Yep, somebody told me a story one day he asked, did Jesus fake his death? It was outside of a place we were waiting to open after the cleaning crew was finished inside. A young couple was there waiting along with myself and a couple of other guys. Here is some of the conversation:
Dude: How’s it goin?
Couple: Very nice thank you. It was a glories day.
Glorious indeed. Beautiful weather.
Yes, God is good. He loves us so much. We are very blessed.
Really? How so?
Well he gave us great jobs and delivered us from sickness. He’s at work in our lives right now!
Uh… Yeah.. Hey, ya’ll believe in Jesus don’t you?
Oh yes, absolutely! He’s God’s son and we believe in him and we are born again.
Well, I’m not Christian, I don’t believe in Jesus.
Oh Hell, where is this going I thought.
“You see folks, the dude continued – I know what really happened. Jesus didn’t die out there, he faked it and then went and hid in another country”.
You know those guys back then could put themselves into a “trance” literally mimicking death. So Jesus was doing this on the cross and was taken down and put in that grave believing he was dead.
Then a few days later he showed up at his apostles house… They told him “dude, if you don’t get the hell outta town right now they are going to CHOP YOUR HEAD OFF. -So Jesus ran off and the legend was born.The Dude
We all kind of looked at each other and said…. damn.
I love UFO’s! Huge headed aliens and stuff. You know.. Glittering eyes. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind and ET. Wow… I love that stuff. Area 51. Is there really something “out there” ?
I have heard it said that these aliens are actually demon’s of Satan’s army. Just to fool us into not believing in God. You ever heard that before? –Well now you have! Hmmmm, Satanic Aliens. Who would have thought?
I really like space. I’m a spacey kind of guy. Believe it. And that means I dig UFO’s I’d LOVE to see a freaking UFO…
And Hey, I’m all in… If it’s a satanic UFO – even better.
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Islams, Jews, Christians. Do they all worship the same God? That’s what President Bush was saying. Of course you know this is America and we do have “freedom of religion”. Thank God for that!
I used to be rather dogmatic in my beliefs. Often trying to convert to my way of faith. Sometime I still do this. But is that necessarily a good thing to do?
Here are some reason’s why I have reconsidered my religious thinking
Jesus never twisted arms
In fact he made it easy for people to walk away. He seemed to know who would accept him and who wouldn’t
Faith should not promote “fear”
A lot of religious leaders and evangelists tend to teach that if you don’t believe like we said…Then it means, well, eternal damnation. Uh… are you sure?
Words without Action
Many people are looking for something bigger. A certain faith can talk a good talk, but not walk the walk. The best evidence for a religious faith is change in the believers actions and behaviors.
Faith is Personal
Many aspects of life can sway the way a person may or may not believe. If a person is relatively happy in what they find “out there” who am I to say they are wrong… Eternally wrong? I do not know that persons entire story.
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Religion Leads to sharp disagreement
Many people will not talk about politics or religion – period. Why? because the don’t want to go through the hassle of offending somebody or getting resentful themselves. Peace brother. God is love.
Do all Religions pray to the same God?
One of the fun things about believing is the “search” itself. Asking hard questions and “working out my own salvation”. I have found diversity in the faiths can be a strong motivator to learn more. And grow in my own faith.
Open mindedness does not have to be a bad thing. I believe God is infinite. He has a plan for ALL of it. Agape love is what the God of my understanding is all about.
That’s enough for me.
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Directed by Alexander Amenabar, Agora stars Rachel Weisz as the philosopher, mathematician, and martyr Hypatia of Alexandria, whose history has long been muddled and contested since the limited release of the film. Many Christians including Catholic evangelist Rev. Robert Barron, condemn Amenabar for the film, calling it an “atheist agenda” despite the fact that the director insisted on a multi-faith cast and crew and the distributors insisted on a preemptive screening by the Vatican, which reported no issues with the film.
History buffs already know how the movie ends, so I won’t worry about spoilers. Agora is a about a woman mathematician, philosopher, and scholar in Roman Egypt. We, the audience, see Hypatia teaching men of prominent families, including Orestes, who admires her but cannot attain her because she loves philosophy first. Davus, one of her father’s slaves (whom she pities), also loves Hypatia, but the latter is oblivious and the former is burdened by his lower status. He begins to turn to Christianity for solace.