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|Methodists Defrock Lesbian Minister|
Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2005
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bd's comments: Well of course the Methodists discriminate against lesbians (or gays for that matter) when it comes to the "priesthood" or those in leadership positions. Does it really take a rocket scientist to understand why lesbians or gays should not be a minister?
The world has either gone completely mad or all fallen victim to exposure of unseen chemical(s) by a government conspiracy if the majority think that homosexuals should be allowed to be leaders in a Christian-based church. I'm not saying you cannot be a Christian if you are a homosexual, that's up to God to decide, only God can judge us, homey! I will say emphatically that certain types of people should NOT lead a church.
Homegirl (and anyone who objects to this ruling) needs to read 1 Corinthians 6.
What's wrong with this picture to the right?:
A. Are you blind? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that foto!
The correct answer is "it doesn't matter." Well, that's true to believers, i.e. those of us who believe Jesus provided the ultimate gift, his life, so that we could be reconciled with God. Jesus Christ should be thought of more as a spiritual being, but since we are stuck in the physical realm and see better with our eyes than we can in the spiritual sense, the physicality of JC is actually quite important, so my answer is 'E'.
Personally I find such images disturbing and VERY ethnocentric. I've never been to the Middle East but I have met quite a few Israelis through the years, as well as other people from the Middle East and I've never ever seen any Israeli (discounting those Ashkenazi who moved in from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and so forth) who looks remotely like the person depicted in the above photo.
Shocker! Jesus was NOT blond-haired and blue-eyed. Take that foto above and combine it with the one to the left <----- and you probably have something pretty accurate as far as what Jesus probably looked like. If you are white and reading this and it bothers you, it wouldn't hurt to think outside the box right about now... It doesn't really matter, it's just "our body's coating of paint." Our skin tone is passed down from our forefathers and is a result of not only God scattering the masses way back when but also adapation over the years of climatic conditions. If your forefathers lived for hundreds of years in Scandinavia it's highly likely your skin tone is gonna be fairly pale compared to a Southeast Asian, an African or a Middle Eastern.
Now that I have the attention of the racists who stumbled onto this site (if you are a white supremacist/KKK member, please read this), you're free to email me with your thoughts. I don't mind opening up people's eyes by getting them to think outside their own narrow ethnocentric perspective. Some people might ask, well why should I care?
It's important because people in Europe, where Christianity took off (no, it did not begin there, it started where? in Israel! Whoever said Rome is ignorant!) portrayed Jesus as a "white" person like the one above, much to the detriment of people who were not considered white. There have been through the years people turned off by Christianity because of people portraying Jesus as a blond-haired, blue-eyed "Aryan". Don't believe me? Try reading "Malcolm X" by Alex Haley of Roots fame. The world would be a much better place if more people were to think outside the box. So IMO Jesus was ethnically somewhere between a white dude and an African man.
In the New Testament, John 3:3, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." So Nicodemus, a member of the Pharisees (a bunch of old know-it-alls [Jewish ruling council] regarding religion) came back with: How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!
Jesus answered in verses 5~8: "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."He goes on to the famous promise of John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. This means that anyone who believes is "born again," innit? So if you're a believer watch what you say and take some time to understand what it is exactly that you believe....
I'll give my opinions about various belief systems on this page soon enough. Let me just say I respect them all, except the ones that espouse racist, narrow-minded views.
For now you can check out some sites which follow my own beliefs and if you have comments, feel free to send an email my way: