Religion news in 2015: Terror, fear and forgiveness

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A tribute to the nine victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in  Charleston, S.C. Photo by Jerome Socolovsky, RNS.

A tribute to the nine victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Photo by Jerome Socolovsky, RNS.

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(RNS) "Faith-based" cleansing of ancient lands, murder and forgiveness motivated by scripture, and religiously inspired concern for the poor and the environment were hallmarks of 2015.

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  • Religion is a flawed philosophy of reality. For proof, all we need to examine is the evidence of how religion has behaved in 2015:

    RELIGION: “I can do whatever I want and commit any horrible thing I want to do – and I will be forgiven.”

    NON-BELIEVER: “I should behave decently and fairly to others or I might not be treated very well in return – that would be miserable.”

  • ATHEISTS don’t get fair mention in the Religious news?
    WHY NOT INCLUDE THIS 2015 STORY among your others?

    “I wish I could have saved more children. I did all I could.”
    – Nicholas Winton
    (1909-2015, The British Schindler)

    This Atheist died in July.
    He saved 700 children from Hitler’s death camps.
    Like Oscar Schindler, Winton was Atheist – he did not believe in a god.
    But unlike Schindler, he made his distaste for religion very clear. That should have made it a legitimate story to make this RNS list!

  • Indeed, terror, fear, and forgiveness may well mark the current times. Jesus said very long ago concerning the last days: “men’s hearts will fail them for fear.”. At such times we need to lean on God more than ever. He is our refuge and strength. We should not live in fear. The Scriptures are clear: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” ….1 Thessalonians 5:16 For those of us who know His peace, we can rest in His promises and live in His wisdom. For those who do not know His peace, Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Turn away from sin and abide in Him. Then you will know His forgiveness and peace and live in blessings. God Bless

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