Believers mustn't be afraid to proclaim God

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Regarding Lt. Col. Mark Thompson's recent guest column asking why so many people have left the church ("Bible should not block path to God," July 17):

While people may indeed be leaving the "mainline" denominations, they are not becoming less "religious," and show every sign (especially among our younger population) of continuing to seek biblical answers to the bigger questions and issues of life.

While people may be moving toward pursuits of God that involve fewer of the traditional trappings, they are nonetheless finding answers in the traditional or proven truths -- transcendent truths centered on a transcendent God who, being bigger than our passing circumstances, and not just a product of them, is actually able to guide us.

Too often, instead of finding a church that is "salt" and "light," seekers find a compromised institution that, instead of offering a meaningful distinction from the world, merely reflects more of the same, along with a small "god" who moves with the flow of history rather than being sovereign over it. Most people recognize that this is not a god that anyone can find help from -- and it is not the God represented in the Bible.

A God who is big enough to be trusted is a God big enough to accomplish and communicate His will through His creation -- human writers included. While Jesus may not have said "write this down" (as earlier writers were specifically commanded to do), He did say that His Spirit would continue to equip us for an accurate handing-down of His teachings (John 14:25, 26).

Because man desires lordship over all that he views as "his," he will always resent and reject the idea of a holy God who lays claim to his life -- also rejecting any view of Scripture that supports that claim. The writers of the Bible were not afraid to proclaim this God, and His people today should not be, either.

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grouse
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grouse 07/25/10 - 01:30 am
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Delusional.
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Delusional.

GGpap
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GGpap 07/25/10 - 02:16 am
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Interesting. Two LTE's in

Interesting. Two LTE's in today's paper that were apparently submitted by christian "believers;" (Bryan McReynolds, and Doris Edwards) neither of which chose to direct their comments toward chastising sinners, homosexuals, or atheists. These were letters apparently meant to bring some of their followers back into the fold of the "true believers."

Refreshing, indeed!

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educatedperson1 07/25/10 - 07:25 am
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God gave people, or at least

God gave people, or at least most people, the ability to accept change and recognize then it is needed. People who quote the bible tend to select scriptures that support their own agendas, and ignore the scripture when it contradicts their own beliefs. Definition? :: hypocrit.
If we followed the teachings of the bible, women who married and were not virgins, should be taken to the town square and stoned to death, divorce would be illegal, gluttony, all of you fat people, is a sin to God. Get over it,

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dichotomy 07/25/10 - 10:09 am
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"gluttony, all of you fat

"gluttony, all of you fat people, is a sin to God"". Oh geez, you mean I now have to pass a BMI test for Obama AND God? Or are they one in the same?

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baronvonreich 07/25/10 - 01:32 pm
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"While people may indeed be

"While people may indeed be leaving the "mainline" denominations, they are not becoming less "religious," and show every sign (especially among our younger population) of continuing to seek biblical answers to the bigger questions and issues of life."
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I don't see a source for that claim.

My view is that many are leaving the "church" because it promotes and indefensible hypocrisy of hatred and bigotry and justifies the oppression of others while always in the forefront reminding you that you need to part ways with your money in order to continue to support these continually failing endeavors.

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The Knave 07/25/10 - 03:19 pm
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“I do not pretend to be able

“I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian God may exist; so may the Gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.” — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), What I Believe,1925

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impossible 07/25/10 - 03:49 pm
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Grouse Yep, four out of the
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Grouse Yep, four out of the five above comments are delusional

Jefe
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Jefe 07/25/10 - 04:20 pm
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1Cor1:18 The Message that

1Cor1:18 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. 19 It's written, I'll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I'll expose so-called experts as crackpots.

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DaddyFrog 07/25/10 - 08:16 pm
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I don't think President Obama

I don't think President Obama is delusional or that he is bigoted, oppressive, or any of those other things. He is a member of "the Church" which means the whole body of believers in Christ not just a denomination. He stood up in front of the whole world in 2009 in Egypt and said, " I am a Christian." When he ended his last address to the nation he ended with, " God bless the United States of America." And what if Bertrand Russell was wrong ? I don't care what he said anyway, but I guess some people do. I think those folks are in for a rude awakening one day.

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