Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Government Promotes Harmony Between Religion and Evolution

The revision continues. It is sometimes called "Change". This time it is from the classroom.

A government funded website in California is promoting "harmony" between religion and evolution. Christians have filed a lawsuit, which was denied by the 9th Circuit Court and has now been filed with the Supreme Court.

The website, operated by UC Berkeley under a federal grant, urges teachers to challenge students' religious beliefs, that evolution contradicts their faith. The site, to support that position, also points the teachers to statements from religious groups and church denominations that support evolution, while ignoring religious groups that believe in a literal creation.

This is symptomatic of a larger and growing challenge for biblical believers and their families.

Not only is there a growing attempt to redefine and re-engineer family, marriage and our culture, but now to redefine Christianity as well.

A new Barna Group survey suggests it may be working.

Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute, who filed the lawsuit said, "We believe government has no place decreeing that some religious views are more correct than others."

I agree.

This is another piece of a greater scheme that is in play.

For example, there is a growing trend to declare, sometimes by a high profile personality, that one is a "Christian" while at the same time denying the basic tenets of faith of biblical Christianity. This past year Oprah declared she is a Christian, yet said she does not believe Jesus is the only way to the Father. Obama has made the same claim.

In this case, education is attempting to teach our children that biblical Christianity has made a mistake---a misunderstanding. There is no conflict between the biblical account of creation and evolution. And the biblical story is probably a story to help us better understand how we and our world have evolved.

Yesterday, I wrote about Bishop Robinson, a gay Episcopal minister, who says the church has gotten it wrong on homosexuality and until Christians embrace homosexuality we will not be properly modeling Christ's love to the world.

The new study from The Barna Group suggests that this revisionism may be working.

Barna's study found that among those who describe themselves as a Christian, nearly half believe that Satan does not exist, one third say they believe Jesus sinned while He was living on this earth and 25% say they don't believe that the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

Barna says the shift among many Americans has resulted in an eclectic kind of faith and, "has resulted in an abundance of unique worldviews based on personal combinations of theology drawn from a smattering of world religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam, as well as secularism."

There is much more. I recommend you read it.

Clearly this is a call to parents to be sure your children are raised in a Bible believing church and even more importantly, in a home that teaches the Bible and lives it out in personal lives.

It would be well for us all to remember Saint Paul's words to the people in Corinth when he said, "There are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light."( ll Corth. 11: 13,14).

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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5 comments:

  1. The government often does things
    that cause me to wonder if they
    know their maker or not. I suppose
    lots of people in government do not.

    No one has ever come to God but by
    Jesus. He's the one who led led
    Enoch and the one who taught Abraham
    about justice and judgment (see Genesis 18:19 KJV)for he is the way of God.

    None of us will be saved without
    knowing Jesus as our Lord and saviour.

    He is the only way to God.

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  2. So I searched the site in question, and as far as I can tell the below is what has PJI's knickers in a twist:

    "The misconception that one always has to choose between science and religion is incorrect. Of course, some religious beliefs explicitly contradict science (e.g., the belief that the world and all life on it was created in six literal days); however, most religious groups have no conflict with the theory of evolution or other scientific findings. In fact, many religious people, including theologians, feel that a deeper understanding of nature actually enriches their faith. Moreover, in the scientific community there are thousands of scientists who are devoutly religious and also accept evolution."

    A simple statement of fact. Many faiths (e.g. Catholicism) have no issue with evolution. Certainly doesn't seem worthy of a lawsuit. Seems that you folks need to learn a thing or two about tolerance, when it doesn't involve honoring anti-gay bigot preachers.

    Oh, and unlike Gary or the PJI, I will provide a link to the site being discussed so that any and all may peruse it and draw their own conclusions- which may differ from the spin of the political activists of the right. http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

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  3. Dear Sir, I searched the site you
    ended your comment with (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/)
    and Under Evolution 101 there was
    an introduction to evolution, with
    a definition of it that included
    something about different species
    coming from a single ancestor, a
    thing the scriptures clearly state was not the condition of God in the beginning, and so the
    concern of the Christian community
    is well founded, for God is the one who gave us the truth by the
    same spirit that is in Christ, and
    he is the one who also taught Noah
    how to build an ark for God, which
    thing he did unto the saving of his own soul and that of his household.

    Seeing we have such evidence which
    has never been disproved by science, how much longer should people expect us to wait for a verdict?

    If a judge in a court of law had one side which claimed a book well
    known for it's integrity in matters of life and living, and the other side had on it's defence
    a request that the court have recess until such time as possible
    evidence be brought to light, how
    long should the judge allow for a recess?

    Should he allow a hundred years or
    so?

    Would that be fair?

    Are we not the judges?

    May God raise up this young generation to call in question the logic of their teachers whenever it calls for an answer.

    May they do so by Jesus Christ in
    order that this nation be rewarded
    for following in the faith of Abraham.

    It's my hope that America so turn
    from it's errors that God is moved
    by his compassion, and love for the truth, that he opens the windows of heaven and
    pours out a huge blessing that soon overtakes us.

    Let's all be a voice in the truth
    of God by Jesus Christ.

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  4. The Bible and Daniel Webster has worked just fine for me all my life. I don't need to redefine anything because it doesn't work for me. I investigate it instead. In the case of Creation vs. Evolution, I can't get past the question who started it all? I've put broken watches in boxes and let them lay for years, open the box and the parts haven't moved or evolved. If there are those out there who would prfer to believe we came from the sea, then evolved to monkeys, then fell out of a tree and landed on our feet, all by accident, or global warming because they have no other belief, so be it, let them. I choose to believe in my God the same God believed in by many, many religions all over the world.

    skidrowfuzzy

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  5. God is at work within us wherever
    we are at. If we are willing to be
    taught by him we will no doubt come to Jesus for God will draw us
    to him.

    Those who truly worship God will find the meaning of the cross.

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