Friday, September 14, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Friday 14th September, 2012


Hi Ray, Mark, Ez . . . 
We couldn't help but notice, you've been mentioning, alot, about how you know Atheists watch the show. We are a few of those, Ray. :) Had to e-mail you!

While we don't agree at all, myself and about 3 of my friends tune in every day to watch your show. Have been watching for the past couple of months now. Why? Simply because we have WAY TOO MUCH FUN watching....and it's interesting I might add. :) Contrary to what many people we know think, it's possible to be an Atheist and watch "On The Box". 
It's like who doesn't like Ray? We've been getting alot of guff, have been called names, because we watch "On The Box" every day. We'll take that! We even follow you on Facebook. Maybe we should start a facebook page called, "We watch On The Box, with Ray Comfort--and we are Atheists." What ya think? :) 
This should make your day...we've been inviting others to come view the show, too. I think you've got a whole crowd of Atheists who love ya, Ray. The four of us, being one of those small crowds. 
You are permanently stuck with us now. :)  
Have a marvelous day. Robert, Gabriel, Danielle, and Titus.

From Ray’s book “What Hollywood Believes” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

When asked about his belief in God, Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I believe in God and I believe, therefore, in the opposite: the devil and evil forces. Everyone has their own interpretation of that. Some people think the devil—they take the ‘d’ away and you have evil. Is there something up in the clouds? Probably not. But we, as people, are much better off if we do believe in good and evil.”

Although his mother took him to church every Sunday, he rebelled at age 18 or 19. Schwarzenegger recalls, “I thought the whole thing was absolutely absurd. When you get older, and especially when you have children, . . . all of a sudden you start thinking back to what your parents taught you and what you rebelled against. And suddenly it makes sense and you teach it to your kids. In a couple of years they will rebel. It’s the same cycle.”

What Hollywood Believesremarks: ”It’s not uncommon for people to cast off their religious beliefs when they encounter something they find “absurd” or that they don’t understand. Let’s take a logical look at this way of thinking. Let’s say that you are sitting on a plane. I convince you that you have to jump at any moment. You see your danger and put on a parachute. At that point you are saved from the jump. Your problem is totally dealt with. You have the parachute on, and that’s all you need. I then hand you the emergency card from the seat pocket so that you can become further informed about the plane. You study it. It shows you the exits and explains the oxygen masks. It shows the location of the parachute, and how to put it on. It even points out a red whistle and the locality of the bright green ripcord. Everything on the card matches what you know is on the plane, right down to the red whistle. This convinces you that the card you are holding is the right card for this plane, and that it was put there by the plane owners. Let’s say you see something on the card that doesn’t make sense. It says the carpet is red, when it’s actually blue. Are you going to rip the parachute off? Of course not! That would be a stupid thing to do. The fact that you don’t understand everything on the card has no bearing on the fact that you’re going to have to jump out of the airplane. The important issue is that you are wearing the parachute. The apparent discrepancy is inconsequential. Now think of someone on the plane who is not wearing a parachute. He studies the emergency card and reads that the carpet is a different color than what’s on his plane, so he concludes that the card isn’t valid. Because of this seeming inconsistency he makes a decision to reject the offer of a parachute. Think of his plight. He is in terrible danger. He could have to jump at any time. If you try to convince him that the color of the carpet doesn’t matter, you are wasting precious time. Besides, you have a better way to persuade him. You simply show him the 25,000-foot jump. You talk about the law of gravity and what it will do to his frail body if he hits the ground at 120 mph. You make him sweat a little. When he looks at you with fear in his eyes, you tell him about the parachute. Once he has it on, you can discuss the color of the carpet to your heart’s content. The important thing is that he is wearing the parachute.”

“What do you say if someone says ‘I’m too horrible a sinner; God would never forgive me.’”

  • This question is actually pretty rare. Most people are self-righteous and ignorant of God’s holiness and thus will claim they’re a good person. However, every so often you find someone either riddled with guilt or under conviction who will ask this.
  • Saying you’re too bad of a sinner to be forgiven is like the Guinness World Record holder for the largest belt size saying he’s too heavy to go on a diet. It’s an oxymoron. Diets were made for overweight people, how much more for the most obese? Forgiveness is for sinners (especially for those who’ve done the more colorful sins). Holy Scripture is very clear about the subject: John 3:17 says, “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jesus promised, “The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (Jn. 6:37). Not only is God willing to forgive you; it was Jesus’ earthly mission. Jesus came to seek and save the lost; He came for the sick not the healthy (Mt. 9:12,13; Lk. 19:10). Not to believe God’s word (the Bible) is to both insult the Author and belittle His Son’s suffering death on the cross. Don’t allow self-condemnation to keep you from God’s mercy. God makes a conditional promise, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” The condition: the complete surrender of your life to following Jesus Christ [“If you are willing and obedient” (see Is. 1:16-19).] Embrace God’s love and forgiveness today. I think you would appreciate reading Luke chapter 15.
  • A useful illustration when answering this question: If I took a one hundred dollar bill and crumpled it up would you still want it? How about if I threw it onto the floor? What if while on the ground, I spit on it, and smeared it into the dirt with my shoe, would you still want the hundred-dollar bill even though it’s filthy? Of course you would, the value of the bill hasn’t changed. God maintains the same mindset; despite where you’ve been or what you’ve done you’re still of incredible value to Him. The Bible says, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).

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