Pres.B.Obama’s Thoughts on Islam and Christianity

40 mind-blowing quotes from Barack Obama about Islam and Christianity | Young Conservatives.

Our readers will also be interested in this post made by Joshua Riddle at the “Young Conservatives” website on Oct.2, 2013. I give you the first five from each section here; find all of them at the “YC” link above.

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Islam and Mohammed

#1 “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”

#2 “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

#3 “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

#4 “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

#5 “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity and the Bible

#1 “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

#2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

#3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?  Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination?  Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”

#4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

#5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”

RCUS Position Paper on Days of Creation – A Defense

A Rationale for the RCUS Position Paper on Days of Creation.

Among the ten “top” news items that Aquila Report included in this week’s emailing was this item about the Reformed Church in the U.S.’s (the true continuation of the old German Reformed Church) position on six-day creation, taken back in 1999 (which you may find at the end of Johnson’s article). Included in that position document was this defense of it by RCUS elder Wayne Johnson.

It is worth posting here, because of its continuing significance in light of the on-going “Genesis” debate in the churches about us, including conservative ones. And because the RCUS is also small, like the PRCA, we can identify with his Johnson’s thoughts as expressed here. May his defense encourage us to be faithful to the Word of God on this fundamental point of the gospel.

Below are a few of Johnson’s thoughts. Read the full article at the link above.

Why does the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) feel it necessary to articulate a doctrine of Creation that may well impose a shadow of separation between us and many beloved brethren?  Are we, as some have suggested, clinging to and/or creating distinctives merely to justify our separate ecclesiastical existence?

That’s a fair question and, in a spirit of true biblical ecumenicity, it deserves an answer.  Let us consider the situation.

 …For Reformed believers, Christ is not only the mediator of redemption, but also the mediator of creation.  He is truly Lord and Savior.  “All things were created by him, and for him.”  There is a purpose and plan to our Creator God’s handiwork that encompasses far more than the fundamentalists’ singular focus on individual soteriology.

Nor is our God, “…who of nothing made heaven and earth and all that in them is, who likewise upholds and governs the same by his eternal counsel and providence….” [Heidelberg Q.62], the contingent God of neo-evangelicalism. Rather, He is the great “I AM” whose “creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.” {Heidelberg Q.28]  He is a God who “redeems me from all the power of the devil, and so preserves me that, without the will of my Father in Heaven, not a hair can fall from my head, yea, that all things must work together for my salvation.” [Heidelberg Q.1]

What the Bible has to say about the creation, therefore, is vitally important to how Christians are called to live their lives.  Christ is Lord of all the earth, and He has purposed to deal with us in this world according to His good pleasure.  In other words, we affirm not only the sovereignty of God over salvation, but over all things, all events and all meaning.  We affirm the transcendence and immanence of God, resisting the nascent existentialism of modern evangelicalism that presumes a God indifferent to history, (as well as the truncated gospel of the fundamentalists).