For CS tonight: “How To Remain Christian”

That’s it, that’s the way to do it. Don’t ask those important questions. Don’t listen to the answers. Just keep believing those ancient, ignorant and uneducated goat herders. 

Brain wash, rinse and repeat.

-kia

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Are you really Prolife?: Vegan Drops Truth Bombs on BBC Radio

Gospel Truth on a Sunday Morning

  • “Thou shalt not kill”
  • “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

“There is no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die.”

These apply not only to other human animals, but all others as well. The fact that we have Power Over them and the Ability to control, manipulate and kill them for our own purposes, in no wise says we have the Right to do so or that it is Right, Correct and Just that we do so.

Might does not make Right… no matter Who you are.

Our ‘Right to Life’ doesn’t outweigh their right to life unless we could not survive without animal products. The truth of the matter that most people don’t know or seem to fully understand is that we can not only survive, but also Thrive and be Healthier without them. 

Cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes…

When you go to a Vegan, vegetarian or plant based diet and lifestyle, all of these are affected and sometimes even reversed. You love yourself and love you family’s heath, as well as your fellow Earthlings, the Animals, better on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet and lifestyle. 

“To Love others is a fulfillment of the Law”.

Selfishly Selfless

Not only is the animal’s Right to Life involved, but our own health and the health of the planet, our common home called Earth. 

“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” -St. John the Apostle, quoting the 24 Elders, Revelation 11:18 KJV

Christian, I’d be reconsidering my habits if i were you
The morality of killing others for the simple reasons that we have Power Over them to do so, Choose to do so when we have no real need, knowing that we are injuring them, our own health and that of our family’s, as well as the overall Heath and Stability of our environment and planet… That ‘Morality’ is questionable at best and capricious and Monstrous at worst.

Please consider going to a Vegan, or at least a Vegetarian or Plant Based diet and Lifestyle today. For the Animals, for your Health, for the Planet. 

-kia  

A Silly Question Answered Honestly

Recently posted on a Christian blog

“So, Mr. or Ms. non-believer, if the God of the Bible convinced you of His existence with all the evidence you could ever ask for, would you fully obey and serve Him?” –James, Internet Apologist Extraordinaire

Since I cannot trust the blogger who asked this question recently to not edit replies or even create whole cloth comments for me that I did not say, I’d like to open the floor to his question and also share my answer as a recently deconverted, 34yr christian and 25yr disciple/avocational minister of Christ. 

My answer would be a resounding “NO”, and here’s why

If in fact the meglomaniacal, uber egotistical and cosmic scale level God described in the Bible, both Old Testament and New, actually existed… 

… you know the one, genocidal maniac (see genesis and joshua), rape and murderer excusing, first born baby murdering, (see 2 Sam 12) and pagan human sacrificing for ‘sin’ (see Genesis ‘abandon your first born and kill second’ Abraham, and the gospel of Jesus ‘substitutionary atonement’ Translation: ‘human sacrifice’), i could literally go on and on… but THAT one? 

If THAT one actually existed and you could Demonstrate this with actual EVIDENCE, not just philosophical arguments from ignorance and incredulity, or more germane to your question… Reversing the Burden of Proof you bear to those who don’t believe and justifying your unwillingness and inability to meet it by ASSUMING the dishonest response of those you haven’t been able to convince yet…

James, my boy… you’d win the F*ing Nobel Prize. 

But instead, you’re just taking dishonest, arrogant and condescending ‘pot shots’ at the integrity of anyone who doesn’t have the unthinking and fearfilled credulity to believe Unproven Claims on not only BAD evidence, but literally NO evidence… and a LOT of evidence to the contrary for the existence of the God of the Bible and the historical and archaeological accuracy and reliability of that collection of Bronze and Iron Age Mythology and Religious Fiction. 

So first of all buddy, you know full and well you have no way to actually prove, demonstrate or show such a thing as you are loading your question with. You are only asking it in such a way to assert and imply that anyone who does not believe in, love and slavishly serve your particular version of God is in reality rejecting it for purely personal, emotional or disingenuous and dishonest reasons. 

I call Bull S#!t on you James. Your question and how it’s nuanced is pure unadulterated Bull S#!t and you know it. You have college degrees, you’re not an idiot and neither am I. 

“In almost all cases, they demand scientific proof. They say they want tangible, testable evidence that can be verified using the scientific method. Unfortunately for them such a demand in itself is scientifically impossible.” –James, Internet Apologist Extraordinaire 

Actually, it’s unfortunate for YOU. But I will answer your question, James.

No, I wouldn’t serve the God of the bible anymore even if you could demonstrate His actual existence. But I do have some questions for you as well, Brother James.  

  • Why would you serve someone simply because he is more powerful than you? Would you serve Hitler’s Germany if you lived in 1939 Czechoslovakia?
  • Why would you worship a person or entity whose whole purpose for His existence, it would seem, is to be worshipped, adulated, grovelled to and fawned over for all eternity by everyone and everything? 
  • How could you EVER actually enjoy thoughts of Heaven knowing that the vast majority of people who have ever lived, and will ever live, are either in Hell or will be when they die simply for not believing in, accepting as Master and Lord, and Worshipping the ‘Right’ god or worshipping and serving him in the wrong way? 
  • And you will spend eternity with the person who is their Eternal Torturer. How could you EVER “Laugh in Heaven” while untold billions are being Eternally Tortured and Immolated on orders and express designs and plans of the God of the Bible?
  • Have you even read the Bible and the descriptions of the God you serve and what it says He has done? Murder, genocide, baby killing, both personally by Him and for Him on His orders?

If the God of the Bible does exist, He’s a Monster and the most cruel sadist and narcissistic bastard in the whole universe. 

I dont worship, serve or grovel to monsters. They are not worthy of worship, not even if They are more powerful than I am… not even Universally and Infinitely more so. I would spit in His immaterial and invisible eye as He tosses my carcass over the cliff into the flames below. 

But of course, there is no such danger of that actually happening, now is there James? 

If so… meet your burden of proof with actual Evidence, not nuanced slander and slurring of the characters and integrities of those less inclined and willing to believe what uuounare selling without it. Now Bugger off James, like a good little A$$hole.

-kia 

Game Five: 135 to 102: Celtics Win

(((Update post-series loss to the Cavaliers)))

Well sports fans, even though I wasn’t able to watch the game last night, no TV in the home for 4yrs now, I was able to follow the progress on my tablet, and check the final score this morning as I’m waking up at 3am for work… yea, three o’clock.

With the final result ending up as many, including myself, predicted… the Cavs wrapped up the game strong and with it, the series. King James passed Michael in all time playoff scoring and the Celtics without Isaiah Thomas looked like they had no answers. 

However the Celtics still won. They won our hearts throughout the season, making the playoffs and even getting to the ECF with a ‘small ball’ squad, then following it up with an incomprehensible and unexpected first pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. Time to look towards next season and the future of Boston Basketball. 

Until then we still have the Red Sox, but the Boston Cetics are done for the year.

– kia

TJ’s Wednesday Gratitude – Event


Here’s a wonderful new weekly event to get on-board with from TJ, the blogger who brings us the Household Haiku Challenge. It’s called Wednesday Gratitude. I’ll let him expound.

Why not spend a minute or two and focus on a few things that are worth being thankful for today?…

…Share in the comments either through a link to a post you write or simply put it down in the comment section (press the little black speech bubble to access)

Here are my three things I’m grateful for this morning.

  1. Family: I love my family. Years and even decades of wasted time and opportunities to cherish and cultivate relationship with those no longer with us have taught me to never take for granted the Family I still have with me.
  2. Life: The recent bombings overseas have reminded me this week that our lives are fragile, short and can quickly be ended without notice, cause or even good reason. I’m grateful for my own life and the lives of those around me.
  3. Work: I’m thankful to have work that I love and that helps people on a daily basis. What no do matters to real people with real families like mine in real need. There is never a day where I go to work that I hate showing up.

I’m an extremely blessed man to have such things to be grateful for this Wednesday. How about you? Why not share in the comments below and play along with TJ by making a post of your own and linking? 

Have a great day of Wednesday Gratitude. -kia

My Journey pt 9: “Honor your Mother and Father…”: Mother’s Day 1996

My Mother’s Day Regret- May 12, 1996

“… that thy days may be long…” -Yahweh to Moses, Exodus 20

“Dude, But that was the Old Testament. You’re On A Mission…”

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a swordFor I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” -Jesus of Nazareth to His Disciples, Matthew 10

And so I left anyway for South Korea 

There I was, in LAX Airport headed to Seoul, South Korea for what I thought would be at least 3 months, my Tourist Visa expiry, to the rest of my life as a Missionary to those who were as I was when I was last there, Servicemen and women in the US Military, Bar Hoppers in the Clubs, to the Club Girls trapped in never ending cycles of Prostitution and alcohol/drug addiction and anyone else I could reach as I helped the local churches of my particular denomination Build the Church and Equip the Saints to know God and know His Word.

Graduation to the ‘Big Time’ Missions

For the previous 5 and a half years or so, I had ‘cut my teeth’ on a different Mission Field, the Inner Cities of the Phoenix area, working with kids and young adults in the streets and neighborhoods ‘infested’ with Gangs, Drugs and Poverty. I was not a Vocational Minister but instead, I worked a regular job and did the Mission in my free time. This would be different.

A Snap Shot of Stolen Time 

I had driven to LA with G and C, my best friends on the earth at the time. They were getting my car when the plane took off. Going up the concourse to the Boarding Gate, C noticed a small stand with cards and balloons. That’s the first time it dawned on me that I was leaving my Mom, perhaps never to see her or my Dad again for a long while, on Mother’s Day 1996. 

It hadn’t even entered my mind until that moment that it was Mother’s Day 1996. I was sacrificing Mother’s Day 1996 to the Mission Field. 

(this is where I would have posted the Picture, but won’t)

We thought it was very Heroic, but took a picture of me holding some balloons and a card from the shop, balloons and cards that we immediately returned after the picture was taken, so that G and C could take it to my Mom for Mother’s Day 1996 and show her how much of an Honorable and Godly Man her son was and how much I loved her… 

… by leaving her to go On Mission to love Someone Else with my presence that I withheld from Her on Mother’s Day 1996

Constant Reminder of Dishonor

I can never get that Mother’s Day 1996 back. Mom passed Four years ago last month on the thirteenth, three years after Dad. But I have that Picture on my bookshelf of how I chose The Mission and Jesus over my own Mom on Mother’s Day 1996. We miss her. I love you mom and I’m sorry for all the times I was not there when I should have been. I loved my God, Jesus and other people’s Family more than I loved my own. My Devotion and Mission stole me from my own Mother on the very day she should have been most honored.

My Mother’s Day Regret. 

-KIA

Jesus Christ: Madman or Something Worse?

((Updated and Reposted for Wally this morning for his ‘brilliant’ question

Who do YOU think Jesus Is?

With my appropriate answer/comment that will probably never make it past the censor.

“It matters little who people think jesus is or was. It matters what history says and can be demonstrated to be true… outside of the bias of the biblical text and the emotional and also biased assertions of religious religious adherents and sycophants.

From non biased secular historians who lived and wrote at the time jesus was supposed to have lived, died and resurrected, what does history say about the man jesus and does it corroborate the story of the NT? Not ‘who do you think jesus is/was?’ The question being malformed, so will be the answer. -kia”

Enjoy the Day. -kia

Is God really Just in Christ?

What if how you have been taught to see the person, work and teachings of the Jesus of the NT is skewed and mistaken? What if you’ve been reading the NT Jesus thru the eyes of Tradition rather than what the NT actually says? Liar, Lunatic, Lord… or Moral Monster?

Isn’t it worth another look at the NT Jesus and His OT God?

-kia

My Journey pt 5: Choosing Blindness… Really?

Is it really that difficult to Honestly Doubt?
eyes shut edit

I recently read a post from a Christian Blog I follow that seemed to intimate, at least in part, that Christians who start to doubt the Faith they once held dear may do so for somewhat ‘less’ than honest and honorable reasons. Take a look…

“The professor didn’t respond with any of the proofs of God’s existence. He didn’t begin to expound on how Christianity was a rational and obvious belief for any man willing to seriously consider the issue. He could have, but he didn’t. There was a deeper issue and this professor, led by the wisdom of God, cut right through to the heart of the matter like a hot knife through butter. He simply asked, “So, how long have you been sleeping with your girlfriend?””

He ‘could have’ given ‘proofs’ or ‘rational and obvious’ reasons…

So, in the mind of this blogger, possibly the main reason people start to doubt or question their Christian faith is, or at least the only one she gives… “You’ve started doubting God because you have had to.” People, at least the young person in this story, ‘has to’ doubt or question god to justify behavior or feelings that the biblical god calls ‘sinful’.

“You just want to Sin”

As I’ve posted before, and others have posted more eloquently than I on Blogs and YouTube Videos, sin was the very LAST thing we were thinking of when we started questioning the Truth Claims and Morality of what we have believed and held dear as Gospel Truth for the best years of our lives, even decades in my case. Most of us ‘Deconverts’ would have given our right eyes… and our left as well… to find some kind of… ANY amount of ‘Justification’ for continuing to Believe that

  • Jesus is our Savior and Lord,
  • that the Bible is God’s infallible and unassailable Word,

and that the God of the Bible is not only contained as Story and Myth ‘historically’ passed down thru generations of followers, but is still Historically Accurate and archaeologically provable, established Fact.

It just wasn’t True

Speaking mostly for myself and by extension possibly the thousands or millions of people who have ‘Deconverted’ and walked away from the Church, Christianity, Christ Himself… Sin and Debauchery, Licence and Moral Relativism were THE LAST things we wanted to find at the end of our searches. My wife and I didn’t want to know, didn’t want to believe and didn’t want to ‘Deconvert’ or to use the more Christian term… Apostatize from Jesus after decades of serving, loving and actively sharing the “Love of Jesus” with family, friends and people around us for decades as Disciples/Followers of the Gospel. Far from Willful Blindness, we tried to Blind ourselves to the new information and cling to Jesus “By Faith Alone” when historical, archaeological and textual evidence started mounting up against our “Faith once delivered to the Saints”.

Blindness is when you Cover your eyes NOT to See

You see, we tried to “Choose blindness” but just couldn’t. We weren’t trying to justify our sin. We lived as sinless and free from worldly entrapments as just about any couple we’ve ever met.  It wasn’t away from the moral requirements of God and Jesus that we ran, but towards the Evidence that the Professor in the story said he could have offered… but didn’t. Instead, like many Preachers, Teachers and Defenders of the Faith, he chose to Attack the Questioner and his Morality rather than simply answer his questions honestly to the best of his ability.

The reason he did so, as all of us now “Deconverted” former Christians know all too well, is that there are no Good or Honest answers to the problems with Christian Faith. Christian Apologetics, especially Internet Apologetics, is far more about keeping the Faithful locked inside the walls with whatever ‘answers’ are good enough to ‘do the job’ than inviting people inside the doors by honestly answering skeptics and questioners.  Some ‘choose blindness’ by refusing to ask real questions and refusing to hear real answers. Others ‘ensure blindness’ for others by keeping them from doing so.

My hope is that BJ from the The River Walk is neither of these but instead becomes “not just a hearer only” of the stories and evidences that we Deconverts offer, but a “Doer also”. Don’t take our word for it. Search, read, listen, and Think for Yourself.

  • Please, Stop assuming that Deconverts choose blindness for Sin.
  • Stop “Choosing Blindness” yourself by refusing to self educate.
  • and Stop allowing others to Choose it for you.

Peace. -KIA