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
A Life With and Without GodI always grew up in a Christian home. My mom practically raised me on her own until she married my step dad. My parents divorced when I was only 2. When my mom remarried, I was 5 years old. My mom was pregnant with my little sister at the time, and I was adjusting to having a new dad when we moved into some apartments across town from where I lived before. Being a shy 5 year old, I didn't have many friends, and I wasn't sure how to make any. There was a park literally feet from the new home I had with my mom and new dad. I often played alone near the large tires while other kids played on the structure made of wood. I don't remember how it happened but this place would bring bad memories to me for years. I know it started soon after I moved in. I was only 5 years old, still very innocent minded, when some older kids asked me if I wanted to play with them. Of course I agreed thinking 'Older kids wanna play with me?! COOL!' In those old monster truck tires was where I wasMore Like This
Objective Proof of GodIf I tossed a coin 2000 times and called it right every single time, what would you think?More Like This
I can only imagine some of the things you would be thinking, but they would all stem from one rationalization: that what was happening defied logic.
To make sure we are on the same page, let me give you some quick facts about the Bible: The Bible was written over a span of about 1500 years (from 1445 BC to 95 AD) in 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 authors, and has 66 books. It's mostly a collection of letters written to churches. We can verify the dates of the books of the Bible through the efforts of historians, linguists, and archeologists.
" . . . a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. . . They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." Psalm 22: 17-18
What event is this verse referring to? If you have a basic knowledge of Christianity, then you know this is talking about Jesus' crucifixion. If you
My ReasonArt - A Real ThingMore Like This
Honestly it's hard to portray what art is in black and white, which makes me wonder if I should've written this in orange ink. But to cut to the chase, I'm not here to educate the masses on what art is. That could go on for so long that C-SPAN and PBS would get jealous. Art is my imaginary friend and I'm here to explain my love-hate relationship with it.
I believe that art is a mindset. I can honestly say that you love art before you realize what it is. Art is everything but art does not mean everything. Beauty is within the eye of the beholder, so what is ugly to one may seem beautiful to another. However, as children of God, Philippians 4:8 states that we must recognize and think on whatever is right, pure, lovely and all that other good stuff. This means that we must do away with our prior way of thinking and learn to see the world - natural or artistic - as God sees it. When your focus is shifted from the carnal, worldly standards to an original godly mindset you
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!!Think about your life at this moment:More Like This
1) Are you happy with yourself?
2) Are you right with God?
3) Do you feel accomplished?
4) Are you right with Jesus?
5) Are your relationships with the Lord, Your Family (mother, father, kids, etc), wife, or husband in good standing?
6) Is your relationship with the Holy Spirit in good standing?
7) Are you saved?
For several years now, I've been straying away from God, reading the bible once every blue moon, only reading it when I felt like it.
I rarely ever sought God or even prayed to him.
I kept thinking and fooling myself into thinking I was saved.
My relationship with my mom and dad weren't going so good, and my step mother made things worse.
Overall, my life has been a mess, yet I'm still alive.
Many times I could've died these past few months.
Almost got ran over by several cars, my health wasn't very good, etc.
I one day heard from my dad that he was having the symptoms of having a stroke.
I got on my knees like I did back when I was on fir
I'm with GodI go into church..More Like This
I feel as if all distractions were gone..
As if my ADHD was cured.
Babies screaming to the right of me.
Mother hushes it..
I don't mind...
I'm glad she chose life..
The noise doesn't matter..
I'm with God.
Man coughing to the left of me.
He trys not to..
He says sorry for the disruption..
I say that I don't mind...
I'm with God.
I go to recieve the Eucharist.
The person handing it out says
The Body of Christ
I say Amen... I'm ready to recive the Eucharist
I have my hands out..
He sticks it right in my mouth..
A little awkward, but I don't care..
I'm with God.
Brother poking me, saying it's time to go.
I didn't want to leave..
I felt at home..
In God's home..
But the doors are always open into God's house..
His arms are always open..
I look forward to the next time I enter..