From the April 9 edition of Lutheran Public Radio’s Issues, Etc.
Exactly! And if Jesus never made a big issue about rape, intellectually honest Christians have to come to one of two conclusions. 1) Jesus’s values were not only inconsistent with mine, but mine are, in fact, superior. or 2) Rape isn’t really such a big problem because if it was, Jesus would have made a big deal of it.
You know, people twist themselves into a pretzel to defend Jesus’s omissions, but they don’t even dream of addressing aspects of his character that don’t make sense to them. What about throwing out the money lenders? How many people claim to love Jesus and the Bible, but own a credit card or have a bank account or a mortgage or a student loan? All these people are supporting the same money lenders. Why don’t they make a big fucking deal out of it? I’ll tell you why, or rather, you’ll tell us why:
People like to pick and choose what to believe from the bible so that they can create their own perfect version of Jesus.
One of my favorite Wikipedia pages. What makes people who believe Jesus is/was real based on faith not believe these people?
The parallels between Scientologist dogma and Oblivion’s plot are not exact, but it’s not hard to see how a person drawn to the one could be drawn to the other. Religions, like movies, are based in narratives, and they similarly seek to give structure to the inchoate stuff of life. And, in many ways, Oblivion is simply the most concrete example of a theme that stretches back through Cruise’s entire filmography, in which knowing oneself and being known by others is not only profoundly difficult, but also frequently dangerous.
Slate asks a fascinating question: Do Tom Cruise’s movies reveal something about his personality?
Those who know me know I don’t like my parents all that much because of the restrictions they place on me. I understand if some people think this is just a teen being angst-y.
But I’m going to quote one of the Christian magazines my family received yesterday. (This is from the “Parents’ Corner” section of “Answers in Genesis” if anybody is wondering.
“Some [children and teens] are falling into the fire and must be helped. “Save others, snatching them out of the fire” (Jude 23a, NASB)
Until some kids are eighteen, you have the opportunity to place as many restraints and reminders in their paths as you can. They may hate you for it at the time, but they will thank you later. Don’t be afraid to lovingly limit their entertainment, filter twit computers, or question the foolishness of their friends. Our fear of God and our love for our kids should motivate us to rescue them from even the possibility of God’s judgement.”
I’m going to let you dwell on the first part of that paragraph. “Until kids are eighteen, you have the opportunity to put as many restraints on them […] as you can.”
What’s the consensus on that statement? Im a little freaked out by what my parents are reading. Should I be “filtering” their media or “question the foolishness” of their sources of advice?
This is what I mean when I talk about how these religious groups like Ken Ham’s Tax Dodgers and Focused on YOUR Family teach people to abuse their children.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean police on Thursday arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the Antichrist. The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of &
Here’s how religious beliefs cause harm. If he were right, that the child really was a demon from another dimension bent on leading humanity into destruction, the moral thing to do would probably be to kill it, right? Belief should be based on evidence. Evidence for the existence of demons or anti-Christs or Christs and whether or not this baby was involved require better knowledge than “I just believe it.” However, religion, all religion, teaches us to believe that way, without evidence. That’s faith. This is faith.