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How do you lead people to conclude that there’s only one truth, without showing them any real evidence to support it? Answer: you keep them from all dissenting alternatives…

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I was listening to a BBC radio discussion on the subject of parasitism recently (1), the panel being a gathering of very learned and highly credentialed evolutionary scientists. One of the comments which stood out to me was from Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. In the course of the discussion host Melvyn Bragg asked the Prof:

So you’re definitely saying that sometimes parasites can have a positive and good effect?

The answer:

Well the trouble is that words like “positive” and “good” don’t really belong in biology-it turns into “theology” then.

In Nick Fisher-ese, the answer was, Hey, lay off of that filthy religious language, and stay well away from that “God” thing: we’re talking “science” now, and the two things  are and must remain separate…

We can sum this up in one word: bias. Or we could call it “intentional ignorance”. Or we could call it the language of propaganda.

I went to school: I was taught the state-sponsored view of our origins. I’ve seen all those glossy, realistic TV specials promoting and pushing the pill of evolution ex-nihilo down our throats with the sugar of awesome special effects and incredible extinct animals . But I’ve also been fortunate and blessed enough to see the other side, and in my view, God is the master-scientist. No God-no science. In fact, no God, no universe. Great scientists of the past such as Isaac Newton had no mind to censor or hide their beliefs, and no motive to do so.

Don’t forget that according to honest evolutionary philosophy you are just another animal, no more important in the universe than a tape-worm, a tadpole, a tomato, a tree or a tic.

In science-if we really want to see science and evolution as being synonymous-there’s no such thing as “good” or “bad” in any absolute sense. Remember, according to the learned Prof quoted above, words like “positive” and “good” don’t really belong in science. At least he’s being consistent with his beliefs. So all this whining about who colluded with who and who gassed who and who shot who is superfluous and unnecessary, since there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” but only what we decide is good or bad at any given time in history. Hitler and Stalin were no more “wrong” than we are. Death is not a “bad” thing, since it weeds out the weak.

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Picture Copyright © by Nick Fisher

We’re led to believe that scientists have disproved the existence of God-which is actually impossible-and instead they’ve scientifically shown that everything came into existence by itself and evolved all on its own. The truth is that scientists, including those who may quietly be questioning the politically correct view of origins and evolution (and there are some) are all but forbidden to even suggest the possibility that there could be the remotest chance that there may just be something to that “God” thing, for fear of loss of employment, of tenure, of recognition, or of funding.

Stephen Meyer, a leader in the Intelligent Design movement, with a PhD in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge, writes about a principle of evolutionary science in his book, “Darwin’s Doubt” (2). “Methodological naturalism”, aka “methodological materialism” is a presumed rule of science, he says. It asserts that to qualify as scientific, a theory must explain phenomena and events in nature…by reference to strictly material causes only:

“According to this principle, scientists may not invoke the activity of a mind or, as one philosopher of science puts it, any “creative intelligence”.

Evolutionary science intentionally dismisses the remotest suggestion of Creation and possibility of intelligent design. No researcher or professor who wants to keep his job or his funding can factor any hint of divinity or design into his work or his pronouncements. The most polite designation by evolutionists for these two views of science and anything like them, held by many fine scientists and scientifically trained individuals in the Creation and Intelligent Design movements, is that they are “unscientific”.

Evolutionists, who hold the political and legal upper hand in all areas of education and the media, intentionally bar the slightest hint of any evidence, opinion, interpretation or line of inquiry which points towards a designer or a creator. In other words, you-and your children, with the help of your tax money, are purposely kept from considering any alternative interpretation of science to the politically correct one which may lead you to conclude that there is a Designer, unless it’s a controlled exposure designed (!) to ridicule and belittle.

Meyer relates a now famous (or infamous) quote by Harvard geneticist Richard Lewontin, laying out his own version of the “ban God” rule:

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs…because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism…for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door”

Over nineteen hundred years ago the apostle Peter described this blinkered attitude by saying that people are “willingly ignorant” (KJV): they “deliberately overlook” (ESV) the facts of creation…and the judgment to come (2 Peter 3:5-7).

Thanks for reading. This post is an edited version of one I wrote last year.

NOTES

1: BBC Radio 4 “In Our Time”: “Parasitism”-broadcast January 26th 2017.

2: DARWIN’S DOUBT: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. See also the follow-up, “Debating Darwin’s Doubt” in which Meyer answers his critics.

 

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A Sword from the LORD

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Hello! This is Nathan Fisher. I’ve seen my Dad publish a lot of fantastic articles here over the years glorifying God, and this seems like quite a bit of fun.

So anyway, on a more serious note, I was reading an article on the New York Times about “religion.” It correctly attributed the quote,

“I did not come to bring peace, but a sword,”

…to Jesus in Matthew 10:34. However, the author of the article, “How Well Do You Know Religion?,” implied that this shows the violent side of the Judeo-Christian tradition and that Christianity is as violent as or more violent than certain others towards outsiders. Was Jesus saying that He wanted Christians to convert by force, to oppress, or to conquer?

Unfortunately, this shows once again that the Bible has been misinterpreted. When Jesus first began to teach the gospel, He was hated, persecuted, and ultimately executed. This was the same for all of the apostles (except John) and the hundreds of Christians that came after. Those that wanted to preach Jesus’ real words to ordinary folk in their own language, such as William Tyndale, Martin Luther, and others were attacked and pursued.

When Jesus said the above quote, His intention was to show that the message He brought and His death and return to life would bring conflict and strife. His sword was metaphorical: a sword of division. It was not that it was His will to oppress non-Christians, but  who He was that would bring trouble. In the evil world we are in, good is not always accepted as what it is.

In fact, Jesus says, and I quote:

“For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’”(Matthew 10:35-36 NIV, quoted Micah 7:6)

…and this has happened in families throughout history, increasingly so as the events of Revelation draw near.

When He was arrested, the Messiah told Pilate,

My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.” (John 18:36)

And another thing about violence, especially concerning the Old Testament:

“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” (Ezekiel 18:32)

The sword Jesus is describing was, and is, the violence stemming from the oppression of truth. However, the LORD has a plan to end this. We have the last chapter of history: Revelation.

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WE WIN!

Oh yes, and lastly, as a comfort to all of us, Jesus told us,

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jesus, John 16:33 NIV)

SKOOL, KOOL AND KONFORMITY

Yesterday I saw a box containing products from a company calling itself “Klever Innovations”. Wow! How klever!

I suspect the manufacturers do know the correct spelling of the word, but somehow they believe they’re appealing to the spirit of our age when they misspell it. It’s a safe little dose of rebellion against tradition and normality, and a creative gimmick to attract attention.

Another “k” word is that gem of contemporary culture, “kool”. It’s often spelled with a “c” of course, but somehow the “k” kreates (there-it’s contagious) an “xtreme” (another kool word) ambience not afforded by the original. In this post-modern age (or is it post-postmodern now?) it’s the height of koolness to misspell a word. You spell words your way, and I’ll spell them mine. So long as we’re sincere it’s all that matters, right? All that time some of us spent learning how to spell the korrect way at skool was wasted.

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And speaking of wasting time at school, why is it that kids spend years being forced to grapple with such monsters as algebra and calculus, when for the great majority there will never be an application for it in real life? Yes, it stretches the brain, but it also stretches the tax burden, the school budgets, the giant education establishment, the over-bearing god-like state taking control of our children, and most particularly, stress levels for kids and teachers.

But the kids don’t matter! What matters is that politicians are seen to be promising better education for all, and helping us “compete in the global marketplace”. What matters is that parents are relieved of that most terrible burden of having their kids in their hair for any more time than absolutely necessary, and that our masters in government are justifying their positions, their perks and their large salaries by “raising standards in education”.

From the top down, we’re all pushing each other to go faster and harder, and to fit more into each day. It’s no wonder so many people are left behind, and that many of those actually want to be left behind.

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(Alternative title “PROUD TO BELONG TO THE FLAT EARTH SOCIETY”)

Within a few centuries mankind has swung out of the clutches of a tyrannical church into the clutches of a tyrannical “settled” science.  We’re being conditioned to accept what the ruling elite tells us is settled, sometimes in a manner which smacks of Hegelian/ Marxist dialectics.

(SOLEE: “Sommerliebe”)

The Hegelian dialectic has been applied and defined most simply by David Icke as one of “Problem – Reaction – Solution”.

THE PROBLEM-REACTION-SOLUTION PARADIGM

1. Government creates or exploits a problem blaming it on others.

2. The people react by asking the government for help, willing to give up their rights.

3. The government offers the solution that was planned long before the crisis.

CLIMATE CHANGE: WE’RE ALL DOOMED, UNLESS….

We’re being told that the full and unconditional acceptance of the concept of man-caused global climate change is vital if we are going to save our planet from calamity. Similarly, the teaching of evolution as proven fact at the center of all science is now said to be absolutely vital in order to avoid going back to the dark ages of total ignorance. Dissenters-even those with PhD’s –are being dismissed as bumbling idiots or even as menaces to society. Remember that the greatest scientists—the ones most responsible for great discoveries—were creationists. These include Kepler, Newton, Boyle, Bell, Kirby, Maxwell, Pasteur and Carver, among many others: http://www.icr.org/fb/Great-Scientists/

With record cold temperatures being blamed by the government on global warming, I have to wonder if the next pronouncement will be that “two and two make five”.

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IS IT REALLY SETTLED SCIENCE?

In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials in Jakarta, mid-February, US Secretary of State John Kerry said:

“The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand.”

It’s interesting that the theory of evolution is advanced with the same tactic of short-circuiting any debate or objectivity by insisting that to any “reasonable” person the argument is “settled”. Richard Dawkins, in “The Greatest Show on Earth”, wrote:

“Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact.”

If it’s so settled, why in the same publication, did Mr. Dawkins write this:

“We have no evidence about what the first step in making life was, but we do know the kind of step it must have been. It must have been whatever it took to get natural selection started.”

That doesn’t sound very scientific to me, and neither does it sound like evidence. In fact, his own words are “no evidence”.

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THE PETITION PROJECT

Kerry claimed that “97 percent of scientists” agree that the phenomenon of man-made climate change is real. Is that a true statement? The answer is “no”. As of Sunday 2nd of March a petition signed by scientists who disagree with the idea that global warming is man-made had collected the signatures of 31,487 American scientists, including 9,029 with PhD’s. Here is a statement on the petition web-page:

“The purpose of the Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

“Publicists at the United Nations, Mr. Al Gore, and their supporters frequently claim that only a few “skeptics” remain – skeptics who are still unconvinced about the existence of a catastrophic human-caused global warming emergency.

“It is evident that 31,487 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,029 PhDs, are not “a few.” Moreover, from the clear and strong petition statement that they have signed, it is evident that these 31,487 American scientists are not “skeptics.”

“These scientists are instead convinced that the human-caused global warming hypothesis is without scientific validity and that government action on the basis of this hypothesis would unnecessarily and counterproductively damage both human prosperity and the natural environment of the Earth”.

http://www.petitionproject.org/index.php

SILENCING THE OPPOSITION

As usual, the bulk of the news media are with the government, ensuring that the “right message” gets heard. And to feed that right message, Kerry said:

“We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation”.

“We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts.”

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To fulfil the rhetoric, President Obama is busily signing executive orders into law to “combat climate change” without consulting congress-the elected representatives of the people:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/01/obama-creates-climate-change-task-force/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/5/obamas-use-of-executive-orders-to-change-climate-p/?page=all

In the world of evolution, atheists are becoming more desperate to eradicate all belief in creation, and as with all tyrannies, its the kids who are targeted the most. As an example, the New American reported:

Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” …has lately become a secular evangelist, preaching to parents about the dangers of allowing their children to be sucked into believing that someone bigger than man created the earth.

“If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that is completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it,because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.”

Waxing reflective, Nye complains that it is a “hard thing” to tolerate people with such imbecilic notions as a God who intelligently designed our living space. “You know, in another couple centuries that worldview, I’m sure, just won’t exist.”

(Ah but Bill-they were saying that two thousand years ago!)

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/12678-science-guy-attacks-parents-who-teach-children-creation-story

Nye’s comments are interesting and unfortunately not at all unique. They are also rather reminiscent of what Adolph Hitler said on 1 May 1937:

“The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. *** This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” (2454-PS) http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/nca/nca-01/nca-01-07-means-44.html

THE FLAT EARTH SOCIETY

Another favorite tactic for pressuring people into silence is to threaten them for inclusion with dark-age dolts if they dare to disagree. The old “flat earth” weapon is a beaut. Kerry said:

“We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society,”

Dawkins, in his Review of “Blueprints: Solving the Mystery of Evolution”, wrote:

“To claim equal time for creation science in biology classes is about as sensible as to claim equal time for the flat-earth theory in astronomy classes. Or, as someone has pointed out, you might as well claim equal time in sex education classes for the stork theory.”

Well, I for one am very thankful for those storks, and proud to be a member of the flat-earth society!

SHODDY SCIENCE?

Kerry further attempts to intimidate dissenters and us, the general public, by asserting that scientists who disagree with his view are not real scientists:

“We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts.”

Similarly, while there are quite a number of well-credentialed  Creationist scientists (1) and Intelligent Design scientists, Dawkins and other prominent evolutionists dismiss them all and insist that all they have is faith but no science, and that science and “religion” are totally irreconcilable. Dawkins considers faith as “one of the world’s great evils”, and published “The God Delusion” in 2006. He has said:

“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”.

(From Richard Dawkins’ Review of “Blueprints: Solving the Mystery of Evolution”).

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SO WHAT’S THE POINT?

Climate change proponents, particularly those in high office, publicly put most of the blame for climate change onto big business, particularly the oil companies. This ensures a large amount of support from people who think that if corporations and big business are cut down to size we’ll all be much better off. Those same politicians neglect to tell us that we will be the ones paying the price in increased food and fuel prices, who will be subject to more controls and surveillance and penalties, and who will be manipulated by more laws, rules and regulations.

The sovereignty of nations is being intentionally subordinated to more control by international bodies under the UN umbrella, so that people in other parts of the world will dictate how you are to live and how much tax money you will part with. We’re being shuffled towards “global governance” (aka global government) by means of the  “problem-reaction-solution” method, in which we are told we are unavoidably independent, if we do not want to succumb to some disaster or other.

But why would some scientists say that they are convinced of man-made global climate change? At least one answer to that is that if they do not, they will be lose their job or will fail to get the grants they need to stay in business. Non-governmental agencies also receive grants and funding for towing the correct line, and therefore members don’t have to go out and  find a proper job like the rest of us do. Some environmentalists believe that mankind is nothing more than a cancer on the earth, or at best an animal no more valuable that a worm or a fish. They wish to see humans diminished in power and presence on the earth.

There has been no global warming for over seventeen years (2), hence the need for proponents to change the working term to “climate change”.  Even if there had been, it would not prove that human activity is the cause. Climate change has been going on since the beginning of the world, but now it’s going to be used as an excuse to get more taxes out of us and to put more controls on us. Every time there’s a tornado or a hot day or a few inches of snow we’ll be told it’s due to the destructive activities and proclivities of human nature.

According to ”Science Nordic” there were farms and fields in Greenland a thousand years ago (3). According to “Science Daily” palms once grew in the Antarctic (4), and if you want to you can get coal for your fire from the North Pole (that is, until President Obama stops you -5). You can read about an ancient forest being found under Alaska’s ice:

“An ancient forest has thawed from under a melting glacier in Alaska and is now exposed to the world for the first time in more than 1,000 years.” (6).

NOTES

1: You can see a list of some Creationist scientists here:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/

2:  http://www.climatedepot.com/

3: http://sciencenordic.com/vikings-grew-barley-greenland

4: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120801132339.htm

5: http://www.northpolecoal.net/bagged_coal.html

6: http://www.livescience.com/39819-ancient-forest-thaws.html

Other related websites/pages:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab4/climate-change

http://www.climatechangedispatch.com/

http://www.cornwallalliance.org/alert/cornwall-alliance-releases-an-evangelical-declaration-on-global-warming/

http://www.icr.org/article/will-reducing-carbon-dioxide-solve-global-warming/

DO CHRISTIANS NEED REASON?

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I’ve spoken to Christians who think we shouldn’t be interested in having reasons for our faith. We shouldn’t use or even consider logic or knowledge or argument or evidence to support our faith, because, they say, these things are the opposite of faith, in fact they quench it.

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This is a commonly held view in my country of origin, the United Kingdom. I had one gentleman tell me that we shouldn’t be worried about whether or not God created and whether or not evolution is really a valid explanation for our world. Neither should we be interested in the return of Jesus Christ: when it might be or how it might come about or even if t will happen at all.. Neither should we be interested in finding historical or archeological evidence for our faith. The only thing that matters, said he, is faith. That is, the kind of faith that detects Jesus telling us where to park the car and which hat to wear on a Friday afternoon, and the kind of faith which make us fall over backwards when we worship.

Equally common is the idea that we shouldn’t concern ourselves with what is morally right or wrong, because that’s “judging”, and didn’t Jesus clearly say “Do not judge, or you too will be judged”? Who are we to say what’s right and what’s wrong?

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Try telling that to John the Baptist, beheaded for taking a stand against immorality, of whom Jesus said:

“…among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7: 28 NIV).

Come to think of it, try telling that to any Bible hero, prophet, or judge, including God himself. But then, such believers are normally opposed to the Scriptures, and instead set themselves up as the determiner of what is right or wrong. “I think…” you can hear them say frequently, while they ignore what Paul said, what Moses said, what John said, and what Jesus Christ said.

Part of the problem is that people have caved in to secular notions of origins and of history, because they’ve become convinced that the unbelievers, those who now hold the majority of positions of authority and so are pushing any remaining believers out, must be right. To my mind, this is  not faith, it’s a lack of faith: it’s a failure to believe, for example, that “In the beginning, God made the heavens and the earth”. It’s a failure to believe that Almighty God is capable of writing His own book and telling the truth.

Once you decide that the Scriptures (ie the Bible) are not your authority, but that you are, or your preacher is, or your church is, or your favorite pop star is, you are on shifting sands in an earthquake: there is no absolute truth. Someone else’s thoughts are as valid as yours, even if they are totally opposite.

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Worse than that, you are at the mercy of a world which is determined to judge you, and to tell you what is right and what’s wrong, what reality is, and what truth is.

As my son sits in his science class at school, he analyses and sifts what his teacher is saying. He recognizes that the teacher is on an evangelistic mission-not so much to teach science as to convert his captive audience to…atheism. At the mercy of this teacher- apart from my son who at home has been given reasons to believe- are thirty young people, many of whom come from Christian or Mormon homes, who’ve been given no preparatory grounding in the concepts which would help protect and grow their faith.

Parents have been too busy teaching their kids what makes a good football player, and their churches haven’t joined the battle being waged against them. They are so brainwashed and hypnotized by TV and “news” media that they “didn’t think it was important”, or were convinced that the evolutionists have the evidence for nothing-to-man evolution all sewn up.  And so they bow to the evangelists of our day-the militant atheists-and surrender their children to those who “must know what they are talking about” since they are the ones in the position of authority.

Picture Theoden, under the spell of  Wormtongue and Saruman….and you will see a good representation of not only the unbelieving world in the West, but also a large percentage of the professing Christian world, hypnotized and comatose, while all around them the world falls under the spell of the atheist…and his master.

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While it’s true that the Bible says “the just shall live by faith”, and that “without faith it is impossible to please God”, and that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can move a mountain, it also teaches and speaks out the message that if you have no source of absolute truth apart from your own ideas and those of people who are anti-Christ, you have no real basis for truth at all: you might as well believe that Spiderman is God, that right is wrong, and that everyone with a “z” in their name is going to heaven while the rest spend eternity in Disneyworld.

Why did God give us these amazing brains, capable of processing far more information than most of us challenge them with? Was it so that we could store the latest football stats and the theories and rantings of the evolutionist, or was it so that we could learn about God and His world?

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Do you believe in Jesus? What did he say? He said to the Father:

“…your word is truth” (John 17:17).

He also said:

“If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8: 31-32 KJV).

This was a dominant theme of Christ and of his apostles, such as Paul, who said:

“All Scripture is God-breathed…” (2 Timothy 3:16).

And for those who have convinced themselves that the Old Testament is a collection of fairy stories and can be ignored, I would say that you need to survey all the numerous references of Jesus and his apostles to Old Testament scriptures, in which it is obvious that they believed them to be the inspired words of the living God:

“He (Jesus) said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24: 25).

Haven’t your read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female…?” (Matthew 19:4).

There really is no excuse to ignore reason, particularly in this age of deception, when the world-seen and unseen-is working hard at robbing you and your children of their faith and hope. There is abundant evidence which defies the lies of the atheist and the skeptic, if you would just take the trouble to look and to share. And remember this:

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).

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