One has to wonder if it would be acceptable for the Indian christians to turn on their persecutors in self defense. They're not the government after all, just an angry mob very possibly looking for an excuse to rob the christians and practice cruelty for it's own sake. I'd certainly be grabbing the nearest hard object and making some sort of defense. Especially if less able family and friends were involved.
I often wonder if we would have the same spiritual fortitude the Chinese church is maintaining in the midst of such persecutions. It won't surprise me if we get to answer that question with first-hand experience some day in this very naughty nation.
I don't know about the odometer on that gadget but every inch of the wings had duck feathers pasted all over 'em for extra speed and lift. I heard that they send out these probes just to be sure our planetary neighbors ain't inhabited by rednecks, hillbillies, or hicks. Of course, the probes would've never survived an encounter anyway on account of being scrapped on the spot. And who knows? Someone like our friend from Rhode Island might mistake one for a shopping cart and move in.
On a more serious note, this is interesting from a scientific perspective.
True QC. Secular humanism is certainly the most common lie system American christians have to deal with. And speaking of Islam, I just recently watched AGENDA 2, an incredible documentary about the effort to destroy America by destroying our foundations of faith, family, and freedom. Part of the film showed how communist and islamic regimes are work together in this goal. Not because they necessarily get along well philosophically speaking, but because they both have a hate for Christianity and freedom, and a love for power and oppression.
Good point Chris000. I think folks panic about Ebola alot more than they should. What the plague did to world populations and health (not to mention smallpox, scarlet fever, malaria, and their compadres) makes Ebola look like a common cold. Of course I don't mean to diminish the seriousness of Ebola, but thinking of past epidemics puts it all in perspective.
As for Japan being a difficult mission field, I heard from Kevin Swanson (who's parents were missionaries to Japan) that because of the incredible economic recovery and subsequent prosperity of the post WW2 era, the Japanese became blinded in their materialism combined with centuries of deep rooted Shintoism. The Swanson family saw seven converts. Perhaps persecution is the best way to get the church going? It happened in China after all.
The Quiet Christian writes: "This is also another example of how the Left is taking over Southern cities, like they have in the rest of the country really, and are trying to change the culture by forcing their concepts on others. It is a small picture of a larger battle of Progressives in urban areas against Christians."
Well stated. The South is still substantially more conservative, religious, etc, than other regions of the US and the western world in general. However, we're in many ways on the same path that our geographical neighbors in the 60s and 70s. The South is a lot farther from the cliff but is still headed there. It's heartbreaking to watch. Jackson, MS is a glaring example of what you speak of.
Good call Doc! I doubt any pecking or butting will be necessary. As soon they get one look at a three-toothed sandhiller grilling up some possum backstrap, those FFRF folks'll take off in their environmentally friendly smart cars and head off to somewhere more hospitable to their kind, say Nebraska for example. As for the tourists, they'll simply love the thirty mile hike it takes to get to the BDA. And as long as they don't break their ankles in armadillo holes or get attacked by rabid coons, I think they'll enjoy the hike to your place as well.
I'm sure Jeff Bezos doesn't mind. At least half the world can access Sermon Audio now. It sure doesn't seem like half the world is discussing these news items. I guess there's less people in the world than I thought. ðŸ˜‰
Wise observation Chris G P. Eugenics are always the coward's method of getting people out of the way. Abortion takes this to the next level by targeting those who have no voice, no defenses, and no way to escape to tell the story. At least the Jews could nobly defend themselves as best they could (or join the other side to strike a blow). Not so for the babies. "Pure barbarism" for sure. God hears their cries though, and rest assured He will avenge the blood of the innocents as He did for Europe's Jews - He promises it. QC - children are a blessing indeed. I have the privilege of having ten brothers and sisters and wouldn't give up any of them for nothing (and certainly not in the name of reducing emissions!).
That's a crazy story Chris000! Not too surprising though in light of the fact that the wages of sin is death. Not surprising either that that hideous act was committed on the day of the dead (repackaged as Halloween). I don't know your age, but I imagine when you and some of the other on SA were my age (eighteen) this kind of stuff was unheard of. My eighty year old neighbor who's dying of COPD always tells me he's thankful he's going out instead of coming into this world.
Their song about the "hole in the bottom of the sea" is really fun. Check it out on YouTube. As far as entertainment goes, I think veggie tales can definitely cause theological confusion among children. As for being racist, I think in these days, anything that smells of Christianity is bound to be labeled racist or bigoted in some way or the other. It's just the default. The only race of veggies I've seen is when one puts a carrot in front of a bunch of horse (or goats in Tim's case). And then of course there's the race cars that run off of ethanol (which is just veggies once removed).
Poor Franny, he must just be coming around to some pretty simple knowledge. You'd think that as the Pope he'd be infallible or all knowing or something like that.ðŸ˜• I ought to let him know that ducks quack - just in case he hasn't realized yet.
Chris G P from England writes: "Sometimes our interference in these areas has been worse than useless, and in fact counterproductive, and has affected the Christians in those areas far worse than if we had left things well alone."
Su true. Interference usually makes things worse over there. Our military goes in with the troops being told they're fighting for America and freedom, when in reality, these operations are often just carried out to benefit the political/economic upper crust in unseen ways. For example, US troops are often told to destroy the seed stores of native farmers (from plant varieties the farmers had grown and saved the seeds from for generations). Not surprisingly, American seed companies come in after and charitably donate patented, hybrid or GMO seeds to these farmers. The problem is, when the farmers try to save the seeds from these American varieties (as they had done with their own native varieties) they find that it's not possible. Naturally, they then have to repurchase seeds from US seed companies over and over again - and now the seed companies have a new locked in, dependent customer. Nice and charitable huh? That's just one example of many...
An Indian friend told me that Indians generally believe that the Iraq war was nothing but a scheme
Well said Mr Timothy. It hit the closest to home for Toys-R-Us. They stated that their business is dependent upon high or sustainable birth rates in developed countries - while at the same time forking over the cash to Planned Parenthood. That's what they call shootin' yerself in the foot.