Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Theological inconsistencies about the Devil

This video makes some great points about the inconsistencies concerning God's omnipotence, Satan's power and the system God put in place to test-and-then-save us pitiful human beings.

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?” -- Epicurus


Friday, August 19, 2011

Relationships and Porn

Prepare yourself for a highly offensive post. This is definitely going to offend someone, somewhere, but keep in mind that this is just my opinion. This is a rant reacting to some conversations I've had and heard lately, and to let others who feel as I do that they're not alone.

I'm getting really tired of hearing how harmless porn is, and how it's just no big deal. I call shenanigans. On the one hand, I agree: consenting adults can do whatever the hell they want to do. I realize there are some benefits of it. My beef is when people in committed, reasonably healthy relationships use porn. You're either committed to each other, or you're not. Pick one. I have zero problems with porn, strip clubs, prostitutes and whathaveyou outseide of committed relationships; if I were single I'd be using those as my sexual outlets (except for the hookers--yuck).

I'm not even going to get into all the "porn objectifies men/women" crap. Maybe it does, but I really don't care as long as the porn stars are consenting adults. I will say that porn sets unrealistic expectations for sex, and that could cause a problem for some.

It's not that I'm a sexual prude; I absolutely am not. This is my one hang up, if you want to call it that. It's not about sexual morality, it's about commitment. I feel the same way when I hear about men and women flirting, texting and sexting people who aren't their partner. Either you are in a committed relationship or you're not. If you're fantasizing and masturbating to someone other than your proclaimed partner, how committed are you? Seriously.

Personally I believe porn is cheating. There, I said it. For the expectations that I have for my relationship, it is cheating. I know a lot of people don't care, and hats off to them. I don't have a problem with them living their lives as they want. What pisses me off is this attitude that "oh, everyone does it, you're just insecure if you don't like it." Bull-fucking-shit. I'm a strong, independent, love-myself-very-much gal. I just don't dig it if my partner is jerking off to someone else.

Obviously a lot of people don't agree with my definition of committed; that's cool. I have made it a point when my relationships got serious to state to my boyfriends that porn is a deal-breaker for me (assuming, of course, that we are both happy in our sex lives--if I'm not putting out then I really can't blame the guy for going elsewhere), and give them the choice to proceed or not.

I would rather be alone than have my partner not honor our agreement to be true to one another, and only one another.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Intelligent Design on Trial

This is a fascinating documentary on the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial. Unfortunately back in 2005 at the time this was happening, I was still a babbling religious idiot, and had no interest in following the case. I only vaguely remember it. One thing about the Catholics: they are almost always very accepting of science and evolution (except, of course, reproductive science), so I never had a bad taste in my mouth for evolutionary science. I, and most religious, was happy to accept science's findings as long as God was credited as the ultimate cause.

In any case, take the time to watch this very interesting documentary, NOVA's Intelligent Design on Trial. It was awesome to see science win on its own merits, and how important it is to reject Intelligent Design for the repackaged Creationism it is.