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An interesting philosophical conundrum is discussed:

How Would Christianity Deal with Extraterrestrials?

Religion-in-general and aliens is an interesting debate, but Christianity would be in the unique, and difficult, position of having to explain the role of Christ. If then aliens turn out to be pure and sin-free, that would eliminate their need for salvation through Christ… but it’d make humanity look kinda bad. But if they were sinful little buggers, then they’d either need Christs salvation, or they’d have already had it. If the latter, that indicates that Christ keeps having to pop up across the universe and play out the same tale over and over (and it means that humanity and Christs story here on Earth are not unique). If the former, then that means Jesus never wandered on by their world.

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A few responses to this hypothetical situation – humanity encountering intelligent aliens and how that plays in to Christianity – that I’ve seen over the years:

1) Aliens aren’t described in the Bible; therefore they don’t exist; thus, shut up.

2) If we *did* actually meet aliens, they’re actually demons trying to trick us (I *really* hope these people aren’t the ones to make first contact).

3) If we meet un-saved aliens, it’ll be our job to minister to them and convert them.

4) If we meet un-saved aliens, we should avoid trying to convert them… God would have a separate plan for them.

5) Shrug… I dunno… we’ll deal with it when it happens.

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From a theological perspective, I’d say that #5 is probably the best answer. “Intelligent extraterrestrial” covers such a vast range of possibilities that it’s logically impossible to come up with even the tiniest fraction of possible contingency plans. For all we know, the first aliens we meet will have actually had Christ show up, but rather than crucifying him they made him their king, but it was a disaster, they overthrew him and formed a religion in direct opposition to Christian teachings. Which means that when they get here, there’s gonna be a ruckus. Or the aliens will be simply incapable of processing the idea of believing in entities that exist solely through belief/faith, and thus they think our species is dangerously insane. Or they are religious fanatics of a caliber to make our most zealous nuts look like San Francisco coffee-shop atheists. Or on the 0 to 10 scale on the x-axis of religiosity, they are well off on the i-axis.

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One thing that’s safe to assume: regardless of what the aliens beliefs are, if they get *here* before we get *there,* there’ll be a whole lot of people who try to adopt the aliens religion as they own… or at least, what they *assume* to be the aliens religion. Search your feelings: you know it will be true. California will be the center of the alien cargo cult religions as the addictively trendy try to adopt Martianism or Klingon Space Jesusism or Mormonism or whatever wacky incomprehensible religion the aliens bring.

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I just hope they don’t land in the Middle East. No good could come of that.

You know, there just might be a reason why some westerners are leery of any acceptance of sharia law by western courts…

Isis ‘ordering female genital mutilation’ in Iraq – UN

An edict was *apparently* released stating that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 in the city of Mosul must undergo the procedure. There is some question as to whether the edict was legitimately put out by ISIS, or whether it’s a hoax designed to make ISIS look bad. But like Poes Law, it’s one of those things where even if it’s a hoax, the reality is so bad that the hoax is entirely believable.  The Pope declares mandatory FGM? Nobody’d believe it. Obama orders it? Nobody’d believe it. Glenn Beck called for it? Nope. Putin? Castro? Hobby Lobby? How about an Islamic cleric with newfound political power? Weeeeellllll….

Keepin’ up that facade of “Europe is more civilized than those wacky Americans:”

European Politicians Condemn Anti-Semitic Demonstrations

… participants at anti-Israel demonstrations across Germany have frequently used anti-Semitic slogans and also called for Jews to be gassed… In France, pro-Palestinian youths have clashed repeatedly with police, and on Sunday set fire to cars, pillaged stores and attacked two synagogues in the Paris suburbs.

I wonder if the US is going to see another influx of Europes Best and Brightest, as we did in the days before WWII?

 

Read a story with fantastical/magical/miraculous elements to a group of children. Some children will recognize that the characters and situation are fictional. Some will assume that they are real. Could there be something to their upbringing that causes this distinction?

Hmmmm…

Ask yourself when it’s ever cool for a cop to respond to a complaint with:

“When you’re wearing that, what do you expect is going to happen here?”

It seems The End is to come.

That blog and especially the comments section is a vast cornucopia of crazy. It’s got your “We’re all going to die by 2030 because global warming will cause the oceans to rise by 50 meters” and witchy bullcrap coupled with a truly astonishing level of hatred for an entire half of the human species. If the hate expressed here – which is of the we-need-to-exterminate-them-from-the-face-of-the-Earth kind – was aimed at a religious or ethnic group, you can bet your keister that the SPLC and the FBI would be all over ‘em.

ISIS Blow Up ‘Heretical’ Shia Mosques In Mosul

Them ISIS boys have been busy. Click the link to see some Michael-Bay-esque photos of centuries-old religious sites being blown sky high.

Here’s the purported trashing of the tomb of the Biblical prophet Jonah (the “great fish” feller):

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And good times had by all in wrecking a Christian cemetery (to the familiar strains of “Allahu Ackbar,” the phrase that let’s you know something barbaric is afoot):

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Just keep repeating “It’s a religion of peace, it’s a religion of peace…”

China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest

Students and civil servants in China’s Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

This could be entertaining.

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Do you have the right as a dumbass of a parent to refuse to vaccinate your children? I suppose you do. Does the local public school have the right to bar your little disease-machine from the school during outbreaks? Damn skippy it does. More, it has the *responsibility* to do so. I’d suggest that unvaccinated children should probably be perma-barred from public schools.

Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

Here’s the level of “thinking” involved with these vaccine-refusal twits:

“Disease is pestilence,” Ms. Check said, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”

Yeah. You keep thinking that way, sugarpants. Soon enough, Darwin will have his way with your lineage.

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