You know all those wonderful Conservative parents who proceed to abandon, kick out, or cut off their children for any reason (including, but not limited to a child’s sexuality)?
Well here we go:
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)
I think it should be quite evident that most of those “believers” aren’t real believers at all.
[Tw: violence, government brutality]
Meriam Ibrahim, 26, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of apostasy. The court in Khartoum ruled that Ibrahim must give birth and nurse her baby before being executed, but must receive 100 lashes immediately after having her baby for adultery — for having relations with her Christian husband. Until then, her 20-month-old son, Martin Wani, must live inside the prison cell with her and the new baby when it arrives. Since Sudan sees her only as a Muslim, they refuse to acknowledge her marriage to a Christian man. Therefore, the court was also able to charge Meriam with adultery. Reports claim that the Sudanese government will not allow Martin’s father to care for him while Meriam is in prison. In the meantime, Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, is desperately fighting for their freedom.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO RELEASE HER!!!!!
They have 25 of the 100,000 needed signatures, COME ON PEOPLE
Alfred North Whitehead (via wanderingwithhisshadow)
This quote is invalid. Genesis 18:10-15 when Sarah the old woman is told she will bear a child; Matt. 6:2 with the Pharisees, Luke 22:25 with taxcollectors calling themselves benefactors, and occasional things in Chronicles such as hyperbole: “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings”. I’d also recommend Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood which speaks at length on 30 instances of humor in the New Testament.
If you aren’t quoting this just to reference instances of humor, there are verses like Ecclesiastes 3:4 emphasizing the existential importance of laughter. So I’d either say, what you’ve read of the Bible so far was insufficient with regard to historical context, or you are a bit too keen to criticize Judaeo-Christian texts without having done sufficient research. Whitehead was decidedly anti-Christian so I’m not sure he is the best source regarding the Bible.
On Facebook, there was a post in a forum that asked this question:
Yesterday, during church service the pastor asked if the devil had power! A couple of know-it-all Christians all said, “Yes, he does.” The pastor said, “No, he does not!” From a biblical perspective, “Do you think the devil has power.”
I wanted to answer this thoroughly, but the rules of the forum dictate for no direct Bible quoting, so here is my answer:
So, the Bible, when describing Satan, paints him as pretty scary, and also pretty powerful. 1 Peter 5:8 describes him as a lion, and the book of Revelation uses the imagery of a dragon. In Ephesians 6:11-12, the demons under him are described as “forces” or “principalities”. All of that is pretty powerful imagery. We know that the devil and sin are responsible for all the sorrow in this world, as John 10:10 says that “the thief”, who is also Satan, seeks to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
But an important verse to look at is John 14:30, which says (in the NLT), “…the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me.” Satan is the ruler of this world, because this world is all about sin and ungodly things. That’s why he was able to say that he could give the world to Jesus while he was tempting Him (Matthew 4:8-9). But compared to God, Satan is nothing. He has only the authority that God grants him, as demonstrated in Job. That’s why 1 Corinthians 10:13 can say that we will not be temped beyond what we can handle; not only because God has authority over Satan, but because God always has our back. God has all the authority, and in that way, He has all the power. That’s why when when the Bible says to arm oneself against Satan, it’s always through God. James 4:7 says “Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Satan will flee because the power of God is behind you.
So, in short, my answer is that Satan does have power, but our God is more powerful than anything he can do.
An angel guided Philip to the one who was seeking for light and who was ready to receive the gospel, and today angels will guide the footsteps of those workers who will allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify their tongues and refine and ennoble their hearts. The angel sent to Philip could himself have done the work for the Ethiopian, but this is not God’s way of working. It is His plan that men are to work for their fellow men."
Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 109.
Like other Christians, I talked about the “sacrifice” of abstinence. There were princess-themed books about saving our first kiss. Some of us wore purity rings and made pledges to our Daddies not to have sex until we’re married.
Ultimately, we implied that a woman’s inherent worth and dignity could be measured by whether or not a man has touched her.
Glad for this.