Also sometimes referred to as secular, modern, or humanistic. This is an umbrella term for Protestant denominations, or churches within denominations, that view the Bible as the witness of God rather than the word of God, to be interpreted in its historical context through critical analysis. Examples include some churches within Anglican/Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ. There are more than 2,000 Protestant denominations offering a wide range of beliefs from extremely liberal to mainline to ultra-conservative and those that include characteristics on both ends.
|•||Belief in Deity |
Trinity of the Father (God), the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit that comprises one God Almighty. Many believe God is incorporeal.
Beliefs vary from the literal to the symbolic belief in Jesus Christ as God's incarnation. Some believe we are all sons and daughters of God and that Christ was exemplary, but not God.
|•||Origin of Universe and Life |
The Bible's account is symbolic. God created and controls the processes that account for the universe and life (e.g. evolution), as continually revealed by modern science.
|•||After Death |
Goodness will somehow be rewarded and evil punished after death, but what is most important is how you show your faith and conduct your life on earth.
|•||Why Evil? |
Most do not believe that humanity inherited original sin from Adam and Eve or that Satan actually exists. Most believe that God is good and made people inherently good, but also with free will and imperfect nature, which leads some to immoral behavior.
Various beliefs: Some believe all will go to heaven, as God is loving and forgiving. Others believe salvation lies in doing good works and no harm to others, regardless of faith. Some believe baptism is important. Some believe the concept of salvation after death is symbolic or nonexistent.
|•||Undeserved Suffering |
Most Liberal Christians do not believe that Satan causes suffering. Some believe suffering is part of God's plan, will, or design, even if we don't immediately understand it. Some don't believe in any spiritual reasons for suffering, and most take a humanistic approach to helping those in need.
|•||Contemporary Issues |
Most churches teach that abortion is morally wrong, but many ultimately support a woman's right to choose, usually accompanied by policies to provide counseling on alternatives. Many are accepting of homosexuality and gay rights.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Revelation Chapter 17 warns of the female leader of a great nation.
1. God tells us that in the last days he will judge a "great whore that sitteth on many waters" (Rev. 17:1). Sarah Palin--a beauty queen who makes herself up like a harlot and slept around on her husband--is the governor of a land of many waters that is surrounded by water!!!
2. Recently Sarah Palin met with the great leaders of the nations earth. Revelation tells us that "the kings of the earth" will commit fornication with the harlot (Rev. 17:2). Many of these leaders lusted after Sarah, and we have no idea what else happened.
3. Upon the forehead of this harlot is written "The Mother of Harlots" (Rev. 17:5)--a clear reference to her loose daughter who got pregnant with her boyfriend out of wedlock. It is also rumored that Trig is really Bristol's child!!!
4. The harlot sits on seven mountains (Rev. 17:9). It is a little known fact that Wasilla is surrounded by seven mountains.
5. The harlot will come to power after a beast (another great leader of the nation) will arrive on the scene only to be wounded on the head and healed (Rev. 13:3). This beast must refer to JOHN MCCAIN, whose wound (melanoma) on his face is visible to all and it has healed.
6. Just like the harlot rides upon the beast (Rev. 17:3), so too Palin will come to power by riding on the success and reputation of John McCain!!!
7. Revelation predicts that this woman will be a great city (Rev. 17:18), which means that Palin will become president in Washington, DC. Palin has made a big deal about us being a city on the hill! Not for long if she is put in charge!!!
8. After Palin becomes president, the deceased John McCain's former advisors, ten of them, will stage in McCain's name a coup to destroy president Palin (Rev. 17:16), taking the entire country down with her........"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, is become the habitation of devils...."
17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,
having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:
and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth
17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,and one is, and the other is not yet come;
and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 17:12 And the ten horns which thou saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Also (Rev 17:1) "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters"
Palin received the nomination in Minnesota which is Dakota Indian for "sky tinted water." The state motto of Minnesota is "Land of 10,000 Lakes."
The area Wasilla is located was called "Benteh" by the Dena'ina Indians, meaning 'among the lakes'.
(Rev 17:2) "and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
Oil (which is plentiful in Alaska) can be called the WINE that has made the inhabitants of the earth drunk.
(Rev 17:3) "and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."
Wasilla is derived from the Russian Vasili, from Basil, which is also where the word Basilisk comes from. A basilisk is the mythological King Serpent beast. Wasilla has seven letters and Sarah Palin has ten letters.
(Rev 17:5) "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
The mentally challenged and physically deformed (indcluding Down's Syndrome) were called "Abominations of the Earth."
(Rev 17:6) "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus"
Palin addresses with gusto the troops who are going to war as well as those who have died in Iraq and Afganistan.
(Rev 17:15) The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
The United States of America is a country of many peoples, multitudes, nations (ethnic groups), and tongues.
Sarah Palin IS the foretold WHORE OF BABYLON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the BIBLICAL Sarah was from Ur in BABYLON!
Posted by Free Bristol Palin on September 10th, 2008
September 9, 2008: Bristol Palin’s fetus has granted our interview request. We are the ONLY media outlet to be granted an interview. We are SPECIAL. Earlier this morning, we sat down with Bristol Palin’s fetus and were able to ask some tough questions. We bring you the EXCLUSIVE transcript of the ONLY interview with Fetus Palin.
Free Bristol Palin: I think the question we’d all love to ask is: Who would you vote for, if you were able, on Nov. 4?
Fetus Palin: Ron Paul. Throw-away protest vote all the way.
Fetus: Or I’d write in Matthew Shepard. Not to put too fine a point on it or anything.
FBP: Were you anticipating your grandmother’s nomination?
Fetus: No way. I had no idea. I mean, why her? She’s a mess. Everything she touches turns to scandal. She can’t even fire people without fucking up. She’s a worse choice than Lieberman was. She lies so fast even she can’t keep track of all her BS. It could work out for me, though. It probably means I won’t have to mess with her during my most formative years of cognitive and emotional development.
FBP: So what is it like to surpass all other celebrity fetuses in terms of media coverage?
Fetus: It’s been tough, I’m not going to lie. It’s not really my choice, you know, but at this stage, nothing really is. I’m gestating and that’s about all I can handle.
FBP: There’s been a lot of talk during this campaign, and certainly after the discovery of your existence, about choice. Reproductive choice, marriage choice, family choice. What’s your take on choice?
Fetus: ‘Choice’ is nothing but a fucking cliché. In this family? Are you kidding? Let me clear some shit up here, okay? Everybody makes a big deal out of the fetus. Like we’re some magical Jesusy icon of purity and blessing instead of a half-baked bag of zygotal accident. I’ll be straight with you: I want nothing to do with being born. You start asking a fetus whether it wants to get born, and I’m telling you half of us will tell you we want nothing to do with our parents’ clusterfucks. This is no exception. Seriously. Has anyone come up with a teleabortion? Zap that my way, please! But like I said, I get no choice. I’m talking to Suri Cruise about working on a memoir together. She got a pretty raw deal too, so hey, maybe we can make something out of this.
FBP: What do you think of Bristol and Levi’s wedding?
Fetus: Well, it’s sort of a lose-lose situation. Either they throw together something undignified in a hurry with a cake decorated with hockey sticks, and Mom’s gotta wear some huge preggo dress, or they wait until I’m born and then they dress me up in some stupid angely flower costume. I’d prefer to be well hidden in the amniotic sac when that circus goes down, but then again, Mom’s life already sucks so much she ought to be able to have one princessy day where she doesn’t feel like a humpback whale among child brides.
FBP: Any speculation about what your name might be?
Fetus: No, they’re keeping all that secret even from me. If they follow family tradition and name me something stupid like “Adapter” or “Trenchcoat” or “Permanent Press” I’m going to be fucking pissed. Give me at least a chance at later anonymity, you know?
FBP: As we’ve all seen, Levi stated on his MySpace page that he didn’t want kids. How does that affect you?
Fetus: I don’t want him to be my father either. I mean, what kind of jerk slips one past the goalie with a girl who doesn’t even know what sex is? Did he tell her the baby grows in your stomach so you can only get pregnant from oral? They all think science comes from the devil so I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s unaware that I don’t actually reside within her digestive track. He’s an ass. And took one too many pucks to the head, I’d guess.
FBP: What did you think about the initial rumors that Sarah’s baby, Trig, your uncle, was actually Bristol’s?
Fetus: Well, I figured if anyone was going to bend the laws of science to out-breed the Duggars, it’d be the Palins, but obviously I was at least a little skeptical. Frankly, I was just happy Dick Cheney had nothing to do with my conception. I’m a little unclear on Trig’s paternity, though, to be honest.
FBP: We promised we’d keep this short so we’ll let you go back to, um, gestating.
Fetus: Yeah, I appreciate that, thanks. Keep up the good work.
FBP: We’ll do that. Thank you for your time.
Tensions between McCain and Palin camps come to light
November 6, 2008
Reporting from Phoenix — Sarah Palin left the national stage Wednesday, but the controversy over her role on the ticket flared as aides to John McCain disclosed new details about her expensive wardrobe purchases and revealed that a Republican Party lawyer would be dispatched to Alaska to inventory and retrieve the clothes still in her possession.
Tensions have simmered for much of the last month between aides loyal to McCain and those loyal to Palin, but they boiled over after the Republican nominee's defeat, as both sides spoke freely -- though anonymously -- about the wardrobe controversy and other conflicts.
Two aides to McCain and two to Palin discussed the tensions but asked that their names not be revealed, saying they were not comfortable speaking openly about internal operations.
The miscommunication and quarrels between the two camps lasted into Tuesday night, said McCain aides familiar with the situation. Palin arrived at the Arizona Biltmore planning to deliver a speech before McCain's concession speech, they said, but was told by senior McCain aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter that it would not be appropriate.
Fox News reported Wednesday that Palin's lack of knowledge on some topics also strained relations. Carl Cameron reported that campaign sources told him Palin had resisted coaching before her faltering Katie Couric interviews; did not understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country; and could not name the three nations that are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the United States, Canada and Mexico.
For weeks, the McCain-Palin campaign has dealt with the fallout from the disclosure that the Republican National Committee was billed for $150,000 in wardrobe purchases for the Palin family -- a discovery that was widely ridiculed and undercut Palin's hockey mom appeal.
Several McCain aides said they had recently discovered that Palin's traveling staff had used personal credit cards to spend as much as $20,000 to $30,000 on additional wardrobe items for Palin.
Palin and her press aides were traveling back to Alaska on Wednesday and could not be reached for comment. But one aide earlier told Newsweek: "Gov. Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense."
The original $150,000 in purchases was revealed in late October after the release of the September and October Federal Election Commission filings by the Republican National Committee. Those reports revealed that more than $75,062.63 was spent at Neiman Marcus, $49,425.74 at Saks Fifth Avenue and $5,102.71 at Bloomingdale's around the time of the Republican National Convention in early September.
The campaign has said that many of those clothes were returned.
But McCain aides said Wednesday that spending on Palin's wardrobe continued well after the convention, with one custom-made outfit showing up around the time of her "Saturday Night Live" appearance on Oct. 18.
As first reported by Newsweek on Wednesday, McCain aides said some of that money was spent on clothing for Palin's children and husband, Todd, who may have received between $20,000 and $40,000 in wardrobe purchases. The money also included thousands of dollars in shoes. Several aides also said the items included jewelry, but a Palin aide disputed that.
Top McCain aides Schmidt, Rick Davis and Nicolle Wallace were flabbergasted by the magnitude of the spending as the receipts began trickling into the Republican National Committee, aides said.
Wallace had arranged for a stylist to shop for Palin before the convention because the Alaska governor did not have a chance to return home after she was selected as McCain's running mate.
Aides familiar with the campaign's internal discussions said Wallace and other top aides authorized the purchase of three outfits for Palin to wear during convention week and three ensembles for the campaign trail. But cost was to be kept to no more than $25,000 to $35,000.
When Schmidt learned that Palin's staff was putting clothing purchases on personal credit cards, aides said he called them to stop it.
Palin aides tell a different story. Several close to the governor said Wednesday that Palin was outraged by the amount of money being spent on her clothing and that she was naive about what the clothes cost.
"The very first day of shopping, there was a $14,000 price tag and . . . she was absolutely shocked," one of the Palin aides said.
Palin was not pleased by what had been selected for her, the aide said, adding that "a lot of that stuff that was purchased was never worn by her -- that was by her choice."
When the shopping spree hit the press, she appeared frustrated, telling audiences that she wears a lot of her own clothing and hadn't asked for the lavish purchases.
Resentments had started to brew earlier. Palin was not comfortable with the team of handlers sent by party headquarters to manage her appearances, and there were frequent conflicts between the staff at headquarters and her traveling staff. Palin felt constrained by the fact that she had little decision-making power, and questioned the directions being given to her by the campaign, an aide said.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Palin denied that there were tensions with the McCain camp. But that is at odds with accounts from aides on both sides. The strain worsened, the aides said, after Palin was recorded talking to a Canadian comedian who pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Campaign staffers said McCain's top aides were blindsided by the call, which they said was approved by Palin foreign policy aide Steve Biegun.
McCain aides said the Palin camp did not notify McCain's senior staff or the State Department about the supposed contact. Outraged, Schmidt organized a conference call. He demanded to know who had arranged the call, and questioned why anyone would have agreed to such an unusual request and then failed to clear it with top staff, McCain aides said.
Biegun immediately took responsibility. In an interview Wednesday, he said some aides at McCain headquarters were in fact aware of the call, and that it had been on the schedule for "a couple days."
"I was fooled," he said. "No one's going to beat me up more than I beat myself up for setting up the governor like that."
Reston and Mehta are Times staff writers.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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November 2, 2008
Bristol Palin is reported as "resting" following what is being reported as a miscarriage. Bristol who who was due to deliver her child in December was rushed to the hospital late Sunday afternoon thinking that she was in premature labor, instead she miscarriaged and lost the child. The was no comment from Levi Johnston, the young man whom Bristol stated was the father of her child.
The McCain campaign is expected to issue a press annoucement shortly.