Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Where was God?

These are a couple of American reactions to the Connetict murders, both asking the same question: Where was God? both come up with same answer.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school... The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.' Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein


gemoftheocean said...

Ben Stein is almost always a good read. I love it how liberals always argue that "things on TV are just stories, they don't affect morals or lead to societal breakdown." I always ask them if that is always true, why is it that according to them 44 minutes of each broadcast hour doesn't sway their opinions on issues, but for the other 16 minutes the networks sell advertising slots for what amounts to billions of shekels a year because advertisers are told "with the right ads you can change consumers buying habits." And they obviously work well enough for companies to spend that money. If ads didn't work they wouldn't be throwing that kind of money down a rathole. BOTH statements about program content and ads NOT affecting people can't be true. It's quite predictable that after this recent tragedy in Connecticut the gun-grabbers are out in force. Obama wants his Richtstag moment. He's already trashed the 1st amendment - he should not be able to trash the 2nd. Someone hell bent on evil will find a way.

Our Lady of Good Success-pray for us. said...

who does anyone serve? we have been told by God himself - we can only have one master.

'the slaughter of innocents'. it's the time of year when a pagan world thought nothing of it. yet people want goodness, to which we've become inculturated over Host blessed centuries, but without the source of Goodness; one can't have it both ways - pagan/atheist or Christ's?

most will dismiss the horror as a gun law issue, psychiatrists will blame the mother; but somehow this young man opened himself to the devil, no doubt aided and abetted by the evil that sins feed, and which our enlightened societies teach and approve.

if God was still permitted in the classroom...

Fr Ray Blake said...

Asteroid, well done for you rudeness, it is just the internet so be as rude as you like.
The author doesn't matter but it is good stuff, I agree with it.

JARay said...

Ben Stein's observations sum the matter up to a "T".

Anonymous said...

gemof the ocean- we in Australia had 13 mass shootings up until John howard-GW Bush's mate- proposed gun control. He did not have a Senate majority but he got gun control through . We have had no mass shootings since 1996 and by the way we still at the moment have our rights as guaranteed by the Commonwealth of Australia constitution which was ennacted by the signature of Queen Victoria.
Oh and what about the constitutional right of people to walk around unafraid of being shot by some one with a gun because of a appalling cultural mentality .
Those who apply for a gunlicence here in australia have many hurdles to cross before they can get a licence let alone a gun.
An we began as a frontier nation just like the USA .

Hughie said...

This may not be strictly relevant, but something clicked when I read in Gervase Crouchback's comment the words "the Commonwealth of Australia".

The Times of 1 January 1901 reported: “At 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon (that is 31 December 1900) ― that being equivalent of midnight in Australia ― the Australian flag was hoisted at the Mansion House by order of the Lord Mayor as an indication that the new century had begun in Australia and the new Commonwealth had been inaugurated. At the same time the bells of Bow Church were peeled.”

The Times article then went on to relate how the Agent-General for New South Wales had colourfully decorated his office in Victoria Street, Westminster, with the flags of the six federating colonies and their various shields.

The Scotsman of the following day also noted the inauguration of the new Commonwealth of Australia: “Enter with a New Century, a new Commonwealth on the stage of history. Australia which a hundred years ago had hardly had its outline traced upon the map…”

It should be noted that the 1999 referendum in Australia was carefully timed such that if it had resulted in a vote for a Republic, which it did not, there was plenty of time to organise matters so that the Republic would formally have come into being on 1 January 2001, exactly 100 years after the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia, on 1 January, 1901.

The symbolism was exquisite. Just as the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia had welcomed in a New Century, the 20th Century, so, too, would the formation of the Republic of Australia have heralded a New Century, the 21st. But it would also not simply have marked the beginning of a new era for Australia, but also a New Millennium for mankind!

Or it should have done so had the secularists not long since have gained the upper hand in the print and broadcast media. Rather than welcome in a new millennium based upon a Christian, indeed Popish, calendar, it was decided to bring it forward a year in homage to a possible computer defect.

That our Catholic religious leaders went along with this garbage was incomprehensible to me. I'm no royalist but at least the Queen in her Christmas Day broadcast in December 2000 had the good sense to point out that that day, and not 1 January 2000, was the real start to he Third Christian Millennium.

Putting Christ back into Christmas and His teachings back into the public square won't necessarily prevent a future massacre of more innocents; but it might!

parepidemos said...

gemoftheocean: What proof do you have that President Obama is "hell bent on evil"? To compare what took place in Colorado to what happened to the Reichstag is diabolical, as it implies the Obama administration was behind the shootings in the same way that the Nazis were behind the burning of the Reichstag.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that Hughie. and parepidemos spot on. I use to teach in the Oz equivalent of Polytechnics and i had a student who had just returned from Colarado not long after Columbine school shootings. Other students were talking about a boy outside the classroom who they reckoned would be a mass murderer given his behaviour. This particular student broke down-she then told us that she ahd been at columbine High school for two years and knew both the perpetuators of the shootings and their victims. Scars go deeper than the skin.

gemoftheocean said...

pare: what proof do I have Obama is hell bent on evil? I guess you don't follow the news much or pay attention: here's a little taster for you---Odama, while in the Illinois senate wanted to have a law such that babies who'd manage to survive an abortion simply BE LEFT TO DIE without medical attention. He is trying to force those of the Catholic faith and other to pay for abortion and sterilizations and contraception as a mandated part of his deathcare scam. He IS evil personified. Funny how he could shed fake tears over the death of 26 -- and yet this same "man" was the one who deliberately directed the justice department to deliberately tell certain gun stores to carry out gun purchases which raised red flags with the gun stores themselves in reporting -- the result? Weapons were sold to Mexican drug cartels which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and at least 2 US federal officers in the commission of crimes. He did this without the knowledge of the Mexican government - in an attempt to subvert the US 2nd Amendment to argue for gun confiscation. It's called "Fast and Furious" -- not that the lamestream media really covered it -- certainly not in the UK at all, given the UK Lovefest with Obama. [And I *personally* know the head of the TV media complaints department at the BBC, who admitted to me that he knew I was right when I said that had "fast and furious" been done by a republican the press would have been all over it like white on rice hounding them.] I guess dead Mexicans don't count. And don't even go there with drone strikes that target ONE terrorist, but manage to take out 100 men, women, children attending the same wedding the terrorist does. Obama has no sense of proportion, and is a dangerous evil person.

gemoftheocean said...

And pare: can you read? Although Obama IS hell bent on evil - when I said "someone hell bent on evil will find a way" it meant that if someone is deranged enough to want to kill people - they will find a way to do it. In no place do I say Obama caused the Sandy hook shooting -- where you imagined that from I don't know. Running people over with a car (as has happened numerous times), the Unabomber, Timothy McVeigh with his fertilizer bomb, or the guy who blew up an elementary school in 1927 in Bath Michigan with dynamite -- he was the school caretaker. These "gun free" zones are laughable. May as well put up a sign that says: "slaughterhouse potential." In Israel since '74 they have armed the teachers. NO MASS SHOOTINGS in schools there since '74. Wonder why. It's not the gun -- it's the evil intent of the person. It's quite laughable those ignorant of guns want to confiscate semi-automatics if they "look scarier than other semi-automatics." Functionality is the same, firepower is the same -but stupids like Diane Finestine think if the gun looks "scarier" it must be more potent. I am sick and tired of gun grabbers and their illogic -- they pay NO attention to facts. They make irrelevant arguments, and are bent on taking away guns from the law abiding. Guns which STOP the commission of a crime 40-1 against a killing. Fact is MOST people who do kill with guns are one thug killing another. And they are people who because of prior felonies, etc. aren't allowed to obtain them legally.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Gem enough!

This is tedious, boring and frankly so full of venom it is unworthy of a Christian, it does you or your cause no good!

Mr Grumpy said...

Father, I understand and accept your comments policy, but I really cannot understand you not publishing a comment questioning Ben Stein's suggestion that the Connecticut killer turned bad because he wasn't smacked enough as a child.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Mr Grumpy,
I don't think that is why the comment was rejected.

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