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I have posted the disclaimer before but I will again.  The links are things that I found this week that made me think.  I do not necessarily endorse the teachings and hope that all Christians will use discernment (as we should with all we take in).

I would like to hear from my female readers concerning this.

Another author writes on the topic of atheist knowing God, but rejecting that knowledge here.

Here are some words of wisdom concerning social media.

As always check out what you might have missed this week on this site!

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  1. My thoughts on the article pertaining to athiests:

    1 Cor 9:22 came immediately to mind.

    We must be careful as Christians that we portray love at all times. It burdens me to see Christians talking (belittling) to agnostics and athiests. Why would they want to believe in our God if we treat them in this way. Granted, I grew up in a small town, and that might increase the porportion of self-righteous Christians. I don’t know. But the more I learn about the Bible, the more I realize that LOVE is the key.

    The disciples had to get confirmation 3 times in Acts that the Message was for everyone. So as a call to Christians, lets act like the Message is for everyone. Let us love everyone.

    Gal 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Alot of athiests (in my experience) came to that state of mind because they were hurt by someone that was a Christian. Yes, we are called to discipline each other (but in a loving, gentle manner and within your church body of proclaiming Christians).

    So please be cautious when discussing God with non-believers. When you are passionate about anything, and someone turns it down, it is very easy to become upset. I hope that we are all passionate about Christ. But we must keep our cool in these often very difficult conversations.

    I went on the rant because I feel that alot of people reading these types of articles are doing so to prepare themselves for these types of conversations. As they should and that is one reason why I read them as well. And I will end this with one word: LOVE.

  2. Wesley

    October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Matt thank you for that reminder. Sometimes we can get so involved in “us” vs. “them” that we forget that the “them” are created in God’s image and that Christ died for “them.”

    Let me tell you why I write the articles:

    One, I write them because the more pluralistic our society becomes the more common it has and will become for Christians to encounter arguments for atheism and against Christian faith. Thus, I want Christians to be prepared with reasonable explanations on why they believe.

    Two, I write because I hope that truth seeking atheists and agnostics will come to the site and find a safe place to learn of the Christian faith and bring their questions for discussion. This has already taken place through the comments and in email and twitter discussions.

    Matt you are right about the fact that a lot of atheists are not atheists because of intellectual objections (although some are), but are atheists because they have been hurt in some way and can’t figure out how there can be a God while they suffer. Also, sadly, Christians have contributed to this at times with our actions. Thanks for the reminder that all of our engagements must be done in LOVE.

  3. I am on a web site with an atheist right now and find it most difficult to deal with her condecending attitude toward those of us who are conservative and Christian. It is easy to say be loving toward someone like her, but sometimes I find she has to be appropriately rebuked. We too often we are afraid of stepping on toes for fear of not showing love, but sometimes we have to show a tough love.

    This woman I believe is a paid operative so she is even more dangerous. She is too smooth and has the answers too quickly at her fingertips for too many subjects. I would love anyone’s comments or suggestions on how to deal with her. I’m open to any and all practical suggestions.

  4. Regarding the “Woman’s Manefesto”. I don’t always feel comfortable signing things of this nature as I find either they say too much or not enough. It is kind of like the different “creeds” that the churches developed over the years to codify their beliefs instead of just saying “we believe the Bible”. This was a rather good one, but still I would want to really study it thoroughly before considering signing it. I am sorry that I don’t know who the women are who are given as references either. I hope this has been helpful to you.

  5. Wesley

    October 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for stopping by Lonny and leaving comments. I’m with you in not liking to sign stuff. I really didn’t expect anyone to sign just wanted to see what others thought about it.

    As to the atheist you are working with, I have some material on the website that might be helpful to you. Also with this I would spend a lot of time in prayer and try to keep the subject on topic. If you have any particular questions that she has raised feel free to send them my way I can see if I can help.

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