‘scuse me while I throw up a little in my mouth.

So Pointed me to this article at usareligiousnews.com. Here’s the last paragraph of the article, which sums it up :

“This begs the question as to whether the Democratic Party is a shill for al Qaeda. Probably not, but both al Qaeda and the Democrats have one thing in common—they want the Republicans out of office and they are trying to use a lazy, easily manipulated liberal news media to break down the will of the American people to fight for their very survival against an evil enemy. The Apostle Paul said of the latter days in II Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” And Jesus Christ warned in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give us discernment and wisdom for times such as these.”

Um, right. Once again, the Religious Right (or the Sacreligious Wrong) is pushing the Neo-Con values and it’s hijacked Republican party. Or maybe the Neo-Cons are pushing their message out via their mouthpieces disguised as religion.

First of all, that’s *NOT* religious news. Hell, that’s not even news, it’s editorializing, and the only thing that’s religious about it are the quotes at the end.

Secondly, both are quotes are taken out of context. In the first quote Paul is talking about the future, and the whole sentance is :

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Jesus Christ will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, decieving and being deceived.” (2 Tim. 3:12-13, NIV)

Paul is speaking to Timothy from his imprisonment, during the Roman ages, and he was right – a period of extreme persection followed. I’m not sure this applies, unless they’re inferring that we are entering the appocolypse, which the PRIOR section (2 tim 3:1-9) speaks of.

Now the second verse, Christ is also speaking of the End Times as well, and the quote is *ALSO* out of context :

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will [the end times] happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’
Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one decieves you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will decieve many.” (Mat. 24:3-5, NIV)

Wow, that sure applies to the Democrats, now doesn’t it? Wait, it doesn’t?

I still don’t understand how people who spend so much time in study get it so consistantly wrong…

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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4 Responses to ‘scuse me while I throw up a little in my mouth.

  1. nivex6 says:

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

    > I still don’t understand how people who spend so much time in study get it
    > so consistantly wrong…

    Because they want to? Think about it: you know a text SO well that you can pick and choose from it in such a way that the largest part of your audience (the uneducated) won’t be the wiser. Look smart and bamboozle… what better way to lead?

  2. alchemist says:

    There are MUCH better ways to lead. Leadership based on trickery usually ends badly…for the leader. Sooner or later their lies or deceit catches up with them.

    More to meditate on as I go through my own leadership training.

  3. clubjuggler says:

    I still don’t understand how people who spend so much time in study get it so consistantly wrong…

    I’ll just let “Andrew Shepherd” answer that one:

    “I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it. Nobody has ever won an election by talking about what I was just talking about. This is a country made up of people with hard jobs that they’re terrified of losing. The roots of freedom are of little or no interest to them at the moment. We are a nation afraid to go out at night. We’re a society that has assigned low priority to education and has looked the other way while our public schools have been decimated. We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious men to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, friend, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.” (Parts cut from the movie in italics)

    Amazing how true that rings… :-(

  4. gukacayuga says:

    I still don’t understand how people who spend so much time in study get it so consistantly wrong…

    Easy. Humans are stupid and easily misled. I have often shuddered at the people who think the biblical comparison to sheep is a cuddly metaphor. Humans also arrogant, and those who think they have “a better understanding” are quick to try and take the lead. Could there be a more dangerous combination?

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