paper where a prisoner has the, "right" to have access to pornography in his jail cell.

The same is happening, or will soon happen completely in the area of mind-altering drugs. I remember hearing, years ago, before it even seemed a real possibility, the prediction that marijuana would some day become legal because the generation now (then) using it would be the generation some day in power, and all the pot-smoking law students would some day be the politicians and the judges. They would be the lawmakers and the law-enforcers, and their attitudes would be reflected in the laws they both made and enforced.

So do we blame the Charter exclusively, or do we place the blame for our current society's deterioration at the feet of those who have merely utilized it as a tool to enforce their agenda as the new norm?

Take Care