We are involved with two families who are coming back to the Church, one from Temple Baptist where two other families are carrying on serious discussions with us and another family that has been hopping around various Evangelical churches. They refuse to engage with alternative beliefs and instead redouble their efforts to hold fast to their current beliefs. Any dissent or questioning of the group's teachings is discouraged. If God doesn't allow it, how can it happen? Simeon Stylites is probably the most remarkable. Pro-life people do far more charity for born humans than pro-death individuals. We ask you to refrain from addressing the sub in this manner without first receiving approval from the mods. When you burn yourself you learn to stay away from the fire or control it better.
Jesus Christ and Ghatama Buddha and the prophet Mohammed p. You have heard how they sacked Vienna, Milan, Palermo and dozens of other Christian cities and took over all of modern Spain and parts of France? Why, then, must God require the services of the fundamentalist to ensure that His will happens in the Universe? This less sinister form of egotism is commonly found in the expressions of disaster survivors that God must have had a reason for saving me in contrast to their less-worthy-of-life fellow disaster victims, whom God—who controls all things—killed. So, in a very real sense fundamentalists—who claim to believe in the literal truth of the Bible—are not followers of Jesus Christ; rather, they are followers of those who, decades or centuries later, put words in his mouth. Democracy is a heresy against God! It has absolutely nothing to do with the search for truth. There are fundamentalists who are ignorant and violent, but there are many fundamentalists who are not ignorant and not violent me being one of them.
But recognizing this language and how it works is key to understanding the way fundamentalist religion operates in politics. Humanists therefore accept the scientific view that this world operates under unvarying natural laws that cannot be suspended by religious rituals or other means. If you were not, well, perhaps this will help inform you or confirm what you knew already. There are no absolute contradictions even though there may be places that look like contradictions: these can be reconciled. I could go on but it is intellectually lazy to believe that Jesus would object to We The People uniting and acting through government to do his will. Religion must be respectable to survive for long, so fundamentalist sects will invariably pay a great deal of lip service to the ideals of true religion, all the while ignoring them in practice, and occasionally even being contemptuous of them in private.
Members will look to their leaders for guidance in everything they do. I heard a story once about the progressive Christian activist Tony Campolo. If I wanted to deal with Fundamentalist Christians, I would first try listening to what they say, what they mean, and what I differ with. They actually want to be hated, because they equate that with being holy. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence.
It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc. What is even more telling in my observation is that if the story of Noah is true, as many fundamentalist Christians believe, would a god capable of such vicious cruelty be worthy of worship in the first place? Like they never had any relationship at all with Jesus otherwise why would He say 'He never knew' them. One cannot honor two men as parents, nor two women as parents for the fullness in the creative act requires that God be the third party among the man and the woman to create life, not only in spirit by in the Truth, the Life and the Way of God. It insists on principles but cannot operate correctly the application of these principles in concrete situations. In this sense, Christianity has stifled the exercise of critical thinking in its flocks, and promoted the preferred use of intuitive feelings to come to knowledge of the unknown. More Slaughters Ordered by the Lord Besides the unfairness and heartlessness contained in many well-known Christian teachings, the Bible has other violent tales that are opposed to civilized standards of morality.
Emotional illness may be seen as proof of sin in your life - more guilt. Just my thoughts adding the next verse in addition to yours. But the authoritarian tendencies of Christianity reach much further than this. The is the most famous, but the Dover trial of 2005 over the teaching of intelligent design in schools is up there in terms of sheer humor. What have the fundamentalist sects gained by such behavior? Those are two different beasts. God was so angered by the census that he sent a plague that killed 70,000 men. .
This outlandish scenario caused me to question the morality of the New Testament, but more importantly, the likelihood that a god would use such an injudicious system of reward and punishment. So the nation of Israel will play a pivotal role in a pre- or post-tribulation Rapture-of-the-church-view of the end of human history. Actually the notion of theft has been with us since the beginning of Man, Eve took the idea from Satan, that displease God, and therefore both Adam and Eve lost access to the Garden of Eden. He also said let the person who has not sinned throw the first stone at her. In contrast, historians know that Cyrus of Persia took Babylon.
Eventually you get used to it as just the way it is. Does the end justify the means? I hope you will come to your senses sooner rather than later. But in some cases, the errors caused by the Bible have been corrected and the harms have been stopped. It takes little effort by anyone to construct a more enlightened set of instructions than what is contained in the Ten Commandments. The use of the term in science is quite different.