December 24, 2015

A Christmas message: Christians, stand up for your faith!

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This week, we set aside the "war in Christmas" motif to focus on the true meaning of this high holy season. Tonight: My Christmas wish list for Christians.

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commented 2016-01-04 00:43:46 -0500
Science is supposed to aid humanity, not to govern it.
commented 2016-01-04 00:40:22 -0500
Michael Mann. Christmas is the day that Catholics celebrate the birth of Christ. “Christ Mass” as it was. We celebrate it because He came to give whoever believed in Him a chance of salvation. That applies to any who have knowledge of Him. Reject Him so as well He will reject you. Science, technology, universities and hospitals were all instituted by the Catholic Church to aid humanity. But after this life, when logic and reason, space and time, cease to exist, what will all your worldly knowledge and wealth be worth?
commented 2015-12-31 03:15:50 -0500
The fact of the matter is that the general public are morons and believe in man made fairy tales to make them feel better about their lives. Hey – whatever makes them happy, but it would be nice if we lived in a world where logic and science were embraced much more than they are by people.

By the way, Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
commented 2015-12-31 03:11:53 -0500
We know that languages die out. We also know that religions die out. How many people believe in Zeus or Poseidon or Apollo? But could we see religions as a whole die out in modern societies?

A new study predicts that that is exactly what is going to happen in Australia, Austria, CANADA, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The list is notable because in includes the two countries most similar to the United States. Both Canada and Australia were founded, mainly, by British settlers. How could it be that they are readying to bury Christianity and we’ve handed over one of our two viable political parties to a fundamentalist version of that religion?

I mean, Big Oil and Big Money operate in Canada and Australia, too. So, why haven’t the dollars gone to the megachurches in those countries? It might have something to do with political efficacy. It is easier to capture a major party in the United States than in Canada or, especially, Australia.

Still, it’s astonishing to think that Christianity may soon be extinct in Canada at the same time as it is morphing into something so powerful in our country that it can destroy reproductive choice and the teaching of biology, geology, and sex education.

We’re not inherently more religious than Canada. We just have a political system that allows financial elites to enlist religious fundamentalists in their service. In other words, religion has tremendous utility in our country.

“The idea is pretty simple,” said Richard Wiener of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the University of Arizona.

“It posits that social groups that have more members are going to be more attractive to join, and it posits that social groups have a social status or utility.

“For example in languages, there can be greater utility or status in speaking Spanish instead of [the dying language] Quechuan in Peru, and similarly there’s some kind of status or utility in being a member of a religion or not.”

Dr Wiener continued: “In a large number of modern secular democracies, there’s been a trend that folk are identifying themselves as non-affiliated with religion; in the Netherlands the number was 40%, and the highest we saw was in the Czech Republic, where the number was 60%.”

The team then applied their nonlinear dynamics model, adjusting parameters for the relative social and utilitarian merits of membership of the “non-religious” category.

They found, in a study published online, that those parameters were similar across all the countries studied, suggesting that similar behaviour drives the mathematics in all of them.

And in all the countries, the indications were that religion was headed toward extinction.

I don’t care what people believe. I think the single best thing about our country is that we are allowed to believe whatever the hell we want. I don’t believe in mixing religion and politics, even to promote agnosticism. But I think it is fascinating how our political system actually encourages a form of religious fanaticism that is actually in the process of completely dying out in counties much like ours.

Could simple electoral reform destroy organized religion in this country?
commented 2015-12-28 21:59:04 -0500
When did I even bring up anything muslim? It’s like whenever somebody disagrees with me, I get one of three answers. Muslims, the CBC, or how the government was founded on christian values.

It turns out that good can exist without christianity, or any religion. This much seems to be lost on christians.
commented 2015-12-28 19:16:35 -0500
The narrow-minded intolerance of the progressive antheist crowd is truly stupendous.
commented 2015-12-28 17:45:30 -0500
Adam Wayda commented 45 mins ago
Does anyone really believe in Christianity?
Yes Adam, millions believe in Christ, hence Christianity! I believe with all of my heart, my soul and my mind. And if you ever read the Bible, you will be a believer too!
commented 2015-12-28 17:29:36 -0500
ADAM WAYDA, everyone develops and has a worldview. An important foundational aspect of a worldview is where you think you came from…your origin, which determines much that follows. Everyone has a ‘worldview’ which will determine how one answers the four basic worldview questions of life, that is:
Where have I come from? (What is the origin of life; how the cosmos came into being?)
What’s the meaning of life? (Informed by what I believe about origins.)
How should I live? (Morality – my ethical criteria for deciding what I should do and what I shouldn’t do; How do I determine right and wrong?)
What’s my final destiny? (What happens to me when I die?)
So Adam, perhaps you could enlighten us as to how you answer those questions given your self-declared elevated intellect and reason?
commented 2015-12-28 16:58:06 -0500
Does anyone really believe in Christianity? I’m to the point now where I think the mythology behind Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and the rest just seems so outlandish that I don’t think anyone really swallows it. Whether there is or isn’t a God is another issue, but adults know the miracles described in religious texts are just fiction.
commented 2015-12-28 13:19:00 -0500
Hey Sam Young you sure seem like a idiot. The Christian morals you hate so much are what this country was built from. It’s what our system is based on and what allows you the freedom and right to criticize. If you think we are hard on gas or you don’t like it here I suggest you move to any mosley country.Go profess your homosexuality there. Go criticize Islam there. See what happens then moron.
commented 2015-12-28 12:24:53 -0500
Gee, JAMIE MACMASTER, you mean to say that Sam-I-Am is a left-wing hypocrite?
commented 2015-12-28 02:50:50 -0500
What is it with you and Joseph Stalin? This relentless fixation on Stalin is not healthy for you.

And of course not all atheists are pro gay. But once again, you miss the point. Judeo christian beliefs are anti gay. But instead of actually addressing this, you recriminate by pointing out the wrongs in others.
commented 2015-12-28 01:08:58 -0500
J Kay, Sam Harris theory is full of holes and will never hold water. Sorry, too pathetic.
commented 2015-12-28 00:34:50 -0500
Sam Ypoung go be a good mass murderer like a good atheist, Christians are braver than you self centered scum will ever be. And by the way atheists are not all pro gay , but a pathetic bigot like you would not get that. And anytime you think i would hide from you , come see me and see who hides loser. CHAMPION MASS MURDERS -all atheists of course. MAO’ STALIN. POL POT , sorry if you cannot handle reality.
commented 2015-12-27 21:34:40 -0500
Sam you’re obviously a moron. You don’t know the first thing about Christianity and everything you say is a lie. Why don’t you go watch CBC. There’s no Christian content there and it would suit your selfish interests better.
commented 2015-12-27 18:23:59 -0500
Of course most christians are spineless. Constantly hiding behind the church, and letting the bible and church officials to do the thinking for them. And when the holy book says homosexuality is bad, christians use that as an excuse to be assholes towards homosexuals. Nothing like being a bunch of cowardly lions to those that do not agree with you.
commented 2015-12-27 14:29:24 -0500
The thing that will kill off Christianity is spinelessness. And that starts with being too cowardly to speak out and up against evil. Most of the leadership of our Christian churches have been bit by the yellow bug, and a good chunk of their congregations too. And I suppose the same holds true for other religions.

It makes me laugh every time I hear the question after some outrage has been perpetrated: But where are the moderate Muslims on this issue? The answer? Keeping their heads down and mouths shut just like millions of other “moderate” Canadians.
commented 2015-12-27 13:42:53 -0500
SAM YOUNG treats Christians to a supercilious, disrespectful diatribe and entreats us to “learn to question things”, all things, that is, apart from his man-centered religion of humanism grounded in evolution. According to the biblical proverb, “Physician, heal thyself”!
According to Charles Francis Potter (1885-1962), a signer of the Humanist Manifesto I (1933) and author of “Humanism: A New Religion” (1930), “FAITH IN MAN, that is my creed, in three words. And that, my friends, is the very core of the new religion called Humanism”. Foundational to humanist belief is that, “Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change”, that is, evolution. You know, how nothing exploded and created everything, including Sam.
Recently soft tissue and red blood cells have been found in dinosaur bones. According to the evolutionary story, dinosaurs are supposed to have died out some 65 million years ago. So, Sam-I-Am, who has all the answers, I am calling on you to treat us with some of your assumed, elevated powers of reason and deep thinking. Does it make sense to you that red blood cells and soft tissue could have survived for such an unimaginable length of time? Think for yourself.
commented 2015-12-27 12:44:07 -0500
Sam Young: You assume that Christians and other people don’t question their faith just because they don’t come to the same conclusions you do. This is simply a simplistic unfounded conclusion propagated by atheists who are just as dogmatic about their beliefs as the ones they are criticizing. I have more respect for an honest agnostic than an atheist extremist who has no proof his beliefs are true and more often are less logical.
commented 2015-12-27 03:05:53 -0500
All religions are the same, as in all the followers are unable to think for themselves. I have as much respect for a christian believeing that jesus died for their sins, as I do for an aboriginal dragging the skull of a dead animal. Don’t just follow the teachings blindly. Learn to question things. You should learn to criticize religion, and make it point to the truth. Are you really going to believe that Noah had an ark where he put pairs of all the animals in there for a great flood? Or that people in the old testament lived for 700+ years? Or that when you burn tobacco, that the smoke is used to communicate with the creator? And don’t tell me that the bible or some holy book is not meant to be read literally. If you are truly religious, then you should know that this is your life and after life you are talking about. Are you going to risk it all for the religion of your choice? Is god going to screw you over just because you don’t believe in jesus?
commented 2015-12-27 01:40:51 -0500
Okay, I have to respond to Karin Bougie’s assertion that all religions are the same. They are not all the same. How do I know that? One, they go by different names. Naming things is one of the fundamental ways human beings make distinctions and categorize things. I understand that to the cynic it may seem clever asserting that all religions are the same but if you are serious, why stop there? Liberal and Conservatives are the same; men and women are the same, a 30 ton rock and a chicken are the same, my house and your house are the same, and we can go on and on. The fun never has to stop if you are willing to abandon mature and rational thinking.
What might a more sophisticated analysis yield? I cannot speak for all religions of course but here is what Christianity teaches, some names of Christians and what it has achieved:
1. The only religion that says you can’t work yourself into the good books
2. Forgiveness and mercy based on God’s love and sacrifice
3. Establishment of freedom from sin
4. Christianity established modern science (if you don’t believe me look it up: Clerk Maxwell, Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Faraday, and way too many more to count including contemporary scientists and by the way read On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection and ask yourself why Darwin keeps talking about God)
5. Christ taught to love your enemies and do good to those who hate you
6. Some great Christians to consider: Martin Luther King Jr., William Wilberforce, George Washington Carver, Abraham Lincoln, John Milton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, John Polkinghorne, Francis Collns, John Lennox, and a whole lot more.
7. Christ said I came for the sick not the healthy
8. Christ severely criticized the religious elites and hypocrites
9. Christ proclaimed himself to be God and the only way to God the Father
10. The USA, The greatest country in history, is found on Christian principles and the Christian God. Read the constitution of the USA or their Declaration of Independence, or read about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and many of the monumental men and women who have shaped that country.
11. Hospitals, Universities, great works of art, music, architecture
12. Great humanitarian organizations: World Vision, The Salvation Army, Samaritan’ Purse, Compassion International, Food for the Hungry, and thousands of churches giving to needy people and helping the less fortunate all over the globe. (Not saying other religions don’t do this or that non-religious people also do good things)

I am not at this time trying to make a case for Christianity as the one true religion, although I believe that and have supernatural confidence that I can make that case. My point is simply that not all religions are the same.
If you still want to dispute it then go live in Afghanastan under the Taliban or in Saudi Arabia as a Muslim woman. Then come back here (if you can) and live in a society still benefiting from the benefits of a Christian world view. I am afraid that the principles and truth of Christianity will soon be forgotten by the majority who have become spoiled by the wealth and affluence of western society. Attitudes of ignorance that would embolden someone to write that all religions are the same are becoming very popular. Beware of what you are putting your faith in. Religions are not all the same.
commented 2015-12-26 17:09:59 -0500
Merry Christmas Faith and to everyone else here too. Your name suits your message. Good to see someone standing up for the religious meaning of Christmas at this time of year. We definitely need more of this.
commented 2015-12-26 13:15:21 -0500
Signing a petition to be ‘allowed’ to sing is like wearing a pencil or tweeting #jesuischarlie in support of freedom of speech. Perhaps we should plan a rally in Toronto, instead of being passive.
commented 2015-12-26 12:58:52 -0500
KARIN BOUGIE, if you want to talk about a man-made, man-centered religion, a man-made ideology, let me introduce you to humanism , presumably your religion. Everyone is “religious” if we understand it as their worldview. A worldview is like a set of glasses or filter or framework of ideas and beliefs which one uses to interpret your world and interact with it – “simply how you see the world”, helps us to make sense of life, the universe and everything. Lest you think that identifying with a humanist way of thinking makes one not being a “religious” person, consider, “FAITH IN MAN, that is my creed, in three words. And that, my friends, is the very core of the new religion called Humanism ”. That was said by Charles Francis Potter (1885-1962) who was the founder and leader of The First Humanist Society of New York as well as a signer of the Humanist Manifesto I (1933) and author of “Humanism: A New Religion” (1930). According to Potter, “Humanism is not the abolition of religion, but the beginning of real religion. By freeing religion of supernaturalism, it will release tremendous reserves of hitherto thwarted power. Man has waited too long for God to do what man ought to do himself and is fully capable of doing."
According to the “religion” of humanism or atheism, man is the measure of all things, man is the authority, determines truth, and sets the rules – in other words, man is basically his own god! In this video, Brock Lawley explains that, “Godlessness IS Religion”:
With respect to “Religion is the most separating practice man has ever created”, yes, people will always be separated in terms of the religion or worldview that they hold. Those holding to humanism or atheism thrive in Communism and are only tolerated in Communism or Socialist states. An “ism” which accounted for the death of over 200 million people in the 20th century as explained in this video, Atheism + Marxism = Death TOLL:
So, I wouldn’t be so smug in defense of your religion.
commented 2015-12-26 12:31:49 -0500
Signing petitions and feeble hand wringing isn’t going to do it. If Christians really want to sing in Yonge and Dundas Square, they should show up by the thousands and sing. This country was built on Judaeo- Christian values and if we believe in them, we need to protect them. If we don’t have confidence in our culture we’ll lose it. Has anyone see the photos of thousands of praying Muslims taking over the streets in Paris and London?
New York:
commented 2015-12-26 10:57:57 -0500
Religion – a particular system of faith and worship.
While Christians rally to keep their faith, do you not all realize this is exactly what Muslims are doing also? All religions are equal, because they are the ideology of man. No religion is better or more truthful than another religion.
To say, “we must not lose our light, or let others bash our religion”, is what every religious person on earth says.
Religion is the most separating practice man has ever created.