(AP) — Iris Azulai’s 17-year-old daughter, Carmel, recently attended a large concert in Tel Aviv of the Argentine singer Lali. Given Israel’s history, the fear of terrorism is always lurking, particularly at mass events, but regardless, she would not have prevented her daughter from going.
Truth Bombs: Christians are the most persecuted people in History but most people just don’t care anymore. One day Isis will run into the wrong Christians.
Luke 22:36 (KJV)
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
This verse does NOT teach that we live by the sword, that is to say war as a lifestyle, but that we do stand for justice, we help the helpless, and protect the weak.
Article: A team of gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians traveling just south of Cairo Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25 other people, Egyptian officials confirmed.
TRUTH BOMBS: Wow, I am shocked [SARCASM]. You mean to tell me that muslims are following the sayings of it founder? Really? What a surprise [SARCASM]
At least 22 people have died and more than 100 injured after what Theresa May described as an “appalling terror attack” at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert. Here are the latest updates:
• At least 22 people killed and more than 100 injured, including 12 children
• Suicide bomber had IED around his waist
• Police say male, lone attacker is responsible • Isis has claimed responsibility
• A 23-year-old man has been arrested
I received this email yesterday. The subject line, as you could guess, was “Compassion”:Matt, you call yourself a Christian but you have no compassion. The Jesus I believe in just wants people to be compassionate towards each other. We are not told to be judgmental to others because of who they love or what lifestyle they choose to have or what gender they identify as. Who are you to say what is wrong or right? We shouldn’t be focused on talking about “sin” or telling other people that they might be going to Hell. You have no right to say what a “sin” is. Our job is to be compassionate to all! Compassionate isn’t when you’re judging or telling other people about their sins. I pray that you realize the error of your ways.This is a good example of the bland salad of empty feeling and meaningless sentiment that often passes for “Christianity” in this country. You’ll notice that the adherents to this false version of the faith — and they certainly outnumber Christ’s true disciples by a large margin in our culture — have kidnapped, tortured, and destroyed many words that were previously very useful to Christians. A word like “judge,” for instance, has been so often misapplied and misconstrued by the Sentimental Christians that the rest of us almost have to leave off using it.
In his new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves The World, “Science Guy” Bill Nye presents a cartoon in which talking ice cream cones teach viewers about the many different “flavors of sexuality.”
“We are enlightened and forward-thinking, but not everyone sees it this way,” Nye says. “But there are lots of flavors to sexuality.”
In the cartoon, the vanilla ice cream cone is mocked as a representation of heterosexual, monogamous sex. The vanilla cone is presented as a Christian conversion therapist trying to convince the other ice cream cones that monogamous sex is natural, and will help them “get right with the big ice cream in the sky.”
College-aged millennials today are far more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated. This is true when they are compared to previous generations as well.
In fact, the Pew Research Center documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where “one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.”
Just over 60 percent of millennials say that Christianity is “judgmental,” and 64 percent say that “anti-gay” best describes most churches today.
In ministry circles, it has long been reported that of youth raised in homes that were to some degree “Christian,” roughly three-quarters will jettison that faith after high school. Just under half of this number will return to some level of church involvement in their late 20s or early 30s.
It has long been recognized that experience with an earthly father deeply informs the perspective about the heavenly father. In “How the West Really Lost God,” sociologist Mary Eberstadt correctly asserts, “The fortunes of religion rise or fall with the state of the family.”
Why is this? Our most recent research, which includes dozens of interviews with teens, twentysomethings, professed ex-Christians, and religion and culture experts, points to factors like these: