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The Pledge of Ignorance

The Pledge of Ignorance

These children had no idea to what they were pledging allegiance. What Five, Ten or Thirteen year old could or would? They’d have to be wise beyond their years and, if that were the case, they’d never pledge allegiance to a flag.

Pledge to know, protect and uphold the Constitution? Perhaps.

Pledging allegiance to a symbol that at any moment and to any person could mean anything. I think not.

This does not take into account the fact that the pledge was authored by a socialist. Nor does it take into account “GoD” being later added in order that children may be coopted forcibly into the Christian religion.

This in a state that is supposedly opposed to socialism and is supposed to be a Nation opposed to religious establishment or preference. The United States Bill of Rights guarantees Freedom of Religion. Even the founding fathers were fans of a multiplicity of religious belief in our nation.

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation…All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens;” wrote George Washington.

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas Jefferson

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine

[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776


“If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.” George Washington

The Founders of this Nation were accepting of all peoples. They found no need for a pledge to the flag under which they fought for Independence from Britain.

Yet, somehow, 200 years removed, Americans find themselves in need of a test, a pledge for citizenship.

The founder likewise accepted all persons as newcomers to this nation. Yet, today, we want no part of new peoples who are escaping poverty and destitution, despotism and tyranny. Today’s American is too good for the immigrant, too fearful of the immigrant, too greedy to share of their bounty.

I dare say that both the Founders of this Nation and the GoD whom Christians worship would be ashamed of these Americans.

But, pledge away, simple people. Pledge away. And pray that your GoD is not real. For if this GoD of the Christian Bible is real, surely there is another plague, another great flood, another calamity heading your way.

The pity is that you’ll drag me along with you. Oh, iniquitous, prideful fools.

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Religion Hates Me! How Can I Respect That?

 

 

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I    do not understand “respect” for an archaic vision of hatred. That, to me, is the essence of religion. Religion separates humanity. It categorizes and labels. It creates “the other.” Oftentimes, or more realistically, most often it prejudices it’s adherents AGAINST the other.

Religion unifies one part against the other. It divides.

Certainly, it unifies. However, it does so in a negative manner.

Religion says; “We are this and you are that. AND THAT is an abomination. THAT is wrong.”

What is good about that? What can I find to respect about that?

What if religion were to say; “We are all one. We are different but we are all part of the same whole. It is ok that you are different. We can find common ground and live peaceably and honorably.”

Religion does not do this. Religion names the other sinner, infidel, heathen, savage, heretic, unbeliever, abomination. Religion dehumanizes and allows it’s adherents to think of the lives of all others as unworthy. Unless “the other” converts, submits, reverts or otherwise becomes a part of that religion.

Religion is false. It is simply a means of falsely dividing the people of the earth and controlling that subset in accordance with the whims of “the GoD” of their leader.

Religion keeps us divided.

Religion is false.

Why would I respect that? What earthly reason do I have to respect the religion of the crusades, of jihad, of honor killings, of genocide. This notion that we should respect the beliefs of others is insanity.

No person who truly believes in Islam or Christianity can be tolerant or accepting of other religions or of persons who do not “believe.” Inherent in the beliefs of those two specific religions is the law, judgment, understanding that those who do not believe are going to a hell or will be punished for living their lives outside as a non-believer. There is no real tolerance and can be no real acceptance of others for those who truly believe in the writings of the Bible or the Qu’ran.

To a true believer, you are as good as judged by their GoD. You are unworthy. You are infidel. You are perpetual outsider with no hope of redemption or salvation UNLESS you become one of them…unless you join their FAITH.

And, like the song by Queen, there can be only one.

The two cannot coexist in any true sense. To believe one is to believe the other false. To be one is to believe that the other is not fully human…not worthy of “everlasting life.”

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Inherent in the beliefs of those two religions is a disrespect for all other living creatures who dwell upon this planet. You are unclean. You are infidel. You are heathen. You are savage. You are abominable. That IS the belief.

Am I supposed to respect that fundamental hatred of who I am?

 

 

 

Ideological Tolerance and Acceptance

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I have a few hard line stances to which I am pretty much a hard stay.

Most people are cool with the difference of opinion.

Two groups who, ironically, preach tolerance/love/acceptance have been the ones most often and most likely to hold these opinions against me.

1. Fundamentalist Christians
2. Hard Left Liberals

I have a few people who hold a hardcore dislike for me or who love to “preach” their message but do everything that they can to NOT hear any other message.

All of these people fall into the category of Fundamentalist Christian or Hard Left Liberal.

For instance, I do not think that Palestine will ever be “democratic.”  Yet, there are a group of liberals whom I have known who attend rallies, meetings and such with the goal of a “free and democratic” Palestine.  When I tell them that this is impossible, they automatically think that I am for the status quo in Palestine and that I am pro everything Israel.  However, that could not be further from the truth.

I believe that Israel is the author of many of the woes of Palestine.  I believe that Israel has become an offensive fraud who preaches democracy, yet, oppresses a whole class of people based upon fear and greed.

I, also, believe that the Arab Nations share guilt in this endless conflict.  All of the Arabs.  Iraq, Saudi Arabia (most guilty and most hypocritical), Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and Palestine.  These people are as great a problem and sticking point as the Israelis.

That said, no Palestinian State that emerges at this time will be democratic.  It will be another Islamic Despotism based on the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Liberal fallacies and fantasies about freedom and democracy in the region are naught but dreamy intentions paving the way to hell for Arab Christians and Muslims in Palestine.

I also have my Fundie Christian detractors.  Those purveyors of hellfire and brimstone who “innocently” imply that I am on the path to hell and can’t quite understand how such a belief would offend anyone.   These people have told me countless times that morality can not exist without Christianity.  For them, there is no morality without Christ.

I, on the other hand, look at the history of Christianity and think that if that is morality, I’d rather be immoral.

When I refute their claims, they claim that I am blaspheming their religion.  They tell me that I am disrespecting their beliefs.  They tell me that I should be more tolerant.

That bewilders me.  The thought that I should be “tolerant” of a belief that condemns me to hell.  The idea that I should be more respectful of a religion that believes that I will burn for eternity because I do not pay lip service or believe in their system of intellectual and emotional servitude to a capricious deity who on the one hand orders genocide and on the other preaches faith, hope and love BUT only if you believe in him, his son and their plan for salvation.

If I deign not to believe, I shall burn in hell for eternity.

And I’m the disrespectful, intolerant one?

Inconceivable.

Yet, that I have the audacity to make it clear that I think Palestinian Democracy or Salvation at the hands of a vengeful, judgmental God or whatever pet project a Fundamentalist Christian or Hard Left Liberal might have is based on fallacy, I am the intolerant one.

These folks are absolutist.  There is no room for difference with these folks.  I will admit that I might be wrong.  I fully and freely admit that I do not know all.

But there is no room for doubt with these folks.  Therefore, I become the enemy.  The hated one.

They preach.  They give their story.  They’ll demand that you listen, that you give them your time.  When you attempt to give your side, they will not listen.  Their minds close as tightly as their eyes, ears and hearts.

And then I become the evil one.

Tolerance?  Acceptance?

For most of these people, these are mere tools with which they bash the opponent.  You are required to tolerate and accept their ideas.  They require that you dismiss yours.

A Challenge to the Religious

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best . . . to everyone.”
- Jesus (Matthew 5:43-45 The Message)

Islam was spread solely through conquest.  In every land that is now Muslim there are religious minorities.  These people are treated as second class citizens.  In no Muslim country are religious minorities treated with the respect and reverence  that Muslims demand for themselves everywhere in which they are minorities.

Islam has a version of the Golden Rule.  The problem with this Qu’ranic exhortation to “do unto others as…” is that it applies ONLY to fellow Muslims.  It is not all inclusive.  It is exclusionism at it’s worst.  The Qu’ran exhorts it’s followers to kill the unbeliever and to NOT treat with the unbeliever.  There is no universal Golden Rule in Islam unless you are a fellow Muslim or until the whole of the World “reverts” to Islam.  Those are Muhammadan commandments.  This is clearly spelled out in the Qu’ran and expounded upon tirelessly in the Hadith.

Christianity is on the verge of returning to it’s old ways.  It is becoming a religion of exclusion.  Counterfeit outrage and unfounded claims of persecution abound within the Christian realm of America.  Christians see more ghosts lurking in the shadows than McCarthy at the height of the Great Pink Scare of the Cold War.

Go back and read the words of your Savior.  Stop spreading hate and discontent towards others who are not like you.

Instead of forcing others to become Christian in order to receive your charity and kindness, be truly charitable and kind without expectation, without demanding reciprocation and without the quid pro quo.

In the northern Hill Tribe area of Thailand, Christians are doing excellent work.  However, that assistance is only available to those who are willing to become pretend Christians or who are willing to be indoctrinated and attend Church services on a regular basis.  The Hill Tribe people are required to convert or at least “shamvert” in order to receive services, education, food stuffs, etc.  This is not charity.  It’s trickery.  It’s deception.  It’s dissembling.  It is an outrage.

Yeshua said to be fishers of men.  He did not command his followers to go forth and enslave men.  He did not force others to receive his word in order to receive his love and kindness.  If this is to be the work of Christianity, they may as well be Muslims.

Christians and Muslims loudly proclaim that theirs is a religion of peace.  They say that they are a boon to mankind.  Prove it.  I do not see it.  In Islam, I see continual strife and violence against the unbeliever.  In Christianity, I see exclusion.  Too much hell fire and brimstone and not enough Faith, Hope and Love.

Come to the light.  It’s warm and lovely therein.

Christian Morality

What is right and what is wrong?

The Christian God believes that murder is moral. The Christian God killed or allowed to be killed the whole family of Job based upon a wager with the “adversary.” The Christian God is not a moral God.

The Christian God demanded a blood sacrifice in the form of his “only begotten son” in order to forgive sin that was already in his power to forgive.

If it was not already in his power to forgive those sins then there is a higher power than your God by whose rules YHWH is playing. Otherwise, he could have saved his son the trouble of being tortured, whipped, humiliated and hung on a cross and simply forgiven the world.

There is absolutely nothing moral about Christianity. It is based upon human sacrifice. How moral is that?

“Abraham, you must sacrifice your son.”

Later that night: “Oh, shit! My bad dawg…I was hittin’ the Ganja!.  You really don’t need to do that, Abraham. I was just testing you in the cruelest manner possible by seeing if you were willing to murder your own son to prove your loyalty to me. Dude, Abraham, you really are loyal.  Just like a dog.  There’s a good boy.”

3 or 4 thousand years later.

“Ah shit, Yeshua…. Dude… You have to go to Earth. After you’ve been there and preached this new ambiguous message of faith, hope and love, I’m going to need you to subject yourself to temptation from that Satan dude. Then I’ll need you to allow one of your best friends to betray you and you have to forgive him. Then I’ll need you to let the Romans take you away. They’re going to torture you…humiliate you…probably piss and shit on you…then they’re going to kill you in the most excruciating manner ever devised by crucifying you.”

“Fuck Dude, why didn’t you just let Cousin Abe sacrifice Isaac.” said Jesus/Yeshua

“Yeshua, dude, I am the lord thy God. You must obey me. Now shut the fuck up and get down there. I’ve told Joseph that I could impregnate his wife without her losing her virginity. Humans! They’ll believe anything.”

“Ok Pops, but only because you so love the world.”

“Why yes….I do.”

This Christian God can’t even make up his mind. Killing good. killing bad. Genocide good. Genocide bad. Slavery good. Slavery bad. Rape and pillage good. Rape and pillage bad. Human sacrifice good. Human sacrifice bad. Human sacrifice good.

Where is this great and absolute Christian morality?

Studying the Bible and the acts of Christians themselves…I don’t see it.

So please tell me again how Judeo-Christian morality is good for the world.

I guess that it’s flexible and situational….that’s a good thing mostly.

God changes his mind more than a flip floppin’ Political Candidate.

Religion of Peace

Why do people deny so much of the obvious and so much of history in order to speak well of religions such as Islam and Christianity?

Are these people incapable of comprehension?  Are they illiterate?

Religions of Peace.

A religion of peace does not participate in conquest.  A religion of peace does not commit genocide.  A religion of peace does not require blood sacrifice.

How are genocide, conquest or blood sacrifice considered peaceful?

The Jews committed genocide throughout the Old Testament.

Islam is a Imperial Religion that used Allah as justification to conquer lands from India to Spain and back again.

Christianity is a religion whose God required a sacrifice of blood in order for it’s adherents to receive their eternal reward.

This is all violence.  This is not peace.

Christians love to say that Jesus died for their sins.  NO!  Jesus was violently executed for your sins.  And you call that peace.

If the Bible is true…

The Mythological Behemoth of the Bible

The Mythological Behemoth of the Bible

 

“Behold Behemoth,
which I made as I made you;
he eats grass like an ox.
Behold, his strength is in his loins,
and his power in the muscles of his belly.
He makes his tail stiff like a cedar;
the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
His bones are tubes of bronze,
his limbs like bars of iron.
He is the first of the works of God;

let him who made him bring near his sword!
For the mountains yield food for him
where all the wild beast play.
Under the lotus plant he lies,
in the covert of the reeds and in the marsh.
For his shade the lotus tree covers him
the willows of the brook surround him.
Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened;
he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mough.
Can one take him with hooks,
or pierce his nose with a snare?” Job 40:15-24

The Disease called Religion

 

Afghanistan has a sickness called Religion.  It’s a disease of the mind and spirit.

Religions are all designed with one thing in mind. CONTROL! Domination over weak minded masses by a powerful individual or ruling class of individuals. Religion is a tool by which the dominant classes allows the less powerful classes to yoke themselves.  Religion is the willing spiritual self-enslavement to false gods and greed driven, power lusting men.
This video is proof positive of this.

 

Christian Family Values?

Because it isn't your birthday.  It's an ancient pagan festival day.

Because it isn’t your birthday. It’s an ancient pagan festival day.

Matthew 12:46-49 Someone told Jesus: Your mother and brothers are outside asking to speak to You. Jesus replied: Who is My mother? Who are My brothers?

Luke 14:26 Jesus said: If anyone comes to Me without hating his father, mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even his own life, he can not be My disciple.

I can understand this from a Buddhist perspective.  Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Brothers, Fathers, Husbands, Children are all attachments.  They are all seductions.  All hold one to this life and to this earth.  All will distract from the path.  After all, Gautama [Shakyamuni] Buddha did, in fact, desert his wife and baby in his search for a path to nibbana.

From a Christian perspective in terms of today’s “Family Values” Christianity, this is difficult to reconcile.  It’s difficult to reconcile with the concept of love especially Christian love and the Modernist Nuclear Family.

How then do Christians understand these words?  How is this reconciled in Christian circles?

This sounds Muslim to me as if Muhommad was speaking through Ieshua.

Frankly, it makes no sense to me and I do not see how anyone could reconcile this to Modern Christianity.

What Ieshua is really saying here, or so it seems to me, is that in order to be a Christian, one must put him [Christ] above all others.  Hate is used extraordinarily here.  It must be a translation problem (from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English…you can see where there might have been some difficulties with translation along the centuries).

Jesus is harkening back to the Jealous God routine.  I find that preposterous as well.  Why can I not love all equally and be a good Christian?  Why does Jesus demand that I love him more?  How is this love of others or others vs him quantifiable?

In a sense, Ieshua is demanding that we desert our families if we are to join his following.  If we are to become a disciple of Jesus, there are no half commitments?  He’s gone a bit George W. Bush on us.  We’re with him or against him?

I find this unappealing in a creature who is supposed to be a loving God, a perfect being.  Jealousy is unbecoming in a leader.  It is most unbecoming in a supposedly perfect God figure.

Why can we not simply be good people and follow the teachings of Christ in being good human beings?  Why must we be so intent upon his person or spirit?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

Unless, of course, you are God or Jesus and then it’s OK to envy, to boast, to be proud and to be rude, self-seeking, easily angered, and to keep records of wrongs.

Jesus, Christianity and Slavery

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

Jesus approved of Slavery or, at the very least, did not disapprove of it. Mankind has since decided that Slavery was immoral.

How can Jesus have been perfect if he believed in the morality of slavery?

Christians will jump through hoops to rationalize this. If Jesus were perfect AND the Alpha and Omega, the “man of his times” defense doesn’t work.

Here are passages from the New Testament:

The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

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Jesus, here, appears to be approving of beating slaves for disobedience. Not only did he approve of the practive of human ownership, he believes that beating them is a fair practice.
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Below, the Bible actually gives rules to slave ownership:

If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

And here, the Bible speaks approvingly of sex slaves:

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

AND it’s all good as long as the Master feeds, clothes and sexes ‘em up!

This is basically tacit approval of prostitution and sex slavery.

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.  If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.  (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

 

Only if the slave dies is beating punishable by God.  Otherwise, the Bible condones the beating of slaves.

 

 

Religious Ramblings

WARNING:  IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, YOU WILL NOT ENJOY READING THIS!

Emperor Constantine and the King of Kings

The Legendary Triumph

In the year 312 AD, a fiery and unscrupulous but vigorous and ambitious man named Constantine was leading a great army across Italy to meet his rival for the emperorship of the world, Maxentius. Suddenly, just after noon, he saw, flaming on the heavens, the Greek monogram, the Labarum or Chi-Rho symbol of Christ, together with the words:

In this sign, conquer.The sign cannot have been startling or obviously miraculous and Constantine did not fall on his knees. He merely wondered what the sign meant. No ecclesiastical historian today believes the vision as miraculous. The cross, if it ever existed at all, might have been the phenomenon of sun-dogs, caused by ice crystals in the stratosphere.

During the night, a second vision informed him that this monogram referred to the same Christ whose religion and followers he had been familiar with for ten years at least. After consultation with Christian clergy, he declared that the Sun-God had been created by the Christian God, removed the eagles from his standards and put in their place the Chi-Ro symbol of the failed Jewish Messiah. The following day, he marched on, crossed the Milvian bridge and did conquer. He won the battle of the Milvian Bridge and so supremacy over the whole Roman Empire. Later he converted, but a good many of his family and the Roman ruling class already had. With an emperor’s authority, Christianity was now secure.

I believe that the only way to get back to the original beleif of the followers of Ieshua is to strip away all Roman influence.

I may be a bit too hard on Paul because I like many of the Apostles believe him to be an interloper. He’s the Bill Gates of Christianity.

If you know the Nazarene as Jesus Christ, it is my belief that you know not the man at all. If you see “Jesus Christ” as a White European, you know not the man. If you preach hell, punishment, division, hatred for this or that group, and the whole host of other trash that is preached/taught by the Christian Church and has been part of the Christian Church for ages, you do not know the man.

Hell Fire and Brimstone is not the message of the Man from Nazareth.

I see hate in the Church. All of the Churches. Including and sometimes even more so from the post Protestant Reformation Churches.

Where did Jesus preach that Homosexuals or Jews were going to hell?

He didn’t.

Where did Jesus preach to judge everyone and condemn them all to hell or to run around saying that non-believers were going to hell?

Where did Jesus preach “God helps those who help themselves?”

I suppose I am too harsh on Paul. That’s probably because I think he is too GREATLY worshiped by the masses for whom he should be a conduit to the Nazarene. Instead, Paul is akin to the Islamic Mullah who tells the illiterate masses how to believe, how to perceive, how to feel about the teachings of the Nazarene.

If I take a lie and split it into two pieces, do those two pieces then become truths. No. Such is the case with the Protestant Reformation. If there is a centigram of Rome in your beliefs, you have strayed from the message of the Nazarene.

The only way to get back to the Nazarene and his message is to go directly to him. It’s difficult as we know very little about who he was or what he actually stated. Unless the Vatican has his words hidden away from the world in their vast dungeons and libraries.

If Genghis Khan had conquered Europe and had taken Christianity and co-opted it into a tool of his Empire, Jesus would have become Asian. This did not happen. Yet, it did.

Constantine used Christianity to re-conquer/re-unite the Empire. Then he decreed it the religion of the Empire.

Is that not ironic? “Jesus” said that his is the Kingdom of Heaven. God did not send his “only begotten son” to conquer. Yet, we are led to believe by the Roman Church that God changed his mind and decided to send Constantine to conquer in his name.

I do not believe the story as it comes down to us through the Vatican. I believe that Ieshua (Jesus) was a prophet, a speaker of truths.

I believe that he died and in a sense, yes, he did die for our sins.  He did not die to atone for “original sin.”   He died to bring us a message of Love.  However, humanity was too proud of itself to inculcate his teachings. I compare Ieshua to the Buddha. He learned, he gained wisdom and he passed on his wisdom to the masses. I do not believe that Ieshua was God or that he was or is the only way to Eternity. I believe that he taught a way. Much like Buddha. He taught love for our fellow man. He taught compassion. He taught faith and hope. He taught us to be good and kind to one another. I believe that when he stated “I am the way. No man gets to heaven before me.” that he was saying that we should follow his example.  “I am the way.”  The Nazarene is bidding us follow his example.  He’s not asking us to “glorify” him.  That is mere paganistic Sun God worship syncretically transmogrified into Christian Imperialistic idolatry.

I do not believe that he was saying that we should all gather in some mega-church and scream in ecstasy that we “love Jesus.” I think Jesus would be appalled by such behavior. Instead of building multimillion dollar institutions with glamorous edifices to “Christ the Savior,” I believe that Ieshua would want that money to go towards edifying the poor. Christianity is appalling. Christians spend millions a year on Theme Park Christianity. Show places of humility and piety. Ieshua instructed his disciples to go into their rooms or a dark place and to pray alone. He did not teach his disciples to gather in orgiastic congegations of worldly excess.

Christians do not listen. They want the magnificent. They want the show. They want to show.

Give to the poor. Give to the needy. Pick up your neighbor. Help a stranger.

The billions of untold wealth held by the Churchs of the world could alleviate much suffering. Instead, it is gathered and maintained as a show of the “Glory of God.” This is not what Christ taught. This is what Rome taught.

Rome is all around us in the Christian Faith. Most Christians are too ignorant of history to see this. Especially the Catholic “faith.”

Christians are not so dissimilar from Muslims in this regard. They make fantastic show of faith and devotion to religion but live out a life that is the exact opposite of the supposed tenets of their faith.

Faith, Hope and Love ~ This is the true message of the Nazarene.

 

 

Christianity and the Message of Christ

Justinian (The Messiah) and Theodora (The Virgin) ~ The Creators of Roman Christianity

I believe that Jesus would gaze disapprovingly upon most of the Christians of this age.

I have my beliefs and am satisfied with them. For me, organized religion, worship of “holy” books such as the Bible or the Qu’ran, the post-Constantin Roman Christian concentration on the physical person of Christ rather than the message of Christ, the belief that Faith alone will get you to heaven and the stubborn clinging to a belief in a “Loving God” who condemns souls to hell will keep me away from what now passes for Christianity.

I believe in Christ as prophet of the Gods. For me, it is enough that he was a messenger who brought a message of Faith, Hope and Love to mankind. I do not need to sit in a church pew and moan ad nauseum how much I “LOOOOOVE JeeZus!” like some heifer in spiritual heat.  It is not what one believes but how one incorporates ones beliefs into ones life that is important.

I know far too many Christians who talk a great game and then fall back on the Original Sin hoax stating that we are all sinners as an excuse for turning a blind eye to and doing nothing about the evils in this world.

Too many believe that as long as they believe in Jesus and accept him into their hearts as their savior that they are going to heaven. I believe that it is impossible to accept Jesus without accepting his message. The Ministry of Jesus was about work. The work of loving the world. The work of loving your neighbor. The work of accepting and not judging.

Each Christian vote for acts such as the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment is a repudiation of the message of Christ. Each Christian vote against the poor is a repudiation of the message of Christ. Each Christian vote against immigrants from South America is a repudiation of the life of Christ.

Christ was about helping the poor and welcoming everyone into the family of man. His life was not about keeping those poverty stricken Mexicans out of America. Christ was not about marginalizing homosexuals or the poor. Christ was not about sanctifying marriage for this group or that group.

30 years ago marriage was too sacred to allow a Black Man to marry a White Woman. Miscegenation was a great evil. Now, if you’re a good Christian, you must stop the homosexuals from ruining marriage. What’s next? Maybe they’ll actually tackle the real problem facing marriage. Adultery. I doubt that though. They’d have to fire 80% of the Preacher Men if they did that.

I missed that in the teachings of Christ. I missed where Jesus stated that only White Men can marry White Women and that no other marriage was valid.

These are some of the many reasons that I will never again be a part of Christianity.

The greatest reason is that I revere Christ and see that organization which claims to represent him as a repudiation of all that is good about the man and his message.

Having long ago verged from the path of Ieshua the Nazarene, Modern Christianity is a hot mess.

LESBIONICLE SERPENTS OF SATAN

A friend sent me this on Facebook.

GOD HATES LEZBIONICLE CHECKERED WHIPTAIL LIZARDS

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
-Stephen Roberts

“It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal god and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious, then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”

-Albert Einstein

“If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it ought to be good enough for the children of Texas.”
-Ma Ferguson (Texas Governor) speaking on Spanish as a second language in the United States

“Now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
-Voltaire on his deathbed when asked by a priest if he renounced Satan

“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination.”
-Mark Twain

“Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn’t there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.”
-Robert A. Heinlein

“Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.”
-Frederick the Great

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“He was a wise man who originated the idea of God”
-Euripides

“After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel I must wash my hands.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

“The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

“There’s an ancient Hebrew word for Jews from Westport… It’s pronounced ‘Presbyterian’.”
-Toby Ziegler to Josh Lyman on The West Wing TV series.

“My prayer to God is a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ God has granted it.”
-Voltaire

 

Foolish Infidels

If anyone secretly entices you–even if it is your brother, your father’s son or your mother’s son, or your own son or daughter, or the wife you embrace, or your most intimate friend– saying, “Let us go worship other gods,” whom neither you nor your ancestors have known,

any of the gods of the peoples that are around you, whether near you or far away from you, from one end of the earth to the other, you must not yield to or heed any such persons. Show them no pity or compassion and do not shield them.

But you shall surely kill them; your own hand shall be first against them to execute them, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

Stone them to death for trying to turn you away

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I agree with the Tea Partiers and Neo-Nativists.

Any religion that includes passages such as these
in their Holy Book should be banned from the
United States of America.

These are outdated notions in a world attempting to achieve universal peace and harmony.  Any religion that claims to be
of love and peaceful would recognize that such talk is counter-
productive and would rid itself of such language.

By the way, that passage under the photo is straight
out of the Bible (Deuteronomy 13:6).

A most excellent passage from the New Testament would seem to apply here:

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Jesus of Nazereth

Matthew 7:5

No Conversion, Please: “I believe that there is no such thing as conversion from one faith to another in the accepted sense of the word.      It is a highly personal matter for the individual and his God. I may not have any design upon my neighbour as to his faith, which I must honour even as I honour my own. Having reverently studied the scriptures of the world I could no more think of asking a Christian or a Musalman, or a Parsi or a Jew to change his faith than I would think of changing my own.” (Harijan: September 9, 1935)

All Religions are True: “I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu … But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.” (Young India: January 19, 1928)

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I wonder how many will have the courage to forward this on to friends and relatives.  ; )  No guilt from me.  Do as you wish.  God won’t hate you.  God won’t love you more.  You won’t get good luck or bad.  No car will come crashing through the front of your house and you won’t go bald or become impotent if you don’t forward this.  You won’t lose your your job, your wife or your dog if you don’t forward this.  You won’t win the lottery or a get laid if you do send it forward.  You’ll simply have forwarded on something for others to think about.

The Heretic

(I sent this out as an email.   I wonder if it will make it back to me someday as a forward.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

America’s Christian Inferiority Complex

Do American Christians have an inferiority complex?

The above photo would give that impression.  Some person decided that he should create this picture and shoot it around the internet.  Of course, he uses Islam as the juxtaposition.  He might have used a group of Hindus praying or Buddhists in contemplation.  Why not Wiccans?  Satanists?  Daoists?

It’s the obvious emotional ploy.  Aside from the fact that no one really has a problem with Tebow praying in public except, perhaps, Jesus himself.  The complaint that I’ve most often heard is from players on opposing teams.  That complaint being that God is on their side, too.  Why does Tebow think that he’s so special that God would intervene on his behalf and not theirs.  Players pray in the NFL and NBA all the time.  So much so that I get sick of them publicly thanking God for the big win.

To the photo!

What’s occurring in the two pictures?

#1   Muslims in an area designated for their daily prayers acting out one of their five daily devotionals to Allah in a Mosque.  They’re repeating a set prayer in a place of worship.  This same prayer which is memorized by all devout Muslims is offered by millions of Muslims daily.  Five times daily.  Muslims go to their Mosque or other designated area.  If they’re not near a mosque a designated prayer area, they usually find some private place to pray.  They lay down their prayer rug.  They bow.  They pray.  Same prayer.  Five times a day.  Every day.  The truly devout Muslims do this.  Other Muslims pray when they feel like it or not at all.

Note that this prayer is occurring in a designated area in what I believe is New York City.

#2  Tim Tebow is on the sideline of a Football Stadium on National TV.  He’s kneeling.  He’s offering up a prayer to God.  What is his prayer?  For what are we to assume that he’s praying?  World Peace?  Universal Harmony?  Not to embarrass himself and the Denver Broncos in a football game?  Victory in a Football Game?

What’s he praying for?

I have no problem with the guy praying.  I can understand why members of the other team would think that he’s grand standing when he prays in the middle of a game on the sidelines as if he’s David about to do battle with Goliath or Constantine about to meet the savages of Briton.

I can understand why so many people are making fun of him.  It’s completely understandable.  He’s made himself into a caricature of Christian arrogance and hypocrisy.  He’s praying on the sidelines of a football game and his stance usually looks strikingly similar to a famous portrait of George Washington praying at Valley Forge.

He’s asking God to take time out of his busy schedule to help Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos prevail in a Football Game.  A Football Game.  Yeap.  Never mind all those wars, the famine, the hurricanes, floods and tornadoes ripping through the world.  God, please stop everything else and help me win this football game.  It’s a bit ridiculous.

The players on the opposing team are probably sending up their own prayers.  However, they’re not doing it in such a manner that the whole world can see them.  They’re silently offering their prayers in the manner that Jesus himself said that Christians should offer their prayers.  Prayers are personal and private.  A prayer is a conversation between God and an individual.  Does Tebow think that God is more likely to answer his prayers if he’s seen praying on National TV?  Maybe he thinks God is watching the game on a satellite dish in Heaven.

I understand that he’s attempting to set an example.  Be a good role model.  I don’t know if that’s the way to do it.  Maybe it is.  If you take something personal and put it in the public realm, don’t be surprised and certainly don’t be thin skinned if other public people ridicule the act or, at the very least, call into question your motives.  Perhaps ignoring the actual instructions of Christ is a good and Christian way of setting a proper Christian example for other Christians.

Let’s see what the Bible says about Prayer.  This is what Jesus had to say concerning how and where to pray;

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

That’s Mathew 6:6.

It’s instructive to note that Jesus didn’t say to walk onto the sidelines of an NFL Game on National TV and pray in front of three or four million people.  His basic instruction was to NOT showboat and to not make it a public spectacle.  Jesus wasn’t a big fan of public spectacle.  Perhaps, there has been a papal bull wherein the Acts of Tebow supercede the Life of Christ and the Bible.

Muslims are actually instructed to pray publicly.  Mohammad had no problem with public acts of piety.

Jesus, however, instructed Christians to pray in their rooms.

Christians should ask themselves the question in the photo.  What is wrong with that picture?  The Bible has the answers.  It’s called the Word of God by Christians.  The answer is in the very words of Jesus when he instructed the Disciples on how to pray.  The same time that he gave Christians the Lord’s Prayer.

But you good Christians knew that…didn’t you.

Sometimes, I have to wonder if Christians actually read the Bible.  Perhaps, they’re too busy thinking of new and improved ways to be offended by Muslims to pay attention to the Life of Christ or his words.  I must have missed that passage in the Bible that states “Thou shalt be offended.”

Christians have gone so far away from Christ that I’m surprised any of them own a Bible.  Sometimes, it seems that too many Christians learned how to be “good” Christians while watching the Kingdom of Heaven.

Or Strategic Posturing?