Zach F Wrote: As much as religion hinders our society, I don't think there is much worse than people like Osteen. He extorts money from people looking from hope. He is praised for not making references to the fire and brimstone teachings of the Bible which translates into him cherry picking what will get him the most money. He gets a tax exemption as he makes millions by taking advantage of his neighbors. There is just no excuse for scum like this.
Barrry Wrote: Believing comes from reading the Word of God.
L.A. Citizen Wrote: So. if Gods language cannot be spoken or written.....he must be a deaf/mute Caucasian???
Dutch Wrote: The funny part of it, that all this B.S. is written by people not by Martians or deaf mute Canadians (sorry Caucasians) or any non-aerodynamic angels, ghosts, or written after a wet dream. They just found a 39,000 year old wooley mammoth in Siberia; kind of weird when the "holy one's" tell us the world is only 8000 years old. Must have come from Mars and dropped here.
Guy Dwyer Wrote: pgr,
That's certainly part of it, because part of the purpose of the message is to remind humanity of the true purpose of their religions. And you are quite right because it is common sense to acknowledge that there are karmic consequences to our words and actions.
You are also right because in that respect, religion doesn't necessarily have anything to do with it. Even the secular U.S. Constitution and Supreme Law of the Land are based on the same common sense, with quite a bit of innovative wisdom and evolutionary advancements added to it.
However, the message is comprehensive, covering most of the most crucial issues of the day regarding both religion and government. And it is particularly designed to show that the view of Washington, Franklin, Paine, Adams, Madison and other Founders, and especially Jefferson, is the view that Americans should now recognize and acknowledge -- because it is opposite of that of "Christian" Dominionists who are fighting to rule.
The view I'm talking about was expressed very well by Jefferson in his Autobiography. He wrote: “Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting ‘Jesus Christ,’ so that it would read ‘A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion," the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Muslim, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”
It was rejected because Jefferson and many other Founders knew that Jesus was not the author of Christianity. The first and main author was Paul, and the texts of a select few others also made it into the official church canon. In fact, Jefferson wrote: "Among the sayings and discourses imputed to Jesus by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being." And he wrote many other things expressing the same opinion.
If you read Quotes of the Founders Regarding Religion, you can readily see that even though most of them believed in God, whether they were Christians or Deists or Freemasons, they were very much against Theocracy, and very much against theocratic imposition of religious dogma and beliefs into the operations of government. They were adamant about it because they were well aware of the history of Christianity, and the history of Theocrats who played god.