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Another Week…Another Sign

The Baptist church at the entrance to my neighborhood is at it again.  This week the sign says

“Forgive Your Enemies, It Messes With Their Minds”

I think they are trying to be funny, but is this really the message you want to send out to the community?  That you encourage your members to mess with people’s minds?  Why not just post the “turn the other cheek” reference, it’s certainly more to the point and more biblical.  After all, isn’t the message of Jesus about how all men are equal in the eyes of God and forgiveness is essential along with not judging others.  Maybe that was just the message in my church growing up…I guess times have changed.

The message on the sign reminded me of an old argument the creationists use to explain away fossils.  They say God put them there as a test of our faith.  So in effect, God is messing with our minds to see who really believes in him.  What a nice God that is.  Oh and God put the light from distant galaxies already in motion close to the earth so we would have something pretty to look at.  Frankly, I think that’s a load of crap, but that’s just me.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way.  (warning: the video contains some not nice language)

God’s Mind

I’ve posted before about the sign in front of the Baptist church I pass each day as I drive in and out of my neighborhood.  Well this week the sign says

“Don’t measure God’s mind by your own.”

After reading that for nearly a week now, I’m still confused as to what message that phrase is trying to convey.  In fact, I can think of three things that it could mean, one of which might make some sense.

  1. God works in mysterious ways
  2. We can’t comprehend God
  3. Shut up and obey

Can you guess which one I might actually agree with?  I think I made it easy enough, but to know why, you’ll have to click the link…it’s kind of a long explanation.

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The Marketing of Jesus

As Christmas approaches, I was reminded by the sign in front of the church I pass twice a day that “Christ is the biggest part of Christmas“.  This is true in more ways than one.  The Christmas season is already heavily commercialized and it seems that even Jesus can’t avoid the marketing machine that is the United States corporations.  Now I’m not talking about your run of the mill religious store that sells items for your nephew’s baptism or first communion, I’ve been to those and they are relatively sincere and reserved.  But over the last few months I’ve ran across some items that make you wonder if some people are simply trying to cash in on the religious trend in this country.

I’ve assembled a few for your viewing pleasure.

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God Doesn’t Play Dice…

Or the Lottery…that’s what a sign in front of a church I pass at least twice a day going in and out of my neighborhood says.  Each week, they change the phrase on the sign.  This week it says…”God has no Lottery System for Getting to Heaven”.  Yes, it’s a big sign and yes, obviously it’s a Baptist church.  No gambling is the 11th commandment, just before the no dancing one.

I thought about this phrase for a while, then I couldn’t help thinking of the old saying…”you don’t get to pick your parents”.  So in a way, your religion is a kind of lottery.  You could have been born to Muslim parents, or Hindu parents, or Buddhist parents, or..oh well, you get the idea.  And if you were born in ancient Greece, you’re gods would have been completely different.  The fact that you were born in recent times and that your parents were Baptist is just dumb luck.  In essence, according to this faction of the Christians, you’ve won the religious lottery!!  You should feel really lucky.

Speaking of factions…take a look at the video below to get an idea of just how lucky you must be.