Top Five Songs Played at an English Funerals 5- She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain when she comes…. 4- YMCA (Village People) 3- Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 2- Another One Bites the Dust (Queen) 1- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (The Platters)
Dallas Morning News Religion Blog Several Oklahoma legislators say they'll return copies of the Quran that were sent to them by a governor's panel that promotes diversity. The reason, according to this Associated Press story: One lawmaker "claimed the Muslim holy book condones the killing of innocent people." My first thought was: Are they going to return their Bibles, too? I started to make a quick list of all the times and places in the Bible where the killing of innocent people is condoned. Noah's flood, the Ten Plagues, the slaughter of the Egyptian firstborns... Then I figured: Why not make a contest of it? How many Bible passages can you find in which God squashes innocent people like a schoolboy stomping playground ants? Or orders his chosen people to kill old men, women, and babies? Or stands idly by while his people carry out such genocides in his name?
My First Response Brilliant Bruce. When you start equating commandments of God with a terrorists who use religion to further their own political agenda, you demonstrate, pretty clearly, just how little you understand about God in the first place….
Predictable Reaction Kevin, what does it say about a god who kills innocents (see Bruce's examples) or orders their killing (see Joshua 11:7-15, among many others)? What's the difference in killing in the name of your god and killing in the name of their god? Either way, innocent people die needlessly. A god that bloodthirsty is not a god I care to worship. What would have been a better response?
2 Timothy 4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
A Little History 1- Judizers Gospel of the Patriarchs Law of Moses Gospel Restored by the Savior Gospel Of the Hellenists (Greek) Gnostic Offshoot
2 Timothy 3 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2nd ApostacyWilford Woodruff I am looking for the fulfillment of all things that the Lord has spoken… Zion is bound to rise and flourish. The Lamanites will blossom as the rose on the mountains. I am willing to say here that, though I believe this, when I see the power of the nation destroying them from the face of the earth, the fulfillment of that prophecy is perhaps harder for me to believe than any revelation of God that I ever read. It looks as though there would not be enough left to receive the Gospel; but notwithstanding this dark picture, every word that God has ever said of them will have its fulfillment, and they, by and by, will receive the Gospel. It will be a day of God's power among them, and a nation will be born in a day. Their chiefs will be filled with the power of God and receive the Gospel, and they will go forth and build the new Jerusalem, and we shall help them. They are branches of the house of Israel, and when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and the work ceases among them, then it will go in power to the seed of Abraham. Journal of Discourses, vol. 15, 282.
Robert Millett …we're spoiled! We have the answers to so many questions, the solutions to so many of the world's vexing issues, the only meaningful suggestion for peace in a troubled world—peace here and peace hereafter. In fact, we have so many answers to so many religious questions that some of us expect to have them all. And it's downright unsettling when we happen upon some dilemma for which no answer is forthcoming, something which is at best unclear or at worst unrevealed. It is the nature of mankind to seek for closure, to strive to fill in the blanks. That is as it should be. Our souls reach out for answers. We are eternal creatures living in a mortal world, spiritual beings undergoing a temporal experience. The veil of forgetfulness purposely and purposefully denies us access to many things we once knew, many parts of a rather intricate and complex puzzle. Even with all that has been delivered by prophets and apostles, by wise men and women, and by the spirit of inspiration, there are and will be questions. Difficult questions, nagging questions, questions that are troublesome and at times seemingly unanswerable.
Robert Millett Again, one of the signs of our spiritual maturity is how we handle difficult issues or controversial matters. A Latter-day Saint may have a genuine difference of opinion from one or more leaders of the Church or may not agree with a particular doctrine or practice of the Church. Those may be matters with which he or she labors for many years before a resolution is forthcoming. But for the loyal and devoted Saint they are private struggles of the soul, never intended to become public crusades. To proceed otherwise—to promote differing views, to publish differences with the Church, to sensationalize what we feel to be error or misdeed in the Church—is to border on personal apostasy. "We could conceive of a man," President George Q. Cannon observed, "honestly differing in opinion from the Authorities of the Church and yet not be an apostate; but we could not conceive of a man publishing these differences of opinion and seeking by arguments, sophistry and special pleading to enforce them upon the people to produce division and strife and to place the acts and counsels of the Authorities of the Church, if possible, in a wrong light, and not be an apostate, for such conduct was apostasy as we understood the term. Steadfast and Immovable: Striving for Spiritual Maturity, 14
Elizabeth Barrett Browning(Favorite quote of LeGrand Richards) Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. [Aurora Leigh, bk. 7]