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|Nov-29-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Pgp>
Your citation from <Corinthians> brings to mind one of my favorite books- <Job>.
This might sound really insensitive, so apologies in advance, but I regard the "How could God do this to me" question to be blasphemous.
I understand that a person whose house was demolished by a tornado might want an answer to this question, but to cite this as something that might shake personal faith tells me that faith wasn't strong to begin with.
More, it tells me that person hasn't read or understood The Bible.
We don't need any special training or guidance to understand the <Book of Job>.
I'll go further- "How can God let bad things happen to good people?"
I regard this question to be blasphemous.
It also illustrates a certain narcissistic hubris on the part of those who suffer misfortune- if they give in to asking this question with regard to themselves.
First, they confer upon themselves the status of "good people."
Sorry, that's not their call. It's God's call.
Second, by implication the question rather rudely cuts out the suffering of all the other humans. The question shouldn't be "Why me?" but rather "Why not me?" In my view, this is one of the main lessons Job learns from God.
Why weren't these people asking the question "Why them?" when their house was safe, but other people's houses were destroyed by tornados?
When Job's house was safe, why wasn't he asking the question "Why them?" on behalf of all the other people whose houses weren't safe?
He was asking the wrong question. More, he was asking the wrong "person" because, as God finally tells Job, it's none of his business to question God in the first place.
Don't get me wrong- I feel sorry for myself too, and terribly so when real tragedies happen, as they inevitably to do us all.
It just strikes me that all of this "How could God let this happen to ME" business is distasteful, at the least.
At the most, it illustrates an egregious misunderstanding of the Bible and, frankly, a lack of actual faith in God.
Finally, unless we want to pretend the New Testament isn't part of the Bible, God shows a great deal of sympathy for the human condition. On the Cross, He (as His Son) actually asks a version of the question I'm currently complaining about. But, of course, God hasn't really forsaken His Son. That's the whole point of The Passion, surely?
It's "human" to ask if God has forsaken us, but at the end of the day it's up to us humans to muster up enough faith to understand that He hasn't. This is what the Bible tells us, unless I'm misreading it.
That's why my favorite lyric in my friend Andrew's song is
"A Father will always, love his son..."
That's also why I put a painting of Absalom and his son into the video.
I'll have to close with a few disclaimers- I'm neither a theologian nor a Christian, but I have certainly read the Bible and continue to do so regularly.
|Nov-30-13|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Nov-30-13|| ||playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> That's a nice sermonette--wise, insightful, and of service to Christ's Kingdom. As so often, my hat's off to you!|
<Steamed Colleagues> Today's blog post is about fairy tales, actually, and their role in "Our Swell Post-Christian Civilization":
Last day of the month, and I'm shooting for 1,500 views, needing about 70 more--so you're all invited to drop in.
|Nov-30-13|| ||optimal play: Hi Lee, I decided to move with the times and so have now obtained Kindle and the very first book I purchased on Kindle was <Bell Mountain>.|
I'm looking forward to reading it and I'll post my thoughts on it here when I've finished.
Don't worry, there'll be no spoilers giving away any plot details in my comments :)
btw I also checked out your latest post so that gets your required number down to 69
|Nov-30-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: http://leeduigon.com/
Did you know there is festive Christmas snow falling on your wesbsite?
I almost linked something else here yesterday as it reminded me of you- but it was too depressing to share.
A "fit mom's" comment on facebook got deleted for being "Hate Speech" because she dared to suggest that "plus-size lingerie models" didn't necessarily make good role models for a country in the midst of an obesity epidemic.
I wonder what would happen to me if I posted they are "a bunch of fatasses."
I'd probably be imprisoned.
|Nov-30-13|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<Pope Francis: 'Ask for the Grace to Read the Signs of the Times' Warns Against Worldly Spirit that Robs Us of Free Will>
Vatican City, November 29, 2013>
The spirit of the world wants us to have a single, uniform thought rather than the freedom to discern through the Spirit.>
This was the reflection on the Gospel that Pope Francis gave during his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning.>
Speaking on Christ’s call to “read the signs of the times”, the Holy Father told those present that to discern the passing of God through history, one must think with their mind, heart and soul.>
“The Lord wants us to understand what is happening: what is happening in my heart, what is happening in my life, what is happening in the world, in history,” he said “These are the signs of the times!”>
However, the spirit of the world, he warned, does not want us to discern things in this way, but rather it wants us “to be a mass of people, without thought, without freedom.” The Pope emphasized that the spirit of the world wants a single, weak thought that deprives one of their free will.>
“The spirit of the world does not want us to ask ourselves before God: ‘But why this, why that, why does this happen?’ Or even it proposes a prêt-à-porter (ready to wear) thought, according to our own tastes: ‘I think the way I like!’,” he said.>
Jesus, he continued, wants us to not only think freely but to understand what is happening in our lives and around us. But, in order to discover the truth, one cannot do it without the help of the Lord.>
“It is beautiful to ask the Lord Jesus this grace, that He may send us His spirit of intelligence, so that we may not have a weak thought, that we may not have a uniform thought and not have a thought according to our own tastes: we only have a thought according to God,” he said.>
Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray to God and ask for “the capacity that the Spirit gives us to understand well the signs of the time.”>
|Dec-01-13|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<Is 2:1-5> This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.>
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.>
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”>
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.>
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.>
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.>
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!>
|Dec-01-13|| ||playground player: <optimal play> Thank you for buying <Bell Mountain>! I probably shouldn't rejoice that the Kindle version nosed out the paperback, but overseas shipping costs are murder--and that's something the publisher can't control. |
Just missed 1,500 hits for the month. Oh, well, try again...
<jessicafischerqueen> The item you posted here, about Facebook deleting an anti-fatty comment as "hate speech," has inspired today's blog post.
One of the beauties of hate speech laws and regulations is that they can mean whatever our bosses want them to mean. So if you or I say so-and-so is a fatass, it's hate speech; but if Mayor Bloomberg bans large sodas, he's just trying to do what's best for us ungrateful plebs. If a college professor rants in front of his class that white males don't deserve to live, that's fine, he can do it till he's blue in the face. But if a student remarks that ranting left-wing gasbags ought to be fired, he's in big trouble. And if I drive an SUV or use an incandescent light bulb, I'm destroying the planet; but if Al Gore flies to Davos in his private jet and rides to the meeting in a private limousine, he's Saving The Planet.
I hate these people. I really do.
There--I've said it, and I'm glad.
P.S.--I love the little snowflakes on my blog page! Here in New Jersey, that may be the only snow I ever see.
|Dec-01-13|| ||cormier: <<<<<Rom 13:11-14> Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.>
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.>
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.>
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.>
|Dec-01-13|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> Mt 24:37-44> Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.>
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.>
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.>
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.>
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.>
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.>
Therefore, stay awake!>
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.>
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.>
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”>
|Dec-02-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Lee> I thought it snowed heavily in the Pine Barrens? Unless "The Sopranos" has lied to me...|
|Dec-02-13|| ||playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Ever since Jim McGreevy was governor (hint: the first Mrs. McGreevy fled all the way to British Columbia), snow has been ashamed to fall on New Jersey. Those few times it does snow, it's almost always followed by a heavy rain. I think snow resents being called on to cover up what we've done to this state.|
Pardon me, my spirits are low. Most of my family has died off in recent years, and it fell to me to sell the old house where my mother and her sisters were born and raised. What a happy house that was! It was a second home to me for most of my life. How many wonderful Christmases and Thanksgivings we celebrated there!
But I had to sell it; my last surviving aunt needs the money to pay for her care. So after 100 years, it's lost to my family. The developer who bought it is going to tear it down and replace it with two houses built of particle-board. That's what they do in this town.
Piece by piece, the world I knew is being hauled off and replaced by particle-board.
|Dec-02-13|| ||playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> At what point do we stop calling inanity "science"? Search me. Meanwhile, an ace geneticist has a new theory on the origin of the human race--chimpanzees mating with pigs. See more here:|
|Dec-02-13|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Dec-03-13|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Dec-03-13|| ||playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Does anybody believe in free speech anymore?|
A Croatian group is suing Bob Dylan--what? Bob Dylan? yep--for violating a ***French*** law against racial hate speech... in an interview he did with <Rolling Stone>, here in the USA. More details on my blog today:
All right, Dylan said some stupid things in that interview. But by what labyrinthine paths of thought is he subject to the hate speech laws of France?
And anyhow, if there was a law against saying stupid things, we'd all be in trouble, wouldn't we?
The most illiberal people in the world are liberals.
|Dec-03-13|| ||OhioChessFan: History has a nice way of taking down control freaks. They'll get theirs soon enough.|
|Dec-04-13|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Dec-04-13|| ||playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Today I take a break from charting the demise of our country, and instead review a warm-hearted kid flick that has gotten under my skin in a nice way.|
On another note, I've begun reading about the mystery surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe--which reminds me of the mysterious circumstances of Alekhine's death.
Any Poe fans here? And there must be other famous people whose deaths are shrouded in mystery...
|Dec-04-13|| ||OhioChessFan: This is my Father's world. Oh, let me ne'er forget. That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.|
|Dec-04-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Lee> Sorry to hear of your recent heart-rending predicament. I don't know if I can find the words to help, but I know a good place to look.|
From the book you quoted earlier:
<2 Corinthians 4: 17-18>
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
|Dec-04-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <<<<<<<<Krmr>
Merry Christmas old pal!>
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..>
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.>
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.>
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.>
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.>
|Dec-05-13|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Dec-05-13|| ||playground player: <OhioChessFan> In all my life, I have never seen "the wrong" so powerful, so imperious, and so proud as it is today. But then Sennacherib was riding pretty high when he invaded Judah, and we know how that turned out for him.|
<jessicafischerqueen> Thank you so much for the verse from II Corinthians--to which we might add Hebrews 11:1
<Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.>
Just gotta keep on keepin' on: darkness blinds the eyes of flesh, but not the eye of faith.
<Steamed Colleagues> This week's column features more folly and wickedness from our so-called church leaders, out of "The Devil's Seminaries"
And that golem in the White House has given another asinine speech about how we gotta get rid of "income inequality"
What kind of politics is this, exhorting Americans to hate their fellow citizens and to covet one another's property? What's stopping these fabulously wealthy liberals, if they care so much for the poor, from giving away some of their own money? The late George Steinbrenner probably gave more money to various charities than the whole Democrat Party put together.
|Dec-05-13|| ||OhioChessFan: Yes, the wrong <is> riding high. Have you noticed now that the new phrase of Big Sodomy is "You're on the wrong side of history"? Well, let's give that a few years.|
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
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