Monday, December 14, 2009

It's because of Christmas.

My kids get 2 weeks off school.
I get 1 day off work.
Because of Christmas.

Lots of evergreen trees are cut down.
Those trees are then put up and decorated.
Because of Christmas.

Houses are strung with lights.
Carolers sing from door to door.
Because of Christmas.

Retailers (usually) go from red to black.
Consumers (typically) get deeper into debt.
Because of Christmas.

Songs are sung.
Stockings are hung.
Because of Christmas.

People eat fruitcake (well, some do)
Eggnog is drunk by the gallon.
Because of Christmas.

Cards are sent.
Presents are wrapped.
Because of Christmas.

Kids sit on Santa's lap.
I settle down for a long winter's nap.
Because of Christmas.

It's not because of Hanukkah.
It's not due to Kwanzaa.
It's not Eid Al Adha or Ashura either.

It's not for Walt Disney's birthday,
Or Ira Girshwin's either.
Not for Emily Dickenson,
or Tiger Woods, or even Ozzy Osborne.
Jesus is the reason for the season.

It's not Happy Holidays.
It's not Season's Greetings.
It's Merry Christmas.

It's an Inn with no rooms.
It's a baby in a manger.
It's shepherds and angels.
It's gold, frankincense and myrrh.
It's peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.

It's hope for Mankind.
It's because of Christmas.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Atheists really DO believe in (G)od.

That title may sound strange, but this morning I came to the realization that atheists really do believe in God, they just don't realize it or admit it. And they don't want to.

If you happen to get into a debate with an atheist, they will inevitably ask you who created God. This is, of course ridiculous and will lead into a recursive arguement (ok, then, who created them? And who created them? etc...)

Turn the question back on them. Who created them? They'll eventually go back through the arguements of evolution until they get to the Big Bang. What caused the Big Bang? Per Wikipedia, "the term Big Bang generally refers to the idea that the Universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past (currently estimated to have been approximately 13.7 billion years ago), and continues to expand to this day." In layman's terms, there was this big ball of energy that expanded and made everything.

OK. Fine. But where did that big ball of energy come from? What/who created it? And who created that? And who created that? And so on and so on. Back to the recursive arguement.

The problem here is that atheists limit their arguement to the existence of the created. They can not fathom an eternal God who always was, and is and evermore shall be. They choose to believe in a non-conscious, impersonal blob of energy as their god, rather than a conscious, personal, loving God.

I think the reason they do so is that there is no moral obligation when a blob of energy is your god. If they were to choose to believe in God, or any other diety for that matter, then they would be bound to a moral code. This of course, is the issue. They want to be accountable to no one and live their lives how they want to, regardless of the consequences. It's much more convenient (and requires a heck of a lot of faith) to believe in a blob of energy that won't hold you accountable for your actions. You don't have to be responsible. You can do what you want and not worry about the consequences, and when you die, you just return to being a blob of energy. In essence, atheists are their own god.

Choosing to believe in God means that there are moral absolutes. You are responsible for what you do and you will be held accountable. The cool thing, however, is you are forgiven. You have a personal God that communicates with you and LOVES you. And you get to party forever.

To me it's really sad that these people have no hope. This life is all there is to them. There's a saying I heard once that I like:
I'd rather live my life as if there was a God and be wrong, than live my life as if there wasn't a God and die to find out that there is.

Merry Christmas! - White House Christmas Decorations? Yes. White House Christmas Card? No. - White House Christmas Decorations? Yes. White House Christmas Card? No.

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