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A Few Comments- 13

28 Aug

#1. People Will Complain About Othershttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/the-problem-with-america-is-its-uncommitted-christian-population/

Need proof?  The only struggle American Christians have is trying to decide how many worship services they can skip and how long they can ignore Scripture and still call themselves disciples.

Few and far between are those who wrestle with serious moral or ethical issues and fewer are those whose lives are actually, truly, and authentically informed by their faith.

American Christians, by and large, simply are not committed to their faith- and they live like it.

Instead of looking at their own actions and words. West should not talk as he lacks so much understanding, compassion and many other biblical characteristics.  Peter tells us to make our OWN calling and election sure; he did not say to do that for others. Then Jesus said, ye who are without sin cast the first stone.  Those words were not meant for the Pharisees and Sadducees only.

#2. People Who Are Not Perfecthttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegodarticle/2015/08/a-call-for-christians-to-act-like-they-are-christians/

I grow weary of Christians who pray on Sunday, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” and spend the rest of the week holding grudges and seeking revenge.

Always seem to be demanding perfection from others. Like the author of that article, they forget or do not understand that believers are at different levels of spirituality and will still make mistakes or get something wrong.  They also forget that evil tempts those who believe in Jesus and not everyone is successful at resisting those advances.

The Christian life does not need finger pointers like that author, they need other believers to be understanding and willing to pick those who have fallen up and help them get strong in the faith.

#3. Then Do Not Buy A Gunhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/dont-fear-the-homosexual-agenda-its-the-ammosexual-agenda-thats-concerning/

the Ammosexual agenda is to ensure people can own any type of weapon they want, take their weapons wherever they want, and to oppose any regulations or gun restrictions designed to reduce violence. It is an agenda that wants nothing less than unrestricted gun rights, consequences be dammed. 

Seriously, if you do not want to own a weapon then do not buy one BUT stop forcing your views upon others. Gun ownership is not the source of murders, shootings etc. The source for those actions come from the sin nature each person has and from listening to evil over God’s words. There is no biblical instruction telling believers to demand that no one own a gun.

Gun ownership is regulated by all of scriptures which tell us show to act like God wants even when we own guns or other weapons. For example, doing good to those who do evil does not mean we get to pull out our weapon and shoot someone who has wronged us. Turning the other cheek does not mean we get to twist before pulling our hand gun and firing.

People like the owner of that website need to understand scripture and that their freedom to not own guns is not extended to those people who have the freedom to own a weapon.

#4. I Really Do Not Like Politics http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/08/trumpbible.html

In case you missed it, the hashtag #TrumpBible has been trending on Twitter. Several questions about the Bible have been addressed to Donald Trump lately, and several answers he has given suggest that he is – how shall we put it – not very familiar with the contents of that famous collection of books.

Politics has become a race among those humans who think they are greater than God and who think they know better than he how to run a country. It certainly isn’t about governing wisely, compassionately, honestly nor does it look after the innocent or the poor.  If you want to get me interested in politics, then get candidates who are humble, honest men who seek to govern as God would want.

#5. When People Complainhttps://rjosephhoffmann.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/defining-fundamentalism/

The second point is massively important, because it permits the fundamentalist to ignore science, cultural change, and prevents the possibility of seeing the book as being, in any sense, out of date, irrelevant, or out of touch with current political or ethical contexts.

They leave out facts and the specifics. They ignore certain points like sin or evil and just whale away at the group of people they do not agree with as if that group is the source for all troubles. The devil must be having a great laugh at the expense of these complainers because he has tricked them into blaming the wrong source. When you complain make sure you include all the facts and pertinent details so you are not just generalizing and distorting the issue or attacking innocent people.

#6. It May Be Real, BUT...– http://ntweblog.blogspot.kr/2015/08/the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-patchwork.html

Building on the work of Francis Watson and a number of other scholars, I argued in an article in the July 2015 issue of New Testament Studies that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is essentially a “patchwork” of words and short phrases culled from the lone extant Coptic manuscript of the Gospel of Thomas (Nag Hammadi Codex II), prepared by a forger using Michael W. Grondin’s PDF edition of this manuscript that was posted online on November 22, 2002. I suggested that someone had basically “cut and pasted” Coptic text from Grondin’s edition, switched third-person masculine singular pronouns (“he,” “him”) to their feminine equivalents (“she,” “her”), and placed two key Coptic words (meaning “Mary” and “my wife”) into the “patchwork” text to give it “sensational” content.

A lot has been said about this discovery and to point out the main fact that everyone seems to be missing is that the parchment may be ancient and authentic yet those facts do not make it divine, inspired, infallible or even insightful.  All it is an ancient piece of writing from one’s man’s perspective, saying nothing about the Jesus or the Bible.  This fragment could be part of historical fiction; fiction; or some other literary genre but it has nothing to do with Jesus and how he lived on this planet. Nor does it provide any clues to his words.

We have the same writings today. They are called cultic writings and those offerings say nothing about Jesus, his disciples or the Bible. They only talk about their personal views or religious beliefs. For some reason, scholars and others, when they see these discoveries, think they are reading new information about Jesus when in fact they are reading alterations, lies and misinformation. They seem to ignore that these different genres existed in ancient times and were employed by many ancient authors who had their own purpose for writing the way they did.

Plus, a fragment does not contain enough information to make any judgements about the past or the work itself. If it is a copy and paste, then it is completely worthless and not worth talking about except to say that deceivers abound.

 

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