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Jesus Is the Hope of the World

Does Religion Poison Everything?

     Christopher Hitchens and the new atheist crusaders have felt justified in attacking Christians because they look at history and see the abuses committed by the Church. They see the witch hunts, the Inquisition, Southern slavery, and so on. Because of these horrors, they feel comfortable in making the claim that “religion poisons everything,” but this is actually a very shallow view of history. 

     The reality is that the Church has always been at war with itself. There has always been a battle going on between those who advocate abandoning the Scriptures and those who maintain that the Word is inerrant. Tragically, the Christian who maintains his/her allegiance to the Bible is usually the one that is called the fascist or Nazi, but nothing could be further from the truth. A closer look at the past would even reveal that the fundamentalist/evangelical Christian has consistently been on the right side of history and that they are the only group who has continually confronted abusive religious and political systems.  

     Who confronted Roman emperor worship? The Christians under the pristine teachings of the apostles, and they often died in the coliseum because of it.  

     Who confronted papal authority and the injustice of the Inquisition? The Christians, whose rallying cry was “Sola Scriptura,” and they were usually arrested and burnt at the stake for it.

     Who confronted southern slavery? The Christians–William Wilberforce, William Lloyd Garrison, and a slew of other believers—arguing that the Southern Old Testament justification for slavery was a wrong interpretation of Scriptures.

      Who gently confronted paganism with its dark ignorance, cannibalism, infanticide, etc…? The evangelical Christian missionaries did, often dying in the process.

     Who confronted Hitler? The Christians of the Confessing Church who declared, “We reject the false doctrine that the Church could and should recognize as a source of its proclamation, beyond and besides this one Word of God. . .” and they ended up in concentration camps. 

     Who opposed Communism? Christians, like Watchmen Nee and Richard Wurmbrand, who loved Jesus and the Bible, and were persecuted without mercy for it.

     If atheism is the great hope for the world, where are the atheist heroes? What has atheism ever done to set men free from poisonous religions?

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About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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