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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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While Biden Insults Israel, Here is Why the US Must Support Our Ally

Israel is a key ally for the United States in the Middle East

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There are several reasons why the United States should support Israel. In this essay, we will explore these reasons in detail and argue for the importance of the United States’ support for Israel.

First, the Bible clearly states that God has chosen Israel as his people. In the book of Genesis, God promises to Abraham that his descendants will become a great nation and that all nations will be blessed through him. This promise is reiterated throughout the Old Testament, with God making a covenant with Israel and promising to bless them if they obey his commands. In Deuteronomy 7:6-8, God says, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

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Furthermore, in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the “King of the Jews” and he himself was born in Bethlehem, in Israel. The Apostle Paul also acknowledges the importance of Israel in Romans 11:1-2, “I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.”

Second, throughout history, the Jewish people have faced persecution and discrimination. The Holocaust, where six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis, is one of the most well-known examples of this persecution. The State of Israel was established in 1948 as a homeland for the Jewish people, in response to this persecution. Since then, Israel has faced constant threats to its existence, with neighboring countries and terrorist organizations seeking to destroy it. The United States’ support for Israel is a way of standing with the Jewish people and ensuring their safety and security.

Third, Israel is a key ally for the United States in the Middle East. The two countries share similar values, including democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and as such, it is an important partner for the United States in promoting democracy and stability in the region. Additionally, Israel has a strong military and intelligence capabilities, which are important for the United States’ security interests in the region.

Historically, there have been several instances where the United States’ support for Israel has been crucial. For example, during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel was facing a coordinated attack from Egypt and Syria. The United States provided military assistance to Israel, which helped to turn the tide of the war in Israel’s favor. In 1991, during the Gulf War, Iraq fired missiles at Israel in an attempt to draw Israel into the conflict. However, Israel did not retaliate, thanks in part to the United States’ efforts to convince Israel to remain out of the conflict.

In addition to these historical events, there are also several quotes from biblical scholars, historians, and politicians that support the United States’ support for Israel. For example, in his book The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz writes, “The struggle between Israel and its enemies is not simply a dispute over territory, nor is it a religious conflict between Jews and Muslims. It is, rather, a clash between two fundamentally different worldviews: one that values human life and individual freedom, and one that values death and submission to the will of Allah.” Dershowitz’s statement highlights the importance of Israel as a bastion of democracy and individual freedom in a region that is often characterized by authoritarianism and oppression.

Similarly, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “The Jews are the most formidable and the most remarkable race that has appeared in the world.” Churchill’s statement acknowledges the resilience and tenacity of the Jewish people, who have faced centuries of persecution and discrimination, yet have managed to thrive and make significant contributions to the world.

Finally, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians, Jews, and Muslims are all free to worship and live in peace.” Reagan’s statement highlights the importance of Israel as a beacon of religious tolerance and coexistence in a region that is often characterized by sectarian conflict.

In conclusion, there are several reasons why the United States should support Israel. Firstl, the Bible clearly states that God has chosen Israel as his people, and as such, Israel holds a special place in the hearts of many Christians. Second, Israel has faced centuries of persecution and discrimination, and the establishment of the State of Israel was a response to this persecution. Supporting Israel is a way of standing with the Jewish people and ensuring their safety and security. Third, Israel is a key ally for the United States in the Middle East, sharing similar values and providing important military and intelligence capabilities. Finally, there are several quotes from biblical scholars, historians, and politicians that support the United States’ support for Israel, highlighting the importance of Israel as a bastion of democracy, religious tolerance, and coexistence in a region that is often characterized by authoritarianism and sectarian conflict. As such, the United States’ support for Israel is not only a moral imperative, but also serves the strategic interests of the United States in the Middle East.

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This is What Makes Jesus Cry

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.

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“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.” Luke 19:41

I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that Jesus cried on the number of occasions. Particularly this instance, where he wept, when seeing the city of Jerusalem. What was Jesus crying about? In fact, he wasn’t just crying, the Greek word for “wept” in this passage, literally means to well allowed as opposed to the use of the word wept in another passage, that means to “cry quietly.” So Jesus was wailing over the city. But why?

Verse 44 gives us the answer, speaking to the Israelites: “because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

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And therein is the answer. Jesus just wants His people to recognize Him, to come to Him, to receive Him, to give their lives to Him, and to accept the salvation that He brings.

I imagine that Jesus feels the same way today. Jesus is waiting for our world to receive Him. Life would be so much better for everyone if they simply gave their lives to the Lord. Yet in our rebelliousness, we continue to lead our own lives in the way that we want. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

We think that we will be set free yet what we find is bondage.

Free sex! Yet it results in bondage.
Get drunk! Bondage.
Take advantage of others! Bondage.

And on and on.

Proverbs 14:12 warns us that there is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death. In our modern world, we are bombarded with various ways and ideologies that promise happiness, success, and fulfillment. However, many of these ways lead to death, both literally and figuratively.

One way that leads to death is the pursuit of wealth and material possessions. Our society places a high value on money and material goods, and many people believe that accumulating wealth will bring them happiness and security. However, the Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10), and that we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). When we prioritize wealth over God and others, we become selfish and greedy, and this can lead to broken relationships and a sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction.

Another way that leads to death is the pursuit of pleasure and instant gratification. Our culture encourages us to seek pleasure in various forms, whether it be through substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, or other vices. However, these pursuits often lead to addiction, brokenness, and ultimately, physical and spiritual death. As the Bible warns us, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

In contrast to the ways of the world, the Bible offers us a different way of life that leads to true and lasting fulfillment. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). When we surrender our lives to Jesus and follow His teachings, we discover a way of life that is marked by love, joy, peace, and eternal life. Let us choose the narrow path that leads to life, rather than the wide path that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).

Back to Luke 19:41, where we see Jesus weeping over the city of Jerusalem. He knew that the city would reject him and suffer destruction. Jesus’ tears were a reflection of his deep love and compassion for the people, despite their rejection of him.

Likewise, we live in a world that is broken and hurting. We see the effects of sin all around us, including poverty, injustice, violence, and sickness. It can be easy to become overwhelmed or even desensitized to the pain and suffering in our world. However, we are called to have compassion on the world around us, just as Jesus did.

Compassion means to suffer with or empathize with those who are hurting. When we have compassion, we are moved to action. We seek to alleviate the suffering of others and bring hope and healing to those who are in need. We can do this by serving those who are less fortunate, advocating for justice, and sharing the love of Jesus with those who are lost.

However, true compassion requires more than just a one-time act of service or charity. It requires a lifestyle of love and sacrifice. It means being willing to inconvenience ourselves for the sake of others and to stand up for what is right, even when it is not popular.

As we seek to have compassion on the world around us, we can take comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Jesus himself is with us, weeping over the brokenness of our world and inviting us to join him in bringing healing and hope to all those who are hurting.

Ultimately the goal is salvation for the world. In fact, that is what produces joy in the heart of the Lord. There is no weeping when a sinner repents.

In Luke 15:7, Jesus says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” This passage reveals God’s heart for the lost and His joy when sinners turn to him in repentance.

God is not indifferent or angry towards sinners; rather, He longs for them to come back to Him. When we turn away from sin and towards God, we experience His forgiveness, love, and grace. And when we do, God rejoices over us, just as a shepherd rejoices over a lost sheep that is found.

This passage reminds us that no matter how far we may have strayed from God, there is always hope for restoration and reconciliation. We can never be too far gone for God’s love and grace to reach us. When we turn to God in repentance, we are welcomed with open arms and celebrated by heaven.

Let us take heart in the fact that God rejoices over sinners who repent. Let us be people who are quick to repent and seek God’s forgiveness, knowing that He is always ready and willing to receive us back into his loving embrace.

And let our message to the world be that God loves them and that His plan is a good one for their lives!

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