Archive for January 8, 2010

…that I promised at the begining of the day.

In the diner nobody knew much about the election but when I talked about it every person but one expressed an opinion and that opinion was all Scott Brown. Once I mentioned that the difference was the passage of Obamacare or no that seemed to cinch it.

At the Butcher Shop it was empty but nobody was really talking about the election. Only Kathy expressed an opinion and it was in support of Coakley. It seemed as if nobody was really interested in the subject.

I don’t know if this is good or bad news, but it is what it is.

Four Horsemen update

Posted: January 8, 2010 by datechguy in fun

In case you were interested in our little poll concerning the new 4 horsemen of the ablogalypse as of today here are the results so far:

Glenn Reynolds leads with 23%

Michelle Malkin is 2nd with 12%

Victor David Hansen is 3rd with 9%

and Powerline rounds out the top 4 with 8%

On the outside looking in are

Iowahawk 7%
Bill Whittle 7%
Captain Ed 7%
Robert Stacy 5%

You can still vote here if you are interested.

Ann Coulter gets it half right…

Posted: January 8, 2010 by datechguy in catholic, opinion/news
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…in her post column on Christianity.

Most perplexing was columnist Dan Savage’s indignant accusation that Hume was claiming that Christianity “offers the best deal — it gives you the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions just can’t.”

In fact, that’s exactly what Christianity does. It’s the best deal in the universe.

That is true.  The first half of her column contains truths and the snark that she is famous for; to wit:

(If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)

And then follows with one of the greatest and truest paradoxes of the universe.

Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.

She then describes the no frills version of Christianity.  That version she describes is an accurate picture of most versions of protestantism and protestant belief in general, and in doing so she hits the brick wall built by Mr. Luther and his successors:

Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies — no doing what all the other kids do.

Ah sorry Ann but you just got though telling us that in the no-frills version we don’t have to do a thing, therefore under your explanation we DON’T have to give up sexual promiscuity, lying, cheating, stealing, killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies — doing what all the other kids do. Under that belief system it doesn’t matter one bit, one simply declaration and you are all set, even if you backslide, once saved always saved. That being the case why bother to do good?  Does it really make a difference?

Yes it does.  Here is why:


But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. 5:22

If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions. 6:14-15

Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:19

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” 12:36-37

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” 25:41-46


Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 8:34b

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 12:30-31


Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ 13:23-27

Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 17:3

But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. 19:8-9


Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. 14:23-24

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 15:10

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. 16:1

And of course James:

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. 2:14-19

You’ve got to follow through, if you slip you can be forgiven after all it is written:

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” John 20:22-23

But you do need to ask for that forgiveness, as Paul said even he was not safe:

No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. 1 Cor 9:27 emphasis mine

In a big way this is really a chicken and egg argument, a person with faith is going to produce works, and a person doing works for the sake of faith does the same. There is less of an argument than you think.

The real problem is when the doctrine is used to justify non-repentance for actual sin. That’s the silent danger. One hides sins rather than combat them. It is SO easy. As they remain hidden, those favorite sins of ours that each of us are most vulnerable to, they grow stronger and stronger while we ignore them; after all why confront them? We are saved by faith alone. Finally we finally reach that point where we are two different people at once. When we use justification by faith alone to excuse without repentance, our personal sins we are no different than the Pharisees in Matthew 15:4-9. Those will be the sins that fester and without repentance eventually will destroy us.

Have no fear, we have our entire life to prevent this, but not one second more.

It has to be.

The Holy Name of Jesus Christ is a challenge, it’s a challenge to the world, it’s a challenge to individuals and it’s a challenge to those who profess to believe in his name.

It provokes Willie Geist to feature it as the joke of the week on Morning Joe, it causes MSNBC and the media to have a conniption, it produces snark in the media, discomfort for those who know it’s meaning, violence. from those who oppose it.

When used to describe the son of God it brings Islamists to a murderous rage, produces jokes on South Park and Family Guy (although in fairness south park doesn’t spare Muslims either), is parodied in film for fun and profit and causes actual demons and devils to retreat.

When Hume said:

‘Jesus Christ’ the ‘Most Controversial Two Words You Can Ever Utter in the Public Square’ Today

he was stating nothing that Christ himself didn’t say as we’ve quoted here before

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

Let’s be blunt, there are two sides in the battle for souls, and one particular side is going to do all it can to keep souls from finding the truth. All the powers, pleasures and pains of the world will be brought to bear against you to keep you from it.

I know I’ve been beating this horse to death but it is one of the most important things a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular needs to understand. Christianity is a challenge to yourself and to others. When done correctly it can inspire many to salvation, when done poorly it can do the opposite. It is diametrically opposed to the world, it’s belief system is an absolute:

Jesus Christ is the son of God, he died and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of sins!

It is either true or false. If you believe this to be false you are not a Christian, period. If you claim to believe it is true but act as if it is false then you have to resolve some issues. As C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

Brit Hume has publicly made his choice. You and I have the rest of our lives to make ours…

…after that we’re on our own.