“A gang is where a coward goes to hide.”—Mickey Mantle.
and the guilt can’t be
divided into small forgettable pieces;
he’s finding out
what it means
to be a man and how different it is
from the way that only hours ago he imagined it.
The minute we join a group the guilt becomes divided. For this reason I can join no political party. For this reason I can accept no belief (or dis-belief) system.
Ideas I can accept or reject. The group, the organization, the system, that I can not accept.
People often say to me, “You are the only sincere Christian I have ever met.”
I tell them, “I am not a Christian.”
Do I believe that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead? Certainly. 100%.
Why? I thought it through.
Then why am I not a Christian?
Because we are called in Jesus to become something more than a Christian.
The Apostles did not think of themselves as Christians.
The word was first used as an insult. Today the word has become an insult to the man from whose title it descends.
This week Pope Francis declared it is better to be an atheist than to be a hypocritical Christian.
He’s right on that.
Nonetheless, I can not be a Christian.
The path of life, Jesus, taught, is strait and narrow. He said few there be that find it.
People who call themselves Christians when they find their lives getting hard wonder where they have gone wrong.
They haven’t gone wrong. They just don’t understand the life we are called to.
The word “strait” is often misspelled “straight.” That is because people heard it it without understanding.
There is nothing straight about a strait. A strait is a narrow passage between two land masses which twists and turns. It is so narrow only one ship at a time can navigate it. A strait can only be traveled with great care and caution. Strait times are hard times.
These last twenty years I have walked the strait-est path I have ever walked.
As a result I have become stronger.
“Who did that?” asked a woman who came by here of a painting on my wall.
“I did,” I told her.
“You did not,” she said.
I replied, “I did.”
She said, “You could not have.”
I said, “Why not?”
She said, “It is too good.”
Two years ago I obtained an authorized replica of THE SHROUD OF TURIN.
I invited people to see it. A few have come. Not many.
I walked into churches where I spoke with the people in charge. Often I was met with laughter. People said, “I don’t need that. I have faith.”
St. Paul wrote faith is not enough. He wrote three things are required: Faith, Hope, Love adding that the greatest of these is love.
Love leads to knowledge. Love of a fellow human being can lead to carnal knowledge. Spiritual love can and should lead to spiritual knowledge.
I did not acquire my SHROUD replica for faith. I got it for what it has to say to us.
What is that?
For that let us hear from someone qualified to speak.
Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) – “The Shroud challenges (many people’s core beliefs) because there’s a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” Barrie Schwortz, one of the leading scientific experts on the Shroud of Turin, in a CNA.
Admitting that he did not know whether there was something beyond science at play, he added, “That’s not what convinced me: it was the science that convinced me.”
The Shroud of Turin is among the most well known relics believed to be connected with Christ’s Passion. Venerated for centuries by Christians as the burial shroud of Jesus, it has been subject to intense scientific study to ascertain its authenticity, and the origins of the image.
The image on the 14 feet long, three-and-a-half feet wide cloth is stained with the postmortem image of a man – front and back – who has been brutally tortured and crucified.
Schwortz, now a retired technical photographer and frequent lecturer on the shroud, was a member of the 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project, which brought prestigious scientists together to examine the ancient artifact.
As a non-practicing Jew at the time, he was hesitant to be part of the team and skeptical as to the shroud’s authenticity – presuming it was nothing more than an elaborate painting. Nonetheless, he was intrigued by the scientific questions raised by the image.
In addition, Schwortz soon encountered one of the great mysteries of the image that still entrances its examiners to this day.
He explained that a specific instrument used for the project was designed for evaluating x-rays, which allowed the lights and darks of an image to be vertically stretched into space, based on the lights and darks proportionately.
For a normal photograph, the result would be a distorted image: with the shroud, however, the natural, 3-D relief of a human form came through. This means, “There’s a correlation between image density – lights and darks on the image – and cloth to body distance.”
“The only way that can happen is by some interaction between cloth and body,” he said. “It can’t be projected. It’s not a photograph – photographs don’t have that kind of information, artworks don’t.”
This evidence led him to believe that the image on the shroud was produced in a way that exceeds the capacities even of modern technology.
“There’s no way a medieval forger would have had the knowledge to create something like this, and to do so with a method that we can’t figure out today – the most image-oriented era of human history.”
“Think about it: in your pocket, you have a camera, and a computer, connected to each other in one little device,” he said.
“The shroud has become one of the most studied artifacts in human history itself, and modern science doesn’t have an explanation for how those chemical and physical properties can be made.”
While the image on the Shroud of Turin was the most convincing evidence for him, he said it was only a fraction of all the scientific data, which points to it being real.
“Really, it’s an accumulation of thousands of little tiny bits of evidence that, when put together, are overwhelming in favor of its authenticity.”
Despite the evidence, many skeptics question the evidence without having seen the facts. For this reason, Schwortz launched the website www.shroud.com, which serves as a resource for the scientific data on the Shroud.
Nonetheless, he said, there are many who still question the evidence, many believing it is nothing more than an elaborate medieval painting.
“I think some people would rather ignore it than be challenged.”
Schwortz emphasized that the science points to the Shroud being the burial cloth belonging to a man, buried according to the Jewish tradition after having been crucified in a way consistent with the Gospel. However, he said it is not proof of the resurrection – and this is where faith comes in.
“It’s a pre-resurrection image, because if it were a post-resurrection image, it would be a living man – not a dead man,” he said, adding that science is unable to test for the sort of images that would be produced by a human body rising from the dead.
“The Shroud is a test of faith, not a test of science. There comes a point with the Shroud where the science stops, and people have to decide for themselves.”
“The answer to faith isn’t going to be a piece of cloth. But, perhaps, the answer to faith is in the eyes and hearts of those who look upon it.”
When it comes to testifying to this meeting point between faith and science, Schwortz is in a unique position: he has never converted to Christianity, but remains a practicing Jew. Moreover, this, he says, makes his witness as a scientist all the more credible.
“I think I serve God better this way, in my involvement in the Shroud, by being the last person in the world people would expect to be lecturing on what is, effectively, the ultimate Christian relic.”
“I think God in his infinite wisdom knew better than I did, and he put me there for a reason.”
I turned from religion when in my teens. My friend’s mother was a widow. She and my village priest were having an affair.
I found the poorest examples of what it means to be a Christian on the priestly side of the rail. I still do.
Then, by chance, in 1968, I stumbled upon the Wilhelm/Baynes edition of THE I CHING. I fell in love with its ideas.
What are those ideas?
THE I CHING teaches that when the wild goose finds food it calls to its mates. It does not seek to hoard it for itself.
THE I CHING teaches that the superior man forgives both the conscious and the unconscious acts of others against him before they happen. Why? So that we do not allow ourselves to be dragged down into the mire of hate which rots the self.
THE I CHING teaches that learning and doing must be united adding that when they are separated the result is sterility.
Then, in 1970, en-route by bus to Hollywood from Toronto I left behind my I CHING taking with me only a small pocket sized copy of THE NEW TESTAMENT I had found in the home of my uncle Douglas Hartt in Ottawa who had studied to become a priest before entering the Civil Service od Canada where he had risen at that time to the highest position in the land, Director General of Public Works Canada.
The friend with whom I left my I CHING said, “Don’t you want to take that with you?”
I said, “No. If I need it it will be where I am.”
I read that NEW TESTAMENT five times through on that bus trip to Hollywood.
Then my first night at my friends place after I had eaten a sandwich that had been given to me the fellow who had offered it said, “Do you know what was in those pops we gave those two fellows from Texas?”
“No,” I said.
“We gave them LSD in their pops. Do you know what was in that sandwich you just now ate?”
“We gave you an elephant knock out pill. In a few moments you won’t be able to move.”
At that I composed myself. I wrote a letter to the motion picture star Mae West who lived down the street. After having done that I put it in an envelope. Then I walked down to her apartment building. I left the letter at the front desk. Then I mustered myself to walk until I no longer could. I found a park bench where I could spend the night alone while the drug I had been given passed through me.
Because at the end of THE GOSPEL OF MARK it is written, “If they give you any deadly thing it will not harm you.”
I put my faith in that. The fruit of faith and works is knowledge. By morning I knew the word is true. It was then. It is now.
I went for a walk to clear my head. I decided when I got to a crossroad to let the wind lead me. The word “Spirit” is Latin for “breath,” for “wind.” Without knowing it I was letting the spirit lead me.
The spirit led me to a fellow who invited me to his home. We made love. After he said, “Would you care for a coffee?”
“Sure,” I said.
He said, “Go in the living room. Have a seat. I will make one for you.”
He came in with a mug of coffee. He sat it in front of my right hand. When I went to pick it up my eye chanced upon the same edition of THE I CHING I had left behind in Toronto.
I said, “Are you into this?”
He said, “No. We had a fellow living here who was into that. When he left we asked, ‘Don’t you want to take that with you?’ He said, ‘No, if I need it it will be where I am. There is someone coming who will want it.'”
As his words echoed my own I asked, “Do you mind if I borrow it?”
I then spent the next two weeks in Hollywood cemetery meditating on the ideas of THE I CHING and THE NEW TESTAMENT.
THE I CHING teaches that if we follow its ideas we become a child of Heaven. THE NEW TESTAMENT teaches that if we accept its ideas we become the begotten children of God and that our birth is not by flesh nor blood nor by the will or power of men but by God.
While Christianity teaches Jesus is the only begotten child of God THE NEW TESTAMENT testifies that Jesus is the first of the begotten children of God.
This is why prophecy ended with John The Baptist.
THE KORAN teaches that Jesus did not die on the cross. THE KORAN teaches that another died in his place.
THE SHROUD OF TURIN bears witness that it was indeed Jesus who died on the cross.
There are other differences between what THE NEW TESTAMENT teaches and what THE KORAN teaches.
Muslims in their Fridays prayers pray for the death of unbelievers.
In Jesus we are called to do good to both believer and to non-believer.
Even more–though it seems few who call themselves Christians know or understand this–THE NEW TESTAMENT teaches that the entire world was made clean through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
Where does it teach that? Acts 10:15: https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Acts%2010%3A15 : “And the voice spoke unto him again the second time, ‘What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.’”
“I am enchanted by the Sermon on the Mount. Being merciful, it seems to me, is the only good idea we have received so far. Perhaps we will get another idea that good by and by – and then we will have two good ideas. What might that second good idea be? I don’t know. How could I know? I will make a wild guess that it will come from music somehow. …
“I choose as my text the first eight verses of John 12, which deal not with Palm Sunday but with the night before – with Palm Sunday Eve, with what we might call “Spikenard Saturday.” I hope that will be close enough to Palm Sunday to leave you more or less satisfied. …
“Now, as to the verses about Palm Sunday Eve: I choose them because Jesus says something in the eighth verse which many people I have known have taken as proof that Jesus himself occasionally got sick and tired of people who needed mercy all the time. I read from the Revised Standard Bible rather than the King James, because it is easier for me to understand. Also, I will argue afterward that Jesus was only joking, and it is impossible to joke in King James English. The funniest joke in the world, if told in King James English, is doomed to sound like Charlton Heston.
“’Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.’
“’But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him) said, ‘Why was this ointment not sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?’ This, he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and, as he had the money box, he used to take what was put into it. “
“’Jesus said, ‘Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.’” …
“Whatever it was that Jesus really said to Judas was said in Aramaic, of course – and has come to us through Hebrew and Greek and Latin and archaic English. Maybe he only said something a lot like, “The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” Perhaps a little something has been lost in translation. And let us remember, too, that in translations jokes are commonly the first things to go.
“I would like to recapture what has been lost. Why? Because I, as a Christ-worshipping agnostic, have seen so much un-Christian impatience with the poor encouraged by the quotation “For the poor always ye have with you.”
“This is too much for that envious hypocrite Judas, who says, trying to be more Catholic than the Pope: “Hey-this is very un-Christian. Instead of wasting that stuff on Your feet, we should have sold it and given the money to the poor people.” To which Jesus replies in Aramaic: “Judas, don’t worry about it. There will still be plenty of poor people left long after I’m gone.”
“If Jesus did in fact say that, it is a divine black joke, well-suited to the occasion. It says everything about hypocrisy and nothing about the poor. It is a Christian joke, which allows Jesus to remain civil to Judas, but to chide him for his hypocrisy all the same.
“’Judas, don’t worry about it. There will still be plenty of poor people left long after I’m gone.” Shall I re-garble it for you? “The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.’
“My own translation does no violence to the words in the Bible. I have changed their order some, not merely to make them into the joke the situation calls for but to harmonize them, too, with the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount suggests a mercifulness that can never waver or fade.
“This has no doubt been a silly sermon. I am sure you do not mind. People don’t come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.”–Kurt Vonnegut, PALM SUNDAY. Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/godspolitics/2007/04/ryan-rodrick-beiler-remembering-kurt.html#59HcY6usq7Aw7bsY.99.
Now Vonnegut was not a Christian. If act at best we can say he was an agnostic but more probably he was an atheist.
Agnostic or atheist he understood Jesus better that do the legions who title themselves “Born Again Christians.”
Born again my ass.
In 2010 right around Christmas I got on my bicycle to post flyers around Toronto. Everywhere I went I saw flyers targeting a street person as a police informant, a rat. I bought my first video camera. I filmed them. I posted the video to youtube. It is still there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6wuSoPjlc .
Street people are the least among us.
Matthew 25:31-46English Standard Version (ESV)
The Final Judgment
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
I am with Kurt Vonnegut. I am with Alden Nowlan.
I walk alone so that the guilt can not be divided into small forgettable pieces.
Jesus calls us to become something far harder to be than a Christian.
He calls us to be our self.
“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs.
The robe that Jesus wore was seamless.
The reason why what he taught is superior to everything else is because Jesus taught us to forgive those who do evil to us.
Forgiveness does not mean allowing people to abuse us or through lack of standing up for ourself to allow them to abuse others.
That is cowardice.
The coward says, “This storm will blow over,” “Someone else will take care of it,” “It is not my responsibility,” “It is not party policy,” “I am not my brother’s keeper.”
“Whatever the world condemns you for, make it your own. It is yourself.”-Jean Cocteau.
“The reality is, we Muslims bear responsibility for much of what is wrong with Islam today, and it’s time we acknowledged it.
“We know exactly what we mean when we pray to Allah every Friday, asking him to give us victory over the ‘Kaafirs””. —Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun
THE SHROUD OF TURIN testifies to the greatest victory the world has ever seen.
An Easter Surprise:
A Quantum Hologram of Christ’s Resurrection?
by Chuck Missler
Dame Isabel Piczek—a Hungarian trained particle physicist and internationally renowned monumental artist—has apparently uncovered hard, scientific evidence that Jesus Christ did, in fact, rise from the dead.
The object of her study is a simple piece of ancient fabric known as the Shroud of Turin.
The Most Studied Artifact in History
The Shroud of Turin is arguably the single most studied artifact in human history. It is a piece of ancient linen measuring 14 feet 3 inches long by 3 feet 7 inches wide. The bloodstained surface of the Shroud is marked with a negative image of the undistorted front and back sides of a naked man who appears to have been severely beaten and crucified—an ancient Roman form of torture and execution.
For centuries, based on the Gospel accounts, many Christians have believed that Christ’s body was wrapped in the Shroud when He was placed in a borrowed tomb in Jerusalem 2000 years ago.
In 2004, Dame Piczek became fascinated by the total absence of distortion of the Shroud image, a physical impossibility if the body had been lying on solid rock. Piczek’s work strongly suggests that the image of Jesus was projected as a quantum hologram onto the cloth as His body underwent the process of Resurrection.
“The entire Resurrection process is akin to the Big Bang creation of the universe when something was created from nothing,” explains Piczek. “You can read the science of the Shroud, such as total lack of gravity, lack of entropy (without gravitational collapse), no time, no space—it conforms to no known law of physics.”
Dame Piczek created a one-fourth size sculpture of the man in the Shroud. When viewed from the side, it appears as if the man is suspended in mid air (see graphic, below), indicating that the image defies previously accepted science. The phenomenon of the image brings us to a true event horizon, a moment when all of the laws of physics change drastically.
Dame Piczek contends that the image was created in an infinitesimally small fraction of a second and its formation was absent of the effects of gravity.
The Physics Behind the Holographic Image
Dame Piczek explains the complicated physics behind the image on the Shroud: “As quantum time collapses to absolute zero (time stopped moving) in the tomb of Christ, the two event horizons (one stopping events from above and the other stop-ping the events from below at the moment of the zero time col-lapse) going through the body get infinitely close to each other and eliminate each other (causing the image to print itself on the two sides of the Shroud).
In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in space-time, most often an area surrounding a black hole, beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. Light emitted from beyond the horizon can never reach the observer, and anything that passes through the horizon from the ob-server’s side appears to freeze in place.
Attempting to make an object approaching the horizon re-main stationary with respect to an observer requires applying a force whose magnitude becomes unbounded (becoming infinite) the closer it gets.
The description of black holes given by general relativity is known to be only an approximation, and it is expected that quantum gravity effects become significant near the vicinity of the event horizon.1 It is this apparent suspension of gravity that underlies Dame Piczek’s analysis.
“According to the nature of event horizons the dead body must have left its image on the two surfaces of the event horizons. At the time of the explosion (when time stopped) of the event horizons these images were ejected onto both sides of the Shroud, with the body hovering parallel to the event horizons. This explains why the image shows a dead man, not the risen body, and also explains why the image is negative (went from a positive body image to the negative image like a camera film negative). This indicates how the image got onto the cloth.”
If confirmed, this discovery is expected to yield a totally new perspective on the very “singularity” attributed to the Creation of the universe in the first place. Piczek’s discovery—and those of other scientists and re-searchers who have studied the Shroud—is presented in The Fabric of Time, a television documentary and DVD from Grizzly Adams® Productions.
Also featured in the film, The Fabric of Time, is a three-dimensional, anatomically accurate hologram of a crucified man. Working independently of Piczek, a team of Dutch scientists led by Dr. Petrus Soons used laser technology to convert two-dimensional photographic negatives of the image on the Shroud.
Among the several discoveries from the holographic image was the identification of the two coins placed over the eyes. These appear to be “widow’s mites,” minted in 29 A.D. in the reign of Tiberius (and which, due to their diminutive value, were not circulated outside of Israel.)
The DVD copies of The Fabric of Time include 3-D glasses to better view and appreciate the holographic images.
This documentary film is based in part on the following books: The Shroud of Turin by Ian Wilson (Doubleday); The Blood and the Shroud by Ian Wilson (Orion Publishing Group); and, the Shroud of Turin: An Adventure of Discovery by Mary and Alan Whanger, M.D. (Providence House).
This DVD is certain to stimulate a great deal of discussion as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ during this coming Passover season!
This article was originally published in the
April 2009 Personal Update News Journal.
Some who call themselves Christians say it is a sin to drink alcohol. It is not. There is a beer store across the street. When and if you come here drop by there first and pick up a six pack (or a 24 if you want to leave some behind). Remember Jesus turned water into wine not as prohibitionists would have it, wine into water.
If you want something stronger there is a liquor store west on College not too far from here.
Some who call themselves Christians say we must accept Jesus in our hearts to be saved. That is not true. All were saved, all were made clean by God. The Buddhist, The Hindu, The Moslem, yes, the atheist and the agnostic. All were made clean. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+2%3A11&version=KJV
My Jesus is found amidst the least of those among us.
I am my brother/sister’s keeper.
A City of Toronto Inspector in a letter to my landlord wrote, “Your tenants stated position that ‘anyone who shows up on my doorstep is considered a friend’, and thus, he should not be considered to be open to the public, seems at best disingenuous. Additionally, his acknowledgement that The Cineforum is a destination listed in travel guides as a “must see” for visitors to Toronto also suggests that this is other than a regular gathering of friends and colleagues.”
He is wrong. I don’t consider anyone who shows up on my doorstep a friend. I do consider them my brother, my sister. I leave it to them to show that they are not.
In his case, it seems, he is not.
“Vengeance is mine. I will repay,” says The Lord. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+12%3A19&version=NASB
The desire for revenge rots us to the core.
I don’t want revenge on those causing myself and others harm.
I do want them to see that there is a better way.
“Preach Christ constantly. Use words if you must,” we are told St. Francis said.
Many dispute St. Francis said that. They choose words.
I found that in David Mamet’s book BAMBI VS. GODZILLA.
Mamet is a playwright, a screen writer, a director, a producer.
He gets what those who call themselves people of faith so clearly do not.
The greatest of all sins is not to welcome the stranger.
“According to Elizabeth Glibbery, the Toronto and East York Manager of the Municipal Licensing & Standards Division, it operates as a place of public assembly, for which the building is not zoned. “[He is] inviting in people who may not be known to him,” Glibbery told us, when asked how a group of people gathered at the Cineforum differs from a group of friends gathered to watch a DVD at any other apartment in the Toronto.” http://torontoist.com/2010/08/the_cineforum_is_dead_long_live_the_cineforum/
In Toronto it is illegal to welcome the stranger into our home.
In ancient times people said, “Always welcome the stranger. He could be one of the gods in disguise.”
In early Christian times people said, “Always welcome the stranger. He could be Jesus in disguise.”
Today people who call themselves Christians lock their doors.
I do not call myself a Christian. I welcome the stranger to my door.
Don’t be a stranger.
I am not running a business. I am practicing my faith.
For that I should not require a license. In Canada we have the freedom to do that.
“When Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross, he said, ‘Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.’ What kind of a man was that? Any real man, obeying the Code of Hammurabi, would have said, ‘Kill them, Dad, and all their friends and relatives, and make their deaths slow and painful.’
“His greatest legacy to us, in my humble opinion, consists of only twelve words. They are the antidote to the poison of the Code of Hammurabi, a formula almost as compact as Albert Einstein’s ‘E = mc2.‘”–Kurt Vonnegut (Agnostic/atheist).
Yes, they are. Those twelve words which can be boiled down to eleven are, “Do unto others what you would have others do unto you.”
When I was a teenager I read that God hated homosexuals. I read that anyone who killed a homosexual was loved by God.
We read an awful lot that is not true.
The Pentecostals, among others, say drinking alcohol is a sin. The first time I got drunk I was fourteen. A friend and I found three bottles of wine behind the back door of a Pentecostal Church. We saved someone from sinning that day though my mother never believed me when I told her where I had found it.
Many who call themselves Christians say God hates fags.
Well, all were made clean.
It is about time for people to stop being Christians and start being decent human beings.
The City Of Toronto says unless I obey its laws it will take me to court.
“Any law that would erase this unique landmark (Reg Hartt’s Cineforum) on purely bureaucratic grounds is an ass of exactly the sort Jacobs fought so fiercely against.”–THE TORONTO STAR. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2016/06/28/the-city-should-leave-cineforum-alone-editorial.html
Yes, it is.
To borrow from Thoreau, “Any ass cam make a law. Every ass will enforce it.”
One day the people who demand I bend to their will will find themselves before the sternest of all judges.
To them he will say, “As you did to the lest you did to me.”
Let us hope they have a change of heart for the better.
The greatest thing we can do for these hypocrites is to drink, to make love in the flesh with men and women, to welcome the stranger into our home as our long lost brother or sister.
This I do. Follow me.
–Reg Hartt 02/26/2017.
Sundays at 4pm: THE VALUE OF BEING THE PRODIGAL SON.
Sundays at 5pm: THE SCIENCE OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN.
Sundays at 7pm: THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1921) Rex Ingram. Scored by Reg Hartt.
The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst below College Across From The Beer Store. Donation $20/program.
“Schwortz emphasized that the science points to the Shroud being the burial cloth belonging to a man, buried according to the Jewish tradition after having been crucified in a way consistent with the Gospel. However, he said it is not proof of the resurrection – and this is where faith comes in.
“’It’s a pre-resurrection image, because if it were a post-resurrection image, it would be a living man – not a dead man,’ he said, adding that science is unable to test for the sort of images that would be produced by a human body rising from the dead.
“’The Shroud is a test of faith, not a test of science. There comes a point with the Shroud where the science stops, and people have to decide for themselves.’
“’The answer to faith isn’t going to be a piece of cloth. But, perhaps, the answer to faith is in the eyes and hearts of those who look upon it.‘”
It takes faith to thumb your nose at city hall, and Reg Hartt has plenty: