What follows is a discussion that arose as an offshoot of a Facebook discussion regarding recent violent events in the USA. I engaged a participant who made an assertion in support of the inherited sin model of Christian doctrine.
Note that the poster seems to have copied and pasted other materiel into her post:
Original Poster (OP):There are several lines of biblical evidence for the historic Christian doctrine that we are all born into the world with sinful natures, due to the sin of Adam. Continue reading →
A couple of months ago, I decided I’d keep track along the way of individuals in our generation who claim to be prophets. I happened upon a surprising claim this week from an Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. While he did not claim to be a prophet of God in the fashion that many religious people do, I was intrigued that he claims to have been “called by the Universe”.
Here is the excerpt you will find in the embedded YouTube video at roughly 00:00:45 – 00:01:17:
“I wanted to become an astrophysicist not because I chose it; in a way, the Universe chose me. …. I was called by the Universe. I had no choice in the matter.” (See it in the video below.)
I find this interesting because the scientist is most likely waxing metaphoric, as if to say that “It was as ifthe Universe were calling to me.” If this is how humans tend to think about their own experiences—even highly-trained thinkers such as Tyson—then is it any wonder that average citizens tend to wax imaginary about their “callings” from God? Is it any wonder that so very many people fancy themselves to have a “relationship with God” even though they know full well that there is nothingtypical about that “relationship”? That is, they talk to God but God doesn’t talk back. They ask for things and often don’t get anything that can even be imaginedto be a response from God. They cannot make a phone call to reach him as they do with their other relationships, and he doesn’t reply to email. Yet even so, they imagine a “relationship” with him just the same. And here we have the famous Astrophysicist engaging in something of the same general sort, it seems.
If the Universe can call an astrophysicist and a table can give Wayne Dyer the words for a book, perhaps the preachers claiming prophecy ought at least to be recognized as belonging to a larger group of humans doing the same thing—-however unreal those claims may be.
I’ve learned through experience that people who say the following are not likely to be highly-authentic people.
“To be honest…” or “To tell the truth…” Whenever I hear this, I always wonder why it is at that particular point in the conversation that this phrase comes out. Was the person lying beforethis point in the conversation? And if not, why is it important to affirm to me that he is not lying now? Has he suddenly become untrustworthy in the middle of a conversation? And if not to me, why to himself? Or is he just a cognitive miser who repeats this phrase because he has heard it from others, and without regard to whatever it is supposed to mean or what it might tend to convey (or to betray, even)? None of these possibilities speak well of his personal authenticity. Continue reading →
Popular motivational speaker Wayne Dyer (Wikipedia article) claims that he is not the source of his own writing and speaking. You may watch the full length presentation, in which I found the following clip at Youtube. The excerpt below occurs from 1:55 to 3:29 on the full video.
“…I finally realized that I don’t write the books—that there is an energy that is working through me, whether you call it Source or God or Spirit… ”
He goes on to describe how words once flowed from a table into his hand upon the table, and from there, through his heart and over to his writing hand, where he wrote them into the book he was composing at the time.
Pelham’s Law of the Tyranny of the Masses: The citizens become collectively complicit in tyranny when they allow it to flourish.
Corollary 1: Neither ignorance, fear, distraction, nor apathy excuse the citizens from purging tyranny. Nor does participation in failing solutions and/or organizations excuse the citizen. Continue reading →
Pelham’s Second Law of Political Solutions: In a society of cognitive misers, government’s interest in solving problems increases in direct proportion to the amount of personal benefit the governors expect to gain from the proposed solution.