isnaini_blogtemplate53_00 Broken Spirit

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live.

Psalm 119:77 NLT



Blogger Susan said...

What a beautiful scripture and picture to go with it. Have a blessed Lord's Day!!

1:19 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Nice thought for today.

Have a safe and great Memorial Day.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Kimmy said...


(a beautiful picture you chose...)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Reverberate58 said...

Very good posting! Tender mercies! I see them all around!

8:16 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

The twins are baby groundhogs that look exactly alike. I am trying to catch them in my yard so I can photograph them.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Joe Don Martin said...

Greetings. I am the one you called "atrocious"- though "blasphemous" or "offensive" might have been more appropriate.

Jesus was a rabbi. Rabbis were married, they were compelled to be. Mary Magdalene was, in fact, the "Blessed Disciple"- see Dead Sea scrolls, Jesus' friend and favorite among his entourage, and only made a "whore" or "prostitute" by the Council of Nicea, some three hundred years after the time of Christ.

Further, there is every bit as much empirical evidence for a Jesus/Mary Magdalene marriage and offspring, for a live, post-crucifixion Jesus in, say, the south of France as there is for the existence of Jesus at all- i.e., none, zero, nada.

Today's American evangelical Christians are the historical descendant of the Pharisees in the time of Herod. You know, the corrupt establishment that had Him killed?

Were Jesus around today, he would fight, as am I, against this bastardization of his teachings we call the conservative christians of the right wing.

Today's Christians are far too comfortable in the role made famous by Tomas de Torquemada and his Inquisition or those lovely witchburners in the Salem, Mass. area. Too much judgment, hatred, and intolerance, not enough loving their neighbor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, just being "Christian" to the least among their respective communities.

Oh, and incidentally, the DaVinci Code is a work of fiction and not some sort of insidious attack on your religion. Quite frankly, if your faith is so weak as to be threatened by the existence of a movie or novel- or, for that matter, the gay couple down the street or the teaching of actual science in science classes, then perhaps you ought to reexamine your own relationship with your God rather than insult, shun, or hate that of others.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Joe Don Martin said...

A couple things. Whether or not he ever existed corporeally- much as is the case with what we know of Socrates via Plato, there is no doubt that Jesus was a great teacher and philosopher. In fact, I pattern my life after his. Can you say the same? Thomas Jefferson, the visionary probably most responsible for the shaping of our founding documents and the creation of our nation, was a Deist and, in fact, cut and pasted his own version of the Gospels, leaving out all the supernatural mumbojumbo and sticking to simply the teachings and life of Jesus. In case you're wondering, Deism is the belief that a Supreme Being created the world and left it to play out as it would- hardly the "Christian" beginnings that the evangelicals would like to claim. Quite frankly, I have no problem with anything you choose to belief so long as it makes sense of the world for you and allows you to sleep through the night. Different strokes, you know? However, when the Radical Right tries to push it in my face in a manner the Founding Fathers expressly prohibited, it escalates from a quaint, idiosyncratic superstition into a problem- and a threat to the very existence of this nation. For the record, I am a recovering Baptist, have read the bible ten times front to back, and even attended several Billy Graham Crusades. So, I come not from a position of ignorance but from a position of logic and rationale, which are nowhere to be found in the archaic practice of monotheism- of whatever stripe. I'll leave you with these gems:

"Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person's life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the "wall of separation between church and state," therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.
We have solved ... the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries."
-Thomas Jefferson;
to the Virginia Baptists (1808). This is his second use of the term "wall of separation," here quoting his own use in the Danbury Baptist letter. This wording was several times upheld by the Supreme Court as an accurate description of the Establishment Clause. And:

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."

- Thomas Jefferson; to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813.

Just keep those quotes in mind the next time you're tempted to vote Republican. Peace to you and yours.

J.D. Martin

8:37 PM  

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