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Things I'm tired of hearing Apr. 12th, 2009 @ 02:19 pm
Christians are weak; faith is a crutch.
Christians are hypocrites.
Christians are dumb.
Christians are illogical.
Christians are irrational.
Christians are delusional.

You know what? PEOPLE are hypocrites. PEOPLE are dumb. PEOPLE are illogical, irrational, and delusional.

You know what I think atheism is? LONELY.
I feel something: : discontentj'ai mal a la tete

Another thing written for the PDC Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

Something written for my Parish Discernment Committee Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 10:45 pm
The Parish Discernment Committee is one of the first steps in determining whether a person has a call to priesthood.  It involves about six meetings that usually span about six months, lots of prayer, and some homework.  This is one of my assignments

Do you have to give something up for Lent? Feb. 15th, 2006 @ 05:20 pm
VampireBorg said I could do it in 200 words or less. The cut tag doesn't count.Collapse )

Jan. 22nd, 2006 @ 04:07 pm
Yesterday at the end of the first Cursillo Team Meeting, we had Eucharist.  During the Prayers of the People, there was a moment after I’d prayed for the people on my heart when I was told, “and Mary.” 

I thought, “Huh?  I don’t know anybody named Mary.” 

And he said, “and Mary.” 

So I whispered, “Mary,” and promptly began shedding tears. 
Other entries
» It's all about relationship
Response to Another question on Predestination and Free will, posted by death_star13 in ljchristians
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» Unanswered prayer
Originally posted as a comment in response to http://www.livejournal.com/users/ozarque/115272.html

"Why isn't my prayer answered?" is a question asked often and with great distress particularly because of those two passages. I'm not sure how broad a scope you want to have, but it seems we ought not disregard another verse that (to me, at least) lends clarity - John 15:7 "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."

There are also several verses (among them John 14:13) that promise God will do "whatever [we] ask in [Jesus'] name." I think this is what has led to a great many written and spoken prayers that end with "... in Jesus' name. Amen." Yet so many of those go unanswered.

While we can't be certain of the use of the phrase in the original language two thousand years ago, I suspect it was meant less as something one should parrot at the end of prayer and more in the sense of one speaking on the authority of another. It is so even now. For example, I could run out and say to a passerby "In the name of Law Enforcement, give me the keys to your car," and it would mean nothing. I have no authority to speak on behalf of the established law enforcement agencies. However, an officer in the course of his job does have the authority to speak thus and can commandeer a vehicle. If he does so inappropriately, he may lose his job, but he has been vested with that authority after, and as a result of, training to use that authority.

How are we trained to speak in the name of Jesus, on his behalf and with his authority? Back to John 15:7 "If you remain in me and my words remain in you...."

Here the word "remain" comes into question. Thus far I've been referencing NIV. NKJV translates that as "abide in me." Abide is a verb with stronger sense of endurance, "staying" in, living in, being pervaded by, saturated by, infused with.... And I think many (like me) who come into the presence of Jesus don't remain, don't abide there. We get distracted, we fall away, and we have to turn around (repent) and come back.
» By their works shall you know them
How do you know me, Justin Case, from a different Justin Case?  Well, besides the fact that isn't my real name, that is.

For example, this Justin Case is a musician.  How do you tell me from him?  How do you distinguish us when talking to a third party who knows neither of us?

A: Then Justin Case did this thing the other day...
B: The musician?
A: No, the slasher.
B: The one who write shmoop?
A: No, the one who writes sadistic crap legitimized by florid prose.

A: Then Justin Case did this thing the other day...
B: The musician?
A: No, the poseur theologian.

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» Inerrant, Infallible
From WORDS ABOUT THE BIBLE: inerrant, infallible, indelible, literal --

The Bible itself shows how the inerrant Spirit works through errant people, for that's the only kind of people there are. In a way, it is God's communication incarnated into the stuff of material earth -- pages and ink, literary forms, languages, and spoken words. This combination gives us a Bible that can be mistaken on matters that are not directly tied into what the Bible exists for.


The Bible's Gospel message of God's love and forgiveness is not 'fallen' or corrupted by sin. The Bible becomes the way we find out that the 'fallen' human race is being restored and made worthwhile again through Christ. Fundamentalists overplay the term, saying that the Bible is infallible on every matter it covers, in just about all its uses. Mainline Protestants choose not to use the term 'infallible'. Some of them ... believe that there is nothing in the Bible that escapes earthly corruption, so even each aspect of its Gospel message (such as the New Testament's answer on the cosmic role of Jesus of Nazareth) must pass the bar of human reason. This sounds fine to those who think open-mindedness and reasoning are all that matter, but the Scriptural message rather clearly says that some matters are simply too important and too true to waffle about. We are no more (and no less) infallible than they were. The Spirit inspired the writers so that they would get these matters right no matter what other ideas or motives were floating through their minds. Why bother with the Bible if you're not listening to what it says? And when you feel free to discount its core themes and the narrative that carries them, can you really be listening at all?


» Why isn't she healed?
This is short, and possibly not so sweet.

There's a danger in the healing ministry, and I've been running into it as long as I've been in it -- which, by the way, has been about fifteen years.  That danger is in the "Why not?"  I've heard it a lot in Christian circles: "Sincere Suzie is such a good person!  And we've prayed so much!  Why hasn't she been healed?"
 And people come up with all sorts of answers: maybe she hasn't let go of some burden; maybe God doesn't work that way; maybe she doesn't really want to be healed; maybe she doesn't have enough faith...
What I've heard in other places: she isn't ready.  she isn't empowered.  she isn't asking the right person for healing.
All of these - with the exception of "maybe God doesn't work that way" - put the blame on the person seeking healing.  And I just don't buy that, not even on sale.
Here's where my faith butts heads with many who are exploring the healing ministry:  We don't get to know why not.  We just don't.  It's not our call, and God just not have to justify himself to us.
And here's where my Christian orthodoxy butts heads with some enlightenment/empowerment based spiritualities:  It's God who decides, and though God is in us and all through us and all around us -- we are not God. We do not heal people, not even with the help of the Holy Spirit -- or Divine Source, for those who call it that.  God heals people.

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