Say it was, oh, born again Christians who, the world over, were making it their religious mission to rape, torture, mutilate, and behead/murder all non-Christians on planet Earth. Hmmm, I wonder if we would receive a generic term like violent extremists as well. I wonder.if we would be coddled, loved, given big hugs, allowed to take over neighborhoods and set up our own system of justice, be given taxpayer funds to build/rebuild churches, etc, etc.
Personally, I'm a bit surprised that the lines are not at least down the middle. What about equal rights for all in this brave new country? Pedophilia and the legalization of incest are on the table now since the plight of the sodomites was finally endorsed and met with overwhelming approval. Drugs are being legalized so people can enhance thieir alcohol induced stupors, and polygamy is gaining quick legal ground. What about the poor prostitutes who have to live in fear of being incarcerated and their Johns exposed to the general public? The diseases they spread can't, and shouldn't pose an issue because afterall, the sodomites are allowed to spread AIDS, and it's hateful to speak about that. Sooner or later, but probably sooner, more and more things that were once considered immoral and taboo, will find their ways.through the legal system and receive their stamps of approval.
Michael, how have you been? Haven't seen you around. Been busy? Feeling okay?
Lastly, don't assume to know anyone here on such a personal level that you know who they do and don't weep for, or what they include in their prayers. These issues have been discussed many times over but you assume they haven't because it's not the topic of the day. "Who believes the testimony of black people"? The answer is the same as those who believe the testimonies of white people. Everyone. There is no difference except in the minds of those who just can see past racism or some massive, nationwide white bred conspiracy. Again, there are white racists, and there are black racists, racist cops, and others, but this is a small minority. I'm so sick and tired of this word being used as to label anything and everything that goes wrong for the another skin color, black or white.
Dave wrote: ..."this dude starts chopping at my throat..."
Hey man, that cracked me up. Kind of like when they would be exorcising the demon of pride from me and slapping me on the forehead while screaming,"dee, dee, dee, da, da, da, bo, bo, bo. Maybe I shouldn't joke about it, I guess, but I could tell some storys...
...a jurys decision? Yes, there is racism, but systematic black slaughter? White cops do bad things just as black cops do at times, but there are few of them. The racial divide is kept festering by the racists themselves and these sensationalist racism stories seem to make the thugs into heros. Even if the thug has a rocket launcher aimed at an officer, God forbid the officer defends himself if the officer is white and the thug is black. A black officer and a white thug...never a peep because the whites know the aggressive thug got what he asked for. Nobody calls the KKK to riot and burn homes/cars/businesses down to the ground in protest. Racism exists, for sure, but don't paint some false picture of a country of whites beating the blacks down and some murderous white man conspiracy where white cops are walking around just murdering blacks for the heck of it because they don't like their skin color. Stop listening to the Farrakhans, Jacksons, Sharptons, and thug rappers of this fallen world who live to breed hatred and incite racial violence and extremism.
Hi AB, you really have the people here all wrong, and slaughter is a really terrible, over the top choice of words. I know of two more recent cases where the cops were overly aggressive and death ensued. Black cops were among the guilty here, let's not cloud that fact, and they have been/are being prosecuted. Another tragedy is a white, 25yr old cop who pulled a black man over for not displaying a front plate. The driver tried to drive away, and the cop shot him in the head. Wrong, wrong, wrong, and that cop is in jail right now. Genocde of black people? No. Nobody here cares about lost lives, black or white? Wrong. Cops in the inner citys are in fear for their lives each day because of the bolder, more violent, agressive thugs who will murder for a laugh or on a dare. Yes, there is racism. Yes, there are bad cops, and yes, sometimes black criminals get shot, etc, but most often than not, the thugs are the aggressors and everyone cries racist when one gets shot, even though black cops are often involved. Who crys racism when a little white girl gets shot through her bedroom window by a black thug? Who crys racism when a white thug gets shot by a black cop? Who crys for the whites who are randomly targetted for death by black thugs because they weren't happy with
Thanks Pennned. Yeah, I didn't think to mention holograms. I can't remember the specific details on the event, but recently, there was something going on outdoors in Turkey, I think, and the speaker was projected as a hologram and it was really something to see. The projection was so lifelike and the possibilities to fool mankind or add to the great end times deception, etc, are interesting to consider.
This has come up before, so I know there are some here who tend to believe that the discovery/visitation by extraterrestrials could be the great deception which brings the world together. I always wonder what could bring the religions of the world together under singular leadership. Mankind has been prepped for the possibility since the dawn of time. The possibility of life elsewhere along with daily sightings and reports of abductions, etc, abound like never before. Sure there are a lot of hoaxters and mentally ill out there, but the bible says that if it were possible, even the elect could be fooled. I don't believe there's life elsewhere, but I do tend to believe that there is real interdimensional trickery going on that Satan is using and prepping mankind for to usher in his last masterpiece, using his hoards to pose as "aliens" who are going to rescue mankind and usher in the new age of enlightenment. This might seem.a bit out there but I can't figure what else would bring everyone of this world and their religions together as one when man has been murdering each other over this since the dawn of time.
I remember very clearly the day I was "baptized in the Holy Spirit". I was living in home ministry called The House of Faith which was church supported. The owner and his wife, the Emerichs, has the whole house gather around me as I was on my knees. They all laid hands on me and began praying and speaking in tongues in unison. The owner, Dave, shrieked at one point because he said his hand was burning so removed it from my shoulder and wouldn't touch me again. As the prayers, shouting, and tongues got louder, the owners wife, Betty, was basically forcing me to open my mouth and just start babbling. I'm very reserved so I was getting really uncomfortable becaus I felt ridiculous, but also wanted the Holy Spirit in me because I was the odd one out in the house. Finally, I just began forcing unintelligible syllables and felt so embarassed but really had no other choice. Everyone began clapping and was really excited because I was just baptized in the Holy Spirit. I was excited, too, but I know better now.
Yeah, I have first hand experience with charismatic/Pentecostal life. Theu all believe in, and force, baptism in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the speaking of tongues. Everyone speaks in "tongues", and most "prophesy". The church I attended had a female pastor, Bertie McCoy, and she would stand with her hands raised doing the "ba, ba, ba, da, da, da" thing. I didn't know then that tongues are not suppose to .be gibberish. They said, when asked, that it was the Spirit giving utterance. All of the gifts are in full effect and use in these churches, but very few take things to the snake charming, poison drinking level. That's a predominantly southern experience. Another thing is that everything was attributed to demons. Demon of nail biting, demon of headaches, etc, etc. Deliverance and exorcisms were almost daily experiences. Yes, very experience prevalent faith and is the sole reasn why it's so difficult to break free from...it becomes an addiction. I was always told, and believed that all other churches were dead because they quenched the spiritual gifts. I will say though that theu were some of the most loving, helpful, generous people I've come across.
I guess there's a fine line between the symbol it represents and feeling like without it, Christ's power is limited or not able to be present or effectual. I have an empty cross or two in my home, but they are mere visual reminders of triumph. I step back and think: How would I respond if the government stormed my home and confiscated these crosses? Other than being angry about the invasion, I would think, "Do these people think they just destroyed Christ, took away my salvation, neutralized His power, or caused Christianity to go extinct by taking my crosses? Only in my own mind if I have some misconstrued idea of what should be nothing more than symbols. Seems to me that these Chinese Christians are just showing their defiance over worshipping the object.
I've read about this observatory partnership and think it's suppose to be the strongest array of deep space satellites. I remember Vatican officials being questioned about outer planetary life, and whether or not the aliens would have souls, etc. The response was basically that all brother and sisters would be welcomed and that they would baptize them. I'm paraphrasing, but that's what it amounted to.
What great comments, and thanks for the lengthy responses. Pretty much all that I knew, but need reminders ince in a while when I feel frustrated over certain things at times. I wouldn't call it doubt, but rather, confusion at times. My belief in God, along with the validity of His inspired Word has never been in question and my faith in both is solid and unshakable. I just have to always remember that our ways are not His ways, our thought are not His thoughts, and we never know how one piece of a puzzle, say something tragic, or personal, etc, causes other pieces to fall into place somewhere down the line. Things we may never ever come to know about. Thanks.
I'm well aquainted with drug abuse, and addiction, along with the underlying signs of addiction,.signs of active use, etc. I was a long time abuser and dealer of various drugs in a past life and am very familiar with addiction, so I don't fit into the "if you were familiar" , or "you have no idea" camp by any means. Don't assume you know people that you've never met or have a line on what people do or don't know. Like I said, I have no doubt that it happens, but to say "many" pastors hereat SA.is pretty broad amd based on what? I'd be happy to give my thoughts on a couple if you want to link to them.
Weeping from Horrified writes: I wish they would post news articles about drug addicted pastors, so many pastors posting sermons on this site with cocaine sniffles, people need to be educated so they can do something about it.
Why do you assume they are on a coke high while preaching over having a cold or allergies, etc. I'm not sure anything like that ever entered my mind while hearing someone sniffle. Not that it can't happen, I guess, but to use the word "many"?
Thanks John. Not always easy being completely honest because it tends to invite accusations of not really being saved, daring to question God, and being faithless, etc. The types of examples, among others, that really get me going at times are, for instance, a 6yr old litle girl at a Wednesday night bible study with her parents. The little girl goes off to the restroom by herself. As she is about to go in, a taxi driver who stopped in quick to use the churches men's room, is.coming out and sees her. He happens.to be a pedophile, sees nobody around.and abducts her. The parents begin to search for her because she should have been back, but can't find her. Frantic, they call the police.and.the search begins. A patrol car notices a little shoe lying next to a dumpster so he decides to take a look. Inside, he finds the little girls nude, mutilated body. She had been raped, sodomized, and then strangled to death. True story and only one of the many attrocities that happen each day around the world. Tjings like this are so upsetting and I often wonder how God, and maybe an angel standing near don't intervene. No, I don't know the mind of God or His purposes, but I just wanted to provide one example of what brings certain queations to mind.