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Bible Blasphemy

By Phantom On March 11th, 2019

Every so often you see something that you would have never thought possible the day before.

This is one of those things.

The other day, in Alabama, Donald Trump was seen autographing bibles for star-struck followers.

Who is more guilty of blasphemy, Mr. Trump or the person who sought the autograph?

“I’d never sign someone else’s Bible,” said Southern historian Wayne Flynt, a Baptist deacon and professor emeritus at Auburn University. “That’s right next to sacrilege. That’s a holy book.”

But Flynt wasn’t surprised Trump was signing Bibles. “There is nothing that shames the president,” Flynt said.

He’s also not surprised Alabamians, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump, applauded the gesture. “He is for many a messianic figure, which is unbelievable – ‘No need for Jesus, we have Donald,’” Flynt said.

Trump Signs Bibles in Alabama

268 Responses to “Bible Blasphemy”

  1. “He doesn’t come to replace his father’s law, but to strengthen it.”

    I’m not sure I know what law you are referring to here.

    My understanding is that Jesus came to save us from our sins and through his suffering on the cross and resurrection, he offers us salvation.

    A Christian is one who recognizes/believes in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity.

    While the first five books of the Bible do set out a number of rigid laws to follow regarding building temples etc. ,the New Testament does not. The New Testament is made up of Gospels of Christ’s early disciples, as well as letters from same and the book of Revelation.

  2. Noel,

    But that leaves out vast parts of the OT, including probably the most important parts.

    I wasn’t claiming that was a comprehensive list mate. And yes, I agree with the rest of your post.

  3. “From the bit I remember from church, the latter are much closer to the OT than the Gospels are.”

    The epistles are letters to the early church addressing issues like dealing with oppression of Christians, and advising Christians to follow the straight and narrow path of righteous behavior and not indulge in drunken orgies. 1 Peter also deals with how to live with a non-Christian (remember this is the early days of the church).

    Both the Gospels and the Letters are specific to Jesus Christ.

  4. Christians do not “buy” salvation with behavior.

    Jesus Christ saved us from our sins.

    The thief on the cross next to Jesus Christ proclaimed his belief and he was saved.

  5. Patty,

    “He doesn’t come to replace his father’s law, but to strengthen it.”

    I’m not sure I know what law you are referring to here.

    I was making a point to Phantom, that the Old testament does not in any way replace the New testament. In fact, Jesus points out in the New testament that all the laws and teachings in the Old testament are still relevant, and still have to be followed.

    https://www.bethinking.org/bible/q-how-did-jesus-view-the-old-testament

  6. Probably the biggest distinction between Catholicism and most Protestant churches is that the Catholic Church teaches that man is not saved by faith alone. But by faith and good works.

  7. Its muslims that get bent out of shape over paper. They think a bit of paper with religious writing on it becomes holy. Christians do not share that delusion. Its perfectly ok for Trump to sign a Bible. Families write in their bible births deaths etc. This is a confected argument.

  8. Interesting debate here about the veracity of an entirely fictional man made entity.

  9. Tolkien was great LOTR is a masterpiece, I prefer The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant myself as better, but it’s a minority view,

    The most profound writer of our time is Asimov.

  10. faith and good works

    Amen

  11. Phantom here ya go you’ll enjoy this

    https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/433603-robocop-the-ai-race-and-ethics-of-creating-killer-robots

  12. Patrick

    I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

  13. Patrick

    The most profound writer of our time is Asimov.

    I’m a big Asimov fan, but I would argue that other science fiction writers, such as Philip k Dick and Iain M Banks, were better.

  14. “Probably the biggest distinction between Catholicism and most Protestant churches is that the Catholic Church teaches that man is not saved by faith alone. But by faith and good works.”

    Seamus – serious now – thank you for your insights.

    “As an aside, one of my major interests is elections, and the statistical study of elections”

    maybe – if we are not at loggerheads over trite stuff (it happens) I look forward to hearing something from you next election re: predictions? or lack thereof?

  15. I’ve enjoyed this conversation as well.

    And I imagine I will have opinions and observations come the next election (that such is the way of American elections seems to already beginning some 18 months before polling day).

  16. It looks like they might get Trump on tax-dodging, just like they got Al Capone:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uCUpx5FCQk

  17. Off-topic, this Boeing disaster is another disaster for President Boeing Trump.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkaldPql_vg

  18. first off you can’t get a President for tax evasion while he’s in office you can ONLY impeach a sitting President…..

    and what he runs boeing now? c’mon Peter a little reality.