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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)

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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.

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