Friday, April 18, 2008
This reminds me of a scene from "My Blue Heaven" with Steve Martin. He's on an airplane en route to his final destination in the witness protection program, and he palms the stewardess a $100 bill for serving him a soda. At first she refuses, than accepts his generosity. His reasoning? "I tip everybody!" he exclaims. We should all take a cue from Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli and pass along the goods, no matter the service rendered.
Next time you receive service from anyone, tip them... generously. You'll make their shift no matter what and encourage them to do better. Do a "Vinnie" and make someone smile!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
God is not pro-anything – to do so would take away choice and freedom
God cannot and must not be labeled with human attributes, human social ideas, human
philosophies, human religions, human anything…for God simply IS.
To obstensively insist on one religion above all others is prideful. Religion is a man-made system of rules, regulations, and dogmas that are set in place to relate to the Infinite Creator of the universe. Laughably, we applaud ourselves when we believe our religion is the only way.
The Bible tells me different. It does not say religion of any sort is the way to God. It says, Jesus is the Truth, the Way, and the Life, not Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, or any other form of religion.
Now, we must separate our Savior from the religion that was constructed around His life, His ministry, and His death and Resurrection.
To do so, I believe, will set us free from the bondage of religious wars, caused by pride and arrogance, as though one religion is superior to another. Nothing man does is superior to God… nothing, religion included.
People are leaving the Christian church in droves because they’re tired of the same old, prideful rhetoric that tries to sell their faith as a commodity, as a way for the “chosen” priests to make more money of the backs of the spiritually ignorant.
Religion and its enforcement has caused myriad problems within established societies, especially at the hands of those who claim to be direct communicators with God.