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5 But the Angel answered, and said to the women, Fear ye not: for I know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified:
6 He is not here, for he is risen, as he said: come, see the place where the Lord was laid,
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead: and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee: there ye shall see him: lo, I have told you.
1 Sing ye loud unto the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyfulness.
3 Know ye that even the Lord is God; he hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with praise, and into his courts with rejoicing: praise him and bless his Name.
5 For the Lord is good: his mercy is everlasting, and his truth is from generation to generation.
I love history. I love American history, I love ancient history, I especially love archaeology. I find Biblical history/archaeology fascinating. Reckon that’s why I bugged the Mr to take me to Israel a few years ago? Heh.
So, I read this morning that there was a tiny piece of papyrus, that is likely authentic from the 8th or 9th century, written in Coptic, that says: “Jesus said to them, “My wife … she is able to be my disciple…”
Well, obviously, the person who wrote it wasn’t around in the 1st century, BUT….the gospels have been copied over and over, translated from one language to another, over the years, so maybe this was a copy of an original, told by someone who was there? It’s possible. Shoot, anything is possible! So many texts, that didn’t fit an agenda, were left out of the final version of the Bible, who’s to say there were a few items that were very accurate but didn’t mesh with the androcentrism that was so prevalent at the time?
Now, the issue, which some folks will get their knickers in a twist over…was Jesus actually married? Lots of folks have written books, both fiction and non-fiction, discussing this matter. Here’s a question for ya…. Does it really matter? I mean seriously, is our faith so fragile that we couldn’t imagine a world where Jesus was married? Or that a woman couldn’t be a disciple? If so, that’s pretty flippin’ pathetic.
So, was He or wasn’t He. I don’t care. He was in human form, and if He married, that’s all right by me! My faith in Him as my Savior won’t change!
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
I could say a lot, but I won’t because I prefer not to use that language!
10 All that thine hand shall find to do, do it with all thy power: for there is neither work nor invention, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.
11 I returned, and I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor also riches to men of understanding, neither yet favor to men of knowledge: but time and chance cometh to them all.
12 For neither doth man know his time, but as the fishes which are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare: so are the children of men snared in the evil time, when it falleth upon them suddenly.
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
Do you find that verse offensive? I don’t. But apparently, the head of Military Religious Freedom Foundation (a complete misnomer), Mikey Weinstein, and 29 cadets at the Air Force Academy find it so offensive, they insisted it be removed from a cadet’s white board outside his room.
Weinstein whined, “It’s not about the belief. It’s about the time, the place and the manner.” Supposedly, he considers a Bible verse as creating a ‘hostile’ environment. Really? If it was a verse from the Qu’ran, would he, and those supposed 29, have reacted in the same manner? How about 8:12: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them“? To me, THAT would have created a hostile environment!
The Air Force Academy states that their purpose is to create leaders? How is this sort of action creating a leader? I’d say it would put a damper on this young cadet’s desire to lead, if his faith is considered ‘hostile’. No, the only hostility I see if coming from that so called Military Religious Freedom Foundation, that quashes religious freedom.
It is very distressing that we are not raising up our young men and women to be leaders, but to be politically correct, so as not to offend anyone. They are suppose to be warriors by the time they graduate, but how can they be true leaders and warriors if they are always concerned about hurting someone’s feelings? I am more offended by the supposed leadership of the ‘new military’ than I am by a young cadet’s sharing of his (her?) faith.
Weinstein is definitely the wrong person to be in charge of such an organization! His outrage that the young cadet was not punished seems more like that of a petulant child. Punished for what? Putting a Bible verse on a personal white board? The verse was removed. What more does that clown want? Should the cadet be expelled for such an ‘offense’?
I AM offended that the Academy caved to Weinstein!
2 There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though an host pitched against me, mine heart should not be afraid: though war be raised against me, I will trust in this.
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will require, even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to visit his Temple.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his Tabernacle: in the secret place of his pavilion shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall he lift up mine head above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his Tabernacle sacrifices of joy: I will sing and praise the Lord.
7 Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry: have mercy also upon me and hear me.
8 When thou saidest, Seek ye my face, mine heart answered unto thee, O Lord, I will seek thy face.
9 Hide not therefore thy face from me, nor cast thy servant away in displeasure: thou hast been my succor, leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 Though my father and my mother should forsake me, yet the Lord will gather me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a right path, because of mine enemies.
12 Give me not unto the lust of mine adversaries: for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak cruelly.
13 I should have fainted, except I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Hope in the Lord: be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart, and trust in the Lord.
I have voiced my opinion on this issue here, and here, and am not about to change my mind because some judge says so. All of these cases are a violation of each individuals God given, 1st Amendment RIGHT to freely practice their faith. My faith is in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, which give instructions on how to live our lives. Many of the laws that were written in the Old Testament were, shall we say, repealed, in the New. That’s why they call it the NEW Testament, or a new covenant. If someone is living a life apart from God, then we are free not to associate, or not do business, with them.
I wonder in how many of these cases, the particular business was targeted because of the faith of the owner, just so the ‘customer’ could bring about a law suit that would destroy the business? It’s a crime to vandalize a business, but it’s perfectly legal to go through the courts and do the same thing. Does anyone see a problem here? I sure do! I see a similarity in such persecutions, as well, just through the feckless court system.
Questions You’re Asking About Cakes, Gays, and Religious Freedom
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Cases have been popping up across the country where individuals have declined to bake cakes or take photos for same-sex wedding ceremonies—and government has punished them. This week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a bill that would have put religious liberty protections in place in her state. We sat down with Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society, to get some answers about this debate.
The Foundry: How did people’s beliefs about same-sex marriage become an issue for private businesses?
Ryan Anderson: In New Mexico, a photographer declined to use her artistic talents to promote a same-sex ceremony because of her religious beliefs. The couple complained and the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ordered her to pay a fine of nearly $7,000. Christian adoption and foster-care agencies in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., have been forced to stop providing those services because they believe that the best place for kids is with a married mom and dad. Other cases include a baker, a florist, a bed-and-breakfast, a student counselor, the Salvation Army, and more.
Whose liberty is at stake? Is it just business owners’?
Do you ever wake up and feel like you’re in some bizarre Tim Burton movie? Yep…practically every day! The last few days have brought us some really odd, and needless to say, extremely disturbing news. The NFL is threatening to pull the Super Bowl from Arizona because they want to protect people’s 1st Amendment rights? Are they freakin’ insane?
No! Don’t answer, I already know! They’ve gone the way of many other organizations. But I’d like to know why a person should be FORCED to do something that goes against their religious beliefs because of a small minority? Would they FORCE muslims to eat bacon? No, they wouldn’t, because it goes against their beliefs. Not that I care a whit whether or not muslims eat dog chit.
If I have a small, family owned bakery , and am a Christian, with strong beliefs, why should I be FORCED to bake a cake for a gay wedding? Where’s the logic? The 1st Amendment plainly states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…“. By forcing me to do something that goes against my faith, my God given RIGHT is being denied. If I don’t want to bake that cake, I shouldn’t be forced to do so just because a gay person says so. This is my ‘free exercise thereof‘!
The state of Arizona is trying to PROTECT those rights, and for the NFL, or any other organization, to behave in such a manner is spitting on the Constitution, and on Christians practicing their faith. If they pull the Super Bowl, it will cost AZ a great deal of money. Perhaps, if they do, Christians should cost the NFL a great deal of money, stop buying the tickets, attending the games, watching them on the idjit box, and stop buying any NFL endorsed product, as in jerseys and the like. Don’t you think that would cost the NFL a great deal of money?
When I think of the NFL, I think of overpaid, arrogant, little boys. While some have college degrees (in what?), I don’t find many of them these days extremely intelligent, or even coherent. Once upon a time, the players were dressed in suits and ties, behaved as grown men, treated women with respect, and rarely had run ins with the law. Now? I’m surprised many of them can get in the huddle, since criminals aren’t suppose to associate with other criminals.
The NFL isn’t what it use to be…bunch of sissies in my opinion. If they pull Super Bowl from Arizona, I can assure you, I won’t be spending a dime on anything associated with them, not even my beloved Dallas Cowboys. It is not the job of the NFL to get involved in a state issue!
I don’t care if someone is gay. That is between him/her and God. I do care if someone who is gay wants to deny me my God given rights! They have turned my freedom to practice my faith into a political issue. That’s where we will have some SERIOUS problems.
1 Is it true? O congregation, speak ye justly? O sons of men judge ye uprightly?
2 Yea, rather ye imagine mischief in your heart: your hands execute cruelty upon the earth.
3 The wicked are strangers from the womb: even from the belly have they erred, and speak lies.
4 Their poison is even like the poison of a serpent; like the deaf adder that stoppeth his ear.
5 Which heareth not the voice of the enchanter, though he be most expert in charming.