I am a good person... Right?I remember studying this as a child and having the privilege to witness to some one using it, Just wanted to share it again and remind folks we are not good and why we need a Savior.More Like This
Do you think you're good. How good? Good enough to get into Heaven? If you think you are perfectly good, why don't you ask yourself:
Have you ever told a lie? (even a little white lie)
Have you ever stolen anything? (even taking a cookie from the cookie jar as a toddler when told not to is considered stealing)
Have you ever used God's name in vain?
Have you ever looked at someone with lust in you heart? (Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. )
Being a Christian Isn't EasyTo be a Christian, is a challenging profession.More Like This
Like a murky shadow, you live for expectations
and create everlasting reputations.
One mistake, and you've destroyed the world like an earthquake.
Your opinions you must keep to yourself every minute,
lest you'll be regarded as a selfish bigot.
The world is harder on you than anyone else,
because like demons, they're waiting for you to fail.
To say what you mean, or speak your mind, to them it's a tremendous crime.
Be wary of your soul, because it's wanted the most,
to bend and to break, like the Sacred Host.
Be weary of your soul, because it's wanted the most.
And your life can be taken from you in the blink of an eye,
to be a Christian means you will surely die.
And dying for your faith is not a lie.
To be a Christian, you will face persecution,
and endless bouts of sickening confusion.
To be a Christian means to die for your faith, and stand on the graves of siblings of faith.
Because we're dying everyday,
like the Saints before us we
Indirect Idolatry(11/22/2011)More Like This
To all Christians who are fans of something:
I came across this interesting blog-post/article while surfing the web:
Bear in mind that this is NOT an attack on sports fanatics (or any other fanatics for that matter). But the article does make for an interesting read and does make a pretty good point that is really not all-too-far from the truth in regards to how fandom is generally treated. Although the article is addressing fandom in sports teams, it can very well also be applied to all kinds of fandom elsewhere--the concept is relatively the same in the fanbase of anything out there you can think of. People certainly take fandom pretty far...too far if you ask me. And it can be a pretty scary thing when it does go too far. (Want proof? It'
Since when does God hate "fags?"-- The following is an email I wrote in response to a webpage by a "Christian" man (I believe he was a youth pastor of some sort) who claims that, and I quote, "God hates fags," and that homosexuality is a "devastating disease." As a Christian, seeing this site thoroughly disgusted me. Some of the things that were written made sense, but the overwhelming majority of it felt like an attack directed at homosexuals in general.More Like This
First off, I'm going to put up the site link here (click), but I would ask that you all go into this with an open and understanding attitude. My mum calls this kind of Christian a "legalistic" Christian, and so his views are very extreme. I would like anyone who looks at this site to really read through what he has to say before you read my response, as my response is mostly directed toward the "Gay Music" page and not the entire site.
Also, while you're reading, line it up with what you know to be true about our
God's Word, Human WordsGod's Word, Human WordsMore Like This
This idea and its objection go much deeper than the reflection I present here. I find it insufficient to express the whole breadth of Scripture, of which even I don't know. But in my prayer and in my study I have endeavored to clear away the stones of our ignorance. Perhaps all I can hope is that I've cleared away the smallest specks of that dry dirt called "extraneous thoughts."
The analogy and thoughts below are meant to guide you and, perhaps, you will produce something far better than what I have produced here.
Some wonder at why the sacred Scriptures are called "God's Word" and yet often difficult to penetrate, comprehend, or even translate. These in themselves are fine questionswhy is it that what is supposed to be God's Word not more clearly defined, more readily understood, and more attractive?
Though the questions are valid, perhaps the angle is wrong. The questioner, the one who seeks truth, sees God's Word as a sort of text book. God's Wo
PerfectionDoes sight exist not to see, or hearing not to hear?More Like This
So too does existence not exist to achieve imperfection but rather perfection. More still, existence tends towards perfection and not imperfection.
This idea is scoffed at in many ways, one being this: reality cannot be anything other than 'it is.' I.e., nature's imperfections is reality's perfection. We cannot speak of ideal perfection for we do not know it. We cannot know it. Nothing exists beyond 'it is.'
What these ones do not recognize is that every motion is a motion "for" or "towards" some end. Every motion either does not achieve that end or achieves that end in degrees of perfection.
Unconscious, we may feel like we act with no purpose or that all happens around us without purpose. Yet, this is where we must look inward at ourselves: who do I want to become? In what manner am I becomming that person?
We may be surprised that the end we desire is not the one we are moving towards. We may, at times, be surprised by the low, im
Dogmatic materialismI was sifting through the phylosophy forum threads, and considering the ridiculous amount of religion based discussions, I often encountered atheists mocking, belittling and treating religion like some dogmatic superstition to be done away with.More Like This
Atheists in the forums here on dA continually use materialism, lack of evidence and falsifiability as arguments against 'ignorant' and 'dogmatic' beliefs.
It is my personal belief that at the core we all hold ridiculous, dogmatic beliefs that define the way we view reality, and that a little more tolerance is in order considering that we are all on equally arbitrary footing.
As an atheist, I feel the urge to chastise a bit these materialist atheists who speak as if their belief system somehow reflects free thinking, logic or reason better than a belief in god.
I wish to show here how riddled with conceptual holes materialism is:
If you are a materialist atheist, have you ever thought about the fact that your belief system is just as