When I saw the picture of Christopher Schaeffer being sworn in as Pomfret Councilman with a strainer on his head and then the picture of the drawing of the statue of Satan in the Jan. 7 OBSERVER, I thought why are these people and many others so afraid of Christianity?
Atheists are now meeting on Sundays to mock Christianity. They claim "not to be a religion," but yet they are.
Webster's Dictionary defines: "Religion, a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held with faith and strong feelings." It sounds to me as if they are quite religious. Mr. Schaeffer claims his church has no "dogma." Dogma is something considered as an established opinion, says Webster's Dictionary.
According to his "church" they do not believe "in creationism or a Creator." This sounds dogmatic to me. As for the picture of Satan with children, everyone knows that it is a representation taken from the picture of Jesus Christ with children. What we are witnessing are what the Bible calls the last days and good versus evil.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "But know this in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unloving and unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away. For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible woman loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (NKJV 2 Timothy 3;1-7)
In these verses Paul talks about everything that is going on in the world today, from abortions to the upper-crust intelligent finding it so hard to believe in a Creator. I am not one who tries to shove Christianity down anyone's throat. If I came knocking at your door, and you didn't want to hear about it; that would be fine and acceptable with me. I would not make fun of you if you were an atheist or some other type of religion. I respect your right to that, but you should also respect my right to believe in God and creationism.
When I went to Catholic schools we were taught both creationism and evolution. I don't remember anyone saying that we couldn't believe in evolution. So what is your BIG PROBLEM? Are you afraid there might be a God?
I would probably be like you and try to get others to believe it also. It would make me feel better, even though I really knew the truth. To me, it is hard to fathom that there isn't a God. I just look at the sky at night or the sunrise in the morning and say "Wow." Everything is in complete order. The lake and the oceans have boundaries and can go no further. If you look at the plants and animals here or in other parts of the world on television, they are just amazing. How about holding a newborn baby? These are just a few examples of Creationism.
Do you really believe everything came from an explosion from gases that didn't even exist? You have more faith (trust) in nothing than I do in a Creator. It isn't hard to become a believer in Jesus (not denominations You won't find a denomination in the Bible.) Admit to God that you are a sinner and can't make it to heaven on your own. Believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again on the third day. Call on Jesus to come into your heart to save you, and ask Him to help you walk with Him. The more you learn about Jesus through God's Word, the BIBLE, the more you will want to walk with Him.
It is your decision to make. In a little while hell will be breaking out on this earth (The Tribulation.) Sadly, most so called "Bible believers" are afraid to give out the warning because they may get laughed at.
How will you feel when you stand before Jesus, and He asks you, why didn't you warn people? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (NKJV John 14:6) The fool has said in his heart "There is no God" (NKJV Psalm 14:1) "The fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." (NKJV Proverb)
It is sad, to think that when you die, there is no afterlife. I serve a "Risen Savior" and I know there is an afterlife.
I also know where I am going when I die and that is Heaven. My Savior Jesus Christ said "if you do not believe in Me you will end up in the lake of fire."
No matter how good you are on this earth, only trusting in Jesus will save you. Your choice.
Tom Kubera is a Dunkirk resident.