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3 Reasons God Hates Religion

Wait, what? God hates religion? This is nuts, right? How could someone say that ‘God hates religion?’ Isn’t the whole idea of believing in God to be religious? Then how could God actually hate religion? If these are some of the questions you may be asking, you’re likely going to be shocked by the answers. (more…)

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religion

Is Religion Simply a Matter of Preference?

What is religion? According to some people religion is merely a preference, the expression of man’s attempts to know God or a supernatural realm of some sort. Various cultural influences within the multicultural world we live in allow for various expressions or manifestations of religion. A Hindu living in India may have his own expression of religion. The Christian living in the United States may have his own expression, and Buddhists in Thailand have their own expression. While there certainly are various expressions of religion in different countries across the world, we still must ask whether religion is merely a cultural expression, and therefore a relative understanding of the inscrutable realm beyond nature, or whether it is something else. (more…)

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society

Can There Be Virtues Without God?

It would be fair to admonish the young people of today for being vain, selfish, and simply swimming in the enchantment of illusions of their own making. It would be fair to criticize the youth of the day for rebelling against everything, regardless of merit or warrant, in the final analysis slowly fading the issues of rebellion into the backdrop making rebellion itself the chief end. But along with so much chaos among the youth, there are young people today who care deeply about the issues humanity is wrestling with and there is a sense of great optimism about the progress of humankind in its elusive journey to find itself, its ultimate purpose and destiny. Some of the young people today also care about world peace, ending hunger, selfless devotion to one another and deep lasting friendships that are hard to tear apart. The youth of today likes to decorate reality with great and wonderful pursuits, and for this there should be a true sense of elation, for these are the truly meaningful ends. (more…)

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life

9/11: Where Is God During A Catastrophe?

“You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001. Neither will I. I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say “Goodbye.” I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, “Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK … I am ready to go.” I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night. I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. “I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!” I said. “Of course I will show you the way home – only believe in Me now.” I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered. I was with the Firefighters, the Police Officers, the Emergency Workers. (more…)

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philosophy

What is a Free Thinker?

What exactly is a free thinker? Is it someone who simply thinks without placing limitations on his thoughts? Ironically, no. The free thinker is someone who has refused to be held captive by what he would suppose to be the tyranny of religious thought and instead opted to side with what he would perceive to be freedom from that manner of thought. The free thinker would think of himself to be more rational for not believing in God having supposed that this sort of belief is nothing short of superstition. The free thinker would perceive to be free from the “bondage” to superstition and of religious belief, that the person has come to a rational knowledge of reality instead of believing in things on the basis of  faith. But whether intentional or unintentional, by  ascribing to himself labels which make him look superior based on this new-found “freedom,” the free thinker would implicitly passively denigrate those who would believe in God.

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philosophy

Should Governments Decide Human Worth?

It is a clean room mostly empty except for the government officials, a secretary and the Chancellor of the state. In enters Mr. Wordsworth, a man who is on trial on suspicion of being a librarian.

In this 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, titled The Obsolete Man, we see one of the most articulate demonstrations of the implications of tyranny, where civil law infringes upon personal freedoms in a way so blatant, it makes us doubt that such a scenario could ever be possible. Yet, a cursory review of history and the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung show us that such a scenario is but two gentle steps away. What were the common threads between these regimes that were responsible for the murder of an estimated 100 million people combined? Step one: remove the notion of God from public life, thereby removing natural law as the basis for intrinsic human worth, liberty and equality. Step two: create a totalitarian regime, preferably with a ruthless dictator at the helm. And there you have it – a society unable to understand why human beings have intrinsic worth, unable to account for their own liberties in order to retain them, and the horrific reality follows. (more…)

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life

The Life of the Soul

People all over the world appear to have a need, a need that appears to transcend their understanding in human terms. This need is buried in the most intimate and fundamental part of our being. It is a need for something outside, something greater, a higher power, a God. Of course, we can all choose to quiet that part of our nature and rebel against it by denying its very gnawing existence. One scientific research1 after another confirms this to be the case. But still, we can claim that nothing is really missing from our lives, that there is really no validity to the existence of the soul. Yet, what are we negating? Can we claim that we tangibly know that there is no such immaterial reality as the soul? And by doing so, can we further claim that our lives are already complete if we do not conceive of that which may be lacking from it as a reality? If we reject the soul as a real thing we do not allow ourselves the ability to know how its consideration may impact our lives. (more…)

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life

Once Upon a Death

How life animates a person is one of the most phenomenal wonders. Emotions blossom on every branch of this tree watered by uncertainty. But, I’m tired of philosophizing. All thinking eventually sinks and crumbles. Sometimes one should just let his emotions and imagination freely carry his thoughts away.

How should we live without hope? And when we’re saddened, what do our tears tell us about ourselves? When our loved ones pass away they leave us here estranged, broken-hearted and alone. The cold shivers that pace across our backs remind us over and over again that our own time is drawing near as well, and the moment now so charged with dolorous electricity shocks the realization of our finitude right through our core. (more…)

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philosophy

The Ultimate Source of Evil

Atheism tells us that evil is not a real thing. It tells us that there is really no right or wrong, that there is really no way we ought and ought not live, that all of it in one fell swoop is nothing more than relative notions and ideas and are simply matters of personal preference. But, how would we object to a man who would rob us, hurt us, or do something as simple as lie to us? Do we not expect the truth? Do we not expect others to more or less coalesce to this common ideal that we intrinsically expect everyone to know about. What notion then of personal preference being our guide? The reality is that there is an objective transcendent ideal, and it must be outside the mind of man. What, after all, can be deemed to be antithetical to how things ought to be if we reject the notion that things ought to be a certain way. (more…)

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philosophy

Progress, Education and the Heart

Centuries have come and gone and once again we stand at yet another crossroad unable to decipher the direction in which we must move. Having secularized most of modern culture, mankind aims at a natural utopia, a super civilization of perfection. This he aims for without truly knowing how to get there. We look for the answers without really knowing what exactly we’re looking for, and find nothing but an incredible amount of fragmentation between the various voices, we sink deeper and deeper into confusion about how exactly shall we live.

We witness what we perceive to be evils and injustices, but we reason that there are no such things as evils and injustices. We press on that if only we can civilize and educate the world, that all our troubles would be over, that we will achieve a society in which the educated man will behave as a model, law-abiding citizen. This we aim for while at the same time expelling religion from culture. But, if we think the answer lies in educating a man so that he may overcome his religious “superstitions,” we have not paid attention to the 21st century. After all, were it not the idealized education and indoctrination of the Marxist and Darwinian ideologies that swept over this planet during the last century and resulted in the cold-blooded murder of more people than all previous 19 centuries combined? Were it not the formation of these thoughts throughout the lecture halls of our universities? Have we not constantly bombarded the culture with the notion that man is simply an elaborate beast? How then should we act but as beasts.
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