American or Christian? 

    Being Christian and American is very common. Many Americans are both and this is even not a issue for them. According to Pew Research 70% claim to be Christian. The media is hyping up that we lost 8% less then decade. I think when we lost about 30%m then we got problem. What do ironic is the fact most of the final fathers were not Christian, but Deist who attend a christian church, but deny basic Christian concepts. Such as deny Jesus was divine or that he did any miracles. Heretic as thomas Jefferson took apart the scriptures removing all the miracles from the Bible. He was no christian, nor was George Washington. He did not believe Jesus was risen from the dead, however, this does not make them bad people, but they were imperialist and slave owners and they were ok with mocking Christian. They are not people I look up too, that for sure, furthermore, if we’re not for them those, I would have their land as my own. So I thank them for their concept even, if some of their thinking was heretical. 

     I happen to be Progressive politically and middle of the road on religion. I hear many on “the left” who belittle religion. now people on “the right” who claim to be Christian or some form of religion. I heard on the Radio, The constitution is law and the Bible is not. I agree that religion and state need to be separate, but the Bible is Holy and the constitution is not. Jesus is Lord and not the constitution. Please do not get me wrong, I love America and agree with laws for most part. but, America very much about martialism this is never a good thing. But, what so great about this Nation you can speak your mind here. Speak Ill of the Nation and not be arrested, unless it illegal action you are doing and you should be. However, American system is set up for changing and is constantly evoluting to make America the great Nation could be.The Constitution is living breathing institution and it be a good thing or bad. As an American who is also Christian I must focus on helping the poor and needy. Which is not as important to the American government (specially the Republicans). The Republicans claim to be the party of morals, but they seem to be in the pocket of the rich. They are against Social Security and Medicare. Their even talk getting ride of private schools and unfunding public library. This will allow the dumbing down of America. They are against government resources for the poor and needy. I could not vote for them in good conscious, since they against everything except the business valves. Keep in mind when say Republicans I mean the ones in power, rather everyday Americans republicans.

     Now Democrats are really not that different, but they offer people something. Until we have real third party nothing is going to change. President Obama the past four years has pretty much deny his basic rights to do his job. These Republicans are either racist or just so narrow mind. I like to think the ladder, since they have never treat a white president like this?  It is so frustrating do to the facts Obama is black and they claim he is not American. But, his Mama was white and American therefore he is American. I do not agree with Democrats on their hardcore stand on pro choice. Please understand this more of moral issue then legal. I do not feel the government has the right tell woman what to do with body. However, late term abortion is going beyond fairness too. The Fetus is life and should be respect it as well. I think it clear in the Bible that life is holy and pure. We need to respect and protect them. Many female fetuses are killed the most, because the parent wanted the boy over a girl. I want to service and protect my fellow human beings, especially those who voice is muted or deny. 

     This why I am for Gay marriage and this to me is basic right. Being gay is not a choice and even, if were is not right force your valves on another? Jesus tell us the Sabbath was man for humanity well being, rather then to control men. Thankfully most of the supreme court now voted in favor of gay rights and this awesome.We need to show compassion to others especially those who are deny a voice. The gay community needs to be allow to function and be given same right as others. We need to respect different people with different perspectives. I am Christian first, but loyal American afterward. This great nation has allow my family to voice it own options and valves. My descent were from glorest Ireland and Germany back in 1800’s. They came for a better lives. Now, I am from them and there descents who fully benefited from their travels. They spoke different languages such as Gaelic and German and even Italian. There is no better place to be, They struggled to make this American Dream. I am living proof of it being possible. God bless America, my home sweet home. 

       But our original sin, slavary is still there. We need to do more for young American Africans especially for young men, who are shot in cold blood for being black. I must admit, I do not see America Africans as much as I like, but where I live there really is not that many. I remember some years ago an America African who was trying to sell stuff in there area. He had barge that show he was former prisoner and he was trying to better himself. He was trying to hitch a ride and this was illegal, but in this area there is no bus. Some local were not please. My brother was scary of this person, just before the former prisoner was trying to hitch a ride by him. I am shame to admit, but we called the cops. Just letting the authorities know what he. Was doing. Maybe this was racist act by me? I try to be open mind, but maybe I was not in this moment? We must keep trying to improve and evolve into better person. Father forgive me. Now, we need to require all cops to carry body camera and require they are used at least in more mintories communities. Being Black should not be crime, but in many cases, it seem so. Lord Jesus said it best, Do until other as you would have undone yourself. I fail in that maybe and I am sorry, but next time I will do better. We should not see people as colors, but as human beings. 

Anti-Semitism is incompatible with Christianity

The definition of anti-semitism accord to ADL is 

The belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews.
First of all Lord Jesus and his Mother Mary; the apostles were particing Jews. They were not rabbical Jews, but temple center Jews. Therefore, Christianity and Judiaism are both modern takes on Jewish temple worship of the ancient Israelite . So, anyone claiming to be Christiwn and anti-Semitic are not following Jesus teaching. No one does Jesus claim to reject his Jewishness. Just about whole Bible except for Luke-Act is done by Jewish people. 

Furthermore, Jesus came to free us from law, but he never said it was wrong. He/God came to realize for lack of better word, we could not live up to the laws. I believe is over 336 laws give or take. These laws were tough during era, where these laws were necessary to set the Jewish people a part and to lesser degree, we Christians are to be holy people. God want us to live up to his teaching and to follow his rules, The Ten commended are basic marker on how to behave and act with others. 

From Exdous 20: 1-21

20 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labour, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.12 “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.13 “You shall not murder.[c]14 “You shall not commit adultery.15 “You shall not steal.16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbour’s.”

18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid[d] and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
These are basics that all human being can follow. We must respect out follow being and take care of our elders, before these laws, they were not being follow. 

Matthew 5:1-11 (Esvuk) 

The Sermon on the Mount

5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Now these are not easy to fully follow. It is our human nature to be sinful and to reject morals. From the Jewish people do we have these pearls. So, next time some sad something ain’t Jewish. If you are Christian Jesus is our Lord and Savior. And he was a jew and he lived and died as one. 

Racism , sexism, homophobia are not of God 

Anyone who claims that God is racist is not reading the Bible fully. God created all humanity, because He did not wish to be alone. God made us to serve him and this our sole purpose according to the Bible. The Author of Geneis wrote,

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26-28‬ ESV)

Notice the term race is not even used? White race  or black race  or yellow race, was later invent to divdle people. If you think your race is better then another you are in some serious denial. Since we all came from Adam and Eve type person, this mean we all sinners and not single one of us is with sin. Sin is such a part of humanity, I doubt we can fully be with out it. According to “Pocket Dictonsry Theological Terms ” 
Sin:  The fundamental unbelief, distrust and rejection of God and human displacement of God as the center of reality. The Bible presents sin as both fallen humanity’s state of separation and alienation from God and as a person’s purposeful disobedience to God’s will as evidenced in concrete thought or act. As an inherent part of the human condition sin is universal, and it is both corporate and individual.

Sin is rejection of God and all races are guilty of this. Keep in mind when so called “white Devils” according Brother Louis Farrakhan. white people would buy and trade with Africans for other Africans who were sold into slavery. This original  sin of America, because they claim freedom and justice for all. This was only for white Protestant land owning males. Keep in mind women could not own property  until mid 1800’s and it was not until 1929, women were given the right to vote. So from very start all Races sold each other and their own common. The term slave come from Slavic people because a lot of them were sold into slavary. The Nation of Islam would just blame whites and to some degree thru are right. However Islam own slaves too and took Africans as slqves too but, this is over look by Nation of Islam. Which it self is perversion of islam. Islam does not preach hate as brother Malcom learned on his trip to Mecca. Any reglion that claim racism is ok, they are not worthy of your time. 

Sexism 

It is undeniable that sexism is in the bible, but men and women were need for humanity, men and women complete each other and with out Babies humanity would be lost. However, being Christian, I look to example of Lord Jesus and he clearly treated women pretty much as equal to men. Look at many example with in Bible. Mary and Martha, his Mother who was in his life to very end. The dimensions who follow with the apostles, the women who did not abandon him unlike his male disciples. Jesus would appears to Mary Magdalene before the men and by choir to appears to women first. He was saying in essence women were just important as men. So, when hear someone belittle and mock women. They are not following Jesus. Jesus treated women as equal pretty much. It is true thy were not his apostles, but in The Orthodox Church Mary Mahalene is called the Apostles of the apostles. So, if hear this boneless, remember women are just as worthy as men. 

Homophobia

It can be argue the Bible is anti gay, but always been taught by the Church hate the sin, not the sinner. I have come to believe being gay is not a choice and to ask someone to change their Chemical make up is really not possible. These so called Christians with signs say “God hate fags” first are rejecting basic Christisn teaching by attacking people. Since were all sinners, it is not fair claim homosexually is worth sin then others. Keep in my mind homosexual and pedophiles are not the same. There is never excuse for pedophilia, it is abuse of children and very much a crime against humanity. Now when we tell about the gay community this mean two consenting  adults of age (over 18 years old), if they desire should be allow to be Marry. Now a Christian marriage can be debatable, but I still feel, if they are willing to be in loving Relationship in Union of marriage is still better then them shacking up going from partner to partner. 

Let us not forget many straight people are living in sin and are not practicing marriage themselves. It is wrong to have sex outside of marriage and I believe this goes for men couple too. We need stop labeling and separating people and offering them love and respect for all God’s children. We need to love and respect all people. 

Therefore, I hope this give you some food for though and, if you have some question ask me. I am not The authority and I am just follow human being. I am person who society has come to write off, saying because of my learning disable and my weight that I am freak and unworthy of society. I have always been outsider and I never could fully fit in. However, I believe in Jesus and I believe been called to service God since the age of 13 years old. In the end compassion is The ultimate religion. If you do not love, you do not know Jesus. We do matter to him, reach out and repent.

The saints 

It about time for Protestants to embrace the saints again. The word santo/a mean holy and there St who mean holy one. Since we are saved by Jesus alone, we all are saints. Now these saints who the church remembers were a bit more outstanding and did more then some do. However, they are example to rest of us and we should remember their feast days as reminders of what we can do too. Just like St Mary the Virgin, we can obey and listen to God. By being humble and carry Christ in our own way. Mary did not always under her son and even possible got angry at him. Remember when he stay behind and was at the temple for three days. Mary and Joseph were freaking out. Imagine poor Mary, she lost the Son of God. She even seem to bug him at times and worry about him. She was there when he turn water into wine and was with him as he was torture and murdered by the Roman Empire. Now she was told in her youth most likely when she. Was 12 or 14 year old, she would suffer in taking care of him. She saw that they arrested him and lead him away beat him and whip him. She saw him carry the cross and final died on the cross. She was with the apostles in upper corner room when Holy Ghost came up on them. According to legend she was taken care of John and either stay in Holy land or went Asia mine either him. Also according legend she she get to 72 years old, she either past away and her body and soul were taken up, or she never died and went to heaven. Paradox, it sound simpler to Jesus death and resurrection, however if look to rev 12:1-6. The child is taken up and this is seen as Jesus and woman is seen by some as church and other as Mary. I think it Mary and this is example of assumption or Sleeping of sleep of Mary. I grew up Catholic and gave special place in my heart for Mary. She always telling us to listen to her son. Do as he said, she told workers who saw water turn to Wine. So listen to Jesus and realise the saints are example for us and if ask your follow christian to pray for you why not a saint in heaven? If they in paradise could do any harm? This of course is just asking for their prayers, not them doing anything. Rather God alone does stuff for us, but saints just Maybe have his ear too. St Francis is role model to me and I look to him as example of how to be more like Christ, there are other wonder saints you can explore, Dr King was a saint and another example to look too. 

Intolerant

We live in age, where American-Africans descent are shot and killed and no justice is being done. Welive in society where free speech means to mock and be little someone else beliefs is ok.  And people wonder why there violent in our society. If I was someone of African descent, I would not truth the cops,even more then already do. It seem just in past year give or take young American-Africans are being shot and killed. I wish to try to be open mind and give the benefit of the doubt. However, Trayvan Martin was attacked and killed for just being black. George Zimmerman decided this young man was out of place and went after him. Trayvon young black man saw a creepy dude follow him in the rain and he was then attack. Zimmerman murdered him and claim self-defense. He was arrest and put on trail and he got away with it. Next Michael Brown possibly a criminal who just robbed a store, he attack the officer Wilson. Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. I think it possible this case Wilson was attack and he defense himself. I feel he was  possible given bum rap, but  I was not there. Now Baltimore with Freddie Gray was arrested and taken into custody and he has his neck broken. There is no excuse for this and on top of it, he was innocent. He did not have a weapon, they claim he did. Now, we shall see, if he was get justice. Six police officers were arrested and will face trail. Now just the other day, A cop shot 13 times into a car, with two unarm people and he got off.  He should lost his job and face some actions.He murdered  these people and face no crime for it. How can someone of African descent trust any cop in this city after this ?  American-Africans have serious truth issue and white America need to come to terms with serious injustice done to black communities across America.

Now let take another issue to task. Right now, it seem to be in vogue to attack and be littleother people faiths or cultures. A horrible a event happen in France this past year, all because of somestupid cartoons that were just rude and disrespect of Arabs and their faith. Many of these cartoons are just rude and crude. They draw arabs as, if they are savages. Many great things that we take for granted as invent or preserve by Muslims to one degree to another. Now not all Muslims and Arabs are thesame and this need to be taken into account. However, these French trouble makers, felt that it was okto mock them especially, however they also mock Christians and Jews, others. But, some Muslims arecrazy even to do something. I am Christian and I believe in Jesus, many mock my Lord daily. But, I do not feel the need to attack these heathens. However, some Muslims felt otherwise. I can not help, but feel these people were asking for it. I do not call them martyrs, nor do I think what wrote was professionaldone. However, any form of violent is never justified in this day and age. If God is so great he, will happen these issue in his due time.  All we can do, is the best we can and try to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew.  These are just couple of examples going on in the world today.

The concept of sin!

Today most people in Western society especially in America do not even know what sin is. According to many source I have read over the years is sin mean missing the mark. We all know what is right and what is wrong for the most part. Therefore, human beings should have standards on how they need to act in society. These rules keep the balance and checks. However, many deny there is a God nor there is good or evil in the world. The church as whole is to blame, we have not kept people attending services or masses depending on your branch of Christianity. I believe these lines draw to separate christians into sub groups are at fault with this too. We are all sinners and lacking the glory of God. We have come to think sin is such a part of us, that there is no different from any other behavior. The churches today need to make a different and bring people back to God. There are many unchurched in USA , where some have never heard the Gospel of Jesus. We need to bring people back to the churches. Jesus kingdom must be build by our hands and this christian duty.

4 Views of the Eucharist with regard to the presence of Christ’s body (what do you think)

All the work below was taken from this web address below. What I like just like said big tent ideal each person with in the church will be taught all four of these views, but will pray on it and look to Bible for wisdom. .

 

https://www.academia.edu/2974015/4_Views_of_Christs_Presence_in_the_Eucharist

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  1. Zwinglian (e.g., most Baptists): The Eucharist is a Biblical ordinance which Christians put into practice in obedience to Christ as a token or symbol of their faith and their membership in his body.  Christ’s physical body is not literally present in the Eucharist.  The Eucharist is a memorial (because Christ said, “Do this in memory of me”) reminding us of what Christ did for us once for all on the cross. ( if this is true, then our Eucharist can really just be done by anyone. And it really has no meaning at least to me)

 

  1. Calvinist (e.g., Presbyterians): Christ’s body is present at the Eucharist, but not “locally present,” i.e. not present in any particular place or locality (e.g., not in the bread, not in your mouth). Christ’s presence is spiritual, not bodily—in the power of his life-giving flesh, but not in its material substance.  His body is located literally in heaven, but it is present by the power of the Holy Spirit for all who believe.  If we receive the bread and wine in faith, it is as if we were raised on high by the power of the Spirit to partake of his flesh in heaven.  For that’s where his resurrected body remains, until he comes again in glory.  The liturgies informed by Calvin’s theology typically say: as truly as we eat this bread, we partake of his body.  But we partake of his body by faith, not by chewing it with our teeth.  Those who take the sacrament without faith receive bread and wine, but not the body and blood of Christ. ( I like this concept, but I think more in line with Lutheran. But this make sense much more then ladder.)

 

  1. Lutheran (often called Real Presence). Christ is present bodily, not just spiritually. His body is present in the bread.  (Lutherans like to say it is “in, with and under” the bread.  But I think just plain “in” is clearer).  The body is present in the bread just as truly as the bread is present in your mouth.  Since Christ is bodily present in the bread, all who eat it are eating his body, even if they don’t believe (but without faith it does their soul harm rather than good).  How this is all possible is something we can’t fully explain, but it has to do with the fact that we are talking about his resurrected, glorified body.  Also, he has ascended to heaven, which does not mean some place in the sky (you’re not going to get there in a spaceship) but at God’s right hand—and God’s right hand is everywhere.  Thus Christ’s body can be everywhere, while remaining at God’s right hand.  So it is literally his body, right there in the bread and in our mouths. But we should remember it is his glorified body.  We chew it with our teeth, but we don’t do it any harm (his glorified body cannot be cut up, digested, etc.).  And it is locally present, located in space, in the sense that it’s right there in the bread in our mouths—even though it’s not contained or limited by the bread, because Christ’s body is present in every place that God is present. 

 

  1. Roman Catholic (Transubstantiation): Christ is indeed bodily present in the Eucharist (as the Lutherans say). The great difference is that for Catholics, there is no bread left.  The bread has been wholly changed into Christ’s body, and the wine into his blood.  So in the Eucharist you still have the appearance of bread and wine, looking and tasting exactly like bread and wine, which is to say (in technical terms) that you have the accidents of bread and wine.  But in its substance (i.e. in its true, underlying reality) these are not bread and wine but the body and blood of Christ.  Just as a change of form is called a trans-formation, this unique and miraculous change of substance is called tran-substantiation. ( I like this, but I do not feel necessary Biblical Jesus , I am not sure would want people to go to church and worship bread on the altar. However, I am not Catholic anymore.)

 

In short, in the Eucharist:

  1. For Zwingli, Christ’s body is not present, but is symbolized by the bread.
  2. For Calvinist, Christ’s body is spiritually but not locally present.
  3. For Lutherans, Christ’s body is locally present, literally in the bread.
  4. For Roman Catholics (and Eastern Orthodox), the bread has been changed into Christ’s body.