The intent of this blog is to promote human equality, human progress, human peace and justice, and optimism. To accomplish this, to encourage the discussion of ideas after identifying and discovering problems, and then creating positive solutions for "we the people," in order to provide for the "general welfare" and "domestic tranquility" of America now and its "posterity" into the future. To encourage an emphasis on separation of religion and state for all, no matter if this is for those "of faith" in a Maker / Creator (Deists, God-loving people, Christians, various people of spirituality) and atheists or agnostics.

It was good to see Robert Schuller, II, on the Hour of Power this morning.  A great message.  It is also good to see Robert Schuller, III, as well.  Sad to see the last service in the Crystal Cathedral.

The message from Schuller was good, especially the positive message about the concentration camp and the “fleas.”  Nazi guards do not like fleas!  Hallelujah

I have not been able to locate the “affirmations” which are supposed to be on the web.  The affirmations I recall from this morning, but wish to include a comment.

Affirmation about “we are residents of God’s universe” and another about “confessing our sins to another human being” (example of 12-step AA program used, as well as what the Roman Catholics do).  Schuller chided Martin Luther for objecting to “confessions to the priest,” saying Martin Luther’s objections were “throwing out the baby with the bath water.”     I  don’t agree about this one.

The “faith and works” discussed by James, the brother of Jesus, supposedly mean the “works” we do to counter our sins, so was rejected by Martin Luther.  That is not the message I was taught.  That is not the message written by a Lutheran theologian in a book about James, the brother of Jesus.   The “faith and works” are what we, as Christians, should do to make life better for “God’s people” who are made in God’s image and are loved by God.  Protestants have removed the “confessional booth, ” due, I believe, to this reason.  We are able to meditate and pray to GOD about our sins, and are not REQUIRED to go to a fleshly “mediator.”  Even Jesus Christ becomes our “spiritual mediator.”  Obviously, we have an OPTION to go to another person and confess our sins, but we are not REQUIRED to do so.

Besides, how many wealthy ones and Mafia bosses actually care about their sins, when they should?  The message about original sin and confession is designed to create fear and intimidation in the hearts of the less advantaged who are then “bridled” in slavery to fleshly “gods” called wealthy humans!  Is this not true?

Robert Schuller (II):  just because you got $57.5 M from the Roman Catholics (and turned down an offer of $59M from Chapman University), don’t sell the Protestant faith totally down the tubes.  Sad to know the Romans will be occupying the Crystal Cathedral.

Douglas Cornwell

Tioga Herald

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