Thursday, February 18, 2016

It Is Important To Know These Things So Religion Doesn't Do You More Harm Than Good

Blaise Pascal

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 
The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 
1 John 4:18

Dorothy Day: “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

"You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image 
when it turns out God hates all the same people you do."
Fr. Tom Weston S. J.

"Martin Luther King Jr. On Hatred, Violence, Love and Jesus "The Way"

Pope Francis: What Christianity Looks Like When Believers Realize "God Is Love"

Love Covers A Multitude Of Sins

Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"

"Twelve Steps For The Recovering Pharisee (Like Me)" By John Fischer

"Love Your Enemies. Do Good To Those Who Hate You," Luke 6: 27-42

"Do You Know What You're Doing To Me?"
Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus Walks Back Comments On Poor

The Gospels With The Words Of Jesus In Red

Everything Jesus And The Apostles Had To Say About "The Rich" And "The Poor"

Pope Francis: "A Little Mercy Makes The World More Just"

Mercy Is Not Fair

Which Do You Value More? Mercy? Or Justice?

What Too Many Christians Get Wrong

“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
James 2:13 

"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Matthew 9:13

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
1 Peter 4:8

"The Man Born Blind": Jesus Overturns The Core Supposition Of The Ancient World

Hey Christian! How Many Of Jesus' Moral Stands Do You Approve? Take The Test!

Punishment Rarely Reforms But Instead Tends To Reinforce Wrongdoing

Jesus Rails Against Human Traditions Of "Our Great Leaders Who Lived Long Ago" 

What's Wrong With The Abrahamic Religions: Absolutism, Scriptural Inerrancy, Bloodlust

Pastor John Piper "discusses the vexing problem of God ordering the mass killing of every Canaanite man, woman, and child."

Mistakes In Scripture: When The Bible Gets The Bible Wrong

"Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?"

"Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy," A Glimpse Of True Christianity

Biblical Literalism And The Cultivation Of Hatred

"God Enjoys The 10 Plagues Way Too Much"

ISIS And The Inquisition: The Shadow Side Of Religion. Why Does Belief Do This?

"What ISIS Really Wants" And How The Patriarch Abraham Appears To Be The Instigator

Christianity's Bedrock Commitment To Torture: 
Remaking "The Faithful" In God's Image

"Christian Conservatism: "The Saved," "The Damned," "The Rich," "The Poor"

"The Christian Paradox: How A Faithful Nations Gets Jesus Wrong"
Bill McKibben

Good Religion And Bad Religion

Time For Catholicism To "Shelve" Traditions And Texts That Represent God As A Terrorist

"Trial By Ordeal: The Bloody Old Testamental Roots Of Modern Justice"

UNC-CH Professor Bart D. Ehrman:
Biblical Exegete And Former Christian Evangelical
The Bible and Textual Analysis

"Charity is the soul of faith, it gives it life; without love, faith dies."
St. Anthony of Padua

"Where love rules, there is no will to power, 
and where power predominates, love is lacking
The one is the shadow of the other." 
Carl Jung

"Love and do what you will."
St. Augustine

The Prodigal Son

The "other" son in the background of the same painting:

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