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
Originally, when people began calling for separation of “Church” and “State” it may have seemed harmless. Many thought that this would simply mean no prayers, or forcing one denomination over another. or something similar.
These days it has been taken to a whole new level. We have now regressed to banning toy drives for needy kids!
We are no longer allowed to call “Christmas”by its name (Christmas), we can’t have Christmas trees, or Christmas plays, and Christmas Carols are strictly forbidden.
In the western world, we have celebrated Christmas in one way or another for hundreds of years. It has traditionally been a time for Peace, Family, Joy and general good feelings for all people. Even non-Christians, such a Jews and Buddhists, and those who considered themselves “secular” joined in the seasonal festivities and merry making. During WWII, there were many stories where both sides took a break from the fighting for that one day.
Now, a school is being threatened with legal action for filling “shoe boxes” with small items such as pencils and tiny toys for needy children. These people who are so high on their own self-righteousness are preventing one group of kids who “have” from “giving” to another group of kids who “have not”. How can this be for the good of anyone? How can teaching children to give to the needy be a bad thing?
This insidious act~and many more like it~is directed solely at anything that hints at Christianity. Think about it~Where is the protest when Muslims hold their prayers in schools? Why is there no protest when we are forced to serve halal foods in schools, and why can’t a Christian wear a simple cross, yet a Muslim is allowed to wear a full headdress or even a burkha (full face and body cover)? There are no legal actions when Muslims want to celebrate Ramadan or when non-Muslim kids are told to “not eat their lunch” in front of Muslims for a month. The list is endless~but are we willing to open our eyes!
Our Calendar begins with the birth of Christ, which is marked at Christmas~should we now change that? If we are going to abandon everything “faith based” then should it not reach across all boundaries to all facets of all religions?
This politically correct insanity has invaded our lives~it is destroying our history and culture, and sucking the joy out of absolutely everything~while at the same time promoting a total lack of morals of any kind. We have become a society of “do what makes you feel good” and “I” am the most important~Anything Goes!
The time to stop the madness is now! Speak up because very soon it will be too late!
Atheist / Humanist? Groups Have Overstepped The Boundary! It’s Time to Stop the Madness!
There was a story that began around 2009, that the White House had designated that Christmas Trees would be renamed as “Holiday Trees”~and~in response, Ben Stein, gave this talk on CBS Morning Commentary. Emails have abounded…
Some parts did originate from Ben Stein~beginning in 2005~but they were liberally added to in various emails over the years. Nevertheless, much of what is written below can be attributed to him (over a period of time). I was only able to find one video of the Ben Stein commentary on Christmas Trees (see below). As it was from 2011, the “email commentary” is missing. Still and all, the “email” reprinted here is worth a read. Do take a few minutes to reflect and consider what our world has become…
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrting this happy time of year.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed round for being Christians. I think people who believe in G-d are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.
It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: Where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship G-d? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking. Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could G-d let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said:“I believe G-d is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling G-d to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect G-d to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”
In light of recent events…terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when atheist Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered~her body found in 2001) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools. And we said OK…Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school (The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself)And we said OK…
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK…
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “We Reap What We Sow.”
Funny how simple it is for people to trash G-d and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send “jokes” through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the L-rd, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of G-d is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what G-d thinks of us…
My best regards, honestly and respectfully…Ben Stein (Well, Partially…)