A Christian Nation
Extended Interview w/ Historian David Barton on Daily Show.
To Colin and Mary: I believe Timothy Burke shut off the commenting on his page, so I'm pasting my response to you here:
1) Nope. It was just the first 10 chapters in Acts, whereafter you would continue reading until the end of Revelation. Then read the Gospels again. Then the Old Testament, particularly the Prophets.
2) Jesus called people fools
Yes, are you Jesus?
We are instructed to emulate His behavior. I shouldn't have to give a reference for that, because that's something you as a christian should accept.
>>>>>We do not know the heart of every man, and we do not know that our feeble human interpretations are correct as regards each person.
You know, Mary, it really doesn't show in you.
The simple answer to your utter confusion about the word "fool" is that Jesus commands that you not use the word in unrighteous anger. We are perfectly justified in using strong language when we do it in righteous anger. As Jesus did.
>>>>>Don't cite Proverbs
I didn't say not to. I pointed out that by citing Proverbs, you're being inconsistent, because the book of Proverbs lays out the criteria for determining who is a fool or not, which contradicts your assertion that people can't be called fools. Apparently David did, and he wasn't Jesus. According to you, is he in Hell, now?
Secondly, I wasn't the one putting restrictions on what parts of the Bible could be used to justify my position. You were the one who demanded that I not refer to Jesus, our Role Model, because you knew that doing so would unequivocally prove you wrong, and you wanted to prevent me from doing so. Sorry, but you don't get to decide what parts of the Bible are valid.
>>>>If someone else did a bad thing, and you do a bad thing, you have still BOTH done a bad thing!
But I haven't done a bad thing. I reiterate, be perfect first
yourselves, before you try to hold me to a standard of perfection. You
are 'my enemies wrongly,' as it says in Proverbs.
>>>Colin is orthodox, I am evangelical/nondenominational. We are not, contrary to popular belief, the same person
Given your volatile personalities and vindictive personae, you could easily have everyone fooled.
Proof that we can emulate the behavior and character of Jesus in the Gospels:
Ephesians 5:1 [1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.]
There you go. It says to act like Jesus Christ, since He is God.
1 John 4:17 [17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.]
We can judge like God judges: 1 Corinthians 2:16 [15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.]
Now I would point you to Matthew 23 to see how we may righteously act if we are emulating Jesus Christ. In context, strong words, insults, colorful language and provocative statements are completely justified by The LORD.
Mary, please note that [But what we can both agree on is that Mr. Walker's bile poses the greatest threat to any semblance of Christian culture on this campus and, therefore, he needs to be exposed as the world-class sophist that he really is.....a manifestation of darkness?...make a mockery of the faith that I hold.....poison...] is the kind of thing you were both accusing me of being unjustified in saying, due to the provocative, colorful language. Colin has clearly shown himself to be a hypocrite in this regard, and we know (or you ought to know) how Jesus reacted to the hypocrites in Matthew ch 23.
Colin, I have no shame in making a mockery of your faith, because it
is a foolish faith. You don't have a reason for what you believe, which
incidentally explains your palpable lack of reason in your arguments
against me. In case there was a doubt in your mind, you most certainly
are a fool for recoiling against me the way which you have been doing
You say you will not stand for this--good. Then please sit down and allow yourself to be instructed.