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Homosexuality and the Evangelical Church

By Thom Hunter, published on Nov 18, 2011

What do the gay people in your church look like? Do you spot them by their flamboyant clothing . . . their mannerisms . . . their declarations?

When a brother or sister in your church came to you to ask you for your help and support in their personal struggle against homosexuality . . . what did you do to walk with them? How did you respond the last time this happened to you?

“Oh . . . we don’t have that problem in our church,” you say?

If you are a typical church, you do.

Statistics show that one out of every five church members has a family member or close friend... (more)

Tags: religion, jesus, gay, parenting, marriage, relationships, divorce, homosexuality, abuse, Forgiveness, faith, church, christian, addiction, ex-gay, evangelical

Gay Culture: The Mouse that Keeps on Roaring

By Thom Hunter, published on Nov 5, 2011

I confess to having been a sinner my entire life, revealed by my own actions, always in danger of being smashed like a gnat by someone big enough to demand retribution . . . but always in hope of being picked up and set free again by someone big enough to forgive. I've often perched on the top of a magnificent peak, foreboding with the potential for destruction, but dazzling with its view of hoped-for restoration. Better there, though, than down in the valley where those who refuse to acknowledge their own worldly shortcomings mingle with those who don't believe they can ever be forgiven and... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, lesbian, sex, relationships, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, faith, church, same-sex attraction, ex-gay, pro-gay advocacy, glbt, bisexual, stian, chri lgbt

Dancing in the Shadows

By Anastasia , published on Nov 1, 2011

Now we have just past Halloween – and, yes, I did have a marvellous time – you might like to know that the police force here in London has been issued with thoughtful and sensitive advice on dealing with the great sisterhood of witches.

Indeed, they have. Officers of the Metropolitan Police have been issued with a 300-hundred page guide (not exclusively about witches!), containing all sorts of helpful tips on dos, don’ts and correct procedures.

To begin with officers are advised against touching a witch’s Book of Shadows. Yes, we all have one, a personal, hand-written account... (more)

Tags: religion, police, witchcraft, paganism

The Meaning

By The Truth, published on Oct 25, 2011

...or Heaven or anything like that, but I ask you as your reading this to open up your mind for a bit, just to read this article and think.

What if God put us on this planet to have the ability to live and die. To complain and be satisfied. To be able to become and atheist or a follow a religion? Perhaps that is the meaning of life.. The ability to do all those things and still want more out of God... It's sad and true... When things are going horrible... we blame everyone but ourselves, but that's what so beautiful about free will, we can do that. However, just because we can do... (more)

Tags: religion, god, atheism, meaning of life, purpose of life

The Lengthening Shadow of Pro-Gay Theology

By Thom Hunter, published on Oct 24, 2011

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. -- I Timothy 4:3-4

SPOILER ALERT:

Pro-gay theology is untrue.

I remember a time, way back in the '70s, when I had an ah-hah moment and it seemed obvious to me that the people around me -- especially my fellow Christians -- had somehow avoided the truth about homosexuality. Out of their in-bred squeamishness... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, homosexuality, freedom, church, sexual addiction, same-sex attraction, ex-gay, transparency, theology, ex-gay. gay theology

I Was Raised Catholic So Sex Will Always Be Dirty

By Maylin Gonzalez, published on Sep 28, 2011

...- to hate you and to see you doing bad things! This was like Santa Claus and the 'Naughty List'. - Shit! I wanted my heavenly presents of puppies and kittens! Unicorns and Glitter!

With values like those, who would deviate? NOT I! - Sex seems to be dirty, a sin, and immoral in some religions, specially Catholicism. To be honest, Paul's Letter to the Corinthians 6,13-19 has not an iota of what it was preaching: "Keep away from fornication. All other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know is a temple of the Holy... (more)

Tags: religion, jesus, sex, love, god, women, men, catholic, dirty

Astrology and the New Planets

By ranfuchs, published on Aug 21, 2011

This is a continuation from Why astrology is not scientific, while astronomy is.

Using scientific theories to discover unknown planets, reinforced Newton’s theory of universal gravitation and proved its usability. But there is nothing sacred about Newton or his theories. Had astronomers not found the planets as expected, Newton's Theory of Gravitation would have been falsified, and would have to be replaced by a theory that could better explain the discrepency in the orbit of Uranus.

Meanwhile, astrologers were enthusiastic about these discoveries, which increased the range of... (more)

Tags: religion, science, history, astrology

Dragon's Horde

By Anastasia , published on Aug 19, 2011

“What’s so funny?”, my partner asked, as I was overcome by a fit of the giggles. I was looking through the Sunday Telegraph, opening at the International News section, not usually noted for its humour. But there is was – an illustration of some Indian guru, sporting the most ridiculous Afro hairdo that I think I have ever seen. I had to put my tea down!

The story ‘God’ and the secret stash by Gethin Chamberlain concerns one Sai Baba, yet another tiresome Indian ‘holy man’, yet another fraud. He’s dead now but apparently he had a following of fifty million people worldwide when he... (more)

Tags: religion, fraud, india

Why astrology is not scientific, while astronomy is.

By ranfuchs, published on Jul 31, 2011

As we have seen, testability is the heart and soul of any scientific theory. However, as crucial as it might be, it is never sufficient to test a theory against the observations that led to its creation. A scientific theory must predict unknown facts that can only be confirmed by fresh observations.

As a simple example let's assume that after you had tasted sugar, you concluded that white, small-grained powders are sweet. The unscientific way would be to use sugar as a proof for your theory. The scientific way, on the other hand, would be to seek other white, small-grained powders... (more)

Tags: religion, science, history, astrology

Burnt Out Ends - Unhappy Hour

By Jack Bates, published on Jul 5, 2011

The bar was an old speakeasy from the 1920’s. Entrance through a bookcase in an affluent Pac Heights home, built on bedrock, the house sat a top a natural cave that the 1920,s owners had worked, but left visible and a bit raw. The room was illuminiated by gas lamps shrouded in red velvet tasseled hoods, tinting the smoke filled air crimson, and completing the pleasure den feel. A perfect place for an angel to get lost in her thoughts.Thoughts and experiences tied together by a menagerie of threads to create a tapestry of seemingly pure chaos that only she and God could find a pattern in.... (more)

Tags: religion, fantasy, sci-fi, bar, angel, burnt out ends, speakeasy, happy hour, unhappy hour

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