So I only read the first part, and then skimmed some, but I stopped after reading this: “The economy now sits in a hole more than 10 million jobs deep—that’s the number required to get back to 5 percent unemployment, the rate we had before the recession started, and one that’s been more or less typical for a generation. And because the population is growing and new people are continually coming onto the job market, we need to produce roughly 1.5 million new jobs a year—about 125,000 a month—just to keep from sinking deeper.
Even if the economy were to immediately begin producing 600,000 jobs a month—more than double the pace of the mid-to-late 1990s, when job growth was strong—it would take roughly two years to dig ourselves out of the hole we’re in.”
“On the subject of biblical texts and examples to why you can’t do certain things with your body that you wish to, I find that absolutely absurd. I’ve always been extremely uncomfortable with the idea in any society that the belief is based on revealed truth, that’s to say on a text like a Bible or a Qur’an, or whatever it is. It seems to me that the greatness of our culture, for all its incredible faults, is that we have grown up on the Greek ideal of discovering the truth, discovering by looking around us, by empirical experiment, by the combination of the experience of generations of ancestors who have contributed to our sum knowledge of the way the world works, and so on. And to have that snatched away and to be told what to think by a book, however great it may be in places, this is a book that says you can sell your daughter into slavery, it’s a book that bans menstruating women from within miles of temples. The fact that it also says that for one man to lie with another man is an abomination, is no more made relevant or important than the fact that you can’t eat shellfish.”—
While I totally understand how you would come to that conclusion, based on the fault of Christians misrepresenting themselves, I would have to disagree. I am a Bible believing Christian myself but I can’t remember the last time that I thought Truth was merely limited to what was revealed to me through the Bible. Truth is everywhere. And by ‘T’ruth I mean an absolute, objective Truth, not a subjective truth.
Unfortunately, many Christians seem to believe (out of ignorance or some other reason) that the Bible is the sum of all Truth, that God’s immense personality is somehow reduced to a few pages between leather binding. I have found this to not be the case, and the Bible itself declares otherwise as well, interestingly enough, using a Greek idea. Many times in the Bible, it references “the Word” which some Christians mistake for the Bible. However, “the Word” is a poor translation of the original Greek, and it usually does not mean “the Bible.”
The most obvious case is in John 1:1 - “In the beginning was the Word.” Obviously, the Bible was not at the beginning of time. What was actually said was the Greek word, Logos, which means something along the lines of Spirit, Idea, Philosophy, Conception, or by some Greek philosophers, the stuff that holds the universe together. Later on in this book, this Logos that is being referred to here said “I am the Truth.” So, here is one case in the Bible showing that Truth is not limited to Scripture by itself. When “the stuff that holds the universe together” says that it is Truth, how can any Christian say that the Bible is the sum of Truth? When I realized this, it completely revolutionized the way I viewed God and what it meant for my life. Science, Art, Literature, Medicine, Nature…all information and knowledge and wisdom found in Truth points back to Logos. No matter what I did or read, from a business strategy textbook to Harry Potter, I could see glimpses of Logos.
At the same time, the Bible is not irrelevant. The only way I know how to discover the absolute Truth of Logos in the world is based on what is revealed to me through the Truth in the Bible.
That’s basically all I wanted to say, that not all Christians view Truth, or the Bible, in such a limited way. As for your other accusations of the Bible, you are picking extreme cultural cases and applying them to today’s society which is a false interpretation of the intended meaning. While I don’t want to argue this point (it’s done enough by others), please understand that though the Bible is a special book, it is also written by real authors, thousands of years ago, in a culture that is not modern or Western, and should be interpreted and understood likewise.
“We’ve got an environment where you can make things happen. Fast. There’s plenty of open space — and open minds. Collaboration. And of course, innovation. We also have a shared obsession with getting every last detail right. Leave your neckties, bring your ideas.”—Apple’s job site. (Dang, I could totally work for Apple)
The Old Mentality: A Soft Core Rap by Ellie Ann (my wife)
Right means wrong. Weak is strong. He came to change the reality. Change the old mentality.
Say one day you meet a boy with no shirt And hey you have two, what do you do? Or a person you detest makes you work without rest; Giving him your best, you’re not living like the others. Your brothers are all around. Your neighbor is everyone. Fools are wise. Truth are lies. He came to change the reality. Change the old mentality
You gotta die before you live You receive what they give. No reprieve from insults and blows No show, you are true blue thick and through When they cut ya’, they find your light. When they break ya’, you don’t just blow away. You get stronger the longer that these trials come You just groan and moan for the hope to come. Poor meets rich. Dark meets light. Pain meets joy. Blind meets sight. He came to change the reality. Change the old mentality.
Love is the cure for the common man. But there’s something tricky you gotta understand, That if you love those that love you, then nothin’ll ever change The sick will stay sick and the hate will only grow; You know. You gotta tell the rich To sell their things, the poor, to get the things They need from God. He came to change the reality Change the old mentality.
I love it when people start seeing truth, even if they’re in the “other camp.”
Here’s a great quote from this article:
“Here’s what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend summers poolside, but travel to impoverished countries to dispense medical care to children, as Tebow has every summer of his career. Athletes who believe in something other than themselves, and are willing to put their backbone where their mouth is. Celebrities who are self-possessed and self-controlled enough to use their wattage to advertise commitment over decadence.
“You know what we really need more of? Famous guys who aren’t embarrassed to practice sexual restraint, and to say it out loud. If we had more of those, women might have fewer abortions. See, the best way to deal with unwanted pregnancy is to not get the sperm in the egg and the egg implanted to begin with, and that is an issue for men, too — and they should step up to that.”