As Aretha Franklin said…..

SOME days you forget to don your thick skin and the world leaves you battered and blue

You look around and all you seem to see and hear is hate, racism, bigotry, homophobia, jealousy and sexism. You feel something is missing.
What’s missing is summed up in the seven-letter word that Aretha Franklin tunefully drove into our collective consciousness. Respect. Just a little bit.

You see the lack of respect everywhere. On the roads, in offices and in the streets. It’s a dog-eat-dog world some days.
All men are brothers and no human being should be a stranger to another, said Mahatma Gandhi. But that’s not a commonly held philosophy.

Despite all the anti-discrimination laws, there is a distinct lack of respect, a lack of tolerance for our diversity of race, creed, sexual orientation, cultural values, political persuasions or ideology.
Being tolerant and respectful has nothing to do with being religious or anti-religious but it might have something to do with our understanding of God.
Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said respect was realising that God speaks to us in unique ways.
“I don’t know what God is saying in the secret places of someone else’s soul,’’ he said.

“When I look at another human being, I’m looking at someone God is taking seriously.
“I’m looking at someone God is talking to (even if they themselves don’t want to hear him). And the reverence with which I have to approach them is a bit like the hesitation I ought to feel about interrupting someone in the middle of a conversation with somebody else.
“In other words, I think that real respect begins when I recognise that everyone – and for that matter every bit of our universe – has a relationship with God that’s quite independent of their relationship with me.’’
The poet Johann Goethe said if we treated people as if they were already what they ought to be, we helped them to become what they were capable of being.
We’re curious creatures; capable of great beauty, warmth and goodness.
But listen to the common conversations around workplaces. Notice the ridicule and put downs disguised as humour? Hear the gossip disguised as news? We can’t help ourselves.
Inside us, congenitally, there’s selfishness, jealousy, and a pettiness of heart and mind that is never far from the surface.

We are too often blind to our own real faults but all too easily see faults in someone else. Most of all, we lack respect.
That’s a violation of a golden rule common to the great religions.

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  1. WHO DO YOU SAY I AM
    by Don Potter

    Children come gather around
    I have something I want to ask
    We have loved those that didn’t love first
    We have tried to quench their thirst

    Soon will come a trumpet sound
    Have You completed the task?
    We have carried the Word to other lands
    We have prayed by laying on hands

    You have cast out demons in My Name
    You have opened blind eyes and healed the lame
    We have cast out demons in Your name
    We have opened blind eyes and healed the lame

    You’ve baptized the lost and forgiven the shame
    But one question still remains
    We have baptized the lost and forgiven the shame
    But one question still remains……

    Who do they say I am?
    Who do you say I am?
    Who do they say I am?
    Who do you say I am?

    Some say Elijah, some say John
    But who do they say I am?
    Some say Elijah, some say John
    But who do you say I am?

    You are the Christ
    You are the Lord
    You are Messiah,
    God of all
    You are the Master of all men
    Now I know “I AM”
    YOU ARE THE LORD
    YOU ARE THE LORD!

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    • Does it matter what we believe? These are the words of C. S. Lewis from his book ‘Mere Christianity’:

      I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

      To be almost right about Jesus is to be totally wrong. Why? Because we are not saved by good opinions about Jesus. We not saved because we have a good feeling about Jesus. We are not saved because we like his moral teaching. That is not enough. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. If you almost-right about Jesus, you are really totally wrong.

      Does it matter what we believe about Jesus? Yes, it does. The truth about Jesus is the difference between heaven and hell.

      Jesus has a question for you today. It’s the same one he asked 2000 years ago.

      “Who do you say that I am?”

      Dr. R. Pritchard—Crosswalk com

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      • Hi Mon
        Phew, … in the quote you gave us…
        ‘If you almost-right about Jesus, you are really totally wrong. Does it matter what we believe about Jesus? Yes, it does. The truth about Jesus is the difference between heaven and hell’.

        Well, I honestly thank the God I revere that I dont belong to any tradition that truly says and means exactly that! To borrow William Blake’s gnostic phrase out of his ‘Marriage of Heaven and Hell’, I guess it means that I must belong well and truly to ‘the Devil’s party’.

        The quote demonstrates so clearly the contradictory messages and teachings that one can derive out of the Christian Testament. We are told that those who say ‘Lord Lord’, (in other words those ones who ‘know’ or believe all the correct things even about Jesus), are not automatically the ones who will inherit the kingdom. The ones who Jesus did commend were folk who didnt ‘see’ Jesus in the persons of those they gave to or visited or clothed. When Peter made his famous statement of belief, he was commended as blessed. But there was at the time, no reproach told against the others who had not come out with it. Then what was also said? – ‘Those who are not against us, are with us!’ (Sigh, but then another version of that line tells us that ‘Those who are not with us are against us!’. Oh dear! More and more reasons why I reject the idea of an infallibility to the Christian Testament.)

        I mean and intend no disrespect to any of the Christians on this blog. But I simply cannot imagine how I could ever accept a deity like the one suggested, or to be a part of your faith. A couple of times I’ve seen Bryan suggesting that on ‘getting to heaven’ (How I am disturbed by that phrase!) the faithful will probably be surprised to see just who else is there. Even our Catholic authorities have told us a few times lately that atheists do get to heaven!!! But with the approach described by friend CS Lewis and Dr Pritchard, it would seem that there will be, to the contrary NO surprises at all, and also that only rigid obvious and traditional Christian believers will ‘get there’.

        But I have just a nagging feeling that not all of the Christian faithful of this blog actually agree with the quote! Are any of you out there, prepared to confess this?

        Cheers and no hard feelings, Rian.

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      • Hi Rian,

        Okay, so you don’t believe the Bible. I obviously do.

        Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

        9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

        Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

        12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.

        The Great Commission

        14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED; BUT HE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE WILL BE CONDEMNED.

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      • Hi Mon,
        Just one problem with the Bible quotes you gave there. Not one of them indicates that what was being believed was that Jesus was actually the God in person.

        I know that elsewhere you have given quotes that appear to identify Jesus was actually the God. And I kept those on file.

        Since Bryan has indicated that many will be surprised to see that unexpected persons actually ‘got to heaven’, I can assume that he doesnt believe that only the individuals who believe precisely the right things will get there. And the Catholics of course as I said are holding that even atheists will get there.

        cheers as ever, Rian.

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      • Not quite Rian.
        The Pope wrote: “The question for those who do not believe in God is to follow their own conscience. Sin, even for a non-believer, is when one goes against one’s conscience. To listen and to follow your conscience means that you understand the difference between good and evil.” He said that the “mercy of God has no limits” and encompassed even non-believers.
        He declared that redemption through Jesus was possible for everyone, even atheists. But the choice to be redeemed, based on free will, still has to be made.

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      • Bryan,
        Well you leave me here with a bit of an important quandry.. Monica assures me that only those who believe the ‘correct’ things about Jesus will be saved. You and the Pope tell me that others and even atheists may be saved depending on their sincerity in the way they live their lives. (hope I quote your thesis correctly.) .

        Just which of these assertions just happens to be right? It would appear that actual ‘truth’ has nothing to do with it. I have no wish of course to drive any sort of ‘wedge’ between you and Monica. But surely you cannot each be right?

        Another question here… Do you personally believe that persons can truly ‘choose’ to believe in any particular doctrine or assertion? Surely belief cannot be really put on as a duty or a decision, in the way that one puts on a hat? Belief, surely, is the conclusion that one comes to at any particular time.

        It was just striking me the other day that perhaps I’ve been wrong to describe myself for so long as an Apostate (from Christianity). I imagine that the person I in my younger days, who simply believed automatically and unthinkingly, was never a genuine Christian; and therefore I didnt actually ‘leave’ Christianity at all. I just lived in proper conformity as I do now, with the real faith I had underneath, and which never has changed in its essentials. Certainly I was never ‘saved’ or ‘twice born’. So maybe after all, I’ve always been a non-Christian.

        Rian.

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      • Yes BB,

        We are saying the same thing.

        And I thank God that He judges, not by appearance, but by the heart of man.

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      • Now Bryan,
        let me get this straight. You and Mon are actually claiming the same thing? well if it be so, then you at least did not express yourself clearly in the first place.

        Are you saying that atheists will only ‘get to heaven’ after they’ve chosen to become Christian, and even at the very last moment? In other words so long as they cease to be atheists before they die? Obviously then you are telling us that the Pope was NOT saying that atheists remaining atheists to the end, as such can get to heaven?

        In other words ONLY Christians will be saved and ‘get to heaven’? Absolutely NO-ONE ELSE????

        If this be taken as universally true among Christians, then I’m very happy to remain an unbeliever. I cannot conceive of revering a deity who demands such a thing.

        Rian.

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      • I’m sorry of I did not express myself in a way you could understand Rian.
        Who ‘gets to heaven’ is not my call.
        I do believe that Jesus is the way to redemption. I also believe it’s a choice of all of us to either accept or reject being with God after this life. If you choose not to be with God, that decision will be respected. You see, the decision is up to us.

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      • Bryan,
        You and the Pope are contradicting yourselves with double talk. Apparently using simple everyday language the Pope stated that even atheists go to heaven. Then you told us here that following one’s conscience (in other words to do good works) is the path for those unbelievers, even atheists.

        Simple speech when honest would have put it in this way, first that atheists NEVER go to heaven. It is crucial that before they die, they cease to be atheists. Also, how can the good deed of following one’s conscience mean anything at all, since doing good deeds does not save or redeem one according to evangelical Christianity? You still have to seek out forgiveness and redemption from Jesus. On that basis, there is actually NO spiritual benefit or blessing for the nonbeliever in following his conscience.

        Think about it. Look at the precise words that you and the Pope have used, and tell me where I am going wrong.

        Rian.

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      • Hi Rian,

        How do you deduce we are saying that only Christians get to heaven? I am not saying that because I do not believe it to be true. I hold to an inclusivist view.
        I believe that while people can only be saved through Jesus, it will not only be Christian believers who will be saved. The names of those who are saved are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and I believe these people will come out of every belief system; “people who did not have the opportunity to believe in Jesus but whose hearts were open to God. They will be there by the grace of God and because Jesus died for them too, just as we will. They responded to the light they were given, and that is what God was seeking.”

        I may be wrong to believe that, but I do.

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      • Rian, It seems you are unsuccessfully trying to make a point to justify your own position. You are asking Monica and I to tell you who ‘gets to heaven;’ when we have repeatedly told you that’s not something we know. You have to make your own decision about accepting or rejecting God and take responsibility rather than the rather childish attitude of “If God doesn’t make the universe like I want Him to then I won’t play”. You are not God.

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      • Actually Rian,

        I concur with Bryan, because I too was nearly going to say that how you responded reminded me of a petulant little boy, lol! But I chickened out. Oh well, I’ve said it now. 😯

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      • Mon,
        What has me somewhat puzzled is that you appear to contradict yourself here and there.

        You quote from the Gospel.. ‘He who does not believe will be condemned.’ and then today –
        ‘This is what I firmly believe, and I will take this belief to my grave:
        The truly redeemed are all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.’
        But then the other day you state.. ‘How do you deduce we are saying that only Christians get to heaven? I am not saying that because I do not believe it to be true. I hold to an inclusivist view.
        I believe that while people can only be saved through Jesus, it will not only be Christian believers who will be saved.’
        Nope, I cant really reconcile those statements.

        Now, I’m really intrigued by the Inclusivist and Exclusivist differences.
        If I asked you (or Bryan) to just discuss this matter with me on the forum, will you do that? Of course for me, I just have to be the third option of ‘Pluralist’
        cheers and love as ever,
        Petulant young Rian. (Nah, somehow I think I prefer the title that PG gave me amost a year and a half ago I guess, of Failed Bible Teacher. Now that was something!)

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      • Bryan,
        re your assertion … ‘Who ‘gets to heaven’ is not my call. I do believe that Jesus is the way to redemption. I also believe it’s a choice of all of us to either accept or reject being with God after this life. If you choose not to be with God, that decision will be respected. You see, the decision is up to us.’

        Notice you gave two separate qualifications there. a. Jesus is the way to redemption. and b. we either accept or reject being with God after this life.

        Hm, well, I have always chosen to be ‘with God’ both during this life and following it. (IF you really need it to be spelt out! But my God might not be kosher in your eyes.) And I might add, I get considerably much joy from my faith. I just argue with the idea that being ‘with God’ exclusively means having accepted Jesus and his redemption. I still want very much to know in view of this quote of yours and loads of others I’ve read, DO YOU TOO (along with Monica) HOLD TO THE INCLUSIVITY principle as well???? Because what you say there is not in conformity with Inclusivity.

        On the surface, it would seem you are saying that any and all Christian believers, whether mainstream, Evangelical, fringe varieties or whatever, so long as they believe in a redemption via Jesus are saved and on the Way. You dont seem to have to believe the right things other than that. You folk do confuse me.

        cheers, Rian.

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      • Rian,

        I’ve replied to you in the ‘The joys you miss By Wearing Headphones’ THREAD.

        Cheers

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    • Depends what part of the Bible speaks best to the reader.

      The Gospel of John is distinctly Greek in feeling and method. In fact, the gospel may be said to be intensely Greek from Prologue to Epilogue in every fiber of both thought and language. [1] Paul looked down the long vista of existence and saw a trial before the court of Christ awaiting every man, II Cor. 5:10; John saw reunion in a Father’s house, 14:2. Paul declared himself the slave of Christ, Phil. 1:1 etc.; but Jesus says in John, “I do not call you slaves any longer, …. now I call you friends,” 15:15.

      This is the substitution of the Greek idea of religion as friendship for the oriental idea of religion as servitude. Before the Christian believer stretched a broadening way to larger powers and fuller knowledge: Jesus’ followers are to do greater works than his, 14:12; their helper, the Spirit of truth, will guide them into the full truth, 16:13.
      http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/goodspeed/ch19.html

      Just a few examples.

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    • Hi Mon my love,
      This is the extravagantly petulant young Rian here! (Cuss cuss, $%@**&%^ – all muttered under breath!)

      Now Mon, if only you had indicated that your Christianity is INCLUSIVE just a couple of days back, then you would have saved us all a lot of typing. That makes things a bit clearer. (Incidentally, I notice that in the comments Bryan contributed, he doesn’t go as far as to say that he too is Inclusivist. Is he or aint he? He indicates that you and he are in agreement.)

      Anyway, I immediately got browsing on the Internet regarding Inclusivity and Exclusivity just to refresh my mind on what they are saying about them these days. The list of prominent Christians of past times who were essentially inclusive was very interesting. However, when they included dear old CS Lewis among their number, I had to draw a bit of a deep breath and check his name there again.

      Now just a couple of days back Lewis was quoted by you in the List; and just what was it I read in the last lines according to Dr Pritchard? — “The truth about Jesus is the difference between Heaven and Hell.” Now that to me reads very much like downright Exclusivity – and in no way Inclusivity. So, do you or don’t you agree with that Dr Pritchard gentleman? What should I really believe about CS Lewis on the matter? (Oh yes, it appeared from what I read about them on the Net, that the ‘Got Answers’ you frequently refer back to, actually takes the Exclusivist side of the argument. So you don’t always agree with them!)

      Thinking it all over, it seems to me that when one evangelizes among the atheists and the non-Christians, it would have to be rather foolish and non-productive to EVER mention openly that Inclusivity is or might be the intention of the God. Hearing it, the non-believer would quite logically take it that there is simply NO URGENCY or necessity to convert at all. Just to follow one’s conscience will always be quite sufficient and okay in the sight of the God one is preaching.

      But but but… sincerely following one’s conscience actually means that one is essentially practicing GOOD WORKS, and we’ve been sternly told by the faithful for years that ‘Good Works Will Not Get One to Heaven”!!!!
      Well?

      Love, (a very Petulant young) Rian!

      PS, Oh, and Bryan, since for many years I have not been a Christian believer, I’m not childishly rejecting God or ‘Truth’, but just indicating that these are further reasons as to why I do not believe in the Christian deity and the rules attributed to ‘him’. At some time during your life, you selected and chose for yourself the Christian deity of the Bible; while long ago, I selected and chose for myself a different deity. It’s as simple as all that! I join with (what is it?) some two thirds of the world’s population in not being Christian. That is simply not being childish or stubborn! I would assume that you dont feel that YOU are being childish and stubborn in rejecting the God Allah of the Islamics, or the God Vishnu of the Brahmins just because you ‘dont agree with them or like what they say’?

      I must say that I am once more intrigued with the fact that despite quoting the Bible fluently on the subject of salvation, heaven and hell, you still have to admit that you dont really know all of your God’s criteria for getting humans to heaven. It would have to mean, surely, that on occasions you are simply not in a position to tell the non-Christian whether they are in the running or not. And yet you guys are just so certain sure of your faith otherwise. You leave me puzzled!

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      • I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.
        All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened. And yourself, in a dark hour, may embrace it. You can repent and come out of it again. But there may come a day when you can do that no longer. Then there will be no you left to criticize the mood…
        –excerpted from The Problem of Pain and The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

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      • Phew! I am grateful you have a sense of humour Rian.

        So have I, in case you hadn’t noticed. You made me laugh. 😆

        This is what I firmly believe, and I will take this belief to my grave:

        The truly redeemed are all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

        Love,

        Mon

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  2. So, is respect earned or given? I mean, you can still have good manners and not respect the person you are being polite to. Or, I could love someone, but I may not necessarily respect them because of what they do. Just asking, ’cause I was always told that respect must be earned.

    But yes, I agree with what you’re saying Bryan.

    If in doubt, refer to the Bible: 1 Peter 2:17 Show respect for everyone. Love Christians everywhere. Fear God and honor the government.

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  3. There are categories of respect, I think. I would always respect a person’s right to be an individual. Respect anyone’s right to voice an opinion. Respect their right to be treated not only politely but with compassion.

    However, I might not agree with or even respect what they stand for. Maybe quite the opposite.

    Apart from the respect due to every person, even those whose opinions I might not respect, their actions in other aspects of life could well earn a respect more akin to admiration.

    I am reminded that respect has been seen as synonomous with fear. A father might beat up a son to teach him ‘respect’.

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    • “Respect anyone’s right to voice an opinion. Respect their right to be treated not only politely but with compassion.”

      Even the Westboro Baptist Church members Strewth? You’re a better Christian than I am.

      I don’t know what I would do if I met them face-to-face. Yes I do, I would pray. In situations where I feel helpless and hopeless in my own strength, I pray.

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      • So you would only pray when you FEEL helpless and hopeless in your own strength? What if you don’t feel hopeless, and/or helpless? Like that time when you wrote that you would go to a certain type of Jews and… what was it you said…

        “If I were there I’d tell these hate filled zealots that they are Meshugana!!! with a corresponding hand signal just to get my message across! It might get nasty after that but I’m prepared to pull their beards and girly sideburn curls….and kick them in the nuts just for good measure.” (11 December 2011 – Fundamentalism isn’t about religion it’s about power)

        You would pray in SITUATIONS when you feel…? Can you tell me when there might be a SITUATION where you don’t need to pray, but just act (preferably like a bull in a china shop)?

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      • Davinci/Hassan,

        Are you a member of the Westboro Baptist Church? I have wondered. 😉

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      • You mean like this guy? 🙂

        BTW., What must it be like living with him; a guy who obviously sucks lemons 24/7 and who is totally devoid of a sense of humour? I shudder to think.

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      • the cartoon might have a point

        “Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.” –Pat Robertson

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      • PS., I was referring to davinci as having no sense of humour.

        BTW., davinci, you would have to be the most dishonest Christian I have ever come across on this blog (that I am aware of). You purposely omitted the part in my post you dredged up from the past where I said that it was said tongue-in-cheek and where everyone who knows me had a good laugh. That’s dishonest!

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      • I am a little tired of the constant put downs aimed at Davinci. I don’t support all he says, by any means, but I believe he’s where he’s supposed to be at the moment. I’m just not into “Now let’s all kick Davinci.”

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      • With all due respect Strewth,

        How long have you been following Bryan’s blog? Are you at all familiar with our davinci from years ago when he first stormed onto the blog, putting us all down whenever he commented? And not only that, but pretending to be other persons just so he could tear us apart some more and put in a good word for davinci.

        He is so blinded that he cannot even embrace the similarities between us!

        This is Bryan’s blog and he has every right to deal with davinci the way he sees fit. But, I see your point and receive the reprimand. I agree. It is not a good look. Thank you.

        Mon xxoo

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      • Monica on March 27, 2014 at 22:09 said:

        “With all due respect Strewth,
        How long have you been following Bryan’s blog?”

        I see I’ve spoken out of turn. My apologies.

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    • I did say, Mon, “However, I might not agree with or even respect what they stand for. Maybe quite the opposite.”
      😆

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  4. There seems to be a distinct lack of respect for the sanctity of life here.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10717566/Aborted-babies-incinerated-to-heat-UK-hospitals.html

    Many people are aghast at this, but I wonder if those same people are supporters of abortion and in the mindset that a foetus is not a life? If that is the case, why would it matter if a hospital burns their flesh to heat the hospital – it’s just a bunch of cells, right?

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  5. Rian, you said
    “Bryan,
    Well you leave me here with a bit of an important quandry.. Monica assures me that only those who believe the ‘correct’ things about Jesus will be saved. You and the Pope tell me that others and even atheists may be saved depending on their sincerity in the way they live their lives. (hope I quote your thesis correctly.) .

    Just which of these assertions just happens to be right? It would appear that actual ‘truth’ has nothing to do with it. I have no wish of course to drive any sort of ‘wedge’ between you and Monica. But surely you cannot each be right?”

    I reckon we can forget about ‘actual truth’. To me it is subjective, and they can both be right. If you want to look at it from a literalist viewpoint, perhaps the different types of people are ‘saved’ into different parts of heaven?

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  6. First things first, I believe that everyone needs to repent of disrespect (including myself). We’re all guilty.

    One area where respect has really gone down is in cyberspace. The most noticeable tragedy was the recent death of Charlotte Dawson after her battle with Twitter trolls (depression, yes, but the trolls would’ve not have helped at least). Earlier this month after the episode of Q and A with Marcia Langton (I won’t go into details), Andrew Bolt made a post depicting some of the vitriolic attacks that he has received on social media (twitter from what I could make out). It was truly disgusting… beyond disgusting actually. Haven’t we learnt anything? Now, I admit, I don’t agree with a fair bit of what Bolt says (I do read Herald Sun a few times a week), but NO ONE deserves such nastiness!!!

    Also, how are we Christians suppose to preach the Gospel and not show kindness to others? It just can’t happen. I’m a believer in “preach the Gosple always, use words when necessary” (just to note, I do know that there are doubts that St. Francis of Assiso did say that).

    I believe wer are all responsible with what we think and say. Words can be our deadliest weapon and the greatest healer. Lets try and use them for the latter.

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