Some light reading for your day… From one who has your best interests at heart. (Really he does, believe him) and some thoughts of my own, of course. -Kia
Posted on August 5, 2016 by ColorStorm
Here’s a shout out to many of the readers in this zip code who are at various mile markers of understanding in this pilgrim way.
There is a common thought that is rolled around, and while the intentions are good, like most things, there is a more excellent way. So in all its simplicity, here goes:
God said it.
I believe it.
That settles it.
On the surface, and without trying too hard to find fault, these few lines do present truth. Think about these three thoughts before you proceed, and ask yourself how, and in what way, could the idea here be improved upon…and then tell me if there is a slight difference.
God said it.
That settles it.
There. Much better wouldn’t you say? God’s word is settled whether men believe it or not. As a matter of fact, it is ‘forever settled in heaven,’ as the good Psalm reads. So we may as well get on board with the idea that God needs no help from us to settle his word, but it sure is nice of Him to give us a heads up that WE may be settled in our hearts.
Indeed, may our hearts indict a good matter.
(and now a word from our sponsor… KIA) 🙂
What he meant to clarify was that if God said it, that settles it, Whether we believe it or not.
So remember that when you are dealing with a Christian believer and they are imposing on you the commands and requirements of their faith.
Whether you believe or not, you are subject to their belief. Does this seem reasonable or just? This is why the Amateur Internet Apologists feel perfectly justified in treating other who disagree, challenge or attempt to counter their Pronouncements of Truth ™ with such scorn, contempt and utter disrespect and aggression.
It’s “settled in Heaven‘, it’s settled for them, so it’s settled for you whether you believe or like it or not. This is what Totalitarianism and Spiritual Fascism looks like. “You’ll take the boot and like it, God damn it!”. And FU if you don’t. It just doesn’t matter. It’s settled!
But there were others who are recorded in the Old Testament who went by that refrain, or at least the writers said they did… What of them? What did they do on the “Say So” of the God of the Bible? Today we might call them schizophrenics and bipolar. Oh yeah, they “heard” their God tell them to kill other nations, men, women, children and even infants around them.
“Insanity is when you hear voices in your head telling you wake up in the middle of the night and kill your son…”
(unless your name is Abraham)
“…Or someone else’s Son”
(Unless your name is Joshua)
Islam isn’t the only Religion of Peace that needs to be kept in check. There were somethings in history called
The Salem Witch Trials…
What do you think the Pilgrims to America were fleeing From?
Christianity here in the US is fairly tamed when compared with what it’s done in the past when it’s had the ability and freedom to impose on others the commands and requirements of their faith.
Europe and the Middle East was once littered with the bodies and wrecked nations left behind as one Christianity fought for control from other Christianities and even other types of Abrahamic Monotheism (Islam). The rule of the Pope and his Reformed successors once had the Freedom to impose on others, even this who did not believe as they did, different types of Christian Sharia Law.
Search your history books. While Calvin was not nearly as successful as the Pope in Rome, he only managed to kill a handful… Mere dozens, he was just as ambitious in Geneva as he imposed the “God said it, that settles it, whether you believe or not” mentality.
In reality, we don’t see this here in America so much today because Christianity no longer has the Power or the Freedom to execute it’s will here with impunity or without challenge. But go to some nations in Africa… Or Central/South America, you are bound to see a different Christianity still imposing it’s bloody and fascistic will on societies, believers and non believers alike.
Here it’s more subtle, more political, more ‘restrained’ by our form of religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and a pluralistic society that makes them behave, whether they like it or not.
So no, Color Storm, it doesn’t settle it just because the God of the Bible says it, or should I say… Just because the writers said He said it… no matter how you phrase it.
No, it doesn’t settle it at all. Not anymore. Not in a free society. Not when you no longer have the Power to impose on others the commands and requirements of your faith.
We stopped the Insanity already with Freedom.