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What if there is no God? Can Man live without God?

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What does it matter whether you believe in God?

Well, let’s think this through.

Seriously, let’s examine this rationally and see the practical implications of your choice. 

Ravi Zacharias, in his book Can Man Live Without God?, makes the most compelling and rational case for faith in God that I have ever seen. His critical thinking, commitment to logic and practical answers make this so much more than an appeal to religion or blind faith. The implications of belief in the existence of a loving God are huge and life-or-death profound.

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Following are some screen shots I took from his book. All of my comments in red ink, his are in black.

Look below at the chilling quote from Hitler that is posted at Auschwitz death camp. 

Here’s how Ravi approaches the basic idea of God. 

 

“Word Games” lead to “Crimes of Logic.” 

If the Concept is faulty the Conclusion will be too. 

Concept, Application, Function:

These are the modes of thinking that I teach in my book The Acorn Principle and in my seminars. Concept, Application, Function.

The Concept is the main idea, the Premise, if we get that wrong then everything else will be wrong. If there is a flaw in your logic then no matter how compelling your argument may be, it will not stand up to scrutiny.  

For example: “Open Borders are Compassionate.” Faulty concept. So all the attempts to rationalize it, justify it and ignore key outcomes from it will ultimately fail. It’s just not an idea that can work. Even worse, “Police are no longer needed.” Not true. 

Or, “People change the climate.” No, people may be able to influence the climate, but the forces of Nature are so massive and universal as to be overwhelming, more powerful than our ability to alter them. Granted, we should be good stewards of our Earth, but Nature has more power than we do. Every great disaster that was supposed to kill us all has abated and Nature has absorbed the impact quite well. Climate has always changed and we cannot stop it. A stable climate would kill us all. And fossil fuel is a gift, not a curse. 

Here’s another: “Kids need to realize that gender is discretionary. You can choose your sex.” As Senator Biden once said, “That’s a bone-head idea.” He was referring to something else but it applies here. Gender is a fact. Nature rules. There are mutated conditions where gender conflict occurs in people but it does not change their gender. If others are asked to ignore reality in order to make them more comfortable ALL of the people will know that they are denying reality. It becomes an enabler’s game but it cannot endure. Heterosexuality is required for humanity to survive. 

Try this one: “White Supremacy is the greatest threat to our country.” Bone-head mentality is required if one is to accept this idea. First off, white skin is not supreme to anything, nor is brown, black or other tones of skin. Second, there is no organized movement of white supremacy. There are isolated groups like Nazis and Skin Heads but they don’t have any significant influence, especially when compared to Black Lives Matter and Antifa. If the perpetuation of racism in America were left up to white people it would die almost overnight. It is the misguided leaders of the black community who perpetuate the racial division with hate and blame and victim-mindset.

America has been infiltrated by Marxist organizers who are aggressively pressing for changes to our language, our culture, our laws, our churches, our schools and our lives. In the year 2020 they conducted the worst riots, murders, vandalism and destruction in our country’s history since the Civil War. The Sixties were nothing compared to this. January 6 was relatively mild* when compared to the murders, fires and damage in Portland, Minneapolis, and other cities across America. The violent push continues now in 2021 and radicals are getting elected and appointed at all levels of society. (*with the tragic exception of unarmed demonstrator Ashli Babbitt being shot to death by Capitol Police.) 

Next comes new regulations, rules, laws and policies that will separate us by race, age, politics, language and gender.

The plan that worked for Hitler is now in place in the USA.

Our economy is eroding fast, our resources are becoming unavailable, and people don’t trust each other. So, since chaos has been put in place, change is possible.

If you are Evil and want to take control, what do you do?

First you stoke hatred of your largest target (rational, conservative white people), then you get children to accept guilt and become spies against their parents and teachers, next you restrict public expression and freedom of speech, then you demonize belief in God and churches, then you register everyone and sort them in to categories of compliant vs rebellious, then you begin to imprison the offenders. Tell me my logic is wrong!

This is the path our country is on today. We MUST reverse the course, reject the stupidity and obvious irrationality, and more importantly, we must embrace belief in a loving Creator. We must celebrate and popularize religious expression and gatherings.

Concept: America is a country founded on belief in God. A good God.

Application: Our churches, schools, public places and institutions must support and encourage faith but never dictate it.

Function: We must become good people. Help our neighbors. Be problem solvers and stop hating, labeling and blaming others. 

We must Make America Good Again. 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



 
 
 

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Let’s Reclaim America’s Optimism Advantage

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On this New Year’s Day, America needs more than a parade and great football games; our people need renewed optimism in living our American Dream. Instead of looking for government fixes or some magical new president who will make things right, we need a kick in the pants to get busy making America work no matter what obstacles we face.

At the 1992 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan shared what he considered the secret of his success as our President: “I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence, rather than your doubts.”

Oh, how we need leadership like that in America today. As we start this year, too many people feel powerless. Inflation may be coming down, but high fuel and food prices have taken their toll on far too many Americans. Watching the invasion on our Southern border means too many of our cities are being overwhelmed with no end in sight. We wonder if there is anything we can do but watch. The sense of despair and helplessness is contagious, but so is optimism. What attitude do you spread?

There is more than you think within your control. Every day, you make choices to make your situation better or worse. Studies of optimism find that optimism comes from a track record of overcoming obstacles. If you have had obstacles the last few years and are still making it work, pat yourself on the back. Be a proud survivor, not a victim so many seem to take pride in claiming to be.

Make each day count by starting your day doing one thing to make your situation better. Find one way to cut expenses. Find a way to increase your resources. Make a call or visit to nurture your network of colleagues and friends. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Nurture your faith realizing that God gave you gifts and give thanks every day for the blessings you have. Lest you forget, you’re blessed to live in America. People risk everything to come here, and few want to leave.

Yes, this is an election year, and it would sure be a gift to have a leader who would nurture the hope and optimism of all our citizens. So as the campaigns progresses and you listen to potential leaders vying for your support, ask yourself a few key questions:

Do they want to control your choices or ensure your freedoms?

Do they want to make you more or less dependent on government?

Do they want to increase the size of government and entitlements and the taxes needed to fund them or decrease them?

Do they want to force your children to go to public schools that don’t’ get the results your children deserve, or are they willing to give you the freedom to pick the schools your children need?

Do they disagree with their opponents and state why, or do they demean them and call them names?

Do they want to grow the size of government and its debt, or do they want to decrease both?

Do they believe in the citizens they represent, or do they convey that they are the answer to America’s future?

Do they take responsibility for their mistakes and actions or quickly deny responsibility and blame others?

No President is perfect. It’s easy to promise and a lot harder to deliver. Reagan focused on three things: an optimism based on free-enterprise innovation, smaller government, and lower taxes. He delivered on all but smaller government. As Reagan advisor Arnold Laffer confessed, “When it came to cutting welfare payments and school lunch,…it was very hard. Someone would come over and say, ‘How can you cut school lunches?’ Reagan would reply, ‘I guess you’re right; I’ll tell them not to cut that one.’”

The pressure to keep growing government is tempting and easy to understand, but it is not what America was created for. America’s form of government was designed to protect citizens from an over-controlling, over-taxing government. We need to reclaim that passion for freedom and self-reliance. Our founding citizens wanted the opportunity to pursue happiness, not happiness given to them at the expense of other taxpayers.

The election is months away. So I’m going to borrow on the optimism of Ronald Reagan to inspire us all on this first day of 2024: “I’m not taking your time…to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for the next election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need to believe in ourselves and get busy living our own dreams. Then, in November, let’s elect a leader who will stay out of our way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail, succeed, and thrive in our own American Dream!
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Three Cheers for Christian America

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others

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Considering all the nations in the world and the dominating religions within those nations, Christianity is the most beneficial. When Christians are in the majority, it is good for everyone who resides there.

Christians during the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the mid-20th century contributed to much of the world’s turmoil. In recent decades, however, they have been the most accommodating, accepting, and peaceful group. I’m glad I live in a Christian nation and, given the options globally, would not have it any other way.

Best of the Best

Particularly in America, Christians today are tolerant, acknowledging the rights of others. They recognize the right of Israel to exist. They fully embrace Israel’s strategic role in the Middle East.

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Too many people on the left who regard themselves as the arbiters of what is right and true, in minor and major ways have been persecuting Christians for decades. They do not want public displays of Christianity anywhere in America. Their agenda is to remove all vestiges of religion in America. They contend that America would be a better, more egalitarian nation.

Just the opposite is true. Those who want to stamp out religion in America don’t understand that our origins and 250-year history is based on Judeo-Christian principles. The cancel culture left seek to reject the U.S. Constitution out-of-hand.

We have encountered leftist groups who shatter statues and historic symbols they deem to be oppressive and part of an old regime that was illegitimate from the outset. Many of these perpetrators hide behind ski masks while regarding themselves as heroes. In reality, they are fascists, seeking to control us.

Leftist enforcers have no idea how intolerant they are and that they are no better than those they seek to diminish. In the U.S., people of all faiths are free to celebrate their faith. If one particular faith, Christianity, was predominant from inception, to today, that does not preclude other religious groups from celebrating.

Congress: Hands Off

Leftists make erroneous statements about the “separation of church and state.” The phrase simply is not contained in the Constitution or any founding document. It appeared in a letter that President Thomas Jefferson sent to a Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut. His note to them was designed to reaffirm that the government would not make dictates related to the church.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, when it comes to religion, Congress must keep its hand off.

As a nonreligious person, I have nothing against seeing a religious display on public or private property. Indeed, America shorn of religious symbology would be a dismal place. The Ten Commandments on a public plaque? Fine. Christmas trees in the town square? Flip on the lights! A mosque being built in America? Why not?

As long as everyone is tolerant of other religions, such developments represent no threat to anyone. It is those who operate in secret who represent a threat, as are those who wish to vanquish the rights of others to publicly exhibit symbology.

The Option to Sing Along

When I attended grammar school, I was exposed to the annual Christmas pageant. I had the choice to skip the assembly. In each case, however, I chose to enjoy the merriment of the festivities, but not sing along. My young classmates did not require me to capitulate. Nor did I expect them to modify their festival to accommodate me. Would any aware American who moved to another country expect that country to diminish their celebrations to accommodate the newbie?

I’ve had the opportunity to visit 46 of the 50 states, and 73 countries. I have walked through hallowed halls of shrines, mosques, churches, and ashrams. While Christians are being persecuted in many countries around the world, I don’t know of a single instance today where people feel unsafe in a Christian majority country.

So, I say to you, if you are a Christian, in America, please know that large numbers of us support your right to practice your religion.

For All You Do

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others. Thank you for helping to establish a climate where non-Christians and others can feel welcome. Thank you for becoming a peaceful, tolerant religion that rightfully serves as a model for others around the globe.

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