Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like that’ – CNN

This morning I woke to the following article both on CNN and FoxNews, My normal response to stories like this are to reject it, unless I hear tape or see video of the person actually saying it. Whenever it’s a report of a private conversation, I wait until the accused party comes forward with their side of the story.

In this case however, it doesn’t appear as that is going to happen.

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A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality “does not matter.”

Source: Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like that’ – CNN

If it turns out to be true, then once again this Pope is showing his true colors

I will not write another article on the subject of homosexuality and how Christians should respond, I have already done that. But I will just comment, that if true, this goes to show how you cannot be a man of God with one foot in the world.

You cannot stand on the side of a fallen secular world AND the Word of God at the same time, as most times they run contrary to each other. The danger of those statements if made could have very serious and everlasting consequences for that poor man, and many others.

I just pray that for once, a story I hear about this Pope is wrong.

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Some Inspiring Photos of God’s Creation

Here are some incredible images from God’s creation, captured by NASA’s best technology of the Universe around us. Just wanted to share God’s Glory this Sunday evening… What an AMAZING GOD! Amen ~

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“Hand of God” X-Ray Nebula PSR B1509-58 – by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observator

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

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“Eye of God” NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula 

Romans 1:20
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

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Milky Way over the Pinnacles in Australia 
Image Credit: Michael Goh

Colossians 1:16-17
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

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Messier 43 
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Obs.), Igor Chilingarian (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

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“Pillars of Creation” – Eagle Nebula

Psalm 8:3-4
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

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Fellowship Friday #3 Have You Met These Christian Bloggers?

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday, a new weekly post on Stand Tall For Christ where I will share 4 Christian Bloggers with you I have met from around the world. It is my hope by doing this you will discover some of the amazing men and women doing the Lord’s work and spend time in fellowship with them. I want to encourage you to visit their blogs, follow their blogs, comment on their blogs, share their blogs and ultimately grow spiritually from the time you spend with them.

Here are this week’s bloggers:

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Tough Questions Answered: Bill and Darrell are passionate about Christian Apologetics and have a wealth of knowledge and experience they share on their blog in the form of well written, researched and reasoned articles. This is a great resource for new and mature Christians alike… and they cover nearly all areas of Christian life, have a question? You can submit it right on their site.

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Christian Apologist: S.J. Thompson is a Christian Apologist and Children’s book author who loves to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She also hosts a Youtube channel that features Christian coffee talks. Her articles are informative and cover a wide range of topics that will be of interest to most Christians. Pay her a visit today.

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Tears in a Bottle: “A Safe Have for Wounded Hearts” is not only the tagline of this site but what it represents at every level. Cynthia is a living example of the healing power of Jesus Christ no matter how broken-hearted we may be, and her stories come from a place of honesty and transparency.  Please visit her site and be blessed by her writings as I have.

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TheHeartseeker’s Blog: This blogger is a gifted teacher and student of the Bible which he has studied for years. The goal of his blog is to help the Body of Christ grow in all things God. His articles are well written, well reasoned and offer practical advice and information you can apply to your daily walk with Christ. It has been my pleasure to read his work and recommend you check him out today.


Thank you for taking the time to check out these Christian authors, all doing Kingdom Work in the name of Jesus… AMEN! Check back here every Friday for another installment of Fellowship Friday with all new bloggers from around the world.

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Want to submit your blog to be featured in a future edition of Fellowship Friday? Or maybe you are familiar with a blog that deserves to get noticed? Send me the information below… I do not promise to feature every site I review… but I sure do love to meet new Christian bloggers..

Podcast Episode 2: Objective Morality & Atheist Word Games

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Episode 2 of our weekly podcast is now available, this week I discuss my view on Objective Morality and give several examples of the word games most Atheists like to play… and I don’t mean Scrabble!

Do you have a question you would like to have answered in a future podcast? Comment below. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

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Imaginary Tales of Evolution

Recently I read a post from fellow Christian Blogger The Heartseeker’s Blog and wanted to share with you here today. The title of his article is From Ape to Man… and Beyond and if you enjoy this article it is my hope you pay his blog a visit. The full article has been re-posted here with permission from the author.

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It is undoubtedly one of the most iconic images of evolution.

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In this one artistic representation, we have the summary of the ideology of how apes evolved into humans. We can just SEE how it must have happened… because there it is… right in front of us. And it seems so logical. So easy. So plausible. Paleoanthropologists (those who study fossils of apes and humans) have collected all the fossils, analyzed all the details, and presented us with the irrefutable facts.

And we have the picture to prove it!

There is only one problem. There are such limited facts to support it. The fossil evidence is extremely sparse. The details are sketchy. And the opinions of the experts is “all over the map.” There is simply no consensus as to what the fossils are telling us.

One expert admitted: “Interpretations of the fossil evidence for human evolution are heavily influenced by personal beliefs and prejudices… experts even acknowledge that their field is the most subjective and contentious in all of biology.”

sciencemagScience magazine article summarized the complexity of the problem: “The primary scientific evidence is a pitifully small array of bones from which to construct man’s evolutionary history. One anthropologist has compared the task to that of reconstructing the plot of War and Peace with 13 randomly selected pages.”

nature magHenry Gee, the Chief Science Writer for Nature put it this way: “To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story – amusing, perhaps even instructive, but not scientific.”

So… if there is such a small amount of evidence – and the experts can’t even agree what that evidence means… how is it that everyone accepts human evolution from apes as a bona fide fact?

Behold the power of a picture! To influence, persuade, and indoctrinate.

I have my own story of the power of an artist’s rendering… for over twenty years our local city zoo had an impressive display (at a cost of nearly $18 million) of one of the supposed missing links between apes and man.

I introduce you to Lucy…

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Lucy’s bones were discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, and the wheels of evolution began churning immediately. Lucy was supposedly one of the first apes to begin walking upright. And that is how she was displayed in the city zoo. Gazing upward with a sense of wonder etched on her face. She was displayed with hands and feet that were very human (although much more hairy!)… as she strolled about – leaving her tree-swinging, knuckle-dragging days behind her.

And everything about Lucy is a fabrication. Interpreted for us by folks who have an agenda to promote… and a story to tell (see last week’s Saturday post).

Here are Lucy’s actual bones…

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What you notice immediately is that there were no hands and feet discovered. (So, naturally, we should assume that her missing parts were obviously human-like!). She is small in size (about the size of a chimpanzee). Her hip bone is almost identical to current apes (indicating her “walking” would be similar to current apes). And her face (wait… she doesn’t have a face!) so it’s hard to tell what she would have looked like (or if she even could gaze upward with a sense of wonder).

In short, it is difficult to tell (from the evidence) exactly how Lucy was similar to humans (if at all). In fact, the bulk of the research done on her, since her discovery, is very revealing.* Science has spoken… and the facts are that Lucy was, in all likelihood, just another full-blown ape. (By the way, other species of Lucy’s type have been discovered, WITH feet and hands… and those features are just like every other ape). Oh, and here’s another little tidbit… Lucy wasn’t even female! (Oops.)

All this is just to show how difficult it is to take bones from the past and tell an accurate story in our present.

 

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The problem is not so much with the facts as with how those facts are interpreted. In many cases, it is exactly as Biology historian Jane Maienschein has said: “Researchers can be manipulated into believing that they have actually found what it was they had been looking for.”

Lucy is not the only case. For over a century, those who promote evolution have “discovered” many “ape-men” and have heartily promoted them as the true “missing link” between apes and man. Java man, Piltdown man, Nebraska man, Peking man… all heralded as proof of Darwin’s theory.

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And all exposed as misinterpretations… or outright frauds.

The truth is that, since Darwin’s time, evolutionists have been looking for actual proof that their ape-to-man picture is right… but until (IF!) that ever happens, they have the next best thing. They have an “actual” picture that proves what they have been claiming all along.

* Fifteen years of research were devoted to the study of Australopithecus (Lucy and her kind), conducted by prominent anatomists Zuckerman and Oxnard (and a team of scientists) in which they poured over every intricate detail of the fossils and compared them to both man and apes. Their conclusions are based on research that is as detailed and thorough as science can get. In the end, Zuckerman stated adamantly: “They are just apes!”

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Can An Atheist Be Moral?

This is an article written by fellow Christian Blogger Haden Clark, on his blog Help Me Believe: Strengthen the Believer, Answer the Critic. I found the article well written and he articulates a point very well from the Objective Morality Argument. With his permission it is re-posted here, if you enjoy this article you should visit his website for more of his writings by clicking the image below.

 

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I read an article the other day accusing theists of claiming that God is the basis of morality and therefore an atheist cannot be moral. Just so we are 100% clear with each other: I’ve never heard a theist make this argument. The author of the article is making the classical mistake of conflating moral epistemology (knowledge of moral facts) with moral ontology (existence of moral facts).

Christopher Hitchens did this all the time. I always loved listening to Hitch debate, but he made this categorical error in almost every debate he was in. At some point in the debate he would put forth a question to the audience like only he could, “Name me one moral action that a theist can take that an atheist cannot.” Obviously, Hitch would say it much more eloquently. But he completely misses the point. The moral argument for God’s existence isn’t that atheists don’t know how to be moral, but that on atheism as a worldview there is no objective grounding for morality. The moral argument is often put forth like this:

  1. If God does not exist there are no objective moral facts.
  2. There are objective moral facts.
  3. God exists.

How does one arrive at the conclusion that theists are saying atheists can’t be moral? Of course they can! Christian theists believe that all people – including atheists – are made in the image of God and through the natural law that is present in all of us have knowledge of the eternal law which includes objective morality. All people know right from wrong, whether they believe in God, or not. I’ve never heard a Christian theist say otherwise.

The issue the atheist faces isn’t that they don’t know morality, but they can’t ground it objectively on their worldview. On the atheist worldview there can be no objective morality because morality can’t be grounded external to the human mind which was produced by natural selection of random mutations. It may be your preference not to murder, but you can’t say that it is objectively wrong. It may be beneficial for the survival of our species to act morally, but why should anyone value the survival of our species? What if someone doesn’t, can you say objectively that they are wrong?

The problem isn’t that the atheist doesn’t know morality, of course they do. My atheist friends put me to shame. The problem is that the existence of objective moral facts isn’t coherent with an atheistic worldview, yet we all observe these moral facts on a daily basis. There must be something external to the human mind, something transcendent in order for there to be objective moral facts. No such thing exists on the atheistic worldview.

Whether theist, or atheist, none of us can be moral enough. We know intuitively that there is a moral law and that we break it from time-to-time. We rightfully feel guilty when we do something immoral. Our guilt leaves us looking for salvation. Thankfully, God provided a way for salvation at the cross of Christ where he paid the price for all of our immorality and sinfulness.

Atheists can be moral. Theists can be immoral. The existence of objective moral facts only makes sense on a theistic worldview. Jesus paid the price for all of our immorality.

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TAG! What Is One Big Challenge Christians Face?

This is a TAG! Post, you know… like TAG YOU’RE IT! In this post I will answer one question, and TAG three other Christian Bloggers I know to create a blog post on their site answering the same question. If they choose to participate they will do the same thing with 3 Bloggers they know, and on it goes.

Bloggers – If you decide to participate, send me a link to your finished post and I will add it to the bottom of this page.

THE QUESTION: What is one big challenge Christians face?

MY ANSWER: Knowing how to defend their faith.

In our modern very secular society Christians are often going to be challenged about their belief in Jesus Christ. Many Christians choose to keep their beliefs private to avoid this type of situation, but we should strive to let our light shine as it says in Matthew 5:15-16:

15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

And in 1 Peter 3:15 the Bible says…

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

This is not to say that every Christian has to study Apologetics or go to Seminary, but I would encourage all believers to spend time in the Word of God daily… dig deep into that treasure trove of wisdom given to us by inspiration from God. Pray to God and ask for wisdom and discernment, ask questions to leaders of your church, get involved in some Bible studies.

This way, when the time comes (and it will come) that you are questioned about your faith, you will be adequately prepared. Here are a couple of resources that may be helpful… I currently own and have read them.

Now the fun part! These are the 3 Christian Bloggers I am “Tagging”:

Victors’ Corner

Revolutionary Musings

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Your challenge should you choose to accept it is simple: On your blog create a post like this, where you explain the TAG! Game, pose the same question above, with your own answer. Then challenge 3 new bloggers to play the game.

REMEMBER: If you decide to play along, let me know the link to your post so I can add it to this one. Thanks for playing!

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