Why jrj1701 is a bad person?

The doctrine of total depravity states that men in their nature are entirely and completely ruined. Every faculty. They cannot even desire good. This is firmly inconsistent with classical Christian views on original sin. St. Augustine, in his opening in The Confessions writes that “man, who bears about with him his mortality, the witness of his sin, even the witness that You resist the proud, — yet man, this part of Your creation, desires to praise You” (Bk. 1, Ch. 1).

The doctrine of total depravity as layed out by Calvin and John Wesley states the following:

“every man a “carnal mind, which is enmity against God, which is not, cannot be, subject to” his “law;” and which so infects the whole soul, that “there dwelleth in” him, “in his flesh,” in his natural state, “no good thing;” but “every imagination of the thoughts of his heart is evil,” only evil, and that “continually.”” (John Wesley, Sermon 44 on Original Sin)

“Original sin, then, may be defined a hereditary corruption and depravity of our nature, extending to all the parts of the soul, which first makes us obnoxious to the wrath of God, and then produces in us works which in Scripture are termed works of the flesh. This corruption is repeatedly designated by Paul by the term sin5 (Gal. 5:19); while the works which proceed from it, such as adultery, fornication, theft, hatred, murder, revellings,” (Calvin, Institutes, Bk. 2, Ch. 1)

But these views are not accurate for it would imply man is unable to naturally desire God. The Thomistic view states the following:

The good of human nature is threefold. First, there are the principles of which nature is constituted, and the properties that flow from them, such as the powers of the soul, and so forth. Secondly, since man has from nature an inclination to virtue, as stated above (I-II:60:1; I-II:63:1), this inclination to virtue is a good of nature. Thirdly, the gift of original justice, conferred on the whole of human nature in the person of the first man, may be called a good of nature.

Accordingly, the first-mentioned good of nature is neither destroyed nor diminished by sin. The third good of nature was entirely destroyed through the sin of our first parent. But the second good of nature, viz. the natural inclination to virtue, is diminished by sin. Because human acts produce an inclination to like acts, as stated above (I-II:50:1). Now from the very fact that thing becomes inclined to one of two contraries, its inclination to the other contrary must needs be diminished. Wherefore as sin is opposed to virtue, from the very fact that a man sins, there results a diminution of that good of nature, which is the inclination to virtue. (St. Thomas, Summa, First Part of Second Part, Q. 85, A. 1)

So is jrj1701 a good person or a bad person? Well clearly the properties of his moral virtues are diminished and so his reasoning is diminished. It may be that some of his virtues are more diminished than others as well. But he’s not entirely bad. He is a very but not entirely bad person.

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The political religion of the Christian left refuted…

It sickens me to see these “progressive Christians” abusing Christianity and the Bible completely beyond recognition when it comes to building a political philosophy. There is a political philosophy within the Bible. It is neither inherently Republican nor Democrat. Rather, it is simply “put not your trust in princes or in the sons of men” (Ps. 146:3). Hence, why I am a Libertarian and not a Republican or Democrat. But even the Libertarian party is not the Biblical version or the Christian version of politics. For Jesus’s kingdom is “not of this world” (Jn. 18:36). In fact, the politics of Christianity is a spiritual struggle between the secular forces of the world, the spirits aligned with the devil, and the Holy Spirit and the saints in Heaven led by Christ the King (Eph. 6:12).

But nevertheless, let’s take the Christian left to task here in its effort to de-stabilise the Christian religion and turn it into the latest secular fad.

1. The Good Samaritan is not about immigration illegal or legal
First, the Christian left conflates the government’s assistance to refugees and immigrants with a moral virtue. It is not. It is an issue of the government establishing order and civility in a just society and as such, the government is given full right to determine who does and does not come into its country (Rom. 13:1-4). The story of the Good Samaritan begins with a man questioning Jesus on what law he must follow (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus tells him to love his neighbour. The man demands to know who his neighbour is so he may fulfill this law. Jesus delivers the story of the Good Samaritan who is a foreigner from a group of people that has been in conflict with the Jewish people. A priest and a Levite both pass by a man who has been severely wounded by a group of thieves. The only person that will help this man is the foreigner who the Jews are in conflict with. The “bad guy” is given the status of “hero” in the story. Jesus then tells the man questioning him to do the same as the Samaritan. This is not about immigration. This is about helping and providing aid to people in need regardless of whatever existing quarrels, religious laws, or class status. The priest and the Levite are involved in the category of people who are such sticklers for religious laws and class status that they want to preserve what they have over the needs of the man at the time. The Samaritan is an enemy and has every reason to kick the man while he is lying on the ground just for insult. But he doesn’t. This is not the same thing though as giving a homeless man money or water whenever. If you have no water, there is nothing you can do but say a prayer or be friendly and give him a smile of recognition. If you even have money, it may not be best. But if you have at least water, give it.

2. Christians were communists
This is one of the most nutty things that is constantly thrown out by “scholars” of early Christianity. Because the Christians were giving and sharing their possessions in the book of Acts and sacrificing their property (Acts 4:32-35), the first Christians must have been communists. Actually, the parable of the talents describes something that is quite capitalistic as well (Matt. 25:14-30). One man is given five talents, the other two, and the third one. The man with the five bags doubles his amount, the second likewise, and the third buries his in the dirt refusing to use it lest he lose it. The master returns and scolds the third for he did not risk what he had to gain more of the master’s treasure. While indeed, this is quite capitalist, the money involved in the story is metaphorical of heavenly riches. Christians are baptised and then confirmed in order to be enlisted as soldiers. This means going out into the spiritual battlefield for Christ. Being subjected to temptation as Christ was. And even going so far as to die for him. He is our treasure where no moth and rust can destroy (Matt. 6:19-24). He also states “blessed are the poor” (Luke 6:20) signifying that the class system of rich against poor is meaningless. A man given to voluntary poverty has accumulated more treasure than a man who has accumulated earthly material goods. Those who give in generosity and give much receive much. Giving much is giving all such that the widow who gave two coins did (Luke 21:1-4). When we give we receive back from God who is our only treasure. So it was not that Christians were communists but rather that Christians have a different treasure which is a heavenly treasure.

3. Taxation is Godly
Romans 13:6-7 and Matthew 22:17-21 are abused beyond recognition to justify taxation as anything other than governmental theft. The only problem is that both of these verses declare that Caesar’s authority and the government’s authority are actually derived from God. Meaning that paying taxes willingly is a form of giving back to God and acknowledging order that God has established. Incidentally, this also means that the government is supposed to give that tax-payers’ money to God and use it for good things but they rarely do this. Further, Jesus specifically called his Apostle Matthew when he was sitting at a tax collector’s booth (Matt. 9:9-13). St. Matthew was led away from his life of sin to Jesus. Another man, Zecchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), the “wee little man” who “climbed the sycamore tree” in order to receive Jesus was also a tax collector who upon being visited by Jesus, St. Zacchaeus immediately gave back the wealth he had taken from everyone.

People who want to abolish governmental charity systems are abusing the poor
This one is simply moronic and a straw-man. People who want to abolish governmental charity programs want to rid charity programs of governmental corruption plain and simple and they want the Church to actually take over charity programs.

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Ye Olde Plagiarizers….

plagiarising this.

See, there's this thing called biology...

ONE FACEBOOK, TWO WORLDS, THREE PROBLEMS link here

alice2I jest. This particular kind of plagiarism is actually the highest form of flattery. The plagiarism of ideas, as in yes, somebody else actually gets it! I really appreciated the above article which begins, “…you might have felt like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole.”  You don’t say?? Imagine that! Am I not the Girl in the Blue Dress?  I have no less than 45 posts tagged “Alice in Wonderland Logic.”

Indoctrination. Brainwashing. Perception is not reality. Algorithms, ideology, cultians, and facebook, oh my. People are actually being brainwashed on the internet, our behavior and perceptions of the world, manipulated. Fake news, biased news, confirmation bias, the molding of public opinion and we are the lab rats.

rabbitYou can’t really protect yourself simply by avoiding facebook or turning off the news, although those are good ideas. But you sure can protect yourself…

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REJECT RALPH!!!

Calling on all Virginians here to make the smart decision and vote AGAINST Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam this year in Virginia’s gubernatorial election. Ralph Northam threatens to take away your guns thus subduing your freedoms. There has never been a legitimate argument as to how stricter gun laws have actually prevented the madness that 93 million Americans die each day from gun violence in the city of Chicago alone (sources: Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the statistic of 93 million and sarcasm on the Chicago thing based on the fact that Chicago has the highest rates of gun violence).

The 93 million American statistic alone should be enough reason to reject Ralph Northam’s bid for governor of Virginia. Primarily because the Democratic governor Ralph Northam serves is averse to facts (there are only 330 million Americans in the United States by the way) as well as the fact that Ralph Northam faithfully serves his overlord as the Lt. Gov. of Virginia.

Secondly, Ralph Northam believes that anti-Islamic rhetoric threatens Virginia! I have no idea what a more asinine comment at this time in our nation’s history could be made when one of the things affecting the entirety of the nation is a war with an ideology called radical Islamic terrorism! And anti-Islamic rhetoric is what threatens Virginians?!? Virginians, be warned about this psycho-path. If you elect him governor, your guns will be taken away, he’ll probably let in a mass-influx of Muslim refugees–do you understand that a good portion of those could be Islamists or potential Islamist recruits or even their children could be Islamists? Alexandria could be the next Boston. And you won’t have anything to defend yourself from this psycho-path or the other potential psycho-paths that could come into your nation.

Ralph Northam must be stopped at all costs–please share this with all Virginians in the blogosphere.

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Muhammad the prideful heretick and false prophet…

Any one who has casually examined snippets of the Quran can note strong similarities between the Bible (Jewish TNKH and Christian NT) and itself. It shouldn’t be surprising. This is why the religion of Islam is fairly often considered an Abrahamic tradition. But the history is so botched…and conveniently, it is dirt near impossible to stiff a copy of the Quran if you are an Englishman for the Muslims love hoarding their “holy” book to themselves in a Gnostic-like fashion insisting that you even need to know Arabic in order to be able to “read” it since the English writings are “botched” so badly by the “infidels” that they are always misinterpreting it. Islam is essentially a religion that hides itself away from criticism.

Fortunately, most of us have a by and large basic understanding of the Quran to refute the Islamic heresy.
“Indeed, those who abuse Allah and His Messenger – Allah has cursed them in this world and the Hereafter and prepared for them a humiliating punishment.”–Quran, 33:57

Hmmm…I wonder if that is accurate at all. How well did Allah prepare a humiliating punishment for St. Thomas Aquinas who wrote the following blasphemy of the “holy religion”?

He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning, Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on the part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be. seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly. (Summa Contra Gentiles, Bk 1, Ch 6)

Oh, that’s right–St. Thomas Aquinas stands renowned in the Western Church as the Angelic Doctor and his school of Thomism has long since maintained the dominant school of philosophical theology in the Christian tradition. What a humiliating punishment Allah gave this blasphemer!

But seriously, a religion which has to copy from Gnostic texts, only alters the historical records of Judaism and Christianity teaching Ishmael as the “legitimate” son of Abraham, replaces Israelites with Ishmaelites, claims the prophets are true and yet also smears the prophets who wrote the Jewish TNKH and Christian NT…why is it that people should accept such bogusness? You cannot create your own religion, you just simply alter what is already there and say “everyone else got it all wrong so therefore I am right!” and then condemn everyone who refuses to accept you are right as blasphemers. Is it any wonder that so many people put Islam and stupid in the same category? Primarily, because it is? It’s not even history with inaccurate dates. The best Judaism and Christianity can be accused of is having discrepancies in the dates of events and begettings. This is because Judaism in and of itself has discrepancies because the Hebrew scriptures were translated into the Greek Septuagint and the Septuagint has years and dates which differ. But getting dates wrong in ancient history is expected and happens frequently. With the Quran, we are talking about changed events!

“The impious sect of Mahometanism sprung up in this century [the 7th]… Mahomet, the founder of this destroying sect… was born in Arabia, in 586… He [Mahomet] pretended to have long conversations with the Archangel Gabriel, in the cave of Hera… In the year 608, being then forty years of age, he began to give out that he was a Prophet, inspired by God, and he persuaded his relatives and domestics of this first, and then began to publicly preach in Mecca, and attack idolatry. At first, the people did not very willingly listen to him, and asked him to prove his mission by a miracle; but he told them that God sent him to preach the truth, and not to work miracles. The impostor, however, boasts of having wrought one, though ridiculous in the extreme: a piece, he says, fell off from the moon into his sleeve, and he fixed it on again; and it is said that this is the reason for the Mahometans adopting the half moon as the device of their Empire…
“He composed the Koran… It is a collection of precepts, taken from the Mosaic and Christian Law, together with many of his own, and interspersed with fables and ridiculous revelations…. He professes that there is but one God; but in his Alcoran [the Koran] he relates many trivialities unworthy of the Supreme Being, and the whole work is, in fact, filled with contradictions, as I have shown in my book on the ‘Truth of the Faith.’… The Mahometan Paradise, however, is only fit for beasts; for filthy sensual pleasure is all the believer has to expect there…” (St. Alphonsus de Liguori, The History of Heresies and their Refutation, Ch 7, Art 1)

I think I’ve stuck my point rather sufficiently. The Quran is a cheap copy-cat mockery of the Jewish TNKH and Christian NT with empty threats against blasphemy. There is a reason President Trump described radical Islamists as “evil losers”. They cannot even create a new book for their religion without editing an existing book! They are worse than losers though.

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Shock UK election?

It’s not really a shock election here…it is being reported right now that the Conservative Party of the UK will fail in maintaining the majority. PM Theresa May went into this thinking that the Tories would increase their lead.

But is this the end of populism or is this just the media not understanding how global democracies work? I would argue the latter. The media does not grasp the disgust that democratically elected leaders foster from their own peoples. This is because what the people want when they go to the polls is for something to be done. The leaders campaign on promises and nothing gets done and they fall short of their promises. Or a group of people or ideas is associated with one party over the other.

It was the Labour Party’s constituents that backed Brexit by two-thirds so it is not a surprise that Theresa May’s Tory Party is receiving back-lash today. This vote is not a referendum against Brexit because the Labour Party will be forced to carry out at the very least a “soft” Brexit much the same as President Trump is actually not anti-globalist so much as he is rather a soft globalist talking down NATO, re-negotiating NAFTA, and then withdrawing from the Paris Climate Deal. The matter of Brexit was that the UK would get a nation that works for them in which they could control how much participation they had with the EU rather than the EU deciding this for them.

So no, this is not the “death of populism”. Populism is not entirely nationalism so much as it is a shift of political power to the people who live in the government. Put simply–populism is an assault on political leaders. Specifically, failed political leaders. The Labour Party took a swipe with Brexit but the Tories get the swipe here. It is an “apox on both your houses”.

Here in the U.S., we witnessed the same. Donald Trump’s nomination by the Republicans was an apox on the leadership of the GOP. His election as President was an apox on the Democratic Party and consequentially on D.C.

I had a thought this election would not be easy for Theresa May. I was correct. I make no predictions on her future as Prime Minister of Britain at this point.

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Unmarried, Widowed, Married

I get asked quite frequently about girlfriends, having them, children, etc. It’s all part of the culture we live in. We value sexual relations and amorous relations. Having one is a sign of your “high-ranking” in life. Not having one is a sign of lowly ranking. It’s all backwards.

St. Paul tells us that relationship with God is the most important relationship to have. He believes marriage can be quite a strong barrier to relationship with God (1 Cor. 7:10-16, 39-40).

St. Hildegard of Bingen writes of Virginity speaking the words of the Lord that “Virginity was made by Me, for My son was born of a virgin…virginity is the most beautiful fruit of all the fruits of the valleys, and the greatest of all the persons in the palace of the unfailing King;” (Scivias, Bk. 1, Vis. 2, 24). She writes of the purpose of virginity that a woman “in her spiritual marriage…despises a fleshly husband” and a man which “conquers himself in this manner” becomes “a consort of My Son” (Bk. 2, Vis. 3, 23-24).

Back in the thought of St. Paul, we see that those who are single and remain single concern anxieties with the Lord only (1 Cor. 7:25-35) and are thus better focused on the Lord.

For St. Angela of Foligno who was a married woman distracted by sexual pleasures, marriage became a bondage (Rom. 7:3-4). She prayed that God would relieve her from the bondage that was being experienced by her sexual pleasures and she was widowed and her sons were killed as well. For many, this tragedy is an experience of suffering but for St. Angela it was a blessing and allowed herself to be free to worship God alone without the distraction of fleshly human relations. Our world values these fleshly relations way too much. Forgetting that the single and widowed state enable us to become far more dependent on God and less dependent on the relations of others. St. Paul recommends widows stay widows (1 Tim. 5:1-16), not that they go out and get married.

Marriage is not bad. Married couples who are called to be fruitful and multiply and generate more children for the Kingdom of God are called to bear the crown of martyrdom. But singleness does not mean that one is of a lowlier class. Rather, it means that one’s relationship is ultimately fulfilled not in the carnal human flesh but in the spiritual flesh of God himself. We live in an era of sex-positivist post-Christianity. So the natural sway of the race of men is to condemn singles as being of a lowly class. The opposite is what we find.

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