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Blest

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  • [3] January 29, 2015 at 4:02pm

    Psh. “Violence against children.”

    I’d rather spank them when they’re children, than visit them in jail when they’re adults.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 3:14pm

    Right. Paul said that women who have a word from God should give it to their husbands, and the husband should speak about it if the spirit of God confirms it.

    It’s a reference to the idea of “if any two of you shall agree as touching anything on heaven or earth, it shall be done.” The idea is that nobody is supposed to speak up in the church unless there are 2 or 3 in agreement. He says that earlier about anybody, male or female, getting up to speak. He says God isn’t about chaos and disorder, so people get up to speak one at a time, but only if the Holy Spirit has confirmed it in 2 or 3 people. And that if the Holy Spirit hasn’t prompted other people to speak with you, then you keep what’s in your heart private, between you and God.

    I think women have a hard time keeping things quiet, and that’s why they’re not allowed to address the church unless their husband is also feeling led to talk about the topic.

  • [9] January 29, 2015 at 3:00pm

    Right. If you aren’t being transformed in your mind, your body, and your habits, then you’re not really doing anything.

    To be like Christ, you have to become a servant. That means serving other people’s needs, volunteering to help them, and choosing to be involved in their lives. It’s hard to do that in a church where all you do is sing, sit, and stay awake.

  • [22] January 29, 2015 at 2:57pm

    My belief is that you go to a church to fellowship with others, to serve each other (like a servant), to humble yourself towards your fellow man, and to encourage one another and lift each other up when you’re down or failing.

    Church meetings have nothing to do with worshiping God. You are supposed to worship God in everything you do, in every moment of your life. Your entire life should be an act of worship to God, giving God all the glory and praise for it.

    Go re-read the New Testament, especially the letters to the Churches written by Paul. He explains a lot of this stuff in full detail. If you’re not volunteering at your church, and serving your fellow man, and being a blessing to those around you, then you’re basically just going to church out of tradition, and not out of obedience.

    If the only time you commune with and worship God is when you’re at church, you are missing out on a lot of really good relationship time.

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  • [9] January 29, 2015 at 2:49pm

    Right. You can tell who is Evangelical and who isn’t based on whether or not you see Jesus in their lives. As the Bible says, you’ll know them by their fruit.

    Mother Theresa was a Catholic, but she was a Jesus freak. Everything she did was by Jesus, for Jesus, and the glory went to Jesus. And I’ve met people who would say she’s a heretic just for being Catholic and having different doctrines than them.

    I mean, the word “Evangel” simply means the Gospel of Christ. Evangelical simply means a person who lives the Gospel of Christ. People try to pigeonhole it into some kind of denomination or set of doctrines, but it’s not. It’s anybody, from any denomination or doctrine, who focuses on faith in Jesus.

    Jesus preached repentance and the Kingdom of God. I think that’s probably an important doctrine. But everything else is just doctrine to be discussed and sorted out through the love of Christ and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 2:38pm

    Changing theocracy to fit morals? What?
    Nothing you said made any sense.
    Do you mean theology? Or are you just drunk / confused?

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  • [2] January 29, 2015 at 2:37pm

    Also, one thing to note is that online churches account for almost all conversions in the world today. There are brick-and-mortar churches in places like Branson, MO, which might have 200 members that actually live in Branson, but has 20,000 members who watch their services online every week.

    There are about 150 million Christians in China right now, and about 30 million of them speak English and watch American and Australian church services online.

  • January 29, 2015 at 2:30pm

    There are two pieces of evidence that disagree with this, and one that agrees. The one that agrees with this is that people today are far more nomadic than they’ve ever been. In the last 20 years, we’ve seen the world change so much, that the idea of living in one place and having a steady job just doesn’t exist anymore. So as people move around a lot, so does church membership. A church in a town that suffered big time in the recession will lose members, while a town that didn’t suffer and had jobs gained population and gained members in their churches.

    The first disagreement comes from the fact that the percentage of the total US population who is Christian has remained relatively the same for the last 60 years or so. So as population has increased, so has the number of Christians and the number of churches. In other words, church member growth over the years could be attributed to people having babies and raising them in the church.

    The other is that churches are no longer the center of the community they way they used to be. Now, people go to churches based on the pastor, rather than the location of the church building. So churches who have really great teachers and preachers, especially if they have their sermons on the internet, will attract a much larger membership than simply a church that is near a person’s house. When you can listen to the greatest Bible scholars in the world on the internet, you’re less likely to go to a church where a novice is preaching.

  • [19] January 29, 2015 at 2:17pm

    It’s utterly pathetic how so many people say they are skeptical of today’s Evangelical churches, and yet probably haven’t even spent time in one, let alone volunteered and helped serve others inside that church.

    Skepticism requires that you have sufficient knowledge and experience with something in order to be skeptical of it. Otherwise, you’re just an obnoxious naysayer who just hates anything they see that doesn’t immediately fit their preconceived notions of what something is supposed to be like.

    I mean, if Jesus can accept a psychotic pervert like you, why can’t he accept these other people that you don’t even know? People walk in the light that they have. And Jesus will meet them where they are. Some churches are for people who know nothing about Jesus, and are starting at square one. Others are for people who have grown up in a Christian household, and are more advanced. Others are a broad mixture.

    God will sort out all the doctrines later. Let’s just focus on Christ instead.

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  • [12] January 29, 2015 at 1:55pm

    Right. Only problem is that the atheists who tried to abolish religion have killed more people in the last 100 years than all the religions of the world combined have killed since human history began.

    If you add up all the people who have died from Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Castros, the Kim Jongs, and the Eugenics movement (which spawned pro-abortion laws and the holocaust), you are looking at about 1.2 BILLION people killed by Atheists trying to enforce their worldview, and that’s just in the last 100 years. The vast majority of that number being unborn babies.

  • [51] January 29, 2015 at 1:41pm

    I recognized this academic barrier to Christians almost immediately when I got to university. Atheists constantly say the reason that Christians believe in God is because they aren’t educated. But then you try to go get an education, and professors will fail you if you don’t accept their atheistic ideology.

    As one professor put it when she was drunk, “I’m not going to allow some lunatic who believes in a sky-daddy to graduate with honors or a prestigious degree. They’ll just use it as leverage to spread their religious disease to other people.”

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  • [-1] January 29, 2015 at 12:05pm

    I think the heart of this problem is the same one at the heart of most issues that involve science: people fundamentally misunderstand the nature of science. They think it’s some absolute avenue to truth. It’s not. That false belief in science is a type of blind faith called Scientism. Science is nothing more than observations of what usually happens in a given set of circumstances.

    All sciences have very strict limitations, and meteorology is no different. Predicting the weather is nothing more than looking at what normally happened in the past, and trying to replicate that using current understanding. In other words, it’s like driving a car by looking only in the rear view mirror.

    People need to get over this idea of Scientism, that science is some avenue to truth. It’s not. It’s just a methodology to figure out the basic laws and mechanisms of the universe. Knowing the mechanisms involved in weather doesn’t mean you can accurately predict the weather, it just means you can figure it out once it happens. After all, new weather events are impossible to predict, because if they haven’t ever happened before, they can’t be studied by science. It’s not possible, given that science is about observing things that happen.

    In reply to the contribution Weather, Weather, On the Wall...

  • [2] January 29, 2015 at 11:41am

    I wonder if anybody’s ever done a correlation study between the murder rate of homosexual men versus the murder rate of heterosexual men. There seems to be an abnormally large number of homosexual murderers considering that gay men only make up 2.5% of the population.

  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 11:39am

    Higher pay doesn’t attract better cops or EMTs or firemen. In fact, it does the opposite. It tends to attract selfish, self-serving people who are there just for the money.

    Rather than paying people more, use that money to arrange for communities and churches to gather together and support the police, EMTs, and firemen. Have potlucks at a church, or cookouts in the park, arrange for people who have been through gruesome or traumatic experiences to go see a counselor or therapist, and get them a massage. Things like that.

    You see, what people need isn’t more money. What they need is a reminder of what they fight for and why they do their jobs in the first place. They need constant reminders that the world is full of beauty, life, fun, and good people. They need to be reminded of their own inner strength and innocence. They need to recharge on the energy of hope and friendship every so often, so their constant exposure to evil and cruelty and darkness doesn’t make them cynical and despairing.

  • [115] January 29, 2015 at 11:07am

    Wow… this guy must have fallen out of the Stupid Tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    I guess all those World War II soldiers were racist against Germans too.

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  • [3] January 29, 2015 at 10:53am

    This is what is known as a classic Categorical Error. Laws against murdering babies are not “big government” or “more government”. Big government would be the current state of affairs, where we are forced to endorse and support Planned Parenthood with tax dollars.

    If this guy wants to cut all government funding to anybody that performs abortions, then that’s fine. That’s the actual definition of removing the hand of government. If he thinks women and families should pay for their own abortions, then you are right.

    But he’s not saying any of that. Thus, the Categorical Error on your part.

  • [11] January 29, 2015 at 10:44am

    Right, but you are making a classic Categorical Error. Laws against murder are not “big government”. Funding thousands of abortion clinics with tax dollars is “big government”.

    I agree with this guy if he is suggesting that Planned Parenthood no longer receive government funding. I’m all for that, if that’s what he means. If he defines “pregnancy decisions” as taking place before having sex, then I agree with him too.

    But if those are not the things he’s saying, then he’s not a conservative. He’s a big-government progressive who wants people to continue being forced to support and endorse things like Planned Parenthood because he’s too big of a coward to tell women that they need to make the “pregnancy decision” BEFORE they have sex, and not after. Because when you have sex, you are intentionally activating the pregnancy mechanism in human biology.

    If you are having sex, you are telling your body you are trying to have a baby. And anybody who denies that is an idiot. People need to make up their minds BEFORE they have sex. If you don’t want kids, don’t have sex. It’s that easy.

    And if you just can’t control yourself, and you feel you need to have sex, then maybe you should be sent to therapy to treat your sex addiction.

  • [27] January 29, 2015 at 10:34am

    I like how when people decide that they’re going to give in to evil, they say they have “evolved”, as though becoming a ball of slime is somehow the next stage of human evolution. I mean, anybody can be a sycophant for the abortion crowd, it doesn’t take “evolution” to do that. It just takes cowardice and lack of moral standards.

  • [4] January 29, 2015 at 10:15am

    If you go to the Glassdoor website, you’ll notice that almost all the job postings are from California and New York, where the cost of living is astronomical.

    It’s not like Software Engineers in rural Kansas are hiring for $90,000 a year. The average is skewed very badly by jobs that exist in places where a 2,000 square foot house costs an average of $1 Million.

  • [9] January 29, 2015 at 10:07am

    Abbe Faria:
    Here is your final lesson – do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence. God said, “Vengeance is mine.”

    Edmond Dantes:
    I don’t believe in God.

    Abbe Faria:
    It doesn’t matter. He believes in you.

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