CARM Newsletter 04-23-08

Love Your Neighbor In Matt. 5:43-48 Jesus speaks about loving your neighbor.  He compares the gracious love of God in the form of sunshine and rain upon all mankind, to people who don't love those around them.  You see, God is gracious to the unbeliever by giving him the opportunity to live a decent life in this world.  God provides the basics for them.  The point is that God is loving to unbelievers by providing for their needs.  Jesus then says that if you love those who love you what reward do you have?  Therefore, "you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Jesus is telling us that we need to show compassion and kindness to people.  He is telling us that we should not show favoritism and be motivated to be good to them because we hope to get rewards from them. This is hypocrisy.  Instead, we are to love as God loves.  He provides for them and yet they can give nothing to him in return.

Showing love to people can take many forms.  You can take cookies to a neighbor, change someone's tire, anonymously give someone money, pray for their salvation, etc.  The ways to show kindness and love to people are as varied as our people and circumstances.  What are your ways of loving people as God loves us?

Pensacola Debate The debate in Pensacola went very well.  Mr. Kagin (the 2005 the atheist of the year) and I debated the topic "Does God exist?"  Now, I'm biased so please take my analysis with a grain of salt.  But, I do not believe that Mr. Kagin in any way refuted my argument supporting God's existence.  If you are interested in reading my opening statement at the debate go to this article:  Debate between Matt Slick and Edwin Kagin on "Does God Exist?  The argument was based on what is known as TAG, the transcendental argument for the existence of God.  It is very effective.
A video copy of the debate will be sent to me in about three weeks.  There was a problem with one of the two cameras being used to record the event and the videographer said he would clean up the sound, produce the video and send it to me.  When I receive it, I'll make it available for purchase through the CARM website.
I want to thank all of you who supported me going out there with financial gifts.  I'm not just offering a casual thanks.  I'm really very thankful for the help that many of you provided.  It made a debate possible and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I have received some feedback from people who were there about the debate.  So far, universally, the Christians said I won the debate hands down.  Some agnostics said that Christianity came off looking good.  Some atheists said the same thing.  So, all I can do is give glory to God.

Debate
May 12 &13
Boise, ID
I'm going to be in another debate here in Boise, Idaho on May 12 and 13th, Monday and Tuesday evenings.  An Ex-Oneness pastor (who denies the Trinity) has agreed to fly out (at CARM's expense) and debate me on two topics.  The first will be on Monday night and we will debate whether or not the Trinity is true.  On Tuesday we would debate whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation.  The debate would be held at 7 PM and go to about 9 or 9:30.  Its free, but the whole the whole thing will cost CARM about $1000 including playing fair, hotel, and church rental.

If you are interested in attending, please let me know at [email protected]

Expelled, The Movie I strongly recommend that you go see the movie "Expelled".  It is in theaters now and it is a documentary about the evolutionary/academic community and how it is highly prejudiced against the possibility of Intelligent Design.  If you are not familiar with Intelligent Design, it is the theory that biological structures and informational structures at the cellular level demonstrate evidence of an Intelligent Designer. The evolutionary community expels scientists who even remotely entertain the possibility of ID.  There is no tolerance, no objectivity. The movie goes on to tackle evolution and relate it to ethics -- very interesting.  Anyway, I do recommend you go see it.

Please Support CARM http://www.carm.org/online.htm is where you can get something for your support of CARM.

As summer approaches support usually dwindles.  I just wanted to remind youmouse that if you're not already supporting CARM financially, which please consider doing so?  All we ask is a commitment of five dollars a month.  If you are interested in giving up a large Latee once a month for this ministry, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donationscarm.htm. Thanks

Head in
the Sand
head in sandSometimes people are just amazing.  This is from an email dialogue.  Its brief.

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Wiccan:  I'm a Wiccan, and I have a question about your article(s). What, exactly, makes you so sure that Wicca is "occult," "demonic," or "sinister"? I hope you have an answer.

CARM:  What makes you think that Wicca is not occultic? Please explain to me what you mean.

Wiccan:  Wicca is a nature-based religion. We worship the Earth and what comes out of it. We cast no magic that would harm any, or change one's free will. We work only to help others, using nothing more than the herbs the Earth gives us. How can that be bad?

CARM:  so you worship a planet?  Are the rocks and water alive?  

Wiccan:  No, I do not worship a planet, thank you very much. I worship the spirit of the Earth. Think "Mother Earth" only bigger and better. Not the rocks and water, no. Trees and plants, yes. (assuming we're speaking scientifically)

Editor
for the Garden

I need an editor.  I finished The Garden a while back and a lot of people have read it with very favorable reviews.  However, someone pointed out that there are typos in the book.  The fact is, it is hard to edit your own material.

Is there anyone who's qualified to edit it?  I could send you a word document and you could read it, edit it, and send it back to me.  Simple and easy.  If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected], tell me why you're qualified (you don't have to be a major magazine editor).  Give me your phone number and I'll give you a call.  Thanks.  http://www.carm.org/index/garden.htm.


CARM Needs Staff How would you like to work in the ministry where the rewards are small, the challenges are huge, you get ridiculed, there's spiritual attack, sometimes you don't know if you are going to make it financially, you have to support yourself, and you have to research and write about false systems and compare them Scripture? 

If that sounds appealing, then maybe you might be interested in working with CARM.

You can be male or female.  You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise.  But I must reiterate; this is not an easy ministry.  It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc.  But, there are rewards.  You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come.  This ministry is a challenge and it is not for the fainthearted.   Interested?  If so, contact me at [email protected]

Love and Hate Mail

  • Hate Mail
    • You people are sick, sick, sick.  I hope your not actually calling yourselfs 'christians'?? there is nothing christian about you people.  you pick on other denominations, you judge,judge,judge.  you absolutely make up lies about people you disagree with. you wish you had half the commom sense pastor Murray has! He is absolutely nothing like you've described him. he does preach chapter by chapter and verse by verse.  while you people spend your time tearing down other religeons , he's saving souls or planting seeds.   your wrong!
    • Hello again Matt. Since my last email I have visited your website. I agree fully with your effort to teach God's Word. However, your approach and tactics seem to be themselves, very "cult like" in nature. Whether this is the case or not, there is one thing I'm sure of where involvement with you is concerned. The Holy Ghost says NO! The manner in which you choose to engage these anti-Christ religions or atheists is not biblical. Engaging them at all is not biblical. So, with this I say Adios if you still can!
    • Let me tell you though, you're great entertainment. But you are pathetic, far more pathetic than, Mormons, JW's or Catholics. But you are far less pathetic than that Mormon guy you interviewed with MCKeever. What was his name? Ned? He denied & played cowardly all show long and you did nothing. Your friend McKeever lamented correctly how cowardly Mormon leaders became lately, and you  didn't have enough fortitude to expose this guy. I don't mind Mormon doctrine when it is discussed against you pseudo-christians. What I mind is Leaders like Hinkley deny the past in order to shed  true doctrines of the Church.  I'm no longer Mormon, however their doctrines are as legitimate as yours, since both of you have no leg to  stand to prove your claims. Call me, or write to me. I will talk to you anywhere, anytime that your G-d is a worthless, Might-less Idol that you worship. I'll prove it to you. In fact, I want to go to hell and reside the deepest dungeons of hate, crime, malice He can muster. I know He is a farce, beyond shadow of doubt. Just ask me.
  • Love Mail
    • I have sat and read things on your website for hours at a time! It’s excellently put together and extremely informative. Bravo!
    • Well, I recently bumped into your podcasts and started listening to them. I Just want to say that God has spoken to me trough your radio shows and research material on your web-site. God is Good!
    • After being taught and believing the Bible and Christian doctrine for 45+ years, for some reason over the past few months I have started questioning a lot of what I believed.  There seemed to be so much discrepancy in the Bible. I searched for information through my church leaders, the library and online but found more detailed information denying the truth and inspiration of scripture than affirming it. Today an online Bible study friend shared the link to your website. I know I will be doing a lot of studying with you in the near future. I believe God brought me to this website at this time for His good purpose. Thanks for being there.
    • I just wanted to state my thanks for your immeasurable amount of research on the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Your outlines and questioning are very thorough and will be used for further research in the future.

Matt Slick
CARM President

 

 

 

 
 
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