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Sir Isaac Newton: “On Atheism”

Posted by concernedchristian on April 1, 2009

As soom of you may know, I have a bachelor’s degree in physics. So when I found this manuscript detailing Sir Isaac Netwon’s belief about religion, I was intrigued to say the least. Especially when there was a section entitled, “On Atheism:”

Atheism is so senseless & odious to mankind that it never had many professors.

Can it be by accident that all birds beasts & men have their right side & left side alike shaped (except in their bowells) & just two eyes & no more on either side the face & just two ears on either side the head & a nose with two holes & no more between the eyes & one mouth under the nose & either two fore leggs or two wings or two arms on the sholders & two leggs on the hipps one on either side & no more? Whence arises this uniformity in all their outward shapes but from the counsel & contrivance of an Author?

Whence is it that the eyes of all sorts of living creatures are transparent to the very bottom & the only transparent members in the body, having on the outside an hard transparent skin, & within transparent juyces with a crystalline Lens in the middle & a pupil before the Lens all of them so truly shaped & fitted for vision, that no Artist can mend them? Did blind chance know that there was light & what was its refraction & fit the eys of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it?

These & such like considerations always have & ever will prevail with man kind to believe that there is a being who made all things & has all things in his power & who is therfore to be feared.

I split it up into paragraphs because apparently Sir Isaac liked run-on sentences. All spelling “errors” are actually the way English was written in the 17th century.

Also, as a historical note, Sir Isaac was a heretic: he was an Arian who denied the Trinity; this heresy is most often found in Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nevertheless, someone should float this by Dr. Richard Dawkins, since he obviously doesn’t know that the man who invented physics thought atheism was ridiculous!

Psalm 14:1: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”

Happy National Atheist’s Day!

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Deborah 13

Posted by concernedchristian on March 12, 2009

Hello y’all. Hat-tip to Kevin Williams of Puritan Fellowship for posting a documentary by that bastion of Christian witness, the BBC,  entitled Deborah 13: Servant of God. It is a video by a wonderful 13-year old girl in England named (ironically enough) Deborah. She is homeschooled, lives with her family of ten brothers and sisters, and is a huge fan of evangelism: She has tons of Way of the Master gospel tracts, listens to Way of the Master Radio (now called Wretched Radio), and she does what every good Christian does when being interviewed: shares the gospel so much that they can’t help but put it into the documentary. She witnesses to her interviewer, and they also show her hitting the streets in her hometown and sharing with some of her brother’s friends at a party near his university. Through this, she’s probably shared the gospel to more people than any other 13-year old out there.

But don’t take my word for it: here’s the video posted on YouTube:

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Do I deserve it? (or, I came this close to losing my job)

Posted by concernedchristian on February 22, 2009

So, at work Saturday night, I saw a girl (probably 12-15ish) ask me if we had a digital camera that was waterproof and/or could work underwater. I showed her the one that we had, and she didn’t care much for it because of the price tag. She came back and forth a few times to look at it, and at one point explained why she wanted it: she goes to youth group, and they would sometimes go to water parks and ski trips and such, so she needed a digital camera that could deal with the water. A couple things came to my mind and sort of lead to me zoning out while she was talking.

  1. Why isn’t she witnessing to me? (Probably because she isn’t genuinely born again, or at best has a low view of God and the Bible.)
  2. Do her parents and youth pastor point her to the Word? (Doubtful at best, if her youth pastor sends them on ski trips and water parks to have fun instead of sharing the gospel.)

I excused myself to go back to the counter. Along the way, I heard her say to her friend, in a perfect imitation of a Valley Girl: “I deserve this camera.”

If I could have made a sound effect at that moment, it would approximately have been the sccrrreeeecccchhhhhhh of a car’s brakes going from 60 to 0 in .001 seconds.

Excuse me?! You deserve this camera?!?!

I looked around, close to saying something. With a recession though, I can’t get fired, and preaching to a customer while on the clock certainly would be grounds for termination. One or two associates were in listening distance, and a customer was at one of our kiosks making an order.

Drat!

So what would I have said? In as pleasant and tender a voice as possible (while internally I was having a stroke and growing an ulcer that filled half my stomach because of thinking about the kind of family and church that would let a girl think this sort of nonsense):

Um, young lady? You said you were in youth group, yes? Have you read Romans 1 through 3 recently? I recommend you do. Paul wrote it specifically to show you and I that we do not deserve anything from God, except for God’s wrath and justice, because of how much and how often that we have sinned against Him. I am putting my job on the line for telling you this, so I do hope to take this stuff seriously. Thank you for listening to me, and I do hope you have a good evening.

But no, I chickened out. Maybe it’s wise to pick my battles, but it was the closest I think I’d ever come to out-and-out preaching to a customer. For reference, here are a few passages:

Romans 1:28-2:11:

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. 

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man–you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself–that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. 

Romans 3:10-18:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 

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And So it Begins

Posted by concernedchristian on February 8, 2009

HT: OneNewsNow.

The U.S. Senate has taken action that could mean a legal battle royal over the stimulus bill.

The Senate rejected an amendment offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) that would have stripped language from the stimulus bill that would force colleges and universities to throw religious clubs off campus if the schools receive federal funds.

As someone who just graduated from a public university, this makes me sad, angry, wondering if this is God’s way of ferreting out the evangelical silliness that’s in most modern college ministry, and of course prayerful that it won’t happen.

As part of an effort to secure the god our nation truly worships (money), a president who calls himself a Christian is prepared to remove any worship of the true God out of America’s universities.

And so begins the persecution of Christians in the United States.

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Debating Calvinism

Posted by concernedchristian on February 8, 2009

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Tim Conway – Jesus is Lord!

Posted by concernedchristian on February 3, 2009

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The Truth Behind the Bad Bank

Posted by concernedchristian on February 2, 2009

In an attempt to fight the recent recession and housing crisis, the U.S. government is considering the creation of a so-called “bad bank,” a government-owned institution which assumes the debt incurred by any bad assets (such as loans or mortgages) owned by an independent bank. For example, if a house goes into foreclosure, the house would not be owned by the local bank or credit union that financed it, but instead it becomes the property of the “National Bad Bank,” cancelling out the debt of the local bank.

Many conservatives are decrying such a possibility, because it would lead to a kind of socialism (economically socialist Sweden has pioneered such a system). However, I’m not writing this to talk about the economic ramifications of such an action. Instead, President Obama and Congress have unwittingly provided for the whole world an amazing allegory for Christianity.

You see, each of us have a debt before God, one which we cannot cancel out on our own. It is called sin. The Bible defines sin as the breaking of God’s moral law (1 John 3:4). Most people are familiar with the Ten Commandments, but at the same time most do not actually test themselves by the standard of the Ten Commandments, to see how they stand before God, when in fact the Bible commands us to test ourselves (2 Cor 13:5). So, ask yourself if you’ve ever broken them: Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? Have you ever used God’s name in vain? That means, have you ever used the name of the One who created you without due reverence, or even as a curse word? Have you ever even coveted something that belongs to someone else?

Most of you probably have never comitted murder, which the sixth commandment forbids. However, Jesus took it one step further: “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:22) Jesus says it’s just as bad to murder as it is to be angry without cause!

Furthermore, some of you might look at the seventh commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” and think you’re safe with that; maybe you’ve only had sex inside of marriage, with your spouse. But Jesus again presses the point not only to the outward actions, but also to the inward thought life: “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)

Why is the thought-life so important to God? Just imagine if you were to conspire to kill President Obama. Even talking about it will get you sent to jail for many years, never mind the actual deed! So in the same way, God knows your internal thoughts:

  • “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” (Psalm 139:2)
  • “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.” (Proverbs 15:26)
  • “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17)
  • “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
  • “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30)

If the idea of a day when you will be held accountable for all that you’ve done causes you fear or concern, good! It should! The Bible says that “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31) God has appointed a place for the eternal punishment of everyone who sins against and offends an eternally holy and just God: that place is called hell.

  • “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
  • “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

But just like how the proposed bad bank will resolve financial debt, Christianity is the one and only religion which offers a solution to how your debt before God can be forgiven. How? Well, first you have to be humble, and realize your sin. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) You cannot do anything on your own to save yourself. Going back to the money analogy, if your home is about to be foreclosed, you cannot do anything to save that home. But imagine, if the banker pulled out his own personal checkbook from his pocket, wrote out the amount you owed, and gave it to you, no questions asked, as a free gift.

In a similar way, that’s what God did for you 2000 years ago: God came to earth, became a man named Jesus, and lived for about 30 years or so. His sole purpose in doing so was that He would suffer and die for yours and my sins, as a transaction to pay the debt you could not owe. Jesus then proved that He was God, by rising from the dead on the third day after His death. His body is not in the tomb anymore; if it was, those who killed Jesus and persecuted the first Christians would have used it as evidence against them.

So God has given you this gift: how do you respond to it? Like the verse above says: “God commands all people everywhere to repent.” Humble yourself, and pray to God, confessing your sin to Him. You don’t need to follow some rote prayer, just ask God for forgiveness and to be made clean and right before Him. Then read your Bible, obey it, and find a good church which is serious about God and about the Bible. Thank you for reading this, and God bless you.

All Scripture verses used from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible. (c) 2001, 2007 Crossway Publishers. This was inspired by a friend of mine who told me about the “bad bank” and its spiritual application.

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Obama = Jesus?

Posted by concernedchristian on October 19, 2008

No, the recent lack of posting is not because I have been lifted into the arms of the Savior. In fact, to the contrary. I’ve just been really busy. Anywho, I was just sent an article by WorldNetDaily analyzing this piece:

Obama is my homeboy. And I’m not saying that because he’s black – I’m saying that in reference to those Urban Outfitters t-shirts from a couple years ago that said, “Jesus is my homeboy.” Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus.

While you may be overtly religious and find this to be idol-worshipping, or may be overtly politically correct and just know that everything in that sentence could be found offensive, I’m afraid it’s true anyway.

I’ve officially been saved, and soon, whether they like it or not, the rest of the country will be too. I will follow him, all the way to the White House, and I’ll be standing there in our nation’s capital in January 2009, when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America. In the name of Obama, Amen.

Oh, where to begin? It’s quite simple, with the gospel. Politics, like most things in this world, will be destroyed with the earth by fire. Here is the comment I just posted:

Ms. Mertens is correct in one thing: many do indeed “find this to be idol-worshipping.” One of those who does is in fact Jesus Himself, Ms. Mertens’ Creator. Like all of humanity, she will die one day for her sin, and when that day comes she will give an account to Him for worshiping another sinful human in place of the one true God of the universe. To quote the real Jesus, “Unless you repent, you will perish” (Luke 13:3). He also said that your love for the true God should be so great that your love for any other thing, including your own life and yes, Barack Obama, should be like hatred compared to your love for your true creator, God Himself. I will pray that Ms. Mertens will in fact repent towards the God of the Bible today, as she does not know when she will die.

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The Election was won last night…

Posted by concernedchristian on September 4, 2008

At first, I thought it was won by Rudy Giuliani, and McCain should extend his gratitude by naming him Secretary of State or ambassador to the UN or something.

Then I thought it was won by Madame Vice President, Sarah Palin.

But now, after watching this, it was won by Madame Vice President’s 9-year old daughter Piper, who needs to be named Secretary of Awwww.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

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Prank Phone Call

Posted by concernedchristian on August 27, 2008

Just after 9pm at work, I got a phone call from someone who had a rather heavy (almost stereotypical)  accent from somewhere in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc.). Think Apu from “The Simpsons.” (I had a roommate senior year in college who frequently watched the show on DVD, along with those bastions of godliness “Family Guy” and “Futurama.”) He was extremely rude, and interrupted me a lot. He had said that his wife came in earlier and had asked “Chris, the white guy with glasses” to help find his pictures, but apparently I couldn’t find them.

I didn’t remember the incident (Hanbat I think was the name), and searching while the guy was on the phone, I couldn’t find them–again, apparently. He was quite upset, twisted me around to the point where he insinuated that I insulted his wife, and assured me he would come in “in the next 35 to 45 minutes” with his wife to set me straight, reminding me that “in my country, I would cut your head off!” He made me promise that when he arrived, I wouldn’t “hide behind the machines or hide behind the counter.” Then, in an almost-perfect imitation of Apu , he said “Have a good day!” and hung up.

Needless to say, no one ever showed up. Although for the rest of the night, I would about every 15-20 seconds look up from what I was doing to make sure no irate Hindus or Muslims were stomping their way into the lab.

So, who could be behind such treachery? I couldn’t quite pick up who it was, but I have a few ideas.

  • My pastor likes playing pranks. He’s freely admited to toying with the computers of a few worshippers at our church to make strange noising, such as farting. He has thus annoyed colonels in high-level government strategic meetings and so forth.
  • I could imagine two of my managers doing this. The one problem? We had inventory today, when we get checked for how well we keep the store free from stolen merchandise and so forth. At least one of them was dead tired from inventory (was swaying back and forth at one point), and the other was busy pulling freight from the truck onto the floor.
  • I ran into one of the guys from electronics, the department right next to me, about 5 to 10 minutes later. He could barely control his laughter from some reason. However, he has a thick accent from Ghana, and I doubt would be able to pull off the accent on the phone.
  • Possibly one of my friends from college. I can think of a couple who might be willing and able to do this.
  • Another pair of guys I know from church, two brothers about my age. I wouldn’t put it past them.

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