Every Green Herb

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Dear Christian,

If the state insisted that you cease and desist from sharing the spiritual healing that you believe you need to offer your friends and neighbors, would you stop? I know you at least say you wouldn’t.

You also declare that you would even encourage others to go against the demands of the state. Together you would probably still preach on the TV and radio and write books and articles and speak out on Facebook. You would denounce the state to honor your Lord, right?

What about physical healing? Would you deny the state and stand up for the healing of yourself and others who suffer from pain, depression, PTSD, asthma, glaucoma, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, and other illnesses?

Do you believe your god heals people of physical disease as well as spiritual disease? I know prayers go up on Facebook for even the tiniest problems–like toenail fungus or even a bloody hangnail. So how does your god respond? Does he say “Abracadabra” and your friend is healed? Does he send manna made of medicine down from heaven? Well, in a sense, I would say “yes” to that last question.

Whatever the creative source is, and you believe it is the god of the Bible, that source has provided healing for the body. The book you follow states that “every green herb” has been given for food. Therefore, if cannabis heals diseases, and we know it does, its purpose is to be consumed–not confiscated and burnt by the state, thus disallowing people their “god-given” right to healing.

Is it worse to keep quiet and obey the law of the land when it comes to restoration of the soul than it is to hide behind your fears and let the state deny people the right to restoration of the body and mind? Is it okay to take away curative measures, of any sort, that your god has provided?

Further, is it prudent to pray for healing and then refuse the cure? What if your neighbor or friend said, “I prayed and asked God to heal my soul, but he just has to do it himself. I’m not willing to work on myself or accept teaching from anyone”? Is it not the same thing when you pray for good health but reject the plant you believe was provided by the one to whom you pray?

Do you remember the story of the man on the roof who begged God to save him from a flood? His neighbor offered him a ride in his pickup truck and he refused it, saying “I know God will save me.” Later a boat came along, but again he said, “My God has promised to save me.” Finally a helicopter appeared, but once again the foolish man refused a ride. So he drowned. And when he questioned God about why God didn’t come through for him, what did God say? That’s right, he said, “I sent you a pickup truck, a boat, and a helicopter; but you refused them all. What else could I have done?”

Do you recognize yourself in that story if you reject what the creator has provided in order to heal your diseases? I suppose if you want to turn your nose up at the creator’s natural cures for yourself, that’s okay. But what about your family members, neighbors, and friends? They are being denied their right to life. They are being hunted down and persecuted for standing for truth. They are being dragged off to prison while you sit silent. Are you not supposed to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves? Will their blood be on your hands if you don’t?

Will you, too, be persecuted if you speak out? Maybe so. But you are called to be a peculiar people. Don’t fear what rulers might do to you! Be “unashamed”! Stand for the creator, not the state! Obey your god rather than man!

But maybe your faith isn’t strong enough to withstand the persecution. Okay then. But you can at least vote for leaders who will stop denying human beings the right to life and health. You can also cease from judging those who choose to use the free gift the earth supplies in abundance.

True wisdom is hidden from this world. At least that’s what you say. So which do you think is better, man-made medicine or natural plants provided by nature–or, as you would say, provided by your god? Are you wise enough and strong enough to make the correct choice?

Sincerely,

Tina Rae Collins

October 7, 2017

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Why Do You Worship Yahweh?

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Why do you worship a god who drowned and aborted babies, told people to buy other humans and that they could beat the other humans as long as they were able to get up and walk in a couple of days, instructed fathers to abandon their children belonging to foreign wives or in order to gain their own freedom, sends lying spirits to deceive people, and plans to destroy or burn some of your family and friends?

(1) Yahweh is cruel, but I’m afraid of him and want to live forever even if others don’t and even if most people have to suffer.

(2) Yahweh is good; and even though the above-mentioned behaviors seem bad, it’s good those babies died young and went straight to heaven, slavery really isn’t that bad, getting a good beating and lingering in pain helps slaves to learn to obey, it’s okay to abandon your children to gain freedom for yourself or if their mother doesn’t believe in Yahweh, and some people deserve to hear lies and be burnt or otherwise destroyed.

There is no other choice. Either you see these behaviors as evil but you worship Yahweh anyway because you think he’s God and will punish or reward you, or you see his actions as good and you worship him because he has shown himself to be worthy of your worship. Which is it?

Tina Rae Collins

 

HOLY Bible?

Holy Bible

Even a casual student of the Bible knows that it contains god-condoned heinous behavior. Believers in the inspiration of the book tend to ignore, downplay, or justify appalling acts of their god and his people, but today I feel the need to shine a tiny light on a few of these atrocities.

The writers of the Bible declared that their god accepted the practice of buying human beings and keeping them as property, and even bequeathing these slaves to their children.

Leviticus 25:44  As for your male and your female slaves, whom you may have; of the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. 45  Moreover of the children of the strangers who sojourn among you, of them you may buy, and of their families who are with you, which they have conceived in your land; and they will be your property. 46  You may make them an inheritance for your children after you, to hold for a possession; of them may you take your slaves forever: but over your brothers the children of Israel you shall not rule, one over another, with harshness.

That last part means, of course, that the Israelites could rule “with harshness” over those outside their tribes. So, no, this isn’t just some form of indentured servitude.

The Bible also claims Israel’s god told his people to murder babies.

1 Samuel 15:3  Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and don’t spare them; but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.

Psalm 137:8  Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, He will be happy who rewards you, As you have served us. 9  Happy shall he be, Who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

Furthermore, the Israelites begged their beloved deity to perform abortions.

Hosea 9:14  Give them—Yahweh what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

And, behold, their wish was apparently his command. Four chapters later we read:

Hosea 13:16  Samaria will bear her guilt; For she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed in pieces, And their pregnant women will be ripped open.”

Finally, the writers of the Bible said their god commanded them to murder anyone who didn’t believe in him or even tried to get them to worship a different god (they believed in gods other than their own).

Deuteronomy 13: 6  If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known, you, nor your fathers; 7  of the gods of the peoples who are round about you, near to you, or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; 8  you shall not consent to him, nor listen to him; neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him: 9  but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first on him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10  You shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

We know that human trafficking, killing infants, ripping apart pregnant women, and murdering anyone whose religion differs from ours are evil acts. That’s because our ways and thoughts are higher than that of the biblical authors. If a god did indeed inspire the so-called holy Bible, his sense of morality is far beneath ours.

Tina Rae Collins

September 3, 2016

All citations are from the World English Bible. Italics are mine.

Christian Carnage

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Christians complain about the violence of Islam and the Quran, ignoring the brutality in Judaism and the Old Testament. And when Christian hostility is mentioned, it’s often attributed to a few “fake Christians.” But Christianity is beset with cruel warfare. Otherwise, why did Jesus say he came not to send peace on the earth but a sword (Matt. 10:34)? Just what does that sword do?

While Christians can be physically abusive (and certainly we see this throughout history), the sword of Christianity more often slashes at the heart. It cuts asunder the love of a father for his son, a sister for her brother, a grandmother for her grandchild (Matt. 10:36).

Christians cast aside their most sacred relationships, no longer providing emotional support and acceptance of their loved ones, in a bid to gain heaven from violent gods who (some Christians believe) plan to torture the Christians’ child, sibling, or grandchild. Rather than offering love that never fails (1 Cor.13:8), Christians oftentimes possess only conditional love that says, “Believe like I do, think like I do, talk like I do, act like I do–then we can be friends and get along. Otherwise I won’t even eat with you” (1 Cor. 5:11).

Yes, Christians fling away their own flesh and blood for three beings (Yahweh, Jesus, and Holy Spirit) they aren’t even sure exist–all so they themselves might possibly, if their gods turn out to be real, receive riches after they die. They throw their family under the bus in hopes of personal gain. Maybe they don’t expect seventy-two virgins, but the concept is the same.

That’s violence! And not just on the part of the gods but also on the part of the Christians who thrust the “sword” into their family members and slice off their familial bonds.

Yes, all of the Abrahamic religions are violent. They always have been. Even Christianity, as stated, has a history of bloodshed. But the emotional carnage of Christianity is no less harmful. And it continues to this day, even in the homes of esteemed Christians.

Tina Rae Collins

August 13, 2016

You Don’t Look Like Jesus

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You live in a three-bedroom house and use one of the bedrooms while the other two remain empty. You have another house in the country where you can go relax.

You drive one car while a second sits in your garage just in case you need it. Several big-screen televisions decorate your home. Your closet is full, and you own enough shoes for you and all your friends.

You buy organic food and bottled water and go out to eat at least once a week. You take a vacation once or twice a year. You spend a fortune on Christmas presents for your loved ones.

A couple of times a week you dress up and make your way to a million-dollar building with a steeple and praise the Jesus who told you that if you have two coats you should give one away, who told you it’s important to love your neighbor as yourself, who said that if you love Jesus you should deny yourself and be like him (Luke 3:11, Luke 10:27, Matt.16:24).

But you fight to keep the poor from having healthcare and food to eat (Matt. 5:42). If someone with an EBT card buys a steak, which you sometimes enjoy, you resent that he or she can also purchase one. You mock the poor for owning cell phones that you also possess. You proclaim boldly (quoting a man, not Jesus), “If a man will not work, neither should he eat!” (2 Thess. 3:10). All while you know nothing about the people who are receiving more government benefits than you happen to be receiving (yes, you like socialism when it benefits YOU; after all, you don’t want to pay for private schools and a bodyguard).

And you claim to follow the Jesus who told you to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and take care of the sick and the stranger (Matt. 25:35-36). Do you do what you believe he said? Do you really?

I’m not saying you should actually follow the words of Jesus and sell all you have and give the money to the poor (Matt. 19:21). Then you’d be poor and someone else would need to sell all to help you. But you could at least stop and think before you make your lame claims to superior morality and goodness as you look down your nose at those less fortunate than you.

I can hear your brain churning. I know what you’re thinking.

It’s not the government’s place to help the poor, you say. Individual Christians and churches are supposed to do that. Well, if individual Christians and churches did what they admit they should be doing, you can be sure the government wouldn’t have taken on the upkeep of the poor.

You’re also thinking that many defraud the system. A few might, yes. But I’d rather feed a few who could feed themselves than to know even one child might go hungry. And I think your Jesus would say the same thing to you.

Finally, you want me to know that Jesus didn’t actually tell YOU to sell everything. No, I guess not. So you go fix your supper; recline on your soft chair; watch Fox News; shake your head in disgust while you tell yourself the poor are just lazy and, anyway, the government shouldn’t be picking up the slack for you and your church; and thank Jesus for all the many blessings he gives to you because you truly love and follow him.

You don’t look like Jesus. You don’t talk like he did. You don’t walk like he did. And I think you know this to be true. At least be honest and admit it. Don’t add lying to all your other failures to follow your Lord.

Yes, I know: I’ve taken the words of Jesus all out of context, right? Or maybe I’m just one of those lazy people wanting free stuff. Perhaps I’m angry at God and striking out at his people. You’ll find some way to salve your conscience and go on feeling good about yourself while you condemn others. Oh look, Duck Dynasty is on.

Tina Rae Collins

Victor Suman and The Widow’s Mites

Mark 12:42  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43  And [Jesus] called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Tears spring to my eyes as I read the words of the passage above, because I have witnessed this behavior in a young Indian man. Twenty-seven-year-old Victor Suman, who lives in the district of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, India, has performed a magnificent act in honor of certain deceased people, one of whom is my son Aaron (aaroncollins.org).

This morning Victor and his parents gave fruit to crippled and diseased citizens of their hometown. One of these people lives without hands (Victor also gave him money for breakfast); some have leprosy; all are destitute and live on the streets begging for their daily meals. Victor, a preacher and Bible school teacher, makes very little himself. He saved for months to be able to provide this food. In fact, the fruit cost him an entire month’s salary.

Imagine giving everything you make for the entire month of December to buy food for those less fortunate than you. That, my friends, takes a lot of love and generosity.

I honor Victor for his good heart, for his concern for his fellow man, and for his love and appreciation for Aaron and me. Victor considers me his mother and Aaron his brother.  Indeed we are. If only all of us could view those with whom we come in contact as our mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.

Mark 3:34  And [Jesus] looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

I pray the Lord will return to Victor a hundredfold for what he has done to help those about him and to honor the loss of my son Aaron and others. And I hope that the rest of us will learn from Victor’s loving example. The world would be a much better place if we had more men like Victor Suman.

Tina Rae Collins

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Be Ye Angry and Sin Not

Ephesians 4:26 (BBE) Be angry without doing wrong; let not the sun go down on your wrath;

I have often wondered what adherence to the above passage looks like. Usually when I see someone angry, he or she behaves in ways that I would consider sinful. I include myself in that, of course. I might say something hateful, be sarcastic, or speak unkindly about someone. It has been difficult for me to imagine what anger without sin looks like.

Until the other day when I was visiting my daughter Rachel, that is. We were fixing to go out back to play. Elijah was dressed and Rachel was getting Abby ready. I noticed that Eli’s face was torn up so I asked him what was wrong.

“I’m mad at Mama,” he said. He walked into the hallway where Rachel was working with Abby. He stood there patiently, waiting for Rachel to look at him. When she did, he pulled back his arms, holding them straight, and bent over and gave her an angry look that–well, it was a look that a mother can bear but it would break the heart of a grandmother and send her home crying. Then he walked back into the living room and sat down on the couch.

I was surprised and pleased by his behavior. I said, “I like how you showed your anger, Eli. Very good job.” He hadn’t said an unkind word, he hadn’t thrown a toy, he hadn’t stormed off pouting, and it was all over. Nothing had to be fixed–Rachel didn’t do anything to make him happy nor did she discipline him.

Now, some might say an almost-four-year-old child shouldn’t look angrily at his parents and that even that is wrong. But I was impressed. I hope I can learn from my grandson to make my anger known in a calm and acceptable manner, without any harsh words that tend to make matters worse and without expecting anything from the other person. We have control only over ourselves. We can’t force others to do what we want; we can let them know how we feel, and then we need to do as Eli did and walk away.

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