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Prophecies

March 5, 2014

Dear editor, I read with great interest the article written on “Blood Moon....

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reasonrules

Mar-05-14 6:42 AM

Delusional letter. Your jesus never existed. Move on.

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Crossley

Mar-05-14 7:34 AM

We are all entitled to our opinions. We all have our beliefs. reasonrules, you do not know for sure. Christians: read your bibles.....

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DARgirl

Mar-05-14 8:58 AM

I was wearing my tinfoil hat when I read the newspaper this morning and this letter still didn't make any sense.

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steelersfreak16365

Mar-05-14 9:35 AM

This letter is certainly not delusional. Everything is coming together and will culminate in the great return of Jesus Christ. If you don't believe, I pray you will before this happens. One day, whether you believe in Jesus during this life or not, you will confess Jesus Christ as Lord. "Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:8-11)

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 11:10 AM

I, of course, think this is absurd. Lots of things, if twisted just right, can fit other things, especially when the "prophecy" is vague. I can see a train in cloud, but that doesn't make it true. No one would deny the writer's concerns about global economy or politics, but there is no evidence that this rises to some supernatural, vague prediction. Now, if you had a specific prediction, say a tall man in a red shirt will get an award for acting on March 2, 2013, then I'd be impressed, but I'd still say: so what. It doesn't prove anything. We would need more evidence about how the prediction was conceived to test it's validity. I can predict a solar eclipse in about 200 years. If that comes true, which it probably will, does that make me a prophet? NO.

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 11:17 AM

I also chuckle at the self-importance that people bestow on the USA, like we are some devinely declared ruler of the world. We are fortunate that our founding fathers thought individual liberties and being secular were important things upon which to build a country. But, that doesn't make us rise to some supernaturally designated top dog. Also, as to the predictions about Iran, North Korea and Pakistan are BY FAR more dangerous in today's world than Iran.

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whatever

Mar-05-14 11:32 AM

It's funny how anything that happens that is bad, people jump the "end of the world" scenarios. If I dug a safety shelter every time people declared the end of the world was coming I would be in Mongolia by now. I am sure people thought their Biblical prophecies were coming true during WW2. Hitler played a perfect anti-Christ and the entire planet was at war - yet here we are. The bible is really no different than the quatrains of Nostradamus. Cryptic, generalized and highly fictional. Bad things happen and will happen as long as there are humans. Today seems like overload because you JUST HEAR ABOUT ALL OF IT thanks to social media, 24 hour news and the internet. Times are no worse now than in the past. The past was actually MORE brutal if you read your history.

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 11:35 AM

For those of you who align yourselves with religious prophecy,or hearing any word of a god for that matter, tell me this. If your god is such an all powerful, all knowing being, wouldn't you think he/she/it could communicate in a very clear and concise manner, and be understood universally? And, yet, he doesn't do that over and over again. Any reasonable, rational-thinking person would expect that, as we do from all important people in a position of leadership. Now, to anticipate the usual cop-out response, the notion of god works in mysterious ways doesn't cut it, and never has. It's one more vague thing religious people use to not have to prove their claim that a god exists. The body of knowledge on the understanding of the natural world and universe, along with rational, analytical thought overwhelmingly disputes the claim of a supernatural being. I promote an awareness of the sciences. Please educate yourselves so as not to fall prey to childhood indocrination and fantasy.

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whatever

Mar-05-14 11:48 AM

Exactly Brook. I get put on this planet with no explanation as to why other than a book written thousands of years ago by very primitive man, that was written and re-written by ancient rulers to fit their ruling style, translated thousands of times into how many different languages? This is supposed to be the work of a divine, all powerful creator revealing himself to me? You know, you could have an incident happen downtown and be witnessed by 25 people and you would get 25 different versions of what went on. Yet this book is to be accepted as fact? Call me crazy, but how can you NOT have questions?

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 1:08 PM

There is a public service show out of Austin, TX called "The Atheist Experience." You can find video of the show on Youtube. They take questions from callers. I highly recommend watching it. It is meant to promote a positive view of Atheism and to discuss all religious claims. These men and women are extremely knowledgable. The one host was even an evangelical Christian in training to become a minister. He is extremely well-versed in the bible, as are they all, and they also have experience refuting other religions. During his studies, he came to realize just how absurd and full of inconsistencies the bible is and realized that it could not possibly substantiate the existense of a god. Take a look.

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steelersfreak16365

Mar-05-14 1:39 PM

It is ok for us to have questions about God, our faith, and other things of this sort. But this is what it exactly is: FAITH. God has revealed Himself to us in the man of Jesus Christ. He came, lived a like as one of us, and suffered and died on a cross. As Christians, we put our total trust in this, even though we did not literally see it. Even the records of history show these events happened. But would men who personally knew Jesus risk and ultimately give up their lives in the cruelest of ways for a lie? Would this same message of God's ultimate love for us have lasted throughout the generations if it were not true? I think not. God has shown Himself to the world and maybe you are looking in all the wrong places. Look to the cross and empty tomb. This is where you will find what you are seeking.

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whatever

Mar-05-14 2:25 PM

Look Steelerfreak, I am not out to debate religion or to try and prove you wrong. You are perfectly entitled to your beliefs. I simply claim that I don't know the answer and I don't pretend that I do. I do challenge everyone who preaches the bible to me to prove it. The burden of proof for the existence of this god you tell me I need to believe in is solely on you. There is no evidence that any of what is in the bible is in fact, fact. It is a collection of stories from an ancient people. So much of what was written in that book as divine intervention can be explained today. Everything man did not understand was explained by being the work of god. It was a tidy little way of creating answers to which they had no explanation. The bible is not fact, it is a system of beliefs. I do not discount that there is a god nor can I say I fully believe there is one. How can you claim Christianity is right when several other word religions also claim they are right as well? No one knows.

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 4:03 PM

whatever, you make some excellent points. For myself, I will take it a step further and say that I am 99.9% convinced there is not a supernatural god as there is absolutely not demonstrable evidence to support the claim and there is overwhelming evidence of evolution and natural selection. No one absolutely knows the origins of the universe, but science is working on it and has the evidence to back up its claims. steelersfreak16365, while there may or may not be debatable sources to clain a Jesus existed, there is no reasonable evidence that his existense rose to the level of supernatural. Do you believe in Greek or Roman gods, or the god of the Quran? No, you don't, because they are also fantasies that can't be proven. It is not acceptable to explain that which you don't understand by making up stories. Greek gods lastest through the generation, as you say, but humans finally wised up to their non-existence. This will happen with the Abraham gods. Some humans just aren't there, yet.

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 4:10 PM

steelers, another point, if I may. Propoganda may not prove itself. There must be independent, verifiable evidence to support a claim. therefore, we cannot take the bible or the quran as any kind of authoritative documents without first proving that there is a god who wrote them or dictated them to the humans who did write them. Absent a proof of the god claim, holy books are just a collection of stories about how someone thought people should live at that time.

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Backwoods

Mar-05-14 4:12 PM

Some of the comments made here remind me of what God's word say in Psalm 14:1.

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Backwoods

Mar-05-14 4:29 PM

In Ezekiel chapters three and thirty-three it talks about a watchman on the wall and if he see's the enemy coming he is to blow the horn to warn people. If the watchman does not sound a warning the blood of those lost are on his hands.

But when a warning is given and those who choose not to heed it will have their own blood on there own hands.

I hope many will hear the warning.

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steelersfreak16365

Mar-05-14 5:51 PM

Backwoods, it could not have been put any better. We let the Word of God speak and it has the final say. There will always be those who don't believe and the Bible calls them fools. I will pray for them and love them no matter what though.

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BrookP

Mar-05-14 7:24 PM

The word of the bible god also commands you to stone unruly children to death. I'm thinking that the word of your god leaves a great deal to be desired.

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Rancor

Mar-06-14 6:24 AM

Came here to comment, found BrookP doing a fine job. Carry-on.

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colorado

Mar-06-14 7:44 AM

You either believe or you don't believe. The believers will face death believing they are going to a better place. The non believers will face death.

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BrookP

Mar-06-14 9:23 AM

See, I would rather live with truth than a false hope. Based on our understanding of what happens to the central nervous system after death and the complete absense of evidence of life after death, we know we return to the ground just like all other living species. Sure, it ***** that we die, but that makes life all the more precious. To make up a feel-good story about after life is just a crutch to deny reality. I care that the world I live in is a rational world in which people seek out truth, knowledge, and enjoyment. The natural world and its ability to reproduce itself, along with the discovered laws of nature are facinating. I promote embracing reality, not fantasy. By the time I was 10, I developed independent, critical thinking. I yearn for the day when we universally teach THAT to our children, instead of fantasy indoctrination.

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BrookP

Mar-06-14 9:24 AM

Haha, apparently I can't write s u c k s.

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Backwoods

Mar-06-14 10:42 AM

Brookp, I’m assuming that these are the scriptures you are referring to from the book of Deuteronomy chapter 21.

21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Yes, when the Israelites were under the law there were some harsh punishments. These scriptures are not describing a small child but an adult child in extreme disobedience.

Continued….

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Backwoods

Mar-06-14 10:42 AM

Brookp, now let us go to the book of John chapter 8 and see what Jesus had to say. Remember, they are still under the law (old covenant) because the age of Grace (new covenant) had not yet been fulfilled.

8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 8:4 and they said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Continued…

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Backwoods

Mar-06-14 10:44 AM

8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

This is Jesus Christ showing his Love, Mercy and Grace even when the law was in effect for the Israelites. By his crucifixion, the sheading of his blood for our sins we have entered into the new covenant and if we will truly repent of our sins we shall be forgiven.

This does not mean that there are no consequences for our actions but we receive the grace of God and he forgives us. The only unforgivable sin is to greave the Holy Spirit.

Continue…

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