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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
1:15 pm
[salacious0crumb]
Discussion topic
With evidence from scientific studies pointing towards homosexuality being a genetic trait, like being tall or having red hair, it’s possible that pregnant women will eventually be able to test their baby’s sexual orientation on the same day that they do the gender and Down Syndrome tests.

Is it OK for a conservative family to abort their baby because they know it will be gay?

Is it ethical for pregnant women to take advantage of hormone therapies that may become available to change the sexual orientation of their baby?

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Friday, May 19th, 2006
10:21 am
[pjlashin]
"Davinci Code"

Thoughts?

<>< Phil
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
4:26 pm
[wearenotalone]
Resurection Apearances?
Why was Jesus unrecognizable to people after his ressurection?

Personally, i think that the people he appeared to had not yet witnessed the ressurection for themselves and therefore could not experiance the type of metenioa or new life thats accompianied by that witness. It's a somewhat incomplete idea that i'm still medetating on...but its a start.

I also know that he had a glorified body that may have been unrecognizable, but i'd like to think that there's more of a message to it than just that.

What do you all think?
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
4:01 pm
[pjlashin]
Randomness
Random question/thought..

Ok, so I just this random quiz and the caption said under it something along the lines of "you are going to heaven, and all of your loved ones will surround you for all eternaty.." I realize that they probably didn't put that much theological thought into it and tried to make the person who took it feel all good inside, but what if the person/people you love the most, don't get to heaven? wouldn't that Hell in a way? (spending eternaty without your loved ones?) and not actually in Heaven yourself? or do you think that even if they don't get into heaven, you would still be able to see them as if they were in heaven? I don't know, maybe I am thinking too much about it but I thought it was an interesting perspective..

What about you? any comments? Views on Heaven or Hell you feel like sharing?

<+>< Phil
3:22 pm
[pjlashin]
Formless Void?!
Hey all. I just had my Texts of the Old Testament class last night and something was brought up that I personally never paid attention to and it seemed like the majority of the class hadn't either..

So basically, we were looking at the creation story (chapter 1 version in Genesis). We looked through each verse in detail. In verse one, it mentions the Earth as a "formless void". This is saying two things: 1.)that there already was an earth in existence before God did anything, and 2.) that it was without shape and was useless before God did anything. In verse 2, it even says that there were waters already there.. The question that most of the class (including myself) was "Where did the useless/shapeless Earth with waters come from?" Well, the Bible doesn't say anything about that is what my professor kept saying. My professor was very careful not to step on any toes when trying to explain this "phenomena" that she assumed everyone already realized. I am a little weary about considering explanations about creation because I have very strong beliefs that God "started from scratch". And when I think about it now.. He still did in a way.. I look at it like a mathematician starting writing out a formula on a blank black board.. but anyways, my professor discussed the history of the Genesis 1 creation story as it was first considered to be a Psalm. The Canon organizers put it at the beginning of the Bible for obvious reasons. I would still like to emphasize that I still consider God as the Creator, because He created life on a useless planet and put everything in it's place, but I also see it as an amazing transformation.
I would like to hear what you all think.
And as always, let's keep it as civil as humanly possible :-)

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, December 19th, 2005
2:15 pm
[salacious0crumb]
If Christianity is really the "one true way," why did God only come down once to tell us that? What was so significant about that time period? What was so important about the Middle East?

Why not China? They were just as advanced, and only a few years away from the printing press. Logically, going there would have made it more likely that the original messages of God would be preserved.

Or, why not wait until global communication had improved? (Sort of a Gandhi approach) Then His message would have been spread much faster, and without the destruction caused whenever people decide to preach their religion using swords and guns. To me, that seems a bit more in line with the "love thy neighbor" aspects of Christianity.

Just some things I've been wondering about. Please don't accuse me of trying to debunk God, I was raised to always question what I hear.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, December 16th, 2005
11:13 pm
[wearenotalone]
I was always taught that God knows everything, and has a plan for you, and knows what choices you are going to make. If this is true, than God has a plan for you, but knows whether or not you will follow it, and if you dont follow it, he knows what path your going to take. So, why have a plan if he knows that your not going to follow it? Why even try to get your attention if he knows that you will not listen? Is it possable then, that God has a plan, but chooses not to know what we will pick? Idk, maybe i'm reading too much into this, but i think its somewhat of a paradox.
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
9:22 pm
[pjlashin]
Granted, that John 14:6 says that Jesus is the way truth and life and no one comes to the father but by me, but what about the rest of the world? how are we supposed to love them, if we think they will end up in eternal suffering? What about God's chosen people the Jews? What about the Muslims who essencially worship the same One God? Or the Joe Shmoe who, all his life, does selfless acts of kindness toward his neighbors but doesn't do it because Jesus did it? What I am wondering is, Why would God create someone in a situation where the religion (or lack of) would deem them bound for hell? This is something else that has been troubling me these past few months.
7:03 pm
[pjlashin]
So I have just finished reading Under the Overpass By Mike Yankowski and I have to say it challenges me a lot. The basis of the book is that two college guys decide to live on the streets as homeless people to see how the Body of Christ is at work in America and to get a better understanding of "the forgotten" Americans are going through. I HIGHLY recommend this book! I could not put it down! Anyway, I was reading it and kept thinking to myself "What am I doing to represent Christ in this broken world?" I kept coming up with the answer: "Not much". Why is that? Christ called us to LOVE and to go out and feed the hungry, give to the poor, clothe the naked.. Why am I not doing that? Why is America not doing that? In my American Religions class, we talked about the Christian Paradox we have in America. We call ourselves a Christian Nation (which may be true dealing with numbers) but Americans as a whole do not act on the teachings of Christ. The society we live in is every man for himself and to bring up a current movie title, "Get Rich, or Die Trying". The bible says that it is easier for a Camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than a rich man to get into heaven. What is that saying about our society? In the book, there was a part where the two guys (Mike and Sam) were sleeping on a Church lawn. In the morning, two men from the Church yelled at them saying "You guys need to leave! Now!" How is that Christian? I get so frustrated with American Society that I just want to scream! Even Churches have been corrupted by the secular world surrounding them! Granted, I am not doing much for the Glory of God, but I can at least recognize the problems we are living in. I decided to go on a Justice Journey this spring Break to The Nation's Capital to try and get a better understanding of the Homeless situation by serving, lobbying, and observing what this "Christian Nation" is doing for the poor and forgotten in this country. Christ called us to LOVE. Why can't we understand that?

http://www.undertheoverpass.com

http://www.undertheoverpass.com/video.aspx
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