There are all kinds of accusations about bigotry in the world. I wonder if anyone can clarify which bigot is worse than all the others. Examine the creed to the right. Does this fit anyone you know? Perhaps it's a picture of you, but you are so bigoted that you couldn't see it even if an angel from from God told you that you were in error.
We live in a generation of shifting opinions and ideas concerning a number of things that are vital to human culture and it seems that everyone on both sides of the issues believes themselves to be the only right ones. A prime example is the issue of spanking. For centuries it was believed that corporal discipline including spanking was a normal part of the wise parenting of our children. Then along came others who hold strongly to the teaching that spanking or corporal punishment
of any kind causes children irreparable harm to their psyche. Where do you stand on this issue? Are you dogmatic and assertive concerning this or is it a side issue with you. If you are dogmatic and assertive on this issue, what is your source of argument? Is that source reliable? How do
Let's consider a hot topic that has caused much anger and contention in our world today - the issue of human sexuality as it pertains to homosexuality; particularly where it concerns the issue
There are many other issues that confront us and have a great impact on our society and the morals or the lack of morals that help or destroy our culture and bring about positive behavior or destructive behavior. The more serious problem lies behind the belief systems, rather than the behaviors, because we always act on what we believe, and some of our beliefs are so deeply ingrained in us that nothing could persuade most of us that we could be wrong. There is nothing wrong with being wrong! Every one of us has made some mistakes in our lives. None of us are perfect! But being wrong in an obnoxious way, that is, in a way that refuses to consider any evidence that could prove us wrong, is intellectual, moral and spiritual suicide and will bring about the downfall of individuals, communities and even nations.
Someone once said that "We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable." I totally agree with this! The problem with carrying this out in real life is bigotry! ARE YOU GUILTY OF THIS CRIME? Why? Do you somehow believe that you have some knowledge that surpasses every argument that could have ever been presented, is presented now or will be presented in the future? Isn't that the height of bigotry and the full essence of pride? If we have not been willing
Now there is one more issue that needs to be addressed on this site concerning bigotry. That issue is one of surpassing importance in my opinion, but I don't merely hold an opinion on this issue. That issue is the existence of God and proof of his existence. Once again there are two conflicting views that span every known religion and rebuttal or denial of religion and religion's
My basic story is found on this site on a page entitled "Who I Am." I just wanted to share my salvation experience and what has happened specifically since my salvation. On February 19, 1974 when I was released from prison in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I was searching for God and wound up in a camp full of Jesus Freaks (hippies who had been delivered from drugs through Jesus Christ). These people were very zealous about their beliefs, but they did not influence me immediately before or after my conversion. They were just there and were merely an instrument
That night of my release was the most significant in my life. I knelt in a tent and prayed a simple prayer from the innermost depths of my being. I prayed; "Jesus, I am so sorry for the way that I've been living! Please forgive me, and come into my heart and change me so that I can love others more than I love my own self." To describe how God forgave me and made that a reality that is impossible to deny defies all attempts I could make in our mortal language. The concept of our knowing something spiritually is so vastly removed from human language that it is indescribable. That knowing took place around ten at night and has sustained me for all my forty-four plus years as a Christian.
Since that night I have studied the scriptures, arguments against Christianity and have had many prayers answered according to the scriptures than I could tell. The reality has come time and time again as my prayer was directed to this God of the Bible and shared with nobody else and specific answers came with the knowledge that only God knew what I had requested. I have had prayers answered from very simple prayers to such things as provision, direction and healing among other things. I had an experience that unbelievers cannot fully relate to and many believers have not gone through - a demonic attack on my life. I have been in ministry and have been involved in casting out demons personally and in groups. I've been healed immediately in answer to prayer in the name of the Jesus of the Bible, have prayed for others who have also been healed immediately, and have watched others prayed for and healed instantly. In none of these cases was there a televangelist, faith healer or prominent personality involved. These were in small and virtually unknown ministries and involved people who were just every day Christians of no reputation.
In ministry I have witnessed wonderful anointing of God on preachers and teachers many times and have had powerful anointing in preaching and witnessing myself at times. I have seen children come in from a day playing in a field laughing and telling how angels came and played ball with them. Every one of these children, I would estimate, were between the ages of three
By the grace and mercy of God all our children have come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior prior to their sixth year. The earliest one came to the Lord at the age of three years old. He is the one who bound the demonic activity in his room. Four of our children are married to Christians and all of them have a bond of love that only God can create between them. Some of our children have been used by the Lord in ministry over the years as well. There is much more than these things that have convinced me of the reality of the God of scripture. The times when people just happened to show up at the right time, had the right answer in a time of deep need, came to us to be ministered to when they could have been in another place at another time, the provisions that came to us without letting our needs be known and on and on are plenty and more than sufficient to let me that the God of the Bible is the only true God and that Jesus Christ is the only way to know God and be forgiven and receive eternal life. Accuse me of bigotry if you wish, but all that has transpired since my salvation has convinced me that the God of the Bible is living, hears and answers prayers, and has my best interests at heart. Despite the many arguments of Atheists, religionists, secularists, and all the other "ists, I am not an intellectual giant, and some people, my intellectual superiors, present arguments in such a fashion that they transcend my puny mortal understanding so that I can't grasp what they are saying. These are the same people who scoff at faith because they demand an answer to everything and despise simplicity. For these people I say, consider what I am sharing here. Refuse to be an intellectual bigot filled with your personal opinion to the point of scoffing at those who you consider inferior to yourselves. If the simple
The poem above represents the height of bigotry!
It is a good measure to examine ourselves against!
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