From 2 Timothy 3:14 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires,
4:4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.
Apparently, the early Christians were having the same problems that we have with today's political arguments.
And what does Timothy say next? Keep your nose to the grindstone of religion and be evangelical in your trust in religion and you shall be saved in the afterlife. These people who will not put up with sound doctrine will walk away with all your worldly possessions but since you are such a slave to your religious belief you will not even know you are being picked clean.
You are right it seems like the religious right is just the way it was 2,000 years ago. Making sheep bleat and not get in the way while they allow the stupid but powerful to rule the earth.
Should of known since Paul was such a blabbermouth (Or at least he scribed the most.)
I recant: Paul trained Timothy, Timothy trained the sheep, Paul did quite a bit of training directly although he did not speak well in public.
I would boil the tract down to, "my myths are better than your myths" which is kind of obvious. Everyone thinks what they believe is the correct truth. As obvious as "it is wet under water when it rains".
Mark Twain has meatier quotes: "When one reads Bibles, one is less surprised at what the Deity knows than at what He doesn't know. "
In your haste to trample the Bible underfoot you're missing Bozo's "Message of the Day":
For Lo... It has been said that the Natives are getting restless and apt to joining the TeaParty, regardless of the BS they spew. Amen
s'truth.. ..I was a Hellova' Bible teacher.
I got the message. I just think it is dangerous and stupid to take that message and believe it. That the "others", the tea partiers, are something new and are going to follow the wrong teachers.
The apostle Paul had his myths and was likely very wrong. He was saying that his myths are better than those dumb folk with itching ears who will follow the wrong myths. The dangerous part for us is to think that we are pure and right and the tea partiers are heathenly wrong. Obama and the left are myth makers too. Are they right? Why are the tea partiers getting traction? Because people are losing their jobs. Solve that problem and you solve the problem of the itchy ears. Sitting on the "right side" with your own myths and saying you are correct and the tea partiers are wrong is just as bad as being Paul the Apostle spouting his myths.
My take home message is that 2,000 years ago people were doing the us versus them thing just like we are doing today. Pointing this out is as divisive as the Apostle Paul wanted it to be then. He is right and they are wrong. As stupid and divisive as saying today that that Obama is right and Palin is wrong without saying why.
Us versus them with no content is as worthless 2,000 years ago as it is today. "I'm glad I joined the right group, see how stupid that other group is?" That should work only in the playground. Unfortunately it is a point of view that is ageless and universal.
How about: We're losing Jobs and they're not coming back because of the tax breaks and profits gathered by the same greedy SoBs throwing campaign funds to the ReTHUGAGAINS hoping they'll extend the Bush Tax Breaks for them ..while maintaining the status quo with regard to outsourcing off-shore manufacturing even if it sinks American Worker & their Families in the process?
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