Faith events not to miss: 10-16-09
October 16, 2009
I hope that by giving you this information now you'll have plenty of time to get it on your calendar.
This year's annual Festival of Faiths in Kansas City will feature Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core. He's the author of Acts of Faith, which describes how important it is to give young people -- especially young Muslims -- a healthy alternative to radical religion.
Patel will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 9400 Wornall. After his talk I'll be moderating a Q&A session with him. The Festival link I've given you above will provide information about how to attend. Patel also will speak at 10 a.m. that day to students at Notre Dame de Sion High School.
And speaking of youth and interfaith activities, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council's annual Table of Faiths luncheon will start at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Hyatt at Crown Center. Its theme will be "Celebrating Interfaith Youth." The Table link I've given you here will show you how to attend.
I've been following area youth this year as they have become active in interfaith activities through the new Interfaith Youth Alliance and am writing a piece about this for The Kansas City Star. It should run in early November.
Why is all this important? Because if our young people don't understand the importance of understanding religions other than their own (if any), they'll never be able to find ways to live harmoniously in a culture that is increasingly pluralistic in terms of religion.
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THE PONTIFF TO REACH OUT TO JEWS
Give Pope Benedict XVI this: When it comes to Jewish-Christian relations, he keeps trying, even if sometimes his words or actions are awkward or not well thought through. The Vatican said this week that he would visit the major synagogue of Rome on Jan. 17, the annual day of dialogue and study between Catholics and Jews. Jan. 17 also happens to be the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Warsaw in World War II, and the pope might do well to take note of that and to take note of what happened to Poland's nearly 3.5 million Jews in the Holocaust. He need make no mention of the fact that I was born one day after Warsaw's liberation. Really. It's OK.
Bill, understanding is of course important for living "harmoniously" but it is also important to understand what the other side has planned for you.
I think I undertand what Iggy, Cole, and Chuck are trying to tell us:
Posted by: Will Graham | October 16, 2009 at 06:15 AM
Jt, you’re spewing bible verses again. Even most Xs don’t pay attention to you. You are in La La land. So often people like you go astray to the fringe. Perhaps you should stop posting for a while and see what you are dong to yourself.
Like adam and Will making accusations about things we don’t even say or imply. Just twisted thoughts to meet their own anger.
JT says, “How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?”
This is not talk from a healthy person? This is early American 1900s talk. This is how religious people talked during the Scopes Trial.
I would get hold of reality, Jt. The only fool I see here, is you. You should pay more attention to your own bible.
JT rambles on, “He will turn in that day and laugh at the disaster of your own making. And you will eat the fruit of your ways when they slam those bars shut.”
Tell me about prison, Jt. What is it you know about that? Tell me about the people you know who are in prison. Tell me about lying. Where does reality stop?...and when does the make believe take over? Tell us about it.
You are Comedy Relief on this site, JT. Tell me how my soul is going to hell. Make us laugh some more. Jt, seriously, you should rethink your approach.
I wish you no ill will, JT. Until you accept the real world, will you ever receive any kind of peace.
You are blowing up a balloon that will only explode.
Come on young disciples, chime in here.
Iggy, the Wisconsin couple, will pay forever in the real world. What happened to them in court will haunt them to the day they die. Delusion is taught from birth, too often. This is a perfect example that fantasy and the real world do not agree. Without fantasy their little girl would be alive now. They will have to live with that to their last breath. And so will the others who sat idly by watching this little girl die…
I wonder what their other children think about this.
Peace For the Sake of GOODNESS Cole
Posted by: memberofKCFreeThinkers.org | October 16, 2009 at 07:10 AM
" Because if our young people don't understand the importance of understanding religions other than their own (if any), they'll never be able to find ways to live harmoniously in a culture that is increasingly pluralistic in terms of religion."
Which Man-Made God gave Humans the OK, to buy and sell our Planet's Resources, and let their God's Children be Homeless, Starve and Die?
Genesis 1:26a. KJV. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:"
Genesis 2:22a. "And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman,.."
The Adam and Eve Clone Generation were not Reproduced by Heterosexual Body Birth, but by High Tech Clone Reproduction.
Children Reproduced by Heterosexual Body Birth, are brought up as a Child, as to the Way they should Live, brain washed into their Family Religion, and when they are Parents teach this to their children.
Religious and Atheist Humans have used our Planet's Resources for High Tech Toxic Waste and Nuclear Bombs, instead of Sharing our Earth's Resources Equally.
How can Religious Humans that accept Genesis 1,2., handed down from Generation Birth, Death and Rebirth, to the Children in Religions today, find harmonious terms in the Many Religious Gods, with our World Wide Web Communications?
Today it seems many children are turning to Atheism, No Religion, or a Religious Denomination different from their Family Religion.
Many People that stop going to Church, do not embrace Atheism, so 'Do you believe in God' Questions, get Yes answers.
With our High Tech Explosion the past 100 years, what has the 7 Billion Humans done to GODs Eco System and Ozone Canopy, with all the Generic God Religions that 'Love' God/Us, or Jesus, or ?.
Posted by: Dolores Lear | October 16, 2009 at 08:25 AM
Today the Supernatural Reproduction of a Female from a Male Rib in Genesis 2, is not 'Super'natural but Literal High Tech Science Knowledge over Natural Knowledge 100 years ago.
All Humans today, were raised as a Child, in a religion, handed down by Generation Birth, Death and Rebirth. The past 100 years of a High Tech Science Revolution, the Supernatural in Religions, were not Translated as High Tech Science, but the same Religious 'supernatural'.
Humans that do or do not go to Church, need to start Searching the Scriptures with a 'Literal' High Tech Science Translation of Genesis 1.2, The Colonization of Life on Earth, and the Reproduction of the Female from the Male Rib, as High Tech Cloning, are not Supernatural today.
We do have High Tech Colonization Knowledge today. Humans do Clone same sex animals. So Cloning the Human Female from the Male Rib, for Perfect Purebred Asexual Helpmeets, is not Impossible for Humans.
God/Us, Our High Tech Human Asexual Clone Ancestors did Colonize Earth, and Reproduced Equal Male and Female Asexual Clones in Genesis, not just 'one' couple.
If our young people do not Learn these Truths of Eternal Physical Life After Birth, on Planets and in Spaceships:
"they'll never be able to find ways to live harmoniously in a culture that is increasingly pluralistic in terms of religion."
Instead of Serving their High Tech Ancestors that Colonized Earth with the Equal Male and Female Clone Caretaker Human Species, we need a Planetary Union of All Humans to Save Our Earth Home from Destruction.
We cannot Know Our High Tech Human Ancestor 'Gods', if we do not Translate All Scripture and Myth with a High Tech Knowledge Version of all Holy Scriptures. handed down by Generations of Body Birth Humans without High Tech, as Supernatural.
Posted by: Dolores Lear | October 16, 2009 at 08:26 AM
So many people wonder why President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, but they don't understand what American has become in the World Community. American has become to the World Community what KCFreeThinkers.org has become to this blog: an arrogant, self-righteous, openly-hostile player who opposes those who have done them no harm. Because of our superior attitude, somehow we managed to attack a nation who was not opposing us, because we believed that they were thinking evil thoughts. And, in our arrogance, that became justification for pre-emptive attacks. When we found those attacks to be totally unjustified, we found other self-righteous means of justification. That's been our role under President Bush, and the rest of the World Community has become deeply concerned that we are no longer a Nation which can be counted on to do the right thing.
KCFreeThinkers.org has marginalized those in the religious community, especially Christians, as some imaginary enemy that they must oppose in whatever pre-emptive way necessary. They rise up against those who do not oppose them. Cole has gone so far as to claim that it is his right and his duty to oppose any belief in God, wherever he finds it, even though he cannot begin to prove that God does not exist, or that the supernatural does not exist. In his arrogance he has marginalized his imaginary enemy, and has gone on a pre-emptive strike against them. His enemy is deserving in his imagination. That is how American looked to the rest of this world under Presdient Bush.
Posted by: Just Thinking | October 16, 2009 at 08:32 AM
The Germans also marginalized their imaginary enemy that they found in the Jews. The end result is that they could justify any evil action they wanted, because others were inferior in some way, and their imaginary enemy had conspiratorial evil intent to do them harm. So a pre-emptive strike was okay. Superioristic marginalization of others in this way nullifies anything which you think makes you superior, whether it is money, accomplishments or whatever. Why? Because those who so engage others become so morally deficient that they cannot claim human superiority at all. They are no longer people who strive to do what is right and, as such, have become wrong. Flat out wrong.
President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize because he is helping to change the image of the most powerful nation back into a player who wants to do what is right, one that does not claim superiority due to money, philosophy, or anything else. We are again becoming a player who is not an openly hostile, arrogant and conceited Nation who attacks others without cause because of paranoid, delusional thoughts that others are secretly opposing them in some way. Our image is being restored in this world as a thoughtful nation that values others as we value ourselves. Our imagine is being restored as a friend of the World Community, instead of an openly-hostile, arrogant bully on the block. There is no question that is doing much to promote world peace, more than anything else that could be done.
KCFreeThinkers.org is an excellent example of a bad example for us. They represent what happens when you have a bully on the block. The do not know the way of peace, and trouble of their own making will follow wherever they go.
Posted by: Just Thinking | October 16, 2009 at 08:33 AM
Christian History Denier Just Thinking wrote>>>>>..Cole has gone so far as to claim that it is his right and his duty to oppose any belief in God, wherever he finds it, even though he cannot begin to prove that God does not exist, or that the supernatural does not exist.
Cannot speak for Cole on this "right" and "duty" - I'd say for myself that I have a "right" to call religious people delusional and all signs are showing that if you have a religiously based society and laws it would be a duty of any "rational" person to oppose it.
As to "begin to prove that God doesn't exist" why they hell do I need to care about Him/Her/It/Them at all?
We live in a natural world and besides the "quantum mechanical gaps" where god is hiding (Christian History Denier Just Thinking seem to like this concept of uncertainty virtually equating with god's plan) there are no arguments that can experimentally prove god doesn't exist.
Also, there are no scientific theories to show the non existance of tooth fairies - AND NOBODY IS LOSING SLEEP OVER IT.
As to "marginalizing" believers, I am glad you understand the concept in general. It is actually "marginalizing" crazy believers - which you belong to in my opinion.
And it is my "right" to tell you to shut up, crawl under the rock and die out there with your crazy ideas.
Is it my duty? - I think yes too. As for Bill and Susan - their delusions are banine as I see them, so I'd say in a morally relativistic manner, they can also find their rock, crawl under it and shut up and even die out.
The same goes for Dolores... - I just have a tolerance level for them and not for Christian History Deniers.
Posted by: IGGY - www.KCFreeThinkers.org | October 16, 2009 at 09:13 AM
Cole writes, "Come on young disciples, chime in here."
Ancient Wisdom that applies today:
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, "Come along with us;
let's lie in wait for someone's blood,
let's waylay some harmless soul;
12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse"-
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it.
And, Cole signs off with "Peace For the Sake of GOODNESS Cole"
More Acient Wisdom
8 The way of peace they do not know;
there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;
no one who walks in them will know peace.
Posted by: Just Thinking | October 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM
Sounds like Iggy is losing it! LOL!
In his 9:13 am post he is now demanding that Bill, and Susan, and even old Dolores CRAWL UNDER A ROCK, SHUT UP and DIE OUT!
The ironic thing is that he really seems not to realize that we know that he came from a country where the government tried to make people SHUT UP and DIE "OUT".
So he ended up in Overland Park, Kansas!!! PRICELESS
He will fail. He is the true HISTORY DENIER, as he understands neither Christian history, nor history of officially atheistic governments, nor the history of the UNITED STATES.
And just as their are HOLOCAUST DENIERS, he apparently is a DENIER in regards to the MILLIONS and MILLIONS killed by officially atheistic governments.
He knows we are on to him, and his collaborators...which he turns on at the drop of a hat...and boy is he PISSED!
Posted by: adam harrison | October 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM
Body Birth Humans with Man-Made Religions and Governments, are destroying our Home Planet Earth.
Why are Humans with their High Tech Science Knowledge, Using it for Evil, with all the God Religions on Earth? Who is following their Special God?
Humans should Understand and Accept High Tech Colonization, and High tech Science Reproduction in a High Tech Womb, is the Way to Eternal Physical Life After Birth.
The Uncontrolled Reproduction of Misbred Heterosexual Body Birth Killer Humans, with High Tech Science for the past 100 years, are Killing Earth's Eco System and Ozone Canopy.
Just as Humans are Divided by Many Religions, they are divided by Many Capitalistic Money Based Governments, whether Identified as Democratic, Socialistic, or Communistic.
The USA is Divided by Democracies, Republicans and Independents, but All are Capitalistic. Russia and China are called Communistic, but is Capitalistic, Socialistic Countries are Capitalistic, as are all Nations on Earth.
So what do we teach all the 7 billion Misbred Humans today, about a Religious God, with an Equal Peace Lifestyle on a Planet, with our Chronic Pollution, and Nuclear Bombs on land and sea, with all different Government and Religious persuasions?
Searching for Peace in all the Wrong Capitalistic Places, will not bring Peace to Earth, but Planetary Death from our Toxic Pollution and Nuclear Bombs.
Just as Jon and Katy's problems with 8 Children, are Lifechanging, so are all the Human Problems of Religion and Government Hate, are Lifechanging on Earth, since Humans have High Tech Science Knowlege of the Gods on Earth.
What happened to the the Equal and Peace Life, with High Tech Equal Male and Female Human Clones, that was Colonized on Earth, in the beginning? Body Birth Children?
J.T. The ancient wisdom you posted was about the Noah/Atlantis Society like we are today. Most of the Old Testament is about this Life before the Planetary Flood.
Posted by: Dolores Lear | October 16, 2009 at 12:39 PM
Bill, I am very interested in the Interfaith Youth Alliance for my children as they reach their teen years.
Getting to know different people, ideas, foods, customs, music, etcetera is so interesting to me that I honestly can't imagine being like Iggy and thinking everyone who thinks differently from me should just crawl under a rock and die out -- but whatever. I think you are missing out, Iggy.
And if we were all gone then who would you have to fight with, LOL? I think life wouldn't be worth much to you without a struggle. Still, I guess mountains and mosquitos would remain even if all the Theists were gone. So it's not like your life would be too boringly-perfect. I guess you'd find someone to fight with -- maybe then you'd want all the Agnostics to crawl under the rock, huh?
And then all the non-militant Atheists would have to go ... I'd call you a fruit loop but I think that title's already taken ... maybe to fit with the rock-theme I'll call you a fruity pebble?
Posted by: Susan | October 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM
I understand that your moral standards are relative, and 'bashing' people (as you put it) who do you no harm has become quite natural and justifiable, I suppose. But your moral relativism doesn't make your behavior any less wrong. And your conscience tells you that, too. That's why you feel compelled to manufacture reasons to continue in it. At least you do know that you must answer for it. What does that tell you?
'Bashing' can become addictive, like any sin. And just like any other addiction, it takes more and more to get the same satisfaction as when you started. But eventually it consumes you. Yes, venom can hurt others, but it also destroys the one spewing it.
Yours is the state of all humanity--fallen and broken. There is only one way to heal the soul, and that is through forgiveness that does not come from any human. Jesus allowed himself be nailed to a cross so that everyone could see how sin drives people to hate anything which shines light in their dark world. Yet He's the One offering forgiveness and a new Spirit, the Spirit of the one who overcame this world. Only through forgiveness and a renewed free will that comes through Spirit can someone overcome sin/darkness.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ... This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light ..."
Truth. It can set you free.
Posted by: Just Thinking | October 16, 2009 at 01:02 PM
Christian History Denier Just Thinking,
I think it's time to meet with you face to face? How about a breakfast/dinner one day? Are you in Kansas City? Let me know. I am sure Cole would love to look you in your delusional eyes too like we did with the Master Debater and Glorious Leader James Christensen the other week. I even put my right arm on his left shoulder at least on two occasions, looked into his delusional eyes and told him he was delusional and he needed to crawl under the rock, shut up and die out there already. Was funny when he responded "Make me!" like a kid :o)
My delusional friend, you are back at the old quoting out of the book of comics called Bible. Apparently, logical and scientific (to say nothing of quantum vaccuum fluctuations) approach doesn't work with you as you yourself stated supernatural cannot be disproven (hence it cannot be also proven). The only thing that is left for you (you admitted it - faith becuase of belief), nothing more nothing less
The only way for you to maintain the "mental equilibrium" is to invoke some ancient spells and "wisdoms" which make you feel good in conjunction with tieing up Hitler to me :o) - love it.
Where they hell was your Bible to predict Hitler? Apparently, your Bible predicts Armageddon and all? Maybe your Bible has a chapter or book missing "predicting" that the Bible itself is nothing but a book of musings and literarture only?
You believe because you believe. You believe because you have been under the influence of the society you live in. Had you been born 1,000 years ago in North America in an Indian tribe you'd be chanting a different song.
You still don't get it. You and I live in a natural world and there is no god visible, detectible, verifiable - just like there are no fairies, unicorns.
You might as well pray to aliens - check out this 3 part 10 min each video series. In response, I am waiting for another installment of some Biblical quotes we can safely ignore.
Posted by: IGGY - www.KCFreeThinkers.org | October 16, 2009 at 01:04 PM
How should nonbelievers be treated according to the bible?
If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you ... Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die. -- Deuteronomy 13:6-10
Jesus says that most people will go to hell. 7:13-14
Jesus condemns entire cities to dreadful deaths and to the eternal torment of hell because they didn't care for his preaching. 11:20-24
Any city that doesn't "receive" the followers of Jesus will be destroyed in a manner even more savage than that of Sodom and Gomorrah. 6:11
If you're ashamed of Jesus, he'll be ashamed of you. (And you'll go straight to hell.) 8:38
John the Baptist says that Christ will burn the damned "with fire unquenchable." 3:17
Jesus says, "He that is not with me is against me." 11:23
People are damned or saved depending only on what they believe. 3:18, 36
If you don't believe in Jesus, you will "die in your sins" (and then go to hell). 8:24
Peter claims that Dt.18:18-19 refers to Jesus, saying that those who refuse to follow him (all non-Christians) must be killed. 3:23
Peace For the Sake of Goodness Cole
Posted by: memberofKCFreeThinkers.org | October 16, 2009 at 03:36 PM
Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 1:20
"If we deny him [Jesus], he will deny us." Fair is fair! 2:12
Heretics are to be rejected since they are subverted, sinners, and condemned by God. 3:10 Romans:
"The wrath of God" is on all unbelievers. 1:18-20
Christians can judge everything and everybody, but no non-Christian can judge them. 2:15
All non-Christians are blind. They were blinded by God to prevent them from seeing the truth. 3:14-16
Witches, idol worshippers, and heretics will not go to heaven. (Guess where they'll be going.) 5:20-21
No "unclean person" or "idolater" will inherit the kingdom of God. (They'll all be going to hell.) Don't associate with them. 5:5-7
Those who refuse to obey will face the wrath of God. 5:6
Everyone will have to worship Jesus -- whether they want to or not. 2:10-11
"Beware of dogs ... beware of the concision." I'm not sure who Paul is calling "dogs" here, but it's probably the Jews -- those of "the circumcision," as opposed to Christians, who are of the "true circumcision." 3:2
God is planning a messy, mass murder in "the wrath to come" and only Jesus can save you from it. 1:10
Jesus will take "vengeance on them that know not God" by burning them forever "in flaming fire." 1:7-9-11
Those who disobeyed the Old Testament law were killed. It will be much worse for those who displease Jesus. 10:28-29
Peace For the Sake of Goodness Cole
Posted by: memberofKCFreeThinkers.org | October 16, 2009 at 03:46 PM
JT, if you do meet with Iggy, he will make up lies about you...just like he does Jim and some of his family members.
He tells me the conversation as Iggy states it did not happen.
On the other hand, if you DON'T meet with Iggy, he will make up lies about you...just like he does Jim and some of his family members.
Ask yourself, WHY does he want a personal meeting?
Of course not. He wants you to SHUT UP.
So WHY does he want to meet you? E mail me for details on that one! Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!
But Iggy pretends not to get it.
HE is the REAL HISTORY DENIER; a denier of Christian history, American history, and the history of the pitiful country he left to come here...he refuses to face the fact that the officially Atheistic government ruined his country; that is DENIAL.
(And it is obvious from his disparaging remarks about "quantum vaccuum fluctuations" that he does not have any serious knowledge of science or even philosophy.
I mean, look at the sources he relies on; YOU TUBE and WIKIPEDIA! A middle school student could do as much.)
Posted by: adam harrison | October 16, 2009 at 04:03 PM
Mark 6:11 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Is Jesus referring only to Israeli cities? Or to all cities all over the world? Apparently, he did not travel around the world unless he was traveling on some magic carpet like Muhammad or Alladin did, so he must have been referring to the cities he visited only, so Overland Park and Olathe are OK.
Also, this one is weird...2 Thessalonians
Jesus will take "vengeance on them that know not God" by burning them forever "in flaming fire." 1:7-9-11 - no, why would Jesus do this? It's his father who will burn people, or will Jesus just add fuel to the fire?
Another weird one - Does Jesus judge people? - NO?
Ye judge after the flesh; judge no man.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.
The Father ... hath given him authority to execute judgment.
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world.
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Posted by: IGGY - www.KCFreeThinkers.org | October 16, 2009 at 05:37 PM
KCFreeThinkers.org members are in a moral crisis. They have an image of themselves that is not supported by their behavior. So they've degenerated into attacks and insults in an effort to restore their self-image. Oddly enough, their image here was destroyed here in the first place by the same hostile behavior. So they don't know what to do in order to 'save face' among their peers. And, quite honestly, there is nothing they can do to reverse what they've been doing. Attacks on others can't restore it, even though that is the only thing they can think to do. Attacks on others who do not oppose them such as Susan will definitely not work because, as I just said, that's how they've destroyed their image in the first place.
They're finally faced with the question, "What is the right thing to do?" and they're finding that they don't measure up ... in their *own* eyes. They're finding that morality is not as relative as they once believed. They're finding that something is convicting them of their wrong behavior, and it is not us. But they want to blame us for their discomfort, anyway. It is their own consciences that convict them of absolute wrongdoing. They could just ignore us, but they can't ignore their own consciences. Everywhere they go, there they are. They're starting to get tired of hanging around themselves, and they're taking it out on anyone who happens to be in their path.
It is a powerfully transforming question, "What is the right thing to do?" That question plants seeds in anyone who starts to seriously ponder such a question. Because the conscience knows the answers, in a language that is too deep for words ... in spiritual words.
Posted by: Just Thinking | October 16, 2009 at 05:50 PM
The annual Festival of Faiths in Kansas City is a great!
adamh, Just Thinking & Will Graham
You should check it out!
That is if you want to, I'm not saying it will be good for you, just so we are clear
Posted by: Fnu | October 16, 2009 at 05:51 PM
Cole and Iggy -- about your verses, I think we are so used to the Bible being used to condemn people that we automatically read it that way.
When I consider the fact that many of the early Church fathers, such as Origen, believed in the ultimate salvation of everyone, it's clear to me that the teaching that non-believers are going to hell for eternity is not the only way to translate and interpret the Bible.
Indeed, the Tentmaker.org site is full of articles by Bible scholars explaining the original meanings of verses that got mis-translated to fit with the "old time religion" teachings about most people being predestined for eternal flames.
It was very interesting to read the chapters by Hannah Whittal Smith (which were later deleted from her book), in which she shared her revelation that God would indeed accomplish the salvation of the whole world. When she got home (following this revelation) and opened her Bible, it became quite clear to her that this was exactly what the Scriptures had been saying all along.
Posted by: Susan | October 16, 2009 at 07:09 PM
Here are more of your people and your spirituality!
Why don't you just pray for them?
p.s. get it? or got it?
Posted by: Fnu | October 17, 2009 at 04:05 PM