Thursday, February 2, 2017
If you are a Christian you believe in a God. You believe God sent his son to die in order to take upon the sins of mankind. You believe in an eternal destination after this life on earth. Now you may have differing opinions than others on the many theological areas of Christianity, but for the most part you all agree with the statements just made about God, God's son and eternal destinations. If you believe these things then we are going to run into a bit of a complication in just a moment. You see many Christians I know have denounced, outcried and protested some recent actions of President Donald Trump. For the most part this is just fine by me, I am no supporter nor, however, a denouncer of Mr. Trump. What irks me most is the contradiction of these Christians and their beliefs particularly when it comes to the eternal destination of Heaven. Have you read what the bible states about heaven? About who and how people get into heaven? About what happens to those who do not get in? Where my annoyance gets heightened, is when these Christians become enraged by Trump's ban or Trump's wall. They denounce it. They scream out at what they call an injustice. They speak out about the love and care of Jesus, about caring for the alien, the poor, and the needy.
So, I am Curious?
What right does any Christian have to oppose Trump's ban or wall while along beleiving in a God that turns people away. A God that tells people who call him Lord that he does not know them and not only turns them away but sends them to a place of eternal torment that he created for them. At least Trump is not torturing anyone(at least not yet). God has created the biggest wall and the greatest ban. Where are the riots for that? What about the man who begged to enter Heaven after he had already died? Was he not thirsty? Was he not in pain? Where is the Justice there? Where is the love? If you think Trump is bad, I can point you to one who is so much worse. And they call him a God of Love.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 6:26:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2016
In regards to K.K's letter to the Editor:
You speak of the myths and man made fictions of Christmas, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and more making reference to their idolatry. Tell me, do you use a calendar? Do you speak of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or the Precious Sabbath 'Sun'day, the day to worship the Sun, not the 'Son'. Each of those days have been titled after "pagan" non-Christian ideas. Hope you don't call those days by name. How about the months of the year? Should we go there. No, there is not much point as it seems you have already made up your mind. So glad that your belief is somehow not a myth, that somehow all the others are just crazy ideas made up by man but not yours. I mean by the sounds of it your God sounds totally legit. No mythology involved with that myth.
Speaking of Myths. I never did believe in the Grinch who stole Christmas, but after reading your letter to the editor, I now do believe. It seems the Grinch has taken residence here with plans of stealing away Christmas spirit by means of writing cheerless letters to the editor. Fear not as I have heard that the Grinch has yet to grow a heart. Hopefully sometime soon, before the Christmas Spirit is gone.
In the spirit of Dr. Suess;
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 6:37:00 PM
Sunday, November 6, 2016
I awake from my nights slumber. Another day begins. The sun begins its drowsy ascension in the east. It has work to do. What will this day entail? What will be it's outcome? The answers to these questions, no one can discern. For all that we have is the time that has been given to us. The here. The now.
How often do I ponder how to live out my day? Not what I will accomplish. Not where I might end up being. Rather, it is in the how that I must place my attention. How might I accomplish? How might I arrive? How might I be. I am not considering a process of steps as though life can be accomplished through the following of a play by play guide. No, I am considering the How, as important as considering the Now. How might I love or not love? How might I play or not play?. How might I work or not work? I must ask myself "What would I be?" and as Epictetus encourages, I must then do what I have to do.
I would like to be gentle this day.
Gentle: Mild in temperament or behaviour, kind or tender.
Kind, Tender, Sympathetic, considerate, understanding, compassionate, benevolent, good-natured, humane, lenient, merciful, clement, mild, placid, serene, sweet-tempered"His manner was gentle."
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 8:16:00 AM
Sunday, September 4, 2016
I lurk now in the shadows in attempts to avoid the noise and the questions I so dread. I dreamt of mom again the night before last making yesterday a tougher day to deal with the questions of well meaning people. Mom was with me but this time she looked confused, lost almost, she wanted to stay by my side but was being pulled away by some unseen force. While I understood that she was not supposed to be here she did not know why she could not remain. I gently told her that she had to go, but she looked lost, scared and hurt that I was telling her this.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 9:11:00 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
What are the liberal arts? Simply put, they are the education of free individuals, and they entail the study of things eternally worthwhile. A liberal education develops the minds and tempers the hearts of students by drawing on the entire history of human thought and experience: history, literature, philosophy, religion, the classics, the arts, and the sciences. Through such an education, students rise to the challenge of living as free and moral agents, equipped for self-government as citizens of a republic. The liberal arts are our “heritage”; an inheritance forged by the thousands of lives of thinkers, authors, and leaders from the past to today.
The plan for this podcast is to offer an entire liberal arts education to anyone, anywhere, free of charge. The end result of this podcast should in some ways amount to a rigorous bachelor’s degree program from a small liberal arts college. This is an ambitious goal of which we will probably fall short! But by striving to embrace the entire sweeping epic of human thought, we hope to refine our intellects, furnish our understandings, and confer upon ourselves the abilities and wisdom necessary to lead full, humane lives.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 7:14:00 PM