On Salvation

Recently, I was questioned on my views of salvation and how I preach it. I figured the best way to try and articulate my thoughts would be to write them down. First, my backstory. I grew up sixth generation pentecostal. As such, I’m extremely familiar with pentecostal theology and its views on salvation. I say views, plural, because there are several views from the past hundred years that the theology has built up from.

Sitting on a pew a couple of times a week, I hear familiar theology as what I grew up in. Yet, even today I see distinctions between the theologies. I wouldn’t say that the pastor at my local church community assembly is ignorant of the scriptures, because that would be untrue. In fact, he is very skilled with knowing verses. Yet, he rarely touches upon certain topics. And while I am not yet sure of the reason, I can gather that the primary reason he hesitates to speak on certain matters is for one reason: doubt.

Doubt is a powerful blocker. It places one into a vulnerable position, one that, if in leadership, cannot be taken lightly. Imagine a preacher that teaches “what the Bible says” while also having a background in ministry. That is, the preacher was taught what the Bible says in the teacher’s point of view.

Separation From The World

Christians often hear that they are separate from the world. Typically in Pentecostal churches, separate means wearing a skirt, having long hair, and having no jewelry or makeup (for women). Men, on the other hand, focus more on wearing nice shirts and pants, having cut hair, and perhaps no facial hair (though this is becoming phased out in many churches).

No, Islam Doesn’t Get Better Than This

Afghanistan’s Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi. ‘No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam.’ Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Many Muslims around the world will say that Islamic countries are not Islamic, but are Muslim majority countries. So the Taliban takeover Afghanistan with the help of a majority of the followers. These followers are worldwide. In fact, the people who disgreed with the Taliban were looking to leave during the US pullout.

Schooling

This article mentions political themes within and outside of the American education system.

Parents often wonder whether their kids should be homeschooled or attend a private or public school. Individuals looking to attend college consider between private and public colleges. Some consider self-taught or some college without the degree behind it. Education, no matter how it happens, is important.

However, are all colleges the same? No. Is all education good? Probably not. Why, not even all public schools are the same, which are federally funded.

Are All Muslims Bad?

Many guests who read my articles accuse me of claiming all Muslims are bad. I would encourage new readers to find where exactly I said, “all Muslims are bad.” You won’t. However, what you will find is that I’ve stated that I believe good Muslims are not following Islam literally as the scholars and countries demand.

Fighting Back

Recently someone on Facebook posted in a group on obeying pastors. My initial response was that the logic behind that thinking led to so many travesties that could’ve been prevented if one had not simply “obeyed” their lord.

The Prophet Game Interview

We had the opportunity to sit down with the creator of the game, The Prophet. Now, PCOR9 is allowing the game to use our server as other hosts have shut the site down. After speaking to the creator, we’ve decided to also keep it up, only if they did an interview explaining some of the controversy behind the game. So without further ado, let’s get started!


Ethan (interviewer):

This game seems to have some controversy behind it. Mind telling me a bit behind that?

DramaticPhilospher (creator):

Yeah, so, the game’s fandom got shutdown or deleted, don’t really know which one. The reason behind that, I can only assume was hate speech. Don’t get me wrong, I…, well, I’m not a hateful person, but sometimes things come out in ways we don’t expect.

Why I’m Learning Arabic

First off, Arabic is NOT the only language I’m interested in. I’d love to learn these languages: Korean, French, Hebrew, and Greek. Two of those, Hebrew and Greek, are for religious purposes due to them being Biblical languages. But Arabic? Arabic only has the Quran, right? Nope! Here’s my reasons for learning Arabic.

Modern Flaws Within Society:

An articulated thought on on pornography and its effect on men.

Warning: Not intended for readers below eighteen years of age.

Our society has an issue with pornography which stems from a lack of self-discipline and meaningless values. Society uses a form of feminism (if it can even be called feminism) of such radical intent, that men have become monstrous victims. The American society spiraled towards depravity and degradation of values which were once held so close.