Thursday, May 14, 2015


Samuel Clemens, more commonly known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was a gifted writer. Yet, Twain held a deep contempt for Christianity.

He once referred to it as a “slaughterhouse religion” because of the doctrine of the blood atonement & he often turned his ridicule on those who believed the Bible.

He met & fell in love with Olivia Langdon, a young woman from a good Christian family. While they were courting he appeared to have downplayed his lack of faith & she agreed to marry him.

After their marriage, Twain began to openly mock Christianity once again & before too much time passed, Olivia stopped attending church.

Twain & his family suffered many great reversals, including a complete financial collapse & the death of a beloved daughter.

At one point Twain attempting to comfort his grieving wife, said, “Livy, if it comforts you to lean on your faith, do so.”

She replied sadly, “I cannot. I do not have any faith left.”

The people we spend most of our time with & cultural influences such as books, music, social media & television that we allow into our hearts & minds have a dramatic influence on us.

This is why Solomon warned of the dangers of wanting to spend time with those who are evil.

Pro 24:1-2: “Don't be envious of evil people, and don't try to make friends with them. Causing trouble is all they ever think about; every time they open their mouth someone is going to be hurt.”

- Susan K. Harris (

“It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” - George Washington.

2Co 6:14: “Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together?”

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