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Is religion a war machine? 

  

Here’s one thing you might hear when trying to talk to someone about Jesus. 

“I hate religion! Religion has caused more death and wars then anything else!” 

Well, let’s look at some facts here. Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars lists about 1,763 wars that have been fought over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being “religious in nature.” That means of all wars, about 6% were religious. Now subtract Islam’s wars from the religious wars, and you have about 3%. So, of all the wars fought in our history, minus Islam’s wars, only about 3% have been religious in nature. 

The truth is, non-religious motivations, and atheistic philosophies have caused nearly all of mankind’s wars. 

Non-Religious Dictator Lives Lost

Joseph Stalin – 42,672,000

Mao Zedong – 37,828,000

Adolf Hitler – 20,946,000

Chiang Kai-shek – 10,214,000

Vladimir Lenin – 4,017,000

Hideki Tojo – 3,990,000

Pol Pot – 2,397,000

If religion isn’t the number 1 cause of wars, then what is it? The same thing that triggers all crime, cruelty, loss of life, ect…Sin. 
We shouldn’t be surprised though. Jesus told us, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21–23).”

In short, don’t believe people who shout religion is the number one cause of wars.

Scientific Accuracy in the Bible

  

Astronomers have recently discovered a massive hole in space above the northern hemisphere where there are no stars, no planets, no gases, nothing…I guess we shouldn’t be surprised though. 
Job 26:7-“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.”  

“University of Minnesota astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen “dark matter.” While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this new discovery dwarfs them all.

“Not only has no one ever found a void this big, but we never even expected to find one this size,” said Lawrence Rudnick of the University of Minnesota astronomy professor. Rudnick, along with grad student Shea Brown and associate professor Liliya Williams, also of the University of Minnesota, reported their findings in a paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.

Astronomers have known for years that, on large scales, the Universe has voids largely empty of matter. However, most of these voids are much smaller than the one found by Rudnick and his colleagues. In addition, the number of discovered voids decreases as the size increases.
“What we’ve found is not normal, based on either observational studies or on computer simulations of the large-scale evolution of the Universe,” Williams said.”
-http://m.phys.org/_news107109720.html

Just give it time…

This is funny, because we know that this would never happen. How much more foolish is it to think that what you see around you today evolved from nothing that exploded billions of years ago!? Do you have any idea how INSANELY complex the most “simple” cell in our body is? If no one here realistically expects this picture to ever happen, why in the world would you expect an explosion to create life and everything needed for life?  

I don’t have, “blind faith.”

A lot of people mistake faith to be a blind belief in something. Something you believe with no reason. This is contrary to what the Bible teaches us. We are to examine ourselves and be knowledgeable about what we believe, and be ready to answer the questions people may have for us. 
-The Bible tells us to “examine everything carefully” and to believe only that which is actually true (1 Thessalonians 5:21, Colossians 2:4). 
-The Bible commends the people in the city of Berea for verifying that the words spoken by the apostle Paul were actually true (Acts 17:11). 
-God desires that we use our minds and not just our hearts (Matthew 22:37). God says, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). 
-The Bible exhorts Christians to have answers for people with questions (1 Peter 3:15). 
-God desires all people “to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
If you would describe your faith as, “blind faith,” then I would encourage you to strengthen your faith by asking yourself why you believe what you believe is true. There is evidence in almost every direction you look! 

 

I don’t have enough faith for evolution. 

Nobody would believe that Windows 7 is the result of chance, but many believe that the human brain that created Windows 7 is the result of chance.
They will sometimes say, “Well, we didn’t start off this complex. We started off as a simple-cell, then slowly became more advanced.” 
Years ago, microscopes weren’t nearly as good as they are now. The cell used to look like a blob and it was easy to think that a blob could come about by accident. We have better microscopes now. According to Michael Behe, a biochemist, a cell is run like a really a big city with freeways to deliver nutrients and garbage to their destinations. 
Here is a so called, “simple cell” that used to look like a blob under old microscopes. Now, we know better than to call them simple. Who knows, with future technology, we’ll probably find out it is even more complex than this! 
I don’t have enough faith to believe this happened by chance, without an intelligent mind to create it. Not to mention that life somehow magically came from non-life. 

 

Scripture got it right….again. 

The most recent estimate of stars in the universe is 300 billion trillion. That’s a 3 followed by 23 zeros. (The number is constantly growing as we find more). 
Fourteen billion years (the evolutionists theory of how old the universe is) isn’t nearly enough time to explain so many stars, unless it was an everyday occurrence, which we do not observe. 
Save yourself the headache and stick with Gods Word which is unchangeable. Secular scientists will catch up eventually…. 

 

Why follow Jesus and Chrsitianity?

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When people ask, “How’d you choose Christianity? Why not Mormonism?” (Or any other religion).

We need to give more than just subjective answers. Some examples of subjective answers would be:

“I just feel it’s true.”
“I get a feeling of peace when I pray.”
“I’ve had an experience.”
“I grew up in the church.”
“Jesus gives me joy.”
“Ever since I became a Christian, my life has straightened out. I used to be a bad person.”

Don’t you think a Mormon (I’m not picking on Mormons specifically, just using them as an example today) would say the exact same thing? Of course they do!

We need to be ready to give people some OBJECTIVE answers and tell them WHY we believe what we believe (1Peter 3:15).

Some examples of objective answers would be,

“The Bible is the only scientifically accurate religious book.”
“There’s reliable eyewitness accounts within the Bible.”
“All of the places and names of people and rulers of different areas have been confirmed by sources outside of the Bible.”
“The Bible is the only book that contains hundreds of specific, accurately fulfilled prophecies.”

Now, let’s try looking at Mormonism. How does it compare?

The Book of Mormon is full of problems. It contradicts the Bible (which it claims to follow). It contains (a lot of) false prophecy. Many doctrinal and grammatical changes have been made since its initial publishing in 1830. It contains extensive plagiarism of the King James Version of the Bible. Independent, non-Mormon archaeological verification is absolutely lacking (the Bible has more than plenty). The Book of Mormon is full of scientific problems. The open-minded individual who is willing to follow the evidence (or in this case, severe lack of evidence) wherever it leads can easily see that the Book of Mormon is an early nineteenth-century piece of American fiction.

That, my friends, is why I believe Christianity is true. It is also the same reason that I don’t believe others.

Overwhelming amounts of evidence for the Bible. Severe lack of evidence for other world religions.

Not everyone can be right

Here are some common things you might hear today;

“All religions lead to the same God.”

“There isn’t one true religion.”

“Every religion is right.”

Really?  Does that sound like good logical, common sense to anyone?  Lets look at these statements a little closer to see if this actually makes sense.

Can truth contradict itself?  No. You read this next paragraph and tell me if you see any contradictions…

     Buddhism is pantheistic and says there is no personal God, and everyone can reach “godlikeness” on his own. Islam says that Jesus was just a prophet and not the only way to God. Christianity says that there is a personal God and that the only way to Him is through Jesus (John 14:6).

  If these three religions are “all true”, or just “different paths to the same place”, then why do they contradict each other? Does truth contradict itself?

I honestly think the statements given earlier are just lazy attempts at answering a question you haven’t researched for yourself yet.  No, not every religion is the same.  No, not every religion has the truth.  I understand that in todays day and age, that will hurt peoples feelings.  “How dare you say I’m wrong!”  Well, deal with it.  Not everyone can be right.

Investigate for yourselves why you believe what you believe.

Blind faith?

Christians as a whole, usually have this notion that we are to have, “blind faith.” Or that we are to blindly follow Christ. Because of this common misconception, Christians often feel inadequate when their faith is challenged.  They are mocked because when they are asked why they believe in Jesus, they just say, “I have faith.” Many Christians aren’t properly prepared to give an answer to those who ask about what they believe (1 Peter 3:15).

God does not expect us to follow Him blindly or to abandon intellectual thinking or science in order to follow Him.

-The Bible tells us to “examine everything carefully” and to believe only that which is actually true (1 Thessalonians 5:21 NASB; see also Colossians 2:4).

-The Bible commends the people in the city of Berea for verifying that the words spoken by the apostle Paul were actually true (Acts 17:11).

-God desires that we use our minds and not just our hearts (Matthew 22:37). God says, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

-The Bible exhorts Christians to have answers for people with questions (1 Peter 3:15).

-God desires all people “to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

I challenge every Christian out there to ask yourself, “Why am I a Christian? Do I really believe what I say I do? Why did I choose Christianity over another religion? Could I defend my position against Mormonism, JW, Buddhists, ect…”