User Profile: briten821


Member Since: July 21, 2011


  • [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.

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:31pm

    Zorro- You are mistaken. Many churches force tithing. They may SAY it is voluntary, but some require parrisioners to fill out monthly envelopes that state their income and calculate the 10% they are to put inside. I know people who have been visited by their pastors because they weren’t able to give 10% and told to stop coming until they were willing to pay their fair share. I have seen several televangelists tell people on air that they must tithe even if they are very poor in order to prove to God that they trust him to give them back more than 10%. Glenn Beck has spoken of tithing as a commandment on his show. And many churches use shame and embarrassment to “encourage” tithing, including passing the collection plate multiple times per service and even announcing the names of those who weren’t giving much. And face it, if your pastor or priest says you should give 10%, you are going to feel pressured to do it. After all, he’s the guy you look to when you want to know how God wants your to live your life.

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:23pm

    Don’t put words in my mouth, Zorro. I never said anything about what they should or should not do. I was simply stating facts in response to Snarf’s comment that they didn’t have “fancy buildings”. What they do with those buildings and the money they spend on them is between them and their adherents.

  • September 26, 2014 at 10:10am

    Please show me in the scriptures where any tithing was part of the Christian’s responsibility.

  • [-1] September 26, 2014 at 10:09am

    Majestyk is right. The illustration of the Widow shows Jesus’ view of donnating to one’s church. He did not say the Widow gave her 10%, she appears to have put in more than a tenth of her income. Jesus was clearly saying to donate as you are moved to do. If Christians were required to tithe, he surely would have mentioned it. Tithing was also not taught by Paul in any of his letters instructing the early congregations. It was part of the law given to ancient Israel, and if Churches are going to require their members to follow that one part of the law, why not the rest (diet, sacrifices, etc.)?

  • [3] September 26, 2014 at 10:02am

    Catholic buildings are “hardly fancy”? Have you seen the Vatican? What about the hundreds of cathedrals? I’m not picking on you or your religion, but let’s be realistic. Billions of dollars a year that could go to all sorts of other causes are spent on opulent buildings and paid clergy.

  • [2] September 26, 2014 at 9:57am

    Jesus never required his followers to pay 10% to him as their pastor. They shared what they had, not because someone was forcing them, but because they wanted to. In all of his letters to the ancient congregations, Paul never mentioned tithing. Tithing was part of the law given to ancient Israel. Why do Churches pick out that one law that makes them money, and still claim they are exempt from all of the other laws (diet, sacrifices, etc)? Either the entire law was ended with the death of Christ or none of it was. People should support their church as they see fit. And if that means the pastor can’t afford a Cadillac, so be it. I go to a church that has never asked for money, and never passed a collection plate. The members donate what they can and it is always sufficient to pay the bills.

  • [55] August 20, 2014 at 7:32pm

    I really get so tired of the “we’re going to be doing something” announcements. We’ve been told to await something big, something amazing, something that will tear the fabric of the country apart… sometimes it’s going to be announced the next day and it doesn’t happen. Other times it’s coming an a few weeks and that’s the last you hear of it. There is so much over hype going on it has become meaningless!

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  • [-6] August 10, 2014 at 1:20pm

    That’s asinine! I saw a video of a dog biting a mailman once. I suppose I can’t comment on what is clear to see in that video either because I am neither a dog or a mailman? Watch the video! It doesn’t take a race car driver to see, and hear what is happening. The guy never steps in FRONT of Stewart. It is clear that he got close, but if Stewart wouldn’t have spun his wheels he never would have hit the guy. If you can’t hear the motor rev, and the wheels spin, as he passes the guy- and you can’t see that he is NEXT to the car until the car moves TOWARD HIM, then we can’t have a conversation.

  • [-5] August 10, 2014 at 1:15pm

    RaydocX- Nobody is saying he TRIED to run him over. But Stewart has acted without thinking many times. He’s thrown his helmet at other drivers, he’s started brawls on pit road, he’s run at moving cars just like this guy did to him, he’s wrecked other drivers at nearly 200 MPH- he’s a hot head! (Not the only one in racing, to be sure) He didn’t try to HIT him, but he intentionally tried to throw dirt in his face and it ended up in a death. The video is absolutely clear about that.

  • [-6] August 10, 2014 at 1:12pm

    Funny how nobody else who passed him decided on that moment to “clean their tires”, and Stewart just happens to wait until the exact moment he was next to the guy to “clean his tires”… yup, totally unintentional.

    People here are either big Stewart fans, or they don’t want to admit that a bone headed move, which Stewart had made MANY in his career, cost someone his life.

  • [-4] August 10, 2014 at 1:10pm

    txannie- Threw it in neutral? The engine revs and the wheels spin just as Stewart gets next to him! Watch the video! Gunning the engine or popping the clutch does that, not throwing it in neutral.

  • [-7] August 10, 2014 at 1:07pm

    macpappy- An accurate version of your illustration while be a driver who gets dangerously close, but not in front of the train- but then the engineer tries to teach the driver a lesson by doing something that causes the train to derail and take out the driver.

  • [-8] August 10, 2014 at 1:03pm

    Yougottabekidding- In racing “traffic” means boxed in by other cars or otherwise impeded by them. They were under caution, which means they had slowed down and were passing in a single file line. The cars around Stewart had nothing to do with how he reacted. I am NOT saying it’s smart to approach a moving car, but let’s be realistic. It happens all the time in racing when a driver wants to yell at another as he passes after a wreck. There’s a difference between one guy standing NEAR a moving car, and that moving car suddenly lurching TOWARD him. Stewart spun his wheels when he was next to the guy, and killed him. Not murder, but negligence.

  • [-8] August 10, 2014 at 9:30am

    Sarge- So the fact that I am not a driver means I can’t speak of what my eyes can clearly see in the video?… On the other hand, the fact that YOU are not a driver means YOU CAN? Who made that rule?

  • [-7] August 10, 2014 at 9:28am

    Nobody said he hit him on purpose. But he clearly DID gun his engine as he passed. The kid was NEXT to him, not in front of him. He was gunning it to make a statement, not to hit him. But a dirt track veteran like Stuart should have known better. He is negligent.