Against those who Call Religious Art IdolatryMore Like This
Against those who Call Religious Art Idolatry and Blasphemy
Often times Catholics are called pagans and idol worshipers for depicting Christ, expressing him in religious art, and expressing him in statues. This is true in depicting the saints, angels, and the like.
I find these arguments very strange. The most commonly cited “proof” is from Ex 20:4 and similar passages: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (KJV).
This is certainly true, especially when considering that the Israelites fashioned for themselves a golden calf and, in various ages, many other idols of Cannanite, Babylonian, and Assyrian gods. In these times God was without image. From Genesis and throughout the Old Testament God is not described as having proportions or form but rather as expansive, immense, and beyond comparison. Images, or more specifica
The CandleGod is a Candle.More Like This
In the Darkest of Nights,
In the most brutal of storms,
When men’s hearts are broken and lost,
God lights the path with Hope.
God gives refuge from the terrors of night
And from the wailing of the damned in the dark.
God gives solace amid thunder and lightning.
Warmth and reprieve when all is
Drowned and crying.
Through this darkness, with God’s blessed light
The dawn is seen breaking golden and new.
But in the new day
The candle is forgotten
What need have the people of a simple candle
And a simple God
When they have the glories of the Sun for light
And their own pride and deeds to adore?
Thus when the sky is filled with light
The hearts of foolish Men are filled with Darkness.
But take heed wisest of men:
Revere the Lord and respect the austere warmth
Pay always respect and honour to these gifts.
For when the greatest of your accomplishments
Lie broken and ruined upon the ground
When the darkest hours of night
Bring pain and terror and fear before your do
SR: Gay Marriage in IllinoisSo the House here in Illinois just passed (61-54) Senate Bill 10 which legalizes 'gay marriage.' The flood of Facebook messages: "Finally" and "I'm so happy" and "#equality." Politicians coming out as gay, companies contorting their image so as to appear inclusive, and anyone who would dare oppose something such as gay marriage are hit with salvo after salvo of "equal protection under the law" and "human/civil rights."More Like This
In all the breakdown of certain values, such as "marriage is not a natural institution" and "marriage is not sacred" among other things lawmakers and individuals alike have decided that the former view of marriage is limiting and prejudiced. Regardless of what you believe I imagine any thoughtful reflection on the whole situation reveals a rather odd phenomenon.
Whereas it seems that everything that was once held as common-sense and true is now irrational and false, the invocation of a universal truth has taken form, not of God or of nature, but of the Constitution.
How A Christian Feels About HomosexualsThere is a very big assumption that has been going around for the past few years, and that is, "If you don't support gay/lesbian couples, you are backwards-thinking, unreasonable and cruel." (Maybe some of you will fight against this shallow thinking in the comments by not only understanding homosexuals, but also understanding Christians?) I hope that this thinking will change overtime, because if homosexuals have a right to voice their beliefs, don't heterosexuals also have a right?More Like This
I don't support the choice homosexuals have made for their lives, but that doesn't mean I hate them. In fact, I actually have a few friends who are bisexual/homosexual.
Now, I do know that there are a few churches who have done very nasty things in protest of gay marriage, but there have also been a few groups of homosexuals who have done equally unreasonable things to "fight back" at these churches. But is it fair to judge the majority of all churches and all C
The Convenience of EqualityMore Like This
The topic of marriage is no stranger to Americans in recent weeks. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split decision, ruled that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) was unconstitutional because it failed to offer homosexuals “equal protection under the law” and that the purpose of DOMA is to “humiliate” and “injure” homosexuals who seek marriage.
No doubt a number of individuals celebrated the ruling, happy, perhaps, to see the archaic edifice of ‘traditional’ marriage burn and establish a sleek and modern “marriage” in its place. Many rejoiced at the new building, but many of us looked on and asked to see the building plans.
Arguments for “marriage equality” are many times the product of convenient reasoning. The typical strain of equality reasoning usually goes along the lines of this: We can’t expect everyone to go by one definition of marriage, nor should the government force one view over the other. Moreover, th
Testamony from the heartUnfriend me if you want but I feel this has to be said: I'm sick of Christians being made to look like we hate homosexuals. We don't! We disagree with their actions/choices. The ruling today has no impact on our faith that homosexuality is a sin. That being said, when we say something is a sin we're not judging the person for that sin, we're simply saying that what they're doing is wrong. In the bible sexual immorality is a sin, therefor I don't agree with sexual immorality either(that includes homosexual lifestyle along with having sex before marriage and many other things). But here's something you may not know: I struggle with sexual immorality in my own life. That's right. I struggle with something I don't agree with. I've seen what sexual immorality does to others and I've seen what it's done to me. It has been a struggle I've had since before I can remember. However, the one difference between someone who may not be Christian and may not like my disagreement of their choice/actioMore Like This
Cannot be done.Telling someone to keep their faith at home-or out of their work or life or whatever- is like asking someone of color to not let it affect their everyday life. It's like asking someone to not use their past personal experiences in their decisions in life-decisions that can change their future. It can't be done. Once a faith is as strong as many Christian's faith is it is as much a part of us as our skin color, our hair color, our eye color, our heartbeat. My Christian faith is something that will ALWAYS be a part of my life. 24/7. Non-stop. My faith is with me when I wake up, and when I lie down to sleep. It's with me in the good times, and it's with me in the bad times. My faith...is something that is engrained into me. Whether people like it our not once a faith becomes as strong as mine has over the years there's no excluding it from ANY part of your life-work or otherwise.More Like This
Common mistakes done by critics of Christianity1. Assume that "tolerance" and "pacifism" are Christian virtuesMore Like This
Nope. A Christian is not bound to be tolerant of intolerable things. Social darwinism, murder, theft, depraved sexual theater, racism, etc. Neither are they compelled to be pacifists. Evil prevails when good men do nothing. On top of that, Jesus himself was very willing to be blunt and rude to the Pharisees, and he was also willing to resort to violence when dealing with the merchants who sold animals in the Temple. Perhaps the most common form of this fallacy is to condemn God for not being a pot smoking pacifist who takes absolutely no action when His people engage in human sacrifice, or when they impliment the worst forms of social darwinism into their societies, or when a group of young adults start threatening Elisha. Would I be willing to pump a clip of high caliber lead into a satanic priest who brainwashes his followers and advocates human sacrifice and other depraved
Antitheists and their dreams of Mary Sue topiaWhenever I talk to an antitheist, one thing that always comes to mind is this: What kind of world did they wish God make?More Like This
They always find a reason to complain.
They complain about the fact that God has a low bullcrap tolerance.
They complain about the parts where people were given stiff penalties for actions that would have meant the death of another, like theft (In those days, theft would potentially cause a person to starve to death).
They complain about the parts where a rapist (or merely a guy that seduced a virgin) is forced to care for a girl they have ruined, and put into a difficult position where her family members are always watching his every move, and where he's at risk for getting hung if he puts another toe out of line.
They complain about the fact that God can get good things out of a bad situation, like how Joseph was sold into Egypt, but was able to rise to power and save Egypt and the surrounding nations from starvation.
Tolerance as a vice: an outline of my beliefsMany people I meet on the internet are into the idea of "agreeing to disagreeing".More Like This
I rarely do, quite possibly to my detriment.
Most people have the problem with being honest with others out of fear of offending them.
I have the opposite problem. I have few qualms about being blunt, or coming off as some "no nonsense" drill sergeant. Depending on who I'm dealing with, I sometimes relish in the idea of offending others.
I'll give many the benefit of the doubt, question my own beliefs, or invoke hanlon's razor with many. I've made several friends on the opposite wing, and I can let a few things slide. Political ideology shouldn't be too much of an obstacle to be my friend. I'm intolerant of bigots, compulsive liars, adult children, and the willfully ignorant, not those that merely disagree. Though I admit, I've taken my frustration out on those that didn't deserve it.
But boy, my bullcrap tolerance just drops every day.
If you're some politicall
Reasons why I invoke Godwin's law for abortionMany abortion clinics care about nothing but money. It's so ironic how liberals cherry pick what forms of corporatism and big business to be tolerant of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZCOaRVrbg&noredirect=1Many on the pro choice side are willing to indoctrinate children into the same behaviors that will result in more abortion and STD infections, all the while giving teens the illusion that contraceptives and birth control will do anything other than risk reduction, as opposed to 100% prevention. They site sources that supposedly show that this decreases the undesirable effects of whoredom (correlation proves causation to these people), while they ignore plenty more sources that show the opposite. They believe that teens can't be educated to be abstinent, giving teens reasons to be sexually frustrated will help them make better decisions, and teaching people to not rape will be infinitely more successful than teaching people that stealing and murder iMore Like This
Jack Chick Tract Rant: The Visitorshttp://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0061/0061_01.aspMore Like This
Here's an anylisis, or more appropriate, rant, on one of my least favorite Jack Chicks of all time. This one hits especially home for me, so excuse the bitterness.
I'm not sure why an investigator of the Mormon Church would be upset about her niece going to Africa to be a nurse. Maybe it's just an irrelevant side story?
Lovely. It's leading into the “people who try to make friends with you to take advantage of you” trope.
EEK!! Mormon missionaries! Teh Horror! Meh. Just be glad they're not Jehovah's Witnesses. Mormons are pretty chill in comparison.
Why is she asking if her aunt believes in the Bible? Mormons do, even though we believe it to have been through many hands, and translated many times, to the point where there were a couple of mistranslations and “WHAAAT?” moments. With the proper context in mind, we do believe
The difference between culture and 'race'It's something that boggles the minds of many, more especially liberals.More Like This
There are some cultures that are better than others, since they encourage moral, technological, and scientific progress more than the others do.
However, there's no such thing as a genetic ethnic group that is superior to another.
It shouldn't be racist or bigoted to state that a culture or lifestyle is better than another's. You may not be able to control the genes you have, but you can control your behavior, your morals, your outlook on life, and your priorities on what you consider important.
An Atheist blasts 'The God Delusion'http://blog.beliefnet.com/scienceandthesacred/2009/08/why-i-think-the-new-atheists-are-a-bloody-disaster.htmlMore Like This
Sometimes I wish that I could force these people to read Jack Chick and Ann Coulter. Not that I consider either of them to be anything but the opposite evil, but I'd like to give them a taste of the frustration I feel. I deal with their pseudointellectualism, it's funny how they only hate mindless bigotry, willful ignorance, compulsive dishonesty, and demagoguery when it comes from the other side.
Jack Chick isn't qualified to critique the theory of evolution. Atheists should admit that Dawkins isn't qualified to critique religion either.
If doing service to others is service to God....There is a common phrase "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."More Like This
What would that imply, for a tyrant who infringes on the rights of others? For a criminal who victimizes countless innocents? Or someone who slanders their neighbor?
I think that's where the phrase, "sinning against God" comes from. I've sometimes made a fire and brimstone statement about people who have trampled on other people's rights, those that have destroyed innocent lives.
Already, I have had two people freak out, take my words out of context, and consider me some crazy fundamentalist for wishing that some disgusting tyrant/criminal burns in hell.
Give me a break. Did I ever call them heretics? Did I ever state that their crime was heresy or unbelief? Was my statement about what fate I wish for mere nonbelievers?
Or am I calling them out for being criminals/tyrants who don't belong in society (much less government) because of th