Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Story of the Incredible William Tyndale

This is not one of my normal posts, but something that came up in a recent conversation, and is a simple pointing to the great story of William Tyndale, one of the greatest heroes of Christianity, whose life fulfilled that most potent scripture: They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. John 16:2

There is a fantastic telling of Tyndale's story in the documentary: Devil's Words: The Battle For An English Bible, which can be viewed in five parts on youtube starting here: Tyndale's Story.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fox News And The Holiday Spirit

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19

The holidays are upon us, and Fox News Propaganda Outlet has ramped up their annual manufactured Christmas controversy. They warmed up to it at Thanksgiving, when they took President Obama to task for not mentioning God in his spoken Thanksgiving address, even though he had done so in his written version. This year they used Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee's holiday tree lighting as their excuse to lob the first volley in their hysterical, and imagined liberals war on Christmas. This year it has resulted in a heated repartee between Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly, and here is a good compilation of Stewart and O'Reilly's back and forth.

Since it is widely agreed that Christmas is about children, let us look at how Fox News Propaganda Outlet treats children with regard to Jesus Christ, bearing in mind the words of Jesus when he said: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Now how does much of America celebrate the birth of Christ? By flying in the face of everything Christ is and taught. Christ said: Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15

Yet in agreement with Fox News Propaganda Outlet's support of big business and free market economics, many Americans use Christmas to inculcate their children with the love of materialism, the fodder on which capitalism feeds; and since the Bible also says that covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:5), raising children as idolaters violates the second commandment against worshipping graven images and idols, and is antithetical to Christianity.

Now let’s look more closely at the presidential candidates Fox News supports and promotes, one of whom they will eventually get behind in full force in the race against Obama.

Rick Perry supports a constitutional amendment legalizing prayer in school. This directly contradicts not only the constitution, but Christ’s specific instruction concerning prayer, when he taught that public prayer is hypocrisy, inasmuch as it is done specifically to be seen of men, and to call attention to the ‘righteousness’ of the supplicant, and that prayer in truth is a matter to be undertaken in the privacy of one’s room.

Uptight moral crusader and presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently vowed to dramatically cut the food stamps program, citing the nation’s high obesity rate as proof that the program is unnecessary. That is an unbelievably bizarre and inherently flawed correlation, and the inanity of that statement speaks for itself. The fact is that millions of children suffer from hunger in this country every day, and that many more daily fall below the defined poverty level.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions recently remarked that the food stamp program is out of control, and earlier this year John Boehner, a Catholic (Catholicism being a perversion of Christianity), and the Republican caucus proposed defunding WIC, the government program that provides nutrition for Women, Infants and Children, in their frenzy of spending cuts.

What Santorum, Sessions, Boehner and the rest of their colleagues fail to acknowledge, and to even care the slightest about, is that malnourishment in developing children causes brain damage; and since malnourishment is so destructive to the development of children, exactly how would taking cereal out of the mouths of babes while continuing to fund subsidies for oil companies be the Christian thing to do? Jesus would surely call it ‘offending the little ones.’

And Newt Gingrich wants to abolish child labor laws, and fire union janitors, many of whom have families to support, and to give those jobs to children; to rush them from infancy to adulthood, with nary a moment to enjoy the innocent years of their lives, while stigmatizing them before their classmates. Exactly how is alchemizing childhood innocence into profits for big business revering the Lord?

So, if Fox News had their way in how America's children are raised to God, they would grow up being greedy, half-starved, broom pushing hypocrites. While I've read the book thoroughly, I missed that passage in my Bible.

Another of the Bible’s teachings that Fox News Propaganda Outlet disregards utterly (aside from all of them) is the commandment forbidding bearing false witness against thy neighbor. Fox News Propaganda Outlet does this on a daily basis, whether slandering President Obama, their favorite target, or any other liberals in Congress and Governorships across the country. Fox contributor Karl Rove releases so many attack ads slandering Democratic candidates with outrageous exaggerations and outright lies, that a truly Christian organization would long ago have dismissed him from their employ. But Fox regularly places Rove on the air for his 'valued' opinions.

In his feud with Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly plainly stated that Stewart is going to hell. Jesus Christ spoke explicitly of hell, and the denizens thereof; who are the children of the devil. And just who are they?

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44

Fox News lives in an alternative reality, a gigantic, self-perpetuating lie, a fictional narrative of their own invention far removed from the world mankind lives in. They spew so many lies that, the Pulitzer prize winning, non partisan fact checking organization can barely keep pace with them. Here’s a video of Jon Stewart from a few months back, running out of breath giving a rundown of some of Fox News lies.

Merry Christmas, Mr. O’Reilly, to you and your colleagues. If lies were Yule logs you have enough to keep the home fires burning for eternity.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Bible Lesson For Racist 'Christians'

The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky has barred interracial couples from becoming members of their church, and from all church activities except for worship and funerals. In their own words, the church did it “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Odd, for that is the exact opposite of what their exclusion accomplishes; and if they truly wanted to “promote greater unity among the church body,” they would bridge divides by embracing interracial couples, knowing that whether red, brown, black or white, we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. So, it is time once again to explain to racists who are interested in Christianity that God sees men not by the color of their skin, but by the purity of the heart within.

Christianity arose from Judaism, which was founded on the law of Moses, so let us consider Moses.

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11

This Moses, friend of God, was married to Zipporah, who was Ethiopian. And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses, because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. Numbers 12:1.

God actually became quite irate with Miriam and Aaron, and struck Miriam with leprosy, and Moses beseeched God to heal her, and after seven days God heeded Moses.

So how does that work? I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the sheer incredibility of it. Moses received the ten commandments, and all the law upon which Gulnare Free Will Baptist is founded, yet if he and his wife came there, they could not become members.

Let’s leave Moses there scratching his head as he faces the doors which he helped raise and would be unwelcome to enter, and move to Jesus, who fulfilled the law of Moses. Throughout the gospel and the New Testament Christ refers to himself as a bridegroom and the church as His bride and the union of the two as a marriage.

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:9

From the details of the story I’m going to infer that Gulnare is a predominantly white church (if someone points out otherwise I’ll happily correct myself). Since the denizens of the wilderness and deserts of Israel are naturally burnished, so was Jesus dark-skinned while on earth; and as He gave the gospel to the whole world, the marriage is a multi-racial affair. So again, I’m struggling to wrap my mind around the impossibility of an exclusively white church banning dark people while thinking they prepare themselves for eternal marriage to one.

What would Jesus say? Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34