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Tao Te Ching
Post Date: 2017-11-08 12:01:18 by A Pole
The Tao that can be known is not Tao.
The substance of the World is only a name for Tao.
Tao is all that exists and may exist;
The World is only a map of what exists and may exist.
One experiences without Self to sense the World,
And experiences with Self to understand the World.
The two experiences are the same within Tao;
They are distinct only within the World.
Neither experience conveys Tao
Which is infinitely greater and more subtle than the World.
When Beauty is recognized in the World
Ugliness has been learned;
When Good is recognized in the World
Evil has been learned.
In this way:
Alive and dead are abstracted from ...
Getting High and Holy at the International Church of Cannabis
Post Date: 2017-11-08 10:11:41 by Gatlin
Steve Berke, founder of the Denver nonprofit religious organization Elevation Ministries, stands on stage at his brand new International Church of Cannabis and takes two deep drags from a hefty joint. He closes his eyes, raises his head skyward, and exhales. In the wooden pews facing him, 50 or so people follow his lead. Smoke rises toward the heavens, settling in among the vivid Technicolor murals spread across the vaulted ceiling. This minute of silence, a quiet celebration of the sacrament of cannabis held every day at 4:20 p.m., is apparently as religious as the International Church of Cannabis gets. Elevationism boasts no other regular services, no doctrine, no divine law, ...
Franklin Graham VS Pope Francis
Post Date: 2017-11-07 18:30:51 by A K A Stone
Franklin Graham: Politicians Should Stop Saying Islam Is a Religion of Peace Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism. Who is right?
In Bombshell Letter, Ex-Bishops’ Doctrine Chief Accuses Pope Francis of Sowing ‘Chronic Confusion’
Post Date: 2017-11-02 21:16:56 by cranky
The former doctrinal chief of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) has written a forceful letter to Pope Francis, criticizing the pontiffs intentionally ambiguous teaching, derision of conservatives and resistance to constructive criticism. Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, who was named to the Vaticans International Theological Commission by Pope Francis himself in 2014, told Crux that he only wrote the letter and eventually released it for publication after much prayer and discernment, as Pope Francis often recommends. If I did write something, I wanted it to be of help to Pope Francis, to the Church, and to the faithful, he said. Although Weinandy wrote ...
CUFI Leader John Hagee confirms Christian Zionism is anti-Semitic
Post Date: 2017-11-01 20:57:33 by hondo68
CUFI leader John Hagee speaks to Israel supporters at a rally at the Jerusalem convention center in 2008 (Photo: AP) Evangelical pastor John Hagee, the leader of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the US largest pro-Israel organization and the most powerful group in the Christian Zionist movement, has adamantly insisted that Christian Zionism is anti-Semitic. WorldNetDaily (WND), a far-right website published an article in March 2015 about the Blood Moon Prophecy, an end-of-times theory that lunar eclipses are a sign that the world is on the brink of destruction and that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is near. The lengthy piece is about Hagees film Four Blood ...
Muslims to soon beat out Jews in U.S. population [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-11-01 09:57:07 by cranky
Heavily armed police guard as revelers march during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. New York City's always-surreal Halloween parade marched on Tuesday evening under the shadow of real fear, hours after a truck attack killed several people on a busy city bike path in what authorities called an act of terror. There are about 3.35 million Muslims in the United States right now, according to recent Pew Research Centers Factank figures.But by 2050, that particular population is projected to grow from about 1 percent of the U.S. population to about 2.1 percent. If it does, that means America will be home to more Muslims than Jews.Just ...
The Fall of Civilizations
Post Date: 2017-10-20 17:03:27 by redleghunter
Oxford college bans 'harmful' Christian Union from freshers' fair
Post Date: 2017-10-11 10:24:56 by redleghunter
Oxford college bans 'harmful' Christian Union from freshers' fair An Oxford College has banned the Christian Union from its freshers fair on the grounds that it would be alienating for students of other religions, and constitute a micro-aggression. The organiser of Balliols fair argued Christianitys historic use as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism meant that students might feel unwelcome in their new college if the Christian Union had a stall. Freddy Potts, vice-president of Balliols Junior Common Room (JCR) committee, said that if a representative from the Christian Union (CU) ...
Pope Francis Is Just Like Donald Trump
Post Date: 2017-10-03 19:04:24 by Tooconservative
With the norm-demolishing, nationalist-establishment civil war in Americas Republican party, we sometimes lose sight of what the other great disruptor is doing over in Europe. Im talking about Pope Francis, of course, and his attempt to drain the Catholic Churchs swamp. I used to think of Francis as the David Souter of Rome. But the deeper we get into his papacy, the clearer it is that hes incredibly similar to President Trump. Francis doesnt read, or seem overly concerned with policy or theology. Hes dismissive of long-standing traditions and established theological experts and instead wants the Church to be more populist. Hes prone ...
Post Date: 2017-09-27 01:15:21 by redleghunter
The Devil-as-myth view is Satans right-hand punch. If that one doesnt get you, then watch out for his left hook. The left-hand attack moves the disinformation to the opposite extreme. If Satan cant get you to ignore him by denying his very existence, he will cunningly lead you to attribute power to him far beyond what he actually possesses. He will seek to persuade you that he is virtually equal to God. Dualism, as a philosophy and a religion, has vied with Christianity from the beginning. Dualism affirms that the universe is the staging area, the combat zone, for two equal and opposite beings who struggle with each other eternally. Satan is falsely described in terms of ...
Conservative Roman Catholic theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy
Post Date: 2017-09-24 20:35:02 by hondo68
Pope Francis waves as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience on Sept. 20, 2017. A total of 62 clergy, theologians and other academics, though no cardinals and only one bishop from a break-away traditionalist society, have signed a letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy for his document 'Amoris Laetitia' and its cautious opening to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, with organizers saying the last time such a "correction" happened was in 1333 under Pope John XXII. VATICAN CITY Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of ...
Nibiru, Planet X and Biblical prophecy: Will the world end Today?
Post Date: 2017-09-23 12:17:53 by Willie Green
In the words of REM: It's the end of the world as we know it. Well, maybe. But probably not. The latest internet rumor has a rogue planet, dubbed either Nibiru or Planet X, striking the Earth on Sept. 23, wiping out mankind. It's not the first time Nibiru has made it appearance in the world of online conspiracies, though it's gained such traction this time that even the U.S. space agency NASA addressed the issue. "Various people are "predicting" that world will end Sept. 23, 2017 when another planet collides with Earth. The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision," NASA said in a statement this week. The Nibiru ...
An Unworthy Pope
Post Date: 2017-09-18 17:10:56 by Tooconservative
When Catholic prelates and popes make idiots of themselves or engage in misconduct, Catholics are inclined to respond to Protestants who are scandalized by saying that the presence of fools and scoundrels in high ecclesiastical offices only goes to show that the Catholic church is the one true church. How could it have survived and flourished otherwise? Not everyone is persuaded by this argument, but everyone must concede that fools and scoundrels sometimes find their way to high ecclesiastical office and in this particular, our time does not differ from other times. In the last few decades, the Roman Catholic Church has been fortunate in those whom it has elected to the Papacy. ...
What does the term “holy see” mean?
Post Date: 2017-09-13 22:54:45 by A K A Stone
The term Holy See comes from the Latin Sancta Sedes, meaning Holy Chair, and originates from the enthronement ceremony of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. Strictly speaking, the cathedra, i.e. the chair or throne, represents the position and authority of the Holy Father or a bishop, and the place where he resides in the territory of his jurisdiction. Here the Holy See refers to the seat of government of the universal Church. Geographically, this seat of government is located in the Diocese of Rome. In terms of actual governance, the Holy See refers specifically to the position of the Holy Father, who by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, namely, and as ...
This Dogma Won't Hunt
Post Date: 2017-09-10 15:04:59 by redleghunter
This Dogma Won't Hunt: Feinstein, Durbin, Sanders, and the New Religious Test for Office So much for Article VI of the U.S. Constitution | ED STETZER Excerpt : Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is the most recent, joined by Dick Durbin, and preceded (most famously) by Bernie Sanders. In all cases, their comments are catching notice on the right and left, and appropriately so. Furthermore, the frequency with which we are seeing it occur is beginning to cause concern for those who hold to religious beliefs today. Feinstein admonished Amy Barrett, a Trump nominee for a judgeship on the 7th Circuit, saying that Barretts Roman Catholic dogma lives loudly within her. Lest her words ...
IT'S ON: Christian Group Sues SPLC, Amazon, and Guidestar for Defamation Because of 'Hate Group' Designation
Post Date: 2017-08-26 22:19:30 by hondo68
On Tuesday, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon, for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a "hate group," while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile."We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong," Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at DJKM, said in a statement Tuesday. "Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as 'hate' groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian ...
Post Date: 2017-07-31 01:59:23 by interpreter
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Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow - West is making a mistake
Post Date: 2017-07-20 19:41:48 by A Pole
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Trump threatens to change the course of American Christianity
Post Date: 2017-07-19 10:25:48 by Willie Green
If you want to understand white evangelicalism in the age of Trump, you need to know Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. Jeffress is not a household name in the United States, known mainly in Southern Baptist circles. But he has recently gained national attention as a "court evangelical" - my term for a Christian who, like the attendants and advisers who frequented the courts of monarchs, seeks influence through regular visits to the White House. The court evangelicals are changing the religious landscape in the United States. The Trump presidency is only six months old, but it is already beginning to alter long-standing spiritual alignments. It seems as ...
Pope Francis Adds ‘Fourth Path’ to Official Sainthood
Post Date: 2017-07-12 13:39:34 by cranky
Pope Francis has established a new path to canonization as a saint, adding the free and voluntary offering of ones life to the three previously recognized ways to sainthood. In a new letter bearing the Latin title Maiorem hac Dilectionem, taken from Jesus words that no one has greater love than the one who lays down his life for his friends, the Pope has cleared the way to official sainthood for those lay down their lives for someone else out of Christian love in imitation of Jesus Christ. Until now, the two ordinary ways to being declared a saint were martyrdom for Christ and the practice of heroic virtue. A third, exceptional way also ...
Police launch hate crime investigation aftrer a painting of Jesus was left in an Islamic center
Post Date: 2017-07-10 07:56:33 by cranky
The painting showing Jesus Christ on the cross was left on the fence at the center in New York CityAn employee alerted the police, who arrived to see it hanging on the fence at the centerSpokesperson at the mosque says the incident is a 'teaching' moment because it underscores the love Muslims have for Jesus A Jesus painting left at an Islamic center is being investigated as a hate crime, police say.An employee at the Hillside Islamic Center in North Hyde Park, New York, saw the large turquoise painting of Jesus Christ on the cross, hanging on the fence at the center, on Friday, NBC 4 reported.He then alerted the police who arrived at the mosque at about 5:45 pm. The mosque released ...
Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science
Post Date: 2017-07-08 18:56:27 by cranky
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experienceThe experiment aims to assess whether a transcendental experience alters the participants religious thinking. A Catholic priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist walk into a bar and order some magic mushrooms. It may sound like the first line of a bad joke, but this scenario is playing out in one of the first scientific investigations into the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience albeit in a laboratory rather than a bar. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have enlisted two dozen religious leaders from a wide range ...
Timeline suggests reasons for Pope’s dismissal of conservative from top Vatican doctrine post
Post Date: 2017-07-04 18:19:46 by Anthem
From his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in 2012, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller has spoken out for orthodoxy amid a chorus of opposing voices in the Vatican. This role became visible during the two Synods of the Family in 2014 and 2015 as he publicly opposed powerful clerics from his native Germany such as Cardinals Walter Kasper and Reinhard Marx. As the debate leading up to the Synods was taking place in late 2013 Cardinal Müller made a pre-emptive strike by stating unflinchingly that Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics is not possible. If the prior marriage of two divorced and remarried members of the ...
This is Your Brain on Patriotism
Post Date: 2017-07-03 14:24:10 by Anthem
Flags, songs, and symbols transform the way you see the world. f you want to understand how patriotism works in the United States, a good place to start is a swim meet in southern California, near the University of California, Irvine campus. Its hot, and kids are lined up by the pool in swim suits, ready to race.But before the meet can begin, the crowd hushes, then belts out the contorted notes of The Star Spangled Banner.David S. Meyer, a sociologist who studies political movements and dissent at UC Irvine, is at the meet cheering on his kids. In many other countries, he notes, the local national anthem rarely gets sung before professional sporting events, much less kids swim ...
My Brother, My Enemy
Post Date: 2017-06-30 21:44:37 by hondo68
Brothers are supposed to be allies; they are supposed to be friends. This is true for spiritual brothers as well as for biological brothers. Unfortunately, it doesnt always work out that way. Sometimes, brothers become enemies.Think about it: in our War for Independence, brother fought against brother. How many Christians sided with the British Crown and raised arm and bayonet against their brothers in Christ who stood for American liberty and independence? How many Christians were among the British troops who participated in the Boston Massacre? How many Christians were among the British troops who participated in the raid on Lexington and Concord? How many Christians were among the ...
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