Will Supreme Court Agree that Christian Student Should Be Forced to Cite Islamic Conversion Prayer? | CBN News

I have a belief that is uncommon among Christians about prayer in government-run public schools. Most Christians seem to want prayer back in public schools, but I don’t trust the public school system to lead anyone in prayer. The news story below illustrates why I hold this belief. In a world where Christians can be forced by the public school system to say the Muslim prayer of conversion, I don’t want anyone’s kids to be told to follow the governments’ spiritual lead.
I do want kids to pray more often, but parents should be leading their children in prayer, not the school system.
Four years ago, a Christian high school junior was compelled by her teacher at La Plata High School in La Plata, Md., to recall the Islamic conversion creed – the Shahada – as part of a written assignment. She was required to write the Islamic creed, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”The World History course also taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian’s.”Caleigh Wood refused to complete the assignment, believing that is it is a sin to profess by word or in writing, that there is any other god except the Christian God.

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Are Atheists Playing Fair? – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

As a Christian, you may have had this happen to you: An atheist challenges your beliefs. You give an explanation and share evidence that points to why you believe in a Creator. They find nothing you are saying convincing. You fire back and challenge the atheist on their beliefs. After all, they have been arguing that we live in a universe that came into existence without an intelligent cause. Let’s see what they got. Now you find yourself in a perplexing situation. Just a moment ago the atheist demanded that you give good and convincing reasons for your system of beliefs. But when asking the atheist to defend their system of beliefs, the atheist argues that there is no burden of proof on them to support anything. In fact, the atheist swears that she isn’t even making a claim at all. She is merely rejecting your claim that “God exists.” The burden of proof then is on you–on Christians.

Read the entire article at : Are Atheists Playing Fair? – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

What About the Bible’s Warning Against Philosophy?

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Colossians 2:8
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

This warning isn’t about philosophy as a whole, it applies only to vain philosophy based on secular thinking. Philosophy enables clear thinking, and if it is based on the world view in the Bible, and not the vain teachings of men it is hard to go wrong. Religious leaders can sometimes lead us astray, so it must be the Bible you fall back on.

Christians need to learn to press people to face the logical conclusion of their own beliefs. Chuck Colson

 The Complete Guide to Christian Quotations

Slavery and the Bible

Book suggestion: Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan
A book that answers many of the sticky questions asked about the Old Testament.

1 Pet 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;


Changing terms

Pregnant woman with ultrasound scan

If you are an older reader you know that the term gay wasn’t always about sexual preferences. At one point in time it meant happy, or brightly colored.
The word now days is so easily conflated with sexual preference it is unwise to use it when referring to someone’s clothes.

The word tolerant used to mean that you disagree with or dislike something a person does, but you will treat them with respect anyway. Now according to the younger generation it means agree with politically correct dogma 100%, or be branded as a hate monger.

The word pro-life has been poisoned in much the same way. Many people when they hear the term pro-life, they don’t hear that babies deserve the right to life, they hear that you hate woman, that woman should die in back alley abortions, that you are a dictator…. The term isn’t half as useful as it used to be. While replacing a word with an entire phrase isn’t practical all of the time, I believe that as often as possible it should be replaced with “Preserve as many innocent human lives as possible”.

One confusion people have with the term pro-life is that many of us also believe in the right to keep and bare arms, and believe that we are being inconsistent. But it is perfectly consistent with the term protect as many innocent human lives as possible. You see when someone breaks into your house, it is often a choice of kill or be killed. You see the intruder if they get away with stealing everything you have and maybe even killing you, they are unlikely to stop there. The will often continue committing the horrible crime until someone either kills him, or locks him up for a long time. If you are forced to defend yourself and your family, you are likely protecting their lives, and the lives of further victims so you are being perfectly consistent.

You don’t want woman having back street abortions any more than the people who made heroine illegal want others to take back-alley drugs. While yes there are still illegal drugs on our street, there are many more lives that have been saved because they could not get the drug legally.

Changing the terms used can clear up any societal misconceptions, or at least invite conversations that culturally poisoned words would not.

If you have any suggestions for changing a politically hot term, or any questions about my reasons for believing that abortion is wrong, please comment below.

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Hypocrites don’t change the truth.

If the Christian faith is true, it would still be true even if no one believed it, or if all who did were hypocrites; and if it is false, would still be false even if everyone believed it and there was no apparent hypocrisy in their behavior. (FT, 196)

McDowell, Josh. Evidence That Demands a Verdict (p. xlii). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.