practical atheist dodgeball

23Oct09

practical atheist and dodgeball

I was working on a technical issue at  work (public school) when a high school student walks in with some posters and asks the office staff if he can post them. The secretary tells him that they will need to ask the principal so he lays them on the counter and walks out. I am at the counter working on a problem and glance over at the posters on the counter and at first I notice some spacey picture and something about Dodgeball…cool. Then what actually catches my eye more on the right side of the poster are the bold words “Practical Atheist – Are You Who You Say You Are?”  Then upon closer examination I see a section that combines the whole thing together in one quick statement: NOV 22 THROUGH DEC 13 DODGEBALL + PRACTICAL  ATHEIST. The secretary takes one quick look at it and makes a statement that she’s not going to post something that says “atheist” on it. Why such a negative connotation if you don’t drink the kool-aid? So does this mean we would post something religious in a public school as long as it was Christian?

Well Atheism and Dodgeball doesn’t exactly sound like chocolate and peanut butter but it does sound intriguing! Is this some new Atheist Dodgeball league being held at a church I ask myself – WOW! Perhaps it is practice on how some Christians can dodge rational arguments and throw fear inducing bible passages back! As I looked closer at the poster it occurs to me that it is yet another marketing campaign to get younger people and adults involved in church – hey it’s fun and relaxing here – perfect for brainwashing! So I took a look at the church’s website and it looks like traditional teaching to me – nothing new – just a shiny new package. I decided to take a look at the “Statement of Faith”. Perhaps I should create a statement of faith of my own on my “to do” list. Anyways, here it is below in it’s entirety and I must seriously say that it scares me though I guess it’s not unlike most churches out there which is why I think that “thinking” like this isn’t thinking at all – it’s following, which is the root cause of so many problems in this world – don’t question – just let us do the thinking for you and follow:

Statement of Faith (click here if you would rather read it on their site):

The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.

Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.

Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was sent here by God the Father to pay for our sins. He is God and came as a man born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sin, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and fulfill the eternal plan of God.

The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also dwells in  all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.

All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.

The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission—reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.

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Run! Run! Run!

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