The Great Wall of Jesus

I have been thinking about China and Jesus. Wondering wouldn’t God have done more good by having his son born to a Chinese woman. If God loves humans, then wouldn’t he want to gather as many of them as He could. 

I thought about counter-arguments- what a religious person that took the Bible as…well…gospel. They might argue that Eden was in the middle east and thus that is why the Jewish people, the people of God were in that area. That the Jewish people were the chosen.  However, That God means he chooses who he loves and thus does not love everybody.

That’s another conundrum though.  If the Jewish people, which became Christian people are descendants of Adam and Eve that explains why Jesus was born in Jerusalem. But aren’t all people from Adam and Eve? Asian people? Did God lose track of them. If the Jewish people knew about Eden, then so should all cultures. They could not lose all traces of their history in 6000 years. Why would God let them.

 

Why would God give the Jewish people guidance with Moses and the prophets, but not provide any guidance for other nationalities to reject. If the Jewish people were the chosen people, then we are in trouble because we are not Jewish.

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Every once in a while I am tempted to switch over to a am news talk radio show.  I used to find them fun. Now I can’t bring myself to listen for more than a few minutes. Case in point is when I turned on one such show recently.  It was a guy talking about

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being religious.

This Limbaugh want-to-be wanted said that he is not in favor of people picking the parts of the Bible they want and ignore the parts they don’t want to follow. Sounds reasonable.

Except that every single fundamentalist does this.  They don’t believe they do. Yet they must do mental gymnastics to go around some things.  The acceptance of concubines and letting men rape their daughters. The Bible says that if someone commits adultery, then they and the spouse they cheated on must be killed. (Do they only know the parts of the Bible that is fun to quote!)

He said something about following what Jesus said. If that’s the case, he did not say anything about homosexuality.

So, unless you vilify those that get a divorce as much as someone that is gay. Mark 10:11-12 states: Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery, then you are cherry picking your Bible.

However, I do not disagree with this guy. Believing that you should embrace all aspects of a religion you belong to is the reason….

I stopped going to church.

Thoughts after church after a long absence

The Bible makes it clear.  You are only allowed to love, not to judge.

If people like Mike Pence have to voice their religious view that homosexuality is wrong, they must give it the balance it is due.  By that mean, if they want to spend ten minutes on gay people, they must first preach for 50 minutes on tolerance. they must condemn physical and verbal violence against everybody.  

10% of sermons can be on homosexuality only if 90% of the sermons are on divorce and adultery.

Christians must realize that their beliefs are shared by people that want to harm gay people. They want to thwart their pursuit of life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Many religious leaders and followers do speak out against judgement. Many do not. I am saying speak out against equality in marriage, etc, if you must. However your belief that it hurts the institution I of marriage should be secondary to your fight against the real hurts of God’s people.

Mike Pence should not be known for his stance on homosexuality. He should e known for his preaching against the hatred that is racism and homophobia, and even the atheist? Or am I wrong?  Would Jesus look like Mike Pence if he came back?

True religious people should be at the forefront of teaching tolerance.  In all aspects. The poor and the people on welfare. The people of color. They must condemn those that are Christian and do not make tolerance and love a priority.  

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I’m not saying that people are not living beyond their means but how much of living paycheck to paycheck is caused by the 2008 recession.  How much is caused by corporations maximizing profits (including buying politician) Union being busted while medical insurance and renting/ Homeownership is so expensive

 

The Bible makes it clear.  You are only allowed to love, not to judge.

 

If people like Mike Pence have to voice their religious view that homosexuality is wrong, they must give it the balance it is due.  By that mean, if they want to spend ten minutes on gay people, they must first preach for 50 minutes on tolerance. they must condemn physical and verbal violence against everybody.  They must realize that their beliefs are shared by people that want to harm gay people. They want to thwart their pursuit of life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

 

Many religious leaders and followers do speak out against judgement. Many do not. I am saying speak out against equality in marriage, etc, if you must. However your belief that it hurts the institution I of marriage should be secondary to your fight against the real hurts of God’s people.

 

God only Works Through People

In the infancy of Christianity, it grew like wildfire. Romans persecuted Christians, but many people still converted to it. Because Christians had an impact on their lives. Christians were dedicated to helping people and taught that the poor were to be helped  There are mostly Christians that do good works, but too many of them do not. That is why they want to have the government to promote it. Because they do not do enough good that impacts people. Prayer in school doesn’t make future Christians- kind acts and charity do.

Many conservatives are concerned with secularization. They still want people to rely on God and not government. But God can only work through people. People need the government programs because not enough people live the life the Bible calls them to.

 

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Trump and his Wall

Two brothers co own a car.  One forgets to lock the doors and several times the car is broken into and stuff is stolen. They have a discussion.  The brother agrees to lock the doors. The other brother says that is not good enough.

They could compromise and also buy a car alarm.  Instead the conservative brother wants to weld the doors shut and weld bars over the windows.  He refuses to compromise though it is a dumb plan and will hurt the car.

That leaves nothing to compromise.

 

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What if abortion was treated like homelessness and hunger?

Conservatives and Liberals alike are involved in feeding people and providing shelter. Some people judge a person coming to a food pantry, but most people do not. They give their time and money without hesitation.  They do not ask how they became homeless. Only can we help you?

What if we approached women with an unwanted pregnancy like that? Just as we have man warming shelters and many, many food banks, it was common to have a place for a woman to go for help? If we were to change society so that they were valued and not judged for their predicament, they would seek out more options. Would there still be abortions? Yes. There were before 1973.

You say, we have food pantries and warming shelters and yet we still have hunger and homelessness. But I don’t think the resources for them are as much as those used in the name abortions.  If we could stop fighting about abortions, both sides would be free and richer to do something about it.

In the end, we provide food and shelter for those that need it. We want them to do things differently. Yet, we support them and believe that is the way to change things. I am only suggesting we do the same with abortions.

 

Losing my Religion- Thanks to you

I consider myself a religious person. However, my faith in religions and the Bible grows weaker every year.  I see little good in attending to both of them. Adam Carolla says that they have become more harm than good and to a certain degree I agree with him.

I’ve just realized that part of my growing dissonance with religion is caused by religious people quoting from the Bible, and replying to posts with anger.  Instead of being swayed, these posts cause me to question them.

A Facebook friend posted about how evolution was stupid.  Creationism was the only way to explain how perfect a human body works.  I found myself questioning the Bible and wanted to respond.  If we take Genesis at its word, then why don’t people believe in the old testament command that adulterers and their spouses must be killed?

The post used the word stupid in regards to evolution.  I give God credit for the wonderful way bodies and nature works.  I cannot say that it happened in six days.

 

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Idea

The idea of the soul entering the body used to be simple. but as we have progressed as society, it is harder to just say it enters at conception. twins, in vitro and test tube babies take away this simple answer. that does not mean that we have to say that there is no soul. To me, the soul may be like a human heart. It begins to collect materials and assemble. Once it begins to beat then it becomes a heart. Perhaps the soul is like that. it accumulates astral particles until it gets the right amount and then like a chemical reaction- like a pile of wood smoldering until it gets enough heat to ignite- the soul comes to life.

The Republicans that tried to say abortion should never happened, and said women should accept the baby as a gift from God, had to apologize. In his apology, he talked about how Gods abhors violence and abhors violence against women. (Richard Lugar). If this is so and I believe it is then perhaps it is time to see that God is not involved directly in people’s lives (at least not every moment Is it times to redefine God. It sounds terrible and yet the people that wrote the bible were doing just that. Over the centuries, they continued to do that.

So God does not allow rape to happen, it just happens. There is enough evidence that the soul does not get installed at conception. This is just someone’s idea. So when does someone get a soul? If God has not done anything about abortion and in fact in his world, miscarriages happen, then perhaps the soul waits. Perhaps it does accumulate cosmic energy as it grows and develops.

 

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Move to Moscow

An aunt of mine shared this post on Facebook- a list of how we are a nation that says this, but does this. (We believe in supporting the military but letfootball players kneel, etc) I believe my aunt is concerned with how divided our country is. My mom is an outspoken liberal.She went fought for her kids and anyone for that matter if she thought they were getting a raw deal. Now with Facebook, she rails against Trump everyday. She fights for what she believes in, so she responds that Trump is ruining this country. A family member’s response to this was:  move to Moscow.

This really struck me. Evidently he is against the right for women to choose and for black players to have the right to kneel. He is entitled to his opinion. But move to Moscow as a response? Does he not want to move Moscow to our country?  He clearly does not want her to state her opinion. Thus Russia would be a better fit for him.

Move to Moscow as a response? That in itself says if you do not agree with me, you should not be in our country. The great thing about our country is that people do not have to be silent.

So perhaps (In some people’s view) the players that kneel for the flag are being disrespectful. Perhaps they are in the wrong. However, the response to someone complaining about our country by saying well then leave it is asinine. State your well-reasoned beliefs, but to say Go to Moscow means you do not want people to have the freedom to speak up. You love a dictatorship.

 

PS- I want to believe that the response was just inarticulate. However, it does seem that people want the US to be the way they want it. The old way- back when we could trample on the rights of people different than white and Christian

 

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