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Michael Hallmark
03:01 PM on 04/26/2011
Rev. Hollon, you must read at least a few of these posts which expose some fairly significant logic holes in your proposition of Jesus and the mosquito nets. If your mission is to share the teachings of Christ and support spiritual growth, why not defend your thesis to those of us who don't understand it from either a Biblical perspective or rational one?
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paleoimage
I'm happy to live in a fact based world
12:26 PM on 04/26/2011
Jesus handing out mosquito nets? JESUS - just ask your dad why he created them and all of the other parasites and pathogens in the first place. The most logical explanation - of the Old Testament variety - is to continually punish us after the fall of Adam and Eve. What a guy!
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HerrMonk
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12:10 PM on 04/26/2011
I imagine he'd use his superpowers to cure it.
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Kelley Smith
Mother, Veteran, IT Geek
11:19 AM on 04/26/2011
Here's the thing, if your god you can do anything you want. Unless of course you don't exist. Question: Why does Malaria exist? Answer: Because God does not.
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humansareinsane
To think and to be fully alive are the same.
11:09 AM on 04/26/2011
"I can't help but imagine if he were physically present in Kasumgami today he would be handing out bed nets and teaching people how to avoid malaria."

According to your religion, the day Jesus is "physically present" bed nets will be the least of your worries.
ThinkCreeps
Seriously, it's time.
10:23 AM on 04/26/2011
What would jesus do about malaria?

Absolutely nothing. He was a millenial cultist, not a physician or public health expert.
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Michael Hallmark
11:28 PM on 04/25/2011
This is for @detroitblkmale30 since I ran out of thread below.

You made the point that Jesus didn’t introduce advance medical cures to 1st Century people because those techniques hadn’t been invented. I think you’ve nailed the problem. The question is why not? What was the purpose for the arbitrary suffering we had to endure over the past 2,000 years waiting for cures? By the way we still don’t have all that many of them. Please tell us the rest Jesus.

He could have easily taught even the basics of prevention, but why stop there? He could have revealed all medical secrets right then and there. But he didn’t do any of that. Why not? Why put so many obstacles in the way if His goal is simply to convince people to turn our lives over to our savior. What good is a savior if he doesn't save?

Nine million children under the age of five die each year. There is no choosing Jesus for them. They just live short, painful miserable lives and then they die. If Jesus didn’t act to stop the mass suffering of people in the first century, if he doesn’t act to stop it now from his throne in heaven despite our anguished pleadings, why would any rational believe he would put up nets and teach about mosquito-borne parasites if he were here in person today?
11:46 PM on 04/25/2011
I started where you are only angrier. I came to know God and Christ in a very slow journey. These are wonderful questions. I would suggest that you do as I did. Study Christianity in books but more importantly find a church with good people who will let you ask these questions without judging you. Talk with them, observe them. I did and I am grateful. I had to leave a couple of places because they would not let me ask the questions nor would they answer them. You may also. Good luck and God bless you.
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Michael Hallmark
12:59 AM on 04/26/2011
I appreciate the sentiment, but I doubt that you started where I am now. My education was mostly spent in parochial schools including much of my university life. I spent a lot of time in exegesis, teaching bible classes, studying philosophy, and comparative religions that included a few of the more then 30,000 Christian sects we have today. I have never had a shred of anger about religion and appreciate that my life today would not have been nearly as rich as it is without it.

I was the one that people would bring these questions to, not the other way around. But at some point you realize that you're rooting for your faith like you would your home town baseball team. it's family. if you're born in iran you root for Muhammed, if you're born in India you root for Shiva and Vishnu...I think you get the point. Just because you have settled into a comfortable social network doesn't mean you are dealing in reality. At some point you can no longer be an advocate for the irrational.

But did you answer the main question? Would Jesus set up Mosquito nets?
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edgraham
There is no magic
10:09 AM on 04/26/2011
Your chursh will let you ask questions, and they answer them.

Please tell me where they find their information. Answering questions without factual information is worthless.
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BurtonDesque
Fear a Blank Planet
04:57 AM on 04/26/2011
Jesus couldn't even be bothered to tell people not to $hit in their drinking water.

Gee, thanks for all the help, godboy.
10:45 PM on 04/25/2011
For starters, he would allow the use of DDT. Banning DDT has cost millions of poor children their lives. It is the most effective solution to malaria. Compared to the human misery caused by malaria, the environmental effects are truly insignificant.
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David Weidner
Ask me about my narcissism!
09:59 PM on 04/25/2011
Jesus would not do a thing. Everyone's imaginary prophets and gods can do absolutely nothing, because they do not exist. And even if they did exist and could help, they have done nothing so far. Epicurus had it right. If your god can help but does not, that is lame. If your god cannot help, he isnt a god at all. Grow up people.
10:56 PM on 04/25/2011
The quote is “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” It is at odds with the teachings of Epicurus because he believed in the "gods" but he believe that they neither punished nor rewarded human beings. My God does help. My prophets were not imaginary. I am grown. I just disagree with you.
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David Weidner
Ask me about my narcissism!
11:36 PM on 04/25/2011
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent­. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent­. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

Yeah that is what I perfectly paraphrased.

Do you have a point?
09:31 PM on 04/25/2011
Jesus spirit is active in the hearts and minds of the humanitarian organizers doing the activities to bring about change that you mention.
Jesus said, "Whoever is near me is near the fire,
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12:20 AM on 04/26/2011
you sound completely brainwashed
12:37 AM on 04/26/2011
No. He/she is factual. If you have not met people like those quoted here, I could introduce you to some fine folks who are working with Jesus in their hearts.
08:31 PM on 04/25/2011
"What would Jesus do about Malaria?" First, he wouldn't have allowed the environmental fascists to block the use of DDT. Their was a time when malaria had been eradicated from practically all of Africa.
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BurtonDesque
Fear a Blank Planet
04:59 AM on 04/26/2011
Oh, look, another bogus right wing talking point.
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08:27 PM on 04/25/2011
Why would Jebus do something about a disease that he, by all accounts, created.

Therefore, it is perfect in the eyes of "The Lord". Isn't it?
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VirginiaJeff
I voted for him, I'm holding him accountable.
11:50 PM on 04/26/2011
 
Judeo-Christian theology says this is a fallen world.  Which is why Jesus was depicted as restoring creation on an individual level by healing people who had various maladies and even raising the dead.  It was an illustration of the restored perfection that awaits in the afterlife.
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VirginiaJeff
I voted for him, I'm holding him accountable.
12:07 AM on 04/27/2011
 
I should add, in response to the question the article raises, those who believe in Jesus are expected to emulate His example and help to heal the sick and feed the hungry.  It's unfortunate that conservative Christians teach something very different from this.
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08:20 PM on 04/25/2011
Maybe he would ask why any rational, compassionate person woud support anti-DDT policies.
08:20 PM on 04/25/2011
If Jesus, being God, created Malaria, why would he want to do anything about it? Since he's never done anything about any of the diseases that afflick mankind, I wouldn't hold by breath waiting for him to do something about Malaria.
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TYRANNASAURUS
UGH!....people taste like crap!
07:27 PM on 05/01/2011
When has a fantasy ever cured a reality?
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dadoorsron
07:16 PM on 04/25/2011
2700 BC is the first recorded case of Malaria in China. There is scientific knowledge that can show a presents of malaria 50,000 years ago. Malaria could be also be known as the Roman Fever. Since Christ was around at the time of the Romans why didn't he cure anyone with malaria. I think malaria isn't as dramatic as leprosy. You don't get that bang for your buck when writing it down. "Christ cured a man with a fever". Doesn't impress to many people then, "Christ healed the lepords."
What I think many religious people forget or overlook the fact that the stories of christ are written 20-40 years after this person was alive. To create a god like figure you have to give him some kind of super powers. Thats what comic book writers do. It's funny but Comic book hero's actual help humanity more the god or christ ever have and all you have to back up the claims of a god is a book or is it just an ancient comic book?
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KDMac
It's called sarcasm, Genius.
08:55 PM on 04/25/2011
I'm sorry, you lost me at "Christ healed the lepords (sic)."