Holy Rollers. Puppet Master. Isaac/Katrina and a benevolent God. These are references that bother me as a Christian. I also see concepts of the Divine that seem wrong to me. I also have a disclaimer. I recognize everyone's right to believe or not believe; to blog as they wish. We sometimes need civil dialogue. My son has declared atheism. I have unfriended him on Facebook because of arrogant, vulgar references to Christians and conservatives. If that is my example for atheism, he can keep it. It is his right to post what he does; it is also my right not to read it.
I don't link up to other bloggers unless it is for something I think is really good and would benefit those who visit my blog. I have blogged several times that gluttony is a sin and that Christians should not be obese. Gluttony is idolatry. Gluttony is greed. Ephesians 5:5. I wouldn't think anyone who has read my blog very much would not understand that faith is a part of my life. This is different from religion. People used to communicate through symbols and those symbols can be interpreted differently by different people at different times through history. Read Emmet Fox, Charles Fillmore, and C.S. Lewis. The four horses in Revelation each represent a different part of each person. Eve represents the soul. The serpent represents sensuality (the flesh). Eating of the tree of the knowledge of good/evil was the first sin and caused separation from God. We were originally meant to be eternal. We were given choice.
There is a part of us that cannot be explained with blood and muscle. I have often wondered why the name of God and Jesus Christ are used for swearing whereas Allah, Mohammed, Buddha, etc., are not.We lament over the disrespect we see in our youth. We can't understand their violence, foul mouths, and lack of ambition. If we teach them that they come from animals what do we expect? Another thought - if we descended from apes, wouldn't we be able to produce young with them? Our DNA would be the same wouldn't it? If we descended from apes why are there still apes? There is a gap in the fossil record that I have learned of. Let's say one of our present day animals descended from birds. Wouldn't there be a fossil record of part bird/part lizard (for example) creatures as evolution happened? There isn't.
This topic always makes some people uncomfortable. I'll probably lose some followers which I have noticed usually happens when religion or politics is the topic. Why do we feel uncomfortable? We are all religious. We just worship different things. We should not worship food/eating. I am guilty of it of course or wouldn't have weight to lose. Politics is another matter. During an election year there are some who have trouble thinking they were wrong to help elect Obama and will vote for him again. There are people who can look at the facts, his record, whether or not he has kept his campaign promises and determine that 4 years is enough time to do what he said he was going to do. If you didn't listen to Paul Ryan last night and Condoleeza Rice, I recommend you go to YouTube and hear their speeches. Chris Christie did a great job as well. Listen with an open mind and consider if what they said is true. America has watched Republicans like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and the governor from New Mexico who spoke last night turn formerly Democrat led states around to fiscal solvency. Indiana is one of a few states in the black through the leadership of Mitch Daniels, also a Republican.
I read of a progressive who believes that we should be able to destroy a child up to the age of 2 years old if it is determined that child will not be able to contribute at a high level. There is another progressive who believes we should genetically engineer our offspring. There is talk of allowing abortions if the sex of the child is not what the parents wanted. Then there is the other end of life - older people will just be kept comfortable as they die because the expense of the surgery far outweighs their ability to contribute to society. This is what life means? - how much we can contribute to the wealth of a nation? How many parents love their Down's Syndrome child? I want my mother who is 86 to receive the care she needs to live as long she has the will to live.
God help us.