An article was released this weekend that really bothered me. I mean, the push of atheism has been going on for decades. According to this article, a statue was donated to the school by a private group which the displayed the phrase “Home of the Red Raiders” along with two Bible verses which are “absolutely deplorable”:
“If God be for us who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13
And the ignorance is deafening. The Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association have contacted the school district, requesting that the statue be removed. They claim that the statue is “unconstitutional” and that it violates the separation of Church and State as outlined in the Constitution. That is odd to me because the Constitution does not mention the separation of Church and State.
The truth? The notion of “Separation of Church and State” was derived from a letter written from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in January, 1802. The key phrase that the Atheists love to use to against Christianity is:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” – Thomas Jefferson
Again that was in 1802 and was not included in the Constitution of the United States of America passed by Congress two decades earlier. For some reason, those in public schools love to point to “separation of Church and State” when choosing not to celebrate Christmas vacation (they call it winter break), Good Friday and Easter, (now spring break is celebrated), and other Christian holidays. One wonders why private Christian schools and charter schools are being created as an alternative to public schools nationally at an amazing rate. However, the following is in fact included within the US Constitution which is the law of our nation:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” – US Constitution
By preventing children from praying in school is in fact prohibiting the free exercise of religion, which is unconstitutional according to the Constitution. The United States has never formally established Christianity as its State Religion, i.e. the Church of England. There isn’t a Church of the United States; however, it is clear the this nation was founded upon Christian principles. Therefore, according to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, people have the right to practice their religion of choice in schools, in their home, and in public – wherever they choose. However, the government can’t force its citizens to practice one religion over the other. That is what the First Amendment states. In contradiction, a “religion” that is based upon hatred, death, or destruction is not a religion; it is a cult that acts out in aggressive violence.
Now, what about atheism. What does atheism mean? According to Merriam-Webster.com, atheism means “a disbelief in the existence of deity.” According to this definition, and there are multiple resources that agree to this definition, atheists do not believe in God. Atheists do not believe in a higher being. In my opinion, there are two approaches to how one would handle disbelief and I will provide examples of each. I enjoy watching sporting events such as basketball, football, baseball, tennis, and volleyball. However, there are some sporting events that I find incredibly boring like soccer, hockey, and NASCAR. So when I see soccer, hockey, or NASCAR results on a news network, I am indifferent. I really don’t care one way or the other. My life will go on without knowing the outcome of these events. My second example stems from the fact that I grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa, the university in Iowa City, for those who are indifferent. There is another university in Iowa which is located in Ames – Iowa State University. I really have very little to say in a positive sense of Iowa State University. In fact, I loathe that university. I wish it would just go away.
The difference between these two examples is indifference and hatred. If Atheists were true to their creed – I know, ironic – then they would be indifferent to Christians instead of bashing them constantly or preventing the existence of Christianity. Instead, Atheists constantly try to shut down Christianity as often as possible. Now, Atheist churches are popping up across America and Europe. In Rochester, New York, for example, The Sunday Assembly celebrates its Atheism on Sunday mornings without a pastor or church choir. Did anyone notice the irony of the name of the child that was super excited about the service. In case you didn’t read the article, her name was Grace…as in God’s grace, forgiveness not earned by man but that is granted by God.
The moral of the story? Atheists do not believe in a higher being. Atheists should follow their own logic and stop trying to force their belief (again, the irony because Atheists have no belief) upon others that God doesn’t exist. If God didn’t exist, then faith would be pointless, useless. Instead, miracles are constantly being reported daily. In addition, scientists continue in a vain attempt to explain the miracles of the Bible couldn’t have happened: the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), the widow’s unending olive oil (2 King 4), and the first miracle of Jesus (John 2:1-11). These are only three examples of many miracles from the hand of God. If Atheists would open their eyes (Acts 9:18 – “Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again”), they would witness daily miracles happening all around them. Instead of focusing their energy on Christian-bashing, they ought to research the hundreds of miracles documented in the Bible and accept the grace we receive daily from God.
When was the last time an Atheist reported a miracle? Oh, that’s right. Atheists don’t believe in miracles from a higher being. They don’t believe in miracles at all. It is all just coincidence.
Article by John Coder
Posted September 29, 2014