A dialog is best. Talk with the people around you, whether they be atheist, agnostic, Christian, or not.
Christians: why do you believe? Why are you sure of your faith, enough to be willing to die for it?
Gamaliel, a wise teacher in the time of Jesus (right after He rose again and His followers were multiplying) said this:
"If this plan or undertaking is of man, it will fail;
But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them." (Acts 5:38-39)
In the context of atheism vs. Christianity, both sides will at least agree that the TRUTH will prevail.
So i say, BRING IT ON. :)
(And i'm itching to write my own books na rin! :D )
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There will be a new children's movie out in December called "The Golden Compass". The movie has been described as "atheism for kids" and is based on the first book of a trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" that was written by Phillip Pullman. Pullman is a militant atheist and secular humanist who despises C. S. Lewis and the "Chronicles of Narnia". His motivation for writing this trilogy was specifically to counteract Lewis' symbolisms of Christ that are portrayed in the Narnia series.
Clearly, Pullman's main objective is to bash Christianity and promote atheism. Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003 interview that "my books are about killing God." He has even stated that he wants to "kill God in the minds of children". It has been said of Pullman that he is "the writer the atheists would be praying for, if atheists prayed."
While "The Golden Compass" movie itself may seem mild and innocent, the books are a much different story. In the trilogy, a young streetwise girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God. Another character, an ex-nun, describes Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake." In the final book, characters representing Adam and Eve eventually kill God, who at times is called YAHWEH. Each book in the trilogy gets progressively worse regarding Pullman's hatred of Jesus Christ.
"The Golden Compass" is set to premier on December 7, during the Christmas season (and starring Nicole Kidman), and will probably be heavily advertised. Promoters hope that unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the movie, that they will enjoy the movie, and that the children will want the books for Christmas.
Please consider a boycott of the movie and the books. Also, pass this information along to everyone you know (including church leaders). This will help to educate parents, so that they will know the agenda of the movie. I am sending this to those of you who have kids or friends with kids, grandkids or have influence with kids. So many things today are darkness concealed in what appears to be innocent.
Don't let kids see "The Golden Compass".
For anyone with kids, grandkids other relatives or friends who this may concern, I have checked it out at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp and it is true. More information is provided there along with the corresponding references.
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Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
-- Proverbs 19:21