Abortion is one of those things that continues to baffle me and shock me whenever the topic comes up. Murder a baby the moment he/she arrives and you are a mentally ill monster. Murder the baby while he/she is developing, no problem...just make sure you can't see the baby and murder at your leisure. Woman tells family member or friend that she has or is going to have an abortion. Family member or friend responds: That's ok, honey...you weren't ready. Wanna go out tonight?
When it comes to Christ speaking about the little children, I always took it as Him referring to their innocence and blind faith. As we age, we lose this quality very quickly, becoming hardened by life experiences, disappointments, education, and family life. We form our opinions based upon what we are taught, being molded as children and closing our minds as we enter into adulthood. I think Christ's comments wrap around being tainted and hardened as adults and warning that nobody can truly love Him, or pick up their cross to follow Him unless they revert back to the blind faith and humble, obediant, open minded, innocence they had as children...letting go and letting God kind of thing. Maybe it means something entirely different, but that's how I've always read into it.
Thanks Shane...that's pretty much what I figured. Lurker, I haven't forgotten about you...you are on my mind every day, actually. I have some energy first thing in the AM but it tanks pretty quickly so setting my mind to anything is tough. I'll get back to you soon because I do want to relate that experience.
How far we have fallen is right. Unbelievable that not unlike Sodom and Gomorrah, the world has not only embraced, but has glorified and glamorized sodomy. I have to start wondering now if Satan is softening the world up for an introduction to the pedophilia laws being considered antiquated for today's brave new, if it feels good, do it world. Why else glorify and reward pedophiles and other sorts of deviants? Little by little, inch by inch...look at ll else that's happened, so why not?
Seems to me that the theology of election, foreknowledge, etc, sometimes leads people down the "what's the point of prayer path". I think the mindset sometimes becomes, why bother, God already knows who is who and sorted everything out from the foundation of the world. While God knows who is of the elect and who isn't from before time began, I don't believe he drew straws to determine the fate of each man, woman, and child. I believe prayer for the lost plays an enormous role. I don't claim to have the foggiest idea of how it all works, but I do feel that we will be held accountable for, among other things, lacking in prayer for those who don't know Christ through ignorance or willful rejection.
Yeah, although maybe it's one of those laws "antiquated" laws that have been overturned and it could also be a state by state law. I haven't researched it but a state I lived in had it on the books. There was a news segment of obscure laws many years ago and this was one of them, along with still being able to hang a man in Utah, and others I can't remember anymore.
That's right, John. Christ, minus the spiritual aspect is recorded by historians as a man who was alive and well.and associated with the Christian community. Josepheus, among others, have written of him. People are funny spouting such nonscense and what kills me is when people form opinions, fight for or against something, etc, and know nothing about the facts or topics they are spouting off about. They know what they have been told or concocted in their own minds and run with it; arguing and fighting tooth and nail over things they're really clueless about but think they're experts.
Newflash: Clemson University's Muslim, Mormon, Jehovah's witness, Episcopalian, Wiccan, scientologist, football coach and staff have been emphasizing prayer, studies from their holy book, and other religious activities. They even bus players to their local religious meeting place as well.
Response from the Freedom from religion foundation and the general public:
That's right, Phillip. Pretty much any false religion, cult, or anti-god nonscense seems to be welcomed and supported by the world at large. Biblical Christianity, however, the God of the Bible is mocked, the butt of late night jokes, and people are offended at the mere mention of such things. Boy, how times have changed...
Sickening. I would have no problem helping out and taking up arms if I had to if I was down there. Big government and power drunk public "servants" hired and paid by that taxpayers taking control, by force, the people of the United States. They do what they want, take what they want, and break any laws they want because everyone just sat back and let it happen right before their eyes...giving them inch after inch until we're where we are at now, past the point of no return.
â€œI am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven Iâ€™m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven."
Just goes to confirm that there is a widespread good people go to heaven clause in the minds of many. I know it's difficult to imagine the kindly old lady next door who always treated people right being condemned to the lake of fire for eternity, but that's how it is. Even my wife believes thay good people go to Heaven and it's a tragic thing to consider the thoughts of those once they cross over and suddenly realize that there is a God, etc.
I have to say that this has come up in the past, Lady Virtues screen name, that is and I never really understood the issue with it. I've never so much as given a thought as to its meaning and definitely never had any unclean thoughts because of it. Now, I.could see if people were allowed to post pics of themselves laying suggestively across a sofa or something, but the name itself never really made me think of anything whatsoever. LV seems to be a kind woman who loves the Lord, is respectful, never comes at anyone, and always has something informative, uplifting, or offers biblical insight to the topics at hand. I don't know, maybe I'm not seeing something about the name itself that others seem to take issue with at times.