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Working on that post

I started handwriting a draft of the calm reasonable abortion post last night, and I believe i can turn it into something decent, but its gonna take longer than i thought, as I am having trouble structuring it in a clear and consistent way.

So i pissed off a friend

I was trying to help her with something, I said something stupid not thinking it through and now i feel like shit.

Great day.

*headdesk*

Last Night’s Outrage

Last night, I posted a rant about a horrible entry by some woman about abortion, she was basically saying that she spent her time and effort as a counselor at an abortion clinic (if i misunderstood her role there forgive me) convincing women that it was perfectly okay to scramble their unborn child’s brain, forcing these women to tear down their distaste for the process (which even those who legitimately NEED an abortion should have), and give her a sunshiney speech about how great and wonderful scrambling their unborn child like scrambled eggs is.

Well, i’ve calmed down and realized that that last post was very very reactionary and heated. In the next couple days or so (not tonight school involves too much reading) i will give a calm and rational description of how i see the abortion issue.

I am generally fairly pro-life, although (and i may not have made it clear last night) I do recognize some emergency situations where abortion would be a lesser of several evils. What I was angry about last night was not medically necessary abortions, but rather her attitudes that even abortions used as a last form of birth control for irresponsible people who don’t want to deal with the real risks involved with sex, as peachy keen and “good”.

eh i’m starting to ramble again like last night. No more on abortion until I finish my rational calm post and put it here. After that i will drop the topic for a while, since it makes me hot and is not conducive to my health.

One Sick fucking bitch

Read this piece of work.

I recognize that there are horrible horrible situations where Abortion is a lesser of two evils. I recognize that there is a time and a place for drastic actions, and sometimes we have to do distasteful things.

But fuck it, I’m gonna be unpopular and say it. Abortion as birth control is absolutely 100% fucking wrong. This woman is a horrible human being for telling these women that its okay to kill a human being cause she wanted to get off without the responsibility that sexuality inherently entails. Have we not heard of masturbation people?

If a man and a woman have genital contact, there is always a chance at impregnation. Deal with it people!

When you can tell me the moral difference between scrambling the brains of an unborn child and scrambling the brains of a 2 month old, you can start telling me how Abortion is “okay”.

I can have compassion for women who have made the wrong choice. I can love them and offer any support that I am able to. But I’m never going to feed them bullshit about how its “okay”. Because it simply is not okay.

I’m quite sure i’ve pissed off my two best friends with this post. 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I seriously cannot believe that this thing got past R&D at any profit seeking company. This is seriously hilarious.

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Common Christian myths about the theory of Evolution

Introduction

Before I begin, I would like to make three things very clear. First of all, I am a devout Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died on the cross of Golgotha as the sinless Lamb of God, and rose from the Grave in order to grant and offer mankind Redemption, Regeneration and Theosis (also called Sanctification) to fallen man. I affirm this Gospel before the world, and publicly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Secondly, I accept that the Theory of Evolution is the best scientific answer to the questions posed by the fossil and genetic records. I believe that it explains the variations of species and the similarities between the genetic codes of the great many animals on the earth quite well.

Third, I do not care if I am correct about the Theory of Evolution. I have no personal stake in the Theory being correct or incorrect. If I were to wake up in the morning and be shown credible, incontrovertible scientific proof that the Fundamentalist and biblical literalist version of scientific history is true, nothing about my personal life or faith would change in the slightest. To be blunt, the question is simply not that important
to me.

What does bother me however, is ignorance of an opposition’s belief. If my Christian Brothers decide that they do not believe in the Theory of Evolution, I don’t particularly care about that. What I care about, is that when they present their reasons why, they use actual fact, proper theology and logical philosophies, rather than urban legends they got in their email Inbox. Believe in what you believe, believe it more strongly than anyone else, but know what you are talking about before you make your attack. This is the  spirit of this post.

For this post, I would like to address the three most common and central myths some fellow Christians hold regarding the Theory. Firstly, that if the Theory of Evolution is True, the Bible is made false. Secondly that The Theory of Evolution states or proves that there is no God. And finally, that the Theory of Evolution devalues human life. I may or may not write similar posts in the future, but for now I feel these are the most important.

Myth #1: If the Theory of Evolution is true, then the Bible is False

This idea arose from the fact that the Theory of Evolution is inconsistent with a literal reading of Genesis 1&2. The Thought goes that if the text of Genesis 1&2 is not (literally) accurate, then the Bible is inaccurate, Christianity is false, and here is no God. There are many logical problems in this line of thought, but I would like to focus on what I believe to be the most important, the confusion of truth and literal truth. A text does not have to be literally true for it to be truthful or inspired. There are many levels of truth, and what we call literal truth is only one of many (some would argue the simplest and most shallow form). Any Christian who has read the Psalms, Old Testament Prophets, the Parables of Christ or the Revelation of John should be aware of allusion, as well as allegorical and Symbolic Truth. For example, there  probably never was a Good Samaritan. It is more likely that Christ constructed a fictional story in order to impart a deeper spiritual truth to His disciples, in this case that God desires and demands that his people love their neighbor, even when their neighbor is a stranger.

The first two chapters of the  Book of Genesis can be read in a similar manner. If read not as a scientific or historical text, but rather as an allegory or creation myth (click the link for the proper definition of myth), we can see several important messages beneath the surface. We owe our existence

and sustenance to the provision and mercy of God. Sin and rebellion separate us from God. We are made in the Image of God. Etc. In this way, the Scripture can be true, while the story is false. In no way does a non literal reading of Genesis make the Scriptures worthless or faulty.

Myth# 2: If Evolution is True, then there is no God.

The problem with this assumption is related to the proper definition of evolution. Many Christians are of the opinion that the Theory of Evolution has something to do with the rise or creation of life in specific and the universe in general. While this is a widely held belief, it is nonetheless inaccurate.

The Theory of Evolution can be defined simply as:

“a theory that the various types of animals and plants have
their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable
differences are due to modifications in successive generations”

It is important to note that the theory is only concerned with Life, and how it changes. The Theory of Evolution says NOTHING about how Life came to be, how matter was generated, and by extension, whether or not there is a God. I reiterate, the only thing the Theory of Evolution covers, is how life changes and adapts to its environment, not how it came to be. The Study of Evolution does not start until there is that first single-celled organism, it does not address where that life came from.

Myth #3: Evolution Devalues Human Life

Ever since Nazi Germany latched onto the idea of Eugenics leading up to and during WWII, many Creationists have used eugenics as an example of the “evils of evolution”. Eugenics is indeed a disgusting ideal, one that should be stamped out amongst humanity like the plague. However, to tie Eugenics to Evolution is unfair. Eugenics is “The study of hereditary improvement of the
human race by controlled selective breeding.” Some eugenics programs
advocated the sterilization of “undesirable” peoples and in some cases forced abortion. Eugenicists do tie their theory of Evolution; however, this does not mean that the Theory of Evolution necessarily leads to this idea by default.

The majority of scientists, laypeople and teachers worldwide who believe in the Theory of Evolution recognize the evils of eugenics. They recognize that the Nazis were disgusting evil people, and that killing or forcibly sterilizing a human being is horrid. Should we judge an entire scientific Theory based on the interpretation of a minority? The idea that species have adapted to their environment over time through the survival and reproduction of those most fit to that same environment in no way forces upon us the idea that we should abandon, sterilize or murder the weak amongst us. In fact, it could be argued that our group mentality, and our desire to care for the weak amongst us, is a result of natural selection and part of our species’ success. Many animals show a group instinct that enables survival of large groups.

This myth also unfortunately ignores the great number of religious people who accept the Theory, and hold human life to be the sacred, holy and unique thing that it is. The Roman Catholic Church for example has stated that the Theory of Evolution is no threat to Christian faith and has no objection to the theory, yet has done incredible missionary work throughout the world, giving love and care to human beings as the church is so called. Just because we share physical origins with animals, does not automatically rob us of our soul.

Even most atheists (as shown by their actions) consider killing a chicken and eating it to be very different than doing he same to a human being. Even if they cannot give a logical reason, most people attach special significance to human life. The fact that we are animals in no way indicates that we are merely animals.

Summary

Again, I would like to reiterate that I do not care if the Theory of Evolution is accurate science. I happen to believe it is, but my life and faith would not change in the slightest if I were to be proven wrong. We Christians are taught to be wise as well as gentle, and thus I advise my Christian Brothers to understand Evolution before they attack it. In short, evolution does not say there is no God, it does not mean that the Scriptures are false, and it does not belittle God’s creation in any way. Why is this Theory so evil? Don’t we have more important things to worry about, namely the Gospel of Christ and the care of those in need?