where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

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Thank you.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Islam and the violence in the news

A reader (January 16) wrote a long letter concluding that “one cannot attribute these attacks to Islam.” 
We keep hearing how that Islam is a religion of peace and that all this violence done in its name has nothing to do with the religion. 
The fact is that if Islam were a religion of peace, it never would have become a world religion.  Islam didn’t send out missionaries; it sent out armies.  At least three times they tried to overrun Europe, but they were stopped. 
The Muslims have been at war with each other for centuries: Sunnis vs. Shiites, and Islam is now spreading south through Africa by bloodshed, not persuasion. 
Say 10% of the world Islamic population supports jihad, (and that is a very low number, read the polls), that’s over 150,000,000 extremists.  We have no way or don’t try to screen Muslim immigrants to our country for their sympathies for violence.  But if 10% of them sympathize with it, that’s over 300,000 in our country alone. 
The United States is about 3% Muslim.  In Europe, the numbers reach 20, 30% in parts.  Read what’s going on in Europe.  Watch the youtube videos, and there are many.  Europe is cracking under the tension of Islam and European culture.  More and more of them are admitting that multiculturalism was a mistake.
If you are a Muslim and believe Islam is a religion of peace, tell your parents you want to change religions.   


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