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Jan. 11th, 2007 @ 08:16 am (no subject)
You tube, God and Job.Collapse )

I forgot my question.. Is this true to the original story, or is the lack of christian context distort it?
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Sep. 6th, 2006 @ 04:30 am (no subject)
Crossposted, in a couple of places.

After this thread concerning the existence of Jesus, I got into a personal conversation with the guy everyone seems to be against.

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Jason the Ninja
Aug. 22nd, 2006 @ 12:06 am Young, Hip, and Muslim?
Salaam Aleykoom!

I'm a young American Muslim who is sick and tired of only hearing about Islam in headlines. So I've started a new line of clothing and gifts that is geared towards young, modern Muslims who are ready to make their own headlines. Some political, some funny, some religious, and lots of ARABIC! So check it out, please spread the word if you dig it, and check in periodically for new designs.

And if you like it, WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

American Muslim

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Aug. 11th, 2006 @ 08:08 pm (no subject)


This community is a place where we come to gain spiritual growth and a better understanding of each other. And hopefully, deeper friendships. All while sharing our insights into various Bible readings.

Every two or three days, there will be a new reading posted along with some questions. These questions are designed to help us get to know each other and examine our own spirit while delving into a deeper understanding of what God wants for us.

Remember, there are no wrong answers. When you comment, please do so with understanding and the motive of holding each other up as we learn and grow together. Please do not comment if the goal is to tear down someone's thoughts. Debate is welcome, yet use discression.
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war eagle
Dec. 29th, 2005 @ 01:29 pm very nervous
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
I have a couple of frames hanging on the wall in my study at home. These frames contains some pages of a comic book called "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac." I saw these frames with the pages already in them in the back of a Hobby Lobby where I used to work. I fell in love with them. The art is done well, and the stories are very funny, albeit grim and morbid.

My parents are visiting us this weekend.

My dad saw them and asked my wife about them (I'm at work. Carolyn just mentioned it on the phone.)

My parents are super-uber religious.

We're about to spend four days in a cabin in the mountians at Petit Jean State Park.

I'm sick to my stomach because I can sense a confrontation coming. I think I'm going to have to tell my parents that I don't believe in God anymore. I'm scared out of my mind because I know that they love me and they are going to think that I am now destined for the fires of hell. And they are going to try to fix that.

But I've had too many bad experiences with church and church people and my uber-religious family and with my own quest to get closer to God. None of which have helped me to believe that God actually exists and loves me and everyone else and is constantly present in our lives and Jesus was a divine being and Job got a good deal in the end.

I love my parents and I know they love me. I don't want them to feel like they've failed and I sure as hell don't want them to think that they have to try harder.

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Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 12:54 pm The Sacred
I'd like to ask y'all what you consider the definition of "sacred" is.

If an item is Sacred, it it sacred to all, or just the individual?
Does an items "sacredness" increase with the amount of people who believe it is?
Is the item sacred because some divine/supernatural force imbued it with such, or rather does it resonate with the observer's conciousness?
If the observer eventually denies the sacredness of the item, does it become no longer sacred?

Just what the fuck does "sacred" mean, anyway?
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Dec. 2nd, 2005 @ 10:01 pm 'Boys must be aggressive'
Cape Town - Boys need to play with toy weapons to learn how to be "aggressive and adventurous", according to Lenora Hammond, wife of paintball-evangelist Peter Hammond.

"Men who follow Jesus Christ the dragon-slayer, must themselves become lesser dragon-slayers. And this is why it is absolutely essential for boys to play with wooden swords and plastic guns," she writes in an article on Hammond's Frontline Fellowship website www.frontline.org.za.

A prominent Christian right-winger and pro-gun lobbyist, Hammond faces charges of assault for allegedly taking his two young sons out to shoot trick-or-treating children with paintball and BB guns in Cape Town suburbs on Halloween.

According to Hammond, who regards Halloween as an unChristian celebration of the occult, his ten-year-old son accidentally shot a teenager in the face with the paintball gun as the angry teenager tried to wrest the weapon away from him.
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OK - this is a very different view of Jesus to the common one, and much closer to the concept of Jesus being a Warrior Messiah - thoughs on this article anyone?
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Nov. 7th, 2005 @ 01:47 pm religion perspective
Some thoughts regarding religion and national perspective.....

I am currently working on my Master's degree in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance and am taking a class called "Shakespeare's History." It's basically an English History class that focuses on the reign of Henry VIII though James I. Currently I am writing a research paper on the populous' reaction to Queen Mary's attempt to bring Catholicism back to the country. For those of you who are not familiar with the religious reforms of the English Renaissance, here they are in a nutshell: it is illegal not to be catholic in England until Henry VIII declares himself head of the English church (as apposed to the Pope) and then it becomes illegal to be catholic, over the years he and his son Edward VI make England look more protestant (close the monasteries, allow priests to marry, do away with many of the sacraments, etc), Mary I takes the throne and declares England Catholic again and burns about 300 people at the stake for being Protestant, Mary dies six years later and Elizabeth makes it illegal to be Catholic again. All this while, all citizens were required by law to give 10% of their earnings to the church which, by the 1530s, went straight to the crown. Hmm.

Let me make this clear: I'm not English--I'm American. But it seems to me that with this history of religious confusion and blatant government use of religion as a political tool, that it would be really easy for an English person to be cynical toward religion. It's no wonder church numbers are dropping there.

The history of America is a little different, but the stooge that is in the White House now is bringing us closer to the English Renaissance model. America was founded on religious freedom, and although the "founding fathers" based much of their law on Christian morals, this country would not exist without the notion that people can worship as they choose. So it's no wonder the USA is a much more religious country than England. Granted, George W isn't helping my theory, but you get the idea.

Interestingly, this group seems to represent a microcosm of what I'm talking about. The most vehement supporters of religion are Americans, while the most vehement opposer of religion (I'm talking about you micklawson) is English. Just an observation.

So anyway, what I'm getting down to is that so many of our own thoughts about religion are tainted by where we come from. Just a thought. Any agreements/disagreements?
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Nov. 7th, 2005 @ 07:12 am Now here's something i find awfully odd.....

Not so much this, but the fact some churches scowl upon "sinners" (Are we not all sinners?) for their sexuality, wheras if they were mass murderers and repented........

I'd have thought in these days of ever dwindling congregations, even the pink pound/dollar would be welcome, or mayhaps these churches realy are raking it in from dubious business methods, creative accounting and hidden tax-breaks for land ownership?
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Oct. 25th, 2005 @ 09:39 pm (no subject)
[Crossposted to proveyourgod,challenging_god,convert_me, and religiondebate]

Why Does God Hate Amputees? is an online e-book by Marshall Brain, the founder of HowStuffWorks.com.

I just read the first two chapters, and I realized it would be pertinent to most of the members here. I’m interested in what you guys might think about it.
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Jason the Ninja