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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Acts 8

Scattered

Summary:
From there, led by Saul, the Church and the Apostles were scattered. Philip changed lives in Samaria. A sorcerer changed his life and followed Philip. Peter and John came up and prayed for him and others to received the Holy Spirit. The sorcerer was so stoked, he tried to pay for it, which was entirely inappropriate.

God told Philip to pull over on one of his journeys, a lo and behold a foreigner was reading Isaiah there. He didn't understand it, so Philip explained it, and how it was a prophecy of Jesus. The foreigner got baptised there and then, and God took Philip away.

Key verse:
36. Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?

My thoughts:
Some people seem to put baptism on a pedestal. It's this thing you do once you reach a certain point. In the Bible, however, it is equated with following Jesus. If you are a follower of Jesus you should get baptised. There is no waiting period, nothing overly sacred that requires taking your time. Are you a Christian? If yes, you should get baptised ASAP.

Other than Peter, John, and Paul, you don't hear many specifics of the Apostles, so it's cool to have some stories about Philip.

So the Church is now persecuted. For the first time, they are a persecuted community. They have another 250 years of this ahead of them.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Deane said...

Pete wrote:
So the Church is now persecuted. For the first time, they are a persecuted community. They have another 250 years of this ahead of them.

Deane:
... And then another 1700 years of persecuting everybody else! Woohoo!!

5:03 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Well, I'd say 1650 years, and whether you as a Christian were doing the persecuting or being persecuted depended on where you were.

9:47 pm

 
Anonymous Deane said...

It continues, of course ...

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity"
- Ann Coulter, September 12, 2001.

"this Crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile."
- George W. Bush, September 16, 2001

10:10 am

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Ha! I don't think Ann Coulter represents can be seen as representative of Christianity. I admit, you'll always be able to find at least one Christian in the world who wants to persecute non-Christians.

As for Mr. Bush's quote, I don't think that that means much really. Iraq is a politically bad situation for sure, but I think it would be presuming too much to say that this is religious persecution. Admittedly, there probably is an element to which that America would hate the insurgents less if they were Christian, but it's certainly not a deciding factor.

Anyway, I think my point is that in general in the world, I don't see Christianity oppressing others other than in isolated pockets.

11:09 am

 
Anonymous Deane said...

... Oh, so naive.


POP QUIZZ:

1. Who ordered that a student of science and medicine be boiled alive (to death) in a vat of oil, tar and turpentine?

a. Extremist Islamists
b. Libertarian Deists
c. Christians

2. In Europe, there was a city where Christians, Muslims and Jews all lived peacefully together. Commerce and trade were carried out in that city.
Who ordered on penalty of death that commerce in the exchange of ideas through books be stopped in that city?

a. Extremist Islamists.
b. Libertarian Deists.
c. Christians

3. In another European city, Jews for a time were allowed to integrate into the population, own property and freely do business. Who enslaved the population of Jews, confiscating their property and businesses and forced them to live in a ghetto behind gates which were locked at night, and
forcing them to wear funny hats and clothing so they would be recognized as Jews?

a. Extremist Islamists
b. Libertarian Deists
c. Christians

POP QUIZ No. TWO:

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it is recorded that there was some plotting to overthrow and/or interfere with the secular government of Italy.
Note, your great grandparents may have been alive at this time, and
this was not hundreds of years ago back into the "Dark Ages". The plotters were also
against democracy. Who was involved in these plots?

a. Extremist Islamists.
b. Anarchists.
c. Christians.

POP QUIZ No. THREE:

In 1858, who kidnapped a six year old Jewish boy away from his family
and never returned the boy, believing that it was his moral and religious duty to kidnap this boy to bring him up in his religion? This same person referred to Jews as "dogs". Note: This little boy was NEVER returned to his family even when anger and scorn was heaped upon this person for this act, internationally.

1. An Islamic Imam
2. The Roman Catholic (Christian) Pope.
3. A Scientologist.

Hint: This person was beatified in the late 20th century.

Another hint: Although many think of "The Inquisition"as taking place hundreds of years ago, this was an act motivated by an "Inquisitor".

4:43 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Why do you waste my time. You seem to get a kick from deliberately misunderstanding me so that you can go on your little rants.

The context of my whole discussion is talking about post 1950 (if you do the maths... ~50+250+1650 = 1950). My comment that "I don't see Christianity oppressing others other than in isolated pockets." was referring to now, so none of your examples are relevant. The worst thing that you brought up is that a Pope who did something wrong was later beatified.

So you haven't really made any points of significance. You make it sound as if you couldn't find similar examples in other faiths.

7:19 pm

 
Anonymous Deane said...

Pete wrote
You seem to get a kick from deliberately misunderstanding me so that you can go on your little rants.

Deane:
Ah - but I do understand you, Pete! Surely you misunderestimate me ...

Pete wrote
My comment that "I don't see Christianity oppressing others other than in isolated pockets." was referring to now, so none of your examples are relevant.

Deane:
George Dubya Bush is "irrelevant" today? He's an "isolated pocket"? Somebody tell the Muslims - they'll be thrilled to find out the whole Crusade isn't really happening!

Somebody sent me the "Pop Quizes: via email, and I thought you'd enjoy them. You've got to laugh, otherwise you'll just cry ...

3:46 pm

 

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