Earthlings Struggle To Define God
13 of the following 20 religious factions find their origins in the Hebrew Bible or Christian Old Testament. With little regard to its questionable origin, they seek to receive from it revelation pertaining to God's nature. But instead of finding unity in a concept of what God is like, they splinter into many factions. Rather than unifying mankind together in knowing their god, this book drives them apart and causes them to compete and work against each other. By the standards of any business , this would be considered ineffective communication and poor administration. But before we're too hard on whatever or whoever exists in this universe besides ourselves, we might want to consider the possibility that we have accepted as holy scripture that which is not.
1. Historic Protestant Christianity:
2. Jehovah's Witnesses:
4. Church of Christ Scientist:
5. Unity School of Christianity:
6. Church of Scientology:
7. Unification Church:
8. The Way International:
9. International Church of Christ:
10. Seventh-day Adventist Church:
11. Roman Catholocism:
13. Nativie American Religions:
18. Baha'i World Faith:
19. Secular Humanism:
20. New Age Movement:
The DIVINE AUTHORITIES For The Chaotic World Of Religion
Either you've been born into one and comfortably stayed within its walls of dogmatic safety, or you've decided to pick one of the following. Good luck!
1. Historic Protestant Christianity: Bible is the unique, revealed, factual, accurate, and inspired Word of God. Sole authority for faith and practice.
2. Jehovah's Witnesses: Bible (New World Translation of Holy Scriptures) as interpreted by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
3. Mormons: Bible (except the "errors"), The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and revelations of the Mormon prophets.
4. Church of Christ Scientist: Bible, as interpreted metaphysically by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
5. Unity School of Christianity: Bible as interpreted by the Fillmores. It has an outer (literal) meaning and an inner (metaphysical) meaning. Other sacred writings are also valued.
6. Church of Scientology: Selected writings of Ron Hubbard, particularly Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
7. Unification Church: Bible, as interpreted in Divine Principle (Moon's basic teachings).
8. The Way International: Bible (King James Version) as "worked" (studied and explained) by the writings of Wierwille (the "keys" to the Bible).
9. International Church of Christ: Bible, as interpreted by elders and evangelists and taught in "Bible talk" sessions.
10. Seventh-day Adventist Church: Bible supplemented and explained by the writings and revelations of Ellen G. White.
11. Roman Catholocism: Bible (Douay version of Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testatment). They also accept church tradition and the teaching authority of the Church as sources of Authority.
12. Judaism: Hebrew Bible (tanakh), including Torah, Prophets and Writings.
13. Nativie American Religions: Oral and written tradition, folklore. Also the accumulated wisdom of the tribe.
14. Hinduism: Vedas, Upanishads, Epics, Puranas, and a host of other sacred writings.
15. Buddhism: Sutras, Tripitaka (the Three Baskets)
16. Islam: Qur'an (Koran)
17. Sikhism: Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib) considered inspired and authoritative. Other sacred writings.
18. Baha'i World Faith: Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas).
19. Secular Humanism: Humanists reject supernatural beliefs and doctrines. There are no holy writings in Secular Humanism.
20. New Age Movement: There is no objective source of authority. Sacred writings and devotional material from many traditions have spiritual value.
Queen Victoria ruled the United Kingdom of Great Britain from 1837 to 1931. Following close on the heels of a revival in the Church of England, the moral climate of Great Britain eschewed sexual restraint, low tolerance of crime, and a strict code of conduct. Because of the worldwide influence of the British Empire, these values spread across the world.
During the mid-nineteenth century, this fervor caught on in the United States followed by its own religious revival. Dwight Moody, William Miller, Ellen G. White, Joseph Smith, and Mary Baker Eddy are just a few names associated with that religious awakening.
But the trouble with Victorian morality was that it fostered outward appearance of dignity and restraint, while social issues such as prostitution, spousal abuse, child labor and discrimination of many varieties went unnoticed. Today, the spirit of Victorianism manifests itself within Christianity as churches, and congregations within churches, look down upon those holding different standards about how we should act, what we should believe, what we should look like, what we should wear, how we should adorn ourselves, and what activities are proper. If Christians believe that Eve's disobedience brought the knowledge of good and evil to the human race, why are there so many differences in thinking with regard to what things are good and what things are bad? Particularly when they read the same Bible and have the same Holy Spirit to guide them?
Coryanthes speciosa, a Bucket Orchid, remains one of the reasons why I still believe in a designer of what we find in nature.
A specific insect, looking for the sweet nectar of this orchid, falls into the bucket. Unable to escape, it finds a narrow trap door in the side of the bucket. As it crawls out, the orchid glues two symmetrically placed pollen pods onto the back of the insect. When the insect falls into the bucket of another Coryanthes speciosa and tries to escape through the trap door once more, two little devices shave the two pollen pods off the insect's back and pollination is complete.
Call me simple if you like, but I do not believe that even over billions of years this process would evolve. To me it speaks of design. I may not believe in the current popular views regarding god, but for me this is enough to entertain the idea of intelligent design. And just because right wing Christianity has crawled into bed with intelligent design, it doesn't follow that one who believes intelligent design must be a Christian.
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For the record, I do not support the above video, but rather find it sadly humorous.
The Bible mentions the principal of a "hundred-fold" return on seeds planted in faith (things lost or given up for the Lord's sake) . That particular verse along with verses in Malachi about not robbing God and withholding your tithe and offerings are handy tools to encourage congregations to loosen their purse strings. Here is an example of a nut claiming to be visited by an Angel of Finance.
I was faithful to pay tithe most of my life. After learning about the "hundred-fold" return mentioned by Jesus, I increased my "faith seed" to a double tithe. I sold my travel trailer and motorcycle and gave their proceeds to what I believed to be a cause that ministered to the Lord. The texts in Malachi 3:8-11 say to prove God in this thing, and see if he will not pour out a blessing too great to receive. Expecting my finances to blow wide open, after quite few years I had to admit that my finances were in worse shape than ever. At length, and for the past ten years I have stopped going to church and stopped paying any tithe. Guess what? My income has gone up by 10-20%, and I have about 15% more free time to get all my wife's honeydo"s done.
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Here's a text to support this video. "And whatever you do in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17