Kyle McCallum Valid Religions -Video The Blind Faith religion -PowerPoint My teaching is called the Blind Faith Religion, because if you think about it nobody goes to the Fifth Third Bank and says: "What's true for you isn't true for me. I got a lot more money than you think I do." Nobody does that because it is quite brain-dead but somewhere along the line someone decided it is cool to do that with religion and with what you believe and with spirituality. And it has been commonly accepted in our culture, in our society that that is normal to do. You know you can mix any religion together and make your own truth and your own meaning and if it's true for you that is cool. And so that has been so mindlessly adopted it's just blind faith. That's all there is to it. And it really has become a religion of itself. So I'm going to call it the "Blind Faith Religion" from now on. So let's look at America today, ok. I think of America as a religious buffet. We live in this culture that is more like a melting pot of cultures. You have all sorts of religions; here you have Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. Our culture teaches us that you can mix and match a pair of whatever religions you want and that is totally cool to do. I was just remembering with Jeff, we read this book called Tuesdays of Morey, have you ever read that? It's an adorable book, it's endearing. There's an old guy he's a sociology professor and he calls himself a religious mutt, because he is just a mix of all kinds of different religions. It's kind of cool because he's about to die and he is trying to teach this guy. But I just have to say, sorry Morey, but this is really freaking stupid. Why do that? That doesn't even make sense why that is true. Just because you think you made your own religion and you mixed all these things together. Let's admit it, you made it all up and it's probably not absolutely true. So what you really have to do is deny that there is absolute truth at that point. Because you cannot just make your own religion and expect that to work for everybody. So, I want to show you guys a video because I know how much you all love videos and I do too! (insert video) This video describes what our culture believes in: the confusion of this blind faith religion, it is really confusing. I love how stumped people were. The fact is that if you are going to hold this belief that whatever you believe, as long as it works for you, that’s great, this blind faith religion. If you are going to hold on to that, then you are going to have to be willing to admit the people who bombed the World Trade Center that was a valid expression of their religion. "That's cool. If it works for them, that's great. I wouldn't do that, but hey." I am insulted that people would expect me to believe that. That people say you are not aloud to say someone else's beliefs are wrong; you are not aloud to show them where their beliefs are faulty. I am insulted! I don’t think most people believe that. Most people I talk to do not think that the World Trade Center bombings were a valid expression of their religion. They would say that's wrong. But then again, they are being hypocrites at the same time. So we were watching a BBC special last night on child sacrifice, because in Uganda, which is right in the middle of Africa, child sacrifice is huge. It is just starting to get huge again. Tribes of witch doctors will go and kidnap a child from the surrounding towns, bring them back to their village, sacrifice them, cut off their body parts and keep them as tokens of good luck. That's what their religion teaches. It brings them good luck. One of the cases we were watching was about this kid who was three years old and was kidnapped by a tribe of witch doctors and they cut off his penis because the penis is lucky. So they kept that and left him laying in a pool of his own blood and his dad came and found him like that. That is what their religion taught. And we are supposed to respect that? No! Absolutely not! Not all religions are valid; I'm just going to say that right now. And for the people in that video who said that the World Trade Center bombings were not valid, right away they have to admit that at least some religions are wrong. It self-defeats the idea that all religions are valid. There are at least some that are wrong. And if there are some wrong, isn't it possible that there is one that is right? And applies to everybody? Yes! There are so many religions out there in the world with so many different rules and aspects to them. They cannot all be right at the same time and I am going to show you why. Here are 5 biggest religions of the world right now. I'm going to show you how you cannot just take different parts of different religions and put them together because they are so different. Take for example Christianity and Hinduism, Christianity says that there is one God that you can get to know on a personal level but in Hinduism there are millions of gods and you cannot get to know them personally. Either one is true or the other is true or neither of them is true. They cannot both be true at the same time. Let's look at Islam, the paradise, the heaven, is a central paradise especially if you are a holy warrior and you crash a plane into a building (Islam extremists) you get to go to the central paradise where you get 70 perpetual virgins, who keep becoming virgins over and over again after you have sex with them. And that is the heaven for people who follow Islam. And you look at Buddhism where in heaven you are not actually an individual anymore you become part of the collective conscience, which is Nirvana. If you are a good Buddhist, if not you just keep reincarnating into different animals. Eventually you want to reach Nirvana where you are not an individual anymore. I don’t like that. I would like to stay Kyle. I don’t want to be part of one sea or ocean. It sounds like the Borg or something (if you watch Star Trek you know what I'm talking about). Look at these! They are so different. With Islam you have a God that is a Unitarian god, with Christianity there is a Trinity. There are huge differences there. You cannot just take them all and believe them all at the same time. Here's the thing, the people who beleve that you can do that are so dogmatic about that belief. They say: "How dare you tell somebody they are wrong?! How dare you, as a Christian, point out the flaws in Hinduism?! (something that is obviously flawed) You are just a dogmatic close-minded Christian." These are some ridiculous religions I found. Pastafarianism is believing in the flying spaghetti monster, I'm sure you guys have heard of that. It was invented in 2005, not by Dawkins, but by another professor who was totally against intelligent design and made up this religion to make fun of Christianity. It's actually really funny because in this belief the world is messed up and the reason that we have wars is because when the spaghetti monster created the universe he was drunk. In heaven there is a beer volcano and a stripper factory and in hell the beer volcano is full of stale beer and the strippers have STDs. And they observe Ramendan, Past-over and Yeaster. So you are going to say that all religions are valid, then you are going to have to admit that Pastafarianism is a valid religion and you cannot tell people they are wrong. I'm going to say that's stupid and that is wrong. Nobody in their right mind thinks that is right. Scientology is hilarious too and the crazy thing is that there are people who seriously believe in it. The god in scientology is an alien who came. I want to share with you an except that describes exactly what scientologists believe. This is literally from one of their texts. "Among advanced teachings is the story of Xenu, introduces a tyrant ruler of the Galactic Confederacy. According to the story, 75 million years ago Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in a space craft resembling a Douglas DC8 airliner, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans (now thetans are evil spirits that are in your body and make you feel bad, which you have to get rid of in scientology) then clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living people and continue to do this today. Scientologists at an advanced level put emphasis on isolating the body thetans and neutralizing their ill effects." So what you want to do is isolate your thetans so that you can feel good about yourself again and then cross the bridge to total freedom. And, of course, to do this you have to pay lots of money to take auditing courses to purge your bad memories and bad experiences and your bad spirits. And why so many celebrities are into scientology, like Tom Cruise and Beck and John Travolta, is because if you have a lot of money you can rise in the ranks of scientology fast. You can take some really hot, upper end auditing courses and become like a leader and priest of scientology. So I think that is why celebrities like doing that. I don’t know why it's so popular because you have to work a lot and take boring classes. But if you are going to believe that all religions are valid, then you also have to say that scientology is valid and you are not allowed to say that that is wrong. But I'm going to say it's stupid and why can't I? Why can't I say that that is stupid? Who decided that we are not allowed to point out the flaws in other people's beliefs if they are completely off? This culture and many other factors. I think what has happened is a redefinition of the word "tolerance." You guys have heard that I'm sure. "You have to be a tolerant Christian! Those Christians are so intolerant of others. They don’t accept other people's beliefs." Well today tolerance our culture defines tolerance as acknowledging that everyone's beliefs are valid and correct and you are not allowed to disagree. I call this censorship. I am a journalist and I am so against censorship, it's not even funny. That is telling us what we can and cannot say. That's like telling Christians: "You're not allowed to talk about your beliefs. You are not allowed to spread your beliefs." That's called censorship and I am not down with that. The real definition of tolerance, in the dictionary, is "a fair objective and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own." I'm down with that! That’s called free choice and God is down with that and the Bible is down with that. That is saying: "You can choose to believe whatever you want to believe and I'm not going to force Jesus down your throat and I'm not going to say: 'You have to become a Christian or I will kill you!'" I'm going to try to persuade you but the fact is you are able to choose whatever you want. Free choice is awesome and that is why God gave it to all of us. It's also in the constitution--freedom of religion. That is real tolerance so if anyone calls you intolerant you can tell them: "Actually I am very tolerant, you can choose whatever you want, but I am still going to try to persuade you that Christianity is sweet. Because guess what, it is sweet." So, in conclusion these are some choices you can make: you can believe in this blind faith religion, which is really full of confusion and there is no evidence to back it up--that is the definition of blind faith--and there are no real answers. I mean what do you put your faith in? How do you the religion you just made up in your mind is really going to work out in the end? You are really screwed if it is not. If you are wrong you are really screwed. So, I don’t know why you would even want to be into that. But I am here to talk to you about Christianity, because it is so cool and it is the only way. Jesus Christ says He is the only way, but it is a sweet one way. Why can't I talk about this joy? It's all about love! Christianity provides solid answers that you can know and there is solid evidence too (as we get more into the Evidence series we are going to talk about why Christianity is totally legit). This is how Christianity is completely different from all other religions. It is not like the others because you can be confident and sure of your salvation. What all the other religions had in common was you working yourself to get to heaven or to get into the preferable existence. Christianity is different because it says you cannot do anything, you cannot be good enough. Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for your sins. So He did it all for you, you don’t even have to worry about it anymore. Why can't I talk about that? Why can't I spread that with joy? Why can't I be happy about it? But, no, we as Christians have to be censured and if we do speak out then all of the sudden we're bigots and intolerant of others. That is such a lie! Do not buy into that crap! That is not what Christianity is all about. Guess what? The Bible is so against blind faith. If you consider yourself a Christian and you don’t know why you are or you don’t have reasons for what you believe, then that is stupid. You need to know why you believe. 1 Pet 3:15 "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;" This verse talks about how we should be able to give an account of the hope that is in our hearts. We need to be able to explain to people why we believe what we believe. We need to get educated as Christians. We need to know what we are talking about. So, I would encourage you to keep coming to these evidence series. We are going to be talking about lots more and also giving evidence on why the Bible is what is says it is. We'll be gong through prophecy, I'm sure, and a bunch of other ones I don’t have time to get into tonight. Keep coming and don’t let people censure you. Talk about your joy! And check our Christianity. Keith I will have to say, the greatest problem Christians have is getting intimidated by silly, foolish arguments. Here's the usual critique of Jesus-people: "Flying spaghetti monster! Flying spaghetti monster! Ha ha ha!" You know in that movie I showed you, how the people are up in the stands yelling and laughing--this is the attack against Christians. But, that is not an argument, that's not nice. We shouldn’t be intimidated by them. But Christians are. Here is the Christian response today to the culture laughing at Christians, Christians go out and want another worship service or something of the like. But here is the culture scoffing at us and owning us and we are over there on a beach singing "Halleluiah." Isn't there something we can do that is a little more effective? It used to be that Christians would try and get others to meet Christ. They weren't scared of it either. Their response to people calling them freaks: "Are you calling me a freak? Well that's OK. I'm a Jesus Freak. You ought to meet Christ." This is back when Christianity used to be on the front page of Life magazine and Time magazine when Christians would actually try and reach out to their culture. This is what it looks like to have Christians speaking out. When Christians start to care enough about what they believe to stand up and say "No, I'm not stupid! We're not all dummies out here!" Why don't Christians speak up? What we need to clarify are these upcoming questions here in the Evidence Series: Does evolution discredit the Bible? How can a loving God allow so much suffering? How is the Bible different from other scriptures? How can anyone be certain of the Bible's meaning? Can you interpret the Bible any way you want? What do Christians believe about the afterlife? Does it matter if the Bible is historically accurate? Jesus' death as fulfillment of OT prophecy Prayer We’re just looking forward to a good night of fellowship as things go on here. And thank you so much Lord, for giving us a free, even though it is the only way, yes, a free way to come and meet you. That is real evidence of love. We pray all this in Christ’s name. Amen.
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