The liberal war against Chick-fil-A: What about freedom of Religion?

Dan Cathy Chick-fil-a Gay Marriage Debate

It is disturbing that so-called liberal politicians would use their political positions to discriminate based on the religious beliefs of a business owner. So far there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A is discriminatory in its hiring or business practices.

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The King of Kings is Dead

King of Kings crown collage

Three years after being declared “King of Kings” by over 200 African kings and rulers, Muammar Gaddafi has been killed by rebels that despised his rule. This title, King of Kings, was bestowed upon Gaddafi in August of 2008, during a meeting in the Libyan town of Benghazi. The purpose of the meeting was for Gaddafi to consolidate his power over the whole of the African continent. In his remarks Gaddafi declared:  “We want an African military to defend Africa, we want a single African currency, we want one African…

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Presidential Faith and Religion

Faith and Hope

The Republican candidates for the President have generated much discussion and press about faith and religion in the United States.  Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are evangelical Christians and wear their faith on their sleeve. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, and even though neither discusses his religion often, there are many evangelical Christians who bring out religion out as a reason to not vote for either of them.  Polls consistently show that many voters take into account the religion of a presidential candidate, and Mormons do not fare…

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Hell Does Not Exist

The recent book by Pastor Rob Bell of Mars Church in Grandview Michigan and the controversy surrounding it has reignited one of my biggest criticisms of popular Christianity. I say popular Christianity, because I think this is one of those cases where the popular idea of God, is not what the scriptures actually teach, but what people like to believe, or worse yet, what power seeking church leaders like to promote, to scare people into submission to their religious views and doctrines. When Jesus spoke of his Father in Heaven,…

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A Hellish Schism | The Rob Bell Controversy

Reality Check, Ghandi is in Hell

Pastor Rob Bell of a Michigan church has published a book called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived that denies the existence of hell as it has been popularized over the centuries. I can hear the chants of protest now. Rob Bell says their ain’t no hell! But when he arrives at those pearly gates God will have something to tell, You cannot deny my son, My justice is true, and I shall show you, Mr. Bell your book has…

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Religion Today | Will Doctrine or Love Prevail?

Truth and love

Love always trumps doctrine. I’ve also heard this principle expressed as ‘Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.’ Many people in this world are obsessed with being right, having the right doctrine, having the right knowledge, believing the right gospel. It is laudable to want to be right, but how can we be sure we are right about the mysteries of the world? How can we be right about things that have not happened yet? Until we experience death for ourselves, we will never…

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Maintaining Religion in the Age of Reason

Sistene Chapel Michael Angelo painting

During the last decade we have seen in America a growing divide between the religious and the scientific community. We have seen books written by atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the like with titles that speak of God as a delusion and a scourge on humanity. We have religious conservatives consistently battling to put their belief of creation into the science classroom to combat what they see as a competing theory of why we are here on the earth. This is fueled in part by the rise…

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Heaven, the Opposite of Life.

Photo by Brian Hartwell - Sun peeking out of the clouds

Whenever I hear talk of heaven, paradise or other lives beyond this mortality, I interpret it as a reflection of people’s greatest fears. Consider the following solutions provided by belief in an afterlife. Life on earth is pain – Heaven is pain free Death separates loved ones – in paradise families reunite and live together forever Financial struggles – Utopia has no poor among them War, arguments and strife – peace on earth and in heaven;  somebody else, “God” will fight our battles. Aging and Dying – immortality, or the…

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Which Sacred Text is Really the Word of God?

Sacred Texts by candlelight

Abraham is said to be the father of three religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It was Abraham that first rejected the pagan gods of his father and became a monotheist that believed in the communication of the “one true God” to his subjects humankind. The Hebrews kept records of their revelations from this God and wrote them in what are now called Sacred Texts. Obviously not all writings about God and His revelations are accepted by all people as the true word of God, and it is from these splits…

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