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Watch Video – The Late Show Host Stephen Colbert Cleverly Recites The Nicene Creed To Atheist Ricky Gervais. 

Watch Video – The Late Show Host Stephen Colbert Cleverly Recites The Nicene Creed To Atheist Ricky Gervais. 

Awesome video! 

Stephen Colbert The Late Show host recently spoke with comedian Ricky Gervais, in which they conversed back-and-forth about their religious beliefs.

Colbert is very vocal about his Catholic faith, while Gervais is unconvinced and unsure of the existence of God. (he believes in his dogs!) 

The two also discuss death, as well as why Colbert believes in God’s existence.

At the 6:46 mark, Colbert defends his belief in God by quickly and cleverly reciting part of the Nicene Creed. It was a pretty epic moment!

From the way Colbert speaks, you can definitely tell he disagrees with Gervais’ logic. He, in a way, challenges him to believe!

Also, in a subtle and gentle manner, Colbert evangelizes to Gervais. It’s actually an awesome witness of how we are called to evangelize the faith to non-believers!

Colbert is often vocal about his faith. He’s expressed his take on the benefits of Catholicism versus Protestantism, and revealed his favorite bible verse, favorite saint, confirmation name, and his favorite Catholic hymn to America Magazine a few years ago.

Although Colbert is unafraid to speak about his Catholic faith, he has openly supported gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are “of grave depravity” based on Sacred Scripture. The Catholic Church teaches that people with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” but that homosexual acts constitute “grave depravity,” are “intrinsically disordered,” and that “under no circumstances can they be approved.” Instead, “homosexual persons are called to chastity.” (CCC 2357-2359).

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‘Please…Forgive Us’: An Atheist True Story Of His Return To The Church

‘Please…Forgive Us’: An Atheist True Story Of His Return To The Church

Don Lambert is a freelance writer living in Kansas City, Missouri, specializing in the arts and history of the region. He shares this true life story with NCR, so we decided to share this, hoping that people with similar experience could be inspired by it. 


The age of 8 is too young to become an atheist. I had no choice.

It was the summer of 1958 in Clyde, Kansas. Having finished third grade, I had been preparing for what I was sure would be the highlight of my life: serving Mass for the priest at our church. Like other boys my age in the parish, I wanted to become a priest. Serving Mass would be my first step.

Already I’d become proficient in Latin: “Et cum spiritu tuo.” I had renounced Satan at every opportunity. I’d built my own altar in my bedroom: a cardboard box draped with a towel, plastic statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph rewarded for saying my prayers, my mother’s crucifix draped with my grandmother’s crystalline rosary, and stars of many colors, each for being able to name one saint. I’d memorized all the movements that would be made by the priest, and the eighth-grade altar boy, and the novice who this time would be me.

My big day finally arrived. I put on the cassock that dusted the floor and the white overblouse starched by the nuns. I looked down at my shoes, freshly polished by Mom. I took a deep breath, confident I at least looked the part.

To my horror, the eighth-grade altar boy did not show up. I would be serving alone. I went blank for the first time in my life. Sister Gertrude, my teacher from the school next door, was summoned. She hid behind the flag prompting me with instructions.

“Get the cruets, the cruets, the cruets!” she directed in a loud whisper, trying to walk me through the steps of the Mass.

I made it to the first highlight, picking up the big heavy missal and carrying it high to the other side of the altar. I lifted it, stepping backward down three steps, careful always to face the candle representing Jesus. Next would come the tricky part. As I approached the midway point in my journey, still balancing the book, with the priests back in front of me, I was to genuflect while, on one knee, making the sign of the cross.

I wanted nothing more than to please Father, Sister Gertrude and Jesus. Balancing a 10-pound book wasn’t easy for a 70-pound boy. Genuflecting in the long cassock didn’t make it any easier. As I began to rise, my foot caught in the hem of the cassock. The book and I went sprawling to the floor.

The priest stopped the Mass and turned. His face was red, his forehead clenched like a fist.

“What’s going on? I want you to leave and never serve Mass for me again!”

I fled and ran all the way home. I couldn’t take off the cassock fast enough. I dismantled my altar. The crucifix went back to mom, the rosary to grandma. The statues, the stars and the scapular around my neck went to the trash.

What was I to do? I’d been kicked out of the church and, so it seemed, from Catholicism. I pondered the alternative: Protestantism. But I’d learned during three years in Catholic school, that all those other religions were inferior. Protestants can go to heaven, I was taught, but they have to be twice as good. We pitied those Protestant children, deprived of the one true religion.

Being neither Catholic nor Protestant left only one thing: nothing.

That is where I stayed for 30 years.

Thirty years after my fall from grace I found myself in Salina, Kansas, with nothing to do. I drove by the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Growing up in a farm family, my parents, siblings and I had driven by it many times on our way to the John Deere dealership. We’d laugh at the cathedral because it looked like a grain silo. Whoever heard of that, Dad would joke, a church looking like a silo.

Since I’d never been inside, I went in. I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. It was pure and simple, without any of the gothic elements I had grown up with. As I looked around, I saw a priest. I told him how much I admired the interior and exterior of the cathedral, thanks in part to my courses in art and architecture. I found myself appreciating the very qualities we had ridiculed when I was a child.

“Your family’s was a good observation,” the priest said. “When the architect made his first trip to Salina to check out the site, he was impressed by the grain silos he drove by. He paid homage to them, making symbolic connections between the abundance of wheat contained in the silos and the abundance of the Holy Spirit in the church. The golden wheat became hosts which, once blessed, were the body of Christ.”

I found myself telling this priest the story of my fall from grace — all about the Mass, the cruets, and the frightened child. It was a story I had never told before.

“Priests don’t always do everything right. Please … forgive us.”

My gush of tears, along with the priest’s embrace, began a long and bumpy road toward my own spiritual redemption.

Former Atheist Explains The ‘Facts’ That Convinced Him That, The Resurrection Of Jesus Was Real

Former Atheist Explains The ‘Facts’ That Convinced Him That, The Resurrection Of Jesus Was Real

 

There are still many naysayers who like to argue otherwise, regarding the Crucifixion and death of Christ. Despite all the proof and evidences presented to support the fact that Jesus Christ is still alive.

Former atheist Lee Strobel hopes to prove once and for all that Jesus’ resurrection was real in his new book, “The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural,” according to The Christian Post. There, Strobel provided four important facts that surround His resurrection.

First – Jesus was already dead after being Crucified, and no scholar would argue otherwise. Next, Strobel said that “reports that come so quickly, you can’t just write them off as being a legend.”

“We have one report of the resurrection, including named eye-witnesses, that has been dated back by scholars to within months of the resurrection of Jesus. That is historical gold,” he continued in the video he posted on Vimeo.

Third, there’s the empty tomb, which nobody can argue against. “I found that even the opponents of Jesus implicitly conceded that the tomb of Jesus was empty,” he said.

“And fourth, we have nine ancient sources, inside and outside the New Testament, confirming and corroborating the conviction of the disciples that they encountered the resurrected Jesus. That is an avalanche of historical data,” Strobel added.

Even though there are many hoaxes in this world, Strobel said people should not count Jesus’ resurrection as one of them. “The resurrection of Jesus is not some April Fools’ Day joke, it is a historical reality based not on mythology, but a solid foundation of historical truth,” he said, noting that Easter Sunday falls on April Fools Day this year.

When he was still an atheist, Strobel says he would have found it hilarious that the two events fell on the same date, as he considered those who believed in Jesus’ resurrection to be fools. But after becoming a Christian, he realized the error of his ways.

An Atheist Professor And A Christian Student.

An Atheist Professor And A Christian Student.

There was a professor of philosophy who was a committed atheist. His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester to prove that God doesn’t exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic.
Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really gone against him because of his reputation. At the end of every semester on the last day, he would say to his class of 300 students, “If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up!”
In twenty years, no one had ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would say, “Because anyone who believes in God is a fool. If God existed, he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking. Such a simple task to prove that He is God, and yet He can’t do it.”

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