Feeling trapped? Maybe you’re not!

"Caged" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Caged” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

There have been many times in my life when I’ve felt completely trapped and then all of a sudden I realize I’m really not. Often, (again speaking personally), my “trap” was more convenient and safer than the alternative… my freedom and independence. Honestly… many times I suddenly discerned that I was choosing to stay trapped because it made life easier.

Freedom can be hard, scary, and dangerous. I know! You know.

Often, we do have a choice!

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11 Responses

  1. Ducatihero says:

    Yup I do know.

    Someone once said that the day is always darkest just before dawn. Every day is a new beginning.

  2. Bernardo says:

    There are 1 billion plus Muslims in the world because of “sword-forced” conversion and forced procreation. Considering the contemporary Islamic truth/death squads and “koranic” rules, things have not changed. Give freedom to the Muslim masses trapped under Islamic tyranny and watch what happens.

  3. The truth will set you free. The dribble often peddled as truth will lock you in a prison with no walls and guards who would have you believe they love you.

  4. Bernardo says:

    So Dave you do not believe that most Muslims are followers of Islam because of “sword-forced” conversion and forced procreation?

    Some history:

    “”Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

    Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

    Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

  5. I think most Muslims are Muslims because they choose to be in the same way many Christians are Christians because they choose to be. Now, I happen to believe there is a lot of conditioning going on that sets us up to make the choices we’ve made. Just like you’ve been conditioned to come to your conclusions. But I’m not willing to condemn the masses to mass stupidity.

  6. Bernardo says:

    Reminds me of some words of wisdom made many centuries ago:

    “The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
    One, man intelligent without religion,

    The second, religious without intellect. ”

    Al-Ma’arri

    , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

    Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth.”

  7. Sure… so, in conclusion, ALL intelligent people are not religious, and ALL religious people are stupid. If only it were that easy!

  8. Bernardo says:

    Stupid only in believing that there is some heavenly god out there looking out for us and wasting time and money in these beliefs.

  9. All people who believe in God, think about it, and support their communities, etc., financially, are stupid. Got it.

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