Most Popular Blogs of 2017

Hello world!

As the year comes to a close I thought it would be fun to look at the blogs that you all liked the most from this last year. Here is the top 10 blogs by popularity from 2017 along with a list of my personal top 5 favorites that didn’t make the to 10. Hope you all enjoy them and happy new year!

Top Ten Most Popular Blogs:

  1. Why the Christian Creation Model makes more sense of suffering than any other religion.
  2. The Single Most Damaging Statement to the Christian Faith
  3. If God is Loving Why is the Path to Heaven so Narrow?
  4. Why doesn’t God intervene to stop those who are doing evil?
  5. The Frightful Alternatives if Jesus Isn’t God.
  6. If you only learn one thing for defending Christianity, learn this.
  7. Three Blunders Atheists make arguing against God
  8. Does God send people to hell?
  9. Why does God seem different in the New Testament and the Old Testament?
  10. C.S. Lewis and how God exists with Pain and Suffering in the world
    Noah’s Favorite Five:

    1. Jesus Wouldn’t Argue. . .
    2. Why Even if you are pro-choice you should be angry with Planned Parenthood
    3. Is Christianity as violent as Islam?
    4. Pseudo Tolerance
    5. Thank you Atheist YouTuber JaclynGlenn

Thank you Atheist YouTuber JaclynGlenn

Every now and then I find myself wandering the depths of YouTube stuck on some atheists channel. Often I find their videos less then compelling in their arguments against God, but every now and then I cross some YouTuber that has some genuinely honest arguments  and questions against Christianity.

One YouTuber in particular that has time and time again earned my respect is jaclynglenn. Now I will say right away that Jaclyn’s satirical style is not for the fainthearted Christian (Some of her videos I would deem downright inappropriate for Christians). If you are one of those Christians who has a tendency to get angry with people when they disagree with you, or even think you have the slightest inclination that you may get too angry to react in a manner honoring of Christ, then don’t watch her channel. Jaclyn rarely does her videos expecting a Christian audience and as a result she does not pull any punches, and is why some of her content is inappropriate for a Christian audience. She lets loose her disbelief of Christianity in a satirical way that a Christian could easily find offensive, but remember it is satire. Jaclyns channel fits her atheist audience well,  and is why she has a strong following on YouTube. I do think Jaclyn has an appropriate respect for Christians that doesn’t really come out in her videos because of the audience she is catering to.

I recently watched another video in which she was interviewed by a pastor, and frankly the video was embarrassing; not for Jaclyn, but for the pastor, and for the many Christians that this pastor is an exemplifies . Jaclyn conducted herself in a respectful and dignified way, while the pastor continued to highlight his own ignorance of atheism, satanism, homosexuality and other issues he brought up. He dishonorably tried to dig up dirt on Jaclyn’s father, and generally conducted the interview a disrespectful and unprepared manner. At one point he even said ‘you don’t look like an atheist’ and when Jaclyn asked what an atheist looked like he said ‘I don’t know . . . kind of like Satan.’

The reason I mention this video and highlight Jaclyn is to thank her and others for creating reasonable dialogue. Jaclyn and many other atheists on YouTube and other social media sources bring up honest questions against Christianity and try to have reasonable dialogue with those that disagree with them. I think Jaclyn and other YouTube artists for creating a space for meaningful dialogue.

On the flip side I have found many of the Christians Jaclyn interacts with, via their own videos or in the comments section, are horrendous in their reactions to her. Like I said Jaclyn is not always peaches and cream herself, but especially in the comments the Christians are often less than dignified. Other Christians like the pastor mentioned above show a complete ignorance of the subjects they are trying to dialogue about.

So, the second reason I write this blog is to encourage Christians to dialogue with with people that disagree with Christianity, but do so Biblically. I Peter 3:15 tells us ‘always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in you but do so with gentleness and respect‘. Commenting on videos like these, is a great way to learn what atheists or other non-Christians believe. They are ready to dialogue and most of them are ready to do so respectfully. What an opportunity for us as Christians not only to learn about what other people believe, but to also reach out to those who have either never heard the Gospel or have rejected it, for what may be reasonable objections. There are answers out there for them, but they won’t hear them unless we dialogue with them.

If you’re thinking you want to jump into the fray, so to speak, here is my one piece of advice.\: Ask questions. Don’t go in with guns blazing like you know the answers to every question they may have, you probably don’t. Even if you do you will find that you may misunderstand their questions if you go in with that attitude. First seek out to really understand where they are coming from and then do your homework to make sure your giving a good answer and not just the first thing that comes to your head.

Happy dialoging.

Wake up call- did you get it?

Image Lately I’ve been reading some stuff by Richard Dawkins. If you don’t know he is probably the leading Atheist in the world right now. He has really taken the burden of championing the Athiest cause and eradicating it wherever he sees it. Needless to say most Christians don’t exactly like the guy. But what has proven most painful to me as I read his book isn’t his arguments against christianity. Some of them are typical and pretty crappy, others I’ll admit are very challenging are really making me think thoroughly. But this isn’t what bothers me the most. What bothers me most. What makes me really ashamed is fellow Christians reactions to him.

All it takes is a quick search on any Richard Dawkins video and you’ll see comments or video replies from Christians that are shameful. Shameful really doesn’t completely explain it. So let me just show you one example of what I am talking about. Dawkins gives a brief moment in his book to talk about these verbal terrors, giving examples of what one of his friends has received, here is just one:

 

Yep… you read that right. And this person is proclaiming the name of G-d! Obviously we still don’t get it. Matthew 5:44 ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’  Why are people like Dawkins met with so much hate from self proclaimed Christians? Who else have we somehow proclaimed as an enemy of the church? The Gays? The Lesbians? The feminists? The gun-control lobbyists? Those trying to take religion out of school? Argue with them disagree with them, I get it. I encourage it. But when arguing with someone turns into  this you are in the wrong. YOU ARE SINNING! In fact I would urge you that if you have decided to mount an attack in these areas. If you want to debate the atheist, to explain sexual sin to the homosexual, to justify men in leadership to the feminist you better be praying and loving them before you start. And at any moment that you realize either your love or prayers have ceased is the moment you must stop. Right then and there in that moment you must stop. For instance one thought that crossed my mind… I wonder with all the question and answer sessions that Richard dawkins has done I wonder if someone has ever asked Rich what he could use prayer for… unfortunately I doubt it.