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I was shocked, confused,
as I entered Heaven's door,
not by the beauty of it all,
nor the lights of it's decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven
who made me sputter and gasp---
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
the alcoholics and the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade
who swiped my lunch money twice,
Next to him was my old neighbor
who never said anything nice.
Bob, who I always thought
was rotting away in hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus,’ What’s the deal?
I would Love to hear your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.
'And why is everyone so quiet,
so sober--give me a clue.
'Hush, child,’ He said,
"they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.'
Remember...Just going to Church doesn't make
you a Christian anymore than standing in your
garage makes you a car.
Every saint has a PAST....
Every sinner has a FUTURE!
Now it's your turn...Quote from Ann Marie Lorie
Other Quotes from Lori Ann
Perspective: Living with
All types of
Faith-based organizations have an influence on our daily
lives. Each organization touches thousands of
individuals daily-they have the power to influence even more
with their actions as well as their words. Religious
groups can either offer compassion or condemnation to those who are positive.
Religious beliefs taken to the extreme can be viewed by many
as types of cults. "Believe what I believe or suffer the
Mohammad Ali (The Worlds' Boxing Professional) stated, "All
of the Religions of the World are but rivers that flow into
the same ocean."
Below are examples
of both, (positive and negative responses to HIV/AIDS) with an extended listing of other articles at the
bottom of this page.
people of faith, however, not only believe for themselves, but force on
others the notion that there is only "one way" on the spiritual journey
to meaning. For those of us involved in the day to day life of AIDS
ministry it is clear that much harm has been done to persons with AIDS
by segments of American religion. Homophobic campaigns of hate, bigotry
and discrimination have caused serious damage to the hearts and souls of
people already stigmatized by a fatal disease. It is completely
understandable why some individuals want to distance themselves from
"the church" because of the acute amount of pain inflected on them by
church leaders who condemn them to hell or consider them "intrinsically
evil" because their God-given sexual orientation happens to be
homosexual. For many who work in the AIDS community the church has
become the enemy. In recognition of this reality, the AIDS National
Interfaith Network has sought to be "the AIDS people to the religious
community and the religious people to the AIDS community" - not an easy
task. The advent of AIDS has also, however, provided a means for a
re-examination of what faith means for us, how we find it, how we
nurture it and how we can share it with others. A quote from The Color
of Light, a helpful daily AIDS meditation book from Hazelden Press,
says, "the real test is not whether faith makes more sense than fear.
The real test is how our lives change. Is life better when we trust in a
force for good?"
"The Reverend Billy Graham cried out that
'AIDS is a judgment of God.' Television evangelist and
leader of the Moral Majority Jerry Falwell denounced
'perverted lifestyles,' saying in a nationally televised
sermon...'AIDS is God's punishment,' Falwell concluded.
'The scripture is clear: We do reap it in our flesh when we
violate the laws of God.'" from The Coming Plague
"My soul also cried out at the signs, completely unrelated
and pointless, which proclaimed: "AIDS cures gays." This is
especially cruel. In this country AIDS "cures" many
heterosexuals and newborn infants too young to know what they
are. Until this year, AIDS had been the leading single "cure"
of young people, men and women, gay and straight, in this
country. In large parts of Africa, it is the single most
common "cure" of sinful humans in general, killing more people
each year than any other individual disease or condition.
Since when has it been part of our mandate as followers of
Christ to show such insensitivity, such intentional cruelty,
to so many suffering humans in all parts of the globe? We are
not commanded by God to jab a knife into the heart of the
father whose confused son has just died after months of
misery, or to emotionally kick the old woman who was a
grandmother for less than twelve grief-filled months."
"On September 11, 2001, God Almighty
struck the United States of America with the worst terrorist attack in
her history. Thousands died, millions, even billions of dollars lost
and spent in subsequent recovery, cleanup, and security measures, and
what has changed? Nothing. One week after America is struck by God's
Hand, the Pervert in Chief George W. Bush swears in an out of the
closet, militant homosexual, Michael Guest to be Ambassador to Romania!
The representative face of America to Europe is an out of the closet
fag! Guest, along with his fag lover, live as husband and wife in the
American Embassy in Bucharest, flaunting their perversion at every
opportunity, representing America as a fag nation!!"
Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, USA-expressing the Church's beliefs.
infectious diseases (A thru H)
infectious diseases (I thru Z)