I have discussed a lot of issues with a lot of bloggers and one thing is certain, a good discussion. I have heard every view in the last few months and many have passed on pieces of knowledge they picked up. I add my 2 cents in and try to figure out where the issue is heading towards. Must say, blogging is in it’s own right a great way to get some feedback on your issues. So I decided to make a blog on the issues of the day.
ET: Not ‘ET go home’ but ‘ET go to hell’
This is a never ending debate on the ideals of torment and plainly asks God ‘would you?’. I have read many blogs on this issue and the majority vote is ‘no God would not’. The scripture argument is that hell either ‘doesn’t exist’ or it is a ‘cleansing’, but not eternal. I mean the argurment for no ET is quite sound and the argument the other way seems a little…harsh. Some of that is based on ‘feelings’ and some on interpreting the word ‘eternal’ in the NT. Nonetheless, the majority of churches across the world interpret ET as exactly that, forever. Is torment forever or is it a type of ‘purgatory’? Or is it just on earth that ‘hell’ applies to? Can there be an effective rep for God on the issue? Shouts out to YBMT (bruced), Steve, Kenneth, Geo, Tom Reindl, Don R, Cliff, Nancy (and the others I missed) & Curious Girl for bringing this to my attention.
War – What is it Good for? Absolutely something!
The issue of war will always be a two-edged sword. On the one hand we hate war, on the other hand we need it for neccesary protection of the world. Christians have taken both sides on the issue and some say ‘war is neccesary’ while others say ‘war is not godly’. Now war will always exist and of that we are sure (a good look at history points that out). But just because it exists does God deem it ‘the right thing to do’? Is God on a ‘side’ in a war? Should we always defend Israel no matter what? What was the biblical stance on such an issue? Shouts out to Demerging, Jimmy Bob, Head First, Unclarity, and others for shedding some light on this issue.
Fundies and liberals, are they eating off the same plate?
Fundamentalism has become a thorn in the side to the liberal religious believer, I mean all that extreme zeal just rubs them the wrong way. Fundies have their share of crimes (abortion clinic shootings, gay-bashing, war in the name of God, etc) and the liberals aren’t smiling. The problem is they read the same book. So fundies grab this interpretation while the liberals are grabbing another, who is right? Are the liberals ‘selectively’ choosing what they believe? Are the fundies ‘adding in’ something they want to believe? Who is interpreting the scriptures right? Is religion the problem here or is it the books we base our faith on? Shout out to Edge of Faith for asking the questions many of us never confront.
Religion and Politics: Our Intelligence shows they like to sleep together.
The clash between religion and politics is as old as religion itself. Israel was founded on a ‘theocracy’ and Islam claims the same ideal. Christianity is not exempt and hasn’t been since Constantine put a cross on his shield and went to war in 300 AD. It’s an age-old argument that states God is part of the political structure whether we like it or not. Politics is a man-made system that bases a majority of it’s ethical virtues on scripture. Does politics have a place for faith within it’s realm? If so, is politics and nationalism based on that faith directly? Which defines which, politics define religion or vice-versa? Are they really one in the same? What does your scriptures say about politics? Shout out to ninja-nun for raising the issue.
Religion vs. Faith – Is the baby really bathing in that bath water or just drowning?
This is the ultimate battle of religious structures vs. religious ideals, they aren’t matching up. Some are calling for an ‘end of religion’ while others seem to think the church must endure and stay the same. Religion seems to put some emphasis on religious duties while faith is asking ‘who made that duties list and why?’. Religion seems to be saying ‘if you are not with us, why not, get with us and be saved’. Faith says ‘no church has the true salvific plan’. Does faith run contrary to religion, are these two different things we speak of? Is religion becoming too ‘trapping and exclusive’ to the detriment of others? Is faith becoming too loose and free that it denys biblical ideals? Who will win, faith or religion? Also, will the son of man find ‘faith’ on the earth when he returns? (a 2 point question). Big-up’s to End of Religion, Ironic Observances, Stupid Church People, and the hoardes of others that share on this issue daily.
Salvation – a pro-choice debate on the sanctity of life everlasting.
Will all go to heaven or will only ‘some’ go to heaven? If only some go to heaven then we have free will and a choice to make to accept Christ. If all go to heaven then Jesus’ death on the cross was for everyone and God made that choice for us. Both sides use the same scriptures and developed varying ideas on eternal life. There is proof for both arguments concerning free-will, the cross, our sinful nature, and God’s intervention. Does the scriptures prove we have no free-will? Does Jesus’ death signify a ‘once for everyone’ salvific act? Is sin wiped clean because of the act or do you have to choose to accept that salvific act to become clean? And the age old question, was Adam really that fond of apples? Big shouts out to YBMT (Bruced), Kenneth, Steve, Geo, Nancy da Joo, and the hoardes of others that brought this to my attention.
So those are the issues of day in the blog-a-sphere. I would also like to commend Chris Ledgerwood for his insight (a great friend), Jolly-Beggar (the reason I love blogging), and everyone that makes blogging fun by adding in their 2 cents…gives me food for thought so I never go hungry. Also the religious-right for their tender support of me on every issue I support of theirs and their utter condemnation of me when I don’t support them. Let’s learn to like one another, please.