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E Harmony Shakedown a disgrace December 17, 2008

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E Harmony has surrendered! In the latest of a series of shakedowns against those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman, E harmony has agreed to create a separate same sex dating service to settle a New Jersey Lawsuit.

Theodore Olson, attorney for eHarmony, said the company decided to settle rather than deal with an unknown jury pool.

“Even though we believed that the complaint resulted from an unfair characterization of our business, we ultimately decided it was best to settle this case with the attorney general since litigation outcomes can be unpredictable,” Olson said in a statement.

The site’s owner, Neil Clark Warren, an evangelical, had said publicly he did not want to introduce a same-sex site because he was not familiar enough with same-sex relationships. eHarmony became popular with the public because of its emphasis on personality traits.

“It’s basically the power of the government being used to force people across the country to accept beliefs that they know are not moral,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Free Market Foundation and chief counsel of the Liberty Legal Institute. “It’s an attack on freedom, and people better get ready to fight.”

Key Biblical worldview training questions:

1. Do you agree or disagree with the settlement?

2. If you were the founder of E-harmony, would have settled?

3. What is the biblical position for not allowing same sex dating services on this type of website?

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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.

More rights for Apes! June 28, 2008

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The Spanish parliament extended rights to apes, supporting its right to life and freedom. This is no joke.

“This is a historic day in the struggle for animal rights and in defense of our evolutionary comrades, which will doubtless go down in the history of humanity,” said Pedro Pozas, Spanish director of the Great Apes Project.”

It is more like a historically comedic day. However, it is also very consistent with evolutionary thought.

Christian Worldview Training-Questions to ask your students

1. What do evolutionist believe about the connection with humans and apes?

2. What does the Bible say about the connection with humans and animal?

3. What is the problem with humans and apes being considered equal in terms of their rights?

Conclusion- If evolution is true, then giving special rights and priveledges to  humans seems arbitrary and almost discriminatory. After all, according to Darwinists, the only thing that  separates us is time. Only under a biblical worldview does this ruling seem ludicrous

More tolerant or more ignorant? June 26, 2008

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This recent survey sheds a light on how many people view their religion and it isn’t a pretty site.

“America remains a nation of believers, but a new survey finds most Americans don’t feel their religion is the only way to eternal life — even if their faith tradition teaches otherwise. The findings, revealed Monday in a survey of 35,000 adults, can either be taken as a positive sign of growing religious tolerance, or disturbing evidence that Americans dismiss or don’t know fundamental teachings of their own faiths.
Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching.
In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion.
“The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep,” said D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion.”

Christian Worldview Training

1. Ask students- What do buddhists believe about God?( no God)

2. What do Hindus believe happens to you when you die(Reincarnation)

3. What do Muslims believe you must do to get to heaven( see Five Pillars of Islam)

4. What does traditional Christianity teach about God and heaven?

5. Can all these views about God be correct? What is the problem with the claim that all religions can lead to eternal life?

6. How should these truth claims be investigated?

6. If the Bible is a trustworthy account of what Jesus said and did and Jesus said he is the only way to heaven, then evangelicals who say there are many ways to heaven are wrong.

Parents, you’re grounded! June 26, 2008

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This article from Ontario, Canada may seem like a joke, but it is not. This is however, a logical step for those who do not believe in the biblical authority of parents to instruct their children in the way in which they should go.

“A father in Canada grounded his daughter from a school trip because she disobeyed his orders to stay off the Internet, but a court overturned the punishment…”
“The father had ordered his daughter, who was not identified by the report, to remain off the Internet. She didn’t, chatting on websites her father had tried to block and then posting “inappropriate” pictures of herself online using a friend’s Internet portal.

As punishment, the father refused to let her go on a scheduled school trip, so the 12-year-old went to Canada’s judicial system to get her way.”

Christian Worldview Training
1. Introduce the article
2. Ask them to respond with their opinion
Questions
1. What is the purpose of biblical parental authority, established by God? Why did God establish it?
2.. How does this ruling match up with Proverbs 13:1 and Proverbs 13:13?
3. Have you ever disagreed with a decision your mom or dad made or discipline that they gave you? How should your disagreement be handled?
4. What is the problem if this is the way kids treat their parents?
5 Pray that God will give you the wisdom to listen and obey instruction given by your parents.

IT’S JUST A LITTLE CHEATING June 26, 2008

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Tesoro High teens charged for hacking schools computers

An unbelievable story coming out of an outstanding high school is South Orange County. It’s just a little  cheating, right?

“Omar Kahn was supposed to graduate  from Tesoro High School yesterday, but instead spent the day in jail after getting arrested for hacking into his school’s  computer system and altering his final grades.

But it wasn’t only final grades that Omar had been altering.  Apparently, between the months of January and May, Omar broke into the school several times using a stolen master key. He  then used teacher’s passwords to hack into the computer system and change his grades and test scores.”

Christian  Worldview training for your students
1. Give an overview of what happened
2. Ask them to respond ( they  will undoubtedly be shocked)
3. Have you ever received an answer from another student on a homework assignment or on  a quiz/test?
4. How do you think God views both of these actions
5. What do you think motivated the students?
6. Do you think this the first time they stole or cheated?
7. This is the way the Bible says sin works. Satan, the  father of lies, tempts us to rationalize small sins and then works to ruin our life with big sins.
8. I Corinthians  10:13 says that though we will be tempted, God will always offer a way out.  Under a Christian worldview it matters how  we achieve success. The end does NOT justify the means and our sin will be found out eventually (If not here on earth, certainly  when we stand before a holy God. Following God’s ways may not always lead to worldly riches and fame, but it will help  you sleep at night knowing that you are making God smile.
9. Lead a prayer asking for God’s help to care about  the small sins in our life. Ask for God’s help to guard our hearts that we might not sin against Him.