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...uhm...eep? [17 May 2011|02:10pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | pensive ]

10:32 AM 5/17/2011 · While I understand some nutjob in Oakland has been latching onto this recently for popularity's sake, I initially heard about this about 3 years ago. As I've a hobby of tracking end of the world scenarios, I marked the date and kicked back to see what would happen.

I refer to Judegement Day, which is supposedly this coming Saturday.

Nice thing, as religious events go... Saturdays are usually casual!

What is it with '21' anyway? Even the Mayan thing is on a 21st. People can leglally imbibe alcohol, in the United States, when they turn 21...

So May 21st 2011 is Judegement Day. It's based on something or other, I've got a pamphlet on this somewhere (3 separate versions of which were handed to me at Chinese New Years' a couple years ago) or other but I'm not sure where it is now. It quotes a section of the Bible that speaks of Judgement Day (you can probably Google it) and a mathmatical calculation that includes the correctness of the Roman calendar system to get an accurate calculation of...

...well, this coming Saturday.

Here's the thing, a day is all well and good but it doesn't say when. I'm talking what hour. We've got the day but not a time and what with timezones I don't know if it's May the 21st where I live or in the section of the world the Bible was written.

If that confusing, trip this: in 1986 I took a plane from Boston to India and arrived the day before I left. Yeah, plane took off Wednesday and landed Tuesday the previous day.

As if the 21·hour plane ride wasn't traumatic enough!

As to what will supposedly happen... not a clue. There's the Left Behind theory, which that series was based on, that the 'faithful' will be taken to Heaven and leave the rest of us. Realistically they wouldn't just rise to Heaven, paradise will take your souls but not your bodies. So, to recap, just a bunch of people falling over dead all over the planet...

...although, from my understanding, the original interpretation wasn't so much the faithful as just God's Chosen. Basically, not the Christians. The Jews, religious or not, will all be taken to Heaven and the rest of us are left behind.

There's also those that believe Jesus will return, though that's not a great idea given the circumstances. Supposedly Jesus, who left as The Lamb, returns as The Lion and wages war on the Devil; the souls gone to Heaven in all the time prior battling all the evil of Hell as their armies. The fallout of which will annihilate the entire Earth, kill pretty much every living thing on the planet, and then whatever survives (even souls could be killed before that kinda onslaught) goes to Heaven and the Earth is left a burnt out cinder.

If you watch Supernatural you probably have heard the big showdown is actually Michael and Lucifer. I'm not sure if that's just a convenient story the series latched onto or if there's some actual old testament truth to that or not.

Ultimately it probably doesn't matter. I don't know that this is gonna happen, Judgement Day specifically, don't even know that I believe it. I mean there's still the Mayan thing and that equation Sir Isaac Newton came up with...

...if you don't know the latter, apparently other than 'discovering' gravity ol' Isaac shared my fascination with end of the world scenarios. In an intense study of the Bible he divined what he determined to be a Biblical code that led him to believe the world would indeed come to ane end.

Sometimes in the year 2060.

If I manage a semi·health life maybe I'll be around to see it.

If the Mayan thing or Saturday doesn't do me in first.

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Forgiveness of Blessed Holy Prophet Muhammad. [03 Feb 2011|12:56pm]
promised_reform
Forgiveness of Blessed Holy Prophet Muhammad.
====================================

Peace be upon you and your dears!

Allah spreads His Light for people through His Messengers. The Holy Prophet absorbed spiritual grace from Allah and dispensed it to all humanity. He learned Holy Quran from Allah and taught it to people by his examples. His morals were according to Quran. He was mercy for all worlds.

The spiritual mother of believers, Hadhrat Ayeshah (May Allah be pleased with her) once said to a group of people who requested her to tell them about the morals of Holy Prophet (May peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

The literal translation of her answer was, “his morals were Quran”.

Allah granted the highest spiritual station to the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h). As the Holy Quran informs in surrah Al-Najm: Then he drew nearer (to Allah) then he came down (to humanity). [53:9]

Among his bankless ocean of morals, one was forgiveness. He was told: Take to forgiveness, and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.[7:200]. These worst kind of ignorant did their best with verbal and physical abuse to harm the Holy Prophet and believers. In their spiritually blind eyes, call toward Unity of God and reforms was unacceptable.

The Holy Prophet was given courage by Allah: Have patience, then as had the Messengers of strong determination; and be in no haste about them. On the day when they see that with which they are threatened, it will appear to them as though they had not tarried save for an hour of a day. (This warning) has been conveyed; and none but the disobedient people shall be destroyed. [46:36]

As Allah promised, the detractors of Holy Prophet met the promised end of sorrow. They could not harm the Prophet’s honour. When he attained power, he forgave his foes. Any fair minded historian could not deny that the Prophet’s (May peace and blessings of Allah be on him) attribute of forgiveness and determination was unmatched.

After the migration of Holy Prophet to Medina, the leader of hypocrites in Medina who was hopeful to become chief of Medina prior to Holy Prophet’s coming, continued to play serious tricks against the Holy Prophet, his family and faithful but Holy Prophet always forgave him.

The Bedouins did many disrespectful acts in the presence of Holy Prophet. And they testified that Prophet never react to evil with evil. He always ignored their acts and treated them well.

Once Holy Prophet and his companions were attacked by Quraish tribe at Fajr Prayer and eighty companions were martyred. The Holy Prophet forgave them.

The Holy Prophet also forgave him who openly addressed him with twisted words of ill wishes; he forgave ther who covertly tried to poison him; he forgave the man who came to kill the Prophet while he was performing circuits to Ka’ba; Allah informed the Prophet about his intension and he was caught. Blessed Prophet put his hand on man’s chest. All the hatred in the man’s heart was removed and love filed instead. The Holy Prophet’s was forgiving soul-healer.

At every point in time, Allah directed him to remain steadfast and prayerful like the resolute Prophets. Permission to contend with the enemy was only given when they crossed all limits and tried to finish each believers.

Forgiveness of Holy Prophet was peace. His message grew in peace time very rapidly. After 13 years of suffering at Mecca, the Holy Prophet migrated to Medina. Enemy came behind with arms, time to time. In the 2 th year of Migration, defense was permitted by Allah.. Till the 6 th year after Migration, they were about 3000. Then there was peace-accord of Hudeybia which miraculously culminated to peaceful fall of Mecca in 8 th year of Migration with 10000 men. Age long enemies were forgiven. Thus, it were the morals of Holy Prophet which won the souls on that day and continues to win till today.

When Holy Prophet attained power, he forgave his foes. Any fair minded historian could not deny that the Prophet’s (May peace and blessings of Allah be on him) attribute of forgiveness and determination was unmatched, says the Caliph of Peace Guide (w.alislam.org). He reminds the evergreen mission of the Holy prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be on him): O Messenger! Convey (to the people) what has been revealed to thee from thy Lord. And if you do it not, you have not conveyed His Message (at all). And Allah will protect you from people. Surely, Allah guides not the disbelieving people. [5:68]


The Ahmadiyya caliph (MTAi) reminds faithful to practice the peaceful teaching of Holy Prophet Muhammad. (May peace and blessings of Allah be on him)
Any thoughts?a>

...uhm... [26 Oct 2010|10:34am]

evilgrins
[ mood | confused ]

Among some of the more questionable things Christine ODonnell (O'Donnell?) has said is her more recent statement that "God is praying for me".

Normally when people are well wishing towards others they pray to God for them. Does this seem to imply that God has a God or Gods? Otherwise it means God prays to Itself, which seems redundant to an extreme...as God wanting to wish good will to someone could be simply It just easily could do rather than try to convince Itself it should.

Thoughts?

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"Come on," she pleaded. "Just stick it in there!" [23 Sep 2010|11:11pm]

tipsykitten
"Come on," she pleaded. "Just stick it in there!"

"I'm trying," I responded, breathlessly. "It just
doesn't want to go in."

Cameron was sprawled out on the bed with her platinum
blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail, showing off the
dark roots. Anxiously, she waited for me to slide the
large shaft home.

After being apart for nearly two months, this was a
much-anticipated meeting. "Come on," she moaned
again. "You're fucking killing me here!"

"That's it," I said, no longer hiding my frustration.
"I give up." I dropped the large metal shaft I had
been holding for the last 15 minutes. "I didn't come
over here to help you put your furniture back
together. Get your dad to do this shit when he gets
home."

"Good," she said with a smile. "I'm starving. Let's
order some Chinese food to go with that wine."
Cameron hopped off the bed and led the way back
downstairs.

It was the first weekend of summer break, and the two
of us were celebrating a reunion or sorts. Cameron
and I had been friends for as long as I could
remember. We grew up together, and had been nearly
inseparable since the beginning of high school. Over
the last nine months, we had each been away for our
first year of college. Although we talked on the
phone several times a week, this was our first time
hanging out together since Easter.
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Who is the Lord really? [07 Sep 2010|01:39pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | contemplative ]

10:23 AM 9/7/10 · An ongoing sore point for me has been when anyone refers to Jesus as the 'Lord'. It's not I think him undeserving of the title so much as it is that he didn't want any special treatment when he was alive. He seemed to prefer a simple life and no one to treat him any different than anybody else. So being called a Lord would seem to be something he wouldn't be in favor of.

It doesn't happen often but if some random Bible thumper happens upon me and asks if I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I say no and yes.

Always a fun conversation after that!

I've wondered on this and last night I had an epiphany...or just something random pop up just before I started dreaming. Managed to hang onto it until I woke up so here we go.

Did people refer to God, pre·Jesus, as the Lord?

I think they did and this may lend itself to the confusion. Having had numerous chats about this over the years with a host of people, mainly online, I've learned that where Jesus & God are concerned there's a lot of people that hold to 2 different opinions.

Some believe Jesus was the son of God.

Some believe Jesus literally was God made flesh.

There's not a lot of crossover there. Most everyone I've talked to that hold Jesus was not actually God do not see any wiggle room that he might possibly be, ditto vice versa. I come from a more polytheist bend so that even if you allow for the Trinity, Jesus is still not God. He may be A God, enough other children of deities are referred to as Gods at some point or other, but he's definitely not the Big Kahuna.

So, where do you stand on this? Do you think Jesus is God or just the son of? If God was called The Lord before Jesus was born is it possible Jesus is called this by those that believe he literally was God made flesh? Do you think, my 'no special treatment' thought in mind, that Jesus would've wanted to be referred to as Lord if he had a say in the matter?

On a random only vaguely related note, History Channel presented a random notion I'd not heard before a couple days ago. That after Jesus was executed and rose from the dead, he descended into Hell to free all those that had gone before but didn't deserve to be there. Line of thought seems to be in keeping with those that say only through acceptance of Jesus as your savior you are gifted with Heaven, that all those that died before his birth went straight to Hell.

Even Moses.

I've never liked this idea, and still don't, but I'd never heard this particular myth until just recently.

Thoughts?

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just a bit outside [16 May 2010|05:47pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | pensive ]

1:34 AM 5/16/10 · This is a religious post but it's just as much a historic deal as that. I'm watching a 2 hour special on the History Channel, contrasting the current Robin Hood movie with the actual historical accounting and it's touched on a relative sore point of mine. I've seen just about all of the Robin Hood movies but most notably in recent years it's the ones where Robin has been portrayed by Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, & Sean Connery. Yeah, there's been others but these 3 feature that ever present sore point I'm referring to...

...the Holy Crusade.

I tend to frown on the praise that Christianity tends to insist it deserves due to a number of points in history, as well as some of their rather annoying behavior into the present day, and The Crusades is a biggie. Wherein the Church at the time basically gave English knights carte blanche to slaughter as many people as they possibly could so that they could be assured a place in Heaven. Not an unusual tact, lots of religions have used the promise of paradise the incite violence...but let's stay on point.

There's also the whole bit in regards of reclaiming the Holy Land for Christianity.

By the by, mildly amused by the accounting that back then the Christians referred to the Muslims as 'the infidel' and in modern times that's been reversed.

What I've never gotten is this. Realistically it means that the Christians were going to a place they never had been to take it from the Muslims that were in power there at the time in order to not give it back to the people who actually were from there; the Jews. Now it's possible my perspective on this is a bit off, I've not pursued the actual history of this since high school...

...it's just that my recall is that the Holy Land orginally belonged to the Jews. The Muslims came to power sometime after that but Christianity never has a footing there until after the Holy Crusade. It's not so much that the Holy Crusade was based on an outright lie but even if Christianity ever held any real influence in the goings on of the Holy Land it most certainly wasn't the Christians that came from England.

Of course, that little detail in the 10 Commandments regarding not murdering people adds to the soreness of all this.

Okay, Jesus was from the Holy Land (more or less) but he wasn't a Christian. He was Jewish, a rabbi. Even his disciples weren't really Christians, just a Hebrew cult if you'll allow for the phrasing. From my understanding there were any official Christians, referred to as such, until a very long time after the crucifixion.

Maybe a hundred years or so.

Am I wrong about this? Did Christianity ever have an actual sphere of power in the Holy Land before the Muslims took over? I'm thinking maybe Charlamagne but without looking it up I don't recall where he figured into all this historically. Not to mention he was ordained by the Pope and as brutal a Christian as there ever was.

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don't think it was originally in the rule book [09 Apr 2010|02:29pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | pensive ]

10:28 PM 4/3/10 · In the past year I've lost a few friends, one of which was suicide. Now I know insofar as Christianity goes this is a direct line to Hell, for those of them that believe in it, or at the very least a roadblock from Heaven...

...and I just don't think that is right.

I'm wondering on the origin of this little stipulation. It's like the whole celibacy thing for priests. It's a big rule in Chrisiandom but it's not actually in the Bible. Priests didn't used to be celibate but, roundabout the Dark Ages, it was made a rule because the Church did not want a priest's property to goto their heirs.

Yes, the Church is a greedy institution. Most noticeable in how nice and pretty Churches are even in neighborhoods that are falling apart.

*ahem*

Granted, my knowledge of the bible and its contents is a vague thing at best. I read portions of it when I was younger but as the years grew on me, the more I learned that it's not a complete work. That whole bit with a council deciding what 'Books of *insert name here*' were worthy of the final book or not. From my understanding only the Gnostic & Ethiopian Bibles are complete comilations and I've never been able to lay my hands on one of those to contrast them with the local most common variety...

...but I digress.

So, is the ban on suicides in the Bible or not? Or is it more likely something that the Church instituted in truly depserate times to keep their congregations from trying to get to Paradise via the express route?

That may sound horribly cynical but remember this. During the early Colonial period of the United States, the local Churches told people that if they didn't 'contribute' exorbitant funds to their parishes then they would goto Hell. Not the members of the Church, mind you. They told them that they had to literally buy their way into Heaven.

It's little stuff like this that gives me pause on certain supposed tenats of the faith.

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don't actually believe this... [09 Feb 2010|01:15pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | awake ]

...but it is an interesting line of thought.

10:39 AM 2/7/10 · The problem with being a polytheist is so many get on your case for not having God in your life. That's actually the beauty of it, you do! Still, I sometimes try to explain a possibility in the whole multi·God theorum to others as simply as possible.

Maybe there's not actually multiple Gods.

Maybe it's just the one pantheon and it's just God & Co.

Take an apple. A relatively simple fruit (detached from the Adam & Eve myth) to most anybody. Across the face of the globe though, different people would describe it in different ways. The name of it sounds different in a multitude of languages, even if many still simply say 'apple' the accents make it sound different.

Different people, different cultures, all going on about the same thing.

God is in Heaven (or Club Med) and is surrounded by a host of Angels. God occasionally spawns (we only know of the One) children with human mothers. This follows the general structure of a pantheon, from the Greek Gods to the Norse Gods to the Egyptian Gods, insofar as it's generally perceived worldwide.

A father God and many other Gods that follow him.

Angels.

Now I get many do not see an Angel as a God but take it for what it is. A non·human being of immense power. Angels can level cities, they're tactical nukes with limbs! If you did not know anything of God and were presented with an Angel in all of its majesty you'd think it was a God.

So, it's possible that polytheists have seen God and Heaven and the Angels and just given them different names and viewed them a little differently than Christians would have it be. Keep in mind, Christianity is essentially a different branch of Judaism and back in the day even the Jews were polytheists.

As I said, I don't really buy this line of thought but it is interesting. Ultimately it falls before one particular moment in Biblical lore.

Moses.

When asking Pharoh to free his people, Moses got into a mystical duel (which nowadays would've made a neato Vegas act) with Pharoh's high priest. Both representing their Gods, Moses the one and the priest the many, they turned their sticks into snakes and had them fight it out...

...and if they were truly, however unknowingly, representing the same pantheon then the fight would never have started...

...although it is yet another good example of the Bible showing there's more than one God.

Thoughts?

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Sol Invictus / Saturnalia [08 Jan 2010|02:04pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | morose ]

8:27 PM 1/7/10 · I'm more than a little annoyed at Christmas. Not so much the holiday itself, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all, as for what it is currently representing...

...however innaccurately.

Christmas is supposed to be Christ's Mass. This is the part that bothers me because it gives people the mistaken idea that Jesus was born on the 25th of December. Those much more learned on the subject than I would say that the actual date of birth for him was somewhere roundabout March...but the masses in general do not know this. The Church, having taken over and co·opted a Pagan holiday, a pair of them technically (see subject line) because they needed a day and they liked what they were celebrating.

Interestingly enough, part of the confusion of Jesus' birthday is the fact that the ancient Christians, ironically enough, believed that the celebration of anyone's birthday was a Pagan act in and of itself. So, they didn't celebrate anyone's birthday or really track the passage of time insofar as a person's age. There may've been a head nod or something but there were no birthday cakes nor were there any giftings or anything that we attribute to birthdays these days.

While Christians of old didn't celebrate birthdays the modern ones most certainly do. Still not fond of Pagans, or anyone that doesn't worship their God, but birthdays are now hunky dory. Still you'd think that maybe they could've tried to pick the guy's actual birthday to celebrate it on, right?

Why did they pick the date they did? It's the Winter Solstice, which isn't so much Pagan in and of itself, but the date it was celebrated on isn't the same one we know of it being on today. Much as with the old Christians, the calendar system wasn't entirely the same as it is now. The Winter Solstice by the old calendar fell on the 25th of that month. When it got updated the Solstice was moved to the 18th and, for whatever reason, Christmas was left on the 25th. As to why that day, it's what it represented that caught the Christians eyes.

Sol Invictus was celebrated on the Winter Solstice. It was a Pagan holiday where the worship of Sun Gods, the day was referred to as having to do with 'The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun', was shared among multiple faiths. Most notably the Gods Elah·Gabal (Syrian) & Sol (the God of Emperor Aurelian) & Mithras (a soldier's God from Persia)...

...being the 'birthday of the unconquered' the Christians deemed it should be for Jesus as who could be more deserving of the title than him?

Pride goeth.

Saturnalia I don't know so much about. Regardless, the Christians in their usual way of stamping out Paganism (which often involved a lot of persecution and torture vack in the day) stamped out the other religions and celebrations celebrated on that day to claim it in the name of Jesus.

Oh, de humanity. The hypocrisy.

Christians.

Don't you think that if Jesus' birthday is to be celebrated by the masses in general it should be actually done on the day of his actual birth and not borrowing on, or really stealing, the holidays of other faiths?

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a lot bothers me but let's just stick with these 2 [26 Dec 2009|09:33am]

evilgrins
[ mood | weird ]

Personally I don't understand the whole concept of suicide bombing at all. Still, at least with the Al·Qeda (however you spell it) version I've a bit of confusion in 2 parts:

1) What's the appeal of this reward? Supposedly they die and in the afterlife they will receive 50 to 100 (number is really not important) virgins. Personally I'd think a large number of highly skilled sluts would be more pleasurable...but what's so great about a flock (bushel?) of virgins?

2) Lots of different faiths in the world but they all pretty much seem to agree that in the afterlife things are not grounded in physicality, nothing is solid. So, you're in the Next and you've got your large number of virgins. What good does that do you if you can't actually touch them and none of you have skin?

Any thoughts?a>

this one and mostly so the bouncy thing isn't in the actual post [20 Dec 2009|07:09pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | crazy ]

If you don't have one, here's my gift to you:
http://community.livejournal.com/weirdfolks/1860843.html

Do you have a Christmas icon?

Do you use the same one every year?

Any thoughts?a>

SNR - The Naked Soul [17 Nov 2009|02:31pm]

snrpodcast
http://snrpodcast.livejournal.com/
Episode 15, "Sex, Drugs and the 'R' Word" is now on air - this podcast is aimed at those who might refer to themselves as spiritual, but not religious. No baseline of belief or unbelief is assumed. Click on the link to sample episodes; if you like what you hear you can subscribe via iTunes or Podbean.com
Many thanks,
Heather Gout
Any thoughts?a>

Hee hee! [07 Oct 2009|12:36pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | mischievous ]

Do you have guilt for yesterday?

Do you fear tomorrow?

Then you must have the Christian virus...

...please consult your local shaman.

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SNR The Naked Soul - Episode 13 now available [31 Aug 2009|05:27pm]

snrpodcast

Pop round to my site to catch the latest episode, in which I reserve the greatest admiration for dead gods and the apocrypha.  More would be telling.

The show can also be found through iTunes, Podbean.com, or through following my blog on Facebook (link below)
http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blog/snr_the_naked_soul/

Best regards,

Heather Gout
Any thoughts?a>

Lucky Bastard! [26 Aug 2009|11:57am]

evilgrins
[ mood | giggly ]

I'm watching George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya!, which I think was his last performance, and the religious part of this has got me rolling. He's gone the whole circuit from there is no afterlife, to discussing possibilities if it did, to our loved ones watching over us...and so on and so forth.

You should really rent it, this part alone will make it all worth it.

Had to pause it cuz I about died when he went on about God. Says he finds it interesting, when wondering about how much time God actually worked, that the Christians gave God Sunday as a day off. That the Jews gave God Saturdays off and the Muslims gave God Fridays off...

...and, in that way that he has, he looks dead center out from the screen with that semi·sarcastic appeal, and says that God has an eternal 3 day weekend!

Whereupon I had to stop it to type this.

Any thoughts?a>

The Naked Soul - new podcast episode [30 Jul 2009|03:42pm]

snrpodcast
Episode 12 of SNR - The Naked Soul is now posted on my blog.  The initials stand for 'spiritual not religious', and if you've ever described yourself that way, you might be interested in visiting me and listening to sample podcasts -- gratis!

Heather Gout
Any thoughts?a>

It! [29 Jul 2009|01:10pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | energetic ]

12:44 PM 7/28/09 · Whenever I try to picture God I see an amorphous indigo blob with one blinking eye and a foot.

The foot is not necessarily on the ground.

Occasionally I see George Burns.

When you try and picture God, and if you haven't before try right now, what do you see?

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Quote of the Week [21 Jun 2009|11:50am]

evilgrins
[ mood | giggly ]

From this weeks Real Time with Bill Maher, Paul Begala said "We Catholics believe that sex is a vile, disgusting, perverted thing that we save only for the ones we truly love."

I'm paraphrasing a bit.

Any thoughts?a>

mistaken impressions [12 Jun 2009|11:47am]

evilgrins
[ mood | pensive ]

10:11 PM 6/10/09 · Caught two religious themed episodes of Law & Order in as many days and the one I'm watching right now has to do with The Rapture.

*cue spooky music*

An email is released from a guy that subscribes to unraptured.com, which probably isn't a real website but feel free to look if you want, that informs this guy his uncle killed his aunt. The uncle panics when he finds out the email went out because he thinks The Rapture has occured. The email was released from the website which is run by 3 people that live in 3 different states. At least 2 of them have to log in once every 2 days or the site assumes The Rapture has occured and sends all the stored emails to whoever they were addressed to...

...the assumption being that if The Rapture has finally happened then all the true believers have been physically taken off the Earth and ascended into Heaven.

I have a couple of problems with this.

My knowledge of The Rapture is remarkably limited. I vaguely skimmed the Left Behind series. There was a really disturbing movie starring Mimi Rogers (think that's her name) way back when. Haven't read a Bible in years, more like decades, but even back when I did whatever part dealing with The Rapture (is it odd I keep capitalizing that?) didn't make much of an impact on me. All I know of it is that the 'true believers' are those that fully accept Jesus into their minds and souls.

Which kind of leaves everybody else on Earth on their own to do...whatever.

The Bible teaches that we are all made in God's image but a lot of people don't believe that's the whole one head and two legs and two arms deal so much as the soul. The whole belief that everyone that is a true believer is going to bodily raise off the ground and ascend seems silly. Seems more likely they'd just die on the spot and their souls would ascend, being what it is Heaven isn't so much of a place for flesh & blood types.

The uncle that had the email on the website confessed in it that he'd murdered his wife. Now he may well be a true believer, so far as this story goes, but he's still a murderer. He was storing her body in a huge freezer in his living room! I've long had a problem with the notion that you can commit horrible crimes (murder for example) but so long as you truly believe, or confess all those crimes before you croak, you've got a get out of jail (Hell) free card. Personally I don't think it works, that it's more likely a propoganda deal put forth by the Church and people still goto Hell because ultimately they have to account to a higher authority than is found on Earth

Of course, that could just be me.

While a much more minor note, the whole deal with the website is a little flawed. Say The Rapture actually does happen. What's the point of sending an email to your loved ones? Seems a little elitist to just assume you're going to ascend but they're going to be stuck on Earth.

By the by, is there really a convention called RaptureCon?

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kinda came to me while I was waiting to see Terminator: Salvation [27 May 2009|04:59pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | contemplative ]

Jesus' name was not actually 'Jesus'. I forget the reason but it was entered into the Bible that way due to some concern of common name confusion. His name was actually Yeshua. So, even if you take into consideration his last name wasn't actually 'Christ' either...

...how is saying "Jesus Christ" taking the Lord's name in vain??

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