God vs. Atheism~Which is More Rational?

The argument for or against faith seems to be heating up on a daily basis. Those who claim “atheism” usually have very loud voices, but are they the majority? People of faith, most of the time, are comfortable in their belief and while they stand strong, they are much calmer and quieter. I remember a simpler time when people just believed…

Many years ago, we attended the Christening of a beautiful baby girl. Some of the guests only attended out of friendship, having already “lost faith”. The younger brother (about five years old) was confused and decided to leave before we even started. The minister went to him, asked his name, and if his dad had a car. He asked what the name of the car was. When the child could not answer he told the boy to ask his dad. *Note, this was all done in a very quiet, personal way, with the minister kneeling in front of the child to be on “eye-level”.  The boy returned with the name and the minister asked if he had noticed the letters on the back of the car. The boy nodded in the affirmative. The minister took his hand and led him to where the family were waiting. He explained to the child: The letters on the back of your dad’s car spell the name of the car-maker. They put their name on it so everyone will know who the maker was. This is what we are going to do today. With the words we pray, we are going to put the name of the Maker, God, the Creator of all, on your sister. Just like you, and all of us, she will belong to Him forever.
We were all very moved. The “just friends” in attendance claimed they had never thought of things in just that way, and after the short service said they had a new respect for “their Creator”. More important, was the fact that all of us, including a young child, were able to grasp and retain the fact that God was the Creator of all, and that we all belonged to Him. Simple? Yes, but why should faith not be? Does everything have to be dissected, labeled and packaged in a tidy little box? 
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
therefore Choose Life, that both you and your descendants may live…Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV) 

For those who insist on science and philosophical debate, here is something to think about from Prager University.

Each of Us Must Find Our Own Beliefs~Those Who Believe in God Have Chosen Life

IDF Intercepts the “KLOS-C” Carrying Iranian Weapons

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In the early hours of Wednesday, 05 March 2014, the IDF intercepted an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. The boarding took place in international waters about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of Eilat, Israel, between Sudan and Eritrea in the Red Sea.
When the the KLOS-C with its dangerous cargo was escorted to port in Eilat, Jay and Meridel were onsite. Watch their video below as they give you a first hand report.
Following Jay and Meridel’s report is the official explanation of the route the ship took (taken from the IDF Blog). The final video is actual footage from the IDF as they boarded the vessel and exposed the numerous advanced weapons destined for terror organizations to use against Israel.

The IDF found 40 M-302 rockets, with a range of between 90 to 160 kilometers (capable of reaching any point in Israel, including major population centers Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.), hidden in crates. They also found 180 millimeter mortar rounds, and some 400,000 7.62 millimeter caliber bullets.

The operation was the result of months of planning and intelligence gathering. The IDF works continuously to protect Israel. Time after time, as a result of their efforts, attacks are prevented thus preventing threats to civilians in Israel and abroad. Please Pray for Israel and Those who Defend Her.

Jay and Meridel Rawlings Reporting From Eilat on the Arrival of the KLOS-C
The Route of the Iranian Weapons Shipment Explained
IDF Boarding the Vessel and Uncovering the “Cargo” of Weapons

Proof That Success Does Not Require Nudity and Vulgarity

Judges Do Not See the Artist
Over the years there has been a shift in what we know as entertainment. More and more performers have shunned the training and hard work required to develop talent and concentrate on becoming “overnight” sensations. 
Now, the majority of “performers” make their claim to fame by stripping off, behaving outrageously and creating a spectacle. Reality TV has made those with no talent into “stars” who are paid unreasonable sums for doing absolutely nothing of value. 
How can this be? Nudity, obscene gyrations and lewd behaviour~both on, and off the screen have created a culture of vulgarity. Children not yet in their teens are imitating singers who bare all and mimic an assortment of sexual acts. Anything goes~the more shocking the better!
How many aspiring performers compromise themselves for fame? How many “good kids” have been lost because they are convinced there is “only one way” to be successful? Where will it end?
Those of us who are believers and strive to maintain some sense of moral standards know this is not the way. Time and again we can see proof that real talent and hard work (and keeping your clothes on) can lead to success. The videos below are only two examples, and for those who care to look, there are many more. In these days where it seems as if the world has turned upside down, it is a relief to see that there is still some normalcy left.
The first clip is from The Voice~Italy. A young, energetic nun brings down the house with her performance. When you watch, do turn on the captions and listen to the judges comments. I think the men are totally taken aback, and one looks downright emotional. One of the judges asks Sister Cristina Scuccia what the Vatican thought of her appearing on the program. Without hesitating, the sister responds:
“He (the pope) always says we should go out and evangelize.
Telling of God doesn’t take anything away from us, but will give us more. I am here for this”
Notice how the audience reacts~rather than being shunned for her faith, she is wildly cheered!
 
The second video many of you may have already seen, but it is so very inspiring. Two teens aged fifteen and sixteen, one very shy and introverted because of his appearance, sing their way to the finals with talent, hard work, and placing their friendship above possible advancement.
The world needs more good, honest people to step forward and take center stage. Whether it be music, acting, business or in everyday life, people need to speak out and be heard, so that the next generation will see that the real way to true success involves self-respect and hard work~not stripping off. We can’t all be “stars” on center stage, but we can be successful in our daily lives and go from strength to strength by trusting in God’s Word.
Sister Cristina Scuccia Wows All Four Italian Judges and the Audience!
Only Sixteen and Seventeen Years Old~Johathan and Charlotte are Amazing!
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