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Friday, April 30, 2010

Atheistic Amens

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then, and sometimes atheists say things that make you want to shout, "Amen!!!"

"I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian." (Atheist Christopher Hitchens responding to Unitarian "Christian" minister Maryiln Sewell's denial of Christ's atonement)
"prosperity gospel" preachers..teach that God will reward those who give as much cash as they possibly can to his self-appointed representatives on Earth. These televangelists are obsessed with money and shamelessly exploit the faith and gullibility of their flocks to enrich themselves." (From Daylight Atheism: Probing the Prosperity Gospel)
“How can you know if you’ve saved someone if there’s never follow-up, never counseling, never a progress report? How can you be sure the person hasn’t instantly reverted to his old ways? In other words, aren’t you simply counting the people who prayed the prayer in that instant rather than counting new Christians?… If you’re a sincere Christian you believe all it takes is that instant, as long as you’re sincere. Once you’ve prayed the sinner’s prayer, you’re good to go. God is supposed to abide in you and guide you, but really your ‘ways’ don’t matter. Your name is written forever in the Lamb’s book of life.’ It seemed evident that evangelicals were padding their rosters.” (Atheist Gina Welsh: In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church, Metropolitan, 2010, p. 254)
It's a shame when atheists have a better grasp of Christian truth than nominal Christians.

4 comments:

NewKidontheBlogg said...

Jesus said, "My sheep hear by voice." Becoming a Christian isn't like joining the Moose Lodge or the Rotary Club, or even joining a church, for that matter.

Mike Erich the Mad Theologian said...

Sometimes it takes a voice from the outside to really embarrass us. It is a shame that the chief people responsible for these things are unlikely to be embarrassed.

jazzycat said...

I believe the term nominal Christian is an oxymoron and implies something to be true that is not true. A person is either a Christian or he is not a Christian. Such terms as nominal and carnal are used to denote a non-Christian, not a Christian. I guess I am splitting hairs, but many hear these terms and think it is just a way of describing different kinds of Christians.

Puritan Lad said...

I agree jazzycat. There are many people who describe them as "Christians" are clearly are not, so I use the term "nominal" Christian to describe these. Not sure if there is a better term, but at least Christopher Hitchen's knows the difference.