Not at all. I stand for collective authority. To paraphrase Thomas Paine, the people are better off being governed by themselves instead of by some distant despot.
Perhaps you mistrust the Creator.
I certainly distrust His self-proclaimed messengers. How many times do we have to go through this? The people who claim to be "in communion" with God are a bunch of yahoos that I wouldn't trust with my lawnmower, much less life-and-death decisions.
Did God cause any wars?
His representatives did, in His name. Why should I believe them when they say He is good and Satan is evil?
Humans are their own worst enemy.
Not if your God is real.
Thus...as to the question of who put God in charge? I would answer by saying that God put us in charge and we have failed miserably.
The question was: Who put God in charge of putting anybody in charge? Who put Him in charge of judging our failures?
Lee Harvey Oswald was a self-appointed judge, jury and executioner too. It's not always a good idea.
The idea that we should provide a homeless man with food is more "truth" than anything you'll ever hear about gods, the afterlife, etc.
How about buying him a beer?
Giving him the dignity of making his own decision is in the same ballpark as giving him food. If he got a little respect from other people, he might find some respect for himself and turn his own life around. So yes, give him the money and let him decide what to do with it.
Is it true that some folks won't be helped by the beer and others would?
Most likely, yes, but we aren't always good at predicting which is which. When Safeway boots you out the door a year before retirement and you're looking for a new job, that CEO who interviews you might say, "Hey, I remember you. You gave me a dollar once when I was down and out. I spent it on beer but it gave me something to think about. It really changed my life."
It might take a thousand of us to have one turn out like that, but isn't it worth it?
Is truth determined through facts? Evidence?Are there other ways to discern truth?
I didn't ask you to follow up on every dollar you give away. But you can follow up if you see the same people repeatedly over a period of time.
I don't see the same people repeatedly.
What... I'm... saying... is... I don't turn somebody down just because he might use the money to buy beer or drugs. If he tells me he needs money for food or bus fare, I give him the benefit of the doubt. I don't polygraph him. I don't follow him and blacklist him if he wasn't telling the truth.
As for doing nothing, no I'm not advocating that either.
All too often, "He'll probably spend it on drugs," is an excuse to do nothing.
In essence, I would be supporting an extended family of dysfunctional addicted adults with the nebulous hope that one day one or more of them might benefit from my hard earned funds and turn their own life around?
quote:1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Maybe you should change the title of the thread to Faith, nebulous Hope, Charity and Belief.
Not everyone who says "do you have any spare change" is necessarily eligible for a gift.
quote:Matthew 7:7-10 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
That's God's policy. Why would you supersede it?
...I obey the inner unction.
quote:Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
The scripture refers to us asking God...not each other.
No, it draws a pretty distinct parallel between what we do for our own children and what God does for his children. The implication is that we should treat all people the same as we treat our children.
If more street people trusted God rather than attempting to sponge money off of every driver with an extra buck in their wallet, they might get off of the streets and not become codependant on begging.
If more Christians trusted God, they might actually DO what Jesus said: sell what they have, give to the poor and follow Him.
I wouldnt simply expect anyone and everyone to hand me money either. If I was in need and was in prayer, God would provide through His people.
So you wouldn't ask and receive, like Jesus said. You'd just sit and wait to receive.