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
Atheists - A Very Vocal Minority"Stop pushing your religion down our throats! Keep your religion to yourselves!" Most individuals, if not all, have heard this expression used at least once in their lifetimes. If you've never heard it aimed at you, then you have likely said it to someone else. Given the context, it is easy to determine that the speaker is typically an atheist; yet, replace the word "religion" with "belief," and suddenly these sentences become quite appropriate to direct at atheists. Search any popular (or semi-popular) scientific video online centred on origins, evolution, or the big bang, and you'll find countless comments in the discussion section rebuking religious beliefs, insulting Christians (and other religious groups), and expressing great disdain and disrespect for any kind of God. Find any popular religious video - whether it's on origins/evolution or not - and you will find similar mudslinging in the comment section (though likely not in the same great amMore Like This
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