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Sunday, 16 April 2017

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I read the Benedictine Option a week or so ago and can understand the temptation to fall back to that way. However I am nowhere near prepared to concede things to the darkness of "Progressive Christianity" and its parasite ally Islamic expansionism. Not by a long shot.

A friend coming for lunch? At least your patio is weed free and ship shape!

'Not quite, Lord Copper', ooops, sorry, I mean, 'Whiters', given recent April showers and sunshine my patio is featuring better grass than the lawn!

David?

"How do y'all consider my artistry in getting all this grass to grow amongst my pavers (ie 'cobblestones' 'rocks embedded in the soil on which to tread) ... Took me some time to figure out a way to fill the otherwise ugly empty seams amongst the pavers, waddaya think?"

Works for me everytime when I have guests over to my barbeques David, I'd suggest you try it.

You're welcome!

This is in reply to some on the last thread. It works just as well here:

There are a few good ideas in the Bible, but if you read it and found Jesus a Prince of Peace you missed these passages:

Matthew 15:3-4 – Jesus demands putting disrespectful children to death

Luke 12:5 – Jesus insists people should fear God because he can send them to Hell

Luke 19:27 – Jesus says anyone who doesn’t believe in him should be dragged in front of him and slaughtered

Luke 14:26 – Jesus says any man that comes to him and doesn't hate his father, mother, wife, children, brethren, and sisters can't be his disciple

There are many more like these; enough to fill a book:

https://www.amazon.com/No-Meek-Messiah-Christianitys-Legacy/dp/0988216116

Admittedly, the Old Testament is worse. It's full of murder and perversion of every kind. It also contains a barbaric set of laws that Jesus stands up for in Matthew 5:18.

It's true that adherents to Islam are currently the most numerous bad actors. Also, the Quran is impossible to read without being put off by the obsession with killing infidels. However, all religion is a bad idea. In general it's a first order approximation of science with no real explanatory power. Basing a world view on superstition, folklore and mythology can only lead to problems. More people see that every day.

Happy Easter Bob.

Same to you, JK. Bless your BBQ.

Bob, "Jesus insists people should fear God because he can send them to Hell"

"Not quite, Lord Copper!"

Matthew XV.
3: But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4: For God commanded, saying Honour thy father and mother: and he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

Which is not demanding that they be put to death but that they will die. Sorry, can't be bothered to parse all your other examples.

Ummmm, David, you mixed up the lines old boy. You've correctly quoted Matthew 15:3-4, but the admonition about Hell is the next one listed:

Luke 12:5 New International Version (NIV)

5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

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