Friday, February 12, 2016

Random Bits

Movement within a roundabout in a country wher...
Movement within a roundabout in a country where traffic drives on the left. Note the clockwise circulation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with the conservatives.  Let’s go back to the fifties. Where companies paid a enough for one income to support a family.  Your boss had a nicer house, but not his own island.
Unless you’ve offered a welfare person a job with benefits, you can’t judge them for living off the system.

There will be a new regime in religion.  Just as the jewish faith had corruption and people go away fromt he values and jesus came in to renew people and advance people to a better way, there will be a new religion.  There were the moneychangers and the priests that kept people in line and they stayed above common people, there will be a CHANGE.  tHE PEOPle that use bible to judge and condemn and allow themselves to make new wealth at the expense of the poor will be turned out and a finger will be pointed at them.. perhaps it will be a new messiah that metaphorically overturns their tables.

Health care may be like roundabouts.  Anyone will tell you that they seemed like they would not work, cause havoc, and be downright dangerous.  We suspected that we were trying to copy something from some hippie country like France or California that was not going to work for us. Yet, now that there are here, we have found that they work.  They reorganized how we did intersections for the better.  Of course, like roundabouts, stupid people may put the rest of in danger.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Abortion is Guns

Abortion is Guns

Why is the NRA rabid about making sure no gun laws get enacted? They do not even a small one because they are afraid of the ability to carry a gun to slowly be hampered. Like smoking. Little reasonable requests until it is almost banned.
So believing abortion is wrong is reasonable. It understandable. However, prochoice people fight hard against it because they want control over their bodies. They feel they have to fight to protect their rights and I did not understand this until our current conservatives have come into play. They have clearly shown that they do not want to end abortion. They want to take control over women’s bodies. Their proposals and rhetoric have gone far beyond abortion.
Todd Akins has talked about legitimate rape. They want to enforce invasive ultrasounds because they already consented to penetration. Except now it would not be consensual. They want to be able to tell women no to contraceptives- we’ll tell you when you can get pregnant.

If their small requests weren’t so stupid, they would begin with those. They would define who was raped and which women are good and which women are bad and should be scorned. Instead they begin with one that people are passionate about and if they get abortion illegal, then they will throw in more measures to control women.

A Biblical Marriage

Benjamites take women of Shiloh as wives.
Benjamites take women of Shiloh as wives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Bible speaks of marriage.
Many believe that the Bible is the exact word of God and should not be interpreted. Yet many of those that say that, still interpret it.
For example, this passage:
Ephesians 5:23,24,32 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

This does not jibe with accepting women as equals so this is taken at a slant. People define submit differently. They say this is God’s truth, but here submit means support. But the words are submit in everything. So if a man wants to have sex, the wife has no choice. For a long time, this was how it was taken. Now we know this is barbaric. So we look at it differently. I am simply saying that we do this for other passages.
The Bible talks of marriage. Of being fruitful and multiply and  in Mathew-
“At the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'
5 and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ?
6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

Jeremiah 29:6
"Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease."

But to me it sounds like the Bible is talking to those men and women who marry. This is what you should do when you want to be with a member of the opposite sex forever. The Bible simply did not consider other people.  People that never marry for example. Some people are asexual and do not have sex with anyone. The Bible does not talk about them. In such a way, I think the Bible does not address same sex marriage. It does not prohibit it. It says a man will leave his father, it does not say he must.
The Bible did not talk about homosexuality, just as it did not consider the Internet, and technology. Unless you are Amish, you are already nto following the Bible as it was written.
Personally, I think the Bible was written by humans and is fallible. With Godly intent (perhaps), but it is to give guidance and cause discussion. I don’t believe it should be taken exactly literally. Neither do you unless you believe that women should submit. They should be servants and property to men as they were during ancient history. If you do believe this, then there is no hope for you.

In closing I ask you to consider this:
"Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer." (New Living Translation)

Just as I meditate on this message and take it to heart as I consider the Bible-thumpers, I want you to see gay people are part of God’s creation. This means they are good. 

Are You a Jerk test

The transgender pride flag
The transgender pride flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We need to develop criteria to see if you should be offended or oppose something.  I came with this thought about transgendered bathrooms:
1)      Will it affect my life?

2)      Will it allow someone else to live a better, happier life with little impact on me?
3)      Am I making it an issue because of my own issues? For attention?

4)      Have I looked at objectively, from all sides and not just someone that holds similar beliefs as my own?