There is a growing refrain among non-theists: reading the Bible made me an atheist. Commonly, they point to difficult to understand Old Testament passages, including ones where God allows the death and destruction of humanity as He did with the flood in Genesis and bloody wars against the Canaanites detailed in Deuteronomy.
"Contemporary Christians have had a difficult time trying to come to grips with what they find in the Old Testament, especially those narratives that recount the destruction of whole groups of people by the acts of God," said Thomas Howe, a professor of Bible and Biblical Languages at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina. "Non-Christians capitalize on this and attempt to undermine our faith by calling into question either the goodness of God or even His existence."
A challenge that some non-theists use to undermine the Christian faith is if God is so loving, why does He kill people or why does He encourage His people to commit genocide. more >>
Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the governors of the 49 other U.S. states inviting them to participate in the national prayer gathering that he has organized in Baton Rouge this Saturday.
A copy of Jindal's letter was released to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody. In the letter, Jindal states that "America, our great nation, is in need" and has called on the governors to come participate in an "apolitical" gathering for a "solemn assembly of worship." At the event, Jindal writes that worshippers will call on "our great Creator to intervene on behalf of our people and nation."
The prayer rally, which has been named, "The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis," will take place at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the home of the Louisiana State University basketball team. The worship event is scheduled to last about six hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jindal had previously issued an invite to everyone in America to join in the six hours of prayer, although the assembly center only seats a little over 14,000. more >>
A British Christian doctor recently treated a woman by performing an exorcism on her.
Dr. Thomas O'Brien, 56, convinced the mother of one to visit his local Pentecostal church where he attempted to cast the demons out of her, according to a Daily Mail report. He was treating her for pain after she underwent stomach surgery.
O'Brien claimed the "devil was having a real go at her" and that she had "devil items" in her house. He prepped the woman for the exorcism by taking her to meetings, praying with her at her home and programming her television remote to satellite TV's The Gospel Channel. He and his wife, Tina, also gave her a copy of a book they co-authored titled Occult Checklist and introduced her to their pastor at a restaurant. more >>
The producer and one of the largest retailers of the book "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" were warned over a year ago that the story was false, however, both continued to profit off the popular best-selling book despite the mother's concerns.
The Christian publishing company Tyndale House Publishers, the producer of the popular 2010 book, was warned at least two years ago that the book was not based on a true story, like it claims, and that the premise of the book was false. However, Tyndale failed to stop producing the book when the mother of the child co-author reached out to recant his story.
The publishing company announced last week that it will no longer produce the book after its co-author, 16-year-old Alex Malarkey, wrote an open letter recanting his testimony that claimed he died and went to heaven, saw angels and met Jesus and Satan, all during a two-month coma at the age of 6. more >>
This is the first part in an investigative series into reparative/conversion therapy and same-sex attraction.
TLC's "My Husband's Not Gay" special has caused a great deal of reaction and raised questions about homosexuality and same-sex attraction. McKrae Game, a self-described former homosexual, spoke with The Christian Post about his own experience with the gay lifestyle and working with others wanting to leave that life for a more meaningful relationship with God.
The special featured four Mormon men, three of whom are married, that struggle with same-sex attraction but do not identify as homosexual. It was met with a great deal of criticism and requests to TLC not to air the show. GLAAD deemed it "dangerous" and a man, known as a Gay Christian, started an online petition that received over 120,000 signatures, asking the channel to cancel the program. However, TLC stood by its decision and aired the show, raising questions about same-sex attraction and relationships within the Mormon Church and Christianity. more >>
GARLAND, Texas — Protesters holding signs against Shariah Law and the Islamic State shouted "go back home" toward Muslims as their cars crept past to enter the "Stand with the prophet against hate and terror" event that aims to "challenge growing Islamophobia in American society," which was held less than two weeks after Parisians' lives were rattled by terrorist attacks committed by radical Islamic jihadists that left 17 people dead.
For the hundreds of protesters who traveled near and far to counter what they see as encroaching Islamization in Europe, Canada and the United States, their fears are justified. Many Muslims, however, expressed deep concerns about the vicious verbal attacks that were shouted against them, and said their hope is for unity and understanding in their communities where some see them as nothing more than a potential terror threat.
According to the "Stand with the prophet" conference website, one objective of Saturday's event was to raise money to build a Strategic Communication Center "for the Muslim community, which will develop effective responses to anti-Islamic attacks, as well as to train young Muslims in media." more >>