Category: Religion

Thus as a mother with her life Will guard her …

Thus as a mother with her life
Will guard her son, her only child,
Let him extend unboundedly
His heart to every living being.
And so with love for all the world
Let him extend unboundedly
His heart, above, below, around,
Unchecked, with no ill will or hate.

Zen points directly to the human heart, see in…

Zen points directly to the human heart, see into your nature and become Buddha.

Televangelist Benny Hinn Admits Going Too Far …

Televangelist Benny Hinn Admits Going Too Far With Prosperity Gospel…:

That’s like him saying…he took lying to people…too far…!

Still no sign that he’s giving his ill-gotten gains back…!

“…
it’s not God’s word what is taught and I think I’m as guilty as others.” he said…suggesting that by pointing his finger at others doing the same thing, he is no worse than others…so that makes it OK…!

Then, blaming others, he says “he now realizes that some of the things he learned from preachers when
he was growing up
aren’t biblical and the popular interpretation of the
prosperity gospel — the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and
that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of
faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes
and offerings
— is one of those things…adding…
“When I was younger I was influenced by the preachers who taught whatever
they taught. But as I’ve lived longer I’m thinking wait a minute, you
know this doesn’t fit totally with the Bible and it doesn’t fit with the
reality (!!)

Then, making a completely hollow boast, he says…”People have accused me of things that aren’t even real. One guy wrote a
comment ‘Oh he’s worth 40 million.’ Oh how I wish. I would give it all
to the Kingdom before God Almighty
“ he said.”…but of course, there is no indication that he is giving away everything that he actually has got…!

 https://www.christianpost.com/news/televangelist-benny-hinn-admits-going-too-far-with-prosperity-gospel-in-wake-of-billy-grahams-death-219011/

Now compare that nonsense…to what his relative says…!


I was traveling the world on a private Gulfstream jet doing “gospel”
ministry and enjoying every luxury money could buy. After a comfortable
flight and my favorite meal (lasagna) made by our personal chef, we
prepared for a ministry trip by resting at The Grand Resort: Lagonissi.
Boasting my very own ocean-view villa, complete with private pool and
over 2,000 square feet of living space, I perched on the rocks above the
water’s edge and rejoiced in the life I was living. After all, I was
serving Jesus Christ and living the abundant life he promised. 

Growing up in the Hinn family empire was like belonging
to some hybrid of the royal family and the mafia. Our lifestyle was
lavish, our loyalty was enforced, and our version of the gospel was big
business. Though Jesus Christ was still a part of our gospel, he was
more of a magic genie than the King of Kings. Rubbing him the right
way—by giving money and having enough faith—would unlock your spiritual
inheritance. God’s goal was not his glory but our gain. His grace was
not to set us free from sin but to make us rich. The abundant life he
offered wasn’t eternal, it was now. We lived the prosperity gospel.

My father pastored a small church in Vancouver, British
Columbia. During my teenage years, he would travel nearly twice a month
with my uncle, Benny Hinn. Prosperity theology paid amazingly well. We
lived in a 10,000-square-foot mansion guarded by a private gate, drove
two Mercedes Benz vehicles, vacationed in exotic destinations, and
shopped at the most expensive stores. On top of that, we bought a $2
million ocean-view home in Dana Point, California, where another Benz
joined the fleet. We were abundantly blessed.

Throughout those years we faced countless criticisms from both inside and outside the church. Dateline NBC, The Fifth Estate
(a Canadian news program), and other shows did investigative work.
Well-known ministry leaders took to the airwaves warning people about
our teachings, and local pastors told their congregations to steer clear
of pulpits filled by a “Hinn.” At the time, I believed we were being
persecuted like Jesus and Paul, and that our critics were just jealous
of our blessings.

Within the family, we didn’t tolerate criticism. One day
I asked my father if we could go heal my friend from school who had
lost her hair due to cancer. He replied that we should pray for her at
home rather than going to heal her. I thought to myself, Shouldn’t we be doing what the apostles did if we have the same gift?
At that point, I didn’t question our ability to heal, but doubts began
to stir about our motives. We only did healings in the crusades, where
music created the atmosphere, money changed hands, and people approached
us with the “right” amount of faith.

Other doubts would surface. What about unsuccessful
healing attempts? I learned that it was the sick person’s fault for
doubting God. Why would we speak in tongues without interpretation?
“Don’t quench the Spirit,” I was told. “He can do what he wants.” Why
did many of our prophecies contradict the Bible? “Don’t put God in a
box.” Despite the questions, I trusted my family because we were so
successful. Tens of thousands of people followed us, millions packed
stadiums annually to hear my uncle. We healed the sick, performed
miracles, rubbed elbows with celebrities, and got incredibly wealthy.
God must be on our side!

Before going to college, I took a year off and joined
Benny’s ministry as a “catcher” (someone who catches the people who are
“slain in the spirit”) and personal assistant. This was a rite of
passage in my family, as nearly every nephew worked for him at some
point. It was a show of loyalty and gratitude. That year was a whirlwind
tour of luxury: $25,000-a-night royal suites in Dubai, seaside resorts
in Greece, tours of the Swiss Alps, villas on Lake Como in Italy,
basking on the golden coast of Australia, shopping sprees at Harrods in
London, and numerous trips to Israel, Hawaii, and everywhere in between.
The pay was great, we flew on our own private Gulfstream, and I got to
buy custom suits. All I had to do was catch people and look spiritual…!”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/october/benny-hinn-costi-uncle-prosperity-preaching-testimony.html

Day 1,853

There’s still no god.

From The Atheist Pig

From The Atheist Pig

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Florida House approves bill to post “In God We…

Florida House approves bill to post “In God We Trust” in all public schools:

The separation between church and state continues to be eroded.  And atheists are expected to pay for this with their taxes?

Those who can see the static pattern in the ce…

Those who can see the static pattern in the center moving…have a natural propensity to believe in a god/prime mover… That’s right…just about everyone…! It’s just that conscious, rational, reasonable people…have learned to not blindly trust their fertile, primitive imagination… 

Only humans have invented stories to explain their imaginings/superstitions/irrational fears

…and credited the gods they created, for giving their imaginings to them…believing the very stories they invented…

“Once we realize this omnipresence of the imaginary in the everyday…nothing special is left to explain concerning religion…”  

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13782-religion-a-figment-of-human-imagination/

“In recent years scientists specializing in the mind have begun to
unravel religion’s “DNA.” They have produced robust theories, backed by
empirical evidence (including “imaging” studies of the brain at work),
that support the conclusion that it was humans who created God, not the
other way around. And the better we understand the science, the closer
we can come to “no heaven … no hell … and no religion too…”  

https://evolutionnews.org/2011/07/imagine_which_came_first_god_o/

“…religious love is only man’s natural emotion of love directed to a
religious object…religious fear is only the ordinary fear of commerce,
so to speak, the common quaking of the human breast, in so far as the
notion of divine retribution may arouse it…religious awe is the same
organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain
gorge; only this time it comes over us at the thought of our
supernatural relations…

…you might say that we were “designed” by natural selection to feel love
and awe and joy and fear. (So long as you understand that “designed” is a
metaphor; natural selection isn’t like a human designer who consciously
envisions the end product and then realizes it, but is rather a blind,
dumb process of trial and error.) But to say that these emotions are a
product of “design” isn’t to say that when they’re activated by religion
they’re working as “designed.”

What kinds of beliefs was the human mind “designed” by natural selection to harbor? For starters, not true ones…
we seem to be “designed” by natural selection to be (readily) brainwashed.

Survival depended on social support: sharing food,
sticking together during fights, and so on. To alienate your peers by
stubbornly contesting their heartfelt beliefs would have lowered your
chances of genetic proliferation.

Maybe that explains why you don’t have to lock
somebody in a closet to get a bit of the Stockholm syndrome. Religious
cults just offer aimless teenagers a free bus ride to a free meal, and
after the recruits have been surrounded by believers for a few days,
they tend to warm up to the beliefs. And there doesn’t have to be some
powerful authority figure pushing the beliefs. In one famous social
psychology experiment, subjects opined that two lines of manifestly
different lengths were the same length, once a few of their “peers” (who
were in fact confederates) voiced that opinion.

Given this conformist bias in human nature, it’s
not surprising that people born into “primitive” religions—or any other
religions—accept an elaborate belief system that outside observers find
highly dubious…

…defenders of religion would be ill advised to stake its validity on the claim, as Otto suggested in The Idea of the Holy,
that at the dawn of religious history lies some mystical or revelatory
experience that defies naturalistic explanation.

Because the more we
learn about the labyrinthine and sometimes irrational character of human
nature, the easier it is to explain the origin of religion without
invoking such a thing.

Religion arose out of a hodgepodge of genetically
based mental mechanisms designed by natural selection for thoroughly
mundane purposes…”

http://evolutionofgod.net/excerpts_appendix

“You can never convince a chimpanzee to give you a banana by promising
him that after he dies, he will get limitless bananas in chimpanzee
Heaven. Only Sapiens can believe such stories…
” 

http://www.ynharari.com/topic/power-and-imagination/

“Idaho Republicans fail to protect children f…

“Idaho Republicans fail to protect
children from faith healing parents, and fail to punish negligent
parents who choose to substitute prayer for medical treatment. By
failing to act, Idaho Republicans put children at risk, and continue to
have the blood of innocent children on their hands…”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/02/183-coffins-idaho-children-killed-faith-healing-parents/


members of the Followers of Christ told lawmakers at hearings last fall
and spring that they believe using medicine is a sin, akin to “sorcery”
and “witchcraft.”

…”  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/feb/19/protesters-calling-for-repeal-of-idahos-faith-heal/


In Idaho and more than half the other states, some kind of religious
exemption allows parents to withhold medical treatment from a child….”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-idaho-medical-care-exemptions-for-faith-healing-come-under-fire/2018/02/19/18ef29f0-11b5-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html?utm_term=.f9847431815b

confrontingbabble-on: “And the Lord said…”Go …

confrontingbabble-on:

And the Lord said…”Go into all the world…and collect cash…and spend it on property…build a multi-million dollar personal library in your own name…make friends with the super rich and powerful…the very top of the top 1%…”   ….the bible, by their actions…


Billy Graham was also a wealthy man, leaving behind a fortune of real estate holdings, book royalties, and more…
That would rank Graham as one of America’s eight richest pastors, Beliefnet.com
reported…Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have purchased
vast acres for various museums, libraries, and religious training
centers, and spent tens of millions in their construction.The Billy Graham Library, opened in Charlotte in 2007, was built at a reported cost of $27 million. In 1972 the association bought more than 1,000 acres in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains,
where the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove now stands. It’s a
spiritual retreat center that hosts groups and individuals for special
events like “Navigating Life’s Challenges,” a two-night seminar that costs $109 to $447 per person…
“Sincerity,” he said, “is the biggest part of selling anything—including
the Christian plan of salvation… I am selling the greatest product in the world…”  http://time.com/money/5168865/billy-graham-net-worth-quotes-money-greed/


Ahead of Graham are: Creflo Dollar ($27 million), Joel Osteen ($40
million), Benny Hinn ($42 million), Pat Robertson ($100 million), and
Kenneth Copeland ($760 million), who operates on a 1,500-acre campus
near Fort Worth that reportedly includes a private airstrip for Kenneth
Copeland Ministries’ Gulfstream V jet…” 

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a18565083/billy-graham-net-worth/

“He died on Wednesday at 99 after battling failing health and severe memory loss due to hydrocephalus and Parkinson’s disease…” 
http://www.newsweek.com/billy-graham-net-worth-814750

Compare this to “The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on
you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt…
” Deut 7:15

6 Sickening Details You Won’t Read in Billy Graham’s Fawning Obituaries…

“Graham is getting tributes from all corners right now. And he deserves
praise for supporting the civil rights movement, supporting Nelson
Mandela during his imprisonment and embracing Muhammad Ali during the fall-out of his conversion to Islam.

But while Graham certainly did many great things, he also said and
did some awful things.
And because he was so respected, his deeds were
very influential.

1. Graham helped normalize ultra-rich pastors.
Graham’s wealth, and focus on more wealth…certainly not a vow of poverty.

2. Graham once preached that AIDS was the judgment of God. “Is AIDS a judgment of God?” he had said in Columbus, Ohio in 1993, “I could not be sure, but I think so.” Graham quickly backtracked on this one, saying that he didn’t believe that and didn’t know why he said it. Nevertheless, this dog-whistle was heard by too many.

3. Graham wrote a memo to President Nixon urging him to commit a war crime in Vietnam. Unlike many Christian leaders, Graham supported a very specific military strategy in the Vietnam war. He wanted Nixon to use nuclear weapons to destroy the dikes that manage flooding in North Vietnam. This plan was something Henry Kissinger dismissed as “just too much.”

4. Graham was anti-Semitic. Graham used the whole “I don’t believe that and have no idea why I said it” thing a few times. For example, after taped conversations revealed that Graham made anti-Semitic statements to President Nixon.
Specifically, he told the president that Jews control the media, and
that this was dangerous: “This stranglehold has got to be broken or this
country’s going down the drain.” Nixon agreed with this, and Graham
suggested that if he got elected to a second term “we might be able to
do something.”

5. Graham had backward views on women. He criticized feminism and is the namesake of that weird rule that Mike Pence lives by, never spending any time alone with any woman besides his wife.

6. Graham raised his boy wrong. In
his 1997 autobiography, Graham was regretful of his involvement in
politics, writing that, “If I had to do it all over again, I would also
avoid any semblance of involvement in partisan politics… there have been
times when I undoubtedly stepped over the line between politics and my
calling as an evangelist.” And yet, Graham failed to impart this wisdom
on his son Franklin Graham, who took over the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and who has taken the lead in defending and legitimizing Donald Trump to evangelicals. Franklin Graham told his flock to “hold your nose and go vote,” has said that the thrice-married serial philanderer is a “changed man” that “all Christians need to get behind him.”

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/6-sickening-details-you-wont-read-billy-grahams-fawning-obituaries

See also Hitchens on Graham…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubLu-9SicSM