God Is Superior To Darwinism
Despite what we fallible humans do or don't do in the name of God His teachings, as found in the Holy Bible, are superior to any man-made doctrine or unscientific theory.
Leo has linked to a couple of articles which I find to be very interesting. He gives us a heads up on what might be a new tactic which the media will use in an attempt to discredit Christianity. Here was my reply which has been edited for clarification:
"1) Are murderers really committed to the God who condemns hatred, revenge and murder?
2) Are immoral people really committed to the God who calls all to holiness and purity?"
The answer is no and no.
90% of the people in our country may believe in God, but they certainly do not obey or fear God. Believing in God is not enough. Fearing and obeying God is the key and the sign of a true Christian. Most people who claim a belief in God, including those who attend church and pray regularly, do not properly fear God and have a very distorted view of the true and living God, which is aptly shown by this "study".
Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Modernism and post-modernism have taken the fear of God away from the people in the church and the shame and taboo of immorality in both church and society.
Today, the church teaches that God is all loving (and He is) and all forgiving (and He is that too), but they neglect to teach that God is just and that there are both earthly and eternal consequences to our actions, good and bad. This has lead to the "secularization" of the church. The church has left its first love and become yoked with the world making it very difficult to see much of a difference between the Godly and the ungodly. Holiness has flown out the window and you are bigoted and judgmental if you point out the unholiness within the ranks. I'm afraid some people are in for a very rude awakening come judgment day.
Matthew 7:21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Society has taken away the shame of homosexuality, promiscuity, pornography, unwed pregnancies, cohabitation, adultery, abortion, etc. Unfortunately, the same goes for much of the church.
Add to that the fact that our government is soft on crime (not to mention corrupt) and becoming softer everyday. There is no fear of punishment on the part of the criminal. In most cases, they have it better in prison than they do outside of prison. Our prisons should be a place that people do not want to go.
Add to that the fact that political correctness denies us the ability to face and fix our problems, thus they continue to mulitply.
One of the articles stated that the non-violent and non-lethal violent crime rate in the secular democracies is not disproportionately higher than that of the U.S., but the murder rate in the U.S. is substantially higher. So if we were to get our act together and truly serve God, and our government would enforce the law and/or return to a tougher stance on crime by meting out punishments swiftly and quickly, like the death penalty, or actually require prisoners to serve the sentences pronounced instead of releasing them early, the U.S. would not have higher crime rates than the secular deomocracies, but rather the secular democracies would have a disproportionately higher rate of crime than that of the U.S.
Benjamin Franklin was right on the mark when he stated that "religion will be a powerful regulator of our actions, give us peace and tranquility within our minds, and render us benevolent, useful and beneficial to others." Because, in Franklin's mind, he was speaking in terms of true religious worship and practices, namely Christianity.
We don't have the raw data, but taking the "results" of this "study" at face value show it to be grossly flawed in its premise. To relate religion (which is the code word for Christianity) to a high crime rate is absurd. God forbids the very practices which bring about crime. What was proven by this study is that America is a Christian nation in name only. The people who profess a belief in God but do not conduct themselves in a godly manner might as well be Darwinists because they're acting like the animals from which Darwinists believe we've evolved.
This "study" is also a woefully transparent attempt to discredit God and to proclaim Darwinism as intellectually superior. Nothing could be further from the truth for God's ways are perfect. If we, as a "Christian" nation, would but obey His word we would be that "shining light on a hill" that once we were further exposing Darwinism for the danger that it truly is given its logical conclusion: to each his own no matter what it takes, for tomorrow we die.