User Profile: briten821


Member Since: July 21, 2011


  • [6] November 26, 2014 at 2:07pm

    Can you please tell us where in the bible it says that Christians are commanded to pay a set percentage of their income as a tithe?

  • [32] November 26, 2014 at 2:05pm

    My church never asks for money. They never pass the collection plate. They just have donation boxes in the back. It’s all voluntary and anonymous. And they not only pay the bills, but the organization spends hundreds of millions a year all over the world. How is this possible? Because nobody gets paid and the buildings are not fancy cathedrals or modern rec centers like some churches. And when you see the money being used properly you are moved to give.

  • [4] November 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

    Please show us where the book of Hebrews says we must tithe a set percentage of our income to the church. It’s not there…

  • October 6, 2014 at 6:07pm

    Carol- How did she place her worldly wealth on the alter of faith? And to what end? For more wealth. This wasn’t a person speaking out to persecution and leaving her life in God’s hands. It wasn’t a person gibing her last dollar to save an orphan. She tried to start a business and was failing, like four out of five new businesses do. She tried something new in the hopes that she would make money.

  • October 6, 2014 at 6:02pm

    Edel- I never said God didn’t care. I said he isn’t tinkering with every little thing. If the business succeeds it was God’s blessing, if it fails it was God’s will… Don’t you think that God lets us fail and succeed on our own? By doing so he teaches us that the way we live has consequences. God will help his people in need, but he won’t make you rich and he doesn’t even promise to save your life. He only promises to restore it.

  • October 6, 2014 at 1:19pm

    No I am not, Tango. I am all for her taking a risk in her business. Many people take risks, some work out, some don’t. God doesn’t make some businesses succeed and others fail.

    My critisism is not of her, it is of those who are so quick to credit, or worse yet, blame God for what happens in life. What if the hype dies off and her sales plummet next month? Is that God deciding he’s done enough and she can go out of business now?

    Again, my commentary wasn’t really about her. It’s more about those who say everything is God’s plan. It sickens me to hear someone, for example, say a child died because it was God’s plan, while someone else says their child survived because it was God blessing them. That is a more extreme example than this one, but the principal is the same.

  • [-3] October 6, 2014 at 1:08pm

    Are you saying that if this woman had been an atheist her experiment would have failed? I argue that God is not in the restaurant business. It’s a business strategy that will succeed or fail on its merits, not based on God’s help. A church near me just had to close their doors because they couldn’t compete with the mega-church with their programs focused on hanging out far more than learning about God. Do you think God moved all those people to take their donations to the concert hall masquerading as a church? I don’t believe he had anything to do with it.

    I refuse to believe God helped this woman sell more entrees. Faithful people lose their homes and businesses every day, and horrible people find amazing success. God has nothing to do with our business pursuits.

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  • [1] October 6, 2014 at 12:58pm

    I really disagree with your statement: “I don’t even think it matters WHAT you believe in, as long as it is something greater than yourself”…

    John 17:3 KJ says coming to know God and Jesus is critical to “everlasting life”. Other bibles translate “know” as learning the truth about. Jesus taught his disciples to seek the truth, that only truth would set them free. The apostles, especially Paul in his writings, put heavy emphasis on knowing the TRUTH about God and how he wants to be worshiped. That was in direct conflict to the philosophers of his time who taught something similar to your statement above. Paul even specifically referred to the Roman practice of including “the unknown God” in their pantheon of beliefs because you can not worship a God you do not know.

  • [1] October 6, 2014 at 12:51pm

    vofr- No, my question was rhetorical. God does not bless certain people with more money. He promises to provide life’s necessities IF we put his will first. In fact the bible says that the more wealth one has, the more difficult it is to serve him. So he certainly would not give MORE wealth to some.

    Bottom line is, people are way too quick to attribute something to God. God also doesn’t take people’s children because he needs new angles while saving someone else’s child as a “blessing” for them.

  • October 6, 2014 at 11:52am

    Good for her, but I always cringe when I see stories like this that say God granted her success, or worse yet, it’s God’s plan. I knew some people who were dirt poor. They survived because others helped by giving them potatoes. God’s hand, right? I also knew someone who thought himself very “blessed” because he made a lot of money. Both were good people, both gave credit to God. So I ask you- why did God bless one family with just enough potatoes to survive another day, and bless the other with a very comfortable living? Could it be that not everything we attribute to God’s blessing is a blessing at all? The bible says he will provide necessities to those leaving it in his hands and putting his will above all else. He doesn’t give one family a BMW because they deserve a nicer blessing.

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  • [11] October 6, 2014 at 11:43am

    It is clear, after watching the preview video, that this movie doesn’t follow the bible account. Moses is portrayed as the brother and rival to the Pharaoh (he was not), as a warrior who used threats of violence while arguing with the Pharaoh (he was not), as a charismatic leader (he was not) and just as the earlier movie portrayed Noah, the preview hints that Moses fights some inner struggle because he doesn’t want to do what God asks (he did not).

    Moses grew up in the court, but the bible never indicates that he knew the Pharaoh of the Exodus personally. He left Egypt decades before the events of the Exodus occurred. He was fearful at times, but he never doubted his assignment from God. He always spoke through Aaron because he was a meek man, certainly not a rival warrior and charismatic leader.

    And it is highly unlikely that Ramses was the Pharaoh of the Exodus, as the movie says.

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  • October 6, 2014 at 11:25am

    I’m not criticizing what she did. But I also don’t think God is going into the restaurant business through her. For every feel good story about God helping someone achieve financial success, there are a hundred God loving people struggling to survive. I don’t believe God chooses to help the athlete score a touchdown or the middle class family make $100K just because they pray for it, any more than I believe God takes the food from people who don’t.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:28am

    The atheists have managed to turn it all backward. If I see a house in the woods am I required to “prove” it didn’t build itself? Common sense used to say that something as complex as a house was obviously designed and built by someone. The burden of proof laid on the guy who tried to say it started as some mold and then became an outhouse, then evolved into a log cabin, then a house.

    It’s funny how so many people agree that it’s crazy to think a lifeless structure appeared from nothing, yet life itself just happened.

  • [1] October 2, 2014 at 11:21am

    It was Jehovah’s Witnesses who went to the supreme court to win the right to sit quietly or stand respectfully without saying the pledge. For them it’s about “pledging allegiance to the flag”, which they see as an act of worship. The fact that they decline to do it doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the freedoms this country allows, which they show by obeying the laws, paying their taxes and respecting the right of others to show their patriotism. I suspect the atheists in this case are doing the same and should also be free from persecution because of it.

  • [7] October 2, 2014 at 7:17am

    jj- There were TWO Jesus passages, and only a single sentence in ONE of them has been suggested to have been added. It is the final sentence where Josephus says Jesus “was the Christ”. That part did not appear in the earliest version. But the two times that he refers to a man named Jesus with a large following that was killed by the Romans have never been called into question by mainstream scholars.

    But keep on belevin’ what makes you feel good.

  • [3] September 28, 2014 at 12:04pm

    Blink- People were taught for centuries that the earth was at the center of the universe and the sun rotated around it. When others disagreed they were made fun of because they didn’t believe in modern science.

    What do you have in common with those ridiculers? You swallow the latest trend in science hook, line and sinker. And you laugh at anyone else who doesn’t. Evolution as a widely accepted theory is relatively new. It is based on a lot of assumptions (one species turning into another is entirely theoretical). People always think their generation is at the pinnacle of scientific knowledge and every prior generation was ignorant. Then a new generation comes along and they learn how little the previous one really had right.

    Fortunately for you, you’ll be long gone when mankind has moved on to the next brilliant “scientific” understanding and people like you who insist that men are related to monkeys are joked about as we now do the “flat earthers” of the past.

  • [1] September 26, 2014 at 2:44pm

    Happy, please don’t put words in my mouth. I did not comment on whether women should be leaders of a church. I commented on you taking one phrase from many that were clearly figurative and implying that it was literal. I think we can all tell when something is meant to be literal and when it is figurative if we are just honest with ourselves. As for the issue of women in the church, that is a different discussion and I don’t think that would be fruitful since you are not really interested in what the bible says other than to argue about it. If something in the bible offends you, you have the free will to reject the bible, as you have. I have the free will to accept that God is wiser than I am, which I do.

  • [-1] September 26, 2014 at 1:44pm

    Are you honestly trying to say that the “burn with fire” was literal? It was an illustration. A person with an orchard won’t keep a tree around if it only grows bad fruit. So it is in the congregation. Likewise God will judge those who are doing bad. If you are going to say the verse commands us to set on fire then you have to say that it only applies to people with fruit growing out of their heads.

  • [5] September 26, 2014 at 1:39pm

    It looks to me like this church wasn’t really handing out money to the congregation as much as asking the congregation to distribute it for them. They told them to use it to help others. Perhaps you don’t think they should be trusted to spend it on charity, but their pastor appears to trust them. After all, it was their money as members of the church.

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:35pm

    Absolutely, Oldmantex! Jesus said to give from your heart, not from your surplus. His followers shared pretty much all they had because they wanted to, not because they were required to. I only have a problem with churches who require a set 10% or some other amount every month and claim that God requires it. Some may “say” it is just a guideline and not a rule, but they use a great deal of pressure to extract that money from their members.