Freedom of speech and the art of swearing

Tony Campolo, an American sociologist and pastor, once said: “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said…

HELLBOUND?

Listen to internet radio with Voice In The Dead Woods on BlogTalkRadio I have listened to the above “Hellbound?” interview in Voice in the Dead Woods website. Overall, I think it was a great interview that introduces the movie documentary which itself analyses how the word “hell” was introduced into the christian religion, and how…

Where did the sin theology come from?

Is “original sin” originally a christian theology? I think the early Christians must have borrowed (and adapted or modified) the idea of “original sin” from Judaism. I have come to see the christian bible as a collection of myths borrowed from various ancient cultures, and somewhere along the way thousands of years ago, the Jews…

hookers, criminals

“I’d rather hang out with hookers, criminals and other “sinners” than with those who put on the mask of religion”. – Joshua Guild I can relate to Joshua Guild’s quote as I think that at least the hookers, criminals, “sinners” usually don’t condemn others in the name of god, whereas for those who put on…

Some thoughts about rightly dividing the word of truth

There is a question in Yahoo Answers asking about rightly dividing the word of truth. The asker quoted a number of verses from various translations of the Bible, though it can be hard for us to make a connection to the verses, except only perhaps himself. It can be unpredictable as to where he is…

How do you define “a personal relationship with God”?

“A relational faith, by its very definition, is inherently social. As the epistle of John so powerfully says, “if we say we love God, but do not love our brother, then we are deceiving ourselves.” We simply cannot say we love God if we do not love those around us.” – Derek Flood I have…

Occupy Christianity with Unconditional Love

I think we need to decry the injustice done to countless people in the name of christianity, specifically the legalistic and fear-mongering sermons and teachings that emphasise on sin-consciousness and sin management, hell and damnation doctrines, and guilt-tripping messages about not being spiritual enough, not having a heart to serve the Lord, trying to get…

Spiritual Food for Thought: Faith

It is said that faith is having a good opinion of God. I realise that to have a good opinion of God is to also have a good opinion of ourselves and one another – blessed, precious, kind-hearted – because we are also God. All of us have a kind heart, just that we are…

[Video message] “Why Christians Don’t Exist” by George Elerick

Video commentary: The always leftist, eternally controversial George Elerick talks about removing the idea of being a Christian. I agree with what George Elerick said at the beginning of the video – that Paul taught that Christ embodies everybody – “there is neither Jew nor Greek; slave nor free; male nor female; for you are…