Rather than ditch the previous poll results completely, they're being refiled here as blog entries in their own right. The others will follow once they've "done time" in the side bar.
Exactly what can be learned about the AW demographic from these "snapshots" I'm not sure, except that we're not the bunch of raving, demon-possessed "liberals" and "atheists" some might like to imagine. ;-)
1. Worldwide Women in the Pulpit.
2. Who do you say that he is?
3. Heading for Oblivion
The results could indicate that a lot of current ACOGgers check in here to get their news.
Personally, I'm neither an evangelical Christian, nor an evangelical Atheist (both extremes exist). I simply have no answers regarding a supreme being, and am therefore, agnostic. My values and ethics are somewhat similar to those of a Christian.
In Galatians 3;28, Paul says salvation has come to all:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus," yet overwhelming numbers of fundamentalist monotheists continue to insist on the exclusion and oppression of women. Even people who can, now, see the evil in slavery and racism, both which the Bible implicitly and explcitly condones, continue to think that women are substandard human beings, designed by God to obey men. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would lead his followers into all truth. Take a good hard look at the world of physical and emotional abuse the oppression and exclusion of women makes possible.
I’m not going to comment on the book of Revelation, but in Matthew 24 is a sign the end is near that could not have occurred before the middle of the 20th century.
"If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened." (NIV)
Mankind didn’t reach the potential for erasing itself off the face of the earth until the atomic blasts in the deserts of New Mexico in 1945. Now, through a myriad of ways, we have the capability to exterminate ourselves from this planet.
The earth is over-populated with limited resources that everyone and their brother is willing to kill their neighbor for. The state of the human mind, in its capability (or rather, incapability) to reason stills frightens me. We’ve seen the illogical and unreasonableness of religious fervor change the course of history and cause more bloodshed than the stupid religion was worth in the first place. Radical religionists excuse and justify their actions as the Messiah stated in John 16:2 “…a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.” (NIV)
The pressures and tensions around the world cannot be maintained at their present levels without relief, and if allowed to increase, will rip the very fabric of so-called “civilization to pieces. You don’t need the Bible to tell you this—just look out the window, read the paper, watch the news.
These aren’t signs that the end of mankind may be right around the corner?
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