Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Beauty”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Beauty. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Everyone wants to think they’re Beautiful.”

And…

“Beholder’s eyes don’t always see straight.”

Thank God for honest mommas.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Simply Kalam-itous

Shutting down a dishonest use of Kalam to “prove” the Existance of God

The Kalam Cosmological Argument

  • Whatever begins to exist had a cause
  • The Universe began to exist
  • The Universe had a cause.

That’s it. All the Kalam says it that the Universe ‘must’ have had a cause. It says nothing whatever about that cause, whether it was personal, impersonal, accidental or intentional. Nothing.

Personal Disclaimer:

I am neither a scientist or a philosopher. And although I believed, read, studied and even taught the bible for decades as a Christian, I don’t claim to be a Theologian or biblical scholar either.

Bait and Switch

But people try to use this simple syllogism that only speaks to the Beginning of the Universe to “leapfrog” to ‘God therefore exists… prove me wrong’. It’s just not honest.

But to be Honest…

Issues with the premeses and conclusion aside, neither God or a ‘Creation’ of everything there “Now” is from a state of absolute Nothingness “Before” is proven, demonstrated or even implied by The Kalam. And by the flipside, to state or try to imply otherwise is disingenuous at best… and Intentionally Dishonest at worst.

And to do so for the agenda of Apologetics to “smuggle in” a God who you can’t actually demonstrate or prove to actually exist in Reality and ultimately to shift the “Burden of Proof” onto those who would disbelieve you… well, that’s just deceptive, dishonest, arrogant and rude. And you know it, or you should.

And… The response to Craig’s response…

As I said, I’m not a theologian, scientist or a philosopher so I won’t be ‘arguing this out’ with anyone… Especially not With others who aren’t professionally trained theologians, scientists or philosophers… that means YOU amateur internet apologists. Just watch the videos and if you are really trying to understand, seek out others and more information that disagrees with your positions than that which just confirms what you already believe.

Confirmation bias can be a real B -word. It takes courage and integrity to be willing to hear, understand and if necessary accept information when it disagrees with your current model of reality. Be courageous. Be Honest.

-mike

Ten Word Tuesday: What the Fawkes?

Welcome to his week’s Ten Word Tuesday.
It’s the Fifth of November. And I can think of no reason that it should “ever be forgot”. But the Gunpowder Plot was less about a Democratic over throw of a Totalitarian/Hitlarian government as was the story in one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta. It was actually a religiously motivated attempt to assasinate a Protestant Christian King James by a Catholic Christian group of men so they could install James’ own Nine year old Catholic daughter in his stead.
Yes, it was an attempted Christian coup that was actually discovered and stopped. Guy Fawkes was far from the “Hero” portrayed by the character in the movie inspired by him. He was the Fall “Guy” who got caught guarding the 36 barrels of explosives that was supposed to blow up the Parliament building.
So, again…Not a heroic event to be remembered positively.  It was a Christian religiously motivated bombing intended to topple the Protestant government with a People’s Parliament and impose a Catholic State. The UK marked it as an event never to be forgot because of the attempted assasination of both King James and their government… that thankfully failed.
Neither party saw the other as “True Christians”.
The Plotters were basically a Christian ISIS Terrorist group.

“The fifth of November should never be forgot or misunderstood.”

Now it’s your turn. -mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Heaven”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Heaven. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Only Heaven awaits in God’s grace.”

And…

“Justice requires it to be so.”

If God I all loving, understanding, gracious and merciful… Then Heaven is the only option in regards to our Life after death here.

No matter what shape or situation that encompasses “punishment” or Justice for our ‘sins’ of being human, flawed and fragile… The God who made us cannot but recognize that we are not meant or fashioned for ‘perfection’. Life is not perfect and neither are we.

If the implications of our failures go far beyond the consequences of this life, there is no way that we in our finiteness could ever be held to an infinite sentence for what we’ve done in our limited natures, circumstances and information available. It would be Unjust to hand down Infinite Justice on Finite creatures with Limited capabilities and capacities.

So I believe that if Heaven is for Any, it is for All. That is what Grace is after all. Getting what we could never deserve. I haven’t always felt this way. But I’ve learned to err on the side of Mercy.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Anger”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Anger. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Anger motivates for Good or Evil”

Remember to heed the warnings of Starbuck and avoid the fate of Ahab.

Sometimes is better to learn when to let it go. And then… Let it go.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Fate”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Fate. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“We are free, within our Boundaries.”

I don’t believe in Divine Determinism or Preordained Happenstance. Even though there is nothing accidental by physics, Physics itself is not governed by Fate.

Nature is Natural and as such proceeds and unfolds as Nature sees fit. All involved. All interacting. All cooperating in the Dance.

“Destined to Create our own Fates.”

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Loss”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Loss. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Loss is an opportunity to Gain”

It’s not to belittle or make less the importance of what happens To us when we say that what happens Thru us creates the difference In us. All loss sucks for a time, but shouldn’t for All time. To the degree we accept and incorporate, adapt and innovate, is the measure of how successful we will be in our ability to Grow and Learn and Be better for the future not only for ourselves, but for Others around us.

“Grieve the Loss, Anticipate the Benefit

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Betrayed”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Betrayed. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“What once was Precious, now Lost”

And another to illustrate…

“The Betrayals that Betrayal leads to.”

Who betrays whom?

We think of Judas

One who believed, yet Betrayed-

-The One meant to Die.

A Zealot pre-made

God shaped his own betrayer.

Determined ahead.

Following a script

Set forth from Eternity

Obedient one

Did Judas betray?

Without knowing, he obeyed.

Could he be guilty?

Story set in Blood

Omniscient narrator writes.

Novelized doctrine.

“Buy Truth”, or the truth?

Not the Only “Risen One”.

Once “Found”, but now Free.

-mike

Betrayed and Betrayer

Some may call us Apostates. Others Deconverts. Still others “stop their ears” to our stories and past to lable us “never saved” or Atheists… both wrongly so.

Those of us who have asked questions that “must not be asked” or dug deeper than the ‘Answers’ provided that “must not be questioned” feel differently though.

It’s not us who have Betrayed our former Faith or Saviour, it’s our Faith Tradition which has betrayed us by not allowing the possibility that gnaws at the hearts and minds of almost everyone who believes, but the most irrational and separated from Reality. The possibility that we are wrong. That God may exist, but Other than we Believe.

I still believe in God.

I don’t “know” or claim to be able to fully know. But I believe still. If God truly exists, He/She/It is so “Other” as to be beyond our detection by natural means or comprehension by limited minds. I no longer believe we would be able to Know.

We’re the ones who have been betrayed for decades, centuries, millennia, regarding the Foundations of our “Faith Once Delivered”. Apologists try to block the exits, plug the dike, give us “answers sufficient” to keep us calm and confident, but wholly unable to completely disspell the doubt, erradicate the “disease” that threatens to shine the light on the Hollywood Set-piece nature of the “Greatest Story Ever Told”. Apologetics is Big Business and business… is Booming.

Some know what they are saying and selling, as one historian repeats, “isn’t True, isn’t History”, that it’s “just more Astounding Rubbish from the New Testament”, and Tradition passed down thru the ages as Revealed Truth ™.

Some know, but are “bound” by carreer, finances and families to make the best of it anyway, like the “Hirelings” spoken of by Jesus in the Gospel, lest they “lose the World by gaining their souls” and integrity.

Thankfully, aside from a short stint as a missionary overseas myself, I was never in such a position of making that choice. But I think of those who betrayed me and empathize with them as well, having been betrayed themselves by others and the same system, and betraying themselves everyday to maintain their livelihoods and careers.

Universal Stockholm Syndrome

We have all been held captive to an idea that Captivates as it promises Freedom. Even those whose “Jobs” it is to Apologize, Answer for and Defend what, if Truly True, would not need defending, answering for or Apologetics.

Truth can be Detected for

History, Science, Archaelogy and Biology all tell a very different story. One that can be verified and even challenged and corrected if found later to be incorrect or in need of updating.

Faith neither offers nor tolerates any of those. It demands obedience. I was both Betrayed and Betrayer.

Now… I’m on Recovery. Why not join me?

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.

-mike

The Web Of Life

The is no difference or separation between us. We are all part of the same Life. -mike

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“The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

-Chief Seattle

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