The Fruits of Unbelief...

I live just minutes from the city limits of Gary, Indiana.

The city is notorious for being one of the most murderous cities in the United States, too frequently laying claim to the title of being the city in the U. S. with the largest number of homicides per capita in the U. S.
In the year 2008, Gary was second only to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the highest per capita rate of murders.
According to the Gary Post-Tribune, January 2, 2009, 52 persons died by homicide in the year 2008. The Post-Tribune listed their names including the day they died and the method by which they were killed. Here follows the list:

Rufus Dawson, 47, stabbed January 4th.

Robert T. Shaw, 13 months, shot January 28th.
Tracey Brown, 34, shot January 29th.
Dionne L. Moore, 41, shot February 10th.
Donte Quarles, 27, beaten to death, February 20th.
Terrence Blanket, Jr., 20, shot March 13th.
Daniel Norwood, Jr., 17, shot March 14th.
Elisha Wilson, 43, shot March 14th.
Sharon Lamarr, 39, shot March 14th.
Bobby Lee Heath, 34, shot March 21st.
Jacob Cottom, 22, shot, burned March 22nd.
Clayton Bohanon, 17, shot March 26th.
Erik French, 16, shot April 17th.
Donald Curtis, 44, beaten April 10th.
Andrew McQuay, 17, shot April 21st.
ShanAnn Buttles, 42, shot May 9th.
Jeremy L. Washington, 23, shot May 14th.
Andrea Gray, 23, shot June 22nd.
Taiwan Sims, 25, shot July 10th.
Larry McCoy, 43, beaten July 17th.
Lewis Reid, 36, shot July 31st.
Willie Edmond, 78, stabbed August 11th.
TyaTyanna Crayton, 14, shot August 15th.
Ryne White, Jr., 5 months, beaten August 21st.
Michael Lowe, 23, shot September 25th.

LaRoy McGee, 36, shot September 12th.

Cleve Freeman, 53, shot September 16th.
Lamont Ware, 20, shot September 16th.
Benjamin Woodard, 20, shot September 16th.
Eric Williams, 27, shot September 16th.
Mahar Musleh, 35, arson September 19th.
Tony Lee Jordan, 23, shot September 27th.
Tyrone Mobley, 42, shot October 3rd.
Leonarda Hardaway, 26, shot October 8th.
Jordan Powell, 21, shot October 8th.
Charles Madyun, 26, shot October 9th.
Keith Rhodes, 22, shot October 29th.
Arien Barber, 33, shot October 29th.
Mario Williams, 56, stabbed October 16th.
Derrick Benton, 34, shot October 17th.
Oscar Quigley, 57, shot October 24th.
Ronald R. Grayson, 26, shot November 1st.
Gladys Edge, 72, beaten, died December 2nd.
Chevelle Body, 15, shot December 4th.
Dirmon Miller, 20, shot December 6th.
Antonio Love, 17, shot December 8th.
Richard Jackson, shot December 11th.
Darrien Kenny Caper, 35, shot December 13th.
Anthony D. Robinson, 33, shot December 14th.
Justin L. Franklin, 21, shot December 25th.
Michael Scott, 24, December 16th.
PENDING: John Doe, burned, November 19th.

Source: Lake County, IN, Coroner David Pastrick, Gary Police Department.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the families of all these victims of murder and mayhem.

I do not pretend to know the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these 52 individuals. But I believe that I can tell you with a reasonable degree of certainty that none of these victims were slain by a faithful Christian.
I list the names of these unfortunate victims because I want the reader to feel the reality and the emotional impact of what is going on in our society today.
These people were not slain by Christians: they were slain by unbelievers – people who believe that there is no tomorrow, and nothing to fear more serious than the possibility of civil and/or criminal prosecution. And, most believe that they are smart enough to evade detection and prosecution and punishment for their crimes.
Atheists, agnostics, skeptics, infidels, humanists, evolutionists, hedonists: these people are stupid because they spread infidelity with evangelistic fervor to the point of breeding lawlessness and criminal behavior in the very society in which they, themselves, live.
Many politicians, educators, and entertainers (and some so-called religious leaders) spread their malicious doctrines of infidelity and abuse government, the educational system and the media by spreading the cancer of unbelief and skepticism to our nation’s youth.
Have you ever considered how inexpensive it is to police the behavior of sincere, dedicated Christians? We don’t need policemen watching us all the time because we believe in an omniscient God who knows all things, keeps records, and will reward us according to our works! (II Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27). We try to live right for conscience sake!
Romans 13:1-10
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. KJV
The greatest moral law or principle ever written was spoken by Jesus Christ, the Son of God:
Matthew 7:12
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. KJV
Americans have simplified this to say in brevity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

Who are these people who “shoot themselves in the foot,” seek to undermine Christianity, the church, and the Bible, and often, openly militate against the Bible and the practice of Christianity?

Atheists - are people without faith in God; they deny his existence and seek to find naturalistic explanations for everything they don’t understand.
I divide these into two classes: (1) the intellectuals who militate against any expression of belief in God, seek to get any reference to God out of government, public buildings, off our money, and get his name out of the pledge of allegiance, etc. These people deny faith in God yet many of them can hardly get through the day without dating everything they do by the birth of Christ, and they can hardly converse without using God’s name in vain and making numerous verbal references to their final retirement home (hell). (2) The practical atheist is the fellow who isn’t evangelistic about it, but he just doesn’t believe in God and doesn’t care what the scriptures say. He’s not militant, and just doesn’t care what you believe; leave him alone.
Agnostic  – a transliterated Greek word which means “without knowledge.” They have no knowledge of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, heaven, hell, angels and spirits. If asked, they just don’t know!
Skeptic  – a person who just doesn’t quite believe. He is “skeptical” of all things religious, finds it easier to tear down than to build up.
One match can destroy more in one moment of time that a hammer can build in a very long time. Ridicule, skepticism and sarcastic humor are tools of the trade.
Infidels  – are basically people lacking faith. Traditionally used by religious people to describe those who reject the inspiration of the Bible and the divinity of Jesus Christ. They are not usually militant against the Bible; they just don’t want to hear about it, and don’t want others moralizing to them.
Unitarians are said to deny the doctrine of the Trinity, and do not believe in the divinity of Christ. They have been said to believe in fatalism – that is, arguing if there is a God, he is not concerned with the affairs of earthlings. They are reportedly congregational and autonomous. My question to them would be, “if you don’t believe in anything, why waste your time going to the meetings?”
They remind me of the Baptists who believe in salvation by faith only, and the impossibility of apostasy. If you don’t have to obey the gospel, and you can’t be lost, why waste your time going to the meetings?
They also remind me of the fellow defining the difference between a drunk and an alcoholic: “the drunks don’t have to go to the meetings.”
Some unitarians are unabashedly atheists.
Evolutionists - deny that God created the universe, the earth, etc. They believe that everything resulted from the so-called “Big Bang” which began with a tiny black hole smaller than the head of a pin and expanded to what currently exists. Stephen Hawkings, a British physicist, taught that at some point the expanding universe would reverse itself and be compacted back into that very tiny speck of dense matter. Given enough billions of years, they think anything can happen. The numbers keep growing. (The first liar didn’t have a chance.)
Life, they say, began with a tiny spark of life somewhere in the primeval soup. I’ve never
 heard this explained but, apparently, the thing must have impregnated itself, multiplied, divided, mutated and developed, eventually crawling out of the primeval soup onto the dry land, shed its tail, sprouted legs, grew hair, then shed its hair and began shaving to become a man!
Anthropologically, these creatures developed to the point of conceiving that they were divinely and miraculously created, and, almost without exception, worshipped God, as they conceived him to be.
But eventually, Charles Darwin, and some of his cronies, came along and convinced men that they had sufficiently developed intellectually that they no longer needed God as an explanation for their existence!
Over time the evolutionists teamed up with the geologists to better understand how long ago all these things must have occurred. They invented “Round-Robin-Reasoning”, otherwise known as “circular reasoning”. With this newly learned technique they were able to date the age of fossil forms by the rock strata in which they were found; on other days, they were able to date the age of the rock strata by the fossils which they found in the various strata.
Humanism  – was defined by Curtis Reese in Humanist Religion as “a philosophy of human control in contrast with all forms of fatalistic determinination as applied to human situations.” J. A. C. Fagginger Auer, of Harvard University, defined it as “a system of thought which defines a predominant interest to the affairs of man as compared with the supernatural or the abstract and which believes man capable of controlling those affairs.” (Quoted from Humanism States Its Case, page 8. Published by Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 1933).
Philosophically, humanism does not appear to reject the concept of divinity, but on the practical level, especially in our times, it does appear that humanism is virtually synonymous with atheism.
Humanism places man in a place of self-determination, and not responsible to God or revelation.

As above defined, all these forces can readily be seen to militate against the practice of Christianity.
All these forces from a practical standpoint lead to increased crime rates, including thefts, burglaries, robberies, battery, murder, divorce, fornication, unwanted pregnancies, alienation of affections, destruction of healthfulness, sicknesses, hospitalizations, suicides, mental illnesses, reckless behaviors, etc.
By encouraging aberrant behavior, selfishness, willful behavior, lawlessness, unbelief and immoral promiscuity, people in leadership positions in this nation have increased the cost of governing people, the cost of medical care, the rise of destructive behaviors and, in conjunction with our economic system, have disrupted families and communities, destroyed the spirit of industry and self-determinism, and lowered the standards of quality living.

  By Thomas C Hickey
 

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