I've just started a new advice blog and I was wondering if you could just post this to make it known.
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“When you talk about guns you always hear a lot about the Second Amendment and the Founding Fathers and what they would say if they were here. Well, I for one think if the Founding Fathers were here today, they would be super freaked out by cars. You could talk to them all you want about the Second Amendment and all they would say is, “What are all these metal beasts doing rolling down the thoroughfare?!” and then you’d tell them, “Those are cars!” and you’d try and talk to them about militias and they would say, “How can you speak of militias when steel dragons scream through the sky?!” And you’d say “Those are airplanes,” but even if they could eventually wrap their heads around that, they’d ask, “Why are all the slaves out?!” And they would think that. You can groan all you want, but they would think that.”—Seth Meyers being amazing. (via gaywitchpracticingabortion)
“I don’t understand how people can be so mean. You don’t know what’s going on in the other person’s life and you make it worse by tormenting them. Everyone deserves to be happy." - Devoted to Christ”—No-one is tormenting you, Devoted to Christ. Do you think non-Christians deserve to be happy? If your faith makes you happy then that is wonderful - but stop pretending that other people need your faith to be happy. You don’t know what’s going on in their lives. Everyone deserves to be happy - not just Christians.
We, the undersigned Imams of the mosques, assert that the Qur’an is the primary source of spiritual inspiration and of values for us, though not for everyone, in our country. We believe that the timeless truths of the Qur’an may comfortably coexist with the discoveries of modern science. As Imams we urge public school boards to affirm their commitment to the teaching of the science of evolution. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.
No word yet on how many Imams have signed up. Let’s hope it’s lots.
just responding to your comment on my post about Christ. Challenging my relationship with God is one thing, but putting the whole Christian faith down isn't acceptable.
Jesus actually is the source of all happiness, for all of His followers and non followers. He paid the price that we all needed to pay for our own sin.. He willingly did that for us.. That's amazing in my opinion!!! And if you read the Bible correctly, you would know Jesus suffered for more than one day. He was constantly spat at and disrespected, almost stoned to death and lived HIs life being told He wasn't the Savior... People were cruel towards Him for His whole life. I know I couldn't ever possibly be in His position.. Then He wore the cross. He had long nails digging into His wrists and feet. He was whipped and beaten publicly, the beating was so bad, His beard had fallen off. He wore a crown of thorns that dug into his skull, He was condemned by almost every person around Him.. You think that was only a day of torture for Him? Would you do that for this world?
Another thing, I never said people who aren't Christian can't be happy. I said Jesus is the source of all happiness, if He never died we wouldn't be here, and even if you don't want to be His brother or sister, and don't believe He paid the ultimate price, He is still the source of your happiness. How am I impressed with Jesus' crucifixion? Well... I know He's my Savior. That's why. Because without Him, I wouldn't be here, and because He loved us so much that He was willing to do anything for us. And He did. He did the most anyone has ever done for me. He gave me life. I don't just believe this because of the Bible but because I can feel it in my heart. When Christ wasn't in my heart I was empty, alone and felt like a burden. Now, with Him.. I am whole again. You know what I mean?
How about He starts curing a few kids of cancer? Honestly? He hasn't done enough for you yet? No. He will not do that unless the time is right. If God needs to call someone home to heaven, than He needs to do that. But we can't ask Him to do something if it's not in His plan. I know I'd sure like to have someone I know cured from cancer, and I'm guessing that's where you're coming from too. So I'm sorry about anyone you know who has cancer, or had cancer for that matter. But He has a divine plan. And He has no intentions of changing it because at some point we don't like it. At least when He takes His children home, they wont be suffering, and they'll be rejoicing with Him.
And those ladies who bake cakes in church? They're just as important to the people with cancer to Him. Everyone is equal. He sees the good in everyone.
If you can't tell yet, He's an amazing God. If you don't think so, I'd be happy to talk to you more, but if you don't want to, that's fine too.
Thank you for your questions.
I hope you're feeling better soon because you seem to be very bitter. I want you to know I'm always here for you.
You are a beautiful person.
peace & love
My putting the Christian faith down isn’t acceptable… But your assuming that your faith is the only the one that’s “true”, and dismissing out of hand everyone else’s faith or no-faith - that is acceptable?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
I’m bitter? You are delusional. So we both have problems.
What would I do for this world? If I was all-powerful?
I wouldn’t create a religion which insisted that the only way to salvation was to love me personally. That’s what you claim Jesus did. That’s just stupid.
Do you really think that out of all the billions of people in the world, you are the only person with a true understanding of “God”?
Personal Opinion. It's not that people are incapable of believing, but rather they don't want to believe.
After all, all we have to do to “believe” is turn our brains off…
And what about all the people brought up in Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu cultures? Why shouldn’t they just throw off their entire cultural backgrounds and take up the same religion as DevotedToChrist? After all, if they don’t they’ll burn eternally in hell.
The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll love it’s Author.
…Says DevotedtoChrist, who apparently hasn’t read much of the Bible.
Here’s a sample of some of the verses you’ve just got to “love”:
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)
“This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)
“Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus 22:18)
“Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” (Psalm 137:9)
“So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.” (Judges 19:25-28)
“In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)
“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or daughter except her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.’” (Judges 11:30-1, 34-5)
‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)
“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)
“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)
Devoted to Christ: It’s weird how some people are like “Why would I pray to the God who puts me through all this pain?” but Jesus never said “Die? Be publicly humiliated? For all these horrible people? Why would I do that?” He never rejected you. Stop rejecting Him, and remember He’s also the source of all your happiness.
togodbeglory: End rant?
Erm… First off, Jesus is not “the source of all” happiness. There are billions of people across the world who aren’t Christian. Do these people really think non-Christians cannot be happy? Secondly, how can anyone be impressed with the notion of an infinite, universe-expanding being suffering for ONE DAY on a Cross.
Next point… If Jesus is so concerned about our welfare, how about he lays off helping football jocks score touchdowns and church ladies bake cakes for a couple of hours, and tries curing a few kids of cancer?
I do wonder if these people start off being really stupid, or if it’s religion that makes them stupid…
“If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth.”—H. P. Lovecraft, author (via olracnaj)
I apologize, I did have to search through your blog for this :/
" According to Christianity, God created the Universe knowing that almost all of humanity would be damned to eternal hell. How can that possibly be moral?"
Lucifer was one of God's high angels, he lead worship in Heaven. God loved him like he loves everyone else, with a passion like no other. However, love is a choice. He knew it was going to happen, however, he laid out all of his love and glory to Lucifer and he simply didn't do with it. He just did not like the way that he gave and gave and gave. Now, it was up to him what he would do because out of love God was not going to make him worship if he didn't want to.
My point is, yeah, he knew. But he didn't force it. We have a choice.
Now, concerning how sin was brought up, it's the same deal. God created a heaven-like earth. Adam & Eve just chose to listen to a created being while they had access to who created them at their fingertips: a flaw we all have.
" How can it be “justice” for God’s eternal punishment for a devout muslim mother of ten to be exactly the same, no more no less, than “his” punishment of Hitler? "
You have a choice whether or not you are Christian. You do not have a choice whether or not you are born into a race. Common sense?
"Science overwhelmingly tells us that Genesis is wrong about the history of the world… Archaeology tells us that the Bible is wrong about much of the early history of Israel. Many Christians (you included i bet) think that “hell” is merely a metaphor for eternal oblivion. If the Bible is merely metaphorical about all of these things, why should we consider it literal about salvation? "
The only parables I know of in the bible are those of which in the four gospels, meaning every single story in the bible is literal and true other than the parables SPOKEN BY JESUS. Everything else is to be taken completely literally: Noah's ark, the Garden of Eden, all of it. "Many Christians" is an invalid statement, because any true Christian who took the bible as Jesus Himself intended it to be would know. A lot of "Christians" however, do not believe as the faith stands. Same goes to every other religions. Therefore, using majority against any sound doctrine would be irrelevant, not just to a Christian, but if I were to use majority against you, it would not be a lie to say that your majority is bitter against Christians. However, you have already made it clear that you are not because you said before that you have respect for some, I remember. Anyhow, I do believe it literal, so your question doesn't really make much sense since I believe in a way you did not assume.
Did you go to classes to study archaeology against the Christian belief? Much less, compare this to in-context prophecy? If so, do share. Because I did, but contrary to what you are talking about.
I took an apologetics class where I learned all about archaeological evidence supporting the bible and its many stories.
- There was a lot of controversy on if Pilot was even a real person (He appears in the gospels; Jesus is presented to him before he is crucified). They found an artifact, a stone on the side of a building near the temple, that was engraved to him.
If only you would have specifically told me what archaeological evidence disproves the bible, I would have gladly given you the actual evidence. However, you provided none, so it makes both of our answers pretty bland.
As for Hell, it is very much a real place. My talk of Lucifer in the first question, he is now known as Satan. God made hell as a place for Satan and 1/3 of the angels(fallen angels, or demons) to go, before Earth was made. They all went there by choice. They chose eternal burning in selfishness because God took nothing for himself, over Heaven. Again, everything is based off of love. Love is a choice. Therefore, it was all a choice. The sense of consistency in this is found throughout the bible.
In regards to your rapist comments... I happened to see them as I was looking for your questions.
To repent is not just saying "JESUS I BELIEVE YOU AND I'M SORRY". To repent is to truly understand what you have done was wrong, to truly be sorry for it, and to turn your back to it with all of your heart. A rapist could very well become saved at death. However, as for the victim, if they were truly a Christian they would be more than willing to forgive them as God would forgive them, because the love in a real Christian is just that prominent. Now, as for a justice system, you can only ever really tell if someone is sorry if you were looking into their heart, correct? Consistent with the beliefs of God being omnipotent, he can see into the depths of our hearts, therefore he judges the only way that is faith: with the truth that only lies in the heart. Him doing the same, he would be able to see whether or not the rapist is in love with Jesus and truly seeking Him and repentance, as well as if the victim is the same.
You write a lot of words without saying much… And you didn’t answer my questions.
I asked “According to Christianity, God created the Universe knowing that almost all of humanity would be damned to eternal hell. How can that possibly be moral?”.
I also asked “How can it be “justice” for God’s eternal punishment for a devout muslim mother of ten to be exactly the same, no more no less, than “his” punishment of Hitler?”
One’s religion is very largely a matter of where and when you were born. You happen to be born into a situation where you are (apparently) surrounded by Christians. A generation ago you would not have been. People born into Muslim cultures are very likely to remain Muslims. Should they be damned for that, no matter how well they live their lives?
"The only parables I know of in the bible are those of which in the four gospels, meaning every single story in the bible is literal and true other than the parables SPOKEN BY JESUS. Everything else is to be taken completely literally…"
That’s just gibberish. Science, history and archeology overwhelmingly says that the Bible is not “true”. Many Christians fully accept that it is a religious work and not meant to be taken literally.
"Did you go to classes to study archaeology against the Christian belief? Much less, compare this to in-context prophecy? If so, do share. Because I did, but contrary to what you are talking about… I took an apologetics class where I learned all about archaeological evidence supporting the bible and its many stories."
/facepalm. You were told by people who insist that the Bible is literally true and that it cannot be contradicted, that the evidence supports the Bible. That’s pitiful.
If you read what real archaeologists and historians actually say you’d realize that your apologetics class was blatantly lying to you.
"If only you would have specifically told me what archaeological evidence disproves the bible, I would have gladly given you the actual evidence. However, you provided none, so it makes both of our answers pretty bland."
Are you unable to look at Wikipedia or use Google?
Here is a link to an academic article discussing the plain fact that archeologists overwhelmingly consider the Bible is not a reliable history of ancient Israel. It concludes:
"The Hebrew Bible is simply not a reliable source for the history of ancient Israel… If we are content to provide students with mythical, legendary, uncritical histories of ancient Israel, how can we have any legitimate grounds for complaint or criticism when others are willing to provide mythologized, fictionalized histories of other peoples and places?"
If you really think that a rapist who is a Christian deserves to go to heaven, and that a rape victim who is not a Christian deserves to go to hell, then I think your beliefs are immoral and unjust.
“One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions. The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.”—Birtherism, the debt ceiling, climate change, evolution: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality? (via azspot)