Saturday, April 23, 2011

really,? a pillar of salt? c'mon man

Talking snakes and donkeys, floating axe heads, people being swallowed by fish, parting of waters and virgin births all seem improbable if not impossible. And this is where I can have some common ground with the Atheist. Those things and many other stories from the Bible all seem impossible. That's why the Easter story is my favorite. The Christmas story is sweet and I do enjoy that season immensely, but if not for Easter my faith and beliefs are all a sham.

If Jesus Christ died on that cross and then three days later rose from the dead, well then all of those other miracles mentioned in the Bible don't seem like to big a stretch.

Why do people fight this so story so hard? Some say Jesus never actually died. Some say he died but the tomb He was buried in contained certain conditions that helped heal Him. The most common conspiracies have to do with the disciples stealing the body, while others say the disciples didn't even know where He was buried. Some say that everyone who saw Christ alive after the crucifixion was hallucinating. BTW there were 17 post resurrection appearances and He was seen by over 500 people during that time. Some try to convince you Jesus had a look a like running around pretending to be Jesus. And then of course there are those who still want to believe Jesus never really even existed.

I believe people want to discredit this story because if this event never took place then Jesus Christ is no different than any other man made god and Christianity is just another club with no answers leading nowhere accept death. But Christ overcame death and in doing so; not only makes all the miracles in the Bible seem like child's play but gives everyone else the opportunity to defeat death as well.

Dear Atheist friend I have no axe to grind with you. I'm good, it's all good, but before you totally turn away from the idea that Christ is alive and well- please remember your views (tho they may seem valid to you) are nothing new. Minutes after Christ arose from the dead there were people doubting, mocking, scoffing, denying and inventing stories to cover something up.

May the peace of the Lord be with you... and you... and you and.. ok, may the peace of the Lord be with all. Late, feen

Friday, April 1, 2011

I can see clearly now that the rain has gone... it's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiney day

"Why is it that Atheists know the Bible better than Christians?" Do Atheists really believe this or is this just part of their endearing nature? I know Atheists not only enjoy being morally superior to Christians but also more knowledgeable about God's word. I am here only to encourage my dear atheist friends. But if I can't always be an encouragement maybe you can at least gain some insight on why this is the dumbest quote I ever heard.

First of all their are very few atheists that know anything in the Bible other than a few verses where their are either babies being dashed against rocks or how our it's pro-slavery or anti-woman. And like most good atheists they are convinced that their interpretation is flawless while the person who actually believes in the Bible's message is completely wrong. Also an Atheist reads the Bible without ever considering it's God's word. Lastly, I know there are many people who read the Bible for most of their life only to become atheists later. But those people who read it and then left the faith thinking this book was fairy-tales or ancient myths never got it to begin with. You may know all the stories, commandments, Disciples names, miracles, the names of the books who wrote them and a bunch of other odd or strange things about the Bible, but trust me on this, you don't know the first thing about the Bible.

1st Corinthians 2:14-16 "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Peace, grace and mercy and of course happy April fool's day. later, feen

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

where's the mini buffet?

Is it a deal breaker for you that your belief (or lack there of) in God is because you can't understand why He does things His way? You guys usually ask some fair questions about why God would..... or how come He didn't..... or you'd think logically He would have done it this way or that way. "His Lordship the Guntoting Atheist" was the latest to ask me a question like this. So instead of me trying to answer a question that really doesn't have one, let me try another approach.

Is it so hard to believe that if there is a God who created the world in 6 literal days and knows what everyone in the world is thinking at the same time and is in control of every molecule, that maybe, just maybe He has His reasons why He does things His way?

Logically I have no idea why Whoopi Goldberg is famous? I can't understand logically why Nebraska football joined the Big Ten. Sheez, for that matter I can't explain logically why there are like 12 or 13 teams in the Big Ten? Please explain to me logically what the hell Beyonce sees in Jay Z? I've been married for over 26 years and still can't figure out why my wife does things her way... her ways aren't logical to me. Tonight she wants to go on a walk for the health of it, but she wants to walk to the ice cream shop for a chocolate malt. You figure it out.

I like God, so maybe I just give Him the benefit of the doubt? But don't let facts get mixed up with stupid. When you think of God assume He is really, really, really smart.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

That's all you got?

Atheists aren't religious and atheism is not a religion. If you don't believe me just ask one. There are also many other religions around our world besides Christianity. And of course inside the Christian faith there are many denominations.

So if an Atheist could pick a world wide view or philosophy what would they choose?

Before you answer let me warn you, people like me believe that whatever you put before God is your faith, religion or idol. It is after all what you worship? That's not a put down, if you don't believe in God it shouldn't be a problem for you to put other things ahead of Him. Besides Christians tend to put things in front of God as well.

P.S. I'm on the Youth Pastors computer at church and don't have spell check. Usually after finishing a post it is filled with words and phrases underlined in red. So please over look my grammar and spelling.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Why not Christ?

Atheists and Christians have many things in common. One of which is that we want to live our life our way. We want to do it in a way that seems right in our own eyes. And we certainly don't want to be told by anyone else what is right or wrong. Whether that comes to us by the way of others, some god or any old books.

Another thing Atheists and Christians have in common is that they like to change God instead of having God change them. The Atheist says "there can't be God because if there was one then he did it all wrong, He should have done it like the way I would have done it". Christians do this all the time as well. They believe in God but would rather change what His word says to fit around their life style then to conform to the way we should be.

Also Atheists and Christians both think that God is gonna judge mankind on some kind of curve. God is not gonna judge you on how your life looks like next to Hitler's life or the life of my homeslice Charlie Manson's. (also from Cincinnati). I think some Atheists think in the small chance that there is a God, that they will be able to convince God they are good enough to avoid judgement based upon the own efforts. But none of us can get to God on our own merits, wisdom or goodness. Not Mother Teresa, not feeno and not you.

Mother Teresa is with the Lord because she repented of her sins. feeno will be with the Lord because he repented of his sins. Judas is in hell, not because he betrayed Jesus, but because he never believed in Christs message.

A Believers sin isn't better or worse than the Atheists sin. But when God sees my sins, He sees them through the cross. Which means my sins are forgiven. Although everyone has the freedom to make their own decisions in life, they are not free to choose the consequences of those decisions.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Why Christ?

The first 2 chapters in the Bible tell us how we got here.

The 3rd chapter tells us about how man screwed up and sinned against God.

The Rest of the Bible, except for a few things in Revelation is God trying to fix what man screwed up.

When God created man life was easy. There were no droughts, floods or natural disasters of any kind. Food grew out of the ground at ease. No one got sick and no one would ever die. As a matter of fact no animals or plant life would ever die either.

So because of our sin, death was brought upon the human race. Now we will all die. So God had a plan to fix death. His plan was to send Christ (God incarnate) into the world to live a sinless life and to die on the cross for the sins of mankind. So now those of us who put our faith in that fact are no longer held under the penalty of sin.

Romans 5:10-11 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled we shall be saved by His life. "And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

P.S. Romans chapter 5 might be something worth reading before bed time tonight?


Friday, March 4, 2011

heaven on earth

Hmmm I'm a bit out of practice and haven't blogged in quite awhile, but my mind is never far off from thinking about or praying for many atheists. I liked and have missed the inter action with everyone but like always I usually lose interest in things. I was actually a bit surprised I blogged for as long as I did. And even more surprised that I actually learned how to turn a computer on and blog. If your an atheist and have stumbled on this site I hope my thoughts will at least challenge you to examine your stance. It's been about 4 months since I've written anything. I have checked out some old familiar sites I used to visit only to be discouraged by the gloomy atheist sites and their sad assessments.

I'm not here to pick a fight with you, I wish it was that easy. There's a real good chance I could kick your ass in about 10 seconds? I do think however that the atheist v. christian internet battles usually end up in name calling with neither side even wanting to hear anything unless it helps their own selfish point of view. That said, please feel free to leave any comment you wish. I'm very hard to offend.
So what thoughts of mine got me back behind my keyboard..........?

As I plow through life- like many of you I enjoy so much about it. I love food, all kinds of food. I love my family and my friends, so going out to eat with friends and family is a big time for me. And tho I'm not setting any records on making money I do enjoy my job. I like hangin' with the fellas at work as we meet new homeowners while beautifying their homes. I like to sneak away at lunch and smash a pizza and a cold PBR with my boy Gonz. I like talking to my daughters about God, boys, school, friends and their life ahead of them. I enjoy my wife's company and all the fringe benefits that comes along with. I Love being at church and being surrounded by other Believers as we praise our God. College football, college basketball, baseball are also cool things. An occasional pick-up game of wiffle ball or basketball or even me showing off and throwing a football 70 yards in front of a bunch of 6th, 7th and 8th graders is good stuff. I could continue to ramble but...

But.... what about all the bad stuff that happens in life? Death, disease, divorce, violence, starvation's, back stabbings, hate, loneliness, despair and all the other horrible things we have to endure while we are on this earth?

Those last things are Hell. But for the Believer it's the only Hell they will ever see. And all the good things I mentioned is the only Heaven an Atheist will ever see. That's what I was thinking about today that prompted me to write.

I'd like to write a little bit about Heaven/Hell. Maybe next time? Welcome or welcome back if you've stumbled across my blog.

Peace, grease and Canadian geese