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RELIGIOUS MUSINGS 3: The Big Simp
So God invests 14 billion years creating a universe so that he can create his magnum opus: Man. He creates man in his own image, but also like an animal born to die, but he places him in a garden with a magic tree of life so that he can live eternally. Man is lonely that he makes a woman, even though it is pretty clear from his balls and dick that he was built to be with a woman from the start, and he was probably going to turn on some lithe looking gazelles if God hadn't stepped in.
Eve works on Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, and Adam simps out. Fuck him. Now the entire planet is plunged into despair and corruption. Death. This is the tough love that any loving Father would bring for their kids. Now, every baby conceived in the world outside of God's covenants is doomed for eternal damnation and torment. It's not enough that a baby is raped to death, burnt alive on an altar to Molech, or torn apart by wolves, that baby also needs to suffer eternal damnation and torment. Why? Because he is corrupted by the fruit that Adam ate when Adam simped out.
But God has a backup plan. He's going to be merciful to the world by brutally condemning his only "begotten" son to a gruesome and horrible death. God has the Romans and the Jews crucify his Son in a horrible way to pay the penalty for Adam's big simp out. Now, any baby born to the right family and lucky enough to get baptized before they are torn apart by wolves receives an eternal life of pleasure, and every baby that didn't live long enough to make it to Easter Mass, or was born in a bad spot is doomed to eternal torment and damnation. Sucks for them.
You can burn a thousand babies to death and still receive forgiveness and eternal life, but if you're one of the babies, you are eternally fucked.Read More
RELIGIOUS MUSINGS 2: The big deal that nobody else mentioned.
In one tiny place in the history of the church we have a huge claim that would have been verifiable to contemporaries:
And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matthew 27)
Matthew's gospel boldly describes many people rising from the dead and appearing to many. That's it. Nobody else mentions it. Not in the other gospels, not in epistles, not in Acts, or the revelation of St. John. Paul doesn't mention it in his appeal to King Agrippa. Paul talks about the witnesses of the resurrection several times, with zero reference to a bunch of people rising from the dead. He never talks about hunting them down in his persecution of the church... zilch, nada, nothing. It's not in the writings of contemporary historians, or gnostic texts, or anywhere. Jesus had ascended, so you couldn't show him to anyone, but it would be easy AF to go, hey King Agrippa, meet Eunice, she rose from the dead too when Jesus did. I have witnesses that can confirm they buried her a few years back. Instead, this major event seems like a big non-event that didn't really happen, and wasn't a big enough deal to get a passing note from anyone else.Read More
RELIGIOUS MUSINGS: Was Jesus a virgin?
First of all "virgin" or "maiden" is a word never used to describe males in any ancient culture or religious texts. There is no male presumption of sexual chastity. There are old testament provisions against "seducing a virgin" without marrying and paying the bride-price, and adultery.
In Solomon's writings he encourages youths to stick with prostitutes and not get lured in by married women, as the penalty for adultery was slavery or death:
...to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life. (Proverbs 6)
In Jesus's culture, prostitution was common. Jesus' sexual chastity is never pointed out or heralded in any of the New Testament, as it is with his mother. Among Jesus and the apostles, only Paul references his sexual chastity. I've tried to find discussions of Jesus' chastity in the early church, but haven't found one. By the time of John Chrysostom and Saint Augustine in the 4th century, Jesus' chastity seems to have been presumed.
As a healthy male, Jesus would have no doubt experienced sexual desire. We know from studies that sexual desire occurs independent from a persons will. In men in particularly, the female form short-circuits the higher reasoning centers of the brain and produces arousal directly in the non-reasoning part of the brain. While Jesus spoke out against desiring women, he did it in the context of adultery, not in the context of courtship, marriage, or prostitution.
Given the normal male pattern of sexual behavior in New Testament times... use of prostitutes until one could afford one or more wives. Does it make sense that Jesus and the apostles would have remained sexually chaste, if that wasn't considered sinful at the time?
As a side note, Onanism used to be commonly framed as prohibition against masturbation, but if one investigates the text involved, Onan's crime was not masturbation. Instead, Onan was actively engaged in humiliating Tamar and refusing to give her a son (which was a woman's social security), by pulling out and cumming on her instead. Tamar ended up succeeding in bearing a son, by disguising herself as a prostitute and fucking Onan's dad to acquire the child she was due and Jesus was a direct descendant of this union.
There are no Old Testament or New Testament prohibitions against either sex with prostitutes or masturbation, yet over time, the Church has developed the presumption of Jesus' chastity and virginity, despite no claims of this from the scriptures. What do you think?Read More
If your faith had been properly formed and it inspired any sincere belief in Jesus Christ, you might understand that.
My faith was well-formed and I trusted completely with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength in Jesus the Christ and his propitiating work on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins and the promise of eternal life. As the head of household, I took my wife and children to church every Sunday. I taught adult Sunday school for years, and was even asked to become an assistant pastor.
I was a master of apologetics, and could give a sound defense of my faith to anyone who asked, and they were much sounder, well-reasoned, and Biblical than the answers I heard anyone else giving. I was also an avid student of church history and cults. I was never afraid of Mormons or Jehovah's witnesses when they came to the door, because I could spend ten minutes with their own "modified" Bible and leave them questioning their own cults to the point my house would get blacklisted.
But somewhere along the way, I started to learn more about human nature, particularly about the power of self-deception, and I began to ask myself harder questions about the things I couldn't reconcile. One day I realized that I didn't believe anymore. I kept it a secret, and I prayed and prayed to God to give me my faith back, but he never did. After more than a year of struggling to try to believe something I didn't, I finally gave up.
I have no hostility or animosity towards Christians, I just don't believe it anymore.Read More
I have no disagreement that freemasonry is incompatible with conservative faithful Roman Catholicism, but I bet the pope is fine with it. As someone who was a fervent, committed, conservative Protestant for many years, I would not have joined the Masons solely on their wonky faith statement. However, I strongly doubt that their secret practices rise to the level of conspiracy that people paint them with.
As for communism, I would more worried about your own church and your communist pope.
I'm concerned for my soul, those of my loved ones, and generally people of goodwill more so than I am concerned for the errant clergy poisoning the church. If your faith had been properly formed and it inspired any sincere belief in Jesus Christ, you might understand that. If god wills that the earthly church be diminished once again in order to renew the passion of the faith, then that is his will and I will abide. However, this doesn't change that freemasonry is a man-made religion, with both male and female adherents. To believe otherwise is to be ignorant. To claim otherwise is to engage in willful deception.
It's not too late to save your soul, assuming you believe you have one.Read More
@carnold03 @carnold03 I have no disagreement that freemasonry is incompatible with conservative faithful Roman Catholicism, but I bet the pope is fine with it. As someone who was a fervent, committed, conservative Protestant for many years, I would not have joined the Masons solely on their wonky faith statement. However, I strongly doubt that their secret practices rise to the level of conspiracy that people paint them with.
As for communism, I would more worried about your own church and your communist pope.
Many believe the Freemasons are simply a centuries-old charitable fraternity. However, the Catholic Church has consistently condemned Freemasonry more than any other error in its history because it promotes indifferentism, naturalism, communism, and other dangerous philosophies.
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@carnold03 Morissey is f'ing based. Not a huge fan of his music, but I appreciate his love for "England". Politeness, Tidy Yards, Tea and Civilization, and his passion about preserving it.
Johnny Rotten was pretty much the only Rock Hero I had that didn't disappoint. "The Body" and "Bodies" both are great songs about women treating their body like a sewer and not giving a damn about consequences.