Essay: Dear British, agnostic Mercian: I fear not!
Dear British, agnostic Mercian,
It is often said that the Bible says "fear not" or its equivalent at least 365 times. Is being free of unwarranted fear good advice? Please read below concerning homophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny accusations.
By the way, why don't liberals/leftists like yourself use the term "femophobia" regarding conservatives? Is it because effete, liberal/leftist, godless men such as yourself are the ones who obviously fear women! For example, please read: Essay: Dawkins is conquered and muzzled by women.
You also wrote: "The Trump Era has been a godsend to Conservapedia because when their appointed by God president...". Thanks for admitting that: 1) God exists 2) God appointed Donald J. Trump the president of the United States. Trump's presidency has been truly glorious (see: Donald Trump achievements and Essay: Donald Trump's glorious victories).
Re: Homophobia allegation
See also: Homosexuality as a judgement from God
First, the Bible says regarding homosexuality, "Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error." (Romans 1: 24-27).
The Bible commentary Matthew Henry wrote about the above passage in Romans:
|“||By whom they were given up. God gave them up, in a way of righteous judgment, as the just punishment of their idolatry-taking off the bridle of restraining grace-leaving them to themselves-letting them alone; for his grace is his own, he is debtor to no man, he may give or withhold his grace at pleasure. Whether this giving up be a positive act of God or only privative we leave to the schools to dispute: but this we are sure of that it is no new thing for God to give men up to their own hearts' lusts, to send them strong delusions, to let Satan loose upon them, nay, to lay stumbling-blocks before them. And yet God is not the author of sin, but herein infinitely just and holy; for, though the greatest wickedness follow upon this giving up, the fault of that is to be laid upon the sinner's wicked heart. If the patient be obstinate, and will not submit to the methods prescribed, but wilfully takes and does that which is prejudicial to him, the physician is not to be blamed if he give him up as in a desperate condition; and all the fatal symptoms that follow are not to be imputed to the physician, but to the disease itself and to the folly and wilfulness of the patient."||”|
Question: Why would I be fearful about a righteous judgement of God upon evil men who descended into homosexuality? See: Homosexuality as a judgement from God
And God is gracious and merciful to those who repent.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
|“||Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. - I Corinthians 6:9-11 (NASB), emphasis added.||”|
In 1980, a study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and eleven men participated in this study. The study reported that eleven homosexual men became heterosexuals "without explicit treatment and/or long-term psychotherapy" through their participation in a Pentecostal church.
Re: Islamophobia allegation
I featured on main page right the video Four Reasons Why Europe Has a Very Bright Future produced by Dr. Steven Turley.
A few things that scholarship is revealing in terms of trends:
1. Europe is closing its borders as a result of right-wing populism gaining more and more momentum.
2. Muslims are starting to assimilate and more Europeans are choosing to leave Islam than are choosing to go into it (I haven't confirmed this statement of Dr. Turley, but I do know that just like there are many nominal Catholics, there are many nominal Muslims. For more information, please read: Conversions From Islam in Europe and Beyond and Muslims Leaving Islam).
3. Second/third generation European Muslims are having their fertility rates drop and some scholars indicate it is now at sub-replacement levels. On the other hand, devout European Christians have above replacement levels of fertility.
4. Phillip Jenkins published the book The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity.
Chuck Colson, citing the work of Jenkins, writes:
|“|| As Penn State professor Philip Jenkins writes in The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, predictions like Huntingtons betray an ignorance of the explosive growth of Christianity outside of the West.
According to Jenkins, the percentage of the worlds population that is, at least by name, Christian will be roughly the same in 2050 as it was in 1900. By the middle of this century, there will be three billion Christians in the world -- one and a half times the number of Muslims. In fact, by 2050 there will be nearly as many Pentecostal Christians in the world as there are Muslims today.
5. The Birkbeck College, University of London professor Eric Kaufmann wrote in his 2010 book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? concerning America:
|“||High evangelical fertility rates more than compensated for losses to liberal Protestant sects during the twentieth century. In recent decades, white secularism has surged, but Latino and Asian religious immigration has taken up the slack, keeping secularism at bay. Across denominations, the fertility advantage of religious fundamentalists of all colours is significant and growing. After 2020, their demographic weight will begin to tip the balance in the culture wars towards the conservative side, ramping up pressure on hot-button issues such as abortion. By the end of the century, three quarters of America may be pro-life. Their activism will leap over the borders of the 'Redeemer Nation' to evangelize the world. Already, the rise of the World Congress of Families has launched a global religious right, its arms stretching across the bloody lines of the War on Terror to embrace the entire Abrahamic family. (Bolding added for emphasis)||”|
In short, Christians and Muslims are working together on issues they agree on and this may certainly continue.
Re: Misogny allegation
Theologically, I am a complementarian. In other words, I believe God made man/woman to be complementary and work well together. Men and women are like peanut butter and jelly. They go very well together! Of course, unlike the agnostic Richard Dawkins, I prefer chunky peanut butter over smooth peanut butter (see: Essay: Richard Dawkins and peanut butter).
Richard Dawkins and peanut butter
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