“The Skunk at the Party” by Todd Strandberg

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:14 am by Steve

A few years back, I realized it’s important to have a basic understanding of people you regard as your foes. If you constantly rely on secondhand information, errors will seep into your commentary. Since we may write about an individual or a group several times over a period of time, I decided to make occasional trips to see these folks with my own eyes.

In 2010, I went to New York to get an understanding of how the liberal media works. I visited several news organizations. I had the chance to sit in the NBC news anchor’s chair, and I watched a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

This year, I decided to do some research on atheists. The people who don’t believe in God have become very organized. The James Randi Educational Foundation hosts what is called “The Amazing Meeting” (TAM). It is a gathering that promotes science, skepticism, and critical thinking about paranormal and supernatural claims. Since it has a broader agenda than a regular atheist conference, I thought it would be the perfect candidate.

On the opening day of the TAM conference, I could tell the membership was different from that at the dozens of prophecy conferences I’ve attended over the years. There was a huge number of people with oddly dyed hair–bright red, blue, and purple were the most popular colors. Another thing that caught my eye were several women with very manly features such as short hair, “butch” clothes, and tattoos.

There was some useful information in many of the lectures. Several speakers debunked products that promoted all types of medical cures and mystics who claimed to have supernatural powers–and they managed to lower my opinion of the liberal media by telling how nearly everything we see on TV is fabricated.

The negative side was clearly the attacks against God. It struck me as hypocritical that they would promote the idea of free thinking and then turn around and make atheism the only conclusion to every thought process. If they don’t believe in a “Guy up in the sky,” I don’t understand why they would make such a fuss over Him.

The most disturbing part of the conference was the members’ dedication to the atheistic agenda. During the four-day event, members were given their marching orders to spread the TAM message far and wide. I sat in on one study group that taught members how to use the local media and the school board to advance Darwinism. Children were mentioned as prime targets because their fresh minds can be easily indoctrinated.

Sadly, I’ve never been to a Christian conference that offers such a detailed training program on evangelism. I would have to go back to the revival camp meetings of my early childhood to recall a time that equaled what I witnessed at the TAM gathering.

Atheists seem to be following the same game plan used by communism. During the Cold War, communists threatened to take over the world. Even though it was a hopelessly flawed system, it maintained itself by its hatred of capitalism. Atheists are unified in their opposition to religion. If the church were to suddenly disappear, the atheists would have no purpose. Of course, this scenario may soon happen.

Another huge problem is their failure to be consistent on prohibition of gods of any kind. Sure, they sneer at deities like Zeus, Apollo, and the God of the Bible, but they have no problem with gods in human flesh. Everywhere I looked, people were puffing themselves up as some type of secular savior.

I had conversations with several big names in science, and I found most of them extremely snobbish and only interested in making a name for themselves. There must have been around 30 speakers at the conference and very few of them were at their own book tables to answer questions from the members. They were all stars, and it was beneath them to serve tables.

These folks wouldn’t understand Jesus’ formula for greatness:

“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:11-12).

I was speaking with one member who admitted that atheism will never become a majority belief system unless it copies the methods used by Christians. I spoke with Richard Dawkins, the author of the book, The God Delusion. He was extremely optimistic about the recent upsurge in atheism, but I think his joy will be short lived. The next time we have another downturn in the global economy, I predicted the few people who have turned to his camp will come running back to theism looking for hope.

Bible prophecy forecasts very dark days for atheism. During the tribulation hour, the Antichrist will perform such spectacular miracles that there will be no room for skepticism. You will either be a dedicated follower of the Beast or a tribulation saint.

— Todd

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