Monday, November 15, 2010

David Duke said what?

I don't have a problem with the "political correctness" movement. For the most part it's really just being polite. Some people get upset when they can't use certain words that others are able to say or use. But why should that even matter? I don't drop F bombs or use the Lord's name in vain just because other people do it. And it also just so happens I don't use any slang or offensive labels to identify different groups of people. But should I pick up that habit because others "get" to do it?

Having said that, I'm not a fan of the hyphenated American. If you think it's a good idea think about this: Let's suppose the hyphenated American idea was some old white racist blowhards idea. And he held a highly publicized news conference in which he said "from now on, all black people in the USA should be referred to as African-Americans". Now ask yourself how you think people would have responded?

Why do I bring this up? It's because people tend to take sides on issues based on what their "group" says and not always what they think themselves. My Brother-in-law was at a "Right to Life rally" and was stunned to learn that the dude he'd been talking to for awhile and another "pro-lifer" was in fact an atheist. And I have a Christian friend whose "doctrinal beliefs" (What a churches core beliefs are) change whenever he changes churches.

I love my church and for the most part am comfortable with most of our "doctrinal beliefs". But not all of them and not even sure about many others? What I am convinced of Is this; That Christ came to offer himself as a sacrifice for man's sins to a Holy God. He died on the cross. And on the 3rd day he arose.

Missed you guys a lot. Still mention you to God, usually at dinner time. Late, feeno

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Atheists are officially off the hook?

Maybe Christians expect to much out of Atheists? After all an Atheist owes nothing to God. God does not ask the Atheist to suffer for Him. He doesn't call the Atheist to serve Him. The Atheist isn't expected to be separate from the ideologies of the world. These are only things that the Christian is expected to do.

The Church is here primarily to love and glorify God. Then we are to take care of each other inside the church as we evangelize to those who are outside the church. Once again the Atheist has no roll in this plan, so in my opinion they don't owe God anything.

When someone accepts Christ they are the ones who are responsible for their actions and motives to why they do things. Christians are the ones who will be judged by Christ for how they controlled their "old nature". Or how we spent our time and our money. How we treated others or used the talents God gave us.

I owe God my life, and am grateful. The Atheist doesn't believe God created any life yet alone their life. Yet many will say that if there is a God they didn't ask for life so they still don't owe God anything. When I hear statements like these; I'm wondering if they are trying to convince somebody they are right... or if they are pleading their case to God... just in case?

What, you wanted some sappy "I missed you and can't live without you" speech? Sorry you soft little bitches.

OK, I missed you guys a little

Late, feeno

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sorry about your loss, wheres the restroom?

When someone dies they have a visitation followed by the funeral. Then afterward everyone usually ends up at a church or someones house for green bean casseroles, ham sandwiches, deserts, chips and a barrage of 2-liter sodas.

Death doesn't care if someone is a Christian or an Atheist. And green bean casseroles will give anyone the runs. So what are the differences if any between an Atheist funeral and a Christian funeral?

If you talk to most Christian Preachers they will tell you that they never feel comfortable doing a funeral for someone who wasn't a Believer. It's hard for them to be encouraging or to comfort the dead persons family and friends.

The Apostle Paul tells the Thessalonian church that it's OK to grieve for those Christian loved ones we have lost. (Grieving is normal), but he says not to grieve like those who have no hope. I've heard or read that verse many times. I've heard it at many funerals as well. For a Christian, I understand it's meaning. But I never thought about what it might mean to those who don't believe they will ever see those dead people ever again?

1 Thessalonians 4:13 brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who have fallen asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.

What does this verse mean to you if anything?

Thanks, feeno

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

But I don't wanna be an Atheist

Here's something I wrote in Sept. 2009. I'm re-posting it now because of TVick and Tink's conversation. Also I'd like to know if you'd discourage "little Suzie" from going if she really liked it?

A Small Glitch in the Perfect Atheist Life?
Just imagine it's a beautiful winter morning, nearing Christmas in your lovely Communist community. And as you and your sexy wife (Madalyn Murray O'Hare maybe) are sitting at your kitchen table reading Sagan watching snowflakes gently fall to the ground you realize just how good life is. Hell, there isn't even a Nativity Scene with in a hundred miles of your commune err I mean neighborhood. You and Madalyn are wearing your matching WWMSTD bracelets, (what would mao tse tung do) anyways life just couldn't be better.... but then little Suzie your only daughter and one of your 1.5 kids and the cutest little Atheist in pig tales that you've ever seen, comes in and asks "Mommy, Daddy my friend from school (Karl Marx elementary school) wants to know if I can go to Sunday School with her, can I go please"?

What do you tell little Suzie?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

No Gods for yor Tod's.

With all the gains atheism has made, do you guys think atheism is really accepted in society?

Last week I had to take a buddy of mine to court. It was an old matter but he had to see a Judge and yadda, yadda, yadda. But I got to see a bunch of poor saps pleading and begging the Judge to keep them out of Jail/Prison. A couple of these guys actually played the "going to church card". They'd tell the Judge how they were clean and sober and looking for work, and how "I'm also going to Church again".

That got me thinking about how when people would get pulled over by the Cops for speeding or something, they'd tell the officer, "I'm sorry Officer, I was on my way to church and didn't realize I was speeding blah, blah, blah.

Or my favorite, the used car salesman that would tell a prospect; "Oh yeah, this car has had only one owner. And it was a little old lady who just drove it to church on Sundays". (Like knowing a Christian owned it meant it was really taken care of)

Will we ever see the day when a used car salesman tells somebody; "Oh yeah, this car has had only one owner, and it was an Atheist that only drove it to a Star Trek convention once a year. Or someone actually having enough balls to tell the Judge; "Your Honor, I'm clean and sober and doing great. I joined an atheist book club and everything.

When you guys can open a day-care business and the sign out front reads "Atheist owned and operated" and still manage to stay in business, then I think you've finally made it.

Good luck Mr. Phelps. feeno

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The five finger discount boys

Christians look at an Atheist and think to themselves..."Why don't they get it? And how come they don't or wont believe"?

Atheists look at a Christian and think to themselves..."Why don't they get it? And how come they believe or why do they choose to believe"?

Of course I'm just assuming people do this. But what is the difference in either accepting or rejecting Christ?

Here's a story about two guys who were a lot alike. They both were thieves. they both stole so much the spent time in jail. Then they kept on stealing until they got sentenced to death. They were gonna be crucified the same day as Jesus. On the way to the cross they both watched everyone taunting Jesus and spitting on Jesus and the soldiers flogging Jesus and people laughing at and mocking Jesus. On the way to the cross they were both also part of the mocking. One of the thieves even says "You saved the world, if your the Christ save yourself and us too". But then something clicked in this other thieves mind. Once Jesus cries out "Father forgive them, for they don't know what their doing". Because this thief says to the other thief "Look dork, we deserve to die for what we have done, but this guy is totally innocent". Then he says to Jesus "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

You ex-Christians don't need me to tell you what Jesus' reply was. But here it is anyways. Jesus says to the repentant thief "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise".

Some day I'll be in paradise too. Along with that thief and a bunch of other rif-raf. I wont be there because I'm better than anyone else, I'll be there because an innocent man died on the cross for me.

Later, feeno

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Go ahead, make my day

I'm sorry I've been neglectful of you all. I was stuck on a real big job with very little help. We were under a time crunch and money was tight. But we finally finished. But I also have neglected a bunch of other stuff? I'm hoping to be totally caught up and back to normal by the end of the week. Although my body wont recover for awhile longer. I'm getting old.

Now, where do I begin? Santa, gay Nazis, trolls or suicide bombers?

Santa Clause, although a great guy did not accurately fulfill 45 prophecies concerning him and his birth. And more importantly no-one is willing to die for their belief in Santa. Neither of those two points proves anything, but follow closely and think for yourself.

GenSkep and others mentioned Muslim suicide bombers and their willingness to die for their cause. So what. Christians, Muslims and Jewish people, at one time or another were all willing to die for their faith. That only proves that some people are willing to die for what they THINK is the truth. But will people die for what they KNOW is a lie? That's the question you need to ask yourself.

I'm not talking about Christian Missionaries or Muslim suicide bombers willing to die for their belief. I'm talking about 11 dudes who were willing to die who all claimed they saw a resurrected Jesus. Would you lie to die?

Let's leave the Bible alone and look at the writings of Tacitus, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger, Lucian of Samasota, Mara Bar Serapion, Thallus and of course Josephus. Not only weren't they Christian apologists but many of these guys despised Christianity. They aren't saying they believe this, however they are saying others believed these things. Things like... There was a dude called Christ, who suffered under Pontius Pilate who did miraculous feats And was claimed to have risen from the dead on the 3rd day. That he called himself the Christ, that he was equal with God. He had a group of loyal followers who would meet and sing songs of worship and break bread together. They helped one another out when in need and gave money generously to one another. They live by the teachings and standards set before them by Christ. And that there sins will be forgiven by their faith in Him.

The Gospel message is simple. Christ came, Christ died, and Christ rose again. And even without the Bible we can at least agree that some guy called Christ who thought he was God was walking around the Earth around the time of Pontius Pilate and this guy had a following who at least thought he rose from the dead. 10 of the 11 Apostles were martyred, only John was spared even tho legend has it he was boiled in a vat of oil only to survive.

So you got to ask yourself one question punk, do you feel lucky... well, do ya?
(Try saying that with your eyes squinted and with a raspy whisper)

missed you guys, later, feeno

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lazarus is dead, if only you woulda got here sooner

I didn't write our last post to fish for compliments, but I did notice them and want to thank you all very much. Not that I get a lot of compliments but still my all time favorite one is when his "Lordship the Gun Toting Atheist" once told me that he had a dream where I laid a bunch of tile in his house, and then he said it looked real good. I still laugh at that one all the time, I don't why, it's just funny.

But the truth is that I'd rather convert you than for you to like me. There's not much difference between the Christian and Atheist. What separates us is only a little faith. The Christian has faith, and the Atheist just needs a little more. I've actually heard many Atheists claim they wish they could believe in God, but they just don't have enough faith. (?) But that's just the thing about faith, it doesn't require anything, if you want to have it, just have it. That's why it's called faith.

"I go on not knowing
I would not if I might,
I'd rather walk in the dark with God
then walk alone in the light;
I'd rather walk by faith with him
then to walk alone by sight".

Helen Annis Casterline

You guys don't owe me anything, and usually are very gracious and even read Scripture when asked. If you could read just one little chapter in the Bible at your convenience, and let me know what you think? It's Hebrews 11. We call this the "faith" chapter.

People think they need to see it to believe it, but Jesus says "believe and then you will see. (John 11:40)

later, feeno

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Celtics suck

Can we live at peace with all men? Here's a quote from my favorite movie "The Outlaw Josey Wales" where Josey (Clint Eastwood) says to Ten Bears "Governments don't live together people live together..." I know it's just a movie but these few words say quite a bit. I think when we meet a stranger we tend to like them for whatever reason? Maybe that reason or reasons are because we don't know if that person is a liberal or a conservative. A Christian, Jew, Muslim or Atheist. Whether they like the Lakers or Celtics.

If an Atheist likes(?) or can at least put up with Believers and live in peace with them, that is a good thing. But for the Christian to put up with others including Atheists that should be imperative. Now most of us have a circle of people we all know and care about. And some of those people are on our list because were related to them or we've just gotten to know them over time, and although they might be different than us and maybe not have the same outlook on life as we do, we still care about them... because they are in "our" circle. But it's not always so easy to care about those people who are way different than we are when they aren't in our circle.

But whether someone is inside or outside our circle it shouldn't matter to the the Believer. Romans 12:18 "If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men". This is probably a little easier with those inside our circle? But sometimes those we are closest to are the ones we are the least peaceable towards because the people we are the closest with can actually "hurt" us the most. But how do those people who hurt us see the Lord in a Believer's life if we can't maintain peace? Hebrews 12:14 "Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

Even tho I ignore some of your questions and don't always say the kindest things, you all are in my circle. Peace multiplied. feeno

Sunday, August 8, 2010

entropy, free books and the Matrix

It's 6PM Sunday night. I just showed up at church because I thought I had to teach. But I just found out the Youth doesn't have any activities tonight. So this will give me a chance to catch up with you guys.

As I read through our last comments I've decided to offer you guys free stuff instead of trying to answer anything about evolution or the first or second laws of thermodynamics.

My Pastor has written a couple books. The first book is on the 10 commandments and he uses each commandment to show God's love. I think it is titled "Free to Love". The second book is titled "The Portal". It is a cool book written through the eyes of an angel. And the tales of what he sees on things like Satan's rebellion, the tribulation and the rapture etc.

I also have another friend who has written a book. His name is Randy, he is the reason the term "fundy" was invented. But I respect him greatly and after my Brother, Brother-in-law and Pastor, he'd be the next person I'd seek out for questions I have concerning God and Scripture. Anyways his book is more of a testimony about his life and his disorder of OCD. (Obsessive compulsive disorder). But he does have a chapter dedicated to the 2nd law of thermodynamics and how it conflicts with evolution.

I believe Jeff has read the first 2 books mentioned and hopefully he can critique them for us. Just remember Jeff is an Atheist, so he might not give them a thumbs up? But at least I know he'll be honest.

Randy's book covers a lot of ground. It was interesting for me because I could relate to some of the names and places he mentions. It might be interesting to you if you have OCD?

If anyone would like a free copy of any or even all of these books, I'd be glad to mail them to you. Here's my e-mail address if you want to send me your address and book request.

I have an Idea for a post. I might get to it tonight or after work tomorrow.

Later, feeno

P.S. Did you all read T-Vicks last comment on our last post? Vick... you da man!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Truth shall set you free

I want you all to know I'm only writing this for you. God certainly doesn't need me to "have His back". I'm not one of those people who think I need to prove God. Someone once said "God is there, and He is not silent". And I agree. And I usually don't like these types of debates. I don't think they get us anywhere? But I feel your deserving of some response from our last thread.

For atheism to be true we all are here by accident. And the complexity and design of the universe is an amazing coincidence. Time and space came from nothing. Matter and energy came from nothing. Even with all the resources readily available, money, laboratories, Universities and supposedly the brightest and geekiest scientists in the world no one has ever produced one single living cell.

If atheism is true then the 2nd law of thermodynamics (everything is winding/breaking down over time) takes a vacation when bad things evolve to good. And we evolved from another life form or species with out the same number of chromosomes? Why don't you worry that your dog may impregnate your neighbors cat or your pet hamster? If it takes millions of years for a small insect to develop a defense system to combat it's stalker, why wasn't it extinct after about 2 weeks on Earth?

No matter what what era we lived in, and no matter what geographic area, and no matter what kind of people were living then, we worshiped some sort of deity. And established a morale code. They felt empathy, shame, compassion, love, hatred and guilt.

We all have a mind like no other species. We can think, create and reason. we have instincts and emotions and the unique ability to communicate. And most of us use that ability to talk with God.

Notice I didn't mention prayer, Jesus, Holy Spirit, the Bible, changed lives, my relationship with the Lord, comfort, peace and the Church. Those things are just for Believers. But when you start with the thought process (presupposition) there is no God, then you must find reasons why "there is no God". And yes, Christians do the same thing. That's why I said "I really don't like these types of debates and they usually go nowhere".

That is also why I said "proof" or "truth" has little to do with peoples conversions or de-conversions. Proof is subjective and can change and we can all find facts to support our arguments.

Besides it all boils down to: what are we gonna do about Jesus?

"cause there is only one truth. I am the Way the Truth and the Life...

Late, feeno

Saturday, July 31, 2010

You better recognize

I can't help myself, but when something good happens to me, I want to thank God. And of course likewise when something bad happens to me I want to call upon the Lord for help. We live in a world where there are many times in our lives we need some help. But I'm thankful for the many times things work out for us and we are also able to give thanks. Today was one of those days I was thankful. I dodged a couple of bullets and was able to get a lot of work done. (And yes... make a little money).

As I was driving home I said a small prayer of thanks. It got me thinking....

Maybe just once in a blue moon and in a moment of weakness do you guys ever find yourself wanting to thank God or ask Him for help?

late, feeno

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I hope my hand ain't in the cookie jar

Here's a question that Christians and Atheists can both answer. I guess it's hypothetical for the Atheist though? But assuming that there is a God and he does come back during your life time; What would you like to be doing at the exact time he does comes back?

Peace, feeno

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A black guy and a blonde walk into a bar...

Let's do our first poll. Unofficial and non scientific. With a margin of error of 100. But I'm really interested in your responses. A couple critiques against Christianity is that it holds "sexist" and "racist" views.

I don't really want to have a debate on what I believe the Bible teaches about these issues. Although something tells me I might have too? But if you guys can at least just bite your tongues long enough to first answer our poll question I'd be grateful.

Here goes: Think about the closest person in your life who is a Christian. It could be your Mom, Dad, spouse, friend, sibling, room-mate, cousin, neighbor, co-worker or just a casual acquaintance you rarely see?

Is that person sexist?
Is that person racist?

Pizzle my frizzle's, feeno

Sunday, July 25, 2010

And down the stretch they come...

Maybe a couple times a year me and the wife will go to the Horse Track. It's a great time, it's exciting, and it's a great place to people watch. But I've never had much luck at actually winning any money there. But if I was an Atheist I'd be living at the track or out buying lottery tickets. And with their luck I'd only have to buy one to win.

They live in a Universe where somehow something came from nothing. Where non living things can produce living things.

They live in a world where the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and the Galaxies are all the precise size in conjunction with one another to maintain life. Also the distances between them all are also perfect for life to continue for all living organisms, plants, animals and people.

There lucky enough to be traveling around the Sun at 67,000 mph while we are spinning at over 1,000 mph and wobbling at a perfect 23.5 degrees. Cause if any of these were off just a few percentages we'd be flying off into space somewhere. Either burning up or freezing to death.

Those fortunate rascals also ended up on a planet with the precise amount of water, the right type of atmosphere mixture of Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon and Carbon Dioxide.

If that ain't enough them suckers have an O-Zone layer protecting them from ultra-violet rays. And an ideal magnetic field also protecting them from deadly rays bearing down from the Sun.

Peace and 75 SPF, feeno

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hocus Pocus

The Bible wasn't written to trick anybody. It simply just recorded events as they happened. You guys (some Atheists) want to discredit the Bible because you think it was written by mere men. And they must have some hidden agenda to fool you into this religion to control you. So I guess you think 40 different writers over a 1500 year period of time conspired to achieve this great con. The problem is that your reading it wrong. Men may have actually wrote down what was happening but it was God who inspired their writings.

The Bibles theme From Genesis to Revelations has never changed. First we are to love and serve God and second since Genesis chap 3 God has been trying to reconcile a fallen, sinful, lost man back to Himself. That's it. Where's this giant conspiracy in that and what good has it done for Moses, King David, Isaiah, Jeremiah or the New Testament writers?

When you read the Bible read it as if it was really God trying to talk to you. Read it like it might just be the most important book ever. People say they can't hear God talking to them? I don't usually either, unless I'm reading or studying His word. Are His words important? Quick story from John chapter 6....

Jesus is laying down some hard sayings as He speaks in the Synagogue. And as a result of this many of His followers withdrew from Him. Then Jesus says to the "twelve" "Do you guys want to leave me too"? Listen carefully to my boy Peter's reply. "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

Abbra Cadabbra I will disa..

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Don't worry... be happy

The difference between an Atheist and a Christian could be summed up in 6 words spoken by Christ. Jesus began His public ministry as He preached the "Sermon on the Mount". The sermon starts out with the Beatitudes. (Matthew 5) The Beatitudes start out with Jesus saying this "Blessed are the poor in spirit".

Definition for "poor in spirit" = Those who realize they need the Lord.
Definition for "blessed" = happy.

So now our quote by Jesus could say this "happy are those who realize they need me".

Does this mean the Atheist can't be happy? Of course not, but an Atheists happiness depends on circumstances. A Christian should follow Christ's lead. Was Jesus happy?

Someone once asked Billy Graham that question, here was his reply "If by happiness we mean serenity, confidence, contentment, peace, joy and soul satisfaction then Jesus was supremely happy.

When we realize God is control our priorities will change and then our happiness wont be dependent on circumstances or things.

Later, feeno

Sunday, July 18, 2010

God bye

I was thinking of a way to try to make peace amongst us when I remembered this excerpt from a church bulletin. "The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict".

I thought that was funny, so I looked up a few more "church bulletin bloopers" that we all can laugh at. The last ones I saved just for you Atheists.

Due to the Pastors illness, Wednesday's healing services will be discontinued until further notice.

Low self-esteem Support group will meet Thursday at 7pm. Please use the back door.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.

Don't let worry kill you-let the church help.

and finally

The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church.

Later... Oh wait, I just found out today that the term "Good bye" is derived from "God be with you". Go figure.
Good bye, feeno

Thursday, July 15, 2010

South Korea is crawling with Christians

I have a couple books written by Mr. Loftus. He was cool enough to sign one of them for me. And actually gave me another book titled "Why I Became an Atheist: Personal reflections and additional arguments"

I have read this book a few times but have read some chapters even more. I am not going to critique this book. In fact if I was a critic I'd say it was well written and informative. Now having said that I would like to ask you all a question about several positions mentioned in the book and or on "debunking Christianity".

I will list several reasons why he (John) became an Atheist.
#1. Prayer doesn't work.
#2. Christians aren't any better than non-believers.
#3. The fact that Christians are afraid not to believe.
#4. The fact that where you are born determines what religion you will be.
#5. No miracles.
#6. Because how do we know which religion is right?

So here's my question or maybe it's just a statement; all this tells me is this: If God answered just one prayer or if there is just one Christian who truly lived like Christ or just one person that believed in Jesus when fear played no part or one dude born in India was to become a believer or God performed just one miracle and one religion (Christianity) is right, then that would only prove that Christ is real.

Atheists tend to focus on everything but themselves and God. They would rather talk about things like social injustices and switch the attention to those issues, or just put God on trial. It might make Atheists feel better about themselves that they are against witch hunts, slavery or things like the crusades. But again if you are gonna use this reasoning then we'd only have to find one Christian during these incidents that was against these things based upon his/her faith to make the argument invalid.

His reasons tho truthful, at best could only prove there aren't as many Christians out there that claim to be.

Later, feeno

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Go get my belt!

I leave you guys to yourself for a couple days and when I get back the house is a mess. Wait till your father gets home.

As I was reading those comments I kept asking myself; isn't there anything we can agree on? Let's start a list of all the things that Believers and Atheists can at least agree on. I'll go first... hmm, the only one I can think of is that neither side wants to claim Hitler.

What you got?

Thanks, feeno

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Damn it's hot down here, can I get some electrolytes?

I have a friend, he and his wife are Atheists. He once told me because of the fact that I believe in Heaven and Hell that that makes me judgmental and a hater.

Then I ran across Cipher's blog. I believe he frequents "Debunking Christianity". His "about me" thingy has this to say: "the doctrine of salvific exclusivism is the vilest belief ever concocted in the history of our civilization. Some of my earliest memories are of televangelists threatening me with eternal damnation for not believing something that I seem to be inherently incapable of believing. I reject absolutely the notion that someone can be willing to abandon for all of eternity billions of his or her fellow human beings, yet somehow still be considered a good person".

Before I ask my question I'd like to first make a few points. #1. I never understood why Christianity is considered "exclusive". Anyone can become a Christian. Young, old, black, white, Jew, Gentile, male, female, disabled, able body, handsome, pretty ugly, butt ugly, small sinner or great sinner. It just doesn't matter, all are welcomed. #2. Who says were "good"? #3. I can "reject" the idea that my mechanic billed me $500.00 to fix my brakes. Just cause I don't like the idea of highway robbery doesn't change the fact that I owe him $500.00. And #4. If Hell is real, and you know we Christians at least think it is, (that's why you call us delusional) shouldn't we warn you that it's a bad place? Wouldn't it be mean not to tell you?

Also like many other Believers I don't like the idea of Hell either. I don't bring it up often. Mainly because I believe God will do what is right. Wherever and or however we end up will be deserved.

But here's my main concern. I really don't want to be offensive toward anyone or have anyone think I hate them. But I can't understand why everything about Christianity is a joke except the idea of Hell. You don't believe in God or the Devil. Angels or Demons. If I ask "why don't you believe in God" you'll answer "same reason we don't believe in tooth fairies, unicorns, leprechauns or magic fairy dust. So if you don't believe in Heaven or Hell, why is this so offensive?

Thanks for reading, feeno

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

shit happens

I'm watching a drunk guy getting booked on a TV show. It's like COPS but it's called "Jail" or something like that. This poor guy was fighting and screaming at the Police so hard, they finally had to restrain him in a chair made with feet and hand restraints. The Cops asked what his problem was, his answer was that his daughter was in a wheel chair and that wasn't fair. Then at the top of his lungs he said "I curse you God for making my little girl be in a wheel chair". (or something close to that).

You know what? I respect that guy. And I respect his choice to curse God. It's his daughter and his circumstance and so he has the right to deal with it however he decides. It's between him and God.

I also have very close friends who have a daughter who will be in a wheel chair her whole life. She is a very sweet little 12 yr old girl with Spina-bifada. Her parents have dealt with it very well, but no where near as good as Elizabeth does. And again I respect Elizabeth and her parents decision to make sense out of it all. But in this case they haven't cursed God, and at least to the outside world have no complaints. Who knows, maybe one day Elizabeth and or her parents might get mad at God about this and curse Him? But again that is between them and God.

Here's why I bring this up? Why do people feel like they have the right to be mad at God for other peoples afflictions? Especially if the people who are going through it have made peace with their situation and God. When "Katrina" hit Louisiana some cursed God and some were thankful. When the Tsunami hit the coast of Indonesia same thing, some were mad and some were grateful. There are people starving to death right now, who are giving thanks to God.

So if you want to be mad at God because some or even many people are hurting about their circumstances, then you should be thankful to God as well when people are grateful during their trying circumstances.

I know most of you don't believe in God, but if there is God, can't you see how silly you'd look trying to justify yourself before Him. By complaining how mean and sadistic he is when people who starved to death or spent their life in a wheel chair never once thought God was cruel?

The Bible teaches us that we all must work out our own salvation. It's your life, and if you want to curse God go ahead. I will respect that. But cursing God because we live in a fallen and sinful world is a cop out.

Late, feeno

Monday, July 5, 2010

I gotta take Dad to the pharmacy, I'll call ya later

I don't want this to be an opportunity for anyone to confess any gory details about your past. Please keep them in your closet or go tell a Priest. But I've done a few things that have bothered me from time to time. Although they happened years and years ago I still feel guilty. There was this one thing I did which you will never hear about... well, not over the internet. But if we ever get the chance to break bread with one another, remind me and I just might tell you? But is guilt and God connected?

What is guilt? Can guilt be a good thing? I'm not gonna paint a pretty picture of myself with what I'm about to say, but here goes. I love my parents very much. But I'm pretty sure it's guilt that drives me to pick up the phone and call them, go over to their house a couple times a month with the family or help them out with chores they are getting to old to do. I might even feel guilty if they read this? But that is highly unlikely considering they have to call my daughters up or other gran' kids any time they want to figure out how to put a DVD in or how to use their cell phones. So finding my blog on the computer is a bit of a stretch.

But why do you feel guilt? Those of you who visit my blog are generally very nice and consciences people. So it's very likely you'd feel at least a little guilty if you hurt someone. Either physically or emotionally. So how do we explain why we feel guilty sometimes because of things we've done that aren't even hurting anybody?

Could it be we feel guilty toward God over our "sins"?

Later, feeno

Monday, June 28, 2010

hmmm, I have so many....

I want to thank everyone for leaving comments. You guys crack me up. I usually can't wait to get home from work and check out your responses. I'm telling you that because sometimes I ask loaded questions. I'm almost afraid to ask this next one. Loaded questions often get loaded answers. But I just can't help myself.

I was working at a house last week, I think the people could have been Atheists? They don't go to church, cussed like sailors and had a Richard Dawkins book laying out. (Something about evolution). I'm sure there are some Christians who could fit that description as well. We'll save that for another day. But as I was moving the fridge out of my way, I noticed one of the Proverbs written on a piece of paper and stuck to the side of the fridge next to a cool recipe for peanut butter fudge. Anyways it made me think about the godless dude in "Pulp Fiction" played by Samuel L. Jackson who quoted a Bible verse before he would kill somebody.

Do any Atheists have a favorite Bible verse? Those of you who were once part of the church, what was your favorite verse when you were still a "Christian"?

Peace squared, feeno

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dinner at 3 O'clock?

I'm on Symmes Rd. today trying to get to my last stop before I can officially begin my week-end. I needed to go seal some grout and caulk a doorway. I was stuck driving about 20 miles an hour in 35 mph zone behind a little old man. A little further up the road for about 1/4 mile there is an extra lane that will give me an opportunity to pass Methuselah and go about my business. When I reach that point in the road I passed him up from the right side. As I'm passing him the ole geezer shakes his fist at me as he mouths obscenities. I think he wanted me to pull over and fight him?

First I can't believe he could even see me as he was wearing the biggest pair of sunglasses I ever saw. I took a double take to make sure he wasn't wearing a welders mask. I've seen less glass in a shower door. And second I don't think I even was driving in a rude manor. I never tailgated him, I didn't even need to speed to pass him up. Here's the thing, this has happened before, at the exact same spot and sure enough by a an old dude that could have babysat this guy years ago. What is it about old men who don't want anyone to pass them. If you ever pass an old lady they could care less, usually it's because they have no clue anyone else is even on the road. But at least they ain't red-asses.

What kinda driver pisses you off the most?

Yeah, I know Vick. You hate the van full of Nuns that drives through large crowds of people picketing for gay rights and puppy adoptions.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Just askin'

Is it fair to ask this question: Does life altering circumstances turn people either to God or away from God? I ask because I have read many peoples stories about why they de-converted from Christianity. Usually something tragic may have happened in their life or they got fed up with all the political BS and disputes that sometimes arise inside the church. And of course inside the church, we have many people who may have never turned to God if not for the fact that something tragic did happen in their life.

Those who find "faith" due to these circumstances are grateful to God and continue to rely on His grace to deal with their past or circumstances.

Those who left the church will then turn to the "intellectual" reasons for justifying their lack of belief and why they left the church.

BTW, there are many of these "intellectual" reasons to believe or not to believe? But It seems those intellectual reasons usually don't play a part in somebody's conversion/de-conversion until after the fact.

Someone once said "A belief in God is not a matter of intellect, but a matter of the heart."

I'm not trying to belittle what Atheists believe, and even if what I say is true, it doesn't prove that there is a God. But can you see any truth to this?


Saturday, June 19, 2010

3 strikes and yer out

Ross brings up a good point about a way a Christian should live their life. Paul tells the Philippians this "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be innocent and pure as God's perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, as you offer them the message of life....

I know many of us don't live up to Paul's challenge. Here's 3 Christians that drive me crazy. Atheists, here's your chance to add to my list.

#1. The Christian when leaving the restaurant forgets to tip, yet manages to remember to leave a Christian track.

#2. This guy happens to be a friend of mine. I would tell you his name, but it changes every few years. But we will call this guy, Softball Church Boy. (SCB)
Every game SCB manages to argue with the umpires, question the Manager, yell at his teammates for not being "good enough" and causing bench clearing brawls with the other team. Then after the game he always apologizes to everyone by saying "God just made me real competitive". I could just imagine how this would go over with Mrs. Feeno? Gee honey, I'm sorry I slept with your sister, God just made me real horny. Or what I would tell the Judge, Sorry Judge I robbed that bank, but, God just made me real greedy?

#3. DM

Peace be with you all.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Screw Pascal

3 hypothetical questions.

You care about this person deeply. But their life is a train wreck. They have struggled their whole life with problems. They "find" Christ and really seem to be happy. After time passes you've noticed they have continued in their new found happiness.

Are you happy for them?


"Eternal security". I think the bible teaches that once you are saved or born again that no matter what you do in life after wards, you will be with the Lord when you die. We call that "once saved, always saved".

Think about your favorite Atheist who once was part of the church. He or she is now on a crusade trying to convince anyone who will listen, about all the reasons not to believe in God.

What if God turns out to be real, and they wind up in heaven and you and Fred Phelps don't?


What happens if most of the things you think about God turn out to be wrong? You know all the excuses people use to say if he did exist, His ways aren't fair. But you actually end up liking most of His ways, but by then, it's too late?


I'm off to the woods, gonna spend the night with our K-5th graders at some State park here in Ohio. I wish that was hypothetical.

Deuces, feeno

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ever notice all the critters around every St. Francis statue?

Does the fact that some Christians are cruel mean there is no God? I hear Atheists say things like "way to show the love of Christ" any time we say something that sounds mean. I've commented a few times recently over at Debunking Christianity. On 06/09/2010 I commented on "Is the Efforts at DC worth it"? And then on 06/13/2010 on "Am I truly ignorant about Christianity".

I'm not here to defend my comments over there. They are what they are. But one of those who does comment there (Chuck)(who has actually has commented here a long time ago) took offense to my comments and left this reply to me. "... I just find your defensive indignation a defeater of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. (a core of Evangelical assertion) and therefore exposes Christianity as just another man made idea."

Is he saying because I claim to be a Christian, then I must have the Holy Spirit. Therefore I couldn't possibly say mean things? Because the Holy Spirit (HS) would control me better.

This is a totally absurd and a non Biblical assertion. But for the sake of this argument let's pretend this is true. All that this would prove is that feeno is not filled with the HS, and that feeno is not a Christian. If this argument was true, Atheism would be dead. How could they explain the life of someone like St. Francis of Assisi? He was born with a "silver spoon" in his mouth. He had wealth, power, fame and was quite the bad ass with his sports and fighting. And he could get laid at will with the finest skanks of his day. Yet through the circumstances of his life he forsook his families wealth and his inheritance and dedicated himself to the Lord. He gave up the lusts of wine, women and song. He gave all his earthly possessions and money to the poor. He did this to the point of being mocked and ridiculed by his friends and contemporaries. He then spent the rest of his life helping the poor, being kind to everyone and everything, and not only did he quit raising his fists in anger, but wouldn't even raise his voice in defense of himself.

You might know him by this quote "Preach the Gospel at all times, and if you have to use words".

Does St. Francis prove that my God exists? No. But just because Christians act out doesn't mean there ain't God either.

Peace or as St Francis would say "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart".

Lord, I pray you help me be more like St. Francis. Amen f


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

not that ther's anything wrong with that

Do you know who your friends are? Is it possible that many "supporters" of the gay and lesbian community aren't really empathetic towards the gay plight, but are simply using them to help further their agenda? I'd say many Atheists are simply exploiting the gay community, using them as pawns in an effort to make the church look bad. Or to simply see them as a certain demographic to achieve political gain.

I know many of you will think the church makes it's self look bad with their stance on gay marriage etc. Maybe? But not my point. And for political purposes I don't blame the gays for having to ally themselves with whatever group is willing to help them achieve their "rights".

Timberwraith, A lesbian said on our last post "My housemate is a christian, he's progressive, open minded, open hearted guy and has a kind, level headed ethic. I'd take living with him any day, over an atheist with prejudiced/unkind views of people. Although she might not like my viewpoint of homosexuality(?) I respect what she says and agree with it.

My question is this: Is this as simple as drawing a line in the sand, pro gay lifestyle on one side, and everybody else on the other side. And that's it?

Over at "Debunking Christianity" I commented on "Another Christian leaves the fold" A diary of a beleaver". This guys basically says we (Christians) need to debunk our faith or we are all "Fred Phelps' ". Of course after many comments nobody answered my question of "All atheists must denounce atheism or they are Joe Stalin's". To me both of these are equally stupid statements.

I don't want to offend those Atheists who truly have the gay communities best interest at heart. But I wonder about people who say things like that? They seem to be more against the church then about the rights of the gays.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Popcorn, Twizzlers and Dancing Hotdogs

I love the Jason Bourne movies. I also like Matt Damon and most all movies he plays in. Then I hear that he is an Atheist. I don't know why I was surprised. Most of them Hollywood types are? But I guess I always thought he and his pal Ben Affleck were a couple good ole Catholic boys from Boston?

Do Atheists think less of Celebs or Athletes when or if they find out they are Christians? I mean if I were an Atheist and was a University of Florida fan, I think I would have mixed emotions? Would I love Tim Tebow for bringing national championships and very important SEC wins to my school. Or am I turned off by his overtly Christian nature? Do I root for his success or hope he fails?

Yeah, I kinda was saddened by this enlightenment. I still hope for another Jason Bourne" movie to come out, and I will pay to see it. I guess I should just enjoy the movies and leave people's beliefs (or lack there of) out of it?


P.S. When I was a kid growing up in farm country about 30 minutes from C-Bus (Columbus Ohio) there was a a Drive-Inn movie theater called "Christian free Drive-Inn". And it was totally free to watch the most popular secular movies. Of course at intermission you had to sit through a quick Christian sermon. Then after the sermon they would share the "how to get saved" speech to everyone. Then they'd ask, OK, if you just received Christ in your heart honk your horn and flash your lights. And then every single person there, would start honking their horn and flashing their lights. Whether they got "saved" or not.

I guess I'm asking, If they still had those type of Drive-Inns, would you guys go just for the free movies?

See ya later, Florida Gators, feeno

Thursday, June 3, 2010

God, Gandy and the Good Samaritan

The age old question of whether religion has done more harm than good, won't be answered today. Well, at least not by me. Obviously religion has caused our friend Gandolph nothing but pain and suffering. Yet others would say their life was a confusing mess until they "found religion".

Have you ever wondered how life would be different without religion? I'm not saying for better or worse, just different.

I live in the 'burbs of Cincinnati Oh. And one of the things I do between my tile jobs is to visit people in the Hospital to hopefully brighten their day a little bit? Most of the major Hospitals in Cincinnati are on or around the University of Cincinnati. (Go Bearcats) Here is a list of Hospitals I have recently been to. Mercy (Catholic Hospital), The Good Samaritan, Christ, The Jewish Hospital, St. Elizabeth and Bethesda. As a matter of fact the only Hospital in Cincinnati that I can think of where I have been that doesn't have a religious background is the University of Cincinnati's Hospital.

Does that make up for all the abuse people like Gandy and others have or had to endure? I would say it is never OK to hurt or harm anyone, no matter what "cause" it is for. Unfortunately, religion is used by many people, simply for personal gain. Whether that be money, power or fame.

Here's my real question. Is it possible that there is God, yet man, in his fallen state makes religion look bad? Is it possible that God will judge those "religious" more than the afflicted that deny him?

I can't answer these questions. I can tell that God is a Holy and Righteous Judge and I have confidence that he will do what is just.

Peace out, girl scout. feeno

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Jolly ole' St. Nick and the Big Red Machine

Let's forget about all the formalities and just jump right back into our debates. C Woods left a nice comment on our last post. She is a bright person and her blog is one of the first places I visited when I began blogging. But like many Atheists from the beginning of time they think they've come up with something Christians have never thought about. Since I learned how to use a computer, I don't think there is an argument I haven't heard a thousand times. Same with you guys.

Do you remember the kid in school that still believed in Santa Claus about 3 years after you and everybody else in your grade realized Santa was a hoax? Well after his shock has worn off he feels compelled to find every 6 year old he can and tell them about how their can't be a Santa. He's armed with a bunch information everyone else in the world already knows, but he thinks it's new and wants to flex his new found knowledge on his niece or nephew or the kindergartner down the street. That kid reminds me of Atheists.

Now that might have been demeaning, so I will apologize now(sorry). But how could anyone think my last post was?

Anyways, as Rodney King and others would ask, "Can't we all jjjust gggget along?"

The answer is yes, and we probably already do. Every day Atheists inter act with Christians. You act so pleasant and nice we cant even tell that your Godless. I can't think of one Atheist I have encountered on the internet that wouldn't turn out to be one of my close friends if they happened to live next to me. As a matter of fact, we'd be sitting in my back yard listening to the REDS games and sharing a couple cold PBR's once or twice a week.

3 cheers for C Woods, she's right about us respecting each others views, she's right about politicians and certainly speaks the Gospel on her stance about chocolate.

I'm glad to be back, missed you all.

Peace and Reese cups, feeno

Monday, May 3, 2010

hotdogs, hamburgers and hate speech, be there or be square

Do you guys feel like some Atheists must demonize Christianity to make their choice of atheism look more appealing? Does it give some of them a morale high ground? Let me tell you about a typical week in a typical Christian church and how some atheists will interpret this.

Sunday School. 9:00 am. Reading through the Bible together and discussing it.
ATHEIST: They are being brain washed.

Worship hour. 10:45 am. Sing praises to, and worship our Creator.
ATHEIST: they are just creating a atmosphere of belonging for new recruits. And trying to raise money for the Preachers new mansion.

Wednesday night. 6:00 pm. Dinner and fellowship.
ATHEIST: This is their built in networking group and underground republican election pep rally.

Wednesday night 7:00 pm. Bible study on Pharaoh's killing of the Israelite babies.
ATHEIST: Abortion clinic bombing update.

Saturday am. outreach. Pass out food, clothing or pray for any one we can.
ATHEIST: Just to add to the numbers of their church, if they can't convert them, they wont help them or really pray for them.

Saturday night 7:00 pm. Barb-b-q at feeno's
ATHEISTS: meeting to discuss how Christians are the best and that it should be legal for our Priests or Preachers to abuse kids, but gays, atheists, and abortion doctors should be ridiculed, beaten and never allowed in our churches because they are all possessed by the devil.

I am sworn to secrecy, so I can't tell you how we decode our church bulletins, but for all the Christians reading this, let me just say "the lazy dog church social has been canceled until the Pastors health improves" "we shall gather by the river" hymn # 152. c38@)^jQ9@)lkhpzc


Friday, April 30, 2010


I never watch the news. And the only time I hear the news is on accident on my classic country station 910 AM every now and then between songs. I figure if something big enough happens I'll hear about it. But this morning on the news a guy was being interviewed after a guilty verdict came down on a murder case. He mentioned how that guy would be in Hell and blah blah blah.

When I talk to people about Heaven and Hell they usually say something like this, "Well I'll probably go to heaven, it ain't like I ever killed anybody". Is murder the cut off point for being banned from Heaven? Is everything else OK as long as we don't murder some one?

Maybe the murderer would say something like this, "We'll I only killed 1 person, Hitler killed 6 million people, so he should be in Hell, not me"?

If there is a God, and you were God, would you have rules on who gets in?

And if you would have rules, why can't God?

God's only rule is this, you can't get to me unless you get here through my son.

Later, feeno

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I'd like to cash in my 401k please.

I had a busy week and have missed talking with you guys. I'm glad to be back. JD did well in my absence in the continued debate about "where we get the idea of right and wrong" from?

Any ways, the kids are away in San Antonio visiting relatives. Me and the Mrs. are "Home Alone". I'd mentioned how my Pastor showed a clip of the movie "2012" at church a couple weeks ago. So last night after I took my wife to one of the finer eateries in town, we stopped at one of those vending machines that rents dvd's.

We got the movie "2012". I'm very hard to please when it comes to movies, so don't take my advice, but this movie was average at best. If you haven't seen it, rent something else?

The movie is about the how the Mayans predicted the end of the world to be on 12/21/2012. Some people knew this was really gonna happen and were making plans to avoid it. (if that would be possible) It got me thinking about King Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a good King in the days of Isaiah the Prophet. He was real sick, the Lord told Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to get his "house in order" because he was gonna die. The King didn't wanna die, so he prayed to God. God thought it over and then told Isaiah to go tell the King he was gonna give Hezekiah 15 more years to live.

This brings up 2 questions. #1. Would you want to know the exact date you were gonna die? And #2. If you knew the exact date you were gonna die, what would you do to get your "house in order"?

Later, feeno

Saturday, April 17, 2010

can I get a glass of milk with that, granma

1/3 of Americans believe the Bible should be taken literal.
1/2 of Americans believe in the rapture.
1/5 of Americans believe the rapture will take place in their life time.

Maybe Jeff who according to "nobody cooler Schuler" "is da man" can let us know if those stats seem about right for those north of the border?

I have no idea what percentage of Americans will be caught up in the rapture. I know about 70% of Americans claim to be Christians, but only God knows. But for the sake of this post, let's assume you wake up tomorrow and 25% of the population is missing.

Your sweet granma is one of those missing. That kind, sweet ole lady that you could always count on for love and support, and who made a damn good brownie is gone. Do you remember her words about how the Lord was coming back for her. Or do you chalk it up to alien abductions or some bizarre coincidence. Or are you just happy all the Bible thumpers are gone?

Deuces, feeno

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm sorry little horsey

This poor horse has been dead for about 2000 years and we're still beating the shit out of it. But if you've been following JD and T-Vick's discussion on my last post this question needs to be answered by the Atheists. Because Christians already have an answer. Tristan has said "If you want an absolute universal morale law... you'll never find that".

OK then, how do we distinguish between right and wrong? Good or bad? Morale or immoral? A positive or negative action? Who gets to decide these things and why?

If there is no absolute morale law there would be difference between greed and generosity. Hate is no better or worse than love.

Where did our conscience come from? If it evolved, why are humans the only ones seeking a creator and feeling bad after doing harmful things? If there is no "absolutes" then we should be held accountable to no-one.

Everyone thinks that what they think is "morale" should work for everyone. But how about if everyone has to live by what I think is morale? That's why we don't want to believe in God, because if he is real, then we have to answer to Him. We'd rather come up with our own morale's. Which brings us back to who gets to decide what those are?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What's it all about Alfie?

Is life more confusing for the Atheist or the Christian? As much as science is teaching us it doesn't show us any purpose to our lives. And maybe that's OK for some people. We eat, drink, party and die. Science can teach us that an axe head doesn't float, or a donkey can't talk or that people who have been dead for 3 days can't come back alive. Christians aren't a bunch of dummies, we know this ordinarily is true. That's why we go to church and praise Jesus because if it happened all the time we'd be home on Sunday mornings too, catching up on sleep or getting the grass cut or whatever it is you all do?

Before you comment, please understand, I'm not saying your lives can't be fulfilling or that you can't have meaningful relationships without God. But if we miss out on the most important relationship, the one with who created you, to me, would be anti-climatic?

Does every decision we make have to be grounded in science? Can't you use your emotions and instincts to draw conclusions that differ with science?

Christians also suffer from confusion. It's just a different set of things to be confused about. Why did God allow this to happen or that to happen? What does he want from me. Am I screwing up in this area or that part of my life. How come Fred accepted Christ and his twin brother rejects Christ? When will you answer my prayer.... yadda yadda yadda.

I don't think this is Biblical or anything, but I think the Christian can go through this life a bit confused, but we are looking forward to the hope we have in Christ. While the Atheist can go through this life confidently but with no hope when it's finished?

Peace out, brown trout. feeno

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Brother the bad ass reads my blog and left this e-mail to pass on to T-Vick


It’s not butter; it is soybean oil, palm oil and some other stuff
Since “disbelief” is not being able to believe something which in all likelihood
is true, “disbelief” is the perfect word to describe the atheist. Christianity
is true, not because it works (i.e., here is how it changed me) but because it
is factual, founded on facts and the internal evidence of the Bible shows this
to be so. Here are some examples:
We read in Ezekiel 26, the prophecy concerning the city of Tyre, a powerful,
walled city of ancient times. “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I am your enemy, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the
waves of the sea crashing against your shoreline. They will destroy the walls of
Tyre and tear down its towers. I will scrape away its soil and make it a bare
rock! It will be just a rock in the sea, a place for fishermen to spread their
nets, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign LORD.

What happened to Tyre? A few years after Ezekiel made this prophecy,
Nebuchadnezzar paid them a visit. For 13 years he laid siege to the city and
finally broke down part of its wall and destroyed the city. Many thousands of
people of the city fled to an island a half mile off shore and built ANOTHER
city there.

250 years after that another conquer came and he demanded that the city
surrender to him. The city laughed at him but the new conqueror didn’t like to
be trifled with so he came up with a plan to reach this city in the sea that
seemed completely untouchable. He would take all of the walls of the old city
and build a causeway out to the new city so he could overtake it. Which is what
he did and in doing so he scrapped the city bare. BTW that was Alexander the

The causeway that he built (and he actually did help carry the rocks to inspire
his men) remains to this day. You can go see it on your next trip to the Holy
land. But be careful as you walk along it ----- not to step on any of the nets
of the local fishermen. That is where they dry them.

There are countless OT predictions about Jesus the Messiah validated in the NT
that prove what we believe is true, it is not a fairy tale. They concern many
things like His name, things He would do, be done to Him, and even some things
He would say. Since it is Easter here are a few in that regard:
The Triumphal Entry was foretold in the book of Zech. 9:9 and was written about
520 BC, We see Jesus fulfilling this in Mark 11: 7 -9.
How about Jesus betrayed by a friend – David wrote this a thousand years before
Christ in Psalm 41:9 when he said, “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he
who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me”. Judas of course
fulfills this.
I wont display all the passages, you can read them if you want to but here are
a few more:
That Jesus would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave.
Foretold by Zechariah (11:12) 400 years before His death, Matt. 26:15
That He would be spat on and struck, Isaiah 50:6 & Matt. 26: 67, made about 700
years before this happened.
That He would be crucified with sinners, Isaiah 53: 12 & Mark 15: 27, 28, this
prophecy also was made about 700 years before the birth of Christ.
That His hands and feet would be pierced, Zechariah 12;10 & John 20:27
That the soldiers would gamble for His clothes, an amazing detail! Psalm 22: 17,
18 & John 19
Even some of the very words He would say were foretold centuries before. Psalm
22: 1 & Matt. 27:46
That not a bone of His would be broken, again made many centuries before it
happened. Psalm 34: 20 & John 19: 32 – 34
That is just a few. Over and over again the Bible says that this was done in
order to fulfill Scripture so we could weigh the evidence.
I was never an atheist but I was an unbeliever, a doubter, a skeptic that I was
convinced by the evidence. As for the atheist, they have no holy men of old
that spoke the word of the LORD, I guess that makes them a “non – prophet”

Monday, March 29, 2010

Go for it, you might not even get saved?

Easter Sunday will be here in less than a week. This will be one of those very few times where finding a parking place and a pew to sit in can be quite difficult. All that means is that people who don't like church or are unbelievers are just going to make someone happy. And that's honorable. I know a few Atheists who will still go to church with their spouse or a relative or a friend on special occasions to appease them. So join the club, if someone invites you to church this week, take them up on their offer. Or just go because feeno invited you. Then come back here and tell us what you thought.

You could kill 2 birds with one stone, first I would really love to hear about some of those experiences you all had. And second you'd make your Mama so happy.

Dueces, feeno

Sunday, March 28, 2010

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light...

As we were driving south along peaceful and winding country roads I saw several places where people must have died in traffic accidents. You can tell because they mark the side of the road with little wooden crosses to honor those lost. And it got me thinking about the cross and how popular it is.

I'm not sure what the most popular tattoo is? But I'd say the cross is right up there at the top, next to the topless Hula dancer and Mom? And of all the things people hang from their rear view mirrors the cross is a close second behind the pine tree air freshener. But easily when it comes to jewelry the cross is number one. You don't even have to be a Christian, people just love rockin' the cross. Cross earrings, cross charms, cross bracelets and the all time best seller, cross necklaces.

Are there any atheists out there that are sporting a cross somewhere?

And what does the cross symbolize to you?

Thanks, feeno

Drugs are great

On March 15th 2010 me and my wife celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I didn't blog about it cause I didn't want to bore you all. And I still wont. But eventually I will show you a 3 minute and 23 second video covering our 25 years together. A girl from our church made it for me. And I surprised my wife at church when they played it during the church service the day before our anniversary.

I'm telling you that because for the last few weekends we have been trying to get away and spend a romantic weekend together. So 3 weekends ago we were ready to take off together when some friends of ours (who don't speak much English and have only a few friends) and were expecting a baby went to the hospital a month early to deliver the baby, and they asked us if we could watch their 5 year old. Which we did and were glad to do. But we picked him up on Thursday night and kept him until Monday night. Then last weekend we once again were all set for our weekend and another family situation arrived and we were forced to cancel that trip.

That leaves this past weekend. Come hell or high water I was gonna take my wife out of town and spend some time with her. Even tho I have never felt more sick in my life. I didn't tell her how bad it was and tried to play it off. But the further we drove the sicker and sicker I became. We took a 7 hour drive down the scenic back roads of Kentucky stopping in little quaint towns to walk around the little gift shops and thrift stores. For a trip that should have only taken about 3 hours. When we got to our beautiful destination a 150 acre farm in the blue grass hills of Kentucky surrounded by cows, waterfalls and a farm pond loaded with blue gill, catfish and bass and an old farm house built around 1900(?) all to ourselves, all I could do was lay down.

If I go see a Doctor something really bad is going on. A couple months ago at work I sliced my arm open. It was a U shaped cut about 8 inches long or so. I drove about 5 minutes to Walgreen's bought a bottle of rubbing alcohol and some neo-sporin. Then in the parking lot like Jason Bourne I cleaned and bandaged my wound. Stretching the skin and flesh back into place. I wrapped it in a clean clothe and duck taped it. I didn't even look at again for several days and when I did, it was all better. Except for the giant scar I now have?

So that night in our romantic setting I was up all night sounding, looking and acting as if I was gonna die. At 7:00 am my wife was up and packing and said "I'm going home". I think she was pissed at me because I don't go the Doctor? But believe me I was ready to go see a Doctor or even an emergency room somewhere. She drove home and it was pretty silent in the truck. After 9:00 am I called our family Doctor who said they couldn't see me until Monday.

I know I'm boring your socks off, but I'm almost done. So I end up finding another Doctor who said I have a sinus infection, a double ear infection and some type of congestive infection. He prescribed me some antibiotics and thank God 'cause I had a lot of biotics in me? Anyways after 2 pills yesterday and one this morning I feel much better. I'm still gonna stay home from church to rest up. And possibly make plans for next weekend?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Some people ain't happy unless their not happy

I read a post over at DC the other day about why people leave Christianity for the greener grass of atheism. There are a lot of responses and a lot of reasons why. But one thing they all seem to have in common is that they would all be miserable if God or Christianity were absent from this world. They would have nothing to bitch about. Nothing to blame their problems on, and nothing to demonize to make their lifestyle look so caring and noble.

I claim that many if not most Atheists like it when Christians are "mean" to them. I think in a wierd way it gives them their self worth? So be careful what you wish for, if we Christians would leave you all alone, or get raptured what the hell would you do with yourselves?

Dueces Mooses, feeno

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Who wants to go swimming?

One critique I often hear from Atheists seems valid, at least on the surface. And that is the notion of religion being more harmful than good. I can also bet that Atheists are tired of the worn out line used by Christians that sounds a little like this: "It's not about religion, but about a relationship with the Lord".

So before I tell you "it's not about religion, but about a relationship with the Lord", let me share a story with you from the book of John. And I do tend to side with Atheists on religion and what it can do, if anything?

I will paraphrase, but you can follow along if you wish. John 5:1-15. So Jesus is walking from Galilee up to Jerusalem for a Jewish holy day. In the city there was the pool of Bethesda. It was thought if you were lame, blind, deaf or had some other disease that you could be healed just by being dipped into the pool as the water is stirred up. You can imagine that this place might be crowded with religious folks, or at least with religious sicko's all trying to get healed. But by all accounts is was a busy place. I mean even the guy Jesus ends up healing is never quick enough to get in the pool, because someone is always beating him in. Just from this story we can see that family and friends were there to help their sick acquaintances out. And the Religious rulers are close enough to get pissed at Jesus.

So here's my point: Jesus is walking around the midst of all the hustle and bustle of this show. yet Jesus is already with us, he's close to us, he can touch us, hear us and save us. Yet were more concerned with the traditions of getting healed by a religious ceremony or custom then noticing Jesus is in our midst.

So I'll will close by saying "It's not about religion but a....

Dueces, feeno

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finish the race

The Apostle Paul often found himself in dangerous situations. He was in prison, or under house arrest (I guess the Romans made him wear a GPS ankle bracelet)? He had to hide and escape and run from those seeking to harm him. But there was a courageous dude named Demas that stood by his side during a time when Paul was imprisoned by the Romans. During that time it wasn't really cool or even safe to be a Believer.

When Demas' name is mentioned during Paul's' missionary journeys, only good things were said about him. But somehow, like many people today, he got disenchanted with the church and left. Paul tells us in 2nd Timothy 4:10 that "Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world". My translation is that Demas liked what the world had to offer more than what the church or our Lord had to offer.

When I say "world" I don't mean people, we should love everyone, no exceptions". But the "world" means; things of the world. Power, fame, money, ourselves or anything that appeals to our flesh more than the things of God. There may not even be anything wrong in those things in themselves? Matthew tells us to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, then all these other things will be given to you as well".

I hope I see Demas in heaven. And I just might. He may have been born again and just found out it was to much for him to continue on in his faith with all the goodies the world has to offer? Or maybe he was never truly born again? I don't
know. But with so many people today, even many Pastors leaving the church for the world, I wonder?

Dueces Mooses, feeno

Thursday, March 11, 2010

...but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (plilippians 2:3

My best friend since I was about 12 years old called me yesterday. We were actually talking about H.S. Basketball. And before I hung up I asked him how is son was doing in college. He said great, but he did say his son has 5 room mates. One a vocal Christian and another one an Atheist. He told his dad that the Christian is not a very nice fellow, while the Atheist is not only much nicer to be around but is actually a more "morale" person.

I didn't write my last post to try to gain any "praise" or "compliments" from anyone. They were noticed and appreciated, but my goal was to let you guys know, that sometimes we Christians are put in a awkward situations. We know many people don't like it when we "preach" yet we also believe we are to share the Gospel message of Christs life, death and resurrection.

So why are we Christians not Christ like? Well I'd like to say that we are many. We come from all types of backgrounds and situations. I'd also like to say that for every "mean"(?) Christian, there is one like my friend. (You can call him Tiger.)

Let me tell you just 2 quick stories about him, although there are many more. But about 20 years ago Tiger was working in a warehouse stocking ball bearings. The company he was working for decided to lay off another worker in the warehouse not named Tiger. After dude got the notice he went back to the shop extremely saddened and worried and concerned what he was to do? Before he could collect his stuff my boy Gonz (aka Tiger) went up front and quit his job. He did that because he was more concerned for dude than he was himself.

Then about 10 years ago Tiger was a stud cars salesman in town where we live. That company had just hired a minority to wash the cars. Another car washer came over to the showroom where Tiger was working and started using "hate speech" to describe the new worker. My friend went to management and said that they need to fire the old employee because of what he was saying. Management said "not to worry because that guy will get over it". Tiger said "maybe you don't understand, either he leaves or I do, because I won't work for a company who will allow some one like this working for them". Oh, they fired dude.

I work with young people, 7-12th grade usually. I have told these stories many times. I know a lot more about the Bible than my friend does. I'm in church a lot more as well. I teach Bible, I have been ordained, I even collect a little salary every week from my Church. But that's not what a Christian is. A Christian is what my friend is. (Tiger is the dude I also mention in my testimony).

Yes I know, many of you atheists don't need a god to be good like my friend. I know that. But my only answer to this question is this: Christians shouldn't act like Christians, we should act like Christ. And that's what I told Gonz to tell his son.

Peace in Mississippi, feeno

Saturday, March 6, 2010

You steal the paper, your already going to Hell

Do you remember the Sienfield episode when Elaine got mad at her boyfriend Puddy because she found out he was Christian and Puddy wasn't trying to save her? She stole his Jesus fish and was messing with his car radio where he had dialed in all the christian music stations. Yadda yadda yadda.

I know we Christians can be a little obnoxious now and then about witnessing to you all. So let me ask you what method of our evangelizing suites you best?

A. The guy at work who thinks he witnessing to you by telling you everyday "Your going to hell".

B. The guy who invites you to church every week? And then calls to see if everything is OK with your family 'cause he didn't see you there.

C. How about those welcomed visits from those folks banging on your door when you have nothing else better to do.

D. Maybe it's everyone favorite.. TV Evangelists

E. The neighbor who tells you "if you only had God" that bad thing that just happened to you wouldn't have happened.

I'm sure you guys will have your own thoughts. I'll tell you what I do, and then you can tell me how you think we should go about it. What I try do is this. St. Francis who is a fascinating dude, google him if you wish, says "Preach the Gospel every day. And if you have to use words". I like that. And I try to live a life that is worthy of a follower of Christ. I often fail, but keep plugging along. Any ways I usually never approach any one about the Lord. But often they approach me. Then I go into my "Joshua" speech. I tell them how great God is, and about all the great things he has done in my life, then let them decide for themselves.

Dueces, feeno

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Deja Vu all over again

I visited "Debunking Christianity" yesterday and it reminded me of what inspired me to write my first blog. I still don't understand why people who use to call themselves Christians and were "saved" and did "good" works and tried so hard to keep their "faith" can turn into inconsiderate, close minded and thoughtless people. It will be hard to convince me that someone who just turned into an Atheist for such a short time can be so hateful towards those they supposedly were just like. It makes no sense. I read all 58 comments from this original post and none answer this question with out leaving more questions. Just go to DC and look at a couple of yesterdays posts and see what I'm talking about. I commented on "The Atheist Agenda, Smut for Smut" campaign. If I was to ever become an Atheist I think I would have compassion and understanding for those who have left the church. But most of all Atheists that have left the church only mock, ridicule and belittle the church all while claiming it's not my fault, they were mean to me first. The last time I said that I was in the 2nd grade.

Ok, here it is, my very first blog.

One year ago I couldn't turn a computer on. Eight months ago I got an E-Mail address and now today I'm writing my first blog.

As I explored the internet for topics that interested me, I ended up on an atheist website by John Loftus called Debunking Christianity. I had no idea who he was, and had no idea that atheists were so passionate about their beliefs. (or lack there of) Actually, I always thought of atheists like people from P.E.T.A. just a bunch of weirdos. Sorry P.E.T.A. people. Or atheists?

But when I discovered that John (Mr. Loftus) was actually a well known and a popular Author I was Impressed. Not for the fact that he's kinda a famous, but because he treated me, a born again Christian very graciously on his atheist site. And a few of his contemporaries would also take time out to "set me straight" in their posts. W'sup Jeff, Tracy, Gandy and Playa.

There was something unique about this group, most of these people claimed to have been part of the church at one time. Could that be possible? And much like a Christian who shares his testimony of how he got saved, I read stories about how they got "deconverted". But I have one problem with these stories. I can't figure out why a lot of these people seem to have such a disdain for people they used to have a relationship with. I was up all night a while back talking to a former pastor who left the church, he had mentioned that he had received a negative backlash after he made his decision, and actually received hate e-mail from "loving evangelicals". I asked him if he thought more people from his church were praying for him, or sending him hate mail. He never answered that question.

If I became an atheist: First I go and see my pastor and tell him I am no longer a believer. Here's what happens next. The deacons get together and pray for me and my family. My Sunday school class prays for me. We will receive cards and letters from people wishing us well.
People will be calling to see if they can do anything for us. Old ladies and young alike will be dropping off cakes and brownies. My friends in the church will still be expecting me to come over and watch the MMA fights. ( and probably try to convince to come back to church) People from the church will still be calling me to install ceramic tile in their house (that's what I do) Plus I can't see myself suddenly not liking them either. And as much as I love my church, this is not uncommon.

So it troubles me to see these people one week sitting in a pew next to their friend trying to figure out if they should eat together at Apple bees or Bob Evans, then a week later think less of them because their a Christian.

I wanted to write this blog on my own site, so not to take advantage of John's vast number of hits he receives. Or to be a nuisance to anyone over at D.C. , who really did treat me well.
One thing I've learned about this group, if you call them out, they will respond. I hope some how they will find my site and respond to this.

Peace out, feeno

Saturday, February 27, 2010

That's Him, at the Burger King in Minnasota, next to Elvis

After Christ was crucified and died, He then, after 3 days rose again. Then for forty days before he ascended into heaven what did he do? The Bible says that he walked around revealing Himself before people. I believe to prove that He was indeed alive.

But here's the part I need you to help answer for me. In that 40 day period there are 17 times where Christ made an appearance. And all 17 times the Bible mentions a Jesus sighting, the witnesses were always Believers.

Any ideas why? I have never heard anyone ever teach or preach on this subject. It just came to me as I was reading and studying this week for my Jr. High class.

I have an idea why? But I could be way off base?

Thanks, feeno

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Who's opening for Jesus tonight?

Why doesn't God just do a bunch of miracles today, so skeptics will finally believe?
Would it matter to you if he did?
And if so what kind of miracle would you like to see?

Sometimes I say to myself, "If God did go around doing miracles all the time, everyone would certainly believe?

But I'm not so sure it would make that big of a difference. Early on in Jesus' ministry and before he pissed off the Religious rulers of the day, He was a Rock Star. He drew huge crowds wherever He went. He had 12 roadies, everyone thought he was da bomb, He had many groupies and they all wanted to see his next show.

The problem with this was that many of these people came to Him to see a healing, a raising from the dead, a feeding of a crowd with just a few fish, they wanted to see some sort of miracle. Not actually listen to what he was saying.

Do you all remember the story when Jesus looks at some crippled dude laying on a mat being dragged around by 4 of his buds? Jesus says to him "take heart son, your sins are forgiven". Then a bunch of the religious teachers were saying to each other "Blasphemy! This man talks as if he were God. So Jesus tells them "OK dorks, would it be easier for me to say your sins are forgiven or get up and walk? So then Jesus tells the cripple to "get up, pick up your mat, and go home". And of course, dude did. Although many believed some did not. And this just made the religious teachers and rulers even madder at Him.

Would a miracle change the way you feel about God?

Dueces, feeno

Friday, February 19, 2010

Can God be perfect if He's color blind?

Jesus was born 2,000 years ago in the Middle East. His Mama was a Jew. His Daddy was a Jew. He was born from the blood line of David and Abraham. The Bible tells us He went unto His own, and His own (the Jews) received Him not. How people could argue that Christ was anything but a Jew is mind numbing. When Jesus was born His skin was much closer to black than white.

There are 66 books in the Bible. All were written by Jews. Mostly about the Jews, and mostly to the Jews. Thank God I have been grafted in and have become an adopted son of Jesus.

Moses' old lady was a Cushite named Zipporah. She was black.
One of the many Bible babes was Bathsheba. You know about her from the story of David. She too was probably black. There was the Ethiopian Philip lead to the Lord.
And many other Ethiopians mentioned. I'm not even sure if there is a white guy even mentioned in the Bible?

None of that matters. It seems almost silly to even bring it up. God doesn't care about race, color, creed, gender. God is no respecter of person. Romans 2:11 says "He shows no favoritism".

If you want to get Biblicaly technical God did have a chosen people. There were the Jews and then everybody else. Everybody else was a Gentile. But God had a plan to use the Jews to reach the world. and when Jesus died on the cross Paul tells us "there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female...." (Galatians 3:28) Earlier he said" For Christ Himself made peace between us Jews and Gentiles making us all one people....That is found in Ephesians 2:14-18, finish reading this if you get the chance.

There is only one race of people. The Human race. Nobody gets extra credit or bonus points from God for being a certain color.

I know you all agree with me. I believe this 'cause it's from the Bible. You believe it because your ethical and fair people. So why did I have to write this here in the year of 2010? Well Geenks, Tink, LX, JD and myself have encountered Marcus Wellington a blogger who comments over at JD's crib. I hope Marcus finds his way over here, reads this and maybe, just maybe asks God for forgiveness.

On top of Makarios' page it says "No one has done anything so bad that forgiveness isn't offered. And nobody is so good that for forgiveness isn't required". or something like that. I like that. We all need God.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

PG 13

I had to go pick up some material this morning. As I was driving around I was thinking about writing a story for Hollywood. I think I could title it something like "Gandolph, Earth Czar". Gandy would play himself, a fun loving guy who inherits control of the whole world after a unanimous vote by the United Nations.

When he takes control he puts Tink in charge of "World Fitness" she is like the Schwarzenegger to Bush 1. And is also the lead woman in this Movie. Her Love interest would have to be Jeff, played by Orlando Bloom. Tink would be played by Gwenneth Paltrow. His Lordship the Gun Toting Atheist, played by Will Smith will provide the new "World Military" with weapons training. And of course we must have a nemesis for our new Czar. That will be JD who will be played by Russel Crowe and he is the leader of a small resistance group that is causing dissension and problems for the "religion police".

Is what the new Earth Czar is doing going to help or hurt our world?

Of course Brad Pitt will play feeno. (I mean who else, John Candy is dead) and I will lead Gandy to the Lord and a great revival will break out.

If we wanted to make this a comedy we simply need to get Geenks to write it?

A documentry? T-Vick?

A love story, definately T-Vick, did you read that sappy crap he left on our last post, sheez.


PG 13

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Excuse me sir, but you have some dirt on your forehead

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. There are times I wish I were Catholic. Tomorrow is one of them. Although I am not Catholic me and my family usually give up something during lent. And although most of you are not Christians, have you ever thought about giving something up for the next 40 days? And if so what?

Peace out Homeslices, feeno

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Big Brass Ones

There is a post on John Loftus' site titled "If Christianity doesn't matter why do you bother with it? I must agree, I still struggle with this. I'm not saying you don't have the right or even ideas that may constitute your unbelief, but why "bother" with it at all anyway?

I wish I could add a link for you all. But my computer skills are still very basic. But I did leave a comment if anyone's interested?

Bruce (author of post) makes a couple observations which may or may not be true but have very little to do with anything. I'll paraphrase but you can read it for yourself if you wish. But he doesn't mind Christianity as long as we don't offend anyone or cross some imaginary line. As long as we don't, then he lists a bunch of things that Christians do that are not pleasing to him and society in some cases as a whole. But he wont use the same logic and values on his lack of belief. Should we ban atheism because there are bad atheists who commit stupid acts. If an Atheist molests a child I believe we should punish him/her. But certainly not all Atheists. I guess he thinks if a Christian molests a child some how they get an out of jail free card?

If there is a group of Christians out there that deny their kid medical attention based upon their religious belief, I too would have a problem with that. Personally I think we should have laws that protect these kids. And why we don't is beyond me. (maybe we do, I don't know)?

I like to discuss religion and atheism and God or gods or no gods. It's all good. But when people start whining about Christians imposing their will on everyone, it's just not true. Some religions may hold a gun against your head, but not ours. Yeah, religion does influence each culture, that's just gonna happen. If your numbers were higher, we'd see a bigger atheist culture. Actually considering your low percentage rates, I think you should be proud of the progress you have made?

If you want to call yourself an Atheist, fine. Grow a pair and own up to it. (sorry Tink, just an expression). Don't act like Christianity made you do it.

Peace out, feeno

Thursday, February 11, 2010

That Chick is beat up from da feet up

Who has better self esteem? Or the worst self esteem? Christians are accused of having low self esteem because we need to admit were sinners and not good enough for God until we admit it.

Atheists think this life and all the things in it are just chance. They are an evolved species of monkeys. This brief life is all there is. Their family, job, significant other, family and friends is all just a big accident.

I can see why Atheists could think that way about Christians, compared to a holy God I realize I'm not much. But because he loves me all I get is an abundant life and hope and blessings and comfort and companionship and rewards and joy and peace. Did I mention victory from this world and an everlasting life?

What is it you guys get again? I'm not saying your not confident, just saying you remind me of the ugly girl who thinks the reason no-one asks her out is because she's so hot men are just intimidated by her beauty.

Late, feeno

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dyin' aint much of a livin' boy

I mentioned how I might write about my weekend when I got home from my trip, and take a little vacation from "religion" talk. But I just can't help myself and I'd like to talk about God. Besides, although this is one of the best weekends of my year and already can't wait 'til next year, I'm not so sure it would be all that interesting to you all? His "Lordship the gun-toting Atheist" would probably enjoy all the fire power we bring to our gathering, but the rest is just eating, drinking PBR, smoking Rocky Patels and praising Jesus. Oh, I almost forgot, we cap it all off by watching the movie "The Outlaw Josie Wales".

But when you watch this movie, or any war movie it's interesting to watch these noble people willing to die for a cause. Amazing courageous people laying their life down for strangers. Is there a cause you would die for? In the Old Testament Moses tells God he'd be willing to die for his beloved Israelites. I think he meant a physical death? And like Moses I think I'd lay my physical life down for the sake of others. But in the New Testament the Apostle Paul actually tries to make a deal with God and that he'd give his "spiritual" life for his Jewish Brothers. Now that's just crazy. I wouldn't even consider doing that for my Mama.

I guess what I'm saying is I'd give up my physical life to save an Atheists. But I wouldn't give up my spiritual life, even if it saved the whole worlds.

Late, feeno

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Haha Harry or Weepin' Willie?

Does your attitude cause you to think the way you do? Or does the way you think cause your attitude? I'd say most Christians have a positive outlook on who God is. So they think God is good. And I'd have to guess, but those who are mad at God have a negative outlook on who God is. So they try to find ways to convince themselves that God is a tyrant.

I've been a little busy with work lately and trying to figure out my tax stuff. But I have been bouncing around the blog world trying to stay in touch with you all. I seem to notice that most atheists seem to have a bad concept of who God is. Is there something I could say to you to convince you, that if there was a God he truly loves you? And only wants the best for you?

Could the difference between a Christian and an Atheist be a simple as our attitude?

Shalom, feeno

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chip off the ole block

My youngest daughter had a game today. She's a freshman in High School and plays basketball for her school. One of the biggest schools in the state of Ohio. She is actually a very good player. They lost their first 3 games but since have done very well. Although they lost today their record is 11 and 5. She had 10 points in today's 39-35 loss. Needless to say I'm very proud of her. She also hits the cover off the softball.

But last night a boy from her school texted her. He said "So your a Christian huh". Then began to ask her some questions about God. I know if your an Atheist your probably not impressed. But I think at that moment I was as proud of her as I have ever been.

P.S. Megan (my oldest daughter) if your reading this, Daddy's very proud of you too. See you Monday. Love, me

peace be with you all, feeno

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Outlaw witch burnings, not matches or religion

What is the Atheists motivation to "debunking religion and or Christianity? From my perspective I can see only 2 reasons why they should have any concern. The first one is the idea that we exclude people and make them feel left out and or divide families etc.. The second is the fact that religious beliefs shape the way we might vote politically.

To answer the first concern about "feeling left out". What should we do? Quit going to church and quit celebrating religious holidays? I don't want anyone to feel left out. But why would you even feel that way if it's something you don't even believe in? Does me reciting the "Apostle's Creed" in a private church service make you feel guilty or left out? The fact that families are divided and or split may happen but if it's done maliciously then there is a problem with the people involved, not religion. Making one choose or reject a position doesn't mean there must be animosity amongst the 2 sides.

So now politically, we all vote according to our beliefs, religion is just one part of our beliefs and how we might vote. Where do we draw the line? You can only vote if your IQ is higher than 100? Or if you were raised by hippies, or Jews or Mormons or foreigners or Christians or women or men or blacks or whites or little people or Atheists or anyone who thinks different than we do? I mean it was illegal before 9-eleven to fly a plane into a building you know.

I think it's admirable that people try to make a change for the better. Even if it's an Atheist trying to do what they feel is right. But "if I were an atheist" I would care less about all these things. I'd say whatever man, more power to 'em.

Is there something I'm missing?

P.S. Gandolph is out there somewhere lurking in the shadows. And if this post doesn't bring him out of his hiatus, nothing will?

Dueces Mooses, feeno

Sunday, January 17, 2010

When the roll is called up yonder I'll be there

What was the goal of the early church? Profit? Sure there is a lot of money generated today because of Christianity. Movies, books, CD's and DVD's etc. But many of those early Christians left real jobs for no jobs. Some early Christians even began to give away there money and sell off some of there possessions. And that money went directly to those who had less, not the church Pastors who usually just got room and board, as they travelled and taught and preached in the temples and in peoples homes. Then of course what good would it do if you did get super rich off of this new religion if you couldn't live to spend it?

Christianity could not have been a very wise decision if it meant you had to give up your money, possessions, friends and in some instances family and life as you knew it. Especially taking into account that it wasn't very safe to practice this new religion. I just don't see what advantage it was to call yourself a Christian back then?

What motivates a Christian today? Profit? Sure, I'm sure many do it as a job only? But I would also say that most Believers have less money because of their faith. Many tithe, or give to missions. Many Christians spend 5,6,7 thousand dollars a year putting their kids in Catholic or Christian schools. Not to mention how much time we spend away from work because we are doing something at/for the church.

Can the Christian actually have a noble reason to try to convince you to turn to God? We don't want your money or possessions. We all share the same things in this world, joy, sorrow, pain, sickness, happiness, good times and bad.

We want to rejoice with you when you accept Christ and become part of the Church. We want to share our future in God's glory with you. We want you to taste his love, like we have. We want you to realize that the Creator of this world desires a relationship with you. We want you to have hope in Christ and for his return. Instead of at best, becoming food for buzzards and maggots.

Christians still struggle in this world, we share the same problems as everyone else. But they don't seem to be as important knowing we have an advocate who is rooting for us and desires for us a glorious future. Christians are just a bunch of nomads passing through this world until his return. So while I'm waiting and ain't got anything better to do, I'll try to convince some of my friends to join me for a ride of a lifetime?

Late, feeno