The atheist can make the argument that the DIVINITY of Jesus is a myth. It does take faith to believe that Jesus is who He says that He was. However, there isn't much of an argument to be made against the existence of Jesus historically. As has been said, there are too many sources outside of the Bible to confirm His existence therefor He is no myth.
I'm not a name it and claim it guy. I won't even go into the whole 'poverty is a curse' thing because there are many people who find themselves homeless and poor who really do or did try to work, but it was their lot in life to be poor. They deserve just as much respect and are just as much children of God as the richest of the rich and powerful.
That being said...Jesus wasn't homeless. He had no place to lie his head when he was on 'field missions' such as we say today. He wasn't necessarily unemployed. The disciples had a poor box for those who were in need, and Judas was stealing from it. I'd also point out that he was the one who complained about the expensive anointing oil being "wasted" on Jesus when it could have been sold to help the poor. I don't have the time to look up the verses for you this morning, but you can easily Google them for yourself.
I also want to say that some--not all--of the homeless and poor, especially in America, have made bad choices, refuse to work or are suffering from pride. To truly be a street person means that you have alienated every person that you know, maybe even a church or two, or that you are too proud to ask for help. Being poor is another matter as I'm sure most of us are only a couple of paychecks from financial ruin.
I agree. It's almost impossible to vote for a true conservative and expect them to win in today's America. I think it's worse nowadays because the ranks are not only made up the young and ignorant masses, but older voters who should know better but don't.
We don't need new laws to stop the homosexual agenda. Look at Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
If you run a business and you don't want homosexuals to sue you, but you don't want their business,then be wise. Plaster your shop with Bible verses, play good Christian music in your lobby, have Bible verses on you business cards and flyers, sell Christian merchandise in your gift shop, and display a large banner that reads "This business supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman for life" or similar. Then, you treat every customer as equal.
You stick by your beliefs--if they are true--and let the chips fall where they may. With any luck the homosexuals will ban your shop, but if not, you treat them just as you would any other customer...of course, secular heterosexual couples might avoid your shop too, and that's money a business doesn't want to turn away. Which is where problems with the law come in. If you kick out the homers, but accept adulterers then you are a hypocrite and may be sued. If you are going to be that traditionalist you must "go all in". Otherwise, anyone can be treated as second class--including Christians depending on who owns the business.
Personally, I hate it when any religious group that claims to be Christian--be it the RCC or a sect like the Unitarians--shows tolerance/endorsement of/for same sex marriage. It confuses good people who want to do the "Christian thing", and adds credence to the false arguments of the liberal, tree-hugging alternative lifestylers who have no interest whatsoever in being more like Christ. They say the "pope says civil unions are Biblically sound, so it must be okay" and often it doesn't matter if they are Catholic or not. As for those good people in the Catholic Church, if they stick to their own rules they are supposed to follow what poppy says no matter what. One of many reasons that I would never become a Catholic--although I'm a lot more tolerant of the church than some of you posters are.
The bottom line: no matter what denomination you are in, if you read the Bible with an open mind for yourself, you will see that the homosexual lifestyle is an abomination in God's eyes.BTW, don't let some wag talk to you about priestly/tribal laws that we don't follow anymore as an excuse to embrace the homosexual agenda. Some rules were exclusive to Israel to honor God and keep them safe in the ancient times--like food laws--but other statutes were meant to stand forever.
I live and work overseas and have done so ever since Obummer took office. I hope that I continue to be blessed with work overseas...BUT the UAE is far, far from perfect--even if we spoke in a strictly secular sense. There are double-standards here just like in the States. There are cover-ups, scandals, and a younger generation that run around like packs of wild animals. All that said, on a day to day basis I feel safer out here than I do at home. I like being able to live "tax-free". I'm glad that I don't support the programs that have been rammed down the throats of my fellow Americans for these last five years. I dare say that I'm happy and stress free for the most part.
I'm not recruiting or bashing America here. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that if you can live a happy, Christian life in a primarily Muslim nation, then surely you can make a happy life for yourselves in America too. Try not to worry so much and get caught up in the politics of it all, when you can't do anything to change it anyway. Pray and follow the Bible. Take care of yourself and your family.If that means leaving for another community, state or even country then do so! In the end you'll be happier for it.
...hmm if both sets of great grandparents had aborted their offspring we wouldn't have to deal with Bill or Hillary...in that case just this once...NAH! Abortion is still wrong and should be illegal. I hope someday everyone will see it that ay.