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The Devil Made Me Do It

March 8, 2008

“The Devil Makes You Do Bad Things”

This is one thing that I forgot to add in my latest blog about Christianity. I am a firm believer that the devil CANNOT make you do ANYTHING! So all of you people who were taught in Christian school that the devil makes you do bad things (as what happened to my younger sister recently) need to realize quickly that the devil can’t MAKE you do anything. Perhaps he can TEMPT you or INFLUENCE you in a sick kind of way, but it’s up to YOU whether or not to act upon those temptations.

If the devil could actually make people do things, then why didn’t he make Jesus sin? I can go all the way back to Adam and Eve…did the serpent (which we think is the devil) make Eve eat that frickin’ apple?????NO! She CHOSE to! Which is another reason why I believe that man can CHOOSE what he will do in life.

Believe it or not, we are NOT doomed!

May conservatism be with you all.

David Cooper (C)

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My Take on Christianity

March 8, 2008

Religion (or “Complex Religious Institutions” as we call it in the history department) is certainly important in this world. Unlike Christopher Hitchens, I do believe that religion, Christianity in particulary, has done more good for the world than bad. But let me give you my take on the whole thing. I’ve numbered the different talking points to make things simpler, but be aware that I realize that there are complications and that my simplifications may be just that…simplifications. Don’t think that I’m trying to convert people to Christianity…I’m not.

1) Jesus, I believe he was a real person. There is overwhelming evidence that he existed. Now, whether or not you believe he was/is the Son of God is another story, but I think it’s fair to say that the person, Jesus, existed. Having said that, I personally believe that Jesus was the Lamb of God and died for our sins. If you don’t believe that, then that’s fine…again, I don’t seek to convert.

2) The Holy Trinity. I believe in the Trinity; the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Now, I realize that some don’t believe in the Trinity and often blame Christian who do as Polytheists. They say that by believing in the Trinity, we believe in more than one God…well, it’s complicated, but I believe that the Trinity is in fact ONE IN THE SAME. This is where faith comes in my friends.

3) The Gnostics…read my earlier post and you’ll get my take on those fools.

4) The Gospels. As controversial as they are, I believe each has an overlying element of truth and similiarity. I for one do not believe that Jesus did not feel pain, as implicated in Luke. Actually, I find John to be the most interestig gospel though to believe it requires a little more faith than the other gospels. If you’d like to know more about what I think about the gospels in particular go ahead and message me…if I get enough messages, I’ll just write a post strictly for the gospels.

Moving on to the elements that make me different than many Christians:

5) Triuphalism. For those who don’t know what triumphalism is I’ll give you the “Triumphalism for Dummies” take: Triumphalists believe that God is the reason for greatness (or for bad things). For example, the first Christian Roman Emporer, Constantine, would argue that God is the reason that Rome was so great. In fact, God is the reason that Rome did not fall during the 3rd century crisis. Also, English triumphalists would argue that God was the reason that Great Britain was able to conquer half the globe. On the flip side, God is the reason New Orleans became an underwater city…because of all the sin. Now, I DON’T BELIEVE IN TRIUMPHALISM. In fact, I don’t believe that God helps you win football games. I also don’t believe that God is the “reason” Hurricane Katrina did the damage that it did. Oddly enough, when I pray I NEVER pray for God to give me this or that, or for God to punish those who have wronged me. Rather I pray for guidance. I pray for thanks for everything that I’ve accomplished, because God has made me the person that I am and allowed me to make my own decisions…which brings me to my next and most important point for this post:

6) Free will. I believe in free will. Many Christians do not believe in free will. They believe that God has a plan for everyone…I don’t know if I believe that. Where does it say in the bible that there is a plan for every individual? In fact I think that God is so merciful and gracious that he gave everyone the opportunity to make decisions for themselves. I believe that God will give guidance to those who ask, but I don’t think that God chooses your destiny (which subsequently I don’t believe in either). I believe every man chooses the outcome of his life (conservative thought mind you). I don’t understand how people could think otherwise. Not to be mean, but if you didn’t believe in free will wouldn’t you really be saying that God chooses a number of people who will go to heaven or hell, or chooses the people that will murder or become adulters? Come on…

That’s my take. You don’t have to agree, in fact I encourage friendly debate. If you would like to know specifics send me a message and I’ll do my best to explain myself. Thanks, tell your friends.

David Cooper (C)

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College professors: the new Gnostics…

December 17, 2007

First, let’s define who Gnostics are, or were. Gnostics were a religious sect during early rise of Christianity, who claimed to have a secret knowledge about Jesus. They didn’t consider themselves anything other than Christians, but were looked down upon by the orthodox.

You may have heard of these people and their writings. These are the folks who created the Gnostic gospels such as the Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospel, and Gospel of Peter. These controversial texts contained themes that argued Judas as the hero for betraying Jesus and fulfilling prophesy, showed outrageous accounts of Jesus’ supposed conniving childhood, and random quotes that were said to be from Jesus in Thomas (similar to the Quran’s contents of Muhammad’s sayings).

The Gnostics believed that Jesus gave special knowledge to the disciples and left limited knowledge to the people by using parables. Well, we seemed to have figured out what the parables mean, but I guess that isn’t the “secret knowledge.” But I digress…Gnostics also felt that it didn’t matter what a person did to his body, because it was all about finding his “inner-self.” Consequently, there were Christian martyrs like St. Perpetua, dying for their faith, while Gnostics would sacrifice bulls to Roman gods one minute and go seeking their inner-self through “Christian” beliefs the next.

Obviously Orthodox prevailed and Gnosticism failed (if it didn’t and everyone became Gnostic, would it still be “secret knowledge,” which is the very foundation of Gnosticism to begin with?). Christianity may have been through a lot of problems, but today it’s certainly not the problem in the world. If anything, it helps keep the world a somewhat moral society. Now, I know you don’t have to be a Christian to be a moral person, but religion (Christianity included) certainly contributes to the morality that we see and retain today.

Now to my point: College professors are the new Gnostics. Ironically they call themselves agnostic (which means they have no knowledge and are seeking to figure out religious beliefs), but we all know what they really are – Liberals. These Liberals who call themselves agnostic, believe they contain a secret knowledge about humanity and politics that the rest of society doesn’t know because they’re too stupid. Granted, not all Liberals are secular, but in general they believe religion causes problems; especially for secular driven Liberal agendas. Although society is more secular than ever, Liberal college professors claim to stand up for some great cause for humanity against “right-wing-religious-fanatics.” The worst thing about it is that these Liberals are pretending to “teach” students; attempting to achieve liberalism and secularism worldwide. Luckily, there are some people who see through this, but there needs to be more legitimate instructors.

These professors just think they’re smarter than everyone else, but don’t let these Gnostic professors fool you. There are intelligent college graduates in the world that are Conservative. The thing is they pursue other endeavors like becoming businessmen or medical doctors or scientists. Perhaps I’ll be the exception. I want to be the teacher that teaches history and government from a legitimate angle, but if I have to be a right-wing fanatic in order to level-out the liberal education that students receive, then so be it.

David Cooper (C)