Thanks a bundle

During December, people across the world generally heap upon others good words of cheer and simple good will; to every thing there is a season I suppose, so I too would like to join all comrades far and wide, and offer my nod of appreciation, to believers of course in general, but an especial shout out to atheists in particular.

That’s right you heard it correctly. Thank you. But why? Ha, I’ll tell you, and even ol’ Romeo could not properly count the ways.

  1. You have increased my faith., you have noted the anchor.
  2. You have endeared my affection for God’s word.
  3.  You have proved me correct.
  4. You have re-affirmed the value of prayer.
  5.  You have proved the science of scripture accurate and truthful.
  6.  You have endeared the book of Genesis in ways you can not even imagine.
  7.  Your ‘theories’ about the origin of man have caused me consistent and persistent laughter.
  8.  Your adulation of men such as Degrasse, Nye, Harris, Ra, have almost singlehandedly given me genius stature.  (of course I do not deserve the award, but thanks anyway)
  9.  You make me smile when I see the repeatable, observable, and testable nature of water, which water by the way, is ever present both above the earth in all its fulness, and of course while flows through all the Seas of the world.
  10.  You make me appreciate even more the solid fact that Moses and Peter knew more science than all the great pretenders today, by telling us that the earth sits IN the water, and that the earth is not the ocean, but that the earth and the Seas constitute the World. (As I said, true science)
  11.  You remind me of God’s promises to the nation of Israel, and that God keeps His promises, while men revile Him through pride.
  12.  You affirm and affirm the deceitful nature of sin, and inconvenient word much despised in academia.
  13.  You remind me of the beastly nature not of lions, but of humans, by teaching a 4 year old girl that by next year, she can become a 5 year old boy. (thanks for the reference to the incomparable 1st of Romans, a chapter in a book that has no equal)
  14. You confirm the degradation of society while technology increases, which proves men were much smarter in the days when they did not stare into a screen for hours upon end.
  15.  You have proved that God’s word is suited for any time of day, any age, in any century. The rainbow above reminds us that God does not sleep, and that He is ever near.
  16.  You have correctly stated that the ‘religions’ of the world compete with one another, but have incorrectly assumed that Christianity is just one more religion. It is not, as the grace of God is only demonstrated in God through Christ, and has no competitor.
  17.  You are also correct when you sat men try to reach the divine, whether real or imagined. The desire is innate, hard wired into conscience courtesy of He who created the brain, and of course there is a nemesis who would hiss the lie that it is all ‘imagination.’
  18. Thank you then for the reminder that lousy imaginations say ‘there is no God,’ a word spoken by the foolish.
  19.  Thank you for the reminder of the trinity of truth found in the compass, the carpenter’s level, and the plumb-line, all tools found in scripture, and all tools which tell the same truth regarding truth and science.
  20.  Thank you for the reminder that it was God who called the light Day, and that it was He who created the exact science of arithmetic.

So thank you again for helping my testimony flourish, and my faith remain strong as iron, as that anchor, but above all, for proving that God is oh so patient, which is consistent with himself, and even more staggering in light of what we have done to His creation.

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27 Responses to Thanks a bundle

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    I have observed similar benefits from debating militant Atheists. If they are not too hostile and not just engaging in unending ridicule, then it possible to compare beliefs and ideas. After a while, it becomes apparent that they just don’t want to believe in God. When our pride is too great, the downside of belief in God becomes obvious.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yep, good point. I would only add Tom that it matters little as to WHO is right as opposed to WHAT is right.

      We have the testimony of nature, scripture, and absolute truth on the side of what and who.

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    • Arkenaten says:

      Which god, Tom? I for one am perfectly willing to believe in gods. Yours’ too. All you have to do is provide evidence.

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        There is only one God. Evidence of Him? What a silly question!

        Romans 1:18-23 Good News Translation (GNT)
        18 God’s anger is revealed from heaven against all the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways prevent the truth from being known. 19 God punishes them, because what can be known about God is plain to them, for God himself made it plain. 20 Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all! 21 They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness. 22 They say they are wise, but they are fools; 23 instead of worshiping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortals or birds or animals or reptiles.

        Instead of asking me “Which God?”, you should ask yourself a question. What do you idolize instead of God? Is it stuff? Is it sex? Is it what you call science? Is it the power of the state? Or do you idolize your self?

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        • Arkenaten says:

          There are plenty of gods, Tom.
          History is replete with them.

          I idolize nothing. Although I love a number of people and I am rather fond of Liverpool Football club
          Idolize sex? What an odd thing to suggest.
          Was this your particular problem, Tom?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Finally a word of agreement. Of course there are many ‘gods.’

          There is but one God however, as the Creator of the Seas and the four winds has no competitor with the creator of the hoof or hand.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Yahweh is just one among many.
          Even a source like Wiki will tell you, CS.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          I don’t go to wiki for help with scripture.

          Gods word is neither a book of opinion or bias. It is the most historical and factual book on earth.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Of course it is!
          T’ra.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          Funny you should ask that question. It reveals something about you. On the other hand, my answer reveals nothing about me.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          No, it doesn’t in actual fact. You could have used any example but you chose to include sex.
          Why was that, Tom? It would not have crossed my mind to ask you if you idolized sex, but it does seem to feature a lot among those Christians who claim to be born again. Was this the case with you?

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          It was you who chose sex from among five different options. Why those five options? Even the most rabid Atheist should be able to figure that out.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Because, as far as I was concerned, it was the one topic that would be the most odd of the five to idolize.
          As a rule I would not talk about sex with a stranger.

          Furthermore, the fact that you included it in your list suggests you have some experience of idolizing sex, and now that this has been pointed out, you are doing all you can to hand-wave and project.
          Tell us, Tom,was there something in your past that prompted you to include it in your list?
          And out of interest, as you seem to be clued up on idolizing, how exactly does one idolize sex?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Ctom is correct ark/
          Apart from God, whether we admit it or not, we all idolize something. Which is worse: stuff? Science? Self? Sex?

          That’s Tom’s point. In the case of DeGrasse ie, it appears science and self are the main attraction, and this is an unbiased observation, because there IS NO ROOM for the Creator.

          So it’s always back to basics, and the essence of this post is to give thanks to others, and you, for helping to stretch the faith of believers, by recognizing what mankind has been opposing since time began:

          the authority and sovereignty of the living God over men and His own creation. (this is where you repeat: got proof?)

          And (we) will say again and again, that my proof is your proof, the conscience is proof, no evolution necessary to observe the obvious.

          Light is proof. Water is proof. Trees are proof. Males and females are proof. And of course: extra extra read all about it: the scriptures tell the truth about you and God, no internet needed.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          You are like a fish who swallowed the hook when it took the bait. You are caught.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Caught?
          Again, you included Idolizing sex in your initial comment, which to me is such an odd thing to do, unless of course there was a personal reason?

          So is there a personal reason, Tom?

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          You must be in sales. Just keep making the offer until the customer accepts.🙄

          Fact is you caught yourself in the trap you laid for me.

          Psalm 7:14-16 Good News Translation (GNT)
          14 See how wicked people think up evil;
          they plan trouble and practice deception.
          15 But in the traps they set for others,
          they themselves get caught.
          16 So they are punished by their own evil
          and are hurt by their own violence.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          And as is per usual you can’t be truthful so when caught out, you resort to quote the bible believing it can save your embarrassment.
          So passé.

          You were the one who initially leveled the charge of idolatry at me, remember?

          You were the one who with an entire cornucopia of things to pick, chose to include idolizing sex in your short list.

          As it would not have been something I would likely have included, what on earth was on your mind that prompted its inclusion?

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          You swallowed the hook. You are not getting off.

          You asked me “which god?” I answered.

          I just gave your question back to you. I asked you “Which idol?”, and I was kind enough to give you a range of choices. You answered. YOU PICKED SEX.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          I didn’t pick sex, you offered it as part of your pick-and-mix of sins.
          I asked why you included sex, and it seems obvious that it was on your personal list.
          So, Tom was this idolizing sex part of your problem that prompted your conversion?
          Oh … and there’s no need for the capitals. I read well enough in normal size font.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          I keep imagining that gravatar of yours bright red with embarrassment. Really quite funny!

          Anyway, I have had my fun. I am not an expert in public relations, but one thing I know. When someone has embarrassed himself, the best thing to do is to shut up and not make it worse. Since you won’t let it go, I will do you a favor.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Why on earth would I be in the least bit embarrassed at asking you if idolizing/worshiping sex was part of the reason you converted to Christianity?

          I think the best you could do was at least have the integrity to either acknowledge or refute this.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          As a fair adjudicator of Toms point, and your reluctance to see that point……

          Apart from giving glory to God, we all idolize something to fill the void wherein we are helplessly empty- !eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow we die.’

          Is that it? Is this your legacy? Was photography your idol? Was the strong drink your idol?

          Whether it be fame, money, houses, any one of a thousand hobbies, people seek to replace God with something. Some idolize games, board or card.

          Some idolize themselves, while some idolize people- the entertainment industry feeds this appetite.

          So the gist is mans effort to live lives of rebellion- of which ‘sex’ also is a zillion dollar a year industry. Doesn’t matter which ‘one’ holds you captive- the fact is- all ((apart from surrender to the Creator) are slaves to something. Unfortunately, there is a slave to sin.

          Gods word clearly and with ease points this out.

          (Btw, you must have another url because I am not moderating u)

          That said,

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        • Arkenaten says:

          I already informed Tom that I do not idolize anything. You can read as well as anyone so I am bemused why you would wish to chirp in?~

          As worship is a synonym for idolize it makes Tom’s reference to idolizing/worshiping sex even more odd, but it does raise the salient point as to whether it was part of his problem when he eventually converted/became born again.

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  2. Ha! Grateful to atheists, yes! It’s really true. I used to be world weary, just sick and tired of the nonsense, but God works for good all things. Once I let go of the pride and irritation, well shoot, some of those guys not only strengthen my faith, they make me laugh, too. God’s word is not built on quicksand and the nature of His existence is not fragile.

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