Of functional atheists, satanists and deceived hearts.

 

 

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

…….Proverb 4 : 23….

Anton Szandor LaVey  founded the  Church  of  Satan on April 30th 1966  and  he  was  right Iabout  one  thing  , atheists  and  functional  atheists  are satanists  i.e   wilful adversaries  of  the  will  of  God.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Satan

“The church does not believe in or worship the Devil or a Christian notion of Satan.[4] High priest Peter Gilmore describes its members as “skeptical atheists”, embracing the Hebrew root of the word “Satan” as “adversary”. The church views Satan as a positive archetype who represents pride, individualism, and enlightenment, and as a symbol of defiance against the Abrahamic faiths which LaVey criticized for what he saw as the suppression of humanity’s natural instincts”.

 

 

Interestingly one  can find  satanists  in the most unexpected  places  including as leaders  in the liberal   wing  of  the  Anglican   and  other liberal churches

The author  of  the article  below  claims  to  be a  married  lesbian priest  of  the Anglican church  and  says  that Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality  …..well guess  what  ? Jesus  didn’t  say anything  about  incest  or  bestiality either. In fact he  didn’t anything  about  a lot  of  sinful  things

The author  further  goes  on to say  that christianity  adapts  to  its  context  implying  that christianity today will  adapt to embrace  homosexuality . Following  this  line of  reasoning  who  knows  “christians” like  the  author  may also embrace   incest  and  bestiality as  well. 

This  author  has  clearly not guarded  her  heart  and  is  deceived  by her  desires.

 

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http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/anglicans-shift-on-same-sex-marriage-shows-church-is-evolving-387479051.html

Being committed to an organization doesn’t mean things aren’t sometimes complicated.

For example, I work at the University of Manitoba, but there are times when I’m frustrated with the institution. I wish there was more funding for student services. I hope one day we don’t produce so much garbage. But my commitment to the university isn’t really about the institution — it is about the people. I believe in the U of M because I’m committed to holistic, accessible education, not because the institution itself is fail-proof.

My relationship with the Anglican Church of Canada has been much the same. As a married, lesbian priest, I have been a minority among churchgoers, not to mention clergy. I have often wondered whether I was investing both my faith and my career in the wrong place.

But I am not part of the church because I’m a conformist. I have pushed against the status quo and asked too many questions from the time I was a child. I am part of the church because I am a follower of Jesus. My younger self was worried about figuring out what “following Jesus” looked like. I feared that if I got it wrong, I would make God sad at best or, at worst, suffer eternal punishment.

After seven years of theological education and coming out as gay, I’ve come to understand following Jesus isn’t like that. Such black-and-white thinking is a moralistic way of seeing the world that has no place in a deeply-rooted spirituality.

Jesus came to teach the way of God — the way of goodness, if you will — in a particular time and place. He showed us what that looked like as an illiterate man in his 20s, a former refugee who spoke Aramaic, living in occupied territory. But I am none of those things. So what does it mean for me to live the way he did, in the 21st century, as a young, gay woman living in Treaty One territory?

Take a look at the people Jesus hung out with. They were at the edges of his culture, often pushed aside and unwanted — like modern-day genderqueer folks, indigenous youth, addicts, and me. The most important things to Jesus were living in harmony with others, with himself, with God, and with the Earth.

Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality. He told us to give our money to the poor and live simply in our community. He insisted we love one another and being a person of faith is not an individualistic venture. The African Church parallels this with Ubuntu: “I am because we are.”

Christianity is a 2,000-year-old religion that has constantly adapted to fit its context. Contrary to popular belief, the religion we have today is much different than any of the forms it took 800 or 1,200 years ago.

As a lesbian who has often felt like an outsider in my small rural community, knowing God welcomes me and created me as whole and good has been a lifeline. Unfortunately, the rest of the “family” has often struggled to understand this. I don’t believe this is because of Jesus, but rather because it’s easy to allow our own fears to become enshrined in the language of religion. Yet this doesn’t only happen in religion — people use all kinds of reasons to exclude or judge.

It has been a hard journey toward realizing I’m wanted and loved by God despite the official non-acceptance of my faith’s institution. But on the ground, there have been many, many individuals who have welcomed me and acted more like Jesus than an institution ever could.

When we thought same-sex marriage was rejected at our national gathering July 11, several of those people literally came up to me and offered me jobs. In essence, they said to me, “Being part of the Church is more about being like Jesus for us than it is about exclusion or conformity.”

Sometimes that’s hard. But radical, grassroots movements have never been easy. Now imagine trying to be true to the cause for over 2,000 years.

Rev. Allison Courey is the Chaplain at St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba.

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