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               Tuesday, November 19 2002 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster On the road again

My apologies for the delay on today's mailing. I'm on the road again, planned to mail from Starbucks Monday evening as per my tour in October, but didn't arrive there early enough to do so. Hope to do better this evening. Today's entry is a letter received Sunday from George Dilling, commenting on last week's series on "Atheistic Christianity."

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Dear Jon,

I cannot agree with Bishop Sprague. To me there is no such thing as Atheistic Christianity. You are either a Christian or an Atheist, not a combination of both. To me the Virgin Birth, the atonement (the Blood Sacrifice) and the Resurrection are essential to the Christian faith.

In his Epistles, the Apostle Paul, constantly warned about false teachers coming in unawares with false doctrines. Paul says, "now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of the devil; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Timothy 4: 1-2). And: "This know also, that in the last days perilous days shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" ( 2 Timothy 3: 1-5).

In Matthew 11:25 Jesus says, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes" (of which I am one).

I believe the words of Jesus when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6). Everyone who has the opportunity to read the Bible to see if these things are true will be held accountable. The Psalms tell us that the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handywork and there is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Our God is just and how He judges those who have never heard about Jesus is up to Him and His all-knowing wisdom . We know He will be just.

To show the extent higher criticism has gone in training Theological students, I would like to quote Dennis J. Bennet in his book, Nine O'Clock in the Morning. He tells of his shock when, on his very first night in the theological school residence hall, his next-door neighbor, a senior and a very "ministerial," scholarly looking chap, came by to cue him in. He said,

Of course, we no longer believe in the miracles of the Bible, the divinity of Jesus, or the virgin birth. Science has shown these to be impossible; also life after death, and other such things. We can no longer accept the supernatural. We must develop a natural, scientifically respectable religion that will be accepted by modern intellectuals.

Bennet goes on to reveal that one of the most respected professors, a tremendous scholar, began all his classes with, " I want you to understand that I am an atheist!"

I don't know what led him to those conclusions, but I'm here to say that I have been led by Jesus Christ into something more than a "respectable" faith. He never led me into atheism; I'd rather die than to live by such a code. The professor would probably call me a fanatic. I would much prefer to be a fanatic than a fool. I can never believe that an omniscient God created me and gave me such a glorious earth to live in and then turned me loose with the caution, "of course you can't believe in Me."

The professor can have his atheism; I'll take my Christ. He can "demythologize" God and the Bible if he wishes. To me, God and His Son are no myth; they are as real to me as they were to those who met Christ and listened to Him and followed along the dusty roads of Judea and Galilee.

—George E. Dilling

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Thought for today

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

—Frederick Douglass

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