- 25 january 2015 -
cleaning up the email and found a bunch of miscellaneous junk...from the serious to the ludicrous, here goes:
one of our pastors quoted JI Packer, from his book Knowing God, in March of 2014:
You sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.
For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. ‘Father’ is the Christian name for God. Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption.
- J.I. Packer -
in June of 2014 a story came down where a court actually used some brains and overturned the ridiculous soda ban in New York. the branch of government that jumped out at me:
In March, 2013 New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling invalidated the law and in June of that year the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene went to court to fight the ruling?the department of WHAT?!??! ... maybe it's not that odd but it struck me as such.
- www.infowars.com -
last september there was the story of Jessa Duggar who made what the professionally offeneded consider imflamatory remarks relating the holocaust to abortion
one response which was quoted in the linked article goes as follows (highlight added by crucifyd):
While over 24,000 people liked her post, a few of her followers opposed it. One follower wrote, "Do not use the Holocaust as an excuse to preach about your religion. Abortion has nothing to do with the slaughter of millions of people. You should be ashamed of yourself."
- www.lifenews.com -
uh ... what do you even say to that? ignorant? ludicrous? does this person even know what abortion is?
in october i heard a quote by William Booth. first, here is a quick bio of Booth:
William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878–1912). The Christian movement with a quasi-military structure and government founded in 1865 has spread from London, England to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid.it seems that Mr Booth was quite preciant in light of what the evangelical industrial complex, (btw - a great way to put it, not mine) is producing these days, and here is the quote:
- Wikipedia -
The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.
- William Booth -
also in october the professionally offeneded decided a microsoft executive made offensive comments about women. notwithstanding his comments, I liked a couple posts made below the article. the first one i totally agree with and it goes along the same lines as the ridiculous pc world that says sports teams must interview / hire a certain number of minorities instead of just getting the guy they want / that will do the best job for them, irregardless of their race. the second comment I had never thought of and it makes perfect sense...
How about they diversify into "competence," and not worry about how more vaginas will improve their products...
- RN1, poster @komonews.com -
The whole pay gap thing is funny (and a complete fabrication).
If women were really paid 70 cents on the dollar in comparison to men, businesses would only ever hire women. Business profits would skyrocket.
- Correct_Technically, poster @komonews.com -
finally, from last november, the ever-brilliant Thomas Sowell:
Ending the Jim Crow laws was a landmark achievement. But, despite the great proliferation of black political and other "leaders" that resulted from the laws and policies of the 1960s, nothing comparable happened economically. And there were serious retrogressions socially.
Nearly a hundred years of the supposed "legacy of slavery" found most black children being raised in two-parent families in 1960. But thirty years after the liberal welfare state found the great majority of black children being raised by a single parent.
The murder rate among blacks in 1960 was one-half of what it became 20 years later, after a legacy of liberals' law enforcement policies. Public housing projects in the first half of the 20th century were clean, safe places, where people slept outside on hot summer nights, when they were too poor to afford air conditioning. That was before admissions standards for public housing projects were lowered or abandoned, in the euphoria of liberal non-judgmental notions. And it was before the toxic message of victimhood was spread by liberals. We all know what hell holes public housing has become in our times. The same toxic message produced similar social results among lower-income people in England, despite an absence of a "legacy of slavery" there.
- Thomas Sowell -
Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the "disproportionate" numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools.
Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent by the end of this school year, and then by 50 percent, 75 percent and finally 100 percent in each of the following years. In other words, there are now racial quota limits for punishment in the Minneapolis schools.
Other schools in other cities, which have also caved under pressure from the federal government, and agreed to lighten up on black kids who misbehave, have reported an increase in misbehavior, including violence. Who would have thought otherwise?
The people in the Obama administration who are pushing this counterproductive policy are not stupid. They are political, which is worse. They know what they are doing and they are willing to sacrifice young blacks to do it.
Years ago, there was a study of a working class community where there were black, Hispanic and Italian kids, and where many of the cops were Italian. When a black or Hispanic kid broke the law, the police took him down to the station and booked him. But, if an Italian kid did the same thing, they reacted differently.
The Italian cop would take the Italian kid out into an alley and rough him up. Then he would take him home to his family, tell them what had happened and leave him there — where the kid could expect another beating, instead of the wrist-slap punishment of the law. Those cops understood the realities of life that politicians ignore. And they were doing a favor to their own.
- Thomas Sowell -
In America, "diversity" has still not yet lost its magical ability to stop thought in its tracks and banish facts into the outer darkness.
- Thomas Sowell -
- 19 january 2015 -
this came down as breaking news the other day:
Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to freedom of expression when religion is insulted - @APthat lead to me searching and finding this from www.rt.com (i'll get to the highlighted text later). the pope said:
- www.breakingnews.com -
"One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” Francis said, adding that every religion "has its dignity."to which my wife replied:
- www.rt.com -
But then how are you supposed to defend your faith, or debate issues... it might be considered insulting someone else's faith. That is kind of the opposite of religious freedom, is it not?what she asked is a great question and the answer is "you're not supposed to be able to defend your faith"... certainly Jesus warned of persecution for the truly regenerate...
- crucifyd's wife -
now to key in on the highlighted text in the quote of the pope ..."every religion 'has its dignity.'"
if this is in fact true, and every religion has dignity, then that would mean all of them "go to God" and if all of them "go to God", that means all of them are right and if all of them are right then ... why have any religion at all?
in fact, they do not have dignity, because they do not "go to God" or, in other words, they do not provide a way of salvation...
in the context of Acts 4:12 the referent of "no other name" is clearly Jesus ... so obviously God is telling us that there is only one way to salvation:
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
- Acts 4:12 ESV