Monday, June 30, 2014

Words of Comfort: Jim Jones and the truth.

"Everybody thought Jim Jones was telling the truth too..... keep an open mind it might really 'save' you some day." Eric Greathouse

The Rev. Jim Jones of Jonestown and Peoples Temple led 909 men, women, and children in mass suicide in 1978. He said, "Our people, I would say, are ninety percent atheist...I felt somewhat hypocritical for the last years as I became an atheist...My bishop knows that I'm an atheist...He must have spent twenty thousand dollars traveling around, hoping to get my denomination to remove me, because I was so atheistic." (Transcript of Recovered FBI tape Q 622). Found out more interesting facts: www.evolutionVsGod.com


Friday, June 27, 2014

Words of Comfort: 2 world-views


There are two basic world-views in this life. We either justify men or we justify God. Take for instance this statement: "The Bible says the best of mankind is evil." If you love God you will immediately nod with approval of that statement. You will justify God. If you haven't been converted, you will more than likely be quick to justify man (and of course yourself). You will say that people may have some faults, but they are basically good. The thought that anyone is evil (outside of Hitler and a few others) is repulsive and even disgusting. That's because you have you own definition of "evil." God's definition is anything that falls short of moral perfection... lying, stealing, ingratitude, hatred, greed, envy, jealousy, lack of love, blasphemy, self-righteousness, unbelief, disobedience, pride, and a multitude of other sins. If you think that you are up to God's standard (which He will use of Judgment Day) take this quick test with a tender conscience: www.needGod.com and if you are honest with yourself, you will end up saying, with the psalmist:

"Against you and you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge" (Psalms 51:4).

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Words of Comfort: Agreeing with Galileo.

"Ray, you said earlier that no amount of discussion could make you change your mind ('Those who are converted by God cannot be talked out of their faith'). That suggests that no matter how much evidence or reason is presented to you, you will never even consider that you are wrong that the only way to heaven is to believe what you believe, rather than any good works. I think my beliefs, when I was a Christian, were more in line with what Galileo. 'I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.'" Leonie Trent

As an atheist, you have convictions (that can change with time or if you are exposed to extra knowledge). As a Christian I don't have mere convictions. I know the Lord (as does every genuine Christian). We can't un-know Him. You quoted my words when I said that we were "converted by God." It is God who reveals Himself through the new birth of John 3.

Again, He reveals Himself, personally. This doesn't mean that we hear voices or see visions. He transforms us on the inside, making us completely new people (that's why it's called the new birth). We then speak to Him through prayer, He speaks to us through His Word, and we trust Him implicitly (see John 14:21). You said of yourself  "When I was a Christian," but theologically speaking (because you fell away) Scripture makes it clear that you had a false conversion (see Luke 9:62). I'm sure you would agree that you didn't know God, because to maintain you did flies in the face of your atheist convictions. If you can stand the sound of my voice, how about you listen to "True and False Conversion" on www.livingwaters.com and get back to me with your thoughts. Btw.   God bless Galileo for not buckling to the scientific blindness of the Catholic church. I agree with his words completely.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Words of Comfort: Appointment Card

"Ray Comfort, I read the following on a site called PAJIBA. The title of the article was: 20 Actual Facts About Kirk Cameron That Sound Like April Fools Jokes. Number 17 on that list mentioned you. Can you confirm if the following is actually true?: "Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort co-founded the ministry, The Way of the Master, and co-host a television series of the same name. In 2010, Comfort sent out appointment cards to elderly people advising them of the date and time of their death, and informing them to contact evangelists to avoid going to hell." Chris Machmer

Lies often have a measure of truth in them. That's the case with this story. Years ago we had a gospel tract called "The Appointment Card" that asked the same question I have asked hundreds if not thousands of people: "When do you think you will die?" I ask this because it's only when we face reality that we will do something about it. You can see this questioned asked of a young lady on www.evolutionVsGod.com and she isn't offended in the slightest. If I remember rightly, someone in New Zealand back in 2010 sent a card to an elderly person, and that person complained to the media (I'm not sure of the exact details). The New Zealand media saw our ministry name and address on the card, and contacted me for a statement (I live in the United States). I told them that we had at that time sold more than 150 million tracts (and had hundreds of different titles), we have no control over to whom they are given, and that particular title was designed more for a young person who hadn't thought about life's issues, rather than an elderly person (we had actually dropped it years earlier). Atheists then grabbed the story and embellished it by saying "Comfort sent out appointment cards to elderly people advising them of the date and time of their death, and informing them to contact evangelists to avoid going to hell." I did no such thing. There are so many lies out there about what I have and haven't done that I don't have time to follow them up. But I am grateful to you for having the courtesy to ask me for the whole story on this one. I wouldn't believe the other things about Kirk on that list either. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Words of Comfort: Atheists talk about God.

"Amazing how nut jobs see God in every little thing that happens."

And few talk about God as much as atheists. They go on Christian Facebook sites and talk about Him, watch programs about God, write books about God, make movies about Him, create sites, put up billboards, have meetings, do debates, and think about God and how He doesn’t exist.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Words of Comfort: 40% of the Commandments

An atheist asked, “Can you tell me why blasphemy is a sin? Can you tell me how it's actually hurting anyone? Can you tell me why graven images are a sin? Can you tell me how they're actually hurting anyone? That’s 40% of the commandments, and you can’t even adequately justify them.”

A sincere Christian answered, "Simple, those things hurt God! We are not here to hurt God. We're here to praise God. That's how it's justified."

But that’s not true. Nothing "hurts" God. The correct word to use, is that sin "angers" God.  A judge isn't "hurt" when a criminal viciously rapes a woman, slits her throat and then laughs. The judge is "angered" by the crime. Sin is extremely serious to God--so serious it demands the death penalty and then damnation. See Romans 2:4-11.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Words of Comfort: Seeming Contradictions

The Bible has many seeming contradictions within its pages. For example, the four Gospels give four differing accounts as to what was written on the sign that hung on the cross.

“And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, ‘THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS’.” —Matthew 27:37

“The inscription of the charge against Him read, ‘THE KING OF THE JEWS’.” —Mark 15:26

“Now there was also an inscription above Him, ‘THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS’.” —Luke 23:38

“Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, ‘JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS’.” —John 19:19

Those who are looking for contradictions may therefore say, “See—the Bible is full of mistakes!” and choose to reject it entirely as being untrustworthy.

However, those who trust God have no problem harmonizing the Gospels. There is no contradiction if the sign simply said, “This is Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.” The godly base their confidence on two truths: 1) “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16); and 2) an elementary rule of Scripture is that God has deliberately included seeming contradictions in His Word to “snare” the proud. He has “hidden” things from the “wise and prudent” and “revealed them to babes” (Luke 10:21), purposely choosing foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

If an ungodly man refuses to humble himself and obey the gospel, and instead desires to build a case against the Bible, God gives him enough material to build his own gallows. This incredible principle is clearly illustrated in the account of the capture of Zedekiah, king of Judah. Jeremiah the prophet told Zedekiah that God would judge him. He was informed that he would be “delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon”(Jeremiah 32:4). This is confirmed in Jeremiah 39:5-7 where we are told that he was captured and brought to King Nebuchadnezzar, then they “bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.”

However, in Ezekiel 12:13, God Himself warned, “I will bring him to Babylon …yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there” (emphasis added). Here is material to build a case against the Bible! It is an obvious mistake. Three Bible verses say that the king would go to Babylon, and yet the Bible in another place says that he would not see Babylon. How can someone be taken somewhere and not see it? It makes no sense at all—unless Zedekiah was blinded. And that is precisely what happened. Zedekiah saw Nebuchadnezzar face to face, saw his sons killed before his eyes, then “the king of Babylon… put out Zedekiah's eyes” before taking him to Babylon (Jeremiah 39:6,7). This is the underlying principle behind the many “contradictions” of Holy Scripture (such as how many horses David had, who was the first to arrive at the tomb after the resurrection of Jesus, etc.).

God has turned the tables on proud, arrogant, self-righteous man. When he proudly stands outside of the kingdom of God, and seeks to justify his sinfulness through evidence he thinks discredits the Bible, he doesn't realize that God has simply lowered the door of life, so that only those who are prepared to exercise faith, and bow in humility may enter. It is interesting to note that the seeming contradictions in the four Gospels attest to the fact that there was no corroboration between the writers.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Words of Comfort: Logic, reason & atheism.

“Actually Ray, atheism is the default position one acquires through logic and reason. There is however a strong argument that belief systems of theists in the supernatural are insane, and frankly quite stupid. You may want to pray a little harder for that "wisdom" you were speaking about.” Meagain Nudderacont

Your only default position with atheism is to believe that nothing created everything, or to redefine "nothing" as "something" (which is what Dawkins does). Such a belief-system is scientific lunacy at its best. Atheism is as far from "logic and reason" as the East is from the West. No one needs to pray for wisdom to see this. A child can figure it out by looking around him at the order and beauty of Nature. Our precedent for atheism is not only based on Psalm 14:1 but upon common sense. 

Although it may be hard for you to see, my words are motivated only by love, and from a deep concern for where you spend eternity.  The greatest favor anyone can ever do for an atheist is to pop his little bubble of delusion and bring him or her back to reality.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Words or Comfort: Banana Peel.

“Every sinner has one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel.” Walter Martin



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Words of Comfort: Henry Ford.

“You're aware that Henry Ford was an atheist…?” Jeff Klein

"I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about." Henry Ford 
Don’t believe the lies on atheist sites. For examples of how they continually lie to make you think intelligent famous people were atheists, see www.evolutionVsGod.com

Monday, June 16, 2014

Words of Comfort: Creation leading to Evolution?

“Ray, may I ask a serious question. I'm an atheist who believes whole-heartedly that evolution is occurring all around us... But, is it possible that creationism lead to evolution-ism?” Matt Miller

Jesus said, "In the beginning God made them male and female." God made man in His image (as a moral creation) as male and female, reproducing after their own kind. These two things are observable and testable. 

However, evolution believes that male and female in 1.4 different kinds of animals, birds, fish and insects just happened. It was unplanned, a coincidence, an accident, or just fate. That belief is intellectual suicide. BTW. Adaptation (not Darwinian evolution) is occurring all the time. See www.evolutionVsGod.com for details of the confusion of most believers in evolution.



Friday, June 13, 2014

Words of Comfort: If God knows everything...

“If God knows everything, why didn't he prevent the attacks of 9/11? Or the Holocaust? Or slavery?” Cosmo Vern

So you think God should step in and stop murderers? If you answer “Yes,” we will need to figure out what you think He should do. Perhaps you believe He should have killed Hitler, and taken out the 18 terrorists before they committed their murders. But if He did do that, you and your kind would whine about God killing 18 innocent Muslims who were flying peacefully on a plane, and that He killed an innocent little Austrian painter who loved Charles Darwin.

To be consistent with evil prevention, God should have also killed the 200,000 murderers, who took innocent human lives in the United States during the 1990’s. Once again, He would have had to kill them before they committed their murders.  

Then there’s the 58 million (plus) women who killed their babies in the womb. He should have killed them before they murdered their babies.  

One other thing. If you think Jews and babies in the womb are non-human, you aren’t alone. Check out www.180Movie.com to see what the two have in common (over 4 million views).


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Words of Comfort: Listen to your experts...

"Ray. You're a liar. The scientific theory of evolution is becoming stronger and more people are learning about it and applying it in medical science. Evolution is evidence based. Your ancient religion is faith based. Do you even know what a myth is? You should feel really bad about lying to your sheep on this matter. You're a bad person." Ed Severson

That a classic Ad hominem (to abuse the opponent and ignore the argument). How about you instead offer one piece of scientific evidence for Darwinian evolution--a change of kinds (not adaptation or speciation). You can't do it, because there isn't any. It’s based on nothing but unobservable blind faith. If you don't believe that, listen to your own experts: www.evolutionVsGod.com

I don't mind you calling me a bad person because I'm a sinner by nature, but I take your public accusation of me being a liar very seriously. It is libelous, and so I have to ban you as I have banned others for saying the same thing. I don't think it will upset you because you have consistently disliked everything I have said. Still, I'm sorry to see you go.





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Words of Comfort: Fairytales.

"It's not about Ray. It's about the fairytales Christians and other religion followers believe in and the seeds they try to plant among the gullible."  Estelle Bjoring

It's condescending to look down on people who don't believe as atheists do--the scientific impossibility that  nothing created everything (or the silliness that nothing is actually something), that there's no ultimate right or wrong, and that death is the end (when they don't have any idea what happens after death).

Creation/Nature makes the existence of God axiomatic. It's an intellectual embarrassment to have to point out His existence. That's why the Bible calls the atheist a "fool" (see Psalm 14:1).

I often have proud people burst into a crowd (when I'm open air preaching) and act as though they are the intellectual savior of these poor peasants that haven't the brains to judge what I'm saying.  People aren't as dumb as you make out. They have thought out the issues of life and death, and when they understand that God has deliberately chosen foolish-sounding stories to trap the proud in their arrogance, the entire Bible makes sense. They soften their heart, do what it says (repent and trust alone in Jesus) and they come to know God personally. Argument over. 

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Words of Comfort: Your god doesn't exist.

“Nature created us this way. I laugh in the face of your fictitious God...” Jarrett Roberts

It is scientifically ludicrous to say that Nature made itself. For Nature to make itself, it had to be pre-existent, before it made itself.  Whatever created us had to be eternal and non-material. Nature is none of these things. God is both. He is outside of the dimension of time (eternal) and He is Spirit.

He will also get the last laugh: “Because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you…” (Proverbs 1:25-27). So forget your image of God like some sort of passive celestial Santa Claus. He is nothing like what you conceive Him to be. The “god” you don’t believe in doesn’t exist. He is a figment of you fertile imagination (the place of imagery). The God who is revealed in Scripture is the one you have to face, whether you believe in Him or not.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Words of Comfort: Starvation

“This God allows me to breathe? Does this same God cause children to starve? Why do I, a total non-believer, deserve breath more than any child deserves a family that is able to provide for it?” Morgan Johnston

There's enough food to spread around. Human selfishness (sin) is the problem, not God. Think of our priorities--of how much we spend on armaments, and searching space for intelligent life…hundreds of billions of dollars. That could feed a lot of hungry kids.

If you believe evolution, just deal with kids starving to death. Your worldview is “survival of the fittest.” Starvation is no big deal. It's cold, it’s hard, and it’s a nasty belief. The Christian worldview, however, clothes the naked, feeds the hungry, takes care of the poor, and heals the sick.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Words of Comfort: Plug it in!

My friend Todd Friel lived in Minnesota for many years. Living there during the winter means cold weather and dry skin, so his new bride recommended that they purchase a water softener for their whole house. Water softeners were expensive and they spent hundreds of dollars to have it professionally installed, but immediately noticed how amazingly soft their clothes were. They also noticed that they needed far less lotion. It was wonderful.

Two months later, Todd’s expert home-owning wife, Susan, asked if he had put salt in the water softener. He thought she was joking. But once she educated him about its necessity, he dutifully checked the salt level. All was well.

Weeks went by and they continued to take showers and proclaim that the water was softer than a baby’s bottom lip. They loved it. It was worth every penny. Soft clothes. Soft skin. Who could ask for anything more? Todd continued to check the salt levels and Susan continued to marvel that they still didn’t need to add salt.

After six months and hundreds of showers and tons of laundry, she called the water softener company to ask if their low salt use was normal. The repairman arrived and spent less than a minute before emerging from the utility room to announce that he fixed their water softener. The problem? The installer had failed to plug it in. From, 101 of the Dumbest Things People Have Done  http://bit.ly/1d7M9AX


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Words of Comfort: Pull up!


A friend recently told me that as his pilot flew him and his wife on their seven seated jet, they suddenly heard something they had never heard before. They were 500 feet from landing on a dark and foggy night, when they heard "Warning! Warning! Pull up!" The pilot trusted the voice and immediately pulled up, no doubt saving their lives. My friend said, "There are old pilots (who are experienced and trust their instruments), and there are bold pilots (younger risk-takers). But there are no old bold pilots."  

God has given you and I a conscience. We can listen to it, or we can ignore it. If our ear is primed to its voice, it should lead us to the foot of the cross. See www.needGod.com  for details.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Words of Comfort: Do the math!

"Read the Bible, witness the contradictions. The devil kills ten. God kills millions. You do the math." Matthew Chamberlain

God kills billions not millions. The Scriptures reveal that He is the ultimate Judge. Every human being will die because He proclaimed the death sentence on the entire race. It is His Word that says "the soul that sins shall die." Do the math. Ten out of ten die, and our death is proof that in His eyes the best of us are wicked criminals, justly deserving capital punishment. 

But He is also "rich in mercy," willing to forgive, and He proved His great love for us by suffering on the cross and defeating death. If you want to live see www.needGod.com 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Words of Comfort: Dumbest Things.

I was running through the New York airport with a very important package in my hand. By the weight of it, it was obviously something of value so the owner would no doubt be very pleased when I presented it to him. 

           About two minutes earlier, I’d noticed the package sticking out from under the seat of a passenger sitting across the aisle from me on the plane. He had obviously forgotten it, and I was the good Samaritan who was taking it to him...I was running the extra mile. 

           After weaving through a mass of human bodies I spun around a corner and saw the man talking with his friends. What a break, to find him among the crowds. Was he going to be pleased with me! 

           I boldly interrupted his conversation, held the package out and said, "You left this on the plane." He looked puzzled and said that it wasn't his. It was then that someone remarked, "Oh, that's the rolled up emergency equipment--the life jacket, whistle, etc. It must have fallen from underneath the seat.” I could see smirks begin to crack onto a few faces so I backed up and said, "Well...it was good to see you again. Bye!" I felt like the good Samaritan suddenly finding out that the man upon whom he was pouring oil and wine was actually sunbathing. 

           I made my way back to the plane and with an official air, casually tossed the thing onto the first seat in the plane and walked out.

           It was eighteen months before I even told a soul what had happened.  From, 101 of the Dumbest Things People Have Done  http://bit.ly/1d7M9AX


Monday, June 2, 2014

Words of Comfort: Lightning

"Why if the Bible is God's word and the church his house, do they have lightning conductors." Matthew Chamberlain 

For the same reason church buildings have a roof. It rains. Contrary to popular opinion, being struck by lightning isn't a sign of divine displeasure. Christians get wet when it rains, bruise when they fall, and sometimes die when they are shot. If a Christian is hit by lightning if would be because he is standing in a vulnerable place.  Still, if he is a Christian, he has everlasting life so his death is nothing serious. 

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