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  • Christian Faith Doesn't Just Say Disasters Are God's Retribution

    10/26/2017 10:05:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 10/26/2017 | By Mathew Schmalz
    It’s been a time of calamities: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, flooding in South Asia and Africa and a massive earthquake in Mexico have led to widespread devastation around the globe.Some people seem to think this is divine retribution for the sins of humanity: Kirk Cameron, former child actor, said in a video on Facebook that Hurricane Harvey and Irma were “a spectacular display of God’s immense power” and were sent so human beings could repent. Earlier, after seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, conservative Christian pastor John McTernan had noted that “God is systematically destroying America” out of anger over...
  • NY Daily News San Bernardino Shooting Cover Sparks Passionate Online Debate

    12/03/2015 11:10:52 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 2, 2015 | Debbie Emery
    "God isn’t fixing this,” Thursday’s newspaper proclaims after Republican presidential candidates “offer prayers”
  • How Hitler and Judas could end up in heaven

    06/04/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 262 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/04/2014 | Damon Linker
    In certain schools of Christian thought, hell is not everlasting, but a more painful form of purgatory. M any Christians presume that hell is a place where brutally painful punishments are inflicted on evildoers for an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, amount of time in the afterlife. Think of a medieval torture chamber with no exit or fire extinguishers. But this, as I argued in a recent column, makes no theological sense. If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong thing must be its own punishment. To think that a...
  • Ridiculed Bishop Strikes Back: More Fallout From "Loveparade"

    08/08/2010 4:23:07 PM PDT · by 0beron · 7 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/08/2010 | Tancred
    A well known Austrian Auxiliary bishop is not prepared to take the unjustifiable pummeling of the media bosses: Loveparade is not a "harmless celebration" -- If God "punishes", He does this with the intention to bring men around, God punishes out of love.[, Salzburg] This Friday the Auxiliary Bishop Andreas Laun of Salzburg wrote a careful article about the Massacre-Loveparade in Duisburg. The text appeared in the neo-Conservative Linz commercial website ''. The in the meantime suspended, so-called Loveparade was the biggest alcohol, drug and sex even of Western Europe. Msgr Laun stated from the start, that no one is...
  • The Almighty is Unjustifiable, Part II

    05/07/2010 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 23 replies · 313+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/7/'10 | Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo
    What do we mean by professing that G-d is good and man was created in His image? When G-d allows and even causes unbearable pain to befall man, afflicting him with sickness, cruel death, earthquakes and the most horrible wars, there seems little room for these claims. If G-d, by our moral standards, cannot be justified for many of His actions, as we have suggested previously, how are we to revere Him?
  • Horror: Theodicy (2;17)

    04/14/2009 6:39:42 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 3 replies · 436+ views
    Youtube ^ | 4/14/2009 | MT
    Horror: Theodicy (2:17) Synopsis: In this episode, Chris plots revenge against Stephen by hiring an amateur adult model to lure him into a hotel room with a hidden camera. OUR MARK HAS TO BE CONVINCED THAT YOURE RUNNING FROM A BOYFRIEND WHO WANTS TO KILL YOU. CAN YOU PERSUADE HIM TO GO UP TO YOUR HOTEL ROOM? Watch Video.
  • Horror: Theodicy (2:16)

    03/11/2009 9:56:25 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 6,074+ views
    Audiobook: Horror novel adaptation on youtube. Constructive criticism welcome. Episode synopsis: In this episode, Chris returns home to face another ordeal as the voices torture him to make new concessions. Watch and rate here. Series synopsis: Part II introduces our story's reluctant heroine, Nicole, after an encounter with a mysterious stranger turns her life upside down, and she begins a quest to stop a terrorist cult.
  • Horror: Theodicy (2:15)

    02/16/2009 3:49:55 PM PST · by mft112345 · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Audiobook: Part II introduces our story's reluctant heroine, Nicole, after an encounter with a mysterious stranger turns her life upside down, and she begins a quest to stop a terrorist cult. In this episode, Nicole tries to prevent Carl from hurting himself in a church and confronts Chris with a warning to leave town.
  • Fiction: "Theodicy II" (Episode 14)

    12/29/2008 5:30:34 AM PST · by mft112345 · 167+ views
    In this episode of our story about the end of the world, Carl Alpers returns to fire a gun at Father Stephen Keller during mass in a Catholic church. Viewer discretion advised (parental guidance) Watch episode then share your thoughts on the problem of evil and the issue of Theodicy (i.e. how a good, all-powerful, all-knowing God and evil both exist.)
  • The Rabbi And The Terrorists (Why The Murder Of Jews In Mumbai Isn't A Merely Jewish Problem Alert)

    12/01/2008 9:59:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 1,086+ views ^ | 12/02/2008 | Dennis Prager
    It was obvious to observers around the world that one of the designated targets of the Pakistani Islamist terrorists was the Mumbai Chabad House, the one Jewish center in Mumbai. The 10 Islamic terrorists who came from Pakistan to India chose their targets with great care. If one assumes that the terrorists primary goals were to destabilize India, weaken growing Indian-Pakistani cooperation in fighting terrorism, and greatly increase Indian-Pakistani tension, hopefully to the point of military war between the two countries, every one of the targets made strategic sense. Slaughtering as many people as possible in Indias major economic center,...
  • A Day Of Mourning (Naomi Ragen's Thoughts On The Mumbai Massacre Alert)

    12/01/2008 7:21:59 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 978+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 12/01/2008 | Naomi Ragen
    After days of prayer and fear among Jews and good people everywhere, the horrible reality of the Islamic terrorist rampage in Mumbai was revealed in all its obscene and mindless savagery when members of Zaka entered the Chabad compound. Perhaps it is impossible for the average human being to understand the depth of evil represented by Muslim extremists. As an eyewitness told Ynet, the sight was unbearable even to the practiced eyes of those whose job it is to deal with the aftermath of murderous terror attacks: "The place was totally destroyed. Live grenades were all over the floor. Torah...
  • Love The Victims, Loathe The Killers (Rabbi Shmuley Boteach On The Mumbai Massacre Alert)

    12/01/2008 6:40:04 PM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 815+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/01/2008 | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
    All terrorism is monstrous, but the murder of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg by "religious Islamic extremists" stands out for its unspeakable infamy. The deliberate targeting of a small Jewish center and its married young directors, whose only purpose it was to provide for the religious needs of a community and feed travelers, proves that those who perpetrated this crime are bereft not only of even a hint of humanity, but every shred of faith as well. The world's most aggressive atheists are more religious than these spiritual charlatans and pious frauds. When Osama bin Laden, whose beard masks the...
  • Theodicy II (Episode 12)

    11/19/2008 9:54:46 AM PST · by mft112345 · 4 replies · 771+ views
    In this episode of our story about the end of the world, Chris invites demons to possess him and kills his first victim to appease the voices. (Please watch and provide constructive criticism.)
  • Treat Illness With a Dose of Thoughtfulness

    06/14/2007 7:24:33 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 1 replies · 182+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 6/13/'07 | David Klinghoffer
    Barack Obama is the latest Democratic candidate to offer a plan that would bring us closer to universal health care coverage, along socialized British or Canadian lines. Almost all the developed nations have turned to such models of government-directed medicine, while the United States has thus far resisted. Could this be because our country remains the most Bible-believing in the world? Lets consider the possibility. On the topic of health, Scripture overturns familiar assumptions. Why do people get sick in the first place? The usual medical answers focus on purely material causes: unhealthy lifestyles, uncongenial microbes, unlucky genes. From such...
  • Curing anti-Semitism with More Semitism

    04/20/2007 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 22 replies · 512+ views
    Toward Tradition ^ | 4/14/'07 | Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    It is the period of Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoahthe Day of the Holocaust. In Israel, traffic comes to a halt for two minutes of respectful silence. In America, the day is observed by many Jewish communities as the dead are mourned. But for some, the Holocaust challenges faith. Anyone who believes in the God of Abraham, has only two choices when contemplating the Holocaust: (1) God was powerless to stop evil men from perpetrating the Holocaust and therefore allowed this unspeakable calamity to occur; or (2) He made it happen. Nobody with faith can adopt the first explanation....
  • The Best Are Killed In Every Generation (Dennis Prager On The Righteous Die Too Soon Alert)

    10/10/2006 1:06:04 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 1,176+ views ^ | 10/10/06 | Dennis Prager
    Have you ever heard of Anna Politkovskaya? She was a Russian journalist who regularly reported on Vladimir Putin's undermining of press and other freedoms in Russia. This past weekend she was murdered. If you are debating whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about humanity's future, here is a point to consider: In every generation, especially in the last century, vast numbers of good people -- often the best people -- have been murdered by the worst people. Think about all the decent (and, of course, some indecent) people Stalin murdered among his 20 million to 30 million victims. Think about...
  • The Silence Of God (God Did Not Build Auschwitz; Man Did. Free Will Alert)

    06/04/2006 11:02:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 43 replies · 998+ views ^ | 05/05/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    "Where was God in those days?" asked Pope Benedict XVI as he stood in Auschwitz last week. "Why was he silent? How could he permit this endless slaughter, this triumph of evil?" It is the inevitable question in Auschwitz, that vast factory of death where the Nazis tortured, starved, shot, and gassed to death as many as a million and a half innocent human beings, most of them Jews. "In a place like this, words fail," Benedict said. "In the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord,...
  • Did God Whack New Orleans? A Theological Inquiry (Don Feder Alert)

    09/24/2005 3:03:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 90 replies · 1,552+ views
    Don ^ | 09/19/05 | Don Feder
    DID GOD WHACK NEW ORLEANS? A THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY By Don Feder Was Katrina a warning - the ultimate wake-up call for a morally somnolent nation? Even religious conservatives are afraid to speculate, so successfully have we been cowed by a culture of disbelief. Regarding the way God works in the world, there are four possibilities: 1. There is no God and everything that happens is the result of the random collision of molecules. 2. There is a God, but he's an absentee landlord. He arranged the world, including nature, as a self-regulating mechanism, then sat back and allowed it to...
  • Waves of destruction wash away belief in God's benevolence

    12/31/2004 4:29:45 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 123 replies · 2,345+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 12/30/04 | Edward Spence
    Compassion is the best response when humanity faces the problem of evil, writes Edward Spence."Why did you do this to us, God? What did we do to upset you?" asked a woman in India this week, a heart-wrenching question asked in common these past few days by Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians. Nothing could have prepared us for what happened when the tsunami unleashed its terror. So we seek answers where answers are hard to come by, in either secular or sacred realms. Traditionally, the Judeo-Christian God, considered the most supreme and perfect being in the universe, has been ascribed...
  • Ivan Karamazov's Mistake (Long, Worth It)

    12/27/2002 11:20:42 AM PST · by HumanaeVitae · 9 replies · 2,886+ views
    First Things Magazine ^ | December, 2002 Issue | Ralph C. Wood
    It is has become commonplace to regard Ivan Karamazovs "Legend of the Grand Inquisitor" as a prescient parable glorifying human freedom and defending it against the kind of totalitarian threats it would face in the twentieth century. Fyodor Dostoevskys angry atheist delivers an uncanny prophecy of the omnicompetent, freedomdenying state that would arise in his own native Russia. But concerning the liberty that is the only cure for statesponsored oppression, Ivan is terribly wrong. The Christ of the Grand Inquisitor advocates an idea of freedom that Dostoevsky considered an abomination. It is linked to Ivans critique of God for allowing...