The Gospel of Unbelief

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    After reviewing the current assaults on Christianity, Cal Thomas gives some good advice.

    The Gospel of Unbelief
    By Cal Thomas
    April 11, 2006

    What is responsible for this flood of skepticism, heresy and outright denial of the biblical record? Why is there not a similar cultural onslaught against other faiths? Only the suicidal would treat Islam in this way. The skeptics sound like those disclaimers for certain drugs sold on TV: Side effects may include vomiting, hair loss, bleeding, dizziness and disorientation. The side effects of believing in Jesus may include loss of friends, disrespect by the academic and journalistic communities and damage to one's career, not to mention a complete change in the life to which one has become comfortably accustomed.

    The question inherent in all of these challenges to the original story and original cast is this: How could anything like the resurrection be true? The question is not asked with the intention of getting an answer. It is rhetorical, hostile and unbelieving.

    So, how does one know it is true? First, not a single witness of that first Easter morning subsequently denied what he (or she) observed. Human nature tells us that when those who publicly stated Jesus rose from the grave were threatened with death unless they recanted, at least one, and probably more, would have said it never happened, if it didn't occur. They would have wanted to live. Not one recanted. All of the Apostles died martyrs deaths, except John, who died in exile.

    The second reason is also logical. What kind of loving father would direct his lost children through a bad neighborhood, if he wanted them to get home safely? If no human father would be so cruel, why would God, after giving up His Son to die for humanity, create a flawed road map so they would get lost in their search for Him?

    Christians who believe the Bible's account of Easter believe it because they also believe God's spirit guarded human hands from making errors in recording these events. Skeptics have no such guide. They should be humbled that God is far wiser than the wisest man. (1 Corinthians 1:25-27)

    Before accepting what heretics and unbelievers say, consideration should be given to what is contained in the guidebook.

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    How can there be an "assault" on Christianity when 80% of Americans claim to be 'Christian'?...When every president of the US since Washington have been adherents of one form or another of Christian ethos?...The only apparent assault on Christianity is in the minds of those lunatic fringe elements with their eyes on political power rather than the kingdom of heaven.
     
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    Thank you for saying that. I've often wondered the same thing. From my perspective, there isn't any assault on Chrisianity, there's just a refusal to create a theocracy and give limitless power to the radical right.

    Oh...and it is perfectly fair for people on an individual basis, to take a look "at the guidebook"...but government shouldn't....or we have a theocracy no different from those in the middle east.
     
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    Oh. The majority can never be oppressed? Tell that to the Shiites under Saddam. Or blacks under S.African Apartheid. :rolleyes:
     
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    If you think it's all in people's minds, Bully, I don't think you've been keeping up on what's been happening in this country over the past several years. How can you possibly imply--with a straight face, I assume--that there are not serious assaults being waged against Christianity in this country by the secular left?
     
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    And this relates to Christianity how? :flameth:
     
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    I don't know about you but I haven't seen any attacks against moderate, sane Christianity. I haven't seen people picketing soup kitchens or normal church services.

    There were the punks who burned churches, but I don't think that had any support from anybody. Even your dreaded ACLU are not going to defend those creeps.

    We have had people protesting pedophilia in the priesthood, fanatics using Christianity as a basis for execution sprees (in Texas and elsewhere), people who are uncomfortable with Christian abortion clinic bombers, people who doubt that rampant hatred of gays is Christian, etc.
     
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    Yup.
     
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    What distinguishes sane christianity from insane christianity?
     
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    Sane Christians use their religion to guide themselves. Insane ones try to impose it upon everyone.
     

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