#1. How To Ruin A Man— http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/bill-cosbys-accusers-speak-out.html?mid=twitter_nymag
Consider the evidence of October 2014, when an audience member at a Hannibal Buress show in Philadelphia uploaded a clip of the comedian talking about Bill Cosby: “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s fucking public Teflon image
Christians cannot jump on this bandwagon. They must seek the truth, true justice and they need to do it with real evidence and not with mere accusations, even if 40 women lay claim that they have been raped. Bill Cosby has sins he needs to repent of, that goes without saying a word, but then so do his accusers. I doubt that any of them have lived a holy life and I doubt they are being truthful in their accusations.
Believers do not ruin a man because they want to ‘defend the honor’ of a woman or that there are numerous accusations, or to appease the unbeliever in hopes of getting their butts into the pew. We look to the rules to see what we must do and to find justice there must be real evidence and so far not one of these ladies has produced any real evidence for rape. We cannot call Mr. Cosby a rapist for that would be violating a commandment, bearing false witness, because it has not been proven that he intended to rape or committed the act. Someone’s word is not good enough, 35 people’s words are not good enough when there is NO real evidence to support their claim.
So he bought drugs to have sex with women, that still doesn’t prove that the sexual contact was not consensual. We cannot lose our heads and if we want true justice sometimes we have to make a stand against the crowd.
#2. Believing Doesn’t Equate With Mastering— http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/what-people-really-mean-when-they-say-but-i-believe-the-whole-bible/
But I believe the WHOLE Bible.”
It’s a very common phrase I hear in Christian circles.
In the course of teaching others to live how Jesus lived, to do what Jesus did, and to follow what Jesus taught, there are no shortage of objections to the idea. Sadly, those who most often object to the radical notion we should actually follow what Jesus did and obey what he taught, are fellow Christians.
Alternative believers just do not get the Christian life at all. They expect true believers to act according to their subjective human ideas about what the bible says forgetting that true believers hear the voice of Jesus not the voice of the world. They also forget that Christians are not perfect, are not all at the same level of spiritual maturity and practice or Jesus gave them specific guidance on certain issues.
It is tiring to hear alternative believers whine and complain about others when their own lives are far from God, filled with their own human ideas and not Jesus’ and corrupted by the sin they accept and support. It would be best if alternative believers repented of their sins and then focused on their own actions/lives instead of the actions of others.
They do not have the truth thus they need to refrain from commenting on others as they are not privy to what God has instructed them to do. Also, they do not know the correct meaning of scriptures so they are telling people to change from an imperfect view of what God has said in the Bible.
The more I hear the words “deeply held religious belief,” the more uneasy I feel. I wasn’t sure why until I had read through the umpteenth article on the subject. And that’s when I realized that the so-called “beliefs” being defended aren’t actually rooted in scripture.
The Bible is very clear that those who do not believe cannot understand scripture and this is a prime example of this and the previous point. The author of that work is merely asserting his own personal opinion about what scripture says and not producing the correct message. he is looking for the exact words he wants to read and does not understand that God does not use the exact words unbelievers want to see.
His use of scripture is out of context, unrelated to each other and applied incorrectly. But you cannot expect much from those who have rejected the truth of the Bible. You will notice that he cherry picks his verses and does not quote one that talks about how believers are to respond to sin. Those are absent for they ruin his point of view. He doesn’t use the whole Bible, just the parts that he thinks support his ideas.
In other words, what is too often lacking is a hermeneutically informed engagement of the scientific process–one that is fully aware of what it has brought to the table yet mindful of its limits.
Too many people are taking secular science over God’s word and Enns is one of those people. He supports secular science so much he should construct a church and lead prayers and singing to that field of research. If you are honest, when you look at the Bible you will find no instruction by either God or Jesus telling their followers to take science over their words.
Science is not the go to authority, in fact it is not an authority at all and too many believers are being duped by those who worship secular science over the Bible. They listen to the wrong people and their faith is ruined. The Bible is God’s revelation not secular science.
#5. They May Not Have Been First— http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/07/cain-the-drama-queen-yec-version-of-genesis-4.html
Obviously young-earth creationists can explain away such details as Cain’s concern for his safety in all sorts of creative ways. That is precisely the point – rather than embrace the problematic character of what the text actually says, they find ways to avoid taking seriously what it actually says, in order to protect their own view of “what the Bible teaches” – which is not in fact “what the Bible teaches,” because it is not what Genesis 4 teaches.
If you look at the passage of scripture in Genesis 4 talking about Cain and Abel, you will find some important details that contradict the above quote and the cartoon it was placed under at that link. Here is what the Bible says about Cain’s and Abel’s birth:
Now the man [a]had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to [b]Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a [c]manchild with the help of the Lord.” 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel.(v.1-2a)
Notice that it does not say that Adam and Eve did not have older children, nor that they stopped having children after the birth of the two boys. We do not know the actual birth order for Cain and Abel. All we know is that Cain was older of the two. These two are highlighted because Cain committed the first murder and Abel was the first victim, where they were in the family tree is not important nor does it overshadow the lessons being taught here.
So to answer the objectors at that link and then creator of that cartoon, yes a mate was available for Cain and he was not being a drama queen but speaking of a real life problem as his other brothers may seek revenge on him.
#6. Time To Find An Alternative— http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/boy-scouts-gay-adults-ban_55b6af21e4b0a13f9d19d9d0?
The Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to lift a long-established ban on gay adults as employees and volunteers within the organization.
The BSA’s full executive board voted 45 to 12 in favor of the change, effective immediately. The vote came after the National Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution earlier this month stating that “no adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation.”
The issue to change is not a fear of sexual predators looking for new young boys to molest but sin. True Christians cannot accept or support sin nor follow its guidance. Nor can they call their scout leader’s homosexual lifestyle good when it is nothing but sin and a slap to God’s face. Homosexuals do not show the same love to God that they demand from him and his followers so they should not be accorded the respect that comes with being a real scout leader.
I would suggest that parents fill the role of scout leader to their own families and spend more time with their children, making their family life healthier and give their children a better influence than most outside organizations can.