Monday, March 24, 2008

Who's Happier - Believers or Atheists?

I remember one day I was teaching in a high school here in the Czech Republic and I spoke to the students about priorities. I thought it would be good for them to evaluate the priorities in their lives and provide an opportunity for me to share what my priorities are. I remember that one girl said that her "highest priority is to be happy...whatever it takes to be happy." I was stunned.

After growing up in the church I never had even thought of having such a priority. But it was a real eye-opener for me to see how atheists think. After all, if there is no God, if there is nothing after this life, then you should pursue happiness in this life with everything you've got! Because as this one girl stated, "when you die it is the end of this happy life."

The British newspaper the Telegraph recently published an article "Believers are happier than Atheists." A couple researchers did some sort of a study and found that religious people are happier than atheists. The report stated that "religious people were better able to cope with disappointments such as unemployment or divorce than non-believers." And they said that the more people pray and go to church the happier they are!

Atheists, people who make it their aim to be happy, are not the happiest. This comes to me as no surprise. If the source of our joy comes from within ourselves, others, or anything in this world, then our happiness will only be temporary. But if the source of our joy is in God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, then our fountain of joy will never run dry. Jesus tells us how to be happy in His "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew 5:1-12. The God who created us knows what it takes to make us happy, and it isn't what this world has to offer. The happiness this world offers is only temporary.

If you are searching for happiness, begin with God! He will not disappoint.! He is our source of truth and our never ending source of joy!

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever.

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Truth on Global Warming

Here is a link for Dr. Roy W. Spencer's site on Global Warming. He is an expert on weather and has been supported by NASA, NOAA, and the DOE for his work.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Obama's View of Scripture

Barack Hussein Obama has revealed his view of Scripture at a rally at Hocking College. He stated that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his view of same-sex unions. Obama said, "I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state...If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans."

When did Romans become obscure? Maybe because he hasn't read it? Romans is THE book that clearly lays out what it means to be a Christian. In it we find the doctrine of justification by faith. Without being justified by faith you are NO Christian. The passage Obama is referring to is probably the passage in chapter one where God says that such behavior is not normal, it isn't natural. I hardly find it an obscure passage.

I think most evangelicals will totally reject his explanation. What Obama has done is show the evangelical community what his view of Scripture truly is...pick and choose. He basically chooses what passages of Scripture he likes and rejects the rest. This is the same method that the cults use. It is a satanic approach to Scripture. The words he chooses to reject are the VERY WORDS OF GOD! May we guard against picking out the verses and chapters and books that suit our fancy. To have such an approach to Scriptures leaves one in a position where he will likely reject the parts of Scripture that warn of his own condemnation!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

"Christians get so hung up with the pagan idea (very dishonoring to God, incidentally) that God’s will is always unpleasant, so that one is rather a martyr to be doing it, that they hardly at first notice how their experience verifies the truth that in Christian living duty and delight go together. But they do!—and it will be even clearer in the life to come. To give oneself to hallowing God’s name as one’s life-task means that living, though never a joy ride, will become increasingly a joy road."

Packer, J. I.: Growing in Christ. Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway Books, 1996, c1994, S. 174

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Czech President Interview on Global Warming with Glenn Beck

Monday, March 3, 2008

Mohler on Transforming Culture

Al Mohler has written a great article defining our times. Click here to read his article "Transforming Culture: Christian Truth Confronts Post-Christian America."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Obama Pledges Gay Support

The Baptist Press has posted an article describing Barack Hussein Obama's position on issues related to homosexuality. Obama has pledged to use the "bully pulpit" to further their cause. It is clear that we live in an age where many desire to return to the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah, including many in our government.

The Church must stand for the truth on this issue. If the government condones such behavior, which will likely happen at some point, we Christians need to be willing to stand for truth and not change our message. I was not too long ago engaged in a forum/news column with homosexuals, and their first response was to name all of the radical homosexual haters who call themselves Christians and hold up signs that say "God hates fags." While homosexuality is a sin, Christ died for the ungodly, and such displays of hatred by "Christians" are just as abominable as the deviant sexual behavior of the homosexual/bisexual/transsexual.

We are not to hate people for their sin, we are to hate only their sin. The homosexual who denies the truth and remains in his sin is as hell bound as a liar, an adulterous, gossip, or a murder. We are to reach these people with the love of Christ and to offer them hope. Christ can free them from this lifestyle!

May the Church arise and be a beacon of light and hope for those overtaken by sin.