Moving away from the hot button issue of the Kavanaugh accusation, I feel it is important to share some feel-happy news in a world that constantly tries to take away your joy. (Not that the Kavanaugh accusation has me down, knowing that it won’t derail Kavanaugh, but the Left tries their best to take away people’s joy).
The feel-happy news, if you really want to call it news, is that recently Chris Pratt had an interview with The Associated Press in which he discussed a number of things ranging from fitness to who his actor role model is (Tom Cruise, surprisingly, but mostly because Cruise does his own stunts), and the topic we’re focusing on particularly: his unabashedly Christian faith.
The interviewer for the AP said the following: “At recent award show appearances, you went out on stage and talked publicly about your faith. Is it an especially important time to do that?”
Personally, I find the phrasing of the question intriguing. He’s not asking if Pratt thinks it’s especially important for him to do it. He’s asking if it’s especially important to do that in our current time. I do not know who the AP interviewer is, but they might have a good eye for what is happening in today’s world and the impact of Christianity.
Alas, I likely will never know if the interviewer is a Christian him/herself and that that was the reason for phrasing the question in that manner, so let’s move on to Pratt’s answer.
“I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now. I think it’s a combination of both things… That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”
A good answer, in my opinion. Obviously, it becomes increasingly important to spread the Word of God in a world that is adamantly rebellious against Him, a world that defies Him at every given opportunity and treads closer and closer towards the devil.
The Kavanaugh accusation alone is proof of this. The Left seeks to destroy him using a letter detailing, with flawed accuracy, events that happened sometime 30 years ago somewhere in the Northeast United States. The accuser brings up no evidence to support her claim, no witnesses to corroborate her claims, has refused to attend a hearing where her story would be heard, and when she agrees, she sets up “fairness” terms where likely she gets to decide what is fair and what isn’t, and demands the FBI investigate an issue they have twice said would not investigate and an issue that really falls under local law enforcement jurisdiction, not federal, not to mention an issue that would have come up during the vetting of Kavanaugh soon after his nomination if it had happened.
And even with all of these facts, the Left, the media and Hollywood celebrities are treating that one letter to Feinstein as gospel and the truth, seeking to destroy the career and livelihood of someone just because he poses a threat to the evil Supreme Court decision of 1973: Roe v. Wade.
Not to get too much into the actual topic, since everyone and their grandmother is talking about it, but it does offer a good example of a world that is getting closer to the devil. A world where the life of a man can be ruined by flimsy accusations that no one should believe, but somehow many do.
But the other part that is important is that spreading the Word of God and thanking the Lord at every given opportunity is something we are called to do no matter what the circumstance. Pratt does well in answering his question by saying it’s a combination of the state of the world today and the fact that he’s called to do it.
Then, the AP interviewer asks the following question: “Does it feel like a risk sometimes in Hollywood?”
To which Pratt answers: “No, not at all… I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro- whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
Interesting answer he gives here.
And there might be SOME truth to what he says. At this point in time, just about everyone, particularly people in Hollywood, knows that Pratt is a Christian. Despite this, he still gets to have lead roles in huge blockbuster movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. He is enjoying pretty great success thus far, even with people knowing he’s a Christian.
However, that is where my agreement with his response ends. I’m not a Hollywood star like Pratt, so it’s not like I have inside knowledge on what happens there regarding this topic, but I know for a fact that Leftist Hollywood is anti-something. They are unabashedly anti-Trump.
Beyond that, they tend to be anti-God as well. Pratt may never have had someone try to shame him over his faith in the past, but we know very well that Hollywood, both in their movies and in their celebrities’ actions, are anti-God.
No, they may not necessarily come out every single day and shout that they hate God, but their actions show these types of feelings.
In their movies, time and time again, they try to shove Leftist messages down people’s throats. Messages such as “there is nothing wrong with being gay” (homosexuality is a sin. Sin is wrong.) or “it’s okay if you have an abortion, it’s just a blob of cells” or “all cops are racists”, etc.
That’s not necessarily every single movie, but we often see these messages in the big screen.
And that’s just mentioning the actual films. This is without mentioning the undoubtedly millions of dollars these Hollywood celebrities donate to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and others that are all inherently evil.
I’ve already explained why the #MeToo movement is evil in a previous article, so no need to repeat myself here. It’s fairly obvious why Planned Parenthood is evil and have written a multitude of articles detailing how and why they are evil. And with BLM, the reason it’s evil is because its leaders try to make every case where a cop shoots a black person strictly about race. Yeah, there are occasions when the officer definitely was out of line in killing someone who was not a threat. Such cases exist, but for the most part, cops shoot to kill someone who is an obvious threat to their lives or the lives of others.
So while Chris Pratt may have never been subject of persecution regarding his faith (at least in person. Social media might be a different story), it’s not entirely accurate to say that Hollywood people aren’t anti-anything. Everyone has an opinion, and they have the right to said opinion.
Hollywood Leftists have the right to promote filth, to support evil organizations, etc. But to say they are not anti-anything is not entirely accurate. These actions show me the kind of people they are: people who do not have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who do not follow His commandments, who do not obey the Lord and go out of their way to defy Him. The actions that I have listed above are proof of this.
Again, they might not come right out and say they hate God, but their actions speak louder than anything they could say.
In any case, I want to focus more on the fact that, regardless of what Pratt thinks is the way Hollywood acts (again, I can’t claim to have more knowledge than him), he himself will not be deterred in his faith in Christ.
That’s what I believe is the most important thing to take away from this and the most important thing to keep in mind. It’s great that Pratt is so open about his faith in Christ and wants to share it with the world. It’s great that he thanks God as often as possible and seemingly, that he prays whenever he can. Beyond all other opinions we may have on this world: whether or not Trump is a good President, whether or not socialism works (it doesn’t and that’s a fact), whether or not we are being finessed by other countries regarding trade deals, what is important is having faith in the Lord.
That’s why I don’t mind that Pratt is not political. That he doesn’t necessarily show favoritism towards one candidate or another. Aside from the fact that he’d effectively be committing career suicide if he were to say he’s a conservative (though I imagine people gather that, knowing he’s a Christian), he knows that it’s more important to focus on matters of Heaven than of Earth. That the Lord comes first and everything else comes last.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
That is a general principle I think we can all agree on and I will return to this general principle momentarily. What really compels me to write this article at this moment is the fact that Tennis star Serena Williams is showing Hillary Clinton-like behavior after her defeat at the US Open with her whining that she lost due to “sexism”, although she is also going further than Clinton by crying “racism” as well.
While I did not necessarily watch the match, I have seen its fallout. One can summarize Williams’ behavior in a single word: disgusting.
Of course, I could also use more synonyms and call it utterly unsportsmanlike, but you get the point. What she did on and off the court is disgusting.
But what was also disgusting is what Katrina Adams, chairwoman and president of the USTA, did following Williams’ defeat. She said: “Perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today, but Serena, you are a champion of all champions. This mama is a role model and respected by all.”
Allow me to call b.s. on several counts here. First of all, she was clearly pandering to the crowd who were booing the result of the match. Now, I won’t attack the fans since it makes sense that they had a favorite to win this tournament. However, the fact that Katrina would put Serena in a pedestal she adamantly does not deserve and panders to the crowd shows that same Leftist mentality of pandering to people.
Second of all, what does she mean “not the finish we were looking for?” Aside from pandering, it indicates some potential bias. What, the black female athlete that just had a kid so it’s understandable that she is not as good or as fit as before was supposed to win? The black female athlete that has more trophies than I have socks was supposed to be victorious? The black female athlete that is favored to win just about every single match she has was supposed to win? Kind of like Hillary was supposed to win? Give me a break.
Finally, that last statement is an utter fallacy. She is not a role model for anything other than whiners and giant babies. Accusing the ump of “stealing” her point when she was both being soundly beaten, and was cheating by having her coach visibly using hand signs to signal her, all-the-while later crying “sexism” and “racism” after she lost is not a good role model for anyone and surely not worthy of respect from anyone.
Which brings me to my overall point. Everything she did was not only indicative of a cry-baby who can’t stand to lose but also of a Leftist cry-baby who can’t stand to lose. There’s a reason Rush Limbaugh and I have both referenced Hillary Clinton when talking about this. She IS Hillary Clinton.
Everybody and their mothers thought she would win, everybody and their mothers were shocked to see she lost and then she goes on crying and whining that she was somehow “cheated” out of her victory due to “sexism”.
In this instance, both Hillary and Serena perfectly fit the bill.
Leftism is more than a mere ideology. It’s a disease that infects everything it touches and corrupts it. From governments that rob from their people to industries that berate their people to academia and sciences where they berate their people and more recently, sports, where they, what do you know, berate their people!
Obviously, I’m not just talking about tennis here. I’m also talking about the self-righteous jerk named LeBron James who goes out of his way to attack the best President we’ve likely ever had over b.s. claims of racism and bigotry that the LEFT fabricates on a daily basis. I’m also talking about equally as self-righteous, but nowhere near as good at what he does since he was a terrible QB Colin Kaepernick, who somehow believes has sacrificed everything for something he believes in.
No, good sir, you have not sacrificed everything. You are still obscenely rich and are even more popular than you were before this whole thing started. Turns out, leading your team to a 1-10 record before getting benched for THE REMAINDER OF YOUR CONTRACT is not something that warrants popularity.
Kaepernick has done the opposite of sacrifice. He has PROFITED off of the division he creates. Again, this is why I bring in Leftism into this whole thing. Not only is Kaepernick now an annoying face of the Left, but he demonstrates, as well as the rest of the NFL players who kneel for the flag and anthem, that Leftism has infected the NFL.
Leftism has infected the tech industry, what with Twitter banning a Benghazi hero for badmouthing and telling the truth about Obama, while Hamas, Louis Farrakhan and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are all still able to use Twitter. And let’s not forget that Facebook often puts people in a sort of “jail” if they express any sort of opinion that differs from the overlords’.
And this is without mentioning that MasterCard and Visa both blocked donations to “David Horowitz Freedom Center” some time ago – yet another sign of Leftism infecting the tech industry (the issue has since been resolved, but they still tried to pull this crap).
Leftism can infect every facet of life. College and universities have long been infected by it. The tech industry has been infected by it. Science has been infected by it. The world of sports has been infected by it.
I used to laugh whenever people would say that “liberalism is a mental disorder”. I would tend to disagree, saying it’s just an opinion that can be easily refuted by facts. That thought has since changed.
It’s not just an opinion, it’s a death cult. There is nothing outside of it that can be allowed to exist. You can’t believe in traditional marriage. You can’t believe in life inside the womb. You can’t believe in Christ. You MUST believe in government; in Leftism.
You look at the headlines and what’s happening out in the world. Whenever the Left has something to do with it, you can’t help but think there’s something seriously wrong with them. They don’t just twist the truth, they obliterate it and replace it with their own brand of it.
They don’t just bend reason, they obliterate it. Who in their right mind would vote for a Democrat after that embarrassing display during the Kavanaugh hearing? Who would side with Serena Williams after she shows herself to be a massive cry-baby who needs to be soothed by mommy Katrina after she lost? Who would support the blatant disrespect of the very flag and country that ALLOWS FOR SUCH BLATANT DISRESPECT OF IT?!
It’s not reasoned thought to support these people. It’s not reasoned thought to back Cory “Not Very Smarticus” Booker. It’s not reasoned thought to back Kamala “immigrants have more rights than your children” Harris. It’s not reasoned thought to support Colin “I’ve made more money off of this division than I ever would have being a crappy quarterback” Kaepernick. It’s not reasoned thought to support Serena “I lost to an Asian woman because of racism and sexism” Williams.
Their actions are worthy of a spanking by their parents, not worthy of praise and support! But they all share one thing: Leftism coursing through their veins. For Booker and Harris, it makes sense, since they are evil Democrats who want to destroy this country. But for anyone outside of the establishment, it makes ZERO sense to support Leftism or socialism.
And it’s not like it’s easy to convert them. Even with facts, with evidence and with logic, what keeps these people glued to the Left’s side is emotion. Bernie is a lunatic but, somehow, people connect with him. They are emotionally invested in him and what he says. Thus, they are emotionally invested in socialism.
Ben Shapiro often says that “facts don’t care about your feelings”. Well, unfortunately, the opposite can also be true. For Leftists, feelings don’t care about your facts. You can present the evidence that socialism has failed everywhere it’s been tried, with communism going further than simply failing, given communist China can’t go full-on communist without their economy collapsing on itself. Leftists won’t care. You can present the evidence that gun control doesn’t work and they won’t care. You can present the evidence that fetuses are LIVING HUMAN BEINGS and they won’t care.
The reason I often call the Left evil is because that is the best explanation I have for their behavior. What they do, what they want and to the degree that they want it simply makes no logical sense. So it’s not that the Left is dumb. If they were dumb, they wouldn’t be much of a threat. They are smart. Very smart. So what drives the illogical turd that is socialism isn’t idiocy, but rather evil.
The greed of Man in wanting near endless power and wealth. The pride of Man in being considered important and even legendary, as well as being needed by people. The lust of power. Understanding that Man is naturally evil is what helps me recognize that the Left is inherently evil.
The Left infects people’s mind, heart and soul. It’s not logical, it’s not reasonable and it’s not rational. It doesn’t make any sense from a logical perspective, unless you throw in the fact that Man is naturally evil. Socialism only makes sense when you are either involved in it and benefit from it by screwing other people over (the government, Democrats, etc.) or when you really have no idea what it is or how bad it is since we don’t have it here (everyone else).
Socialism – Leftism – is only ever good, ironically, for the people socialists and Leftists despise: the elite; the ruling class; the 1%. And through the use of deception, it grows and infects others like a disease. Thankfully, it’s not terminal, but it can be hard to cure.
As with many other things, Jesus Christ is the answer. Do you think that if Serena Williams were a Christian (or at least a true Christian) that she would have behaved in the manner that she did? That if Kaepernick were a Christian that he would have willingly profited off of the division and chaos he was creating? That if Booker, Harris or any other Democrat were true Christians that they would implement the policy that they do or act in the way that they do?
Of course not. If they were followers of Christ, they would understand that 1) Tennis is just a game, even if it’s also someone’s passion, that still doesn’t excuse abhorrent behavior 2) creating division for personal benefit is a sin (greed, pride, you know, the deadly ones?) and 3) trying to replace God with the government is blasphemous and horrendous and should never be attempted (and also will never succeed for obvious reasons).
Now, I understand that there are plenty of Christians who are Democrats. Here’s the thing: they will eventually stop being either because you can’t be both at the same time for very long. They will either renounce Christ and fully embrace socialism or renounce socialism and fully embrace Christ. There is no in-between.
It’s Hegelian Dialectics to its core. The thesis (Christianity) and antithesis (socialism) will inevitably collide within a Christian Democrat to create a synthesis (either they will remain a Christian or a Democrat but not both).
Regardless, I should really wrap up my point now. Leftism infects everything it touches and corrupts it. Only Christ is the cure for it.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
If you were to watch nothing but the fake news media, prime-time television and Hollywood movies, you would think today’s America is largely and mostly liberal, and more specifically, secular in its beliefs. You would believe that Christianity is on the decline in this country and slowly being left in our nation’s past. And while this would be a dream for the Left, the reality is the complete opposite.
According to new Harvard research, Christianity in the U.S. is growing, not shrinking. The research brought into question the “secularization thesis”. This thesis holds that the U.S. is following in the steps of other advanced industrial nations in shedding their once vibrant culture of faith and moving towards a secular society. The research found no support of this secularization taking place. Not only that, the researchers also found that religion in America currently enjoys “persistent and exceptional intensity.”
A writer for The Federalist (Glenn T. Stanton) tackles this research as well, asking all the right questions such as why church numbers seem to be on the downswing if Christianity is growing, what kind of churches manage to maintain and even grow their numbers while others see dwindling numbers, what is contributing to this growth in faith, and what do we conclude from data about Millennial church-goers and former Christians.
Stanton concludes that, in regards to dwindling church attendance, these numbers do not equate dwindling belief in Christianity.
According to Stanton: “The percentage of Americans who attend church more than once a week, pray daily, and accept the Bible as wholly reliable and deeply instructive to their lives has remained absolutely, steel-bar constant for the last 50 years or more, right up to today. These authors describe this continuity as ‘patently persistent.’”
In other words, statistically speaking, the percentage of people who attend church once a week, pray on a daily basis and accept the Bible as the Word of God is the same today as it was half-century or so ago. And it’s been constant in that entire time-span.
Stanton continues: “The percentage of such people is also not small. One in three Americans prays multiple times a day, while one in 15 do so in other countries on average. Attending services more than once a week continues to be twice as high among Americans compared to the next highest-attending industrial country, and three times higher than the average comparable nation.”
“One-third of Americans hold that the Bible is the actual word of God. Fewer than 10 percent believe so in similar countries. The United States ‘clearly stands out as exceptional,’ and this exceptionalism has not been decreasing over time. In fact, these scholars determine that the percentages of Americans who are the most vibrant and serious in their faith is actually increasing a bit, ‘which is making the United States even more exceptional over time.’”
So it’s not like a small part of the nation falls under this category. Christianity and its fundamental beliefs are widely believed throughout the nation and no other comparable country can even come close (which is actually sad, when you think about it, but it does explain a lot of things *ahem* Europe is screwed *ahem*).
Stanton also shares some more info: “In 1989, 39 percent of those who belonged to a religion held strong beliefs and practices. Today, these are 47 percent of all the religiously affiliated.”
So not only is Christianity growing in numbers, it is also growing in strength. More and more people are coming to faith, and those who are religiously affiliated say they hold strong beliefs and practices.
Pew research reports that “evangelical Protestantism and the historically black Protestant tradition have been more stable” over the years in comparison to mainline churches, which are dwindling in attendance. Stanton notes that there’s even “a slight uptick in the last decade because many congregants leaving the mainline churches are migrating to evangelical churches that hold fast to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.”
So while there have been diminishing numbers of church-goers, there has been a rise in evangelical churches due largely (or perhaps solely) to the fact that they hold true to the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. In other words, people want the real deal and are, understandably, turned off by fake Christianity.
Stanton writes: “When so-called ‘progressive’ churches question the historicity of Jesus, deny the reality of sin, support abortion, ordain clergy in same-sex relationships and perform their marriages, people desiring real Christianity head elsewhere. Fact: evangelical churches gain five new congregants exiled from the liberal churches for every one they lose for any reason. They also do a better job of retaining believers from childhood to adulthood than do mainline churches.”
I can think of a couple of churches that tend to be rather liberal in their teachings, rather than sticking with the actual word of God. Mainly the Roman Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PCUSA). If you belong to either one of these churches, forgive me, but it’s the truth. The amount of times I’ve seen so-called Roman Catholic clergymen and women upholding the liberal and anti-Christian belief that same-sex marriage should be allowed and that abortion is okay, at least in certain occasions, honestly has me worried.
And having actually attended a PCUSA church in the past and having held conversations with the pastor also gave me the opportunity to see just what they believe: the opposite of what Christianity does. I even had conversations with the church’s youth and they all agreed, back before the 2016 election, that they would rather have Obama for a third term than either Clinton or Trump. OBAMA AKA THE MOST ANTI-CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT TO EVER SERVE OFFICE!
So, understandably, my mother and I chose to head elsewhere. We chose to go to a REAL Christian church that taught REAL Christianity. This is the case for many people in America. Those who wish to be taught real Christianity and experience real Christianity leave the churches that don’t offer that, as well they should. What’s the point of calling yourself a Christian if you don’t actually believe in the tenets of the Christian faith? What’s the point of attending a church that isn’t teaching you valuable things about God, Christ, this world that He has created and the Word that He has spoken written down by His followers?
Regardless, let’s move on. The final item we will be looking at, since I don’t want to make this article too long, is Millennials. According to Stanton: “Pew reports that of young adults who left their faith, only 11 percent said they had a strong faith in childhood while 89 percent said they came from a home that had a very weak faith in belief and practice.”
This is not surprising in any way. If you grew up in a family that had very weak faith, there is little reason to stay in that faith. You either are curious enough to search further in the Bible, go to better churches, and become a stronger Christian than your family or, more often than not, you abandon that little faith altogether and simply attribute it to “growing up”.
I know of a lot of people who have been raised in a supposedly “Christian” household who abandoned their faith and believe their secularism is simply due to growing up and maturing. The reality is that weak faith almost always dies eventually. Not all the time, necessarily, but almost always. Particularly if you grow up in a household of weak faith.
Personally, I didn’t grow up in a Christian household. Quite the opposite really. My father was a devout atheist, if you will, who would honestly mock those of faith and consider science to be the ultimate truth, despite the fact that it can’t answer everything and hardly even manages to fully explain what it already tries to explain. Not to say science is a joke, it isn’t. But it’s not the end-all be-all of the truth of our world. Not to mention it doesn’t get much into the Creator of the world.
As I was saying, I didn’t grow up in a Christian household. I used to believe in the theory of evolution until I started to question its logic. How can a species evolve into an entirely different species, even if given millions upon millions of years to do so? It just doesn’t make sense. A species evolving and adapting to better survive its environment? That makes sense. A species evolving into an entirely different species altogether that acts entirely different from its previous type? Nope, that’s illogical.
But I used to believe these things. I didn’t have faith in Christ, but now I do simply because it’s the most logical thing to do. It’s not that we had weak faith. We didn’t HAVE faith. My father, most likely, still doesn’t. But as for my mother and I, we have faith and it’s a STRONG one.
What I’m trying to say is that those of weak faith could most likely lose that faith altogether. But sometimes, that weak faith, or even lack of faith, can turn into strong faith. Relatively similar to my situation, I also know of some scientists who sought to disprove the Bible who wound up converting.
As for Millennials (and just about everyone else), all it takes is a family of strong faith. Millennials are just another generation not too dissimilar to the previous ones. Strong faith is difficult to kill.
Overall, the research from Harvard is fantastic news that really challenges the Left’s belief that Christianity is on the down-slide and conservatives are panicking over it. Reality, as always, is entirely different from what they claim it is.
Not only is Christianity not on the down-swing, but it’s also growing in numbers AND in strength of belief, at least in the United States. I don’t quite know about the rest of the world but, considering what is currently happening in Europe and Latin America, it’s reasonable to believe things aren’t quite going so well, particularly because of the seeming rise of socialism just about everywhere in those areas.
Although the interesting thing about socialism is that, despite all its efforts, it can lead many to Christ. If socialism and communism managed to do exactly what they wanted, there wouldn’t be people of faith in North Korea trying to escape. There wouldn’t be underground churches in China.
An oppressive government tends to drive people to God, even if those people practice in secret rather than openly. So no matter which way you slice it, the Lord winds up being the winner anyway.
In America, this is exceptionally true.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
It is rare to see Hollywood celebrities, particularly massive stars, showing their faith in God to the public, but Chris Pratt is not quite like other Hollywood celebrities.
Aside from the obvious fact that he’s not an Atheistic liberal, Chris Pratt is not afraid to be so outspoken about his faith in the Lord. We’ve seen him tweet prayers for close friends and being an overall good guy, but this speech might flat out make him my new favorite Hollywood actor.
At the MTV Movie awards earlier this week, Chris Pratt was honored with the “Generation Award”. In his acceptance speech (video below), he felt compelled to give a list of tips, or as he calls them, “9 Rules From Chris Pratt”.
Here’s some of the list, the ones I think are the best “rules”:
Number 1: “Breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.”
Number 2: “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
Number 3: “Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector and if you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
Number 5: “Doesn’t matter what it is, earn it. A good deed, reach out to someone in pain, be of service, it feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
Number 6: “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
Number 8: “Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.”
Number 9: “Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are; you’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there’s a powerful force that designed you that way. And if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace and grace is a gift. Like the freedom we enjoy in this country that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”
Finally, he ends his speech by saying: “God bless you. Please get home safely.”
Let me tell you, I far prefer Chris Pratt’s acceptance speech than I did Robert De Niro’s. Not only is Pratt’s not an unnecessary and dull tirade against Trump that shows signs of insanity, but it’s also a very good and positive message.
Frankly, I don’t know which rule is my favorite. I certainly appreciate number 6’s bold and truthful statement about God’s existence and His unconditional love for us. It’s basic, but it’s also very much appreciated. If this were a church sermon, this would be an unnecessary proclamation. Pretty much everyone in a church is already accepting of the fact that God is real. But since this is an award ceremony with other A- and B-list celebrities, such as Chadwick Boseman and Mila Kunis, I would say that Pratt’s bold statement is a welcome change of pace for what otherwise might’ve been yet another unnecessary and alienating tirade against Trump.
And before a Leftist reader (not certain that there even are any here) claims that God is “alienating”, I’ll say that it’s really not. First, his proclamation isn’t bashing the beliefs of half his audience; it’s boldly professing his own. Second, Pratt’s message is about the love God has for us. That is literally the opposite of alienating.
This proclamation is certainly a welcome change of pace from the usual Leftist insanity that they promulgate and shove down people’s throats.
The other two that are in contention would have to be 8 and 9. 8, much like 6, is simple but powerful. It’s also a fantastic tip to anyone who hears it. Prayer is a fundamental part of faith in God and will honestly help a lot of people.
For anyone who feels left out and as though they don’t matter, prayer can help them feel and believe that there is someone in this universe that is listening. And aside from feeling good, you can also build a good relationship with God in this manner. Though He already knows what is in your heart, He delights in your prayers.
But number 9 seems to be the best one out of all of them. Let’s read that one more time, shall we? “Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are; you’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there’s a powerful force that designed you that way. And if you’re willing to accept that you will have grace and grace is a gift…”
This both takes the time to give fantastic advice for people who feel they should be perfect and continues sharing the greatness of God. You are not perfect. You never will be, neither should you try to be. You were not designed to be perfect. You were designed according to His purpose. According to His plan.
“… Like the freedom we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”
That is perhaps the most powerful part of his entire speech. Not only does he show his patriotism for his country in acknowledging that this country enjoys freedoms next to no other country enjoys and those freedoms were fought for by brave men in the past who died for the vision of a free nation and a free people, he brings it back to God and the sacrifice Christ made at the cross.
He died so that we may be free from sin, forgiven for those sins and that we may be given grace to enter Heaven should we repent, ask for this forgiveness and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior.
And yes, I suppose you could say it’s a bit blasphemous to compare the sacrifice made by men to create this nation with the sacrifice made by the Son of God to give us salvation, but I think Pratt understands the unbelievable sacrifice Christ made at the cross and wanted to also add in a bit of patriotism with a parallel that works.
Of course, Christ’s sacrifice is incredibly more important to far many more people. This is something we can all agree on, including the superstar actor. But it’s worth taking note of the sacrifice other people made in making this a free nation. Let’s be honest, how many other actors winning awards will take the time to note the greatness of our nation and its fortuitous freedom which many take for granted?
Hollywood people usually either attack the POTUS, the policy he’s enacting or employing even if it’s good for the country or has been employed by previous Presidents or flat out attack our system of government and wish for some sort of communist revolution to occur (which would not happen in a capitalist country, as dictated by history).
But Pratt’s acknowledgment of the sacrifice made by our Founding Fathers and the revolutionaries, as well as the immense sacrifice made by Christ on the cross is noteworthy. Like the freedoms we enjoy in this country, we should not take for granted the sacrifice and the gift that Christ has given us.
If left entirely up to us, it is highly unlikely we would be able to reach the Kingdom of God. In fact, let me rephrase that. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to reach the Kingdom of God without Him. Verse after verse explains well how we cannot enter Heaven on our own. So taking Christ’s sacrifice for granted would lead us nowhere desirable.
When people in movies and t.v. talk about someone making the ultimate sacrifice aka laying down their lives to save their friends, no other being in the history of Earth ever made a sacrifice as powerful, successful and grand as the one Christ made on the cross. A character in a movie or show may be able to save his friend or group of friends, but Christ saved all who believeth in Him. I can’t possibly claim to know a precise number, but it should be around the BILLIONS range in the roughly 2000 years since His death.
But returning to Pratt’s speech, I find it endearing to see a Hollywood mega star such as himself being so outspoken about his faith in God and his appreciation for this country. I think this goes to show that Pratt is the Lot to Hollywood’s Sodom. A man of faith in a wicked environment. I pray that Pratt’s faith is strong enough to withstand the wicked environment he lives in. So far, he seems to be doing well.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If you are feeling depressed and suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Last week, CNN celebrity chef host Anthony Bourdain chose to end his life, reportedly after years of battling depression and drug abuse and feeling that he was “an unhappy soul, with a huge heroin and then crack problem,” as Bourdain revealed in an interview with The Guardian.
This comes just a week after another celebrity, Kate Spade, committed suicide.
Suicide is a big problem in the U.S. According to a study done by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2014, the annual suicide rate in the U.S. is 13 per 100,000 individuals, their highest rate in thirty years, and has been increasing since 1999.
According to the study’s findings:
In 2016, the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) recorded specific data about the number of suicides by age group and sex. It reported that 436 people aged 10-14 committed suicide, 265 males and 171 females. Ages 15-24, we see a massive jump in numbers to 5723 total, 4575 males, 1148 females. Ages 25-34 saw 7366 total suicides, with 5887 males and 1479 females. 35-44 had 7030 total, 5294 males, 1736 females. 45-54 saw a total of 8437, the highest of any age group, with 6198 males ending their lives and 2239 females. 55-64 saw 7759 total suicides, the second highest, with 5745 males and 2014 females. 65-74 saw a dip in numbers with a total of 4403, 3463 males and 940 females. Finally, people older than 75 saw a total of 3801 suicides, with 3291 males and 510 females, the largest male to female ratio.
In total, 2016 saw 44,965 people end their lives – a terrible amount no matter how you look at it.
In the United States, the top 5 states in highest suicide rates (2016) were Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah, in that order. Montana’s suicide rate per 100,000 people stood at 25.9 and Utah’s stood at 21.8. Of course, there are a lot of variables to consider such as population, wealth, social standing, culture and religion.
In the military, it’s more likely for a soldier to end their own life than to die on the battlefield, at least according to a 2009 U.S. Army report, which also included military veterans.
And for LGBT people (specifically youth), their suicide rates are 1.5 to 3 times higher than heterosexual youth.
Suicide is an epidemic in the United States. It hurts family, friends and loved ones. It’s generally a non-partisan issue; both Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals discourage suicide. So despite the strong amount of support people have and the amount of discouraging that happens regarding suicide in general, why does it still happen? And why is it happening so often? And why so much more today than before?
Given the title of this article, you can already guess the answer to these questions.
I often speak about the lack of Christ in people’s hearts. But usually, I speak about how the lack of Christ in their hearts leads people to choose evil and side with evil; do evil things, say evil things, etc. I often talk about how there is a lack of Christ in the Left’s heart. But when I do, I often talk about the people in some level of power, within and without the government. People like Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the MSM as a whole, among others. It’s easy to forget, in these attacks and callouts to these evil people, that there is also a lack of Christ in regular Americans’ lives.
While in 2015, 75% of all Americans identify as Christian, that number is lower than it was in 2012 (78%), 2001 (81.6%) and 1990 (85%). Still a sizeable majority, but a clearly declining figure (though there is hope for some rising figures in the nearby future).
It’s this decline in Christianity that I want to take a look at, because this largely coincides with suicide rates. Less people identify as Christians today than before and more people are committing suicide than before. Now, I won’t say that that’s the entire reason for it, but it I will say that has a major impact.
According to a study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry on depressed inpatients, “Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts and more first-degree relatives who committed suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation… subjects with no religious affiliation perceived fewer reasons for living, particularly fewer moral objections to suicide.”
And they concluded that “Religious affiliation is associated with less suicidal behavior in depressed inpatients.”
Now, this does not mean that religiously affiliated people do not commit suicide. While this study showed these results, they do not specify any particular religion. They just say that religion tends to be a deterrent for suicidal people. Pretty much all religions view suicide negatively and something that should not be done, with Islam specifically forbidding suicide completely (except in regards to suicide bombing). So, I certainly am not suggesting that we should turn to Islam to prevent suicide. But the AJP notes that religion tends to keep more people from ending it all.
Regarding Christianity, I unfortunately could not find specific data pertaining to Christian suicides, but I know that they can happen. Some years back, a Christian friend of mine committed suicide. While I do not have specific data, I have known it to happen at least for one Christian. So it does happen.
Why? I unfortunately do not know. As a Christian, I understand that suicide, while it isn’t necessarily a sin, is not something God wants for us. He has laid out a plan for our lives and that plan ends in VICTORY - always. While it is also never a surprise for Him when Christians commit suicide, He works all things for good in the end and He certainly has a purpose for us.
People can and often do things that are against God’s commandments. Sin is a prime example of people going against God. And it’s something that everyone does, including the most ardent followers of Christ.
Not to attack any Christian’s faith, but a Christian committing suicide, in my opinion, tends to not have very strong faith in Christ. Think of it this way: if you commit suicide, you are effectively choosing your own fate that goes against what God has chosen for you. And doing so sometimes could be because of a lack of faith or weak faith in Christ.
I understand that such a claim could be very upsetting. I cannot make this claim a general one. Each individual case is different and there are things going on that usually no one other than God knows about. With regard to my Christian friend, there were clearly things that I did not know were going on with her. Things that not one of her friends or family likely knew about. What drove her to suicide is entirely beyond me. I speculate that it might be from weak faith or shaken faith in Christ, but I cannot claim to know. The only being in existence that can know is the Lord. Only He knows what was in her heart.
The reason I speculate this is because of my understanding of the nature of Man. I’ve said this time and time again that Man is naturally evil. This includes Christians. The difference is that Christians understand that Christ is Lord and understand His constant fight with the evil one, which will end upon His return. It’s this understanding that gives us the knowledge of the difference between good and evil. It’s because we are naturally evil that we cannot enter Heaven on our own accord. We need Christ for that. And it’s because we are naturally evil that we sin.
It’s this evil in our hearts that drives us to commit evil acts. It’s our evil hearts that drive us further from God, giving us doubt and fears and insecurity. Again, I cannot claim to know what my Christian friend was going through, but it makes logical sense if her faith was shaken to a degree – if she had doubts, if she felt fears and insecurities that she felt God would not appease. That is the kind of logical sense I try to make of my friend’s case. And that is the kind of sense I try to make of many Christians’ cases.
I know that I have a very strong faith in Christ. And while I may not know every path ahead of me, I have no fears of the future, for I know God is with me. It’s this trust in God that keeps me joyous and away from a noose.
Because I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea where I’d be if I was not a Christian. I became a Christian in high school, but in middle school, I had spent some time living through a sort of existential crisis: I thought an awful lot about death, how short life is and how there might not be a Heaven. I thought about what the point of life was. While I never got close to actually considering suicide, even back then, I have little doubt that I could be clinically depressed today if I were not a Christian.
My faith in Christ has helped me live a joyous life that has only just begun. But I do wonder what has driven other Christians to suicide. I really am trying to avoid angering anyone or upsetting anyone by saying that they were weak of faith. My intention is not to anger people. My intention here is to make logical sense of it all, even if I’m missing crucial details, and encourage people to have a strong faith in Christ.
Part of the reason I say this is because I also know that anyone can claim to be a Christian and not actually be one. Let’s look at that Christianity number again. If 75% of Americans were solidly Christian, I can guarantee that no Democrat would ever get elected. I can guarantee that no Leftist policy would be integrated, same-sex marriage and abortion would not be legal, it would not even be a political issue, and this country would not be so fresh off the disaster of the Obama presidency.
Anyone can claim to be a Christian but lack Christ in their hearts. The Bible often mentions this sort of thing in the books of James, Isaiah, Matthew, 1 John, 2 Timothy, Luke, etc. It warns us of people who claim to be of faith but are far from it.
Again, my intention is not to attack anyone’s faith in Christ. My intention is to draw a logical conclusion from Christian suicide and from suicide in general.
Forgive me if you are upset by what I have said. But please take this as an affirmation to the importance of faith in Christ.
My faith has saved me from more than just the depths of Hell. It has saved me from living a life of worry and depression and panic over what comes after death. It has saved me from living such a life and from ever considering suicide an option. I hope that applies to you as well.
“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
I find it difficult to say that the Left can get any lower. That would be to insinuate that they have not hit rock-bottom. Well, they’ve hit rock-bottom and somehow continue to dig further down.
An article by PJ Media brings to light some horrendous things Planned Parenthood is doing… aside from leading the world in infanticide.
The article is titled: “Parents Stage Walkout Over Planned Parenthood’s Graphic, Violent Sex Ed in Public Schools.”
Upon learning just what these sick people are teaching children in schools, you’d want your child to stay home from school as well.
The article begins: “Sex education in public schools has gone off the deep end. Gone are the days of handing out birth control and practicing putting condoms on bananas. These days your kid is more likely to come away from school with more sexually deviant knowledge than single gay dudes in New York City have thanks to Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive sex ed program that has somehow made it into public school curriculums. These programs teach dangerous and violent practices like BDSM, asphyxiation, gender-bending, anal sex, and let’s not forget ‘rimming,’ which can saddle your kid with nasty parasitic infections.”
Now, I won’t tell you what each of these things mean, lest I corrupt good people’s minds, but these are all pretty terrible things to teach in school. Some of these things are fairly self-explanatory as to what they mean and the others I shall leave you to make the decision of finding out on your own. But upon knowing what they all mean, you’ll likely gag in disgust not only at the fact that these things exist, but more importantly, that they are being taught to CHILDREN!
The article continues: “Planned Parenthood has already been caught on video by Live Action advising a girl they think is 15 years old to allow her boyfriend to beat, whip, and gag her.”
Even more horrendous than teaching them about it is to invite them to PARTICIPATE in these activities, albeit by taking away the actual “sex” from it.
And the irony is not lost on me, though it may be lost on these Leftists, that recently, the Left has been “preaching” about treating women right and not taking advantage of them and would still be willing to subject a teenage girl, who’s a MINOR, in partaking in BDSM with her boyfriend.
You must truly be sick in the mind to do something like that. Both partaking in BDSM and encouraging a teenage couple to participate in it.
Now, there is some bit of good news to come of this. Not from PP or the Left themselves, of course. They are sick, disturbed people. No, the good news comes from concerned parents, as the title of the PJ Media article suggests.
The article quotes organizers of the walkout, called Sex Ed Sit Out: “On April 23rd, parents around the nation will be pulling their children out of school for the day in protest of dangerous and graphic sex education and uniting at various locations to hold press events and field media questions.”
Rhonda Miller, Education chairwoman of the Indiana Liberty Coalition and one of the organizers of this protest made a very good and interesting point: “Follow the money. Comprehensive sex ed is being rolled out across America, often sponsored by special interest LGBT groups like Human Rights Campaign, and disguised as anti-bullying programs. If it’s not okay for special interest groups like the NRA to be buying classroom time to push their agenda, then how is it okay for HRC monies to be buying schools off to teach gender-bending ideology and anal sex tutorials?”
A very good point, as I just said. There’s not a snowball’s chance in Hell that any government-funded school would allow NRA representatives to buy some classroom time to teach children about the importance of the 2nd Amendment, the importance of arming oneself in order to be safe from harm and how to handle a gun safely. Frankly, I would’ve paid an entire school-year’s worth of lunch money to have an NRA representative speak at my school.
I did have a Planned Parenthood representative speaking in one of my classes. Thankfully, I didn’t care to pay much attention and only really remember the representative putting a condom on a banana, which was mentally scarring enough.
I don’t know if I would’ve been able to hold my lunch, that I would literally have right before this class, if that representative started speaking about BDSM, asphyxiation, gender-bending (which I don’t know if it was a thing back then… Truthfully, I still don’t exactly know what it is and I refuse to search for it and further corrupt my own mind), anal sex and “rimming”, all of which I didn’t know about at the time, except for anal sex.
Now, there’s more to this than just what I’ve shared so far. This “comprehensive sex ed” program teaches abstinence too… in a very warped sort of way. You see, the definition of abstinence is to “restrain oneself from indulging” in sexual behavior. But Planned Parenthood’s definition of abstinence includes “masturbation, anal sex, oral sex, and mutual masturbation.”
That’s literally the antithesis of what it means to abstain from sexual behavior. All of those things easily qualify as indulging oneself sexually. How could that be considered abstinence? Then again, that’s a question to ask someone who’s not utterly backwards in their thinking. Someone who uses logic and their brain to think, not their heart or sexual organs.
You ask that question to a Leftist and they’ll likely laugh as though you’re making a joke.
The article then mentions: “New ‘comprehensive sex ed’ programs do not include any discussion of celibacy as a viable alternative to early sexual activity, which can lead teens into poverty, early pregnancy or chronic illness.”
Now that’s not surprising whatsoever. Of course Planned Parenthood isn’t going to encourage kids not to have sex. THEIR ENTIRE BUSINESS REVOLVES AROUND ABORTING UNWANTED BABIES! For Planned Parenthood to encourage kids not to have sex would be the equivalent of Ford Motor Company to encourage people to walk more. Why would they diminish their possible return by teaching celibacy? Because it would be the right thing to do? There’s nothing about Planned Parenthood that is right. Nothing that is redeemable (about their business, not necessarily their employees).
I still find it difficult to say that Planned Parenthood, or the Left in general, can sink to new lows, but this will continue happening. They will only get worse. They won’t stop until they get absolutely everything they want. Even then, they likely won’t stop so that they could retain everything they’ve “earned”.
They will continue to corrupt young people’s minds. David “I’m a Parkland shooting survivor even though I wasn’t there” Hogg is a good example of their work. They won’t stop until the whole world bends to their will. Until the whole world thinks the way they do. And they’ll accomplish that through one of two ways: utter global corruption through decades and centuries of polluting people’s minds (with sexual deviancy being but one of many ways to accomplish that) or through utter annihilation of opposing points of view through police and military forces.
The Left’s ultimate goal is global domination. Not necessarily through warfare like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union or France under Napoleon, but through “diplomacy” using the U.N.
I believe I’ve said as much in previous articles, but it’s always important to bring up when it’s relevant. Not to deviate from the topic at hand of the disgusting “education” provided by Planned Parenthood, but to demonstrate the road the world is on and show where we’re headed if the Left succeeds.
We need Christ now more than ever and we’ll need him in the future more than we do now. Of course, those who know and understand the Bible, or at least the Book of Revelation, know very well that things will get worse before they get better. And for most of the world, things won’t get better. Thankfully, those who believe in Christ will never have to experience such a dreadful world. As bad as things are today (culturally, that is), it’s truly nothing compared to the foretold seven years of tribulation that lie ahead.
Again, thankfully, Christ’s followers won’t be around to experience it, at least those who believe in Christ before Rapture. There’s certainly a possibility, even likelihood, of people coming to Christ after Rapture. But for those who believe in Him now and today, they will never have to experience those seven years even if those seven years began the second after this article is finished being written or read.
What the Good News brings is the assurance that, while Evil persists in this world, it is only temporary. God’s Will, not Satan’s, is what will not only stand the test of time, but also the test of timelessness… if that makes sense.
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
For the next few of paragraphs, I’ll likely be venting some frustration that comes with this bit of news, so please excuse me if I ramble a tad. I’ll still try to stay focused on the overall message, but I’ll likely rant a bit as well.
First, I just want to say that it’s days like these that I truly HATE the Republican Party. But I should probably clarify what I mean by that. It’s not the Party itself that I hate, despite what the previous sentence says. It’s the so-called “leadership” that is at the helm of it. Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsay Graham, Loser Mitt Romney, Future ex-Senator Jeff Snowflake.
These are merely some of the people that constantly get in the way of the MAGA movement. These are some of the people that are Democrats in disguise. Not a single one of them is a conservative. There’s nothing for which I could possibly defend any single one of them. I would say that I’m thankful for McCain’s service as a member of the military, but his actions as a Senator, particularly as of late, have branded him a traitor to the United States of America in my eyes.
He may be considered a military hero, but in reality he’s nothing more than a socialist in disguise. Either that or he’s simply a gutless fool. He’s shown to be either a massive coward as a Senator or a massive and willing traitor to every-day Americans.
But stepping a bit backwards and looking at his RINO comrades, this omnibus deal just proves that Democrats are still in control. As of the time of writing this article, the bill hasn’t yet passed the Senate, but we all know that it will. This is a deal that heavily favors Democrats.
Just to name a few things in this over 2000 page bill (which was given less than 36 hours to be voted on in the Senate), this bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood, funding for Sanctuary Cities, funding for the New York Gateway Bridge project (which is mostly a matter of how much money this project is getting. By the way, it’s $30 BILLION!), and this entire bill will drive the deficit up by $1 TRILLION IN THE NEXT YEAR ALONE! It will include stricter background checks for gun purchases with the “Fix NICS” (the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System) bill without a gun-friendly state reciprocity bill attached to it, no bailout for Obamacare and dumping $687 million on securing U.S. elections against Russians.
But you have to think: “There’s no way that Democrats would get so much without Republicans getting something in return!” Oh, they get something, alright. They get a whole 33 miles of fencing along the 700 mile southern border! Whoopee! This new, fancy fence will likely stop one small child from illegally entering the country! And at the low, low cost of $641 million! Notice how we get less money to secure the border (and this money doesn’t cover hiring more patrol agents) than we get to further “secure U.S. elections against Russians”.
Aside from that pathetic excuse for border security, we also get $300 billion to increase domestic and military spending, with an additional $90 billion in disaster aid for states affected by last year’s hurricanes and $140 billion for emergency military funds. Now, that’s not too bad, it is an increase in our military and defense spending, but we give up far too much to make this worthwhile.
The only other thing that we “get” is no actual resolution on DACA, but that will likely be put in a bill in the future that may be like this one. It seems the Democrats have figured out a way to get their way in a Trump administration: omnibus bills that has them surrendering little while gaining a lot.
And the Republicans, at least the RINOs, are more than ok with all of this, considering that it’s already passed the House and will most certainly pass the Senate. This is a horrible deal in almost every way that you look at it.
Economically? This is a bill that will drive us over a trillion dollars further into debt in the next year alone.
Morally? The very continued funding of the world’s largest child-killing organization tugs at the heart strings of every morally-conscious American.
Security? Sure, we get more money for the military, which we really need, but we get peanuts in terms of securing our border.
Illegal immigration from the southern border will almost entirely cease with a cement wall. A fence does next to nothing in the way of keeping illegals out of the country. And we don’t get provisions to hire more border agents.
As Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said: “We got about 80% of what we were trying to get…”
Now, tell me. How could it possibly be that Democrats get 80% of what they want in a House of Representatives ruled by Republicans, a Senate ruled by Republicans, if even slightly, and a White House led by a Republican?
THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE CASE EVER!
And what was the excuse we would constantly get from Republicans? “We don’t have the House!” And so, we gave them the House. “We don’t have the Senate!” And so, we gave them the Senate. “We don’t have the White House!” And so, we gave them the White House. What’s their new excuse? “We don’t have 60 votes!”
60 VOTES ARE ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT IN THIS CASE! The Constitution mentions a 60-vote supermajority. But that supermajority is only necessary in specific cases, such as ratification of treaties, conviction of a President in an impeachment trial, overriding presidential vetoes, approving constitutional amendments, and barring a disabled President from regaining power if the President objects to staying on the sidelines.
Nowhere does it mention that a ruling party has to have 60 votes to do smaller things. If it did, less than nothing would ever get done in Congress and there’d be no point in even having a Congress.
Republicans only need a majority, which they have, in order to pass things. The problem is that they seldom often USE IT! They used it for the tax cuts, and that was great. In fact, because it was so great and it yielded great results, the GOP should see that what they want can easily pass Congress if they stop betraying each other.
Of course, that’s not going to happen. These RINOs are evil, not stupid. They understand perfectly that, with the power they have, they are able to pass everything Republicans have been wanting for decades. They could fully repeal Obamacare and watch as Democrats cry in the corner. They could defund Planned Parenthood and save millions upon millions of babies. They could alleviate much of the nonsensical gun control legislation already in place and make people safer. They could fully fund Trump’s wall by just cutting funding to Sanctuary Cities alone.
They could fully fund Trump’s wall and make it 100 feet high with Star Wars drones guarding it by just defunding Planned Parenthood (I exaggerate, of course).
They have the power to pass every little thing they were initially SENT THERE TO DO! But frankly, we’re merely lucky tax cuts passed. Who knows when will be the next time that every single Republican in Congress will agree on something.
The GOP Establishment has turned heel (wrestling term meaning betrayal). They are backstabbing the American people with the passage of this bill. And I even question whether Trump will even veto it (I know that Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said Trump will sign it, but I’m still not 100% convinced unless he actually does it). He likes the fact that we get more military spending, but he should be smart enough to realize a bad deal when he sees one. HE WROTE A WHOLE BOOK AROUND THAT TOPIC!
He should see just how disgustingly bad this bill is. He should see just how spineless the GOP is in passing things that Democrats want.
I hope he vetoes this horrendous bill. The very passage of this bill already helps Republicans lose seats in Congress, and I believe that’s precisely what they want. They don’t want Trump as President any more than Democrats do, but they couldn’t possibly write up articles of impeachment based on nothing. That’s a job they want to leave to their Democrat buddies.
They understand that if they were to impeach a Republican President, they’d leave next to no reason for people to vote Republican ever again. They want to win, but not with people like Trump.
And Trump should have realized this for a long time now. He has no friends within the Establishment, only enemies. RINOs will never fully support him and his agenda. They despise him and his efforts. This bill should offer enough proof of that statement’s validity.
It’s clear to me that the very people we voted for to represent us have betrayed us. This is not a sudden realization. I’ve known this for some time. But it’s days like these that remind me of that sort of betrayal. We didn’t vote for Republicans so that they would PASS 80% OF THE THINGS DEMOCRATS WANT!
We voted for them to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT!
Now, I’ve come to an actually recent realization. There’s no sense in badmouthing the Party itself. There’s no sense in not calling myself a Republican. Why? Because it’s not the Party that has betrayed us, it’s the leadership. The Party is nothing more than a name and a cause, founded by Abraham Lincoln. We represent our Republic. We fight for it. The Party is worth defending. Its leadership is not.
So rather than attack the Party itself, I’ll simply attack the ones in power. The very people I’ve named above and those who stand by them. They are our enemies as well. It’s not just the Democrat Party that is our enemy. It’s the leadership in the GOP as well.
We need to drain the swamp completely. Not a shred of it can be allowed to remain. We must never vote for another establishment candidate again. That’s not to say that we should allow Democrats to win, either.
We should stick to voting for our beliefs, not our parties. If a Republican candidate like Romney comes along, we should not vote for them. Back in 2012, I was angry with the roughly 3 million Republicans (I think that was the number) that didn’t vote for him. Today, I’m so glad they didn’t elect Romney, because despite the fact that it meant 4 more years of Obama, it also meant 4 to 8 years of Trump.
That whole ordeal taught me something: to be patient for God. He was not surprised Romney lost. He was not surprised that Obama won. But He didn’t relinquish any of His power when Obama won. Obama was allowed to do only what God allowed him to do. And God didn’t allow Hillary to continue doing what Obama was doing.
What I’m trying to say, politically, is that we should refrain from strictly voting for someone just because of their Party affiliation. Now, saying that, I also have to emphasize the importance of keeping a Republican majority in Congress. I know that this sounds contradictory to my overall message, but here’s my reasoning: I’d rather be insanely angry with the Republican hacks that are betraying us if it means that Trump doesn’t get impeached.
The GOP will never impeach their own Republican President just because they don’t like him. They need a legitimate reason. The Democrats don’t. They’ll write articles of impeachment the day they get back to work in Congress if they get the majority.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we should try to do both things here. We should vote for someone who aligns with our beliefs while also trying to keep Democrats and RINOs at bay. This may seem like an unsurmountable task. It’s rather complicated and difficult to pull off. You need the right candidate in the right area to do that. I doubt California will be the place where a true conservative candidate would flourish. But even if one doesn’t, we shouldn’t despair if a RINO or a Democrat wins.
We have seen what God can do for us in our lives. He let Obama win twice so that we would have Trump, possibly for 8 years. But even if we don’t get Trump for 8 years, or even if we don’t get him for 4 and he’s impeached, we still shouldn’t despair.
And even if the Democrats get absolutely everything: White House, Congress and Supreme Court, we still shouldn’t despair. And even if the Democrats turn the U.S. into Soviet Russia, ruling in full-on communism, we still shouldn’t despair.
Why? Because no power on Earth is strong enough to hold a candle to God.
The whole world may turn to Globalism (global communism), but there’s not a reason on Earth that Christ’s followers should despair. This is the mortal world, after all. It’s merely temporary. The world, under Globalism, would be dark for sure. But it would still God’s to control. And God’s to decide when enough is enough.
I don’t know when that will all happen. I would hope not within our lifetime, or our children’s lifetimes. But regardless on when it happens (if at all), we should not feel despair. We should not feel hopeless. We should trust in God’s plan and His will. He knows when and how everything will end. He knows that His children will be spared from the lake of fire and sulfur. He knows that when His children suffer on Earth, He will restore and appease them in Heaven.
Now, I’m not saying all of this to frighten you. On the contrary, this should make you feel hopeful for the future. Maybe not for the future of the country or for the world, but future for yourself and your fellow Christians. There’s not a single thing that the Devil can do to harm you on Earth or in Heaven if you keep your faith and trust in Christ.
You may see and feel struggles in the horizon. You may feel saddened if Democrats win and impeach Trump. But you should remember that it’s not them who have the final say. The one who has the final say is the one who had the initial say.
This article is running a little long. Currently well over 2000 words. So I’ll simply end with this: there’s a reason for everything, even for darkness. For in the darkness is where we can find the Light most easily.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
If you needed any more proof than there already is that abortion is evil, I’ll share a story with you about some Twitter comments made by Dr. Leah Torres, an abortionist.
To give some context, Dr. Evil… – eh… – Torres was defending the position against pro-life advocates that she didn’t perform abortions for the money of it: “Your ignorance is showing. Look up what docs get paid for delivering babies vs performing abortions. I’ll take $3K for the delivery over $100 for the abortion. Why do anti-choice folks always think it’s for money?”
Maybe because the alternative would be that you do it for fun, which is even worse. Doing it for the money doesn’t redeem you at all, but doing it because you like it makes you look far worse. I’d like to think that most abortionists do it for the money, not because they hate babies and love to end their lives. Abortionists are legal murderers, after all. If you don’t go into it for the money, there’s something seriously wrong with you. Even as a child of around 8 years old, I understood that abortion was legal murder.
At one point, one Twitter user raised the very point I’m making here. They wrote: “So [if] it’s not for the money, is it because you just like infanticide? Do you hear their heartbeats when you lay down at night? Do you hear their screams?”
And to this particular comment is when Leah made the more horrendous comment: “No. You know fetuses can’t scream, right? I transect the cord 1st so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re even far enough along to have a larynx. I won’t apologize for performing medicine. I’m also a ‘uterus ripper outer,’ if that’s how you’d like to describe hysterectomy.”
In other words, she’s admitting that she doesn’t hear them scream because she slits their throats first. I hate the fact that that’s somehow normal and should be encouraged.
Let me repeat it in case it didn’t sink in entirely. SHE SLITS BABIES’ THROATS SO THEY DON’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SCREAM!
This is not medicine! THIS IS SERIAL KILLER MENTALITY! Since when is medicine a tool to KILL someone? But I’ll likely get to that later since there’s a clear bigger issue at hand.
And please excuse my language here, but WHAT THE HELL?! How is that a normal piece of conversation?! How is that an excuse whatsoever?! Those are the kind of words that would warrant someone to be INSTITUTIONALIZED!
But you see, for her, that’s not weird or crazy or evil at all. She even follows up what she said with “I won’t apologize for performing medicine”. She FUNDAMENTALLY BELIEVES this is normal! THIS IS NOT NORMAL! IT’S CRAZY! IT’S HEARTLESS! AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVIL!!
Sorry for yelling here, but I don’t know how else I should respond to such blatant evil. It’s only been a few days since I wrote ANOTHER article about a crazy Leftist who was defending abortion. I called her evil too. This makes that other woman look like Mr. Rogers by comparison!
Ok, let’s take a breather. Let’s regather our thoughts. Considering that I’ve long acknowledged this sort of work to be work worthy of Satan, I should not be so surprised at the calmness of this she-devil’s voice in detailing how she kills children. It’s sick, no doubt. But it shouldn’t be so surprising. This is evil. There’s not a darn person in the world who could possibly convince me otherwise.
This is NOT medicine. This is NOT women’s rights. This is NOT liberation of women. This is NOT normal. This is NOT something to brag about. This is NOT something to support. You can’t possibly say that “it’s your body, your choice” when it’s the BABY’S throat that is being cut. You can’t possibly say that horrible line to me when it’s the BABY’S body being manipulated, its life ended and its body parts desecrated.
It should never be ANYONE’S choice to end the life of another human being. Much less if that life is the life of a woman’s CHILD! Abortion is not merciful. Abortion is not out of love. Abortion is hatred. Hatred for life.
Of course, they can’t possibly admit that. No one would support the end of an innocent human being’s life. So they redefine what it means to be alive. They take away the humanity of a baby inside the womb. They declare it to not be alive just yet. That it needs to be outside the womb for it to be alive. And so, they justify taking away their lives. They treat babies in the womb in a very similar way as to how they treated slaves - by dehumanizing them.
No, babies in the uterus aren’t forced to pick cotton. But the life of a baby in the womb today equals that of a slave. It’s not alive. It’s not human. But in some ways, the way they treat babies in the womb is even worse than how they treated slaves.
Slaves at least were considered “property”. While they were dehumanized and stripped of their basic rights, they weren’t disposed of unless necessary and weren’t flat-out killed either. So a closer comparison for pre-born babies would have to be with Jews inside concentration camps. Or at the least, those inside death camps like Auschwitz.
Babies in the womb aren’t considered property. Property at least is something to take some care of. No, babies are treated as nothing more than Jell-O at best and a disease at worst. To the Left, the women who choose to keep their babies choose to keep the “random assortment of crap” growing inside them. And the women who choose to kill their babies choose to get rid of a disease.
The ironic thing is that they at least consider a disease to be alive, since it’s a virus and it’s a cell. They consider a single cell to be alive but not a baby inside the womb.
The life of a human baby inside the womb is less than property. Less than nothing. Much like Jewish lives were less than nothing for the Nazis, or at least something to rid the world of, babies inside the wombs are less than nothing for the modern-day Left.
It’s true when people say that whatever the Left touches becomes corrupted and broken. That extends further than what the government takes over. The Left has touched and shaped our culture. Life is meaningless. This is the corruption of society at the hands of the Left.
You can party, get drunk, get high, have sex and utterly shame yourself if you so desire. If your life means nothing outside the womb to the Left, how could we expect them to value life inside the womb? If people don’t value their own lives, they’ll certainly not value others’. And since a fetus is “not alive”, then it’s more than ok to get rid of it like a bad case of the flu.
This is the sort of darkness the Left envelopes themselves in. And the ludicrous thing is that they claim to be the light. They claim their cause is that of justice and freedom, not malice, hatred and evil. You can’t outright sell evil to people, so you have to call it good. As the prophet Isaiah said: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20.
And there’s no logical reason not to call abortion evil. Normalizing the mutilation of a child’s corpse is just as evil as the act itself.
Thankfully for people, even someone like Leah, they’re not irredeemable. Such an act and the defense of it rightfully belongs in Hell. For anyone to do this, that’s exactly where they belong. But even something like this can be redeemed. Even someone like any abortionist can be redeemed. Even the most evil figures in history could have been redeemed.
People like Stalin, Ted Bundy, Nikolas Cruz, Osama bin Laden, and even Adolf Hitler could all have been redeemed (in the case of Cruz, he still could be). There’s not a single action coming from their part that would redeem them. Nothing they could do in their own accord. Nothing other than repent; ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness, not from the world, as it would not forgive, but rather forgiveness from God.
He is the only One who could possibly redeem anyone’s soul. He sent His son Jesus Christ to the cross not so that the whole world would be saved, but so that whoever believeth in Him would be.
Now, do I expect Leah to turn to Christ in repentance? No. While I don’t know the woman personally and she’s already given me a horrible first impression, I don’t know if she will at any point in her life. But let’s not forget that Saul would hunt down and order the execution of Christians before he eventually came to Christ himself - and became the Apostle Paul.
If a man as vile as Saul could find salvation, surely anyone could as well. Again, I don’t expect Leah to repent and come to Christ. If she does, I’ll surely never know. But one can only hope and pray that she finds salvation.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
If you know me, you know that whenever a shooting similar to the most recent one at a Florida high school, I’m essentially forced to push back against the typical, brain-dead response from the Left: blaming the guns.
I don’t want to ever be in that situation. I don’t want to hear of another mass shooting. I don’t want to have to defend our 2nd amendment rights every time one happens because guns aren’t the problem here.
The Left is more than ok with shootings (a bold claim, I know, but hear me out) because they will always lead to the same argument: gun control. It’s the one thing they most look forward to out of these situations. And despite the fact that once more information comes in and we discover that no measure of gun control would’ve prevented this shooting or any other shooting, the Left doesn’t care. They continue to push for more gun control, ignoring all the facts as the Left typically does with any subject.
But if you want to prevent most mass shootings (maybe not all of them, but at least most), then pushing for gun control is not the way to go. Gun control only affects law-abiding citizens. Criminals tend not to give two hoots about laws, hence why they’re called criminals.
Schools are gun-free zones, and yet, they’re still attacked. That should be evidence enough for the Left to see that gun control doesn’t work. Guns aren’t allowed in schools but people still shoot up schools. No evil bastard of a criminal is ever going to read the “no guns allowed” sign and think “Well, the sign said guns aren’t allowed, so I’ll just turn back and head home, I guess.” Branding any place a “gun-free zone” is the equivalent of painting a massive target for anyone without a heart to attack.
Not to mention that it makes no logical sense to blame an inanimate object for this sort of tragedy. When a drunk driver hits someone and kills them, who goes to jail? The car? The beer? And who gets the blame for the incident? The car manufacturer? The bar that sold the guy a beer? The brewery that makes the beer?
No, the driver gets the blame. Not the car. Not the beer. The idiot behind the wheel. So then, I ask, why blame guns in these cases? Why blame the NRA? Why blame gun manufacturers? If you put a can of beer in a car with no one in it, chances are that you’re not going to get killed in that instance. If you put a gun, loaded or unloaded, in front of you on a table, chances are that it’s not going to come to life and shoot you.
For the same reason that a car is not going to come to life and run you over. For the same reason a fork isn’t going to come to life and force-feed you until you get fat.
These are all tools. What matters is how we use them.
And, considering the previous example of the car and the beer, that should also be a good indicator as to why gun control wouldn’t work. Drunk driving is illegal in every state, but it still happens. Now, I’m not saying that we should legalize drunk driving at all. That would be a very stupid idea. But the point I’m trying to make is that, despite the fact that we have laws against drunk driving, it still happens.
Despite the fact that weed is illegal in most states, people still possess it, have it, smoke it or deal it. Despite the fact that crack is illegal in every state, people can still get it, smoke it, and deal it.
Law abiding citizens (at least the smart ones) aren’t going to drink and drive. Law abiding citizens aren’t going to possess, smoke or deal weed (at least the ones in states that are still smart and weed is still illegal). Law abiding citizens aren’t going to procure crack, smoke it or deal it.
And as it is, it’s illegal to kill people. Law abiding citizens aren’t going to kill people. Law abiding citizens aren’t going to shoot up schools or concerts. Making guns illegal only makes law abiding citizens less safe.
Gun control only affects law abiding citizens, not criminals. If an evil person wants to get a gun, they will get one legally or illegally if the will is strong enough. We know that the evil bastard that shot up the Florida school got his gun (AR-15) legally and even had smoke grenades (which are also legal). But who’s to say that the guy wouldn’t have gotten his armament illegally if he was that determined to shoot up the school?
We also know that a user by the name of “Nikolas Cruz” (same name as the shooter) left a comment in a YouTube video that said: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” I don’t know why he wrote that, but the comment was reported to the FBI, who didn’t follow up on it (likely due to their witch hunt on Trump). Clearly, he was serious about the threat, so who’s to say any measure of gun control would’ve ultimately prevented the shooting?
Gun control wouldn’t have prevented any other shooting in the past and it wouldn’t prevent any in the future.
But given the title of the article, I know how to prevent most mass shootings: a Christian revival in the country.
I will wager you all of my money that not a single Christian, has ever shot up a school, theater, concert or any place with the intent to cause harm and death on people. All of the shootings that have ever happened anywhere in the world came from people who either didn’t believe in God or were Muslims.
Those are the only two culprits in any and all shootings. And what do they have in common? Neither is taught about the value of life.
According to data accumulated from the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute, just under 1 million abortions take place each year, with more than 55 million abortions having been performed since Roe v. Wade. Let me tell you, it’s not Christians killing these children.
So compare that to a report by CNN that “Guns kill nearly 1300 US children each year” (actual title), and tell me which sounds worse? Of course, I can’t ignore the phrasing by this CNN article, blaming the gun as always. And while I wish no child would ever die at the hands of an evil person with a gun, I also wish no child would ever be killed inside the safest place they should feel: their mother’s womb.
And just who are the people who push for the right to kill your own child? The same people that shed fake tears after every shooting. That’s precisely why I don’t believe anything they say for one second. They push for “protecting the children from guns” all-the-while pushing for women to have the right to kill their own children.
No Christian would ever have or perform an abortion. No Christian would ever shoot people. That’s why I’m saying that Christ is the answer for mass shootings. Christians know the value of life and know not to take one unless their own life is threatened.
The solution to mass shootings doesn’t lie in gun control legislation or debate. It lies in the hearts of the people. Only someone truly evil would do what Nikolas Cruz did. What the Vegas shooter did. What the Orlando nightclub shooter did. What Hitler did. What Stalin did. What Kim Jong-un does.
None of them had Christ in their hearts. And Christ is exactly what it takes to prevent mass shootings. Now, I understand that not everyone will come to Christ in this world, clearly. There will be people who will always be evil and never change. Those are the ones who will be likely to commit mass shootings. Which is precisely why good guys should be able to have guns. Gun control won't stop bad guys from getting guns, it will stop good guys from getting guns and protecting themselves and their loved ones.
Had Christ been in the hearts of any of the aforementioned people, they wouldn’t have done the horrible things they did. Again, the reason is because Christians understand the value of life. And with the Left constantly pushing for the right to end someone’s life in the womb, the Left utterly destroys the value of life. Or rather, they keep people from understanding the value of life.
People will put animals’ lives ahead of people’s lives, even ahead of their own. They will put trees’ lives ahead of people’s lives, even ahead of their own. Those people don’t understand the value of human life and its priority over the life of an animal or a tree.
Unless more people come to understand the value of life, mass shootings will only continue happening. And unless people start to understand what the Left is doing in diminishing the value of life, mass shootings will continue to happen, perhaps at even worse rates.
That’s why I say we need a Christian revival. If almost all people came to Christ and understood the value of life, FAR less shootings would occur, FAR less abortions would occur (both because of the understanding of the value of life and because people would understand the sanctity of marriage and sex within marriage) and the world would honestly be a far better place.
Alas, that’s not something that I expect will happen. I wish I could be optimistic over that, but I understand that not everyone in the world will become Christian, particularly since the Bible says as much. All I can do is hopefully get people to understand the value of life through articles like these and teach my future children the same Christian values I have.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Author: Freddie D. Marinelli.
I recall saying in one of my articles that, even after 8 years of Obama, it’s still not cool to be anti-American. Similarly, even after 8 years of Obama and horrible Leftist media making up the mainstream of society, it’s still not cool to attack the Bible.
It’s one thing if you don’t believe what it says. It’s another to flat-out bash it, especially as poorly as these Leftists did.
Last Sunday, Leftist media publication Salon was forced to delete an article published on their site. The article was originally written on AlterNet, another far-Left publication. The article was titled: “Why Is The Bible So Poorly Written?”
Now, while this doesn’t directly attack the claims made within the Bible, it does attack it by trying to make it literally irrelevant. And I mean literally as in the terms of literature. Although, I suppose the other meaning works just as well.
The article reads: “Millions of evangelicals and other Christian fundamentalists believe that the Bible was dictated by God to men who acted essentially as human transcriptionists. If that were the case, one would have to conclude that God is a terrible writer. Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink – often more red than black. Mixed messages, repetition, bad fact-checking, awkward constructions, inconsistent voice, weak character development, boring tangents, contradictions, passages where nobody can tell what the heck the writer meant to convey. This doesn’t sound like a book that was dictated by a deity.”
Without a doubt, this article received a lot of negative attention and Salon was forced to delete it from their website and sent out this message on Twitter: “Thank you for your feedback. We heard you. Upon further review, we determined that this article, which was republished to Salon from a partner website, did not meet our editorial standards.”
Here are some of the negative comments the article got:
“It’s a book only smart people can read. You should just stick with Harry Potter,” one user wrote. And one person even replied to this user by saying: “Salon writers only read books with pictures in it. Harry Potter is beyond their mental capacity to understand.”
This next user brings about a very good point: “Your article decrying a ‘badly written’ book can’t even bother to quote or cite any scholarly evangelical definitions or defenders of inerrancy or inspiration.”
“Was this article written by a fifteen-year-old who just discovered atheism?” wrote another.
“Frontiers in Theology By 12-Year-Olds,” mocked another user.
This other user also brings up another valid point: “The fact that it is still amongst us after almost 3000 years shows it has the relevance of Shakespeare and all the other things. How many thousands of religious texts have been lost? Yet, the Bible remains. And will long after the factually laughable writing of Salon dies.”
I would argue it has far more relevance than the 17th century writer, but I understand his or her point. It’s truly significant that the Bible remains as massively popular today, perhaps even more so considering the multiple periods of time when copies of the Bible were either forbidden from being sold or simply burnt.
Now, I would like to add my own two cents on this matter.
You’re telling me that just because the Bible is difficult to understand that means there’s something wrong with it or that its contents are irrelevant? The books “Ulysses” and “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce are among a lot of people’s choice of most difficult books to read. But just because a book is difficult to read doesn’t make it a bad book at all.
To believe difficulty means quality is to have the mindset of a moron. And I mean an actual moron. I don’t mean it to be offensive. I mean it to be a description. If someone believes a book is bad because they don’t understand it, that person is an actual moron. To not like it is one thing, but to say it’s objectively bad is ridiculous.
The writer then says that God must be a terrible writer due to the Bible being so difficult to understand. I refer you to my previous point. Does the fact that Ulysses and Finnegans Wake are difficult make James Joyce a bad writer? Many would say that those two books are very good books and Joyce a very good writer (to say the least). Again, the point the writer is making here is ridiculous and irrelevant.
Then the writer says that many passages in the Bible would “get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor…” I have no doubt that a typical writing professor is too much of a simpleton to understand the complexity of the Bible. Most college professors are Leftist morons, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a writing professor would give the Bible an “F”.
Let’s dive into the specific quarrels this person has, shall we? “Mixed messages, repetition, bad fact-checking, awkward constructions, inconsistent voice, weak character development, boring tangents, contradictions, passages where nobody can tell what the heck the writer meant to convey.”
If you were to compare what the New and Old Testaments say God commands His people to do, then, yes, there would be mixed messages. But that’s because the Old Testament people lived with the Old Covenant and New Testament people live with the New Covenant. It’s literally two separate messages that God gives His people, but not because He changed his mind halfway through the Bible. It’s because in the Old Testament, the way to be saved was to have faith (like in the New Testament) but also to make a sacrifice each time you sinned in repentance. You had to perform certain ceremonial acts. Not to mention that the Jewish leaders began adding things they supposedly “had” to do to appease God.
Men literally made up laws and commandments that would “grant” them salvation. In the New Testament God offered His own Son as a sacrifice that all who believe in Him shall have eternal life.
Regarding repetition, I’ve never known repetition to be a poor writing tool. Often times, I end up repeating myself because the point I’m making is so important I have to say it twice or more. Frankly, the books that I believe have the most repetition in them are the books of Psalm and Proverbs. And the reason they repeat phrases or proverbs is to indicate their significance in our lives. Repetition is used for emphasis throughout the Bible. For example, John 6:47 reads "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life." In this case the repetition of the word "truly" is meant to signify that what follows is particularly important. It was the style in Biblical times.
Otherwise, the only other instance of repetition I can think of is the Four Gospels, but those are written in different people’s perspectives of the events that occurred in the apostle’s life with Christ. I don’t believe that to be a bad writing tool at all.
“Bad fact-checking”? Are you serious? Notice how she never actually offers any sort of evidence to the claims she’s making. By saying that the Bible has “bad fact-checking” and failing to cite any evidence of it in the Bible is inherently bad fact-checking from this Leftist moron.
If you want evidence of bad fact-checking, consider perhaps the entire Climate Change movement that requires more faith to believe in than the Bible itself. I know for a fact that there is a God (the evidence is LITERALLY EVERYTHING AROUND YOU COULDN’T HAVE COME FROM NOTHING WITHOUT GOD), just as I know that there is no Climate Change. And yet, I’m certain this Leftist writer believes Climate Change will kill us all one day.
I won’t go into every single “point”, since this article is plenty lengthy as is, so I’ll focus on a few important ones.
“Inconsistent voice”. The Bible was written by many people. Around 40 people, in fact. Gather 40 different writers from 7 different nations who spoke 3 different languages across 16 centuries to write different chapters in a book and tell me the voice will be consistent.
“Weak character development”. That would only be a valid point if the Bible was fiction. But it’s not fiction. It’s HISTORY! Character development tends to be important in fiction books, not non-fiction histories.
“Contradictions”. There’s a big difference between a contradiction and a paradox. A paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may provide to be well founded or true. And there are plenty of examples of it in the Bible. One such instance appears in the book of Daniel.
During King Belshazzar’s feast, God wrote “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin.” Belshazzar did not know what this meant and called upon wise men to interpret it but none of them could. Belshazzar then called for Daniel to come and interpret what the words meant. He was successful, interpreting the word Mene to mean: “God has numbered the days of your [Belshazzar’s] kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres (singular of Parsin), your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Belshazzar had promised Daniel that if he could interpret what the wall said that Daniel would be clothed in purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and made into the third ruler of the kingdom.
And that’s where the “contradiction” comes in. If Belshazzar is naming Daniel as the third ruler, who was the second? Well, Belshazzar was. He was technically the second ruler. That may not make much sense but hear me out.
Belshazzar wasn’t the first, he was the second. His direct father, King Nabodinus, who ruled from 556-539 B.C., was known as the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He was the first. (Another "contradiction" would be that the Bible says Nebuchadnezzar is Belshazzar's father, but Belshazzar has a bloodline connected to Nebuchadnezzar and the Hebrew word for "father" can also be "ancestor".)
Then how could Belshazzar be king at the time of Babylon’s fall to the Persians? Well, the Hebrew word for king is “melek” which can also mean “royal”. And Belshazzar was certainly a royal figure.
Besides, at the time, Babylon was at war with Persia (given that Persia conquered Babylon soon after the events in that section of the book of Daniel). Kings would often go to war with their soldiers to directly command them. This means, of course, that a member of the royal family had to stay behind and rule the nation. That’s what made Belshazzar the second ruler and, therefore, made Daniel the third (not that it lasted).
As you can see, that’s more of a paradox than a contradiction.
But enough about that. This article is already very long, so I’ll simply end things with this.
I’m very glad to see that attacking the Bible, even in this sense, will still result in negative attention for a far-Left publisher such as Salon. It gives me hope to see people so unabashedly defending the Truth.
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
Author: Freddie Drake Marinelli.
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