A comment I made minutes ago on Ark’s blog (take a bow, you atheist lout)—
We may, of course, ignore the notion and simply have ‘faith’ — trust in The Lord from whom all blessings* flow, and all will be well (the testimony of six million Jews can’t be wrong, no?).
Yup. God is good.
* All cursings too, seeing that ‘The Lord’ is/was/will be the one and only Prime Mover.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO, IF
If YOU were in ‘absolute-power’ judgement over this wee scamp, and if he were found guilty beyond any possible doubt?
However, let’s not forget that he and his actions are all part of God’s Plan, set in stone, by Him, even before The Creation.
what I would do is immaterial here—the question tabled is what would YOU do? (Absolute power, don’t forget … would you be divine?)( Or would you take a leaf from Christian history and burn him alive at the stake? Pour encourager les autres?)
“So that’s three stake ‘ims, and one undecided but leaning?”
From whom all blessings flow.* Being the same Eternal Lord God who knew, some fourteen decimal five milliard years ago, what these cheery
spectres (oops) spectators (below) would be observing a bit later on:
—and if body language is anything to go by I’d guess that the wee person on the far right has it all sussed … possibly thinking words to the effect
“THIS HAS ‘LONG NIGHT’ WRITTEN ALL OVER IT … “
—and the beat goes on. God (is as always) eternally in His heaven so all is right with His world—
“Bugger! Whom is it?”
“Me, Lord! Your favourite archange—”
“Ah! Come in, Gabby—what’s on your mind?”
“As if You didn’t already know, your Divinityness … them Aussie bushfires, Sir—”
“Knew that! Don’t fret, Gab, all part of my Divine Plan. And going damned well too …”
“You wouldn’t understand, Gab. It’s a ‘God’ thing—just trust Me.”
“And shut the cloud on your way out, please.”
* And being THE Prime Mover … all cursings too. No?
WHY WAR CREATES
not only ‘strange bedfellows’ but folks who are just a little bit … different … and who are often withdrawn, deeply introspective, given to outbursts for provocations seen as minor and who even often dwell in a world apart from the rest of us.
WHAT SURPRISES ME
is how so very many normal folks can effectively ‘take it in their stride’ and simply get on with life. Do they ever ‘turn to God’? Apparently, I’m told, some do—there is a saying beloved of Goddists that “There are no atheists in foxholes”.
Thank God, then, for foxholes, no?*
So warfare is just one of God’s cute little ‘teaching aids’ (engineered by Him some fourteen thousand million years ago before He omnisciently created the universe)—and so all of us ungrateful bastards should be thankful for His methods of trying to draw us into His holy Kingdom?
Rather than me spending the rest of the day bleating, try visiting this link—
—for the source of this wee quote:
“Returned servicemen didn’t want to talk about war.
“It was seen as taboo. They bottled it up because they weren’t able to talk about the things they had seen and wanted it to be in the past.”
Partly right, even.
But to talk about something requires a common language. So now go hug a veteran … and be careful not to get bitten.
* Who else? (Trick question—be careful here.)
—and try to sell it?
Hah! You’d be gibbered right out of the office.
here in Godzone it is established fact.
Make of it what we will—
One week after the accident Rogers and another staff member met with Auto Transform – the company contracted to do the modification work – to discuss compensation.
Rogers said the response he received from general manager Daniel Stanners left him speechless.
“He looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘we’re not going to help you out’.
“They said it was God’s will … you’re lucky to be alive.”
—emphatics mine. To read from source: CLICK HERE
But wait, it gets better—
“Stanners declined to comment but wrote in an email: “I also Caution [sic] you against making any defamatory remarks against Auto Transform Ltd or using the Auto Transform name in anything that is made public in any form without approval!”
Just additional proof that if God wants you badly hurt you WILL be, and there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it; it’s fate, destiny, will-of-the-Lord and all that. So no good blaming anybody.
(QUERY: has that nice Mr Stanners dude been reading my earlier posts, about how God’s omniscience renders Human Free Will an illusion?)
I like him!
AS A COMMENT
on another’s blog.
Reposted here ‘cos it’s all too self obvious and I really really just can’t be bothered rewriting and/or tidying it up. So, as the proof reader used to say: STET
You’d never guess that as a refresher I’d just blitzed the Wiki entry on Nazi extermination camps. But He is a good God so all is right with the world … (and it’s coming up to His little boy’s Happy Birthday too—another reason to celebrate).
“Eek? I mean EEEEK, Mister God, Sir?”
“Cool it, Dog! You’ll be getting Me a bad name!”
“Can’t have that, Sir—”
“Even worse, Dog—you’ll be making them think!”
Auschwitz SStaff enjoying a well earned blueberry break
(We have to thank God for blueberries too, you know) (His blessings truly are limitless)
‘OF THE BOOK’—
once in the ball park we might refine definitions to be more precise. In this Christian region then, let’s do just that—
“Seventh Day Adventist!”
Bugger it … I could be here for the rest of the week, I’ll do a double-cheat now and ask good ol’ Wiki 🙂
- Historical Protestantism – 300–400 million
- Modern Protestantism – 400–500 million
The most common estimate of the number of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide is 225–300 million, forming a single communion, making it the second largest, single Christian denomination behind the Catholic Church. These are the adherents of the recognized Orthodox jurisdictions (autocephalous and autonomous churches) that are in full communion with each other. In addition, there are some Orthodox splinter groups and non-universally recognized churches.
- Autocephalous churches – 230 million
- Autonomous churches – 13 million
- Non-universally recognized churches – 24 million
- Other separated Orthodox groups – 6 million
- Anglican Communion – 80 million
- Continuing Anglican movement and independent churches – 0.4 million
Oriental Orthodox churches are the churches descended from those that rejected the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Despite the similar name, they are therefore a different branch of Christianity from the Eastern Orthodox (see above).
- Autocephalous churches – 78.7 million
- Autonomous churches – 0.01 million
- Churches not in communion – 0.07 million
Note that these groups are quite distinct from orthodox Trinitarian restorationist groups such as the Disciples of Christ, despite some shared history.
- Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) – 16.4 million
- Jehovah’s Witnesses – 8.5 million 
- Oneness Pentecostalism – 6 million
- Minor denominations – 4.4 million
Miscellaneous branches – 2 million
- Reformed Eastern Christianity – 1.1 million
- Former Church of the East (Nestorianism) – 0.6 million
- Messianic Judaism – 0.3 million
(Bloody hell~! A joke’s a joke but mine coffee has gotten colden — if you knew me at all, you’d know that is something SERIOUS!)