Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Christian Spell Book

I’ve noticed that many Christians view the Bible a certain way. In their eyes, the Bible contains all knowledge and is the only thing you will ever need. The Bible is nothing more than a crystal ball where you simply gaze into its pages and you’ll be empowered to do anything you want.  Many view the Bible along these lines, as a mystical spell book with the verses functioning as different magical spells. Depressed? Read this verse here, pray a bit and you should be all better now. Your spouse of 15 years filing for divorce? Here, read this and your problem will be solved. What’s that? You’re problem isn’t solved? Hmmm… you must have done something wrong. Too bad none of this is true.

Funny thing is that many Christians that hold to this view also tend to look down on other kinds of knowledge. These Christians tend to disregard or ignore the lessons of history, science, philosophy and psychology or see them as useless or even unchristian. I remember someone close to me who struggled with depression, partly due to a broken home. She went to get counseling at a church. When she came back and showed me the papers outlining the church’s plans to counsel her, I was in for a shock. Apparently the counselors from this church relied exclusively on biblical teaching, i.e. verses for their counseling. These counselors had no formal training in psychology, counseling or how to deal with children from broken homes, at least, none that I know about. After all, they only needed the Bible.

Later on, I asked this friend how counseling was going. She said her counselor did nothing except quote Bible verses and tell her to trust God more. That’s why she was depressed, because she wasn’t trusting God. Unsurprisingly this did not help my friend deal with the problems and hardships she was facing. In fact, it made her feel worse. She felt it was her fault this was happening because she didn’t trust God enough. She eventually stopped the counseling because it was a waste of time.

The counselor saw the Bible as the only thing needed to counsel this young woman with depression and broken home. We only need to change the scenario to see the futility of this kind of thinking. Imagine you had brain cancer. Who would you go to for help? Would you go see an atheist neurosurgeon who planned on operating on the tumor? Or a pastor well-educated in the Bible who planned on quoting verses and telling you to just trust God? This scenario should illustrate the foolishness of seeing the Bible as the only source of knowledge you will ever need. Yet this is what many Christians do when faced with the girl from a broken home, the teenage guy struggling with same-sex attraction or the husband with a divorcing wife. All this results from the improper view of the Bible as a crystal ball or magic spell book.

See, the Bible has one very specific purpose. That purpose is to reveal God. It doesn’t even try to prove that God exists; that is already assumed. This is something that many Christians seem to forget. Yes, there are other things included: some history, instructions on proper Christian behavior, etc. Sometimes reading the right passage at the right time might even be encouraging, but all that takes the backstage to the revelation of God.

There are so many things the Bible would be useless for. You wouldn’t use the Bible to file your taxes or design a skyscraper. Even if you were a full-time missionary. You would still need knowledge found outside the Bible. You would need to learn the language and culture of the people you were visiting. If you planned on opening a homeless shelter, you would need to learn about real estate transactions, property law, business management and more. There are many things the Bible is inadequate for.

Now, I know some people reading this will chafe at my last sentence and think I’m diminishing the importance of the Bible. I’m not. As I said before, the Bible is meant to reveal God to us. Knowledge of God forms the foundation of our lives. Others use science, patriotism, women, sex, money or any number of things for their foundation. Though the Bible will not give the knowledge you may need to practice law, medicine or economics; it does something far more fundamental. We gain a worldview with God at the center. This is so important, that we don’t even think about it. Without this foundation, our goals, the meaning of life, our purpose, our basis for morality all change or disappear completely. Despite the importance of this, we must remember that the Bible does not give us everything. You cannot simply quote bible verses and build a marriage out of it. You can’t practice law on bible verses alone.

Sometimes, I believe Christians use the Bible as an excuse to not get out there in the world and do something. I know a few people who go to Christian schools, then to Bible colleges with the hope of making their living in some kind of church ministry. There is nothing wrong with this. But if that’s what all Christians do, we end up closing ourselves from the world around us. We then act surprised when the surrounding culture changes in ways we didn’t think about.


Incest: The New Gay

In the many debates I have gotten into on same-sex marriage, there is one argument that usually comes up. In these debates, I usually end up stating that the reasons for the legalization of same-sex marriage logically lead to the legalization for other types of sexual relationships that are currently not in vogue, such as polygamy and incest. Naturally, I’m labelled as a bigot for making this argument because using logic is something only bigoted and homophobic white males do.

Imagine my surprise when I come across a certain article at Salon through twitter. The article discusses an interview of a 18-year-old woman who is currently in a romantic and sexual relationship with her biological father. The woman describes her relationship as special and wonders why she is judged for the relationship she has with her father. She is deeply in love with him and in a committed relationship with him. Above all, she cannot understand why anyone wouldn’t want her to be happy. TThe author of the article is surprisingly sympathetic toward this incestuous relationship, naturally given her own “advocacy of reproductive freedom”.

As I said before, this is the beginning. With the normalization of same-sex marriage, advocates for other kinds of relationships will use the same arguments advocates for same-sex marriage used. You can be sure there will be talk of having committed relationships and love being all that matters. I’m sure arguments akin to “hey, our incestuous relationship doesn’t hurt yours, so leave us be” will be used as well.

Before same-sex relationships were able to be legalized and given the mark of approval (marriage), they had to be normalized (they fell in love and just happened to both be girls). Same-sex relationships had to be seen as no different from heterosexual relationships. Once this happened, it created the kind of environment that would allow the legalization of same-sex marriage.

I predict that we will start seeing the same thing in the near future with incestuous relationships. We’ll see articles and parades and movies showing incest as normal, as two people who fell in love and just happened to be biologically related. Eventually we might even see advocates for incestuous marriage taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Crying Rape

In a show of remarkable ignorance, Jay Leno had this to say about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby: “I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women. You go to Saudi Arabia, you need two women to testify against a man. Here, you need 25.”

Well gee, Mr. Leno, ever hear of a fable called The Boy Who Cried Wolf? No? Alright, here’s the Cliff Notes version: a boy gets a kick out of crying wolf when there isn’t one. He does this this enough times that when a real wolf threatens his flock of sheep, the villagers don’t believe the boy when he finally cries wolf truthfully.

Let’s compare this little story to modern times. Today, we have many women crying rape in public. Funny thing is that many of these accusations turn out to be false. Huh… weird. If you want an example, look no further than the recent UVA rape hoax. Furthermore, this sort of thing is far from rare. Remember the woman who went looking for a man to beat her up and then reported it as rape? What about the stripper who falsely accused Lacrosse players at Duke University of rape? And let’s not forget the woman who falsely accused five men of gang rape because she didn’t want people to think she was a slut easy?

Lately, false rape accusations seem to pop up everywhere. Now, this might be hard for feminists and others to understand, but this could explain why rape accusations are not believed as much anymore. When enough rape accusations turn out to be false, people will stop believing them. This is not rocket science. The more women lie about rape, the less people will believe them once a rape actually occurs.

If you want anyone to blame, blame women who believe it’s ok to falsely accuse men of rape because they regret having sex with random dudes. And before you say anything, I am NOT making any statements regarding the guilt/innocence of Bill Cosby. My ONLY point is to show that there is a reasonable explanation for why rape accusations might not be believed.

And despite this, you still have idiots claiming that we should automatically generally believe rape claims.

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I doubt feminists will ever learn. They seem to be too wrapped up in their own narrative to deal with facts.


Spas for spoiled little American girls

Spas for girls under 13.
$3000? That’s just obscene.
Now all of it, I have seen
As to oblivion we careen.

Incoming, spoiled little princesses.

Patriactionary

Yeah.

AURORA, Colo. — It was a day out at the spa for Paige Ehresman and her closest friends. Manicures. Hairdos. Makeup. And some gossip — about second grade.

The spa industry has begun to target children in a big way, going way beyond mother-daughter manicures. Adult spas are adding separate menus of services for girls, usually ages 4 to 14. In most major cities, there are now dedicated day spas for children, offering a range of massages, facials and other treatments for girls (and sometimes boys) too young to have had their first pimple.

“I feel like the best princess in the world,” said Paige, who celebrated her seventh birthday at Sweet and Sassy, a national chain of spas that boasts that its cosmetologists are specially trained to work with children. After the beauty treatments, Paige and her guests walked down a red carpet and disappeared into a…

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A Drunken Rant against Feminism

Not me, mind you. I personally don’t drink. Anyway, this is probably one of the best and quite hilarious rants against Feminism. Aaron Clarey is the best. Though be warned, the video contains lots of language.


Muslims Owed Apology for Paris Shootings

In light of the recent massacre in Paris, one idiot thought it only right to apologize to, of all people, Muslims… after all, they were expected to condemn the massacre. Boo-hoo.

As a non-Muslim, I’d like to apologize to Muslims for the non-Muslims demanding that all Muslims should apologize for the attacks today.

Worked at a newspaper; made people angry with words. I was what those cartoonists were. I am still. #JeSuisCharlie

Hat tip to Vox Day

I’m really not sure how to comment on such stupidity other than point out a glaring double-standard. Christianity is STILL criticized for atrocities committed during the Inquisition and the Crusades, events that occurred about a thousand years ago. However, when Islamic terrorists murder a dozen or so cartoonists, Muslims are owed an apology because people expect them to condemn this massacre. You really can’t make this sort of thing up.


An Expansion in Scope

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started this blog. I honestly didn’t think I would last this long with law school having pretty much taken over my life. Luckily, I have a semester left and have no intention to stop blogging. Furthermore, I plan on expanding the scope of this blog to deal with more than just issues directly related to Christianity. I’ve been wanting to blog about other issues unrelated to Christianity or religion and thought about starting additional blogs. However, managing multiple blogs each with a different subject sounds like a recipe for disaster. Instead, I plan on comment more on politics, culture and anything else that catches my fancy here. Obviously, this is all in addition to what I write about Christianity and religion; that isn’t going anywhere. Enjoy.