That was sarcasm? That's where the written word needs a little help... emoticons and "j/k".
I wonder what we would see if God used emoticons in the bible.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth
Botanicadenta, THAT is a funny thought, you should patent it and get to work, I might almost flip through it if I saw it on shelves- maybe there could be lolcats images mixed in to liven it up , like "I IZ IN YUR GARDEN CORRUPTIN YER KREEASHUNZ"
"You don't need a license to drive a sandwich"-Spongebob Squarepants
they wrote out TONS of verses!
the problem with that is that its funny and clever for about 5 seconds..
after reading one sentence in LOL-cat language you are already bored with it and dont want to read anymore...so 99.9% of that page is wasted..no one will ever read it..
oh well..thats the internet for you!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
It cornfused the daylights out of me. *major cognitive dissonance*
LOL! You could put Scot, myself, and you on a continuum, in that order!
I've joked around with my wife about how God could use the Internet to communicate with us humans... sorta like a cyber "handwriting on the wall".
Getting back to an earlier post, before I became a Christian, I would have thought (and did, actually) my IVCF friends at college were nuts when they told me that they prayed and read the Bible and that they knew in their heart that Christianity was / is the truth and that this wasn't a matter of being born to the right family or in the right country or right church or this is psychologically explained, etc...
A Christian could share their conversion experience to another and they would understand each other but to articulate things in explainable terms beyond the Holy Spirit or this "I know that I know that I know", separate and distinct from psychology, just doesn't seem possible - especially to someone who hasn't experienced it or has decided that it's a bunch of garbage. You can't prove the truth about christianity and God providing Jesus as the Savior and all that God wants us to do is put our faith / trust / confidence in Him. From the very beginning, God provided the boundaries and the first humans, knowing right from wrong, chose wrong and their offspring perpetuated the wrong, continually rejecting Him. So rather than keeping humans in this physical life and death and spiritual death cycle, He provided the way in which to break that cycle, through faith Jesus. That didn't make sense to me as a college freshman. But between the Holy Spirit, loving Christian friends, and an openness on my part, that won't make any sense to a non-Christian, I put my faith, with no explainable proof, in Jesus as the promised Messiah. This stuff can't be proved and won't make sense to those who have chosen to reject it. I know... I rejected it for quite awhile.
So, question for the Christians, where does this leave a person like me? I grew up in the Church, I did everything there was to do, going to church 3 times a week or more, etc. Memorizing verses and stories, getting the 'true love waits' rings for my GF's, all of that stuff.
And then, around 16, I took a look around and realized I was consorting with some of the most villainous, irritating, alienating, and exclusionist people in the town in which I lived. So, with that in mind, I tell you I was Southern Baptist in a small town, From birth till later teens, have quit, and never looked back. Every time I've tried to go since I've had spectacular timing with the services, hearing everything from Money-grab sermons to college youth-groups(literally, 1.5 hours talking about the church needing money, total no-no, AND it was one of those enormous 5-story stadium churches) And preaching the tenants of misogyny in otherwise fairly nice looking establishments.
So, my question is, as a reasonable, logical human being, I'm wondering, is it just me? Or is it possible God doesn't want me in his churches? If timing and calling are tools of the Lord, wouldn't making sure that every sermon I heard was inexorably offensive be a sign? Every time I've reached out I've been sorrowfully disappointed. So perhaps by belief is better, perhaps I just picked the wrong churches, or perhaps it's nothing at all, but in my personal opinion, odds are good that I will be offended any time I walk into a church.
EDIT: Good lord I keep forgetting that this is the ACORN thread.
I hate to say it but it's the culture of the party who are prosecuting ACORN which causes these off topic abstractions to come up. That's the Socially Conservative Christians or "Neo-Cons" (hopefully that will enough for me to separate Jim from the rest of the 'flock' ) When I was a kid my mom started going to one of those apocalyptic evangelist churches for a while like Palin grew up in - a friend from work took her and she liked the lively music. But after a while my mom finally decided she wasn't paranoid about the end times and everything else before she went, why should she continue going someplace and start to get that way? There is only one party actively working against letting poor people vote, it's not democrats, independents, libertarians or the green party suing for investigations if there were a more full frontal assault against ACORN then I could see some validity... I still stand for my "conspiracy theory" (I beat ya to it Outsider )EDIT: Good lord I keep forgetting that this is the ACORN thread.