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Monday, 22nd January 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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Jeeeesus again!


To those offended by my “Jeeeesus!” snippet I would like you to know I was brought up strictly religiously, probably like you, until I found it necessary to join the ninety two per cent of rational thinkers out there.

You see, I was made to read the Bible from cover to cover, until I could recite most of it, but I bow to those of you who understand it.

From Genesis to Revelations it appeared to me to be nothing but illogical, mythical nonsense. I may be wrong, so I ask you to explain to me only the first piece of apparent nonsense:

Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, slew his brother Abel, in the fields. God was displeased and placed a mark on Cain’s forehead and sent him into the land of Nod so all who came across him would not slay him but cast him out.

Incest aside, who the hell are all these people in the land of Nod?

You want hundreds more pieces of nonsense? There’s a whole chapter and verse book of them you can have a go at explaining.

Anyway, neither Christianity nor Islam has a history to be proud of, so I’ll leave both well alone thankyou.

Oh, and you are welcome, in fact ecouraged, to challenge my beliefs, that’s what this blog is all about, so allow me the courtesy of challenging yours now and again, eh?. 



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Comments

It's fascinating how some of the greatest minds on earth today in major universities and fields of science who have studied the Bible can't find error with it or contradictions when studied properly. It's easy to argue from a position of ignorance and bias. Consider the alternative, 14 billion years ago absolutely nothing exploded for no reason using forces which did not exist into a space which wasn't there for no reason without any cause and here we are today. Is that a statement of faith or what? ...

Let's hope there are not intelligent aliens out there waiting to pounce on this certifiably insane species. If there was, they would have by now. Probably proves there is no one out there.

Christians are nice sensible people, who believe in eating the flesh of Christ and drinking his blood, no, not symbolically, but literally! and these theophargic lunatics criticize atheists. They should be locked up............................Rick

Great blog Larry. Like you I had a Christian upbringing but as an adult have been a lifelong atheist. However I don't understand bigoted and ignorant comment about Christianity and Judaism. Suggested reading for a more enlightened view. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/gadfly-geoffrey-blainey-comes-to-praise-christianity-not-to-bury-it/story-e6frg8n6-1226179886632

Gary Habermas is the correct spelling

Craig Hazen and Gary Habamas

There Is No Objective Meaning to Life Without God
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgHusYUALTM&sns=em

As an ex atheist I would recommend the writings of C.S Lewis and the likes of Professor of mathematics John Lennox of Oxford university. Try and debate William Lane Craig, atheists have been warned not to even try. He'll win on all points. Look up David Pawson for an education. Plus Hazen and Habamas, all giants in Christian apologetics.

"And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and
dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."
Strongs concordance
H5112; vagrancy
H5110; exile: - wandering.

A whole book of these type of contradictions is available called "when god speaks"

KILROY WAS HERE
GOD WAS HERE
JESUS WAS HERE
GOD IS HERE

I do believe you would be very similar to me Mr. Pickering on the subject of religion or vice versa, It is always my aim, with much success, to have the Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses finally submit and say "sorry, we have got to leave...." after they realise their recruitment drive has stalled... in my driveway.

Mr. Pickering, you have hit the nail squarely on the head... "The Land of Nod" says it all really...

Well I believe in Jesus and God.
Otherwise, what's the Point in ANYTHING???

According to quantum physics, the entire universe was compressed into something smaller than a pin-head, sitting quite stably in a great nothingness, and then for no apparent reason suddenly exploded. And Christians have funny ideas about how the universe formed? Draw a detailed time-line of the Big Bang and the fossil record, then read Genesis 1. Nice match to explain something complex to people 2000 years ago. People come to God in God's own time. Their faith comes from a personal experience of God and the Holy Spirit. When you experience it, you believe. Until then, our human ego makes us think we do everything on our own by our own ability. Studying, as opposed to just reading, the bible, will explain the link to Jesus and why we are here (our Great Commission). Try studying it.

Amazing how blind people are. The human body is incredible beyond belief, not to mention the rest of nature and the world. If people would study their body for any short time, then they would believe there is a God. So which God is the real God? Time is measured in AD, and BC. The Bible was the first book ever printed on a printing press (what a coincidence) and is still the most widely published book in the world, (what a coincedence). There is a story about Voltiare. “The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but the Bible lives on.

The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles. ”

There is a simple "key" that explains the whole of the Bible. It is found in Genesis Ch 1 vs 27, which says (depending on which version you have) that "God created man in His own image." The real and unvarnished truth is that man has created God in HIS own image. Once you realise that simple truth the rest of it becomes a huge laugh - albeit a sad tragic-comedy at times. It's all an invention. The idea that God is some sort of interventionist superhuman is so bizarre that it's hard to imagine that anyone actually falls for it. But, sadly, they do.

It's a matter of faith with the examples to help it along in the New Testament. Jesus had no sin, something impossible in mere mortals. Power didn't go to his head. He didn't behave like a lunatic which He would be if He went around saying He was the Son of God and it wasn't true. I am reduced to tears on Good Friday. I believe. Well that's my two minutes' worth.

Who gives a rats. Neither of the two is true or correct.

So... people came here to read your opinion (although far more enlightened in some areas than what many could achieve) - and then feign insult when the topic doesn't suit them?
Seems that Free Speech only applies some of the time.
The upside is that when Christians get offended, you don't get a bomb on your doorstep.
I'd rather be surrounded by a suburb of bible-thumbers, Jews, happy-clappers & devil-dodgers than a house full of Muslims next door.
This isn't racism because Islam is NOT a race. It is total unwillingness to tolerate a "religion" that says it is OK to regard me as a second class citizen and that my wife and kids are fair game for their perverted sexual practices & desires.