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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

What Is Going On In Europe?!!!

In the last 24 hours, I read news articles about the following: * Germany: A "German Protestant" youth group has put together a 2006 calendar of erotic scenes from the Bible. Some of the pictures include a bare-breased Delilah cutting Samson's hair as well a nude Eve offering an apple. The pastor of this Nuremberg-based group was quoted saying, "It's just wonderful when teenagers commit themselves with their hair and their skin to the bible." The girl who posed as Rahab was also quoted saying, "We want to represent the Bible in a different way and to interest young people." She adds, "Anyway, it doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that you are forbidden to show yourself nude." Get out of the way BibleZines! Make way for Bible Calendar! It appears that their pastor, Bern Grasser is finding some personal satisfaction from this project as would any other lust-driven, hell-bent sinner. I guess that the Bible is just not relevant enough, huh? * France: In the Pere Lachaise cemetery (Paris), there is a famous tomb of 19th Century journalist known as Victor Noir which has recently been fenced around by officials. Can anyone guess why? Well, the officials were concerned about the damage which has occurred to the effigy's groin area due to "lewd rubbing." I am not going any farther. You know, I have been told that Paris is the place of romance and love and all, but I think they are taking it a little too far--you think? * Great Britain: Matt Drudge reports that Sam Morris, 16, was sent home from her school because she refused to take off her crucifix necklace. According to the school policy, items can be worn out of view or if they are par of religious beliefs, such as the Kara--a bracelet worn by Sikh males. She was persuaded to take it off but refused to do so and was consequently removed from school. Now, I must ask myself the question: Is there anything in common with these three events? What do you think? And where do you think the United States is headed???


Blogger Allie Riedy said...

I don't think those nations are any more perverse than ours with the multi-billion dollar porn industry we have over here, and the rates of STD/teen pregnancy. Also, I don't really think people are getting more perverse, humans are sinful to the core and always have been, think about some of the stories of sin in the Bible. Maybe it's just that modern media provides available proof of this corruption all the time, so it's more obvious. That said, those things you mentioned are extrememly disturbing, especially the first one.

12/06/2005 09:26:00 AM

Blogger ckhnat said...

culturally, however, europeans in general are more open in embracing their sexual drives. the nude form is considered pure beauty. Sex is to be enjoyed and not stifled. You'll find this among many Americans ... however, it is NOT mainstream. especially among evangelicals. the same cannot be said for Europe. Let us not be naive by thinking that this is new. Consider their art history. Museums filled with century old paintings of nude characters depicted in "biblical" scenes. They would say, what is the difference between a photograph and a painting. This is what they have been exposed to. To express "puritan" values is foreign to much of the population. i don't agree with this ... but i just wanted to shed some light on their cultural mindset.

12/06/2005 03:09:00 PM

Anonymous dan canales said...

Here here!!! I'm all for what Allie said!!! It seems to me obvious that American culture is already more perverse and depraved than the european nations... the aforementioned acts that are news in Europe are commonplace here in these grand United States. We are sinners by nature there is no getting by the heinous things we do yet America has twisted somehow managed to and will contuinue to twist "freedom" into an amoral understanding of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

12/06/2005 03:45:00 PM

Blogger Timmy said...

I am not aruing that Americans are a "sanitized" form of sinners simply because we are American. Noe do I argue that the United States should have carry a Christian connotation. The correspondence between being American and being Christian is misplaced. What I am referring to in these articles is how the United States follows the lead of European nations in social, ethical, cultural, and yes, religious matters. I am not referring to supposed moral superiority but rather cultural prerogatives manifested in licensing of beliefs and bahaviors complicit of a degenerating society. Americans, in my opinion, are on the same track as Europeans (although I have not seen any "lewd rubbing" lately).

Dan said:
"America has twisted somehow managed to and will contuinue to twist 'freedom' into an amoral understanding of 'Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.'"
I don't know how to interpret this except with political overtones. That being the case, the point I am making is not political whatsoever. I am simply stating the moral degradation of our world as a whole and the inevitable implications it will bring to those of us in the United States.

The point I was making in this post was the consequences of a purely secularist society. In a matter of 24 hours of reporting, these reports were released, and it would not be a stretch to argue that these last 24 hours were any different than any day prior. America is on the fast-track to secularism--unless of course, someone steps in to stop it.

"You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."
Matthew 5:13

12/06/2005 05:57:00 PM


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