Introductory video to the Alpha Course.
Sometimes I tend to post sporadically, so if my last post seems to be here for a long time, this is the one I want people to see when they come here.
"Atheism is not merely the denial of a dogma. It is the reversal of a subconscious assumption in the soul..." - Chesterton
"We do not really face two rival versions of Christianity. We face Christianity on the one hand and, on the other hand, some other religion that selectively uses Christian words, but is not Christianity." - J. Gresham Machen
"Some cultures love their neighbours, some cultures eat their neighbours; which is right?"And I would ask the atheist, whatever his answer, "Why?"
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.Nebuchadnezzar placed these youth into comfortable surroundings - surroundings where they lacked nothing. They were afforded every luxury. Every need and desire would have been satisfied. They were to learn the language of this culture in place of the native language of their native Judah. They were to be taught new literature, in place of their traditional books, which would have been the Torah, the word of God. It isn't hard to believe that the plan of the king was to bribe them, in a sense, to forsake their former values, with all the luxuries of his court.
Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. (Daniel 1: 1-8)
And the sign said, "Long-haired freaky people need not apply." So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why. He said, "You look like a fine upstandin' young man. I think you'll do." So I took off my hat and said, "Imagine that. huh , me workin' for you."
Whoa, sign, sign. Everywhere a sign. Blockin' out the scen'ry. Breakin' my mind. Do this. Don't do that. Can't you read the sign?Pure poetry, isn't it? The lyric:
And the sign said, "Anybody caught trespassin' will be shot on sight." So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the house, "Hey! What gives you the right To put up a fence to keep me out, and to keep Mother Nature in? If God was here, he'd tell you to your face, 'Man, you're some kind of sinner.'"The message: “I am entitled to go anywhere I want, even if it inconveniences you as a property owner. I have as much right to your property as you do. And despite people in the Bible owning and even being given their own property, because I think so, and because my opinion is so important to everyone, you are a sinner and God agrees with me.”
Now, hey you, Mister, can't you read? You got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat. You can't even watch. No, you can't eat. You ain't supposed to be here. The sign said, "You've got to have a membership card To get inside." Uh.The message: Similar to #1 above. “My feelings, desires and wants translate into my rights, and they trump yours.” The lyric:
And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in. Kneel down and pray." But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn't have a penny to pay So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign. I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."The message: “I am so self-important that God is impressed with my writing a note telling Him I am fine, and He might not have known it if I had not written that note. My thinking I am fine is important to Him – even more important than whether or not I am considerate of others’ rights and feelings, because I am the center of all things.”