Yeah, that would be nice if a seed was planted, but it seems more like the boy just got on Satan nerves until he couldn't take it anymore. Good thing the man wasn't the violent sort and shut the kid up by force.
Seems like things have to be repeated over and over for you, GS, because you lack comprehension abilities. Anyone who isn't mentally deranged knows that the top button on a mens dress shirt isn't even suppose to be used because the top button on a men's dress shirt is a spare in the event that any other button on the men's dress shirt falls off. Anyone who's not out of their mind and knows anything about men's dress shirts knows that the top button on a men's dress shirt isn't there to button the top of the men's dress shirt, but is there in the event that a button ever falls off of the men's dress shirt. Why would anyone who knows anything about men's dress shirts ever button the top button thats only there for a spare?
Yeah, it's difficult for any born again Christian to make sense of it, John. We wonder: how can anyone not believe? How can anyone not see the obvious, what's all around them and pre built within them? How can anyone actually hate and threaten to take up arms against the God of the universe? Strange thing to us, but mentally deranged and psychotic? The interesting thing is that I think most of the worlds most brilliant minds are the ones who can't accept the obvious. I stead of using their God given intelligence to enhance their understanding, they use it to work against Him using mathematics, assumed biological processes, or out of this world theories that suggest anything but a God that we will all be held accountable to.
Everything else aside, I think Christ, the Lord and Savior of mankind; the creator of all that is, was, and ever will be shouldn't be characterized as an illegal, mind altering pot smoking, berry picking, stoner hippie who needs his munchie fix. I don't agree that it's ok to characterize the God of the universe as a proponent and user of mind altering drugs, that if nothing else, are gateways to a life apart from the Bible and harder drug use. The other issues mentioned are issues in and of themselves but the topic at hand, for me, is the complete degeneration of a respect for the creator. The world is turning Christ into some sort of comedy act to be laughed at and ridiculed.
I don't really understand what the shock and awe is all about because many of their own peers have abandoned the theory for panspermia and other exotic theorems. The one thing that makes sense consistently eludes them though; stretching their brilliant minds to believe any foolish thing that doesn't have to do with a God.
Just another great example of the state of the US, the brave new, anything goes, US...no fear of the God of the universe but continues to make the claim of being a Christian nation. Christ is assaulted so often, and everywhere one looks that it's no longer news, surprising news, that is. The Muslims would declare jihad if Muhammed was treated the same, not to mention Mr OBama would hijack the airwaves to condemn such a hateful act. Nobody cares about the creator anymore.
By the way, off topic, but so sad about the overturned, sunken ferry in Korea where 200+ teenagers got trapped and drowned. I can't imagine being a parent whose child died in any manner. Especially in there cases of missing children where there is never any closure.
Anyway, just a reminder that my comment below is just my opinion.
Honestly, I think we are last the point of no return, John. The general feel and outlook of the American people has changed. Americans have become complacent; giving in to, or being swayed by crafty words to comprimise on things that would have been off limits and taboo not all that long ago. Americans still refer to the land as a Christian nation when the truth is that Satan has gained seemingly full control over the controllers who in turn finally changed peoples minds on things they once held a biblical view on. The changes, especially during the OBama administration, have been in your face examples of Satan's activity, knowing his time is short, and clearer than ever examples of the end of days picking up speed.
Wow, this thread really blew up and there are some strong feelings. I agree with what Kenny said about knowing some people who chkse nit to go to church because they were uncomfortable with what they had, and let's face it, Christians whisper and gossip at times when someone seems out of place making others feel uncomfortable. For me, dressing "apropriately", not sipping coffee, or checking a phone, etc, during a service is about respect for a God that I think too many today have lost the fear of. As bad as I am, I tremble when I think about what God can do to me, and never forget how angry he can get while many seem to treat him as an aw chucks kind of buddy becoming complacent, soft, and losing sight of the awesome, incredible, powerful, God He is who demands, commands, and deserves the respect I think is waning today. Anyway, there's nothing biblical, so to each his own, but I think posters below nailed it about dressing appropriately and modestly, as opposed to dressing to impress necessarily. This is just how I've always leaned as is nnothing but my opinion. If If I was dressed up and someone sat next to me wearing jeans and a polo shirt, or whatever, I'm not sure I'd really even take notice. To each his own.
I haven't read the article itself yet, but remember reading this tyle of description once before. I always consider all that Christ must have endured; how he must have suffered. Whenever I'm praying and mention what he did for us, I always talk to him and thank him for what he really went through. I think many tend to picture him carrying the cross and being up on it, as opposed to stepping back to his surrender and all that he had to endure from that moment and moving forward. I heard an athiest shouting to Ray Comfort one time in response to Christ's death on the cross. He said, "he was up there for 6hrs...big deal. He had it easy compared to most". What.many don't stop to consider is the complete package, from beginning to end, the incredible physical and mental anguish, the unimaginable pain and humiliation, etc, well before ever picking up that cross as he walked to his death. He.could have called his angels to release him at any moment but I think he proved he could and did do something that not one man, past, present, or future could ever endure. He wasn't just nailed to a cross...he was humiliated and brutalized, over, and over, and over and made a spectacle for laughs and jeers.
Good songs below, well, lyrics anyway. I went through all.of the Psalms and Proverbs just last week. I think we would be hard pressed to put songs together using only words from the Psalms. Some, yes, but I think it would be difficult to put much of it to music.
Jim, sort.of like when the price of a barrel of oil plummets but gasoline prices remain the same? Like when a gallon of gas was $2., and they used scare tactics to raise it to $5. a gallon and now people cheer and call it a win when it dips 50 cents? or, like when the airlines began charging for carry-ons to offset Gas prices, but still.charge even though those prices came back down years ago?
Give government or big corporations an inch and these no returning whether it be price gouging, criminal taxation, healthcare concern for the sodomites which led to being able to get married, etc, etc.
Deep sea fshing is obviously popular around here, John. I've never been but my two brothers love it...fishing in general, that is. Fishing aside, I.think of the oceans as other worlds; mysterious worlds that we are still exploring and discovering new things and ways of life. I'm not brave enough to dive into deep.waters for fear.of what lies beneath, but I have snorkled some great barrier reefs and are they incredible. .I always think about what an incredible artist God is amd all that he thought to.create, color, form, etc, etc. Even.the human...the greatest and most complex machine.ever made. A machine powered by a red liquid that a self powered muscle pumps through it. Eyes that.can see what's around us, ears to hear, etc, etc. Really astounding.
I don't believe for a second that sexual abuse is going on within every church any more than I believe tbat every man is a worthless liar and not to be trusted as you have basically stated.
I do agree with your general disgust and disdain for the churches current state, and mankind in general.
Personally, I welcome the Lord's return, of course, but I also thank Him each and every day for the extra day and His patience with mankind. Each day He gives, the mkre hearts turn to him which otherwise would have seen destruction. I notice sometimes that the same people who say, come Lord, come, are the very same who should be praying for more time to get themselves right with Him. Some people who claim to be born from above are unrecognizable when compared to Christs example but in their own minds, feel that they are the example everyone else should strive for.
I can't quite recall the "proof texts", but I read a white paper a year or two ago written by a "Christian" sodomite and it was his argument for homosexuality in the bible, God's endorsement, etc. The logic, contortion, and torture of the scriptures was really incredible. Many verses he used had nothing whatsoever to do with the topic at hand and he out several puzzle pieces together that never ever came clclose to fitting, but he forced them into place, reading into many, many things that were never there. I remember thinking that the only people who would ever buy into such obvious nonscense and lies are those who listen to man but never do their own research, and those who just refuse to see things any other way, no matter what the facts may state.