Christians believe that they are right and others are wrong.

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If Christians were simply saying that they like Christianity, the way that some people like chocolate and some prefer vanilla, this objection would be spot on. It would be silly to argue about what your favorite flavor is. One person is free to get chocolate, and the other person is free to dig into the vanilla. That is not what we are claiming, however. Christianity isn’t built around choices it is built on a moment of history. If Jesus Christ is a real person who died, and then was resurrected Christianity is true. If as the Bible itself says that if Christ is still in the ground we should be the most miserable.

Our own faith claims that it is either based on a historical fact, or it is a lie.

It turns out that most if not all religions make exclusive claims, They believe that their leader is right, and as a consequence anyone who thinks differently is wrong, and many of those claims are contradictory, so they can’t all be true. Depending on who you talk to when you die you either cease to exist, go to Heaven or Hell, get to populate another planet with spirit babies as God, get reincarnated and there are probably other opinions about what happens after we die, but they can’t all be true. You can’t both cease to exist, and go to Heaven.  Serious believers in every worldview would argue with you if you disagreed with major points in their doctrine.  I have had this discussion with people who thought that all religions are true, only to have them go ballistic when I say that mine is true, and someone else’s isn’t. Their mind was made up that despite their claims that everyone’s religion is right, that mine was wrong.

Truth is exclusive. One plus one is two, it isn’t three, four or five. it is two, and anyone who disagrees is wrong, no matter how sincerely you may believe that one plus one is six.

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.

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

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

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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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Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line
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