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Reports are coming in that John 3:16 is being talked about more, including increased searching on the internet, after last Sunday's (Jan 8) football win by the Bronco's over the Steelers. Following the increased interest come these comments:
The article begins as a straight piece on the verse itself, the perceived relation to the Bronco/Steeler's game, Tim Tebow's positioning of the message in the past, and some of the opposition the verse's presentation has faced. Then, for almost the last third of the article, the writing relays the history of a person who went over the edge in his biblical proclamations (including John 3:16 references) and is now serving time in prison for life-threatening criminal acts.
I'm not defending or excusing the actions of a man endangering others... And, giving the views of people who oppose the use of John 3:16 can present a balanced perspective... But, does relaying criminal actions on one man's part fit as the closing note for an article titled "Explain it to me: John 3:16?" I think finishing in this manner is more of an "observation" dished up with a backhanded compliment than an "explanation" of the verse's biblical and literary significance.
My question: Is this a legitimate musing on the meaning of John 3:16 as the title implies or a way to take a swipe at the possible dangers of fanaticism for those who are willing to stand in their Christian faith when it becomes a public issue?
Here is an interesting look at 2012 religion/faith expectations by a group of commentators:
Any additional thoughts or comments?
This opinion piece caught my eye on CNN the other day:
The author talks about the misuse of the word "cult." However if you check the definition of the word cult:
I think you'll see mainstream use of the word tends to be consistent and accurate. I think the subtext of the opinion piece is really about tolerence (or lack thereof...) and what different segments of culture and society find acceptable. Instead of using the generic term "cult" for further discussion, I'll refer my opinion to the group the article is about, the Branch Davidians, and a look at the stand-off and tragedy that occurred in Waco TX almost twenty years ago. You will also want to see this article in connection to my comments:
If you are not a Christian, your view will most likely veer away from mine, however, if you are a Christian, the full brunt of false teaching and abuse of trust, faith, and authority is blatant. Some people will refer to such groups as cults, some will use the term sect... but what I believe is most apparent is the promotion of abusive and morally corrupt acts sanctioned by the leaders of these false teachings and the followers who have been diverted away from a reasonable, responsible, and realistic grounding of thought and ethical standards.
What are your thoughts?
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