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  •  There are so many contradictions in the Bible (11+ / 0-)

    it does make one's had spin.  I've done some research in this regard as it relates to the environment and it is very schizophrenic.  Great comment and thoughts.  Thanks.  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 11:06:30 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, the more research I do the harder (13+ / 0-)

      it becomes to understand how Christians of the literal/evangelical/rapturous bent can speak in public without shame about their peculiar "Bible" and "Jesus" which have no foundations in history or the written work they are so found of thumping. It's a maddening combination of profound ignorance and incredible arrogance.

       

      muddy water can best be cleared by leaving it alone

      by veritas curat on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 11:38:25 AM PDT

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    •  Often Not Contradictory (8+ / 0-)

      Now, as to there being no 'mandate/womandate' to preserve the earth, try this:

      In the Law as Jesus knew/knows it (the Pentateuch), it states in Genesis that "God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them;" Genesis 1:27 NEB and "...God saw all that he made, and it was very good" Genesis 1:30 NEB.

      Jesus said "I came not to change the Law, but to fulfill it."

      So, mankind, made in the image of God (male and female, it's important to note!!!) is to revere and nurture what God made, not fail to care for it, according to Christ.

      Also, when Jesus preached, or related parables, he seldom quoted from the Law/Hebrew Scriptures, so expounding on God's word without quoting it is sound doctrine.

      My thoughts on those who hope for "Rapture" to occur soon (as opposed to those who may believe that it will happen in some distant and largely irrelevant undefined future) is, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, "For those who think death's honesty, won't fall upon them naturally, life sometimes must get lonely." That's arrogance, and lack of faith.

      Again, that Law: Christ taught that loving God, and loving one's neighbors as oneself, is the foundation of all of the Law and the Prophets, and that we are to be about helping those less fortunate than ourselves. (i.e., "I was hungry and you fed me...")

      Some folks have real difficulties with loving themselves, and so seem to rely on escape and projected hatred as the alternative. That's what this whole obsession with the Rapture is arguably about among evangelicals, IMO.

      I condemn alike that individualism that would allow the state no room for industrial activity, and that socialism which would absorb in the state the functions of the individual. -Richard Theodore Ely

      by paz3 on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 12:39:05 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed. I have found that more that a person (2+ / 0-)
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        hates this life, their life in particular, the more they fervently desire to hit the reset button.
        It is important to live each day as if it was your last in a loving manner setting pettiness and inconsequentials out of your mind.  The rapture is a lesson in living fully in this world while you can because our time here is so fleeting.  

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