Archive for February, 2008

A Question For Christians

Posted in Religion on February 28th, 2008

Christianity seems to claim to be rooted in compassion and in your God’s boundless capacity for mercy and forgiveness. No transgression seems so great that God will not turn aside his wrath and accept the sinner back into the fold. The prayers of others even seem enough to stay His hand and His judgment as the three Biblical passage below seem to clearly say:

Moses’ Prayer, interceding for Israel…again

So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin-but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.

— Exodus 32:31-32 NIV

Stephen’s prayer for his murderers

Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

— Acts 7:60 NIV

Paul’s prayer for the Colossians

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance…. in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

— Colossians 1:9-17 NIV

In the light of these passages and a great many others like them, it seems that the God of the Christians is very forgiving indeed. It also seems that another can intercede with God on behalf of a sinner or indeed an entire city or race of sinners. Therefor I have a question for any and all Christians who find this post:

Have you offered even a single prayer for Satan, the first and direst sinner who Fell so far due to his sin? Have you prayed once that God forgive Satan’s pride or prayed once that Satan might repent his sin and be brought back into your God’s grace?

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Mere Christianity
Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored & Explained
Done.: What most religions don't tell you about the Bible
The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

The Clinton Campaign

Posted in 2008 Election on February 28th, 2008

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)The Clinton Campaign, her real campaign for the 2,025 delegates needed to win as opposed to the scrambling for populist support that we all see on the MSM, is well underway. Sen. Clinton, in another stellar example of her understanding of Realpolitik, has furthered her true campaign for those delegates needs for the Democratic nomination despite Obama’s growing lead in the party’s populist vote during the Democratic Primary race.

According to a LA Times/Bloomberg national poll, Clinton has so far convinced or coerced approximately 50% of the superdelegates to vote for who “they personally support” as opposed to the candidate who won their state’s pledged delegates. Clinton has also managed to gain the support of 52% of the superdelegates for her call to allow delegates from Florida and Michigan to participate in the Democratic National Convention.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the race for the Democratic Nomination is far from over, though the race for the People’s support may well be. It appears that Clinton is willing to concede the popular vote to Obama while she concentrates her efforts and money on directly acquiring the delegates she needs.

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Indonesian BioWarfare

Posted in Politics, Society on February 21st, 2008

The Indonesian government, in an ongoing attempt to extort wealth from the civilized world, has moved on from eco-terrorism to a particularly vile form of biological warfare, the withholding critical samples of the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus. Indonesia’s President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and their Health Minister, Siti Fadilah Supari have refused to release any samples of H5N1 until Indonesia is guaranteed “compensation” from the Developed Nations and the pharmaceutical industry.

Yudhoyono and Supari have forewarned the World Health Organization (WHO) that no samples of Indonesian H5N1 will be provided to anyone for vaccine creation unless their demands are met. These demands include drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Novartis AG to provide Indonesia with unlimited free pandemic-flu shots and pay for the construction of vaccine plants in Indonesia.

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Ethik und Public Relations in der Pharmaindustrie: Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des H5N1-Virus (German Edition)
New York Times Deadly Invaders: Virus Outbreaks Around the World, from Marburn Fever to Avian Flu
Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World