“Probably because it is "too religious". One certainly couldn't categorize it as portraying Christians in a positive light. Amy Irving's curly-headed Christian zealot is a modern iteration of Dr. Joseph Mengele. I have to say I found the series entertaining, but I think Hulu Plus was wrong to have "Returns June 15" at the beginning of each episode. Talk about false hopes. Booooo ABC. Booooo Hulu!”
“Sooner or later, it just looks weird when an older man has a solid brown or black head of hair with no hint of gray. Paul McCartney is 70. Does anyone think he isn't covering gray? When a woman covers gray, she is extended social grace because a woman doesn't get the "distinguished" props of men with gray hair...George Clooney, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Cary Grant, etc. Older men (65 and older) with colored hair, start to look like Bruce Gender, oops I mean Bruce Jenner. They just end up looking like a homely lesbian.”
“As someone who struggles with chronic depression, I know how unrelenting suicidal ideation can be. I try to look at it in a spiritual light knowing that God wants me, at all cost, to experience all of the smooth trails, trials, triumphs, failures, joys, and griefs that life throws at all of us. But we all have our breaking point. I am simply thankful I haven't found mine. My heartfelt sympathy, condolences, and prayers to Rick, Kay and the rest of the Warren family. Matthew is at rest in the Lord's arms and free of that crushing aspect of human biology.”
Joseph Scott on Apr 7, 2013 at 15:18:13
“I'm with you on this one....x2”
incognito-ergo-sum on Apr 7, 2013 at 15:06:26
“Since I donb't believe in a meddling God, I keep going knowing that without sick people, the entire medical profession would be out of work. We are all a part of the web of life and I use meds and a full spectrum light in the Winter.
I also keep busy with friends and try not to be alone too often to brood on how nice it would be to just go to sleep one last time.
I try to remember the people who need me and would be sad if I was gone.
All creatures have to die to make room for others, no guarantee that the life before death will not be unpleasant or full of ways to die.
It would bum me out to think God wants me to be physically and mentally unwell when He could just take me quickly.
This way I don't involve God, no thanks and no blame.”
“Here's a problem that happens in real-time. A mom I know can't get her 11 year-old son on her employer's health insurance until open enrollment 8 months away. However she can easily add her live-in boyfriend, or if she was gay, her lesbian partner without any problem as soon as she submits the paper work. The law seems to lean anti-family.”
Bike Commuter on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:28:53
“Several people are saying the above is incorrect. It probably is accurate, but it is still misleading. What is missing is WHY the person is being added. Change of life situations can usually be added immediately. Simply changing your mind about covering an existing family member must wait until open enrollment.
When I got married, my two step-children were covered immediately. If insurance allows a live in partner to be covered, than that can be a change of life status. Wanting to change coverage for a son is not a change of life status. ”
Wrenn NYC on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:18:21
“Hmm. Change in family status (marriage, domestic partnership, civil union) is why the 'partner' can be put on at any time.
The question is, Why wasn't her son on it last open enrollment period (end of last year)? Was the child on his fathers? If he was recently dropped from the other parent's coverage, that should qualify as a reason to add the child to the mothers.
If all else fails (of if the child has been without coverage up until this point, though why the mother did not put the child on 4 months ago when she could I don't know) Get a Qualified Medical Child Support order.”
StairwayToHeathen on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:14:32
skibum45 on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:06:19
“When have live in boyfriends been allowed on insurance plans? I have never heard of that and that has nothing to do with gay marriage. Marriage equality would allow spouses to be on a plan because they are MARRIED.”
Lesperado on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:05:46
“Not true. Everyone has to wait for open enrollment.”
mjd773 on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:03:19
“I confidently call BS.”
DingoBuzzy on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:00:07
“Absolute hogwash. I used to work in HR, and children *ALWAYS* get first priority.”
Aug 26, 2012 at 20:40:39
“Haven't seen the movie...maybe I never will. What pisses me off is the blatant lies of Obama campaign commercial (because he approves of the message), that Romney pays less than 14% income tax. "Probably less than YOU pay as member of America's middle class". What the add doesn't bother to mention, is that Mitt Romney didn't make a "Salary of $20,000,000 this year". That number represents his investment gains. Any idiot knows that you don't pay taxes on investment gains until you "CASH OUT". Romney's taxes are more than commensurate to the funds he actually cashed out on...which is far far less than 20 Million. Intellectual dishonesty. I don't claim that Romney is a saint/angel, whatever, but when the sitting POTUS jumps into the "chicago-type gutter politics" he becomes a fecal stain on this great nation.”
mrkstv8 on Aug 26, 2012 at 20:55:10
“Why don't you explain to people Romney's lies about welfare in his ads that are completely false?
Parsing the differences in types of income and what income gets taxed at what rate is not going to cut it for the American people.”
KathyinCT on Aug 26, 2012 at 20:53:55
“Romney said he paid 13% in taxes. What the taxes were based on is not the issue. I work for a living and pay about somthe ad is true.35%”
Is there any reason why God can't love the stinky ones? OK, Roman Catholicism says we are basically good, but tainted by sin. Protestantism says we are rotten to the core. If the Protestant view of humankind's total depravity is true, could God possibly deign to love us? Hmmm. If He couldn't, I'd say that makes God's love conditional. We would have to be at least partly good to be worthy of God's love.
I was drawn to God through a protestant church. In my case, I WAS rotten to the core. I was a hateful bigot, I sold drugs to kids, I dabbled in witchcraft and voodoo, objectified women.... a real piece of work. I came to God as a wretch and a beggar. He accepted me just as I was because Christ didn't just pitch in the difference that I owed. He covered the whole cost. Of course we like to imagine that we are at least partly responsible for our goodness in God's eyes. But what does Jesus say about that? He said to the rich young ruler,"why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone." Isaiah 64:6 says all of our righteousness are like filthy rags. But God takes me anyway. I am worthy of adoption because He just loves me...for no reason. Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God. (1John 3:1)”
petegrif on Sep 2, 2010 at 14:05:15
“Seems to me the problem with the piece is not to answer the valid question "Is there any reason why God can't love the stinky ones?" but rather why should we tell anyone, no matter how crazy, ignorant, bigoted are downright dumb their views may be, that they are fantastic that way.
This strategy may work for god but is sure doesn't work for parents. You'll just end up with narcissistic entitled kids. And any politician who pursues the same strategy is pandering for their own ends and infantilizing their audience.”
The whole thing about labeling God's attributes as good, bad, desirable or undesirable, those labels are subjective and based upon our own finite understanding.
I've never read Miles. It really doesn't matter to me what background, degrees or linguistic fluency is attributed to his good name. He's probably a very intelligent and accomplished man. And I'd say I agree with his posit that God is certainly complex and contradictory—at least according to my limited understanding. Otherwise I wouldn't be impressed or awestruck by God if He was obliged to acquiesce or conform to my limited understanding of right and wrong and how I think He should conduct Himself. I mean, if we are the arbiters of ultimate righteousness or perfection, why would we need God? And if there is no God, and we are the end-all-be-all of goodness, why has our world failed to achieve perfection?”
“I think Jesus made a pretty strong statement pertaining to good and bad in Luke 18:19.
Observation is fine as long as our objectivity is tested against what is Scripturally sound as opposed to what may sound good to us. (Prov.14:12; 28:26). What comes from "within" can be deceptive (Matt 15:19). Personally, I don't think it's within humanity's grasp to be purely objective. We ARE subject to emotions that argue with fact and truth.”
Elijah A Alexander Jr on Jul 12, 2010 at 21:41:53
“I define objective as "observing without preconceived notions of what's observed". Anything observed misinterpreting our physical senses saying it's good or evil & the like is rejecting it, preventing energy's [holy spirit's] freedom to act and teach. Humanity [believers in good and evil] can't be purely objective, "born again" man [mind able to comprehend all things] grows into being purely objective.
Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10 & Hebrews 10:16 are saying some form of *This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;* is sound written test. Adam's being told "judge not" metaphorically as don't eat from *The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil* is sound written text. Therefore, John's and my experiences are scripturally sound without using scriptural quotations. Only by knowing the meaning of the scriptures, not just the words, can one know when something is scripturally sound.”
“Sometimes I wish I was better at small talk. I generally stand in line in between those Starbuck's customers making small talk—feeling obliged to manifest some acknowledgement to the conversation that was launched over my shoulder to the patron ahead of me. Has me wondering why I was bypassed.
Oh well...better to remain silent and be thought a fool...
BTW, I love how Google knows how to place several ads under your post pertaining to small talk and happiness.”
Mar 19, 2010 at 17:46:07
“Addendum to #1. Be a little concerned if the significant other refuses to engage in a "knock-down drag-out". I always considered that trait a blessing in my beautiful bride of 15 years...right up until she said she was divorcing me. She avoided uncomfortable conversations, stuffed her feelings and played it off as though everything was fine. I realize no marriage is perfect. But if the unhappy one can neither express or vocalize their discontent...the mate has to be clarevoyant.”
gregstevens on Mar 19, 2010 at 19:25:55
“This is something I've learned as well.
I remember -- several relationships ago -- I dated someone who said to me on the second date or so, "I don't like confrontation." Eventually, I was completely blind-sided when I got dumped.... because there were absolutely no warning signs for me that anything was wrong.
I said, "Don't you realize that when you don't tell me that you are unhappy, it's actually unfair to me because it denies me the opportunity to change?"
And the response was, "Yes, I guess it was unfair. I'm sorry."
But it didn't change the fact that the relationship was over.
Ever since then, I have learned to translate in my mind "I don't like confrontation" into "I keep things bottled up until it's too late."”
“"Actually, it only says it once ..... but demonstrates through the ACTIONS of the biblical god 'repeatedly, emphatically, and explicitly' in the stories ... that ... that is not the case.
Yeah, but not the case according to who? The assumption that scores of people being slaughtered down to the smallest infant as the work of an unloving God, seemingly has to be made from a position of superior knowledge. That is to say, one would have to possess a perfectly accurate read of history and all tributary circumstances, to justly judge Gods will as unloving.
If I were to kill one of my children, you could conclude that I was a horrible father incapable of what most rational people qualify as love. However, unless you knew, with perfect accuracy, ALL of the circumstances that led to killing one child, you would only be making an uninformed assumption based on incomplete and circumstantial evidence. But I admit, it IS much easier to live in a world where we are the ultimate arbiters of justice.
BTW, your Jesus Laser Toast is nowhere near as provocative as Dog's Ass Jesus.”
“On the contrary. I think security is the foundation of effective evangelism. The best salesman is one who not only uses the product he or she sells, but believes it is the absolute ONLY product worth using. While I will agree that too many evangelicals try selling a message that they won't subscribe to in practice themselves, I think it's possible that some you see as "hard up" might actually just be enthusiastically convinced and compelled to share that enthusiasm.
Remember, we all have two ears and two feet. If we don't like what we hear, we can always walk away. If they grab your arm, remember that we also have two fists. : D”
“I understand and take your words to heart because I used to mock the Christians I knew with gusto and fervor...just because they were so dorky. I mean, join the 20th century. Had these people been transported from 1946 with their behind-the-times fashions and haircuts? And c'mon! Led Zeppelin Albums were thought to actually have demons residing within the vinyl grooves waiting for the needle to release them into the minds and hearts of unsuspecting teens? Any wonder why I would wince at the "Praise Jesus!", or "Hallelujia, hallelujia, hallelujia!" coming from one of these closed eyed zealots?
My miracle wasn't so much the drug habits and porn addictions I left behind. Not even the spooky sense that there was an invisible world co-existing simultaneously that would intersect and intervene with my own. No, my miracle was that one day I found myself in a church surrounded by these a-hole people who I mocked and hated...and it didn't matter. I had found some strange connection that I can only describe as the indwelling spiritual presence of a person that I had invited into my heart over a decade earlier, but didn't bother to acquaint myself with. Here in the presence of my enemies, God set a table before me. He gave me water to drink and meat to digest. The company wasn't important. My gracious host was all I could see or hear.”
“I think most Christians misinterpret the verses in the New Testament, where Jesus says He wants to make disciples, "Fishers of Men". Is a literal evangelistic dragnet an effective method in saving souls for the kingdom of heaven? Any self-respecting fish will struggle against and, if given the chance, will jump the net and escape. I don't even care if net fishing was the method that Peter and his peers used. I think what Jesus had in mind was that through our relationship with Jesus, our personalities...our vibe (if you will) would be a LURE.
Jesus said if we love one another, God lives in us and HIS love is made complete IN US. Instead, we not only attack non-believers outside the church, we butcher those inside our churche. Jesus said that by our FRUIT we will be known. Sadly that fruit is either non existent like the out of season fig-tree Jesus cursed, or we are producing the rotten fruit that John Shore's respondents bear witness of.
The fruit of God's Spirit working in us (as believers), creates that attractive personality, and vibe that draws others to Jesus. If we as Christians actually would start focussing on following Jesus instead of running after sinners, maybe we wouldn't be so proficient at chasing people away from God.”
“One proof off the top of my head isThe Dead Sea Scrolls. While they don't prove the validity of what Isaiah and Daniel wrote, it does bear out that at least those two books of the Bible, copied in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, anywhere between 150BCE to 70CE were textually the same as their 20th century counterparts in the Western vernacular. While I'm certainly no Bible scholar, I suppose I take the scholars at their word that they, or considerable others, have checked the veracity of the remaining manuscripts.
As for biblical literalism...again not being a Bible scholar, I can vouch that the Scriptures attest to themselves in theme and spirit...not letter. The Bible says that all Scripture is inspired and profitable. I don't know that it ever claims that it is literally inerrant.”
Mar 3, 2010 at 11:44:35
“OK. Let's call it "permission". Let's also give you that asking God's permission is paramountly disturbing, at least to you... just how is that hypocritical?
You don't seem to understand that many Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. By attending a gay wedding, that Christian has for all intent and purposes, made themselves an accomplice to their friend's sin. The problem is, by NOT attending, the gay friends may be insulted and that Christian possibly looses those friends forever.
Seeking the wisdom of others, be they friends, family, ministers, philosophers, authors, or a Bible...is never a mistake. We don't have all wisdom and sufficiency within ourselves. If we think we do, we are self-deceived. We can always stand to know more about what IS or ISN'T supporting our friends.
Intervention is a form of 'support' too. But who being 'intervened' upon appreciates that at the time?”
Mar 2, 2010 at 14:17:04
“Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." —John 10:10 That means NOW in this life...not after death. Also... "For my is yoke is easy and my burden is light." —Matt 11:30
Free will allows the believer to CHOOSE the pursuit of righteousness. Those who don't usually DO some pretty vile stuff, professing Christian or not.
Mar 2, 2010 at 14:04:58
“Where do you get self-hatred? Sounds to me that jjackson6118 is well adjusted enough. At least to the extent that he/she doesn't need to knock everyone else down several pegs to feel better about themselves. Sure you aren't the self-hater? John doth protest too much, methinks.”
JohnFromCensornati on Mar 2, 2010 at 14:55:05
“"Where do you get self-hatred?"
He said: "I know that it would be sinful to act on my inclinations, so I am celibate."
That's the definition of self-hatred.
"Sure you aren't the self-hater? John doth protest too much, methinks."
Well, since you don't know what you're talking about, who cares what you think? I don't hate myself or call myself a "sinner" because I know there's nothing wrong with me.”
Mar 2, 2010 at 12:16:58
“If anyone gives Paul "equal billing" with Christ, it certainly isn't God...or Paul. Paul said of ALL the sinners that Jesus came to save, he was CHIEF sinner (1Tim 1:15). So what I take away from the letters that Paul wrote, is a testimony of his own struggle. Trying to live as Christ showed. Failing...miserably, yet still being used of God.
2Timothy 3:16-17 says that, "...all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God MAY be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto good works." I accentuated the word "MAY" because it is still by our own choice of will whether or not to receive and profit by Scripture.”
DavidEm on Mar 2, 2010 at 20:42:05
“Paul wrote LETTERS, and MEN decided they were "scripture."”