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Helping our youth fight aggressive atheism July 15, 2008

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Does anyone really doubt that the evolution proponents in local high schools are not cheering on Christopher Hitchens and the other new breed of evangelistic atheists?

In the book, Hitchens writes “monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents.”

The teacher who believes in evolution and teaches freshman Biology is ready for the kids. Are we? Christian middle schools and youth groups had better step up and prepare their kids for what awaits them. Biblelessons4youth can help, of course, but the key is to do something. Anything! I strongly feel Christian schools are in a better position to train students to make a defense of the faith than Church youth groups. The best situation, however, is for Christian middle schools and youth groups to work together to prepare these kids for the tough questions they are sure to face in high school.

Preacher John Lennon? July 15, 2008

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Evidently, John Lennon wasn’t total anti-Christian. Newly found interview reveals that John Lennon was actually “on the side of Christ”

“I’m one of Christ’s biggest fans,” the Beatles’ songwriter is heard to say in a 1969 interview with Ken Seymour of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “And if I can turn the focus on the Beatles on to Christ’s message, then that’s what we’re here to do….”If the Beatles get on the side of Christ, which they always were, and let people know that, then maybe the churches won’t be full, but there’ll be a lot of Christians dancing in the dance halls. Whatever they celebrate, God and Christ, I don’t think it matters as long as they’re aware of Him and His message.”

Of course, the real question is what did Lennon believe Christ’s message was? Lennon said.

“I haven’t got any sort of dream of a physical heaven where there’s lots of chocolate and pretty women in nightgowns, playing harps,” he said. “I believe you can make heaven within your own mind. The kingdom of heaven is within you, Christ said, and I believe that.”

Christian Worldview Training for Students

1. Can a person claim to be a Christian and believe anything they want about Christianity?

New lesson: Patriotism does not belong in your State Capitol July 15, 2008

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Students on a tour of California’s state Capitol received a new lesson: singing the national anthem in the state capitol is strictly prohibited without a permit. It is nice to know the powers in Sacramento know how to really crack down on teen trouble makers.

It is reported that armed guards were called to stop a group of students from City on a Hill Conference from singing without a permit ,

In comments published on FlashReport, she elaborated: “A few years ago the students started the tradition of singing our national anthem in the rotunda at the end of the mock legislative session. While they were at the capitol today, the students wanted a practice run before their legislative session on the Assembly and Senate floors this Saturday. One student suggested singing God Bless America as well as the national anthem, and the other students enthusiastically agreed.
“Just moments after the students finished their impromptu patriotic expression, no less than four CHP officers descended upon the rotunda, along with two sergeant-at-arms. They confronted our staff and demanded to know why our students were singing in the rotunda without a permit from the rules committee. Apparently in the five minutes it took to sing the two patriotic songs, someone had called security and complained,” she wrote.

Fortunately, these students did not give up and actually applied for and received a permit. Hopefully, the powers in Sacramento will be appropriately embarrassed and change this silly rule.

Christian Worldview Student Training

1. Is singing covered in the first amendment?

2. What would be the possible reasons for placing these restrictions on singing patriotic songs in the capitol rotunda?

3. Should these students be allowed to sing in the capitol rotunda?

Conclusion; While there may be good reasons to restrict some singing activities in the rotunda, singing our national anthem and “God Bless America’ should certainly be exempt. These songs are almost universally accepted by patriotic Americans and no group should have to apply for a permit to sing them. Certainly the first amendment protects this act.

Who decides when a child should die? July 3, 2008

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This sad story from England gives a glimpse of what may happen if socialized medicine takes hold in the United States. A couple is told that because their daughter has a terminal illness, they may not be able to treat her in the future.

“The parents of a terminally ill girl face a battle with the NHS to keep their six-year-old daughter alive. Infantile Tay-Sachs is an incurable condition which attacks the nervous system. Victims usually die before the age of four. It is thought that, given Amber’s prognosis, doctors believe the suffering caused by treatment outweighs the benefits.”

Christian Worldview Training- Questions for your students

1. What is your first gut reaction to this story?

2. Should a person’s quality of life be assesses when determining whether or not medical services(expensive as they are) should be rendered?

3. Who should have the final say in determining treatment for the child, the hospital or the parents?

Conclusion: Under a biblical worldview, our value comes because we are made in the image of God, not in what we do. Because of that we care for the sickest people, even if it is expensive, because they are valued by God. However, under a strictly Darwinistic evolution view, it makes no sense to spend a great deal of money on a child who will not live, nor contribute to society. Once again, biblical worldview thinking carries the day.

ACLU-Keep your religion to yourself July 3, 2008

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An outrageous new law passed by the Colorado State legislature has conservative Chrisitian groups such as focus on the family worried that their religious objections to homosexuality could land them in jail.

“The Focus analysis of the plan, according to spokesman Bruce Hausknecht, shows that besides the obvious impacts of opening restrooms and locker rooms statewide to members of either sex, depending on a perception of their gender, “the biggest danger this law poses is to the religious or moral consciences of small business owners who may object to doing business with people whose lifestyle they do not want to promote.”

Cathryn Hazouri’s, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in her testimony before the Colorado House Judiciary, said religion is a private matter and should be curbed in public life. She said, “One may practice one’s religion in private; however, once a religious person comes into the public arena, there are limitations in how the expression of their religion impacts others,” she had said.

Christian Worldview Training for Teachers- Questions to ask your students

1. What do you think the American Civil Liberties Union meant when they said “keep religion private”?

2. How should what we think or believe when we are alone as Christians connect with what we do publically?

3. Is it possible for politicians to leave out their private religious beliefs from their public political decisions? Is it advisable? Explain.

4. Should a private business owner be allowed to decline service to those whom he believes are acting immoral(family restaurant with gay couple kissing, not being a DJ at a gay wedding, not taking pictures at a gay wedding)? Explain.—Remind your students that this applies to Jews, Muslims as well.

Conclusion: Everyone, including atheists, bring their private beliefs into the public arena. Why should those with conservative religious beliefs be punished? Additionally, even those without conservative religious beliefs will have a problem with men, claiming to have woman inclinations, walking in to a girls bathroom behind their 8yr old daughter. The key question is: What are you basing your objection on?