Bible Contradictions #52: Can “true” Christians leave the church?

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Early Christians held a monopoly on the No True Scotsman fallacy. Actually, we still hear it on a regular basis. When a Christian does something crazy with which the majority of Christians disagree, people might say, “Yeah, but he’s not a real Christian.” Or when a prominent member of a church defects and speaks out against the church, members might say, “He was never a true Christian.” For some this is a necessary fallacy to make because it provides them with some comfort in a spiritual land being bombarded with cognitive dissonance-inducing stimuli. And unfortunately, these people have guidance in the bible that compels them to make this fallacy.

When we ask the question whether or not Christians can leave the church, we get two different answers, but the contradiction itself is not the only thing that gives us pause.

1 John 2:19 tells us that when people leave the church…

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Human Trafficking Trends in the United States

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Since 2007, we have worked closely with local partners to help tens of thousands of callers connect with the help and services they need. As a result of the calls, emails, and online tip reports fielded by the hotline over the course of our first five years of operation, the NHTRC maintains one of the most extensive data sets on the issue of human trafficking in the United States.

From December 7, 2007, through December 31, 2012, the NHTRC answered 65,557 calls, 1,735 online tip forms, and 5,251 emails — totaling more than 72,000 interactions. This report is based on the information learned from these interactions during the first five years of the hotline’s operation by Polaris.

Key facts:

  • The NHTRC experienced a 259% increase in calls between 2008 and 2012.
  • In five years, we received reports of 9,298 unique cases of human trafficking.
  • The three most common forms of sex trafficking reported to the hotline involved pimp-controlled prostitution, commercial-front brothels, and escort services. Labor trafficking was most frequently reported in domestic work, restaurants, peddling rings, and sales crews.
  • 41% of sex trafficking cases and 20% of labor trafficking cases referenced U.S. citizens as victims.
  • Women were referenced as victims in 85% of sex trafficking cases, and men in 40% of labor trafficking cases.

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-I downloaded the flyer so that I can start pinning it in places that I frequent. I am also working on starting a video podcast called Critical Mass and will be speaking on this topic. As long as our children can come home every night to a warm bed, we should be fighting for these children, (and adults ), as well. Thank you!

 

Chronicles of YHWH 11: Captain Big Storm

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Originally posted on Random thoughts:

Jesus and God

 

One lazy afternoon, YHWH turned to his only begotten son, who was floating on his right side, in the clouds:

YHWH: Junior, come over here. Tell me, when you were traipsing around with Mary Magdalene, and working the crowd with your tricks, did she ever gerrit? From you?

Yeshua: What do you mean, dad?

YHWH: Well, after she washed your feet with her hair, did you ever examine her badonkadonks, at close range? Did you introduce her to your sledgehammer?

Yeshua: I’m not sure I understand what you mean, dad.

YHWH: Did you motorboat Mary’s bazookas? Did you ever have her call you “Captain Big Storm, harbinger of Hurricanes and Typhoons”?

Yeshua: I must be having a slow afternoon, dad. I do not comprehend your expressions.

YHWH (Sighing): What I’m asking you, junior, is whether you ever came to know Mary. Like a man knows a woman.

Yeshua (Blushing):

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God is a thought away from not existing… (100 more thoughts about the same)

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Originally posted on homoestmachina:

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1. God is a thought away from not existing.
2. Forgive those who believe in God for they don’t know what they are doing.
3. The bubble in which God lives bursts as soon as you touch it.
4. God is what happens when probability fails.
5. The chance happening is often mistaken for God.
6. God is an accident which a theologian failed to explain.
7. Theologians first believe in God and then await what will happen.
8. What is obvious to a theologian, is obscure to everyone else.
9. God is a possibility from which a theologian has made a necessity.
10. God is an uncertainty made certain by a theologian.
11. God is a performance by a theologian.
12. God is like a banana peel on which theologians slip.
13. All footprints of God belong to a man.
14. God is theologian’s hermeneutical key to unlock the…

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