Skeptics/Seekers (Religion)

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  • Atheist Mecca Portland, Oregon Declares Atheism a Protected Class

    03/08/2019 7:05:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/08/2019 | John Ellis
    I lived in the Bible Belt when I was an atheist. Was I discriminated against? I don't know. Maybe.I do know that the service industry jobs I applied for were always happy that I was willing to work on Sundays. Discrimination was a term I never thought about in regards to myself. I guess I was more self-sufficient and confident than today's atheists. Definitely more so than those who live in Portland, Oregon. Apparently, the 42 percent of Portland residentswho identify as atheist, agnostic, or a religious "none" have been suffering under a great wave of persecution in their...
  • Actor Anthony Hopkins Turns from Alcoholism & Atheism, Becomes A Christian

    02/08/2019 9:51:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    GOD UPATES ^ | 01/14/2019 | Mel Johnson
    Anthony Hopkins is one of the most well-known actors of our time. For years, he was a well-known atheist, too. But all of that changed when a woman at an AA meeting challenged his disbelief with one, simple question. That was the beginning of the inspiring Anthony Hopkins testimony! No matter how successful someone may seem from the outside, we all have our own internal struggles. During the earlier years of Anthony Hopkins’ career, he found himself in his own battle with alcoholism. Anthony’s addiction started “innocently.” He adopted a worldly mindset and drank because “that's what you do...
  • Authorities Demand Church-Free Zones Near Schools [China]

    01/14/2019 6:09:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/10/19 | Feng Gang
    Regulations to protect minors from religion reach a new level of absurdity, as churches near schools are forced to close, asked to share lists of youth members.The Chinese government has declared schools to be church-free zones and is taking steps to enforce its will. Bitter Winter obtained a copy of a document entitled Implementation Plan on the Special Governance of Private Christian Gathering Sites, which was issued by the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of a city in the northern Shanxi Province. The document calls for the centralized remediation of religious meeting venues near colleges and universities (remediation being...
  • Atheist group warns over 1,000 school districts not to take kids to Ark Encounter

    01/13/2019 9:43:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2019 | Samuel Smith
    The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky bathed in sunset colors. | ANSWERS IN GENESISOne of the nations leading atheist legal groups has sent a warning to over 1,000 public school districts telling them not to take field trips to Answers in Genesis' creationist attractions in Kentucky.The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which claims 31,000 members across the U.S., announced Tuesday that it contacted school districts in five states warning them that field trips to the Ark Encounter or the Creation Museum would be a violation of the First Amendments Establishment Clause.Public schools and public school staff may not constitutionally organize...
  • This Song Will Never Cease

    01/11/2019 7:25:29 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 1/10/2019 | Gary
    O little lamb. I know the journey has been long and the road hard for you. I know the perplexity of life and the thunderous waves of competing voices make it so difficult to hear the only Voice that matters. But do not fear, little one. Do not fear. Sometimes you thought you were holding on by a mere thread, with just the tip of a finger above water. You could barely utter a prayer, nay even a word. All you could offer was the wordless, inner groaning of faith. And in moments of weakness you thought He might...
  • Is Isaiah 7:14 a messianic prophecy? Why are some scholars skeptical?

    12/16/2018 9:27:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2018 | By Brian G. Chilton
    More and more scholars are becoming skeptical of Messianic prophecy in the Hebrew Biblethat is, the Old Testament. Michael Rydelnik notes that Although evangelical scholarship still recognizes that there is something messianic about the Hebrew Bible, for the most part it sees it as a story that finds its climax in Jesus, not as predictions that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled (Rydelnik, The Messianic Hope, 3-4). Yet, such skepticism is not justified. Sure, some passages in the Hebrew Bible have been stretched beyond its scope, something that can become a dangerous trend. Nevertheless, certain passages in the Hebrew Bible enjoy a...
  • The Everlasting Gospel: The Mystery of the Bread of Life

    12/12/2018 7:47:38 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 12/12/2018 | Hillary
    Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) The gospel was always and ever meant to be good news. It tells us who God is and how we can be saved. For many, the modern gospel has become a fear-based method of behavior control and doubt and jumping through hoops, just in case the how didnt work, or in...
  • The Atheist Christmas Coloring Book

    12/02/2018 9:46:34 PM PST · by Talkwire · 14 replies
    AtheistChristmas.org ^ | Some heathen
    Atheists are fighting the war FOR Christmas? Solstice, Yule, Saturnalia, Hanukkah, and other traditions were blended centuries ago to form Christmas, and embellished with fairy tales and fables into the rich secular modern celebration we have today.See for yourself at http://atheistchristmas.org/ Values like joy, peace, sharing, and celebration are not limited to one faith or culture in December. The foundations of Christmas may be mythological, but the Spirit of Christmas is universal. Keep the Merry, without the Myths!
  • Osnat's Locket and Joseph's Dreams

    11/25/2018 5:45:17 PM PST · by Ezekiel
    Bible, Misc. | Ezekiel
    Regarding the midrash about Osnat's pendant/locket [that identified her to Joseph as a daughter of Jacob], it reminded me of the classic locket shape of a heart. Here is one with Hebrew "love" spelled on it, ahava: אהבה I had further considered that there is only so much information that can be written on a piece of jewelry, so perhaps a pendant with the Hebrew word "love" further represented a statement for Joseph to decode*; e.g. ahava as an acronym for "my husband is the lord of dreams" ("ishi hu ba'al ha-chalomot", which was what Joseph's brothers had derisively called...
  • Substitution - My Utmost for His Highest

    10/29/2018 1:27:27 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 1 replies
    A wonderful and deep Truth, worth of genuine reflection. Substitution He has made Him to be sin for us,that we might be made the righteousness of God. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:.21 The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy. The New Testament view is that He bore our sin not by sympathy, but by identification. He was made to be sin. Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the explanation of His death is His obedience to His Father, not His sympathy with us. We are acceptable...
  • VP Daughter, Charlotte Pence Discusses Battle With Atheism and How She Solidified Faith in Christ

    10/27/2018 6:26:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/27/2018 | Samuel Smith
    (PHOTO: US EMBASSY, Berlin)Vice President Mike Pence (M), Second Lady Karen Pence (L) and their middle child, Charlotte, tour Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial in Germany on February 19, 2017.Vice President Mike Pence has always encouraged his three children to make his Christian faith their own. But in order to do that, at least one of his daughters had teetered on the brink of atheism.Pence's 25-year-old daughter, Charlotte, released her new book,Where You Go: Life Lessons From My Father,on Tuesday. While the book focuses on the advice and words of wisdom that her father has offered her and her siblings...
  • Dream: A Short Hebrew Word Study on Hindsight

    10/08/2018 4:58:02 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 2 replies
    Bible, Concordances, Dictionaries, Dreams | October 8, 2018 | Ezekiel
    Dream: A Short Hebrew Word Study on Hindsight With the year 2020 arriving in the not-so-distant future, I decided to look up the Hebrew word for hindsight. It's actually a phrase that literally means, "wisdom after the act": חכמה לאחר מעשה chokmah l'achar ma'aseh What's interesting is that the first letters spell chalam (חלם), the verb meaning to dream. It's the standard dictionary form, which is the 3rd person masc. sing. past tense: "He dreamed." Strong's Concordance H2492 Wiktionary Pealim He [Joseph] dreamed, saw ahead, envisioned the future... chalam - he dreamed (past tense) - is the abbreviation for hindsight....
  • Famed Australian Atheist [Politician], Bill Hayden, is Baptized in the Catholic Church at 85

    09/20/2018 4:58:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | 9/18/18 | Fr. Matthew P. Schneider
    Some amazing news came out of Australia today with a famous atheist politician receiving baptism. Bill Hayden had been the leader of a major Australian political party, then was the Governor General of Australia for 7 years. (The Governor General is the one who signs bills into law in the Queens name in 15 Commonwealth countries.) Recently, at 85, he renounced his atheism and joined the Catholic Church. Getting Close to DeathThe Australian reports his motivation to take this step. Bill Hayden, at age 85, has renounced his atheism and been baptised into the Catholic Church. The former Labor leader...
  • Richard Dawkins Planning Atheism Books for Children and Teens to Stop 'Religious Indoctrination'

    09/05/2018 6:36:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Famed atheist Richard Dawkins continues to see belief in God as a threat to humanity and his latest effort to counter it is more books about atheism. But this time, it's not adults he wants to speak to but children and teenagers. According to recent tweets, the scientist and 'God Delusion' author has two new books in the pipeline, Outgrowing God, which will be about atheism for teenagers, and a second one with the working title of 'Atheism for Children' that will be illustrated. He explained in tweets this week that his 'Atheism for Children' book is not intended to...
  • When You Want to Trust but Life Wont Let You

    08/12/2018 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | August 6, 2018 | Craig Groeschel
    I want to believe God cares about me; I really do, she told me, wiping tears from under her darkened, bloodshot eyes. Under the harsh fluorescent lights of the hospital corridor, Marci barely resembled the vibrant girl I remembered, that kid Id watched grow up in our youth group at church. When she was a teenager, Marci was outgoing, fun-loving, and full of life, even as she was growing more and more serious about her faith, coming early to youth group and staying late. No one loved to worship and talk about God more than Marci.Then, in her early 20s,...
  • Moralism Is Self Deception...eschatology pt 10

    Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2;1-4)The godless are going...
  • A Great and Terrible Nation

    07/05/2018 7:37:39 AM PDT · by I got the rope · 12 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | July 3, 2018 | Mark Galli
    Many Christians want to believe that America is a Christian nation, and for the best of reasons. Many of the early founders were devout Christians. Much of Americas history has been shaped by Protestant and evangelical values. God has indeed blessed the nation with extraordinary natural resources and bold and courageous people. It has been and continues to be a land of opportunity, which is why so many across the world want to come here. And its Declaration of Independence and Constitution are grounded in the ideal of liberty as espoused by no other nation in history.
  • Western Europes Christians Are As Religious As Americas Nones

    07/01/2018 11:26:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 06/30/2018 | GRIFFIN PAUL JACKSON
    Religiously unaffiliated Americans are, unsurprisingly, less likely than their Christian countrymen to attend church regularly or say religion is important in their lives. However, on several common measures, nones in the United States exhibit nearly equal levels of spirituality as self-identifying Christians in Western Europe. A new study by the Pew Research Center, surveying more than 24,000 individuals across 15 countries in Western Europe on their religious beliefs and practices, reveal striking disconnects between Western Christians across the Atlantic. Equally striking is how similarly religious nones in the United States and Christians in Western Europe match up: * Only 27...
  • Atheist Hate Groups Trample Upon Memory of Americas War Dead

    05/28/2018 1:13:15 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 28, 2018 | JP
    The 40-foot Peace Cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to the 49 soldiers from Prince Georges County, Maryland who perished in World War I. The Bayview Park Cross in Pensacola, Florida has occupied its location since 1941 when Americas armed forces prepared to enter World War II. And the Veterans Memorial Bell Tower in Evendale, Ohio was dedicated just last year in memory of those who lost their lives in the service of our nation. As a grateful nation marks the sesquicentennial of Memorial Day, how ironic it is that the three aforementioned war memorials are in imminent...
  • EWTN Live - 05-09-18 - Anthony DeStefano - Debunking the New Atheism (Secular Humanism)

    05/10/2018 7:33:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa ^ | 05.09.18 | Anthony DeStefano
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