Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I have a little widget on the side of my blog that posts inspiration and thought provoking quotes...I clicked on it the other day, Worthy News and read a posting intitled "Americans Abandon Christianity, Study Shows"....... evidently a private study group called Barna Research did a telephone study of over 1,000 Christians and found out the following...
1/4 of those called, didn't believe that the Bible was accurate.
1/2 agree that Satan doesn't exist..and
1/3 say that Jesus sinned when He was on the earth..
2/5ths don't think they have any responsibility to share their faith..
and 82% of the younger people (24 or younger) believe you should customize your faith, picking and choosing what teachings you want...rejecting others.
and yet..
3 out of 4 think that their faith is vital and more meaningful than in the past...

It seems to me that Christian Americans are too focused on their emotions and neglecting reading the Bible. I read alot of christian blogs and most of them rarely talk about scripture but rather the latest teaching from a great writer/speaker...this can be very dangerous spiritually speaking....we know first hand how even very respected teachers can be misled and lead their folks in the wrong path...it happened to us and the damage that was done is terrible.
Remember Mathew 24:4-14

Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ' and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come"

from the looks of the results of this survey, its well started that "the love of most will grow cold"

We check every teaching by the scripture...and if it doesn't match up..reject the teaching not the scripture.....if you want to start this year and read the Bible daily..a great way is to use the One Year Bible Online, every day you will get emailed a section to study.
Here is another link I use quite frequently when I want to look something up..Bible Gateway
Bible Gateway also has a great audio bible reading also and I have that posted on the left side..if you click on the little speaker under the scripture, you will hear a scripture read.


Before I leave today, I wanted to share this wonderful rare and special photo...this is a sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its nearest point..the sun is below the moon.
After I posted this, it was brought to my attention that this isn't an actual photo..but a digital masterpiece made by Inga Nielsen...You can find it in her gallery
still just as lovely....
I have quite a few links on the left hand side of the blog, under " Biblical Links and Godly Living" and use many of them often....these are "goodies".
Tomorrow is Dog the Week!