Across the nation and around the world, in the houses of faith and the minds of the faithful, much is made of the sacrifice of Jesus, and the reverence and devotion that is owed for it. The greatness of that act, and the obligation attached to it, is the very foundation of religions followed by … Continue reading What Sacrifice?
"If you love me,"Replied the deity,"Forget me."Tear down the houses of worship.Silence your endless prayers."Be good to others.Make the world a better place, in however small a way."And do it allWithout expectation of eternal reward,Or fear of eternal punishment."
Reality Show Idea: House Swap
I feel like this must have been done in some way already, but I don't think it has been done like this. Swap comparable homes of two families who live in racially or religiously or politically different neighborhoods. Move the families completely out of their homes, and into each other's. Follow them as they settle … Continue reading Reality Show Idea: House Swap
The Missed Point of Faith
After thousands -- even tens of thousands -- of years of practice, the faithful have always somehow missed the ultimate point of faith. The point of religion and faith isn't to spend a lifetime groveling before god, begging it to make your life better, or nagging it to intervene in affairs you ought to be … Continue reading The Missed Point of Faith
To Those of Extremist Faith
Author's note: I originally wrote this a few days after the Pulse nightclub shootings, hence some of the specific references. And though it's christian-centric, the message is universally applicable. To those of extremist faith: God's job is not your job. It's his universe. They're his rules. He is the decider. He is the punisher. And … Continue reading To Those of Extremist Faith
God, the Abortionist
Studies have shown that half of all pregnancies worldwide end in miscarriage. That means that miscarriage is not an anomaly. It is not unusual. In fact, miscarriage is the most common result of pregnancy. In 2018, the year of the most recent such study I could find, there were 140.2 million births worldwide. Another 42 … Continue reading God, the Abortionist
God Doesn’t Care About Abortion
In multiple places, the Bible explicitly states that a child isn’t alive until it is filled with the breath of life … that is, when it takes its first breath. The abortion of a fetus is not the ending of a person’s life, as the fetus is not a person – and has not been … Continue reading God Doesn’t Care About Abortion
BST: God Gets All the Credit
BST = Bumper Sticker Thoughts. Unquipping quippy quips. Thoughts about actual bumper stickers and thoughts that ought be bumper stickers (or t-shirts, or hats, or whatever). Why Does God Get All the Credit, But None of the Blame? It happens all the time, at all levels of society, but we most publicly see this phenomenon … Continue reading BST: God Gets All the Credit
Author's Note: This one wrote itself in a way. The sing-song rhythm that I invariably fall into when I read it wasn't planned at all. I think with a bit of massaging, it could probably be a great poem, but I really like it as it is. Which, now that I think of it, is … Continue reading Rapture
Author's Note: Not all missions go as planned. But the unexpected failure of some have far greater implications than anyone involved in planning or executing them could ever imagine. The young scientist knelt down for the third time in half an hour, his lungs madly grasping for purchase on the thinning air about him. The … Continue reading Extradition