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Christians & Politics August 29, 2012


Here are just a few quotes from a GREAT article by Monte Wolverton in
 the latest issue of Plain Truth Magazine.
For the entire article, CLICK  HERE.



“In spite of …Constantine [making] Christianity a state religion, there is no biblical instruction for Christians to force their will on those of other faiths — or to try to eradicate other faiths.”
– Monte Wolverton


“If we look at historical reality rather than pious verbiage, it’s obvious that America never really “belonged to God.” …There was nothing distinctively Christlike about the way America was “discovered,” conquered or governed in the early years.
-Gregory Boyd


“The U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion…This means that Muslims, Hindus, atheists and Wiccans can vote, hold office and participate in government just as much as Christians can.”
– Monte Wolverton


“Religion is pouring gasoline on an already intense fire.”
– Monte Wolverton

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Do yourself and the world a favor, and read the entire article.
CLICK  HERE.


Also, check out Gregory Boyd’s book,
The Myth of a Christian Nation.

Oh, and you might want to stop by John Shore’s blog and
READ THIS.

 

One Will Be Taken July 12, 2010


In Matthew 24, Jesus tells his disciples, “One will be taken and the other left.”
This passage has been, and continues to be, used by authoritarian, legalistic religion as
a threat to scare people about being “left behind” at the Rapture.

But nothing could be further from the truth.
What is Jesus really talking about in this oft-misunderstood passage?

Click HERE for more.

 

The Antichrist Is HERE! June 28, 2010




You would think that, because of the good news of Jesus Christ, the world would be a better place. Then why isn’t it? If the commandment of love has ruled and abounded in the hearts of humankind for 2,000 years, the world would be a better place. Then why isn’t it? If the millions who profess to be Christians really live what they claim to believe, practiced what they preached, truly served their fellow human beings from the goodness of their hearts, then wouldn’t the world be a better place?
Then why isn’t it?

Have we learned nothing in 2,000 years! What has the Jesus of Christianity done? He brandishes picket signs that read: “God hates fags.” He bombs abortion clinics and murders doctors. Jesus readily and loosely scoffs and shouts “Sinner!” telling death row inmates to “burn in hell.” He strings up a gay man on a fence and murders him, hangs a black man from a tree, massacres and forces entire indigenous tribes from their lands and homes. Jesus backbites, gossips, destroys the reputations of those he is jealous of; accuses, hangs, beheads, shoots, maims, dismembers, burns, drowns, stands by, watches, does nothing and unmercifully consents.

— Carol Harper

(So, just who or what is the Antichrist?)
Read the entire article. CLICK HERE.

(Your knee-jerk reaction may be one of self-defense.  Don’t let that keep you from reading all of the article.)

 

Hell, No. June 9, 2010

“I don’t understand it,” said the caller. “It sounds like you’re saying there is no hell…”

If your idea of hell is a place, perhaps located in the center of the earth, where wicked souls suffer eternal torture in fire and brimstone, supervised by the devil and his demons — no — there is no such place.

You can’t make a scriptural case for this kind of hell unless you select certain passages and discard others — and even then your case shaky at best. This popular notion of hell is an unholy marriage of ancient pagan ideas about the underworld and the afterlife with selected Biblical passages taken out of context.

The fact is, there are three Greek words with different meanings in the New Testament that are unfortunately translated into English as hell in the King James version. But the English word hell comes with a ton of baggage. In pre-Christian Germanic mythology it (or similar words) referred to a nether world where the dead were punished — and the word has helped carry this pagan concept into Christianity, along with other concepts of a fiery underworld borrowed from ancient Greco-Roman mythology.

But when we dump all this baggage and examine the Scriptural passages that deal with punishment in the afterlife, and when we see that the passages vary in their description of the nature of that punishment, we are left with this simple, unconfusing concept: “hell” is eternal separation from God.

– Monte Wolverton

 

 
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