Those Who Pray The Hardest Get Special Favors

We need to get over the idea that those who pray the hardest get special favors from God and if he doesn’t answer our prayer requests then we are simply not praying enough. In my mind that is total fabrication and rationalization. Like so many other things, the religious establishment has had centuries to hone this particular message. Yes, I frequently pray to God. Except … Continue reading Those Who Pray The Hardest Get Special Favors

Edison – The Epitome Of Pragmatism

Thomas Edison taught his second wife, Mina Miller, Morse code so that they could communicate in secret by tapping each other’s hands when their families were around. Matthews, Scott. 1144 Random, Interesting & Fun Facts You Need To Know – The Knowledge Encyclopedia To Win Trivia (Amazing World Facts Book) Thomas Edison was the epitome of invention in his day. He was very much a … Continue reading Edison – The Epitome Of Pragmatism

Closing Thoughts – In Some Ways You Were Helpful

I am determined to make this the last post I do with Trump’s name in its contents. For this post, I will admit where his actions were helpful and also give some excuses for his despicable actions. Yes, Trump did many ugly things while he occupied the Oval Office, but some of them were actually helpful. I’ll get into those in a few paragraphs. It’s … Continue reading Closing Thoughts – In Some Ways You Were Helpful

Perhaps the Most Serious Long-Term Damage

Perhaps the most serious long-term damage that Trump has propagated is religion. Of course, in this case he was only the catalyst, not the only one primarily responsible for that. For the most part, individual religious institutions have done pretty severe damage to themselves. One of those religious leaders that comes to the top of this deadly heap is Franklin Graham. He took over the … Continue reading Perhaps the Most Serious Long-Term Damage

Revisit – The Significance Of Universal Salvation…. A Wrap-Up

The Significance Of Universal Salvation…. A Wrap-Up This the the final revisit of the 2013 series on “If Grace Is True” Here we are at the end of my study into universal salvation as presented by Philip Gulley in his book “If Grace Is True”. It took a lot longer to get here than I originally thought but this is a very serious subject so … Continue reading Revisit – The Significance Of Universal Salvation…. A Wrap-Up

Accountability By Impeachment?

We all know the slogan “No One Is Above The Law”. That drives our search for equal justice. What’s good for one is good for all. Or, is it? I have seen many times equal justice just doesn’t apply. Politicians and public office holders, along with the wealthy and famous seem to get “special” treatment way too often . A local example of that for … Continue reading Accountability By Impeachment?

Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention means different things to different people and religious organizations. For many in the religious community it means that we must pray to God not to get cancer or even be sick, and if we do get sick, we must leave it up to him to cure us. Doing this puts everything in God’s lap and practically no responsibility to us personally. In coordination … Continue reading Divine Intervention

Lipstick and Witchcraft

In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law condemning lipstick stating that any woman found guilty of seducing a man into matrimony by a cosmetic means would be tried for witchcraft. Matthews, Scott. 1144 Random, Interesting & Fun Facts You Need To Know – The Knowledge Encyclopedia To Win Trivia (Amazing World Facts Book) (p. 9). Kindle Edition. I don’t know if this law was … Continue reading Lipstick and Witchcraft

Reigning In My Aspie Traits… Sometimes

I, like Greta Thunberg, consider many of my Aspie traits to be my “superpowers” but some of them do need to be controlled sometimes in order to get things done. I love the fact that I can sit down and totally concentrate on one particular thing and make the rest of the world simply disappear. I still do that for hours at a time, and … Continue reading Reigning In My Aspie Traits… Sometimes

If Grace Is True – Revisit #2

This is the second of three revisits to my initial posts on a book that changed my spiritual view of the world. I do these revisits so that you might better understand where I am going now by showing you where I have come from March 12, 2013. I was certain if I could preach the perfect sermon the altar would fill with people overcome … Continue reading If Grace Is True – Revisit #2

It’s Time For DIVORCE… Or at least another separation

January 17, 2021 There is so much of the Old Testament that still drives many versions of Christianity, especially among White Evangelicals. They seem to be fixated on the wrath of God rather than his love. The vast majority of the source of that wrath comes from the Old Testament. It’s time for a new version of Christianity that focuses totally on the words of … Continue reading It’s Time For DIVORCE… Or at least another separation

Feed Them To The Prisoners

Lobster wasn’t always such a delicacy. In the 1800s, feeding lobster to prisoners was considered cruel and unusual punishment. Lobsters were referred to as the “cockroaches of the sea”. Backhause, Tyler; Backhause, Tyler. 1,000 Random Facts Everyone Should Know If they aren’t eaten by us, lobsters can live 45 – 50 years. The older they get the more fertile they become. Lobsters only became popular when New … Continue reading Feed Them To The Prisoners

Universal Education

I recently updated my “10 Pillars of Life” to include: “Everyone should have the opportunity to live up to their full potential”. That is what this post is all about. When I say everyone, I mean everyone, regardless of their financial, social, or health situation or even their country of residence. Of course, affluent people have the right to give their kids almost everything to … Continue reading Universal Education

Money In Politics Isn’t The Solution, It’s The Problem

Now that the political season is finally over, at least for a few months, it’s time for some personal thoughts about that process. I know that the title of this post is not exactly how Reagan described the problem, but I kinda think my words are more accurate than his were forty years ago. When the Supreme Court decided that money is a form of … Continue reading Money In Politics Isn’t The Solution, It’s The Problem

About Fingerprints

The use of fingerprints to identify people began when two men who looked nearly identical, with the same name, arrived at the same prison. They had never even met! Backhause, Tyler; Backhause, Tyler. 1,000 Random Facts Everyone Should Know: A collection of random facts useful for the bar trivia night, get-together or as conversation starter. (p. 19). Kindle Edition. It happened in 1904 at Leavenworth … Continue reading About Fingerprints

Simplicity

I took a lot of pictures of the Mississinewa 1812 reenactments in 2019. Little did I know that this October 2019 event would be the last road trip until 2021. Hopefully, the pandemic will be under control this year so that my trips across America can continue. I chose this picture for today due primarily for its simplicity. It just seems like a serene scene … Continue reading Simplicity

Anti-Mask, Anti-vaxxers, Lazy Minds – One and the Same?

It seems there are various groups in this world who just don’t want to go along when the “Public Good” is the topic. They just don’t seem to care about anyone else. They want to go about their lives totally focused on themselves. The anti-maskers don’t want to be inconvenienced by wearing a mask to prevent a mere 2% of us from dying. After all, … Continue reading Anti-Mask, Anti-vaxxers, Lazy Minds – One and the Same?

What Does It Take To Rattle Lazy Minds?

I don’t know about you, but when I watched the pictures of domestic terrorists invading the US Congress while it was in session I was struck with fear. “Is this the beginning of the end for the “United” States? Will anarchy replace our democracy? I couldn’t believe what I was watching. The only saving grace to yesterday was that all those who threatened to bring … Continue reading What Does It Take To Rattle Lazy Minds?