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The Malicious Mangling of the Virgin Mary

ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:19 PM
The standard mainstream Christian response to this is that God wanted it to be possible for people to say yes or no. And ramming himself down their throats too early would take that possibility away.
ericynot Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:56 PM

Osama bin Laden was every bit as sure as you that HE had God's truth. I think both of you were/are mistaken.
ericynot Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:51 PM
Yes, but Red, this is that same god who, in the Bible, regularly tells his people, the Jews, to rape the women and kill the babies of their enemies (e.g. Deuteronomy 20:10-14). This is not a deity with whom I am comfortable associating, just as I am not comfortable with some in the Muslim faith wanting to kill the "infidels".
McD2004 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:49 PM
Amy, pardon my two cents, but I think that God forcing us all to recognize Him and His way, is like the Central Government telling us how to vote. Agency, or free will, is irrevocably decreed before the foundation of the world. It was the sole subject of the War in Heaven. Agency vs. Force. God vs. Satan. Good vs. Evil.
Eric: God HAS sent us the truth. It is out there. He's also told us how we can find it; however, due to the millions of different kinds of personalities and exercise of free will, all His Children don't find it and many don't even want to look.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:36 PM
And here's the great secret that Christians share. This very puzzling, dynamic, seeming elusive God, sometimes angry, sometimes sad, sometimes joyful (inasmuch as parallels to human experience can exist) comes to you not with a spiked club but with a valentine.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:33 PM
It's not all that hard to come up with a religion. Religion is what happens when men say things about God, then believe them. When God says something about YOU and you hear it, from the horse's mouth as it were... that's faith as Christians preach it.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:29 PM
Ultimately I agree that's the right answer, because I did come in contact with this God, and it happened when I wanted it to, and not a second sooner.
AmyDB Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:25 PM
That is the usual response ReddestNeck.

What do you think though?
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...