Stop Expecting the Pope to be Progressive.

April 8, 2016

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Today, the Pope disappointed millions of people who are under the delusion that he is “progressive.” He made it clear that the Church will never accept gay unions.

One cannot be mad at him for following Catholic doctrine. What we should be angry about is his choice to be a Catholic rather than a humanist.

Many Christians, including the Pope, are attempting to run PR campaigns of peace and love and acceptance for all human beings. But what invariably happens during such campaigns is that they suddenly recover from their lapses of memory, and say, “Oh, yeah… what was I thinking? The Bible doesn’t allow me to stand for equality for gay people.”

I have never understood why many gay people and “progressive” Christians try using the Bible to propagate a message of love and acceptance. You cannot simultaneously believe in the Bible and equality for gay people. So why do so many religious people try to believe in these mutually exclusive concepts? (Biblical ideology vs. acceptance for all human beings?)

The Bible is in no way a book of “love” or “equality,” and the Gods of the Bible and the Quran are in no way Gods of “love.” Sure, there are occasional verses in the Bible about the “love of God,” like John 3:16 and 1 John 4:8, but those are the exception to the Rule. The rule is that the biblical God is a God of holiness, judgment, wrath, hate, power, omniscience, vengeance, eternal punishment, power, might, sovereignty and transcendence.

One can’t be a “person of love” or a “person of acceptance” if they believe in the Bible. The Bible does not allow people to “accept” everyone as they are. So, why do people like the Pope even try to?

Why doesn’t the Pope either say “Being gay is evil, and practicing one’s homosexuality lands him/her straight into the bowels of hell,” OR say, “The Bible is not a book of acceptance and love, so I am not going to follow such ancient nonsense.”

If the Pope wants to be loving and accepting and “progressive,” then he needs to take off his silly Papal regalia, leave the Church, and say “I love human beings, no matter who they are.”

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Are You A Christian Who’s Voting For Trump? You Should Be Prepared to Answer This Question.

April 6, 2016

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An open question to Christians who are voting for Donald Trump:

I have asked this question numerous times to Christians in private. But I think it should be asked to every Christian who’s voting for Trump.

Imagine that you’re an armed Christian law enforcement officer under Trump’s government. Would you be able to knock on a Mexican family’s door and force them onto a deportation bus, and look into a 5-year-old child’s crying eyes, and say to her, “Sorry, but you are illegal”?

Imagine a Mexican family, full of the Holy Spirit, worshiping in their Christian church on Sunday morning. (I don’t believe in a “Holy Spirit,” but Christians do.) Imagine this Christian family coming home to an armed Christian man, also filled with the Holy Spirit, who proceeds to force them, crying and pleading, onto a deportation bus.

If you are a Christian, this scenario should feel like cognitive dissonance to you.

Doesn’t the Bible say that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control?”

This whole conservative climate is in no way a reflection of the Fruit of the Spirit. But millions in the church are FOR forcibly removing illegal immigrants. How can that be?

Yes, the illegal immigrant issue is something that should be helped. But, my religious “friends,” do you have to be so cruel and hateful toward other human beings because they are “illegal?”

Show me your “Fruit of the Spirit.” Show me how you “love your enemies,” as your Jesus commanded you.

Matthew 25:41-46

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”