Just recently a Satanic Temple was allowed to start an after school Satan Club in Portland, Oregon. This is from a group primarily made up of atheist that want to combat evangelism in the public school. The website for this movement has the following quote.
“It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.”
Can anyone tell me where these people get their views of Christians? The reference is about the Good news Club that teaches from the Bible. Clearly the implication is that Christians do not understand the world we live in and furthermore our beliefs are not based on rational thinking.
How about taking time to read the Bible and see what is says about the world, science, rational thinking, and true morality! I’ll make it easier and point out a few verses.
Genesis 2:19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. Here is just one verse that shows God created man with the intent of using intelligence. To study an animal and name it based on observable traits is clearly a form of science and critical thinking.
Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Being given dominion over the earth can be viewed as God encouraging technology. Everything humans create is using resources already available to them. Can you think of anything man has created that did not use material found in the earth and or known physical limitations? Neither can I. The truth is God gave us intellect and provided us with natural resources to do everything from work with fire to send men in space.
We were also created with freewill. With freewill we have the choice to accept or reject God’s authority over us. Look at the account of the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:15-17 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Notice man was given the choice to obey or not. God could have created man without choice but instead He gave us freewill.
Genesis 3:1-7 Documents the account of the first sin. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Compare Genesis 3:3 with what God actually said to Adam in Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” It is through the misuse of God’s word that man was deceived into sin and it is the same tactic being employed on us today!
The accusation that Christians use “a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors” to educate our children is founded only on the desire of some to make Christianity seem unappealing. The message of the cross is not to invoke fear of punishment rather to bring hope for a life eternal with God. John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
The Word of God will stand forever. Even this Generation will fail in all modern attempts to defeat the Holy Scriptures.
Rev. Burt Schwab