Rick Perry demonstrates the false biblical promises with his Prayer Proclamation
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Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a proclamation on April 21, 2011 for three days of prayer, from Friday, April 22, 2011 to Sunday, April 24, 2011. The prayers were intended to spur God into making it rain over Texas. The prayers did not work. But based on Rick's Christian Bible, they should have worked.
There are many places in the Bible that strongly claim that prayer works. For example, the Bible says at John 15:7 that Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Does this mean there are no Christians who abide in Jesus in Texas? Based on this Bible promise, it must mean exactly that. Or, it could simply mean that the Bible is wrong and is not the word of God as Christians have been taught.
John 14:12 makes it seem like there is absolutely no one in Texas who believes in Jesus. This Bible verse and promise allegedly from Jesus promises Christians, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do ; because I go unto my Father." This means true Christians can do virtually anything since the Bible claims Jesus raised a dead man from the grave. Surely producing some rain showers is easier than bringing the dead back to life!
It is very important that Christians are made aware of what the Bible actually says and of all the empty promises the Bible is loaded with. After all, how can they expect to believe Christianity's biggest selling point, eternal life, if its promises in the here and now are proven to be false?As a former Christian I know that Thomas Paine's approach to dealing with "revealed" religionists worked for me. The first few pages of his book, The Age of Reason, planted seeds of Deism in me and about two years latter they finally sprouted. Paine wrote to Elihu Palmer regarding Palmer's book, Principles of Nature, "I received, by Mr. Livingston, the letter you wrote to me, and the excellent work [Principles of Nature] you have published. I see you have thought deeply on the subject, and expressed your thoughts in a strong and clear style. The hinting and intimating manner of writing that was formerly used on subjects of this kind, produced skepticism, but not conviction. It is necessary to be bold. Some people can be reasoned into sense, and others must be shocked into it. Say a bold thing that will stagger them, and they will begin to think."
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