It's been a long time since I took a few minutes to highlight the sage words of a specific visitor to this site, but I felt I just couldn't let this one remain tucked away in the darkness of the comment section.
Everybody, give a warm welcome to Justyna:
"If today we watch movies to find out the truth instead of studying the Bible, I suggest go watch the movie Knowing* and think outside of the box.
Jesus never had kids. Don't know if that was a joke (?). People distort the word of God in every possible way, internet, discovery channel, wikipedia, your own belief, or the 850 Christian denominations, all unreliable to that dusty book in your hotel room.
Obviously, the best source is still the bestseller book written by prophets and people who walked with Jesus. Actually God already said he’d come in the flesh in the Old Testament [Isaiah 9:6] 'For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'
Jesus of Nazareth came to fulfill this prophecy, was called ringleader of the Nazarene sect, and he resurrected on Sunday, 3 days after his crucifixion.
[John 2:19] Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.'
The Jews replied, 'it has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?' But the temple he had spoken of was his body.'
[Mark 16:1] "When the Sabbath was over...Very early on the first day of the week...When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week"
The 4th Commandment? 'Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy...the 7th day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God'
So why do so many Churches worship on Sunday, the first day of the week?
We must study the Bible correctly with spiritual eyes before calling it null and void. God reminds us to keep the law of new covenant, but Satan leads the world astray like a wolf in sheep’s clothing....i.e.: Jesus came with the new covenant Passover through his body and blood so we may live (does that say Communion?). Did he break bread or easter eggs? If God said Tuesday is recycling day, then Tuesday is recycling day.
Jesus said in his first coming: [John 14:26] 'All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you.'
Reread Isaiah and put it together. I invite anyone who is interested to study. That way we can understand God’s master plan and not repeat the same mistake made 2,000 years ago, rejecting Christ."
That was posted in response to the "Tuesday is Recycling Day" piece on James Cameron from the other day. Then there's this one, also from Justyna, written in response to yesterday's Jesus license plate story:
"This picture, 3 screws joke, and all of your comments make me see why the Lord will lay waste to the earth. Sun-worship is the devil's oldest tactic. Don't fall for it, there's nothing cheery when everything is revealed."
Now I'm not going to go too hard on Justyna, since A) I've met her and she's very nice, and B) she's a 23-year-old Christian living in Brooklyn -- which should in theory make her the loneliest person in the world. Also worth mentioning is that she's a spectacular artist -- which would make her comments seem like the work of an excellent satirist, were it not for the fact that I know they're completely sincere.
Regardless, this does shine a bright light on one of my oh-so-favorite qualities of those who count themselves among the Warriors for Christ: their propensity for preaching even to those who don't want to be preached to. Put another way: I don't believe in the Christian God or faith-based religion in general, but I don't troll Christian websites, arguing with the beliefs of their hosts and trying to convince them that they're wrong. Debate is one thing; proselytizing is something entirely different. I don't usually see a need to do either -- certainly not on someone else's internet property. It would be the equivalent of me walking into your home and arguing with you over your personal views; it's rude and anyone with a lick of good manners or common sense wouldn't do it. And yet, many True Believers don't see it that way; they have no compunction about knocking on your door -- or leaving long, rambling comments on your website -- and witnessing to you. Non-believers don't pull that sort of crap simply because the lack of belief is exactly what it sounds like: a negative state -- a default setting. It's nothing that needs to be shouted from the rooftops any more than breathing air would be.
I'm not saying that Justyna's unjustified in her comments, since it's not as if they're coming from a complete stranger (to me anyway), but that's not really the point.
It takes balls of steel to approach someone unsolicited and tell him or her that hell awaits those who don't believe in Jesus, then begin spouting scripture. And yet that's what millions of Christians -- particularly of the Southern Baptist, Evangelical variety -- do all the time. They do it because they honestly think God commands it (although it's worth mentioning that there's a word for someone who really believes he or she is personally getting instructions from God).
Speaking of which, if God said Tuesday is Recycling Day -- and that's something I came up with for this site, does that mean I'm God?
Oh, you fuckers are in so much trouble.
Anyway, welcome to the fold, Justyna. Good to have you.
*Really? You find religious inspiration in a Nic Cage movie? That worries me, honey.