Summary: When atheist and others attack Christmas, should Christians be intimidated? Is believing in God a crutch for weak minded people? (part of this sermon was adapted from a sermon by Craig Groeschel entitled What Child is This)
Albert Schweitzer, accepting the Nobel Pease Prize-
Humanism, in all its simplicity, is the only genuine spirituality.
Christmas is a time of celebration for many, but it has increasingly become a source of controversy.
David Silverman, president, American Humanist, said-
The invisible man in the sky is a myth.
Watch this CNN video clip- (by Jeanne Moos, CNN reporter)
Lets compare the two billboards-
Billboard- American Atheist- (picture of billboard)
You KNOW it’s a Myth
This Season, Celebrate REASON!
Catholic League- (picture of billboard)
You Know it’s Real.
This Season, Celebrate Jesus.
If you believe in Jesus- can you be a person of reason?
Does faith in God undermine our ability to reason?
Is believing in God a crutch for weak minded people?
Good place to begin to talk about Christmas this year.
Man on the street- if you were interviewed, how would you respond to the billboards?
Polls show that 15% of Americans claim no religion.
Atheist feel this number is higher- many closet atheist.
Atheist- a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Some words that we might find confusing-
Agnostic- one who believes- impossible to know anything about God or the creation of- universe.
Infidel- nonbeliever of some particular religion.
Skeptic- one who doubts and is critical of all accepted doctrines and creeds.
Are you-atheist, agnostic, infidel, skeptic-or- believer?
If you are a believer, what do you believe?
Two major issues that plagues Christians-
-misinformation about God- false image
-unbelief- doubt, skepticism
Many- unbelieving believers today- closet unbelievers.
Unbelieving believers profess to be Christian’s but practically live their lives like unbelievers.
Num 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NAS)
Instead of doubting God’s Word- doubt your doubts.
Are the Bible and Reason in Conflict?
Many believe- Bible cannot be harmonized w/science- therefore how we can we be people of reason?
However, in the past, scientists believed that the starting point of knowledge was the Bible.
A Biblical world view was the foundation for interpreting scientific observations.
God created a rational universe- and man, a rational creature, can discover how that universe works.
There is much talk about evolution/intelligent design.
When we talk about evolution, the problem is the philosophy behind it which is inherently atheistic.
It is based on the belief that life evolved by a random natural process over long periods of time without a creator.
Apart from the philosophy behind evolution-
-evolution itself does not prove/disapprove- God
-belief in ID is not in contradiction to science
Science/reason do not invalidate- integrity of God’s Word- we must not be intimidated by our culture.
The Invisible Magic Man
David Silverman, American Atheists, Inc-
We do know that the invisible magic man in the sky is a myth. We know God is fake and we know that Christianity stole Christmas. God and Santa Claus are the same thing- He sees you when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, etc.