Dawkins is an idiot. Jesus Christ please move over and give me room here!
Tree of life?
There is a man.....
(our team will try to write most of this in the 3rd person or "we" writing style so editors who count the word "I" will not downgrade this in the publishing) Sometimes we ask the question, "would you rather have a preacher man use the "me" or the "you" or the "we" and does it really make a difference?
Now there is a man that wakes up in the morning and praises Jesus Christ. And about ten minutes later he does it again. And sometimes 10 second intervals and sometimes 45 minute intervals all darned day long. This man literally walks around all day, thanking Christ. Christ is in him and with him and about him.
Oh do not you worry your pretty little head. The man is no saint because certainly within 10 seconds by his own will he can make a muck up of things in general.
A fun thing about the man is that he is a preacher man. But not one like you generally know. He preaches but does not accept pay for it. He can preach the Catholic catechism concepts from both the Eastern and Western traditions. He is just as likely to quote, Mandela, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama or Geronimo as he is the Apostle Paul. He loves to sit in the grass under a tree to preach. He believes very strongly in Hell but not like a place with an address and he believes almost all living people have already been there somehow.
He has four children and all of the adult ones served time as acolytes and youth group leaders. He was raised Methodist and Presbyterian in a church called federated and his first 3 real girlfriends were Mormons. He has been to at least fifty Buddhist Temples, Shinto Shrines and has been through the Native American sweat lodge and dances and other rites of passage. His work with the Episcopal and Anglican Cannons are still used today. This guy is not a religious person, he is a walking epitome of religious understanding.
He can say the Eucharist in Latin and the Baptism in Greek. (do not ask him to write them down) Yes he also has the obligatory degrees from universities to add BS to his name. He has studied at Dartmouth, Paris, Saigon, San Diego and Puebla Mex.
So why would this man wake up and walk around all day long with a guy that died 2,000 years ago?
He also has a Doctorate and so you may call him Dr. Dierker. Well he could get two more doctorates like his father before him. But one is enough. His area of studies are in Philosophy. We do not "believe" in Kant or Aristotle or Descartes or Buddha.
We who are Legion believe in Love.
Ha Ha ha ha --- Possibly we are crazy! Yes the man we speak of declares this a hymn. My only advice is to think twice.
Would you listen to someone with a doctorate in the field of interest?
Is there absolutely no one who can teach you about religion?
Now there is a bunch of talk about the Holy Spirit and God the Father.
This is good talk. Unless you are one of those who think they should run around smiting things, people and places they are just fantastic. This man gets all filled up with the Holy Spirit from time to time and one time got a spontaneous fever of 110 degrees as measured by a nurse. He busts out in spontaneous laughter and crying bouts from day to day. So the man gets that Spirit. But that deal is not the man's it comes when the Holy Spirit comes.
Yes the man knows how to say "I believe in Christ, Jesus, I believe He is the Son of God and I believe that through Him I am saved and now I ask the Holy Spirit to enter me". And the man probably does that 4-6 times a day.
And yep and indeedy the man actually prays for forgiveness about 20 times a day. And he actually stands up after prayer and does an about face physically. He really whips his body around. For he prays for repentance not just for forgiveness. He begs to be turned around and walk in the right the direction. He promises to try harder and to love more deeply and act more deeply.
I just love this version. They all be stupid looking ugly folk like me. Can you imagine how many hearts this has touched?
Let my Lord rise in your heart as this sunrise rose for me.
Now about this deal about Love!
On the first day you are born you are loved by somebody. That is just fact. We reckon that you could be born out of a test tube in a crazy USSR gulag/goulash experimental hospital. So you could make it possible not to be physically loved at the moment. But that is crazy talk. Even if as the writer you are born and immediately rushed away for surgery and then later adoption you are born and loved at that very moment.
How do I know? How do we know? How do you know? Because I love you! And before me and with me and after me there are millions that love you. Yes you are just horrible ugly and not worthy and disgusting and crazy and defective. Amen you are just like me!
Believe it or not, when this man wakes up and praises God and always says "this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it", he then says thank you Lord for your babies and know that through your Grace of letting me live another glorious day, I love all the babies born.
You see the man does not do this out of praise. He does it out of the need to survive. For Jesus walk so close to him that if he even varies a single step from Love, he separates himself from Jesus, maybe just a damned inch --- maybe a mile. But that is not good.
And he gets that.
Good Morning in the hottest desert in the world.
Oh no baby, we are not done talking about Love.
You see the man knows all about that sick horrible and demented God that his Church buddies learned about and got smacked about by crazy nuns, but he also knows a safe and happy God that walks with him whenever he lets God into his life.
Peace, love, forgiveness and compassion are in fact spaces of places. It is not about deserving the goodness it is about giving it. Life is not about living it, it is about loving it. And we just cannot escape that idea.
Now we all know some atheists. And we all love some atheists who love us back. But the Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or atheist who cannot love is lost. Now sometimes you may be correct in swimming out to save a drowning man. But we know that a good lifeguard will not just swim up to a flailing idiot drowning man. There are tools to be used and "holds" to be employed so as not to let the lifeguard go down with the drowning man. And so be it with the man drowning of lack of love. Be weary and do not get dragged down with him. Employ your tools and use you "holds". Love is not a cure all for all.
I always just chuckle at the story of "Legion". So Jesus comes upon this man with at least two thousand demons in him. He eventually casts them into two thousand "Jewish" farmers pigs. And all the pigs run into and drown in the water. The Jewish farmers are pissed off. ---- Well duh, Jews are not supposed to be raising pigs. The whole story makes mockery of "religion" but makes clear a lesson of love. And so shall this author bend down on one knee at least twenty times a day and say "Lord i am really screwing up here. I think I know what is best, please turn me around so I can love more deeply and closer to you"
(oh all disclaimers go out, as the author is a preacher man and ain't no priest, he is not even worthy enough to get paid for preaching and he is mortally sick in love with God)
He who denies majesty of soul denies humanity!
So I read this guy Dawkins. I guess because he is all messed up physically he has credence?
This guy denies God but places himself as God. This guy denies universal truths but makes his thought "truth" above others. This guy cannot even understand the notion of a black hole. At least today he does not and he says that yesterday he did not.
This guys' ego and pride are disgusting and obscene. He really thinks that love is not God. And he really thinks that there is no power greater than himself. He really thinks that all things are a matter of physics.
The guy has absolutely no empathy or compassion or the capability of understanding them. This guy is not human.