It’s problematic that tumblr has decided to reveal the things that I “like” on my facebook wall, as well as what I post. Reason being that I often will come across some weird cartoon wiener or crude joke in my daily scroll, and I will click the little heart so that later when my wife is home, I can show it to her and we can point and laugh because penii are naturally funny elements of the human body and you can go sue us if you disagree. But I can’t post a quote about the nature of reality in relation to God and then have a toonified dong pop up on my wall! No one’s going to respect my thoughts on theology with flippin’ fart jokes and wangs flyin’ around. You don’t win friends with dongtoons.
This one comment about Noah from some Christian blogger made me want to see it so bad, if only to counter the ignorance.
"I will have to say I am not surprised that they are not accurate with this movie. But it would be n ice if for once they were. I don’t like that they are making Noah out to be some crazy, murderous man! Now that I know all the false things they have in this movie I will not see it! When they add a bunch of extra things in Biblical movies to try and make it more interesting that is really evil and it is giving the Bible and everyone in it a bad name!"
“Science can analyse a pork-chop, and say how much of it is phosphorus and how much is protein; but science cannot analyse any man’s wish for a pork-chop, and say how much of it is hunger, how much custom, how much nervous fancy, how much a haunting love of the beautiful. The man’s desire for the pork-chop remains literally as mystical and ethereal as his desire for heaven. All attempts, therefore, at a science of any human things, at a science of history, a science of folk-lore, a science of sociology, are by their nature not merely hopeless, but crazy.”—G.K. Chesterton, Heretics, p. 76 (via theringofwords)
“All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.”—G.K. Chesterton, Heretics, p. 32 (via theringofwords)
THE real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait. I give one coarse instance of what I mean. Suppose some mathem- atical creature from the moon were to reckon up the human body; he would at once see that the essential thing about it was that it was duplicate. A man is two men, he on the right exactly resembling him on the left. Having noted that there was an arm on the right and one on the left, a leg on the right and one on the left, he might go further and still find on each side the same number of fingers, the same number of toes, twin eyes, twin ears, twin nostrils, and even twin lobes of the brain. At last he would take it as a law; and then, where he found a heart on one side, would deduce that there was another heart on the other. And just then, where he most felt he was right, he would be wrong.
“[Of myth:] …can I have been unhappy, living in Paradise? What keen, tingling sunlight there was! The mere smells were enough to make a man tipsy — cut grass, dew-dabbled mosses, sweet pea autumn woods, wood burning, peat, salt water. The sense ached. I was sick with desire; that sickness better than health.”—C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy (via theringofwords)
"Unlike the Koran of Islam or the Book of Mormon, the Bible does not fancifully claim to be dropped from heaven. The Scriptures were born and confirmed within a believing community, i.e., real, heart-beating, breathing, flesh-and-blood people. The Bible was not discovered by Peter and John at…
Adding to the list of things I will never fully grasp about the kind of faith I grew up in vs. the research that has lead to how I view things now.
I was talking to an old lady at my work tonight and there was a tv showing a news team discussing the general happenings with Russia and the Ukraine. I said something along the lines of, “Another day, another war.” and she said something that Christians, especially protestants (though my interactions with non-protestants has been few up to this point), have always said to me and that I have never understood.
"Well," says she, "If you believe what the bible says I think some stuff is being fulfilled."
Seriously, people are always saying this. Every time there’s a war in the middle east brewing, every time some faction starts jihad-killing some other faction of Muslim extremist, they say, “Well the bible says these are the end times and if you look at what’s happening over there… well I’ll tell ya… it’s happening.”
Which, at best is so woefully misguided and unthought-out a statement that it boggles the mind, and at worst displays an incredible ignorance about world history, modern politics, and the bible that apparently says all of these things (it doesn’t, really, it absolutely doesn’t).
To me I find it borderline laughable that people constantly just point to something going on in a vaguely Middle Eastern part of the world, the implications of which seem to be only dimly understood, and say, “Look! See! Wars and rumors of wars!”
And I feel like just asking the question, “Why do you think unrest in the Middle East means that Jesus is going to come back soon and the world is going to end?” I don’t think they’d even know how to begin answering that.
Is there prophetic scripture that can point to this specific current conflict that seems to state as much? I mean, news flash here, but the Middle East has never exactly been stable, and people have been pointing to the nutty goings on over there and crying “END TIMES!” since before Jesus was born. So excuse me if I’m extremely unimpressed by people who have skimmed through a couple of Hal Lindsey books and watched three episodes of Jack Van Impe’s show on TBN and suddenly seem convinced they know anything, whatsoever, about the nuances of ancient exile-era Jewish prophetic literature, the Early Christian apocalyptic styles, and what the words of Jesus actually meant.
And lest I go mad, don’t get me started on the idea of the Rapture, which haunted me my entire childhood. To me there’s no more damaging a modern heresy than that of the Rapture, and the entire dispensationalist movement that supports all this bulldink.
Okay wow, I’ve been reading way too many theological study books lately and I’ve gone on a wee bit of a rant because that old lady bugged me. My apologies.