You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.- Beverly Sills
Your heart is not the compass that God steers by.... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664)
I have come to believe there is nothing in the lives of human beings more terrifying than war and nothing more important than for those of us who have experienced it to share its awful truth.~Ron Kovic 1946-
We must be like him [Christ] in faith. For as he, when he apprehended the wrath of God, and the very pangs of hell were upon him, wholly stayed himself upon the aid, help and protection, and good pleasure of the Father, even to the last; so must we by a true and lively faith depend wholly on God's mercy in Christ, as it were with both our hands, in peace, in trouble, in life, and in the very pang of death; and we must not in any wise let our hold go; no though we should feel ourslves descend to hell. - William Perkins
Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life.- 1963 C.S. Lewis letter 27 Oct 1963
Children of Israel! call to mind the favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other nations. 2:122 O Children of Israel! call to mind the favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other nations.- Koran 2:47
And We made the children of Israel, who were considered weak (and of no account), inheritors of lands in both east and west, - lands whereon We sent down Our blessings. The fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We leveled to the ground the great works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people erected (with such pride). 17:104 And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, "Dwell securely in the land of promise":- Koran 7:137
We settled the Children of Israel in a beautiful dwelling-place, and provided for them sustenance of the best: it was after knowledge had been granted to them.- Koran 10:93
O ye Children of Israel! We delivered you from your enemy, and We made a Covenant with you to give you the right side (the blessed side) of Mount Sinai, and We sent down to you Manna (special food) and quails.- Koran 20:80
Thus it was, but We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things (the promised land)- Koran 26:59
45:16 We did aforetime grant to the Children of Israel the Book the Power of Command, and Prophet hood; We gave them, for Sustenance, things good and pure; and We favored them above all other nations.- Koran 44: 32
And We have chosen them (the Children of Israel) above the 'Alamîn (mankind, and jinns) and our choice was based on a deep knowledge.- Koran
And certainly We gave the Book to Moses, so be not in doubt concerning the receiving of it, and We made it a guide for the children of Israel.- Koran 32.23]
And We made of them Guiding Lights and leaders to guide by Our command as they were patient, and they were certain of Our communications.- Koran [32.24]
And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, " scatter and live all over the world and when the end of the world is near we will gather you again into the Promised Land".- Koran [17:104]
The interpretation of these verses, which is believed by a handful of Muslims around the world, is that no Muslim can interfere with the ingathering of the Jews to Israel since this is the word of the Almighty himself.
Some Christians studying their Bibles agree and are therfore Zionists. Others dissent saying that the Biblical promises are for a repentant, covenant keeping nation. They believe that Jews today, rejecting their Messiah, are not such a people. They may have a right to a national homeland but not a divine right and certainly not one to treat others unjustly.
The London Tube is the most economical way to get about. If you are a woman, chivalry is alive and well in Britain, and ladies still travel for free on the Tube. Simply take some tokens from the containers at the base of the escalators or on the platforms; you will find one near any of the state-sponsored Tube musicians. Once on the platform, though, beware! Approaching bumbershoots sometimes disturb the large Gappe bats that roost in the tunnels. The Gappes were smuggled into London in the early 19th century by French saboteurs and have proved impossible to exterminate. The announcement "Mind the Gappe!" is a signal that you should grab your hair and look towards the ceiling whilst shouting loudly to ward of the Gappes. Very few people have ever been killed by Gappes, though, and they are considered only a minor drawback to an otherwise excellent means of transportation ~Advice op cit
Atheists would love for everyone to believe that their motive for not believing is an intellectual one. Yes, the atheists ardently suppose that they are wise and the Christians, well, we're the buckle-shoed buttheads.
Yes, darling, the atheists would love all of us to suppose that they cannot believe because they are so astute and rational, and we theists, heck we're toads . . . a veritable troop of abecedarian simpletons who believe in God and Christ simply because we're straight goofy.
I think the atheists believe in not believing, however, not because they're intellectual little dandies but because they want to be autonomous, loose and randy.
As Dinesh D'Souza said about the atheist's faith in no faith in his new book What's So Great About Christianity: "Atheism is not primarily an intellectual revolt, it's a moral one." God, that's got to hurt you guys because you pride yourself on being so wise . . . so sophisticated . . . and here he/we are saying that your atheism rises out of hedonism instead of intellectualism. Ouch. Need a bandaid?
Look, I'm not buying that the atheists' altruistic self-professed pursuit of reason is what undergirds their conclusion that God does not exist; I believe it's because they want to believe that they'll never be called into eternal accountability for their temporal actions by a holy God. Talk about an opiate for the masses!
Doug Giles Atheism: An Intellectual Revolt or Pelvic Rebellion? Saturday, October 27, 2007
Let's go to the atheists and hear it from the horse's mouth&emdash;or backside (411 taken from D'Souza's book, What's So Great About Christianity):
Biologist Stephen Jay Gould: "We may yearn for a higher answer&emdash;but none exists. This explanation, though superficially troubling if not terrifying, is ultimately liberating and exhilarating."
Biologist Julian Huxley, the grandson of Darwin's buddy and ally Thomas Henry Huxley, put it this way: "The sense of spiritual relief which comes from rejecting the idea of God as a supernatural being is enormous."
Julian's brother Aldous Huxley, not to be outdone by his bro, stated, "I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently I assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption . . . For myself as no doubt for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation . . . liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom."
Bertrand Russell: "The worst feature of the Christian religion is its attitude toward sex."
Christopher Hitchens: "The divorce between the sexual life and fear . . . can now at last be attempted on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse.
Sounds like these atheist apostles are simply putting a nuevo twist on an ancient bent. They appear to be humming the Marquis de Sade's tune more than Sagan's. Looks and sounds like a moral revolt to me. Yes, this is Epicurus all over again.
You remember Epi, don't cha? His whole goal was to "get rid of the gods." He and his other pre-Socratic "thinkers" like Lucretius and Democritus didn't like all that duty and responsibility to higher powers and fellow mortals crap. It put a hitch in their get along. It brought them pain and they liked pleasure. They believed that such an obligation to men and the gods caused too much anxiety. They didn't like the thought of being responsible and having to account for their lives in the afterlife. Such thoughts really screwed with getting their groove on, ya know what I'm sayin'?
They were the first metrosexuals. Yep, they figured that if they could just get the gods out of the way they could focus on selfishly milking this life for all it's worth and then die without any eternal repercussions. They were living in a material world, and they were material girls. Pretty ballsy. Or stupid. But at least they were honest about their motivations.
Y'know, Karl Marx said religion is the "opiate of the masses." I think the real poppy derivative is the black tar belief that tells you atheist lads and lasses that when you take the big dirt nap that's it. Ah what peace. What a high. No God. No accountability. All our sins of commission and omission will never ever come up again. No pain. No penalty. No heaven. No hell. Imagine. Yeah, dude. Hold that hit. Let it out slowly. Ahhh. Feel better?
There's your opium.
Doug Giles Atheism: An Intellectual Revolt or Pelvic Rebellion? Saturday, October 27, 2007 http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DougGiles/2007/10/27/atheism_an_intellectual_revolt_or_pelvic_rebellion
I reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs! --Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-18160 _The Rivals_ , Act 3, Scene 3 (Mrs Malaprop who gave her name to this sort of thing)
Youth is a defect that corrects itself with time~Enrique Jardiel Poncela
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.--Woody Allen
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet, when we want shoes. --Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) _Thoughts on Various Subjects_ 
Just because someone's a member of an ethnic minority doesn't mean they're not a nasty small-minded little jerk. --Terry Pratchett, _Feet of Clay_ (1996)
Here Martyn lies. In Manhood's early bloom
The Christian Hero finds a Pagan tomb.
Religion, sorrowing o'er her favourite son,
Points to the glorious trophies that he won.
Eternal trophies! not with carnage red,
Not stained with tears by hapless captives shed,
But trophies of the Cross! for that dear name,
Through every form of danger, death, and shame,
Onward he journeyed to a happier shore,
Where danger, death, and shame assault no more.
Thomas Babbington Macaulay, Epitaph on Henry Martyn
Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don't worship it. Feed it. - Aubrey Eben
"One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world," he said. "We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West has been so powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and the successful transition to democratic politics. We don't have any doubt about this." David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing (Washington, DC: Regnery, 2003)
God saves people who don't deserve it, without their help.- Jeremy J. Tuinstra
I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food. - Erma Louise Bombeck, 1927 - 1996
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them! - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844 - 1900
Authority and power are two different thigs: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny. &emdash;Jacques Maritain
But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness&emdash;each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked&emdash;each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity. &emdash;Herbert Butterfield (written during the Cold War)
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. &emdash;Reinhold Niebuhr
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