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Thursday, April 26 2012

 

 

On May 8, the voters of North Carolina will take to the polls on a proposed measure, Amendment 1.  If approved, the ban on same-sex marriage would be added to the state constitution.  Same sex marriage is already illegal in this state.  This measure will specifically define marriage as being between a man and a woman banning any other type of union. 

Many of our elected officials and others are opposed to this measure passing because they say it would “harm” the economy (they feel that North Carolina would no longer be considered a "business-friendly state"), it is discriminatory, and does not promote loving relationships.  I even heard a Theology professor of an Ivy League school state on TV that he was opposed to the measure passing.

By and large, morals are the generally accepted standards of right and wrong.  I know they differ somewhat from society to society but what has happened to this country, which was founded by men dedicated to ethics and morality?

Our country started out as being one embodied in staunch principals, character and self-discipline.  Christianity had a huge role in that contribution.  I understand that time passes and things change but what has happened to the still great (yes, she is) United States of America?  I believe in toleration because we are so diverse culturally, but why are we becoming increasingly unglued in some areas of conduct and thinking? 

In March of this year, a poll was taken in NC, which showed 32% were in favor of this measure, and 61% were opposed to it.  If the poll is any indication of how our voters will be casting their ballots in May, you may already have your answer as to the outcome of the vote.

I know there are some people who are against this measure who are Christians, who sit in church each Sunday.  How do they tell their children about a holy God and then how do they describe in the same breath what a holy union is in the eyes of God?

I say this all the time-“What must God be thinking?” 

 

 

 
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Thursday, April 12 2012

What is your definition of a miracle? 

A recent article asked the question who was better at miracles, Jesus or science?  Six biblical miracles were listed and then what science has been able to “replicate” regarding Jesus’ miracles were listed. 

Apparently, now being born of a virgin is not something exclusive of Christ but has been duplicated because of artificial insemination.  Jesus made the lame walk.  Now science has too made the lame walk.  Because of new developments, last week a research center enabled paraplegics to stand and take a few steps.  Jesus fed thousands from a few fish/loaves of bread.  Advances in genetic engineering and agriculture have saved thousands from starving also.  Jesus made the blind see.  Doctors can now remove cataracts, giving people the ability to see again.  In fact, the writer of the article suggested, “Scientists have managed to one-up Christ in the domain of vision improvement,” saying that some laser surgery has given some 20/10 vision or better.  How is that “one-upping” Christ?

Science, however, has yet to figure out how to turn water into wine or raise the dead back to life.

Some may be confused as to what a miracle is.  A miracle is an occurrence that happens to man or in nature that can only occur because of its supernatural divine origin.  It is ordered by God.  No man has the power to perform a miracle, or duplicate a miracle; miracles can only be attributed to God. 

In John 3:27, John the Baptist was speaking to his disciples when he said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from Heaven.”  I do not care what anyone is talking about in this world, this applies to anything and everything we are, we have, we can do, etc.

Therefore, so that no one is confused, we can do nothing unless it is ordained by God.  He allows man to uncover the cures to diseases, heal the dying and give sight to the blind because He gives the answers to man.  Man will never be so smart that he can do anything outside of what he receives from God-the only true miracle worker.

 

Katie Altobellis

 

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