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The Long Island Scam

If you have not had a chance to read any of my posts on exposing “psychics” or mediums, check them out Cold Reading,here hot readingbefore watching this video.

Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, is a part of TLC’s cash cow of reality tv shows. The show chronicles the daily life of “psychic medium” Theresa Caputo as she encounters the spirits in the world around her. Makes for great ratings if you are easily swayed and don’t have the facts, but that’s what I’m here for.

Once you know what’s going on here, you can see right through everything that is being done by this swindler.

Check out this video of her

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Can Science Answer Questions about Morality?

A great merit of Sam Harris’ recent book The Moral Landscape is his bold affirmation of the objectivity of moral values and duties. To say that moral values and duties are objective is to say they are valid and binding independent of human opinion. For example, to say that the Holocaust was objectively evil is to say it was evil even though the Nazis who carried it out thought it was good. And it would still have been evil even if the Nazis had won World War II and succeeded in brainwashing or exterminating everyone who disagreed with them, so everybody who was left thought the Holocaust was good.

Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/navigating-sam-harris-the-moral-landscape#ixzz28uJKS9Ib

Molecules in Motion

Over the next few posts were going to look at objective morality. Top atheist disagree on whether there are or are not moral absolutes. Sam Harris says there is, and tries to explain it away in a very weak way. But people like Bertrand Russell and Richard Dawkins come to grips with the idea that without God there are no moral absolutes.

Think about the ramifications of that for a minute. If we are just molecules in motion such as Dawkins says and what is the point of doing good for anybody but yourself? If the whole point of living is to propagate your own genes, then what’s the point of helping anyone else across the world much less next-door?

If you chuck moral absolutes out the door anthend altruism and ethics are simply just illusions, they don’t exist. Even though we would like them to, we chastise others for not following them yet without moral absolutes they don’t exist.

If on Bertrand Russell’s  worldview of moral absolutes not existing, then there is no reason to be outraged at the atrocities perpetrated by one people group on another. We can be outraged because we know deep down that it’s wrong. Somewhere deep inside of us we know without a doubt that murder and rape that all these things are wrong.

Flipside

Turn that on its head for a second. Without God there is no basis for any of these things to be wrong. For us to say the murder, that stealing is wrong without God, what is that based on? Nothing. Nothing makes it wrong without God. We can try to say that it’s evolution and genetics and all these things that might help our species, but in the end all of these explanations fall short.

What questions have you heard people ask about morality?

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Psychic Reveals His “Ability”

This is awesome!

Check out this PSA revealing how psychics get seemingly impossible info on people!

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Apologetics Tuesday: Married Jesus?

The Da Vinci Debunked?

Last week I introduced the topic of the “Jesus/Mithra Myth” theory. It looks at face value that Jesus story was highly influenced by Mithraism until you look closer at those pesky things known as facts. Facts are those things that Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, really has a problem with. His books are generally filled with fabrications based solely on fiction. If you have read The Da Vinci Code you’ll know that the main claim that Brown makes is (Spolier Alert….) that Jesus somehow survived crucifixion, (See here for the debunking of this theory and Here) and married Mary Magdalene and fathered children.

This sounds preposterous especially when put up against the facts. The book came out nearly a decade ago, but this idea of a married Jesus hasn’t died the way it should have, due to the preface in Brown’s book saying that all of it is factual. I suppose in fiction you can even fictitiously label fiction as fact in the preface. However just last week a woman came out with a fragment dating to the 4th century that she claims proves that Jesus was in fact married to Mary Magdalene.

Check out this video debunking this crazy notion.

 

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Apologetics Tuesday: Did Jesus Exist Part 1

Sorry this is so late in going up today, but unfortunately WordPress was being unhelpful earlier.

So as I introduced last Tuesday, the new segment for Tuesdays is going to be Apologetics Tuesdays. You ask what’s different being that I generally cover all things Apologetics? The idea for the new Tuesday segment is that I will scoop up questions that may be popular in the news or on Facebook throughout the week that are Apologetics related, and serve them up here. Feel free to add any comments or questions as we go along.

This week I thought I’d hit a topic that I really never thought I’d have to seriously hit.

Did Jesus……..Ever actually exist?

Really? I know it sounds crazy. In that question we are not positing that Jesus is the son of God, but no did He even exist? Now that probably sounds absolutely nutty to you as it should.  The lady in the library today said, “Why do they buy such stupid books?” when she picked up a copy of agnostic New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman’s, book Did Jesus Exist?

She was confused that people actually stopped and questioned it. Now to Bart Ehrman’s credit, he is actually taking on the fringe craziness of the likes of Dr. Richard Carrier and others on the internet.

They claim that the story of Jesus was an amalgam of myth borrowed from pagan traditions such as the god Mithras. The problem is that these “borrowed traditions” date much later than the earliest writings we have of the New Testament.

The problem with these claims is that they are not using facts and checking the original sources of these pagan myths to even compare Jesus to. They purport something that sounds good against Christianity at first, until you actually dig into the source material they claim to be citing…..and you get a drastically different story.

Here is just one example of the Jesus/Mithras myth theory being debunked.

So you can see that these claims by these fringe skeptics and “scholars” are not based on fact, but rather chips on shoulders and straws grasped at.

Why do people even try to claim that He never existed? My guess is the accountability factor and what happens if Jesus really is the way the truth and the life. That would mean that our lives do have purpose, that each other person is created in God’s own image, and that we shouldn’t put ourselves first.

It’s a groundbreaking idea that shakes the worldview of our culture.


Apologetics Tuesday!

For the last few months there have been sporadic posts about apologetics and such, but starting today is Apologetics Tuesday. Basically I will take questions from all over the place, both from Christian and non-Christian sources and answer them.

Questions on morality, truth, creation, the universe, and whatever else comes up, the forum is yours.

The field of apologetics is hot right now. Why is that? People are hungry for truth. They are hungry for a way to properly express and communicate their faith to their friends and coworkers, without being afraid of what they might hear in response.

Now to clarify a heavily misunderstood point that is often brought up by Apologetics “opponents” in the Christian faith, that the Spirit is the only one who can convince someone of the truth. I totally agree, but we are called to share the truth in the most effective way possible. Being ignorant of a subject or topic isn’t an excuse for not sharing with someone, because, “The Spirit will get them or He won’t.” I don’t think that is a healthy mind set at all, but merely a cop out.

Diversity in Apologetics

We do in fact live in a diverse culture. What I mean by that is, a tactic or philosophy that you might use on one person, could be completely ineffective for others. For instance if you are talking to someone who is Jewish, you may not bring up the same evidence that you would to an atheist. The field is so varied and broad, that there is always something new to learn.

In dealing with a Jewish friend, I recommend starting the conversation about the Old Testament they were most likely given at their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and reading Isaiah 53. you then ask them who they think that verse is talking about. I have read incredible stories of people who have come to Jesus after being presented with this subject.

So starting next week, Apologetics Tuesday officially kicks off. Send in your questions or comments and follow along!

What questions do you have?


Could it be more Obvious

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/long-island-medium/videos/theresa-is-back.htm

Watch this video first.

Look where the mom comes from with the picture of the boy’s dad.

Really? I mean I can see a picture of a guy across the room pointing to what looks like a name-tag and say, “did he wear a name tag that maybe said…”

It’s not like they responded by recalling a memory, but she get’s a picture….from in sight.

These is the kind of “skills” that Theresa Caputo, The Long Island Medium, employs to con people and lie to them.

I have had a conversation with a former psychic (not former because he reformed mind you, but because he retired) who told me, of course he knew he was lying during psychic readings, but the help it brought people was enough for him….

Yeah after my jaw got of the ground, I thought about that for a minute. Notice when you see a psychic on tv, when they tell someone something that a loved one said, they only tell them things that make them feel better. It’s absolutely insane.

It shouldn’t surprise us thought that there are people in this life who lie and deceive, after all Jesus warned us about that all throughout His ministry.

Do not be deceived by these con artists, but put your trust into something that is absolute. If you want to talk about people who can communicate after death, then talk to the person who conquered death.

The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is not a con, it’s not a scam, but it’s truth.

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