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The Malicious Mangling of the Virgin Mary

ericynot Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 10:56 AM
eddie, I didn't lose my religion in "government run schools". I lost it in church. I went once or twice a week throughout my childhood, was baptized, officially joined the church, etc. And the more I listened to what they were preaching, and the more I read the Bible, the more it became clear that the whole thing was made-up nonsense. My church had its version of the truth, the church down the street had a slightly different one, and other religious organizations around the world had their own versions of divinity and salvation. So, was my church the "right" one, and all the others "wrong"? It finally dawned on me that they were ALL dealing in fiction.
ericynot Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:09 PM
bill,

I've seen many amazing things in my life (like my son picking up his room without being told), but never something I'd call a miracle. How about you?
traitorbill Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:34 AM
Miracles happen. If the world was as mechanistic as science demands, there could be no miracles.
traitorbill Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:32 AM
Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies. For instance, he was born in Bethlehem, came out of Egypt, and became a Nazarene. He fulfilled all of these, and hundreds more. The statistical odds of anyone fulfilling these prophecies are trillions and trillions and trillions to one. Perhaps, with your powerful intellect, you could explain how this is meaningless. Be grateful though, Jesus gave us the Golden Rule, so you don't have to worry that I'll cut your head of in his name.
eddie again Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:08 AM
as i said, it is sad that you have only your own limited intelligence and understanding on which to rely.

it is doubly sad that you are in this situation when the Creator of the universe has given mankind all of the information it needs to live with hope and love through faith in the Creator's own sacrifice of His human self on the Cross on Calvary.

i realize only almighty God can give a person the theological virtue of faith and I pray everyday that almighty God does exactly that for all His human creatures.
A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin.

This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin...