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A song for the group.

Harmony can be a beautiful thing, but there are times when it is not. Understanding when is key.

Religion is inconvenient for those who demand certainty.

Theistic religion involves a belief in a deity, and faith that a deity exists.

Some prefer concrete things, rejecting everything that they cannot measure, or weigh, or photograph.

Some call all religion an illusion or a delusion. Some feel that their own intellect is capable of discerning what is true and what is merely illusion. The Greeks had a word for that. The word is hubris.



The ways of the Creator ARE mysterious.

As are the ways of our fellow humans in many cases. Can anyone here claim to know with 100% certainty why anyone really does anything? Or all of the reasons? No.

In the case of the Creator, we as humans are limited by our human intelligence and perception. So any attempt to explain why the Creator created, or why any particular thing exists in that creation, are an attempt to understand the mind of the Creator.

A similar difficulty exists when anyone asks, "if there is a Creator, where is the Creator?". The Creator is in creation, and creation is in the Creator.

And if anyone asks, a favorite theme, "why is there disease, or germs, or hurricanes?", the only answer is, because that is how the universe developed.

American Atheists terminates its president over sexual misconduct allegations Part 3?

From the article:

American Atheists, one of the most combative organizations dedicated to the promotion of secularism, has terminated its highly visible president, David Silverman, over allegations of financial and sexual misconduct.
Silverman, through his lawyer, denied the accusations.
American Atheists’ board announced the move on Friday (April 13) hours before the website BuzzFeed News published a story detailing the allegations of two women who say Silverman, 51, had nonconsensual sexual contact with them.


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/16/american-atheists-terminates-its-president-over-sexual-misconduct-allegations/

2 allegations of non-consensual sexual assault, allegations of financial improprieties, and possibly taking personal advantage of a position of power and trust.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

In the theme of Sunday music, I present:Il fait dimanche quand tu souris

Anatomy of a liar. Trump's big problem.

First, it is apparent to most of us that Trump is a serial liar who cannot or will not ever tell the truth about anything.

Why? Either he is allergic to the truth, a common affliction among GOP politicians, or he is a crook who has much to hide.

Consider that he never released, nor will he ever release, his tax forms. What that suggests is that he has so much to hide that he could not explain away even to his loyal Trumpers.

And being a liar, he must lie about everything he does that relates to him getting money from Russian oligarchs, Chinese businesses, the Mafia, and other unsavory types.

The biggest problem with lying is, if one part of the lie is exposed, the story must be changed to conform to what is now known. And as more of the truth is exposed, more of the story must change. SO we have in effect a kaleidoscope of a story, where every turn of the eyepiece reveals a different picture.

Is faith a noun or a verb?

Most people might say that faith is a thing, and thus a noun. And they would be correct. But consider this:

The problem we have in translating the Bible is that sometimes there is no single word in English that can represent the Greek word. That's the situation here. When you see words like belief, believed, and faith in the NT, they are really the same word in the Greek although they may have slightly different meanings due to context. That word is "pistis" as a noun and "pisteuo" as a verb. When the noun form is used it is translated as faith or belief. When the verb form is used it is translated as believed, or as "by faith."


http://pheugo.com/faithmatters/index.php?page=FaithMatters.Faithisaverb&WEBMGR=846fafeb0c3a6445eab46c9ebd0e4182

So if we look at the 2 forms, it leads us to believe that faith must be accompanied by an action reflecting that faith.

In addition, from the same source:

Most importantly, faith is an activity. In our modern way of thinking we separate mind and body, subjective and objective. We say that the objective things are provable and subjective things are not and then further claim that only what is objectively provable is "real" and "true." People today put faith in the category of something subjective and thus perceive it as believing without proof. That's a modern idea that shouldn't really be read back into the NT. In many cases, when Jesus healed someone, he would say, "Your faith has made you whole." Their faith was not simply sitting around passively believing that Jesus could heal them. It was a belief so strong that they went and sought out Jesus. That faith-action resulted in the proof or validity of what they believed. Thus, faith in the NT sense is an action based upon a belief. The belief is so secure that the person is willing to act, even to the point of risking death, because of the confidence in what they believe.


So we can see that faith impels one to action that is presumably, hopefully, reflective of that faith. And given that many faiths contain admonitions on behavior, that behavior should also be reflective of the faith.

Thoughts?

Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Peace Talks and 'Withdrawal of All Foreign Forces' From Syria

With U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly mulling his "options" for a military attack on Syria while continuing to issue belligerent threats on Twitter, U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the Tory government on Friday for "waiting for instructions" from Trump and demanded an immediate resumption of peace talks.


To read more:

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/13/denouncing-rush-war-corbyn-calls-peace-talks-and-withdrawal-all-foreign-forces-syria?


But war is so very profitable, and it would divert attention from the Mueller investigation.

Clergy reject Missouri bill on concealed guns in churches (cross posted from Religion)

From the article:

A group of religious leaders is condemning a Missouri bill to permit people to carry concealed firearms in church without permission from clergy, with St. Louis’ Catholic archbishop threatening to sue if the bill is signed into law.
The bill would “broaden Second Amendment rights at the expense of the First Amendment right of religious liberty,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/12/clergy-reject-missouri-bill-on-concealed-guns-in-churches/

Clergy reject Missouri bill on concealed guns in churches

From the article:

A group of religious leaders is condemning a Missouri bill to permit people to carry concealed firearms in church without permission from clergy, with St. Louis’ Catholic archbishop threatening to sue if the bill is signed into law.
The bill would “broaden Second Amendment rights at the expense of the First Amendment right of religious liberty,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/12/clergy-reject-missouri-bill-on-concealed-guns-in-churches/


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