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Donald Trump at the Values Voter Summit

“We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”
~ Donald Trump (Values Voter Summit, 2017)

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”
~ Jesus (Matthew 5:11)

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Why “Prayer Shaming” Doesn’t Bother Me

Thank you to The Closet Atheist for bringing this to my attention.

Excerpts from her post and my thoughts:

In my case, I’m more concerned with whether or not you are doing more than that, or if you find thoughts and prayers to be sufficient. How helpful is it to send your thoughts and prayers to the God that allowed (or caused) it to happen instead of sending money or giving your time?

Well:

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
~ James 2:14 — 17

And:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
~ Philippians 4:6

The students in the video dub this phenomenon “prayer shaming,” using examples such as athletes who are judged for showing their faith or college campuses where students are discouraged from public prayer…

Weird. Because, Jesus said this about prayer:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
~ Matthew 6:5 — 6

My point being: Why are Christians getting all bent out of shape about not being able to pray in public when Jesus said “Don’t pray in public”?

Jesus also said this:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
~ John 15:18

And this:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
~ Mathew 16:24

Speaking As A Man: Women, You Don’t Want To Be Like Me

I’m happy that birth control is now harder to obtain, and this is why:

More Birth Control = Less Conception
Less Conception = Less Births
Less Births = Less Babies
And:

Less Babies = Less Women

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If pointing out what birth control does is “mansplaining” than, for the sake of the future of femininity, I am a proud mansplainer.

Now:

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As far as I understand it: More often than not, women want birth control because women want what men naturally have: Sex without the responsibility that comes with it over the course of the ensuing 9 months.

The reason I say “More often than not” is: Birth control does have uses that have nothing to do with preventing conception. I’ve heard from women who take birth control not because they want to have a worry-free Friday night, but because without it their life would be in danger. And I see nothing wrong with birth control being used to save a life, not prevent one.

But, otherwise, I never understood the praise heaped on it…

I find it weird that a movement (Feminism) that champions all that women are and do, supports an act (taking birth control) that will, inevitably, lead to less women in the world. It comes across as Animal Farm-esque:

All women are equal. But some women are more equal than others.

Why It Doesn’t Matter If You Believe In God

Recent horrible events have shaken my faith in God. I believe I know the root of such horror: Original Sin. But: I find myself struggling with a question: How can a god who is supposed to be the personification of love and mercy allow a person to go to Hell for no other reason than that they died while at a concert?

After all: We’re all imperfect to some extent. And salvation is not something we deserve, it’s something we attain. (Romans 7:15 — 20) But, what about the people who were not as close to attaining it as others? Will God have mercy on them? In this life, it’s impossible to know. I wish it wasn’t.

Following The Closet Atheist’s blog, I often hear variations on the question “Why don’t you believe in God?”

And today I’m here to say: “It doesn’t matter if you believe in God.”

Why?

Because: “Do you believe in God?” is not the question that one should be asking. The more important question, I believe, is: “Do you trust God?”

Why?

Because: Think of your ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend. You know they exist. There is evidence of your previous interactions with them. But there’s a reason you’re no longer together. The fact that they are real did not stop you from cutting them out of your life.

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It’s the same with God: If you don’t trust God, than it won’t matter if you believe that He exists because you’ll want nothing to do with Him.

Let’s say that everything in the Bible could be proven to be true. Destroying cities with fire (Genesis 19:24, 25), massacring men, women, children, and the elderly (Deuteronomy 13:15), turning disobedient people to salt (Genesis 19:26) or making them mute (Luke 1:20) — everything that God does, or commands be done in His name, that makes one go “Wait, what?” If that god appeared right in front of you right now and asked you “Do you trust me?” what would your Yes or No answer be?

To end this post on a happy note: Some music: