This is what Atheists are Fighting A new & perfect Standard for LOVE

Atheists Know Very Well Jesus Abolished Slavery

Jesus Meek and Mild Introduced Hell? Another Atheist Lie Rebuffed.

Jesus' Teachings Changed the World


Jesus' church was the First and Only Love Centered Culture in the Ancient World

Jesus teachings on Love are so well elaborated in his life and the 27 books of the New Testament / New Covenant, they have no analog, rival or even poor imitator in the brutal and barbaric Ancient World where Expand
killing your enemies was normative.
Jesus and Peter were crucified, Paul was beaten with rods, flogged and beheaded as were John the Baptist, James and Stephen. They lived as outcasts and were slain for one reason: with their own eyes and hands they saw and touched the crucified and resurrected Messiah and know in him is eternal life. And I too, write this that you might believe...and be saved.

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1st John

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
Whatever commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." -Romans 13

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. -Romans 13

1 Corinthians Chapter Thirteen

Corinthians 12:31 And now I will show you the most excellent way. 13:1

If I speak in the tongues {1 Or languages} of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, {3 Some early manuscripts body that I may boast} but have not
Jesus loves you more
than this bunny loves
destroying furniture
love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

<< John 19 >>
New International Version
 

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face.

4Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." 5When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

6As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!"

But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."

7The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."

8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."

13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.

"Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.

15But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!"

"Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked.

"We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.

16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it."

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,

"They divided my garments among them

and cast lots for my clothing."a

So this is what the soldiers did.

25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus

28Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken,"b 37and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."c

The Burial of Jesus

38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.d 40Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.


Footnotes:
a 24 Psalm 22:18
b 36 Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20
c 37 Zech. 12:10
d 39 Greek a hundred litrai (about 34 kilograms)

1 John 3:6-18 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. 11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:7 - 5:5 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. NIV 1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Greater love has no one than this John 15

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount -Matthew 5

The Beatitudes

1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them, saying:

3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called sons of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder

21"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder,a and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brotherb will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,c' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

25"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.d

Adultery

27"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'e 28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Divorce

31"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'f 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths

33"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

An Eye for an Eye

38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'g 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighborh and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Footnotes:
a 21 Exodus 20:13
b 22 Some manuscripts brother without cause
c 22 An Aramaic term of contempt
d 26 Greek kodrantes
e 27 Exodus 20:14
f 31 Deut. 24:1
g 38 Exodus 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21
h 43 Lev. 19:18
i 44 Some late manuscripts enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you
Without Christ's crucifixion and resurrection so much, including this majestic salient moment in time when I first heard this magic song, would not be possible. THANK YOU JESUS. THANK YOU SUFJAN!!!! I constantly sit, slack jawed in absolute stark wonder, at your Heavenly music. TheGuy.com



Sufjan Stevens ~~ Sister Winter Jack into the Sufjan Stream Here

Oh my friends I've
Begun to worry right
Where I should be grateful
I should be satisfied

Oh my heart I
Would clap and dance in place
With my friends I have so
Much pleasure to embrace

But my heart is
Returned to sister winter
But my heart is
As cold as ice

Oh my thoughts I
Return to summertime
When I kissed your ankle
I kissed you through the night

All my gifts I gave everything you
Your strange imagination
You threw it all away

Now my heart is
Returned to sister winter
Now my heart is
As cold as ice

All my friends, I've
Returned to sister winter
All my friends, I
Apologise, apologise

All my friends, I've
Returned to sister winter
All my friends, I
Apologise, apologise

All my friends, I've
Returned to sister winter
All my friends, I
Apologise, apologise

La la la la la . . .

And my friends, I've
Returned to wish you all the best
And my friends, I've
Returned to wish you all the best
And my friends, I've
Returned to wish you all the best
And my friends, I've
Returned to wish you a happy Christmas

To wish you a happy Christmas
To wish you a happy Christmas
To wish you a happy Christmas

Should We Respect the Testimony and Eyewitness Accounts of our Fellow Man ?

Atheists would steal the hope from the little girl who dies at 11, paralyzed at age 5 by a habitual drunk driver

Jesus, with the proof of his own resurrection, promises her she will see more than daily agony in a wheel chair when HE calls her name and she rises from her grave.

And the drunk, who also happens to beat his 3rd wife while his neglected daughter turns tricks, will also live again.

while the evil drunken pseudo-father will pay for the untold pain without measure he set into motion, rippling through lives in ways you may not expect.

You doubt Jesus turned water into wine?That's NOTHING compared to the miracle of life! A person has to be both blind and creatively stifled to not see the miracles all around us,

a human race robed in exquisite sentience, passion, fear, desire, sublime loves, hatreds and jealousies wrapped in complicated stories that would put a billion Shakespeares and Orwells to shame.

Do you really think all this came about from simple elements bumping together? Is time a magic wand? How can you wake, sleep, dream, cry, laugh, watch a hawk soar into the sunlight before you have to turn away, laughing that you are momentarily blind from the warm brilliance delightfully cooking your skin smelling of chlorine and youth?

And yet you thank no one for all this...L-I-F-E??

The material world is NOTHING compared to your internal experience, your ABILITY TO PERCEIVE. Open your inner eyes and look around!!! God's creative hand is INSIDE OF YOU and all over you and from it you cannot escape no matter where you go.

Admit it, your guilty conscience creeps through your thoughts as you incessantly enjoy vision,the sun sky and seas, music and friends because, in the most evil way, you say there is no one to thank for all this. How dark and disgusting.

Have you sheepishly accepted the silliest premise: that nothing exists or can be believed in until infinitesimally under-powered scientific equipment can measure it? The Universe and its contents transcend human tools how much more GOD.

Are you going to premise your entire world view on biased, prejudiced scientists who frequent strip bars, propagate sex trafficking, keep the porn industry going and TORTURE ANIMALS IN THE MOST HORRIFIC WAYS in their disgusting labs of animal pain and misery?

Is trust in mankind well placed even after you see that man, in all his so called wisdom, is turning earth, which could be a paradise, into a cesspool of war and poverty as they advocate by their greedy decisions, approvals and politics - millions and millions dying via late term and partial birth abortions, AIDS, STD'S and global poverty and starvation?

You are going to wait until these men "discover," label and publish their findings before you can believe in something? What if they find out its true AFTER YOU ARE DEAD?

how can people be so GULLIBLE? Don't let evil scientists and wicked godless men trick you into thinking you can only know things they call real.

Use your own senses - and not just those science authorizes you to use. Human comprehension and intuition put scientific equipment to shame. These tools were given BIRTH by the Human Mind and now you wish to enslave the HUMAN MIND to their paltry limits? Are you going to phone up Stephen Hawking before deciding why you exist like an intellectual slave unable to lift his eyes above the test results of tubes and centrifuges? Will litmus paper tell you, "Your beliefs may come this far and no further?"

You must find out how to truly seek truth - you don't have forever.

You are dying. Visit a graveyard. People don't want you to think about this: no no, think about Justin Bieber, Brittany Spears or T. Pain...or maybe getting more hits on a youtube video. Soon, your death will come at an hour you do not expect.

Mortality seems far off and inconsequential. But the time is coming when God will hold you accountable for your life.

Turning water into wine is for ingenues. Jesus' WORDS ARE INFINITELY MORE IMPRESSIVE than miracles to the circumspect.

Do you want to be literate? Is not the Bible the most quoted, influential, debated, adored, studied, preserved and sought after book in human history? There is no classical education or literacy in what moves the world without reading the Bible. If you look into it you will find nothing makes great countries like the Bible. Proof? Just look at freedoms, justice, poverty, corruption, starvation, human and animal rights and how women are treated in countries that exlude Christ.

The distinctions are glaring and cruel and the DIFFERENCE IS JESUS.

Read Jesus' words as most brilliant men have. Decide for yourself if he is the Son of God sent to give you

eternal life.

The Bible is the All Surpassing Most Well Attested Book of Antiquity by every measurable metric.

In addition to being the most distributed and translated book in history Expand

Bible manuscript evidence is more numerous, better preserved, and subjected to more study and critical analysis, BY FAR, than any other 100 ancient documents.

Bible manuscripts endure continued scrutiny at a vast number of universities, institutions and fellowships with Presitigious Theology Schools Devoted to Religous Studies and Textual Criticism, including Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, all chartered as Christian Seminaries.

To categorize the Bible as corrupted is to throw out the writings of: Plato, Homer, Virgil, Tacitus, Josephus, Julius Caesar, Ovid, Virgil, Euripides, Sophocles, Aristotle, Suetonius and all of Ancient History since NO OTHER ANCIENT DOCUMENT REMOTELY APPROACHES the wealth of Bible manuscripts in quantity, geographic spread, relationship between original autograph and earliest extant copy or state of preservation.

Empirically, by all measurable standards, The Bible is the greatest book in the history of mankind. Only a true fool or perhaps a shameless scamp, would hastily dismiss such overwhelming attestation giving us confidence: WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE EYEWITNESSES TO JESUS' RESURRECTION WERE TRYING TO TELL US.

God's Dance with His Daughters