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Jordan Peterson Warns Canadian Christians Their
Religious Freedom Rights Are Eroding
Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist, author, and free-speech
advocate, has warned Canadian Christians that they must make a "great
leap forward" because religious freedom in the country is set to get "a
lot worse." ....... More
The Queering of America
''I want to give you a little more evidence for my notion that this country
has shifted in the 1990s and has transformed," lesbian activist Elizabeth
Birch told her university audience earlier this year. "Where is the least
likely place anybody would look for leadership on a social issue?"....More
THE CHURCH IN SEVENTH CENTURY CELTIC BRITAIN
In the seventh century A.D., the population of Britain consisted mainly of two ethnic groups relatively equal in number, collectively known as the Celts and the Anglo-Saxons respectively. The Celts can be divided into three major sub-groups, namely the Welsh (the descendants of the Britons.....More
BLIND FAITH, INTELLECTUAL ASSENT, AND SALVATION
In response to a “test” from a Pharisee (a leading sect of Jews in New Testament times who were focused on a lot of rules) Jesus said “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38.
The bit that intrigues me is “all your mind.” I think that there is an idea out there that says in order to be a Christian you have to turn off your brain and refuse to grapple with issues such as evolution and metaphysics. Another passage in Matthew (18:2-4) says that we will never enter the kingdom of heaven unless we become like little children, and this is sometimes used as a reason for settling for blind faith.
But I don’t think kids have blind faith. They are curious, they ask questions – any parent of a 4 year old will tell you that “Why?” is their little one’s favourite sentence starter. Kids soak up learning and want to grow up as quickly as possible to be more like their Mum, Dad, or older sibling. I do think that they are trusting and accepting of their parents and teachers, and are likely to believe what they are told. But sometimes you can almost hear the cogs grinding away in their heads as they absorb their new nuggets of information and work to fit them in with their existing knowledge and experience.
So I reckon that loving God with all our mind involves engaging the brain he created in us to work through issues and challenges to our faith. I want to know what Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Bertrand Russell, Richard Dawkins, and many others say about our world and about my faith. And like the kids I want to go away and let the cogs whir away until everything falls into place. Sometimes my brain hurts! Sometimes, I encounter an issue that I cannot reconcile with my faith. When this happens, I am comforted by a story told by Paul Little in his book “Know Why You Believe.” He relates that in 1861 the French Academy of Science published 51 scientific facts that controverted the Word of God. But today, no scientist in the world believes a single one of those “facts.” I believe that one day, maybe on the last day, every scientific fact or theory that currently casts doubt on the existence of God will be explained.
However, “all my mind,” an intellectual assent to the evidence for the Christian faith, is important but not sufficient. I have to also love God with all my heart and all my soul. My heart is a metaphor for my emotional engagement with God – relationship building, awe, adoration, love, worship. My soul as used in the Bible is really my whole being. My body, my intellect, my emotions, my social-ness, my spirit, all need to be aligned in an active full-on faith, a willingness to grow and learn, and a determination to hold on in the face of strong challenges. And like the kids, trust The Teacher when He answers my questions.
My report card says “Christopher could do better and needs to improve. He should pay more attention in class and work harder to apply learnings in his daily life. Luckily, he does not have to pass this test in his own strength.”
Former Satanic Priest: Christian Prayers Blocked Me from Carrying Out Evil
A man who used to be a high priest in the Church of Satan has opened up about the power of Christian prayer. Incredibly, he admitted that when followers of Jesus were praying for him, he found it incredibly difficult to engage in satanic activities. John Ramirez, who once worshiped the Devil wholeheartedly, is now a Christian evangelical pastor. .....MORE
London Christian family catch takeaway driver destroying cross by front door on CCTV
Londoner Georgia Savva complained to police after a curry delivery driver from a local Bangladeshi restaurant was caught on CCTV deliberately removing and destroying a Palm Sunday cross on the wall ..More
Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches
Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month's sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists.....More
End time headlines
The volcanic unrest continues: Eruptions at Anak-Krakatau and Sinabung in Indonesia, Shinmoedake in Japan and Telica in Nicaragua
The volcanic unrest continues around the world with eruptions at Anak-Krakatau and Sinabung in Indonesia, Shinmoedake in Japan, Telica in Nicaragua and Kilauea in Hawaii in the last 2 days. These new eruptions follow those reported in my previous volcanic update of 5 days ago.....More
8 Lies Parents Believe about Raising Kids
Do you believe lies about parenting? Sometimes, we’re so focused on listening to the advice coming from all corners that we forget to investigate the counsel to see if it’s truth or lies. Many of the lies we believe about parenting sound like good recommendations ...More
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Algerian pastor ‘amazed’ as three churches told they can reopen
Three churches recently closed down by authorities in Algeria’s northern province of Oran have been told they can reopen. The three churches, located in Oran city, Ain Turk (30km west of Oran), and El Ayaida (35km east of Oran), were closed between November 2017 and February 2018. On Sunday, two of the three churches were allowed to reopen ....More
Should Christians Be Fighting a Culture War?
Have you ever heard the phrase "the culture war?" It's a blanket phrase that describes the various cultural "conflicts" between perhaps more conservative and more liberal beliefs in real world society. Images come to mind of the the battle over Christmas, yard signs that say "Keep Christ in Christmas" ....More
Genetic study adds support to biblical creation account
A new gene study presents serious difficulties for the scientific theory of evolution, while bringing science one giant step closer to the Biblical story
of creation. Dr Gerald Schroeder, an Orthodox Jewish physicist with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....More