This on FOXNews:
The Atheists are taking over. They are categorically denying history, and at the same time, Religious Liberty in the name of so-called “Tolerance” and “Separation of Church and State.”
Let me give you my take on things. First, if we were all truly tolerant, then there would be no need to take down displays of Religious nature, because nobody would be offended by anything. Of course we live in an intolerant world, and therefore what is beautiful and symbolic of 2,000 years of tradition and Christian redemption by God Himself, is viewed is offensive to some. Of course, the Bible speaks to this and tells us:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power…” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
So, what does that mean? Because men deny that God exists, they seek to promote themselves to the forefront, and assume responsibility for everyone else. Because simply, if there is no God, then my opinion must be the most important opinion there is! It really is that simple, and they seek to go around as the so-called “Mind Police” (aka Big Brother) telling everyone else what they can and cannot do in public or on public property, in spite of 2,000 years of Christian history and at least 1,500 years of Jewish teaching prior to that about a Messiah and how he would rescue mankind from himself.
Secondly, if we take the “Tolerance” completely out of this argument, and try to discern a reason why an atheist would seek to take away something that gives so many people pleasure and comfort, and in fact is the basis for their living lives each day that seek to attain a higher standard, then we must come to the conclusion that those folks (the “Atheists,” the ones who seek to ruin everyone’s Christmas) are deluded or under demonic influence. I prefer the latter, because no such “Ordinary” (simply deluded) people attain such influence in the world otherwise.
It really isn’t so scary anymore that folks don’t believe in Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life, nobody comes to the Father except through Jesus. But Jesus himself told us that the way is narrow, many are called, but few are chosen. So, we take heart in the knowledge that some of us see things differently, shall we say “Clearly” and that we can know for certain those who are under demonic influences, when they haven’t a clue what demons are or that they even exist! That’s the real scary thing in this day and age is that folks no longer believe in Satan!
C.S. Lewis wrote in the novel Screwtape Letters how a junior devil / demon sought the help of a senior devil / demon to help him trick men into not believing in the existence of God. It’s really quite simple, the senior explained to the junior, first you get them to believe there’s no harm in believing that they are in charge, and that theirs is the highest authority in the land. Any good atheist will tell you, in the absence of God, the most violent argument wins any debate. This covers morality, legal battles, wars, the full gamut of human endeavors. In essence, without God, only the strong will survive to dominate and control those who are “Weak.”
That’s Darwinism taken to its extreme. Our Pastor (Zac Nazarian, Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach) says that all Dictators are inherently Darwinists, and I believe also that atheists are like-minded in that they see only themselves as the greatest authority on any subject. They do not have a “Standard” against which to measure anything for goodness or evilness. They have no moral basis to reach any decision in the realm of reality, in fact, they delude themselves into thinking that physical laws can somehow be “magically” applied to moral or philosophical arguments and that you can arrive logically at a moral foundation without God.
I am here to tell you this truth: Without God, there is no moral basis for anything in the universe, and in fact, there is no purpose, no meaning, all is simply materialism, random billiard balls colliding with one another, traveling for zillions and zillions of years without ever having any distinct notion of purpose or destiny. In spite of what any atheist will argue on this point, their arguments always boil down to circular reasoning, or simply refutations of Judeo-Christian doctrines (again, without any basis in proof or fact). They claim that since we cannot prove God’s existence, that they aren’t required to prove that he does not, in fact, exist. This is poppycock. The “Proof” of God’s existence is all around us!
Most modern Christians agree that when you look around, there is order everywhere. But, in the physical LAWS of the Universe, this is contrary to what should be happening. The LAWS of Thermodynamics apply to the Universe as a whole as well as to small systems, and they show us that there is a finite amount of mass and energy in the Universe, and that it is tending from an orderly state to a state of more disorder. We can argue this all day long, but in the end, you cannot violate those principles to prove your argument. They (atheists) quickly run to aliens coming to earth and setting everything up the way it is now. This is clearly a “God” argument in disguise. You cannot (again) achieve intelligence in the absence of a designer.
An example is relevant. If you look at a house, you know there is a builder. How much more complex is the Universe, with all its laws, and mechanical principles, and life, not to mention LIFE! Life is so highly unlikely in a simple mechanistic Universe, that you would need zillions of years, and zillions of stars and planets to even have the likelihood of having created a single protein molecule! Unwind a DNA molecule, and what is the obvious conclusion? There is INFORMATION in there, obviously then, there must be an Information Encoder – or a designer of Information Storage, right? There is a principle at work in all of life, what has come to be known as “Irreducible complexity.” You cannot take and reduce something to its component pieces before they at some point cease functioning. In other words, the whole is more than the sum of its individual parts!
In the end, you just cannot get to “Godlessness” without a much greater “Leap of Faith” than is required to get to God. God, if He exists the atheists will tell you, has kept himself hidden, and didn’t reveal himself to us – personally. Oh yes HE did! God wrote the Bible for us! He put it in black and white for us to read and study and learn about him, and his plan for our salvation. The Bible tells us where we came from, how we got here and where we are going. No other book in existence – anywhere – answers all those basic questions about life. And God speaks to us directly from the pages of the Bible.
The Founding Fathers of our country knew all this. There was no notion of “Separation of Church and State” in the beginning of our country. If you read the Declaration of Independence, you will find God in the very first paragraph, and in fact He is almost there from the first sentence! The reason they removed God from the Constitution was not because we didn’t want a country with a Government that disbelieved in God, the Christian God, but because there were already at that time several different Protestant Churches represented in America, and they didn’t want any particular group to have more influence than any other group. They were just trying to be fair in other words, and not give too much power.
In essence, the whole Constitution was written to “Balance” power. That’s why there are three distinct branches of Government, they balance each other and put a check on each other’s influence and power. The same was deemed desirable for Christian groups, no one group should have any greater influence than another group. Perhaps most especially of all, they were seeking to keep out the influence of the Church of England (and the Roman Catholic church as well) but theirs was a system conceived in brilliance where all men could ultimately be equal. It was already assumed that men were equal in the eyes of God.
Yes, there were mistakes in the original Constitution. Slaves were not given as much of a vote as non-slaves. These things have since been addressed. The Founding Fathers left us a mechanism to address failures, we call those “Amendments” to the Constitution. Overall, you must realize that they did not seek to put us under the influence of any one particular religious group for a reason. And today, that would apply to atheists, since “Atheism” is as much a “Religion” as is any organized Religion that seeks to follow a being called “God.” Thus, we have the First Amendment to the Constitution which says:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
What this means is as I explained above. There shall be no “Favoritism” in our country of one Religion over another, nor shall there be any “State” Religion. This simple statement says nothing about displays of Religion on public property or any such thing. It, in fact, seeks to put forth the notion that everyone has the right to assemble and use their “Freedom of Speech” to express themselves in any manner they deem correct and appropriate.
This does not mean that one person can claim “Offense” regarding a public display on public property and have those displays taken down, that’s not at all what it means. Individuals have rights, of course, but what it meant more than that was that the people, as a group, can seek to assemble and display whatever they want – if that is what the group – as a whole desires to be displayed. The “Balance of Power” notion here implies that the country is made of groups of people, not individuals, and that groups may happily exercise their Freedom as long as they are not harming other groups or individuals.
Now, if someone claims that a Religious display is “Harming” them, then guess what? They are either deluded or under Demonic influence as I said above. There is no way that a display of some farm animals, and some Shepherds, and a small family with a baby in a manger, with some Angels in attendance could possibly be offensive to anybody. That’s just insanity to think that. It’s one of the most beautiful pictures, in fact, in all of history (and for us Christians, THE most beautiful!). This is delusional thinking at the very least, and at the worst – demonic influence!
So, in the end, in conclusion as it were, I say that atheists, when they seek to destroy Christmas, are trying to delude folks into believing their half-baked (and in fact, impossible) philosophy about there being no “God” out there and that we are completely in control of our own destiny. Obviously, they are making inroads into the fabric of our society, and I propose that they cannot be having so much influence over folks without there being demonic influence behind them, controlling them, their “Atheist organizations” and so on. To me it’s very simple: If you want to see Jesus’ Name removed from our society, then you are under the influence of the Devil.