Sunday, January 13, 2008

Questions and Answers

(The following post is an excerpt from The Comfort Food blog which I thought I would share with my faithful blog readers. It contains some food for thought.....)

Question: "What really shocks me here are the number of Christians who are afraid of atheists...What is scary about someone not believing the same thing as you...? Perhaps I am asking the wrong question... Perhaps I should be asking, are you that afraid that your belief system is that easily deconstructed...?"

Answer: Good question. We are not scared of atheists, although if we weren’t Christians, we should be. A very wise man once said, “Most I fear God. Next, I fear him who fears Him not.” Atheists are probably about as dangerous as “religious” people (as apposed to those who truly love God).. Religious people have killed millions throughout history in religious wars (the Crusades of the Catholic church, Islamic terrorism, etc.), the Spanish Inquisition (the murder of Christians by the Catholic church), the killing of the prophets of God (by religious Jews), the murder of Jesus, the persecution of the Church (see the Book of Acts for details, or read Foxes Book of Martyrs for greater and horrific detail). Religious hypocrites come in a close second to atheistic communism, which is responsible for 100 million deaths throughout history. If someone doesn’t fear God, they will lie to you (if they think that they can get away with it), they will steal from you (if they think they can get away with it), and they may even kill you (if they . . . you know why by now). The atheist thinks that he’s getting away with his sin. He denies that there is a God, and therefore he believes that there is no judgment for his actions. He may evade civil law, but there is no way he can ever evade God’s Law. God considers lust to be adultery, and hatred, murder. He sees the thought-life, and Jesus warned that even every idle word he speaks, he will have to give an account for on the Day of Judgment.

1 Peter 3:15-17 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Ezekiel 3:18-19 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous sattvicwarrior said...

i dint read your latest post yet. . but i thought of you when i saw this as its fresh in my pea brain ..
. . [ da link]
just curious of your interp.
please advise..
now GET READY....... ITS A HUGE "COPY AND PASTE".
whew ........ thats an understament jim.
BUT ITS WORTH IT. .
just sharing. . some of it is stupid. but there are points that deserve reflections. . HERE IT IS!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

7:12 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sattvicwarrior,

I hope you had a great weekend, and I'm glad you are still thinking of me and my posts on my blogsite... well, at least, I think so!!! :) :) :)

I'm sorry, but unfortunately, I am one of probably less than 500 (just exaggerating a bit) still stuck on dial-up internet service due to living "in the sticks" here in the South; thus, I can't access "youtube" due to the extended download times and slow connection speed.

I'm sorry.... have a great week!!!

7:21 PM  
Blogger sattvicwarrior said...

just read your post. really good. but..
you say. [ or someone sezzz]
"we are not scared of atheists, although if we weren’t Christians, we should be."
HOW TOTALLY STUPID. HOW CAN ONE BE AFRAID OF SOMETHING THEY DONT KNOW EXISTS?? if a TRUE Christian was in touch with god and the teachings of Christ there would be NO fear of ANYTHING .
because a TRUE Christian would realize that anything less than a connection with said source [ god and christ] is irrelevant. . its NOT about a collective consciousness. its about a PERSONAL connection with god.
STUPID people in a collective consciousness create fear[ jsut look at the SOUTH who elected your last president. ]
REAL men dont QUESTION their connection with their creator, because they have EXPERIENCED “that which is”. [THIER CREATOR]
its from within . NOT from “outside” of ones self

THE ACRONYM FOR FEAR IS
F=FALSE
E=EVIDENCE
A=APPEARING
R= REAL
NOW THAT SOUNDS MORE LIKE THE BASIS OF CHRISTIANITY [ KING JIMMY’S VERSION SO HE COULD MANIPULATE CHURCH DOGMA TO FEED HIS PATHETIC UNFULFILLED LIFE…and marry some fithy MONEY GRUBBING bimbo cuase the church in rome at that time wouldn’t absolve his LAST marriage. . ahh yes……. power and MONEY does rule a church doesn't it. ?????
maybe christ was prognosticating when he thrrew the " money changers " out of the temple
. but anyway.
NOW….... C'MON WOULD YOU GO TO BED WITH A MAN [ if you were a woman ] THAT HAD ROTTEN TEETH AND ONLY TOOK A BATH ONCE A YEAR. YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] on to other things. ]
then you say.
religious hypocrites come in a close second to atheistic communism, which is responsible for millions of deaths throughout history.
EXCUSE ME?? HUH??
THE SPANISH INQUISITION [ TECHNICALLY WAS NOT DISOLVED TILL AROUND 1934.. I MIGHT BE WRONG ON THAT . BUT ITS CLOSE]/. DUDE!!!!!
GET REAL . HOW MANY MILLIONS DIED THROUGH WHAT SUPPOSEDLY CHRIST SUPPOSEDLY TAUGHT????????????. AND THEY WERE FAR FROM ATHEISTS.
I MUST INTERJECT SOMETHING HERE.
IM NOT AN ATHEIST. ALTHOUGH YOUR GOODY TWO SHOES SELF RIGHTEOUS PONTIFICATING FOLLOWERS WHO ARE ALWAYS " "BLESSING YOU" ETC FOR YOUR WORDS ETC. MIGHT GET THAT IMPRESSION . A CLARIFICATION
THEY ARE WRONG!!..
OK
AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION , THE ULTIMATE FORM OF POWER IS COMMUNISM IN RELIGIOUS ORDERS.
“ ITS WHAT
YOU DO WHAT WE TELL YOU AND NEVER QUESTION IT. .”.
THAT'S COMMUNISM IN A NUTSHELL. .
AND WITH YOUR QUOTE. [ I THINK YOUR TO BRIGHT TO TAKE CREDIT FOR THAT DITTY OF STUPIDITY] IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
AN ATHEIST IS JUST A S MUCH A DORK AS A RIGHT WINGED CHRISTIAN WHO THINKS THEY ARE THE ONLY WAY CAUSE THEY READ THE BIBLE.
DUDE
C'MON
PULL IN YER SAILS. . TIGHTEN UP YER SHIP. AND A LITTLE MORE " TO THE POINT " WITHOUT ALL THE SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS THAT CAN ONLY BE COMPREHENDED AND IS MIS INTERPRETED BY THE RELIGIOUS SOCIAL ZEALOTS CRETIN FROM THE SOUTH ,
your a bright man . and your faith is admirable. . but please dude. QUESTION your SOURCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. its ANYTHING but “ god like”
thanks:)

7:39 PM  
Blogger sattvicwarrior said...

darn . i REALLY wanted you to see that . oh well .
such is the rhapsody of lifes progress. its intereting tha all i see there is

7:41 PM  
Blogger sattvicwarrior said...

hope im not DUPLICATE [posting here. . its hard to follow this format . sorry if its an inconvienenve.
that "comment moderation " on your end makes it difficult on THIS end. . i DONT know if its posting or not. i keep geting this " repost" thing.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sattvicwarrior,

Just a couple of comments from your comments tonight....

Jesus said in Matt. 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Power and money drives RELIGION, but not the personal relationship with our Saviour, Jesus Christ... even Jesus Christ threw out those who were interested only in money from the temple...

John 2:15-16 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

Please provide the biblical reference where Christ taught men and their RELIGION anything about the Spanish Inquistion or the Crusades... that was man, not God... show me where Christ tells the Christian believer today to kill to further His Kingdom??? RELIGION known as the Catholic church has very little Bible to prove their DOGMA and acts throughout history.

Finally, these posts are not directed just at you.... I never claimed you were an athiest... maybe someone bitter at the Christian church since you have seen many hypocrits and false acts based upon RELIGION.... but you also did not find the TRUTH about God from a study of God's Word the Bible (of course, since you ridicule the Bible for some reason, not as much as for what it says, vs. what you have been taught by others...). It's not a fair evaluation to judge a true Bible believer if you don't know what it says!!!

By the way, I have no problem sticking to the point if you take one topic on at a time.... I have mentioned several times, a discussion vs email would be the right format....

Again, sorry about the YouTube situation.... I am sure there was something there you really wanted me to see and comment about....

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Sattvicwarrior said...

you say..
show me where Christ tells the Christian believer today to kill to further His Kingdom???
THERE ISNT. I WAS USEING THAT AS A GENERALIZATION IN THE CONTEXT I WAS WRITING. .SORRY BOUT THAT . .

RELIGION known as the Catholic church has very little Bible to prove their DOGMA and acts throughout history.
I GREW UP CATHOLIC AND I CAN TELL YOUR FOR SURE ALL THAT BIBLICAL BRAINWASING THEY FORCED UPON OTHERS HAS CREATED A HUGE BACKLASH. WHAT COMES OUT IN THE END IS TRUTH . AND THAT PRETTY MUCH IS THE SAME FOR ALL BIBLICAL VARIATIONS .. WE WERE TAUGHT THAT THE KING JAMES VERSION WAS ACTAULLY INSPRIRED BY THE DEVIL CAUSE KING JIMMY WANTED TO UNDERMINE THE POPE AND BREAK AWAY FROM THE CHRUCH WHO HAD MORE CONTROL THAN HE DUD. AND THATS REALLY WHAT " RELIGION " IS ALL ABTOU ANYWAY. . CONTROL.
. IT DIDNT TAKE LONG FOR ANYONE WITH A BRAIN FIGURE IT OUT THAT BOTH ARE FORCES OF POLITCAL MANIPUATION .AND ARE BOTH ARE FALSE.. THE KING JAMES VERSION WAS TAKEN MOSTLY FROM GREEK TRANSLATIONS AND HEBREW TRANSLATIONS, WHICH WERE MARRED OVER CENTURIES OF RE-WRITING, AT THE TIME THAT IDIOT KING GOT HIS DIRTY HANDS INTO IT HE CREATED YET ANOTHER VERSION. NOW THATS A FACT..
IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD. . BUT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH MAN .
Finally, these posts are not directed just at you.... I never claimed you were an athiest...
I JUST WANTED TO CLAIFY THAT .

maybe someone bitter at the Christian church since you have seen many hypocrits and false acts based upon RELIGION..

ITS ABOUT 99.99.99.99.99% THAT WAY. .[ AND IM PROBABLY BEING CONSERVATIVE IN MY ESTIMATE.]
THESE " MEN OF GOD" HIDE IN THER TEMPLES OF GLOOM AND DOOM CALLED CHURCHS AND PROCEED TO EXPEL THIER INTELLECTUAL DISTORTED BILE THAT IS THE RESULT OF 2000 YEARS OF DISTORTION OF SCRIPTURE AND THEY CALL THEMSELVES " PREACHERS" ETC. ., .I AM SURE YOU SEE THE HATE ALL AROUND YOU . ONLY THEY CALL IT " LOVE" . IT PERMEATES ALL DENOMINATIONS.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sattvicwarrior,

I appreciate your honest answers as always... thanks for answering some of my questions...

I need to say one final thing regarding one thing you mentioned; I believe your RELIGIOUS upbringing has "clouded" your judgment of the King James Bible... your view toward it by the brainwashing of your teachers is the very same thing you see toward the various RELIGIOUS leaders of today, brainwashing their followers...

I in turn, believe the King James Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, preserved Word of God for the English speaking people of today... it is my guide in my walk with the Lord. I use it to discern TRUTH from RELIGIOUS error... if it isn't in the bible, then it is of man... God promised to preserve His Word throughout all generations. He knew that English would become a world-wide language, and through the advent of the printing press, and the blessings of the two premier English speaking nations, England and USA, He used it to almost evangelize the entire world... I said ALMOST... there is still much to do... but unfortunately, the attack of His Word through MANY versions, the formation of many man-made RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS, and the overall deception of Satan promoting SELF over God has resulted in today's ever increasing God-less society....

I felt that the short summary of my thoughts above needed to be said.... trust His Word, not RELIGION.... look into His Word and see the TRUTH.... don't trust what men say about God, but search the TRUTH for yourself!!!

I am a modern day Berean.....

Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Search the scripture to see if what man says is true!!! That is the key; and the difference between RELIGION and a modern day Bible Believer!!!

7:29 PM  
Blogger sattvicwarrior said...

dude, you say.
God promised to preserve His Word throughout all generations. He knew that English would become a world-wide language, and through the advent of the printing press, and the blessings of the two premier English speaking nations, England and USA, He used it to almost evangelize the entire world...
THE "ADVENT OF THE PRINTING PRESS??""/. C’MON IT WAS THE GUTENBERG BIBLE THAT MADE THE FIRST REALLY BIG IMPACT AND THAT WAS GERMAN . AND WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE THAT " ENGLISH" WAS GOING TO BE THE RIVER OF SPIRITUAL EDUCATION FOR THE MASS'S. THATS ABSOLUTELY SILLY FROM A MAN THAT SEEMS TO USE HIS BRAIN WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LOGIC. . IT SOUNDS LIKE FAIRY TALE FANTASY. IN ALL THE READINGS OF RELIGIOUS TEXT THAT I HAVE DONE FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER I HAVE NEVER BUT NEVER HEARD THAT .
THEN YOU SAY.
these were more noble than those in thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
OK . LIKE SO WHAT ? WHAT IS BEING DONE IN THAT QUOTE IS THEY ARE SEARCHING!!!!!!!. THIS IS A GOOD THING BY FAR. IT IS CHALLENGING THEIR THINKING, THEY ARE NOT SITTING BACK AND SAYING “ OH TIS THE WORD OF GOD SO IT MUST BE TRUE. AND I CANT CHALLENGE IT. “..
THAT'S MY POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE.
IF THIS BE THE UNDISPUTABLE WORD AS YOU SAY WHY WERE SO MANY BOOKS ELIMINATED FROM THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL IN CONSTANTINOPLE LONG BEFORE ENGLISH WAS EVEN CONSIDERED TO BE WHAT YOU CALL “ GODS CHOICE”. AT LEAST A 1000 YEARS AFTER TEH DEATH OF CHRIST TO MAKE A CONCISE STATEMENT THAT WAS TO SIMPLY AGREE WITH THE REINING POLITICAL POOH BAHS SO THAT THEY MAY SET UP A PATRIARCHICAL SOCIETY AND KEEP THE BOOKS OF WOMEN DEISCIPLES OUT IF IT SO THEY CAN HAVE CONTROL OVER WOMEN ? DID GOD THINK ONE OF HIS CREATIONS IS LESS VALID YET , AT THE SAME TIME WHICH IS WASTED IN BIBLICAL TEACHINGS SHOW THAT ALL ARE THE SAME IN THE EYES OF GOD.
WOMAN ARE LESS IN THE EYES OF GOD BUT IN GODS EYES ALL ARE EQUAL.
THATS WEIRD ..
ALSO , MANY OF THOSE SCRIBES WERE SO HIGH ON DRUGS[ HASH FOR EXAMPLE] THAT MANY BOOK OF REVELATIONS FOR EXAMPLE ] WERE ELIMINATED. . [ THE QUMRAN SERIES COMES TO MIND] DID GOD DO THIS AS A JOKE.????
OR WAS THIS A FORM OF EDITING IN A SADISTIC WAY AS TO USE HIS “ SUBJECTS’ TO TEASE THEM AND MAKE THEM OR SET THEM IN A MORE IGNORANT STATE. ???
NOW THOSE WERE GODS WORDS [ REVELATIONS] ALSO. WHY WERE THEY ELIMINATED? [‘ SUPPOSEDLY THESE BOOKS ELIMINATED FROM WHAT YOU READ TODAY….
SO YOUR STATEMENT ABOUT GOD KNEW ENGLISH WAS GOING TO BE THE WAY YADA YADA IS NOT ONLY LUDICROUS BUT A BIT EMBARRASSING TO SAY THE LEAST .
AGAIN . IM NOT QUESTIONING YOUR FAITH WHICH IS A WONDERFUL THING. BUT DUDE. WALK THE WALK AND THINK TWICE MAYBE BOUT TALKIN THE TALK .

8:42 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sattvicwarrior,

Well, I'm glad that you think I have a brain and maybe a little bit of sense.... that's progress!!! But at the same time, I do know you have a brain and some common sense toooooooo.....

Of course I understand the German Bible was printed first with the invention of the printing press, but surely you know which Bible has been printed the most throughout the last 400 years (KJB); has been used in all the missionary works throughout the world sent mainly by the churches of England and then America (KJB); and finally, the English King James Bible has been used to translate into many other languages of the world the Word of God to other countries. I did not claim that there were not legitimate Bible's in other languages, such as the German and Spanish translations, but you know I am not stretching the truth that the English Bible has been used throughout the world above that of the German or Spanish or any other (of course I am not including the Catholic versions, because they are not the true word of God... please forgive me for that statement!!!). You also know that England and America was blessed to the point and obtained world power whereby most countries today require English to be a part of their schooling in order to be able to communicate in day to day activities across the world... other countries learned English... we taught other languages as an elective, though they taught English as a standard.

I have no problem with you thinking that the above logic is off the wall, but a simple review of world history from the 1600's to the mid 1900's all point to the domination of England and America.... just sit back and ponder that for awhile.... of course today, the English language is not as dominant, and even here in America, we are pushing Spanish because of our open borders to the South and the influx of people here from those areas... instead of making them learn English, we don't want to offend them, and instead, we are bending over backwards to push Spanish on our own people....

It's getting late, but one final thought.... I believe you missed the point about the Bereans... please reread the verses... they searched the SCRIPTURES (God's written word to mankind) to see if what "the word they received of man" was so.... they did not accept the word of Paul unless it lined up with SCRIPTURE... That is the same thing we must do today... we must accept the Word of God as TRUTH.... and make sure what the RELIGIOUS leaders of today line up with the Word of God says.... if it doesn't, then it is false, ie office of pope, unmarried clergy, lent, images of Mary, infant baptism, lent, purgatory..... if the man of God teaches things found in the Word of God, then he can be followed.....

You, on the other hand, have it backwards... you have them searching all KNOWLEDGE instead of accepting by child-like FAITH that God has given us the Word of God so that we can know all about HIM!!! God has given us many promises in his Word.... why would we DOUBT the Word of God and HIS PROMISES....

Maybe we can continue this one thought via email.... on the East Coast, it is bedtime....I know out West, you are just now relaxing after a hard day at work....

Thanks for taking the time to comment....

10:40 PM  
Blogger sattvicwarrior said...

YOU SAY.....
why would we DOUBT the Word of God and HIS PROMISES....
i say.
WE SHOULDNT. ITS BORN WITHIN US. WHAT SHOULD BE DOUBTED IS THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO TEACH IT WHEN THEY THEMSELVES ARE JUST AS IGNORANT AS THOSE WHO DONT KNOW ANYTHING.
AGAIN I SAY./ THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND. BUT BOTH FALL INTO THE PIT. . [ ENTER THE EVIL FACE OF RELIGION TO PROVE IT TO THEM ]. IT THRIVES IN IGNORENCE AND FEAR. AND WHO BETTER THAN THE UNENLIGHTENED WHICH DOMINTE THE CHURCHS AND OTHER TEMPLES OF GLOOM AND DOOM TO TELL THEM ITS " THEIR WAY" OR THEWY ARE GOING TO HELL.. because god says so [ in english yet] ????

6:49 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sattvicwarrior,

I'll have to disagree with your first statement... the Word of God and His promises is not born within us....

We are born with a sin nature... we don't have to be taught how to sin.... it comes naturally.... just watch a baby sometime!!! Man has a free will, and in his natural state, he will always choose sin... he is born spiritually dead... God's Word and His Spirit are both needed to make his spirit become alive.... thus, the biblical terminology of a second birth... "ye must be born again"

I do agree that many today try to teach what they consider to be God's Word, but more often than not, they are willingly ignorant of its teachings, and rely more on RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS of man!!!

OK, I do know that you do not have much FAITH in RELIGION; but just what avenue are you placing your FAITH in order to know about God???
Is there anyone you trust to teach you about God???

Well, I know God speaks to me in English because that is my native language.... but God can speak to others in other languages if He so desires.... the problem is not God speaking.... the problem is many today are not listening.... they are too busy listening to worldly pleasures that feed their flesh... not their soul!!!

10:32 PM  

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