Sent: 2/10/2011 12:02:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: your hwa banned blogI've been reading your 'anti-armstrong/no-god' blog for some weeks, following the UCG-COGaWa debacle, and since you're into highly original comments, here's one I bet you haven't heard (1000 times yet):
Psalms 14:1 ... The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
This pretty much sums up your blog....foolish, bitter, myopic, predictable, rambling, and often typographically-challenged (lots of misspellings)....
Even with all the mutual 'crap' you've compiled from myriad other myopic self-promoting vilifiers, your personal scope of the entire HWA-WCG experience can never be more than very minuscule, personal and hopelessly arbitrary.
Even if what little you say about HWA and the WCG and splinters is basically true, the remaining 99.999% of the unfathomable experience goes completely unconsidered....so much for minimal accuracy (less than 0.001%) and objectivity. You should reconsider such a colossal blunder of short-sightedness; its as if you are STILL operating like a WCG minister.
To live a life of no hope ( ) is miserable compared to an active life of FAITH. When a believer is in trouble he cries out "O 'God,' help me!" And when he is eventually saved, he is thankful. What do you cry out? "Oh God" or "G. D. it," I'm sure....because you can't completely wipe out the pre-programmed knowledge of the Creator from your mental ROM, can you? Because HWA didn't put THAT there.
Since no one will know that there is "god," until he sees him in the flesh or dies (no I didn't just contradict myself), a wise man chooses to believe in the Creator rather than not. He reasons that the positive benefits of a life of FAITH greatly outweigh the crushing loneliness, purposelessness and bitterness that always accompany ATHEISM. And if there turns out to be no 'god' in the end, it was still a greatly improved life. If there is 'god,' then the 'unprofitable servant' goes into an unimaginable bonus round.
Yet, so what if there's no reward after this life? If you're doing it for the reward, is that agape love? or, like all the self-seeking folks you describe in your blog, just for personal gain? FAITH in the Creator is a worthwhile mindset even without the resurrection, pal.
The bottom-line question for me: is the m.o.of your blog really any better than that of the people whose actions you consistently paint as diabolical, stupid, and clueless? Are you not doing the same thing that you did when you were a WCG minister? Then what a waste of time if you believe what you blog....
Because, like Job (another guy who thought he had this 'god thing' figured out), you might actually be WRONG about all this 'religion is big business' and 'the opium of the people' stuff.
For me, if a life of great joy, accomplishment, and worthwhile experiences, plus agony, long sadness, hard times and tragedy (most of which was my own fault) has not dimmed my faith in the Creator, how could your little toxic blip of a blog possibly hope to make a dent in anyone else's?
If there is "god," you're still serving his purpose in another way without knowing it. If there is no "god," then you're still blogging about NOTHING after all these years and that every single day.
Again, what a waste of life....why not tell us about your stamp collection or how you felt when you first became a father? Contributing something positive to the aggregate....
"A-dios!" whoops, sorry, "A-nihilos, amigo!"
I don't expect you or anyone else to agree with what is posted on this blog. One of the main problems with Armstrongism is that people checked their brains when they were baptized or whenever they read the latest booklet put out by one of the various "One and ONLY True Ministers of God left on earth today."
The Armstrongite thought process only involves the 'revealed word of HWA, Meredith, Flurry, or some other leader who has interpreted the Bible according to THEIR viewpoint. The members of these churches are expected to follow THEIR rulings and doctrines. Reading other literature, theology books or writings done by non-COG members is frowned upon and blatantly forbidden by some. Questioning is NOT an option in Armstrongism. It wasn't under HWA at any point in time. It still is not under Meredith, Flurry, Hulme, Pack, Cox, etc.
Real spiritual seekers continually ask questions, and have no problem in wrestling with scripture and doctrine If you truly believe the Bible stories you read you would quickly see that many of those men and women wrestled with, argued with and bargained with their God. You would see that more than 5 different writers contributed to Genesis. That there were several authors to Isaiah, that many of the days and traditions kept by the Israelites were patterned after neighboring 'pagan' peoples, that James and Paul argued over who knew Jesus the best and how to interpret his word. You would know that much of the Bible is myth and allegory. And, if you knew the meaning of myth and not today's meaning you would find value in these stories even though they aren't literal. You would also know that the Bible tells the story of messy people, living messy lives who never quit got it right. It is not a story about people living lives of perfection or constantly having to DO the right thing.
I spent over 45 years in Armstrongism. I was two when my mother joined and we drove 150 each way to church. Grew up in the church, came to its Pasadena campus, worked for the church and even work in HWA's home for close to 15 years. I can tell you stories that make anything posted here look like nursery rhymes.
I am not angry with the church. There were some good times to be had. I would never have traveled around the world like I have if it wasn't for the church. However, there is regret for the lost and wasted years, the lost opportunities and a screwed up faith that was damaged by the cultish irrelvent nonsense of Herbert Armstrong and his minions. I learned a long time ago to laugh and and have fun with the crap we all put up with. That is the only way you can retain your sanity. Those of us that have recovered from the filth now don't want to see others hurt by it. So we post the silly happenings, the arrogant words, and the lies of the various splinter cults and their leaders so it is all in black and white for the world to see.
Yet through it all, I never lost that spark that keeps me coming back to God. That's why I am a lay minister in a local church, serve in numerous ways in the church and in the community. I would much rather surround myself with agnostics, atheists and those that question their beliefs than those who are so mind numbingly close minded they refuse to use their brains.
I may not agree with everything Dennis writes, but the majority I do. Those things that I don't agree with I look at as a new way of looking at things I had never thought about before. I may not agree, but I do allow it to cause me to think.
Dennis is more than welcome to post there. When he can jar the minds of those entrenched in the ethically and morally bankrupt churches of Armstrongism then he is welcome to post any damn time he wants.
This includes the other people that send me information too!