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  •  Argh dkos ate my comment. No! (7+ / 0-)

    It wouldn't matter anyway if it universally WERE a sin, anyway. All fall short, we're all hopeless bundles of sin who keep screwing up, and God loves us anyway - that's the gospel in a nutshell for most Christian groups.

    It reminds me of a sex ed brochure I encountered once that claimed you weren't ready to have sex with someone if you feared they would laugh at your weird knees or thought you might laugh at theirs (correct assumption - all knees are weird; incorrect assuption - high schoolers never wear shorts).

    They are so hung up on sin that they completely forget about salvation theology entirely. I just had to deal with that in Sunday School this morning with an author who thinks EVERYONE has to become perfect like Christ through prayer and pleading God to fix them... rather than trust that all that's been taken care of by a deity who doesn't care about weird knees and who recognizes that we are falliable little humans who hurt ourselves and others through accidents and misunderstandings and lashing out from our own pains and distresses every single day - and can probably comisserate with every mother who's spent Mother's Day cleaning up what happened in the kitchen in the name of Breakfast In Bed because wow look at the mess we make while claiming to do things for God - which just happens to be the sort of God they give lip-service to for Easter and Christmas.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 07:52:06 PM PST

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    •  It's a little like alphabet soup. The letters (0+ / 0-)

      swirl around and you can make out this word or that. The "politicized Christianity" that has been prodded into existence by the religious right and the televangelist/Christian retail industry is more or less a swirling, quivering mass of nonsense in various iterations.
      At the core is the anti-abortion project. The anti-gay project is a subsidiary element because it posits sex for enjoyment rather than procreation, "unnatural" parenting, etc.
      This core project also forces a rejection of evolution, and reinforces a narrow interpretation of the Bible as the "complete and infallible word of God" where even obviously metaphorical passages are viewed as literally true.
      Old time, sincere preaching involved reminding individuals of their own conscience and using scripture for guidance.
      This new project employs modern marketing techniques and mass psychology to encourage Christians to project their doubt and their self-doubt "out there" onto an "other" who is deemed a political threat to Christianity itself. Just as with tv advertising, there's a need for constant irritation, stimulus, and a simultaneous cultivation of passivity in place of critical thought.
      Ultimately, this is not sustainable. It will destroy Christianity sooner or later, which may be reborn in a simpler and more sincere form later.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:37:53 AM PST

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