Have we learned our lesson yet?

Written by Terry L. Dashner

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What ifrepparttar Islamic nations ofrepparttar 132248 region define liberty differently from us? Suppose they see our liberty as something corrupting to faith and morals and our culture as something they do not wish to import…?” When I read this I thought, “Haven’t we learned our lesson?” Haven’t we learned from history that we oftentimes fail to assessrepparttar 132249 real intentions of other countries, especiallyrepparttar 132250 Middle East and nations of Islam?

History certainly has taught us, more than once, that not every country wants Democracy, and that not every religion is advanced by a peaceful means.

So here we are in 2004 still thinking that Islam is a peaceful and benign religion and that Middle Eastern nations, which have existed sincerepparttar 132251 beginning as a rule other than Democracy, are going to bow down and accept our Western ideas with joy and love in their hearts. This is what we want to believe, I know. I would certainly like for everyone to love my Nation and its Constitutional Law as I do, but it “ain’t” going to happen. The only wayrepparttar 132252 nations ofrepparttar 132253 world are going to love their fellowman and live in peace is by having a change of heart, not a change of government.

The change of heart every nation needs (even America) can be achieved only throughrepparttar 132254 Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about imposing another religion on someone. I’m talking about introducing Jesus,repparttar 132255 peacemaker, torepparttar 132256 people of a nation. One day allrepparttar 132257 nations of this world will becomerepparttar 132258 nations ofrepparttar 132259 Lord Jesus Christ. Until that time, I’ll tellrepparttar 132260 story of Jesus andrepparttar 132261 real lesson of history—unless a man repents, he will never knowrepparttar 132262 joy of true and lasting peace.

Keeprepparttar 132263 faith. The Prince of Peace is coming again, soon! (Sources cited are available)

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Has Alcoholics Anonymous Lost its way?

Written by Ted W.

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Times have changed since then. All references torepparttar Holy Bible have been taken out ofrepparttar 132247 later editions ofrepparttar 132248 Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and not by accident. But that’s not all. AA has a tradition which states: “No AA group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate AA, express any opinion on outside controversial issues” Despite this fact, AA has taken a position of subtly and not so subtly endorsing homosexuality. There are many examples but one will suffice. Contrast that previous statement by an early AA with this statement by a modern AA: In A.A. today, I know sober leather fans, transvestites, and members of every other sexual group there is. Butrepparttar 132249 only important thing here is that we are all human beings, all alcoholics, and all in A.A. together.* The sad fact is thatrepparttar 132250 Gay Rights movement has infiltrated Alcoholics Anonymous and its literature. Being Gay is equated with being Jewish, Black, or Native American onrepparttar 132251 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Website: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/english/E_Pamphlets/P-13_d1.html Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Gays and Lesbians out to be excluded from AA, but only told that sin is sin. Anything less is a disservice to everyone, and contrary torepparttar 132252 will ofrepparttar 132253 Creator whose blessing we all seek.

AA has lost its way, and should promptly admit its wrong.

*The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, First edition **My name is Padric, and I'm and Alcoholic (gay)

Ted W. is a long time (20+ years)memeber of Alcoholics Anonymous. He publishes a blog at http://Christianrecovery.blogspot.com

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