Attention Religious Studies Major:
Christ did not replace the law. He replaced you to receive your just reward under it. He gave himself that you might be saved. Howbeit that you missed Matthew 5:17-20 of the Beatitudes?
"Think not that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law until all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Weren't those Jesus' words, or does your religious philosophy negate His authority?
Your reference to "cutting others down" seems to have been delivered with a double-edged sword. Channel your passion into your studies and you will be better served, presuming of course you actually discover the difference between religion and faith. All the education in the world cannot fill you with the latter.
Absolutely enthralling material Corey Mondello!
Riveting revelation by any standard...until one applies a modicum of discernment and digs into the publication you referenced to validate one's unease with the material.
First, the source link titled "original article" returns a 404 error code, which probably means the source material no longer exists. That should be a red flag for even a casual researcher.
Second, if you had bothered (perhaps you did but hoped no one else would) to check the comments under the article you linked, you'd have come across this very telling debunking of your "historian" Professor John Boswell's work.
What I personally find most difficult is the process of weeding out the foolishly deceived from the intentionally wicked who want a cadre of lost souls to accompany them on the path to hell. For the record, safety in numbers is irrelevant on that particular pilgrimage.
Sorry Corey, but your attempt at social validation of what God called abomination doesn't pass muster. Even if it had historical legitimacy, eight hundred years after the death and resurrection of Christ was plenty of time for mankind to revert to the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah. Seems there has been plenty of moral decay since...
"We need to be doing all sorts of things together across boundaries, and [Amendment 1] is almost an anti-solidarity issue," says the Rev. Amy Laura Hall, who teaches ethics at Duke University Divinity School.
Interesting take on erasing boundaries. Odd that a minister(?) would be so cavalier when it comes to recognition of why "boundaries" exist in the first place.
.Although issues of faith indeed often become political wedges, those issues nevertheless still have moral standing. Perhaps the good Reverend Hall remembers morals when discussing "ethical" points of view?
"Raised Catholic on Long Island, N.Y., Kimer left the church while an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. But at 56, he is still religious. As president of the North Carolina Council of Churches governing board, he belongs to St. John's Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh."
"Still religious" ? To the point of empowering personal interests and sexual persuasion through the conduit of leadership within the new generation churches?
"A son of a United Methodist minister, Ryan Rowe can quote Scripture with the most devout Christians. Rowe, 36, is director of faith outreach for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, a group working to defeat Amendment 1."
Satan can also "quote Scripture with the most devout Christians". As a matter of fact, Scripture warns us of exactly that, all the more so as this age winds down to it's climactic finale.
If you wish to advance your argument by quoting Jesus, then perhaps His words to the accused adulteress, "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11) have significance? While He did not in that moment condemn her, He urged her to repent and turn from her wickedness.
At the well, He warned the Samaritan woman, "an hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what..." (John 4:21-24)
Is this such an hour, fueled by a debate over unrighteous behavior and immoral desires? I wonder precisely that as I observe today's modern pastoral leadership unpack their dirty laundry and wash it in the deceptions of sin.
"God will not be mocked", and lack of spiritual wisdom will be no excuse for escaping the righteous wrath of a Holy and Divine Father.
A divinity degree is by no means a yardstick of wisdom, and one must be careful not to worship at the alter of self when contemplating Heavenly matters. I urge each contributor to this political propaganda to measure themselves by Jesus' statutes (all of them) and see just how short they come of the true Glory of God. It seems there are far more "filthy rags" lying about than some imagine.
As for the author, Mr. O'Neill, I would suggest your soul-searching include personal reflection on your worldly activities and agendas. Resisting direct commands from law enforcement and landing oneself in jail to advance your ideology seems a bit contradictory to me in relation to any Divine calling.
Perhaps the end justifies the means, but your radical solutions smack of Alinsky doctrine, and that sir is as worldly as it gets.
For those who are less familiar with Alinsky, his legacy is one which organizes socialism through indoctrination of the church body and propulsion towards conflict with established norms.
This too is Mr. O'Neill's trajectory, be it illegal immigration support activities, the homosexual agenda, or other sensitive topics. O'Neil is hardly a hero, but he certainly loves to portray himself as one.
@mikehelms - What you and Hal best pin your hopes on is that reasonable men and women continue to toss water on the flame you and yours are fanning. Without those"reasonable" people to keep the peace by restraining the emotions of those you taunt, you'd have no safe place from which to hurl your insults and spout your hateful vitriol.
I leave you with sage advice that you are all but certain to callously dismiss, "We all reap what we sow."
Rabid? TEA Party folks are RABID?
Have your actually read your own commentary you hollow-chested buffoon?
What you and your ilk are doing (and quite successfully I might add) is driving a wedge between those in this nation who work and provide not only for their own but for strangers, and those who see your morally bankrupt ideology as a panacea medicating their own ills of slothfulness and self-indulgence.
While I applaud you in your effort and praise you for further illuminating the sickness that is liberalism, I fear you are gleefully manipulating the less astute onto a path of destruction and that is not an admirable endeavor. Those such among us have many stumbling blocks placed in their path already by government, and you only magnify their woes for your own ends it seems.
Cheer this articulate dolt on if you choose leftist rabble, but if TEA Party supporters were as Jihadist in nature as this article professes, the author would not have even had the courage to publish his Marxist manifesto. No, he is safe in the knowledge (for now at least) that he can exercise his Constitutional right of freedom of speech with impunity, regardless of the drivel he spouts.
Were that he be so bold as to have come to the podium and pontificate in like fashion at any TEA event anywhere in America, he would have been laughed to scorn...
Many of us are laughing as we read the article, because we know EXACTLY what it is intended to do; create hatred and anger in the hearts of everyone.
Odd isn't it, that someone would attempt use civil rights advances of the past to generate hate and promote racism? Not really. It's almost a daily occurrence now thanks to many self-professed civil rights activists.
Well...this piece certainly proves the publication is well worth the purchase price!
Something to consider before jumping on the next bus filled with protesters demanding socialized medicine:
"Approximately 1522 percent of the 46 million
residents of the United States without health coverage are illegal aliens. Thats about 9 or 10 million people. More generally, a third of
the foreign-born are uninsured, Census data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies show. That means something like 12.6 million
people, or more than a fourth of the total uninsured, are immigrants, both legal and illegal. Since 1989, immigration is responsible for 71 percent of the rise in those without health insurance. The fact is, the problem of the uninsured would be a more manageable one if the U.S. were not admitting millions of uninsured immigrants."
Funny, but I don't hear anyone dealing with that nasty little fly in the ointment. All I see so far are distorted facts and half-truths (lies) in a race to create a larger welfare state. Given the stats I just posted it appears we are being conned into "world health care" with our doors and wallets swung wide open for anyone to plunder.
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