Saturday, April 24, 2010

231: My Prophecy is Better Than Yours

Jeremiah 26-29
"Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, 'Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore, this is what the LORD says: 'I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the LORD.' ' " - Jeremiah 28:15-16

[Sorry the blog is late, I've been swamped]

In chapter 26 Jeremiah prophecies against the Israelites one too many times. They finally say that Jeremiah is a false prophet and should be put to death. Eventually some of the more level headed elders convince the others that prophets have said negative things before and they weren't killed.

In chapter 27, God tells the Israelites to serve the king of Babylon. He tells the kings of Israel not to listen to the prophets that say Israel is not to serve Babylon. Of course, the kings are hearing not to listen to prophets from a prophet. I'm not sure how they know that Jeremiah is any better than the other people who talk to God.

Chapter 28 is interesting. Another prophet (Hananiah) says that God told him that within two years Israel will be free of Babylon. Jeremiah thinks otherwise and tells Hananiah that God told him Nebuchadnezzar (the king of Babylon) would have control over everything, even wild animals. Who are the leaders of Israel supposed to trust in this situation? Both people say that God is telling them to say something. At the end of the chapter Hananiah dies. Well that's a comprehensive solution, wait till one of the prophets dies and the one that's still alive is the correct one.

In the final chapter for today, God just repeats his promise to bring the Israelites back to Israel in 70 years. Thanks God, the entire generation will probably be dead by then. God also says to settle down in their new homes away from Israel. Sounds like a great idea. Once they're settled in their new homes you can drag them back to Israel.

*News*
Is it right to spank your kids? Ray Spendley says yes, because the bible says so.

He first quotes Proverbs 13:24 "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him." Of course beating your child senseless is the right thing to do, God says so. Modern psychological sciences don't know what they're talking about. Emotional damage from having an authority figure beat you? No way.

This is my favorite quote:
As late as the 1960s, children did not carry guns to school and kill students and teachers as they have in recent decades. Even parents have been killed for not doing what their children wanted them to do.
Right, there were no murders in the 1960's because people beat their children properly. Oh wait, there were still murders in the 1960's. How many children are killing their parents for not getting their way?
Because of recent laws, children not only defy their parents, they flaunt their hatred of all authority. Parents can be jailed if they are considered to have abused their children in any manner, and a young person who kills is not judged as an adult because of laws passed by legislators who have no more common sense than those adolescents.
Those ridiculous child abuse laws. Parents should obviously be able to do whatever they want with their children as long as it's in the name of discipline. Twenty lashings, two weeks without food, and a good soap mouth washing should do the trick. And obviously an 8 year old that accidentally fires a gun, killing someone, should be jailed for manslaughter and have their childhood taken away. I'm glad this guy isn't making the laws.

He, of course, ends with a quote from Exodus, “And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.” I certainly hope Ray doesn't have kids.

(via Go San Angelo)

Friday, April 23, 2010

230: The Cup of Wrath (an Actual Cup)

Jeremiah 23-25
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: 'Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.' " - Jeremiah 25:15

This is yet another relatively unexciting bible day (that's what news is for :D). More God forbidding, and the Israelites never being good enough.

The entirety of chapter 23 is about false prophets. I really don't have the attention span today to repeat all of these things that God has already said numerous times. God says not to trust the lying prophets, that say they have heard God in a dream. Unfortunately, there is no way to differentiate between lying prophets and "real" prophets. How can we say that Jeremiah isn't a crack pot that just thinks he hears God? Because the bible (i.e. Jeremiah) says he isn't?

In chapter 24 we have yet another weird metaphor (parable? allegory? I don't think metaphor is the right word) that God insists Jeremiah act out. This time God gives Jeremiah two baskets of figs. One basket is filled with high quality figs, and one basket is filled with inedible figs. God says that he regards the exiles of Israel like the good figs (in that he wants to eat them?). He says that he will eventually bring them back to Israel. However, he says that the regards king Zedekiah like the bad figs (so he's not going to eat Zedekiah?). Personally, I want to be the bad figs, please don't eat me.

Chapter 25 is strange. I thought the "cup of God's wrath" was a metaphor, but apparently not. Just another lesson in not assuming that anything is a metaphor in the bible. Anyway, the cup of God's wrath (or more accurately, a cup filled with the wine of God's wrath) is an actual cup that God gives Jeremiah. God tells Jeremiah to make all the kings of the land drink wine out of the cup. If they won't drink, Jeremiah is supposed to tell them that God is going to punish everyone and they will not be exempt. Isn't that another reason not to drink out of the cup of wrath? Why would the kings of all the nations drink wine from some random Israeli prophet that not even the Israelites believe? It seems like the bible has really gone off the deep end on this one.

*News*
This is a little off topic from what I usually talk about, but this has really been pissing me off for the past couple of days. This Wednesday on South Park, the image of Muhammad was censored, along with over 30 seconds of dialogue at the end of the show. What's even more ridiculous, South Park already showed Muhammad flying around with flames coming out of his hands before the Danish cartoon scandal.


Muhammad in Season 5, Episode 4 "Super Best Friends"

As of today, Season 5 episode 4 has been removed from the South Park Studios website. This is a new development (as of right before the Wednesday episode, "Super Best Friends" was still free online). A message from the creators of South Park can be found on the website:
In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it.
This is beyond ridiculous. In the first part of the two part episode, there were images of Buddha snorting cocaine. How can that be perfectly ok, while even showing Muhammad is too blasphemous for cable TV?

Many think that this Comedy Central crackdown is a result of the radical Islamic site "Revolution Muslim" (don't bother trying to find it, it's been hacked and taken down) threatening warning the South Park creators that they would "probably end up like Theo van Gogh." I never thought I'd be saying this seriously, but Comedy Central, you're letting the terrorists win. In 2010 people shouldn't be getting their way through threats of violence.

The Daily Show stepped up last night and defended South Park. Make sure you watch the video till the end, Jon Stewart sings "Go Fuck Yourself" repeatedly to Revolution Muslim.

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End this rule by fear. We should be able to criticize equally, no matter how much it may offend someone. This is America, after all.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

229: God, Still Making People Eat Babies

Jeremiah 18-22
"I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh during the stress of the siege imposed on them by the enemies who seek their lives." - Jeremiah 19:9

In the first chapter today, God continues his strange metaphors that he insists Jeremiah act out. This time he tells Jeremiah to go to a potters house and watch him work. Jeremiah obeys and watches the pot maker mold clay. God tells Jeremiah that, like the pot maker molds clay, God will mold the people of Israel. God also mentions that, like the pot maker, God can choose to destroy his creation at any time. You couldn't have just told him that, God?

In the next chapter, God tells Jeremiah to buy a jar and take some of the elders out into a valley. When they are in the valley, Jeremiah is to tell them that God is going to destroy Israel and feed them to animals (and all the other things that God has been saying for the past several chapters). Also, God is going to make the people of Israel eat their children, then eat each other. After Jeremiah tells them this, he is to break the jar and tell the elders that that's what God is going to do to Israel (break them?). Because they didn't quite get what Jeremiah was trying to say until he broke the jar (I guess God thinks everyone is a visual learner).

When Jeremiah returns from the valley, God tells him to go to the Lord's temple and tell everyone that all the villages around are going to be destroyed. When the priest hears Jeremiah preaching this, he has him beaten and put in the stocks. The next day when Jeremiah is released, he tells the priest that God is going to put him to the sword. This sounds more like someone that's pissed off for spending the night in the stocks, rather than someone that's channeling God's word.

Jeremiah then complains that God deceived him. He did just as God said, yet he is mocked and ridiculed. Jeremiah then curses the day he was born and asks why he ever came out of the womb. Still, after all this, he praises God. For what? More and more Jeremiah sounds like a crazy person rather than someone who is actually talking to God.

In chapter 21, King Zedekiah tells one of his prophets to inquire to God about Nebuchadnezzar (the king of Babylon). Apparently between chapter 20 and 21 the Babylonian siege of Israel began. Zedekiah asks God if he will perform miracles and save Israel from the Babylonians. God responds by saying that he, himself will fight the Israelites. He will send a plague among them to destroy men and animals. Well that prayer was a little counter-productive.

God spends the entirety of chapter 21 condemning random kings of Israel. He says they are all going to die, and they can't do anything to save themselves. But as usual, remember that God loves you even when he's about to kill you.

*News*
We have yet another question "answered" by Billy Graham.
Dear Rev. Graham: Where did the world come from? My junior high school science teacher says that it just happened, but my Sunday school teacher says God made it. They can't both be right, can they? -- M.N.
Hint: Nobody knows where the world came from. "It just happened" is probably the most accurate description, based on our current level of knowledge about the beginning of the universe (not much). Somehow I don't think that's what Billy is going to say:
Rev. Graham: No, they can't both be right; you can't say on one hand that the world happened by accident, but then say on the other hand that it was created by a deliberate act of God -- not if you're going to be logical.

But the Bible is clear: God created the universe. It didn't just happen, nor was it an accident; it was created by a deliberate and purposeful act on the part of God. And God didn't just form it out of a shapeless mass of material that somehow already existed; He created it from nothing. Think of it: God willed for the worlds to come into existence -- and they did! God spoke -- and it happened! The Bible says, "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth" (Psalm 33:6). God is that great and that powerful!
I didn't know Billy Graham was so concerned with being logical. Of course, this always brings me to my next question, "Where did God come from?". He must have just happened.

(via The Town Talk)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

228: Sorry, God Has Run Out of Compassion

Jeremiah 14-17
" 'You have rejected me,' declares the LORD. 'You keep on backsliding. So I will lay hands on you and destroy you; I can no longer show compassion.' " - Jeremiah 15:6

The book of Jeremiah is turning out to be pretty terrible, and we still have almost a week and a half to go. Again, God just spends most of the day describing how he's going to destroy Israel. To make matters worse, we've heard all of these terrible things God is going to do before.

The section starts today with Israel experiencing a drought. Jeremiah prays to God to show mercy on Israel. To make a long story short, God says no. To add insult to injury, God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people of Israel anymore, because he's not going to help them. Praying seems sort of silly anyway and undermines the claim that God has a wonderful plan for everyone (if God has a perfect plan, then your prayers aren't going to change his mind), so I guess God is doing Jeremiah a favor and telling him prayer is useless from the get-go.

Jeremiah begs a little more for Israel's salvation, until the beginning of chapter 15. Here, God tells Jeremiah that even if it were Moses or Samuel praying for Israel he would not relent. He then proceeds to tell Jeremiah how he's going to kill the people of Israel with swords and wild animals. God says that if Jeremiah repents (I'm not sure why he needs to) he will save him. But Israel is doomed.

Again adding insult to injury, God tells Jeremiah he can't have kids or a wife. God says that if he marries anyone, he will be among those that get killed. Why? What is Jeremiah being punished for? Chapter 16 ends with God saying that he will eventually lead what remains of Israel back to the promised land. This is referring to the Israelites returning from Babylon I assume. I'm not sure why this book is chronologically after the previous books. Maybe we'll see by the end of the book.

In chapter 17 God tells us all about how he's going to take away the riches of Israel and give it to their enemies. Is this before or after God kills them? I think if they're being disemboweled they're not going to care too much about their riches being taken away. The chapter ends with God telling the Israelites to keep the sabbath day holy. Just in case they forgot the 10+ other times the bible has said to keep the sabbath day holy.

*News*

A man in Wyoming has painted "Leviticus 20:13 To Be Gay = Death" on his fence. Is he just being a douchebag or is he breaking the law?



While I would personally love to have this painted over, I (and all of the other reasonable people among us) have to realize that even though this is offensive, I can't have it taken down just because I don't like it. The only problem I have with this from a first amendment standpoint is the meaning of "to be gay = death". Does that mean he's going to go kill gay people? Is this message encouraging others to do so? If the answer to either of those is yes, then I think there is a legal basis for having the message painted over.

Remember, pretty much anything you say is going to be offensive to someone. Don't fall into the trap of saying something should be taken down just because it offends you.

(via Fox News Phoenix)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

227: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Oh My

Jeremiah 10-13
" 'I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert wind.This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for you,' declares the LORD, 'because you have forgotten me and trusted in false gods.' " - Jeremiah 13:24-25

Jeremiah is really getting tedious. In fact, I suspect I'm not going to have too much to say today. The entire section is pretty much God repeating how he's going to destroy Israel because they've been naughty.

God tells Jeremiah to gather up his belongings and leave Israel. Again he repeats that invaders will come from the north. Jeremiah prays that God will not come after him in anger, lest he be completely destroyed. Jeremiah says that he would rather have God come after him in justice. Wait a minute. Does that mean that God isn't thinking about justice when he's angry? I guess that would make sense, God tends to go a little overboard when he's angry.

Chapter 11 is all about God giving a message to Jeremiah. He tells Jeremiah to tell the Israelites (I wonder why he can't tell them himself) that they are breaking the covenant. If they continue to break the God's covenant, he is going to - you guessed it - destroy them.

Chapter 12 is titled "Jeremiah's Complaint". This should be interesting. Jeremiah starts out by telling God he's always righteous and wonderful (way to butter him up, Jeremiah). However, Jeremiah does have a few little questions about God's justice. Jeremiah wonders why evil prevails, he asks God why he has "planted" these evil people in the world that are completely successful.

God answers Jeremiah by telling him that he is going to destroy those evil people. Unfortunately, that doesn't answer the question at all. God doesn't address, first of all, why he put those evil people on the earth in the first place. If he knew they were eventually going to be evil, and that he was eventually going to destroy them, why put them here in the first place? God also doesn't say why he has allowed these evil people to become so successful. If you're going to allow them to exist, at least consistently show people that it's unprofitable to be evil by making the bad people unsuccessful.

The final chapter regresses into God being a weirdo. He's obviously exhausted all of his ways of describing how he's going to destroy Israel, so he tells Jeremiah to get a belt. Jeremiah gets a linen belt and wraps it around his waist. God then tells Jeremiah to go hide the belt in a crevice in the rocks. Jeremiah obeys leaves it in the rocks for a couple of days till God tells him to go back and get it. The linen belt is now all wet, dirty, and useless. God says that in the same way the belt was ruined, Israel will be ruined. Next time just say "Israel is going to be ruined". No need for weird theatrics.

*News*
The end is nigh. Or at least that's what fundies think.

The Eyjafjallajökull (spell that right twice) volcano, like any natural disaster, has spawned a new wave of fundies saying the world is going to end. This is, of course, evidenced by the "increasing" number of volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes happening. That isn't actually true, but it sure sounds scary.


Volcanic Lightning

With pictures like this, I can almost forgive people for initially looking at the volcano as an act of God. Fortunately, we live in a day and age where we have enough scientific knowledge to overcome our initial emotional reaction and find the truth. Of course, Rush Limbaugh doesn't bother with the "truth" or "facts":
You know, a couple of days after the health care bill had been signed into law Obama ran around all over the country saying, 'Hey, you know, I'm looking around. The earth hadn't opened up. No Armageddon out there. The birds are still chirping. I think the earth has opened up. God may have replied ... This volcano in Iceland has grounded more airplanes — airspace is more affected — than even after 9/11 because of this plume, because of this ash cloud over Northern and Western Europe. ... It's got everybody just in a shutdown. Earth has opened up. I don't know whether it's a rebirth or Armageddon.
Really Rush? Obama is the cause of the volcano? It couldn't be a buildup of magma over millions of years. Silly scientists. Still others think the "increase" in natural disasters (remember, natural disasters aren't really increasing) is due to women dressing immodestly:
Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes. - Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, A senior cleric
This is not to mention Pat Robertson's constant rambling about various causes of natural disaster. The most recent being the Haitian people practicing voodoo. The inconsistency among religions and even within religions exposes the ridiculousness of their claims. Still others feel that natural disasters are not a punishment, but a message:
As you look at the Bible, God has used natural disasters as agents of judgment. Look at the Flood in the time of Noah ... Not all disasters are the result of divine retribution. But they are all the result of God's will. They all mean God wants us to take note of something. - Robbert Jeffers, First Baptist Church of Dallas
There's no better way for God to get in contact with us? He has to kill thousands of people to send us a message? And a very unclear message at that. You would think an all powerful God would have figured out a better way to get in contact with mankind (I'm available by text message, by the way, no need to kill anyone God).

I think the important message to take away from all of this is not to let your emotions get in the way of reason. Why do volcanoes happen? Magma and huge amounts of pressure. Why do hurricanes happen? Warm waters in the Atlantic. Why do earthquakes happen? Shifting tectonic plates. Don't let your religious leaders convince you otherwise.

(via ABC News) (Bonus: All you ever wanted to know about Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes)

Monday, April 19, 2010

226: Competitive Wailing

Jeremiah 7-9
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them. Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.' " - Jeremiah 9:17-18

I'm really ready to be done with the Old Testament. We have yet another day of God describing how he's going to kill everyone in Israel. Just do it already, I'm tired of hearing about it.

God tells Jeremiah to go to Shiloh and see what he's done to it. He says that he has done the same thing to Shiloh that he's going to do to Israel. Unfortunately, the bible never says what happened to Shiloh! I guess this paragraph is for Jeremiah's benefit only, after he visits Shiloh. I can pretty much fill in the blanks, though. Considering he spends the rest of the chapter describing how he's going to utterly destroy Israel, I'm assuming (just taking a wild guess here) that he destroyed Shiloh.

God describes for the rest of the chapter how he's going to kill everyone for worshiping false idols. He says that the Israelites will bury the dead until there is no more room in the ground. The bodies will lie out in the elements and carrion birds will eat them. I don't think there's anything to be said that I haven't already said about God killing people. Just remember, God loves you. Even when he's mercilessly slaughtering you and feeding you to wild animals.

In the beginning of the next chapter God says that he is going to dig up the bones of everyone in Jerusalem. Excuse me? Is there a point to this? Not only is God going to kill everyone, but he feels that he needs to dig up the graves of those who are already dead. So much for rest in peace. Not when God's around.

The rest of chapter 8 is about Jeremiah conspiring to leave the cities to escape God's wrath. That's all you have to do to escape? Can God not find you outside of the city? Fun random fact (because there's nothing else to say about this chapter): Jeremiah 8:22 reads "Is there no balm in Gilead?" Devoted Poe fans (like myself) may know why I find this interesting.

Chapter 9 is a little strange. The majority is just the same tired story. Jerusalem was naughty because they worshiped false idols, now God is going to come destroy them. The interesting part is when God tells Jeremiah to get the city's best wailers to come cry for Jerusalem. I didn't know there were skilled and unskilled wailers. Should this be added as an Olympic sport? "Women's Wailing" It kind of has a ring to it. Of course, all this wailing isn't actually going to do them any good. I think God just enjoys the sounds of human suffering.

*News*
Today's article is not a foreign subject to most college students. Gideons passing out bibles on campus.

The particular school in question in Saginaw Valley State in Michigan, but the arguments for and against Gideons apply to pretty much any school. The writers of today's article feels that the Gideons are generally nice people and should be allowed to pass out whatever they want on campus:
On Wednesday morning the Gideons stood by the entrances to buildings on campus and handed out New Testaments. The Gideons are a group that distributes Bibles all across the world to hospitals, hotel rooms, etc. The ones I encountered bid me a good morning and asked if I’d like a Bible. I didn’t think much about it until I got to my class and heard the guys sitting behind me expressing adamant dislike for being approached in such a way. I bumped into a few friends who also declared that they didn’t like the “obstruction” of the entrance ways, which forced students to either speak with the men or be rude.
The writer goes on to imply that the Gideons weren't in the way, but maybe that was just her experience. I wonder if her opinion would be different if the Gideons were passing out Satanic bibles. Now, you may argue that the Satanic bible is offensive and the "real" bible is not. But offensive to whom? I certainly know a lot of people that are offended by the real bible. If you accept one group passing out whatever they want, you must accept all groups passing out whatever they want.

There are some other problems with the Gideons in my personal experience. First, they generally don't have permission to be on campus passing out material. While I agree that this is usually harmless when it's the Gideons, it sets a bad precedence that anyone can pass out anything they want on campus. Second, from what I've seen, passing out bibles is an incredibly wasteful endeavor. As soon as I walk past the Gideons I inevitably walk past a trash can full of Gideon bibles. May I suggest passing out Gideon bibles in USB form? That way even if the students don't want the bible they would have a free USB drive. It would probably cost less, be less wasteful, and the Gideons could include a full bible instead of the silly abridged versions. But I'm just a silly atheist, what do I know.

(via The Valley Vanguard)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

225: Kill the Kids First

Jeremiah 4-6
"But I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in. 'Pour it out on the children in the street and on the young men gathered together; both husband and wife will be caught in it, and the old, those weighed down with years.' " - Jeremiah 6:11

All of today's section is about God's punishment of Israel. He tells Jeremiah to go tell the leaders of Israel that God is going to send an army from the north to destroy them. I think this is the modern equivalent of a homeless man holding a sign saying "The End is Near". There's no chance that the leaders of Israel are going to listen to one random guy ranting about their destruction, and surely God knows that. What's the point of sending someone to tell the people of Israel if God already knows what's going to happen?

God then goes on to call all the people of Israel fools that are only good at doing evil. Why did God make them that way then? I'm told all the time that God makes everyone and has a plan for everyone. So what was God's plan for these "fools" that he created? If God knows everything, then he must have known that he would eventually destroy all of these people he created. Why not make them so that they would be more loyal, instead of creating them just to destroy them?

At the beginning of chapter 5 God tells Jeremiah to go through the streets of Jerusalem and find one person that is righteous. If he can do this then God will spare the city. This is another situation where God already knows the outcome, who's he trying to convince here? On a side note, he did this same thing with Sodom and Gomorrah and then never actually gave anyone a chance to look for any of the righteous people.

This is an interesting quote for anyone who claims that God will forgive you no matter what:
'Why should I forgive you?
Your children have forsaken me
and sworn by gods that are not gods.
I supplied all their needs,
yet they committed adultery
and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
each neighing for another man's wife.
Should I not punish them for this?'
declares the LORD.
'Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?'
God will forgive you no matter what, unless you forsake him, commit adultery, or visit a prostitute.

The rest of today's section is God telling Israel's enemies how to destroy them. Strangely, he puts children first on the list of people to pour his wrath onto. Are these not the most innocent among the Israelites? Also on the list of people to kill: women and the elderly. Classy, God.

*News*
Marsha West thinks there's a spiritual battle going on in the United States, I think she's a nut job. You decide.

She first has to convince us that there are demons that need to be cast out of the country:
Here’s another questions for doubters: Why would the Son of God give the apostles power over evil spirits that are non existent?

According to the Bible the apostles were given the authority to cast out demons. (Mark 16:17,18; Luke 10:17; Acts 5:16; 8:7; 16:16-18; 19:12)

If fallen angels aren’t real, why would the account of the temptation of Jesus by Satan be included in the Gospels?
Unfortunately, most of the "doubters" she speaks of are also unconvinced that the bible is a perfect account of the universe. She continues:
These cunning spirits enlist men and women to pass on their lies and deceit! (The dumbest demon is a whole lot smarter than the most brilliant human. Even smarter than Barack and Hillary put together.)

According to the Bible a spiritual battle is raging. Humans are unaware of what’s taking place. We’re unable to see it because it’s in the invisible realm.
I think she's a little politically confused. See, if you disagree with someone, you don't claim that they're the smartest person on the planet. As for the second paragraph, the invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. This next paragraph is the best one:
No doubt some readers are thinking, “I can’t buy into the idea of a war going on between angels and demons.” That’s fine. But please explain to me what is going on in this country. No one can deny that a culture war has been brewing for decades. Kids vs. Parents…Sexual deviancy vs. Virtue…Hollywood vs. Family values…Filth vs. Decency…Pro-death vs. Pro-life…Moral relativism vs. Absolute truth…Christian liberalism vs. Christian orthodoxy…Atheism vs. Theism…Evolution vs. Creation. If all of this weren’t bad enough, there’s another war brewing: Big government vs. Free enterprise.
Now we see the real purpose of this article. It's much easier to get your political point across when you can convince people that the other side is ruled by "demons" or "evil spirits". That's much easier than actually making a valid point about why your political enemies are incorrect. My favorite one in that list is the "Pro-death vs Pro-life". It's funny, because the same people that are "pro-life" (against abortion) are usually pro-death penalty.

She then goes on to say how our country is descending into socialism. She complains that the socialists want to take money from the haves and give it to the have-nots. That's strangely similar to giving to the poor. I think Jesus had a few things to say about that.

She goes on to list another one of Satan's diabolical methods of turning the country into a godless nation. Political correctness!
The “politically correct police” pressure (bludgeon) people into conforming to social change. Paul Proctor points out that “It puts into practice any number of unbiblical behaviors, theories, religions and causes from promoting promiscuity, to homosexuality, to syncretism, to abortion rights, to euthanasia, to birth control, to stem cell research, to Darwinism, to faith-based initiatives, to ‘no child left behind,’ to global warming, to you name it…”
Wait, political correctness causes people to be promiscuous homosexuals? Why are "faith-based initiatives" on this list? Is that not what she's supporting? I certainly hope she means that political correctness helps the "theory" of global warming, not that it actually causes global warming. I guess both of those ideas make no sense, never mind.

Finally, Marsha tells us we need to get back to the scripture:
Many pastors in our postmodern, moral relativistic, anything goes, live and let live houses of worship are too cowardly to teach on what the scriptures say about heaven and hell. If all paths lead to heaven, as progressives believe, will unrepentant tyrants, mass murderers, serial rapists, pedophiles, prostitutes, drug dealers and animal abusers go to heaven? What about atheists and those who say they’d rather go to hell where their friends are? Will God-haters be in heaven too? Is Judas there?
You know what, I think she's convinced me. We should get back to the scripture. "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." - 1 Timothy 2:12.

(via News With Views)
 

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