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Old 02-20-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: LAT: 40.77 LON: 73.98
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I sometimes flip the television and entertain myself with Christian television. I notice something quite interesting, however. In the more affluent churches that have a program on there which may also reflect affluent churches across the country, I notice there is a complete absence of messages about heaven and a longing for it. Conversely, there are programs featuring small churches (generally predominantly black folks) and there seems to be an obsession with the pearly gates.

What I get from this is that the obsession with and the yearning for heaven seems to be proportionate to the wealth in one's personal life. If you live in the 'burbs, have a nice home, not sweating for money, go to a plush church and life overall is great, there does not seem to be much interest in heaven. If you're on the opposite end of the spectrum, the idea of gold streets, mansions and pretty stones is quite appealing. In fact, there might even be a lot more interest in Jesus returning to make it a reality.

I've also noticed that the Jehovah's Witnesses seem to make their greatest impact in impoverished areas and in the lives of people who are hurting from a personal family loss. Their periodicals have some amazing artwork that create an ultra romantic illustration of the new earth.


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Old 02-20-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I think you are a closet Christian.

Seriously, I couldn't tell you, as I don't watch Christian TV.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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I think you are a closet Christian.

Seriously, I couldn't tell you, as I don't watch Christian TV.
I think you are a closet atheist!
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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I think you are a closet Christian.

Seriously, I couldn't tell you, as I don't watch Christian TV.
Wow! I never knew that. I think I feel some holy spirit coming over me right now.

Notice I said it is for entertainment and research not edification.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Wow! I never knew that. I think I feel some holy spirit coming over me right now.

Notice I said it is for entertainment and research not edification.
Yeah, I know, but I had to say it. I like to watch Benny Hinn sometimes just for entertainment purposes.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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I think you are a closet atheist!
Good one...lol. Nah, I'm just not a believer of mega churches, or those who claim they heal others if they touch the TV screen, etc.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I think it is similar to the survey that poorer folks proportionately buy more lottery tickets than the rich. By the way our 6/49 Lotto jackpot for tomorrow's draw is now $48M... gotta run and buy some tickets!
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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ENTERTAINMENT!?!?! Robert TILTON was the KING Of CHRISTIAN ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!

YouTube - farting preacher pt 2. SEE?!?!?!

(Sorry I am in a sick sort of humor tonight...blame it on the kids)
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Canada
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ENTERTAINMENT!?!?! Robert TILTON was the KING Of CHRISTIAN ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!

YouTube - farting preacher pt 2. SEE?!?!?!

(Sorry I am in a sick sort of humor tonight...blame it on the kids)
He must have eaten too much beans. Or could that be his trademark? It's possible they also placed a microphone down there.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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Well, religions are only expanding in poor countries and shrinking in developed, educated countries. The poorer the population, the more religious it is.

My hypothesis is that the U.S. had an extraordinary amount of wealth that built a relatively wealthy middle class from a relatively undereducated population. In most countries, a lot more education is required to reach the level of wealth secured in the U.S.
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