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Nate talks about the new proposed Farm Bill which was recently rejected in the House. Nate looks at the atrocities committed by the government and big corporations which for all practical purposes practice slavery in the United States.

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Nate talks about hell in this episode. Has hell been a tool for manipulation and control of the people by the church for thousands of years? What does the bible really say?

Can you be pro-life and pro-choice? Maybe not, although the definition is not always black and white. At The Backyard Preacher Ministries, we are pro-choice, but in every way possible our pro-choice stance could be looked upon as pro-life. I took it upon myself to clarify my stance and write about the abortion from a progressive Christian perspective. I find it particularly ripe to bring about this topic once again as here in the state of Iowa the powers that be, governor Kim Reynolds took it upon herself to sign into law a very quickly pushed law spear headed by religious zealots without consideration of the ramifications. My friend Jon Alexander of the Quad City Times writes a more in-depth editorial here.
My purpose is to enlighten and explain the matter of life from a Christian perspective. A rational Christian perspective, which has long since been abandoned by Evangelicals in the United States. Do I like abortion? No, I do not like the act of abortion. After talking to several women and listening to views from both sides of the debate women do not like abortion either. I will also not overstep my bounds as a man and claim to know what is best. As a Christian do I believe that abortion is murder? Truthfully, I do not know. There is something called the transmigration of souls, this is a belief which the early church and religious scholars such as myself have wrestled with. When does the soul of a person enter the fetus? Many Evangelicals would say that life starts at conception. While biologically this is true life does start at conception; that is cells are alive. The question that more Evangelicals should ask is when do those cells become a human, and when does the spirit of a person, “their true self” enter into a fetus? No one knows, and when you do not know something, it is wise not to demand. While I do not support abortion, I would prefer that women choose life, but I am not walking in their shoes, I do not know their situation and will not speak for them. There are many complications that will come about from the new Iowa law. Alexander speaks to the financial, I am speaking more to the social. Will this result in women going out of state to have abortions? Will women have “back alley” abortions? Will women carry the baby even when they cannot afford another child pushing women and the new child into a greater cycle of poverty? I do not know, but these are things to think about.
As I said I am pro-life, in every sense. I am against the death penalty, against war, I support strong gun control. I desire for people to prosper and live life to the fullest. It amazes me that Evangelicals who have pushed the abortion law in Iowa have no problem sending young people to die in senseless wars, strap people into death chambers, and arm themselves with weapons of war which are responsible for children killing children in public schools. I want to remind my Evangelical friends that we do not know when the spirit enters the fetus, we do however know that existing people are alive in every way. There is also the cycle of poverty which is prevalent within the United States. The church conducts overseas mission’s trips but often neglects the people who live within their own borders. In the wealthiest country in the world many condemn the poor as weak and lazy, yet do nothing for them but call them murderers and fornicators. Women have abortions which more than likely would be prevented if she was financially capable of raising the child. The whole situation is sad. I preach life, a life in which all people have choice. I nor any other Christian knows when the spirit of a person enters a fetus. I nor any other Christian can walk in another’s shoes. The new abortion bill makes abortion essentially illegal before most women even know they are pregnant. Let me let you chew on these concluding thoughts.
Evangelicals stop worrying what a small percentage of women do with their bodies. If you want to stop abortion push laws that will lift people out of poverty. Pass laws providing affordable education, so people can find jobs which will pay for a family. Let us start teaching sex education not only in school but in our churches. Thinking that our kids are not having sex before marriage is absurd and not teaching about safe sex practices leads to possible abortions. Pass laws restricting weapons of war in the hands of citizens, I do not think that it is responsible to be able to possess the same weapons I used in the military, which only purpose was to kill another human. Speaking of the military let us stop getting into senseless conflicts and supporting the death of our children. I know that this message may not be popular with my Evangelical friends, yet it is a message which I felt compelled to bring as I have observed the recent cries of the people on both sides of this debate. Can we be both pro-life, and pro-choice? Maybe? I do not know but what I do know is it is more important to protect the lives of the already born, this includes the women who choose abortion.

 

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Nate takes us on a journey out of the bondage of fundamental religion and into spiritual freedom. True Freedom is not found in what you do, true freedom is found within. Knowing God is something that is only grasped through the acknowledgment that you cannot know God.

 

A hypothesis of the fall of man:

In the book of Genesis we witness the fall of man. Before the fall Genesis records man ability to walk with God person to person.

Man chose to break away from the light of God and then find themselves out of the range of God.

What I am I getting at? Light vibrates at the highest frequency. We are created beings of light to share in fellowship with God. We chose then the base things and denied the light. This sent humanity down to a lower vibration then God placing us in a type of hell on earth outside of the realm of God.

The fall then is not a fall into what many Christian’s think of sin, it is sin in the definition itself as missing the desired goal. Essentially we lowered our frequency giving us the inability to see God as we once did in the garden.

So then this great work, this alchemy, this transformation through Christ is to regain as much as possible the vibration closer to God, then reunite with God upon death.

What if there was no failure or success, just doing? Positive or negative, just being? Right or wrong, just love? Doing, Being, Love.

What is so good about Good Friday? Nate talks about this and more in the latest episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast.

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The great mystery of faith is broken down and explained. Nate examines several Biblical text to bring about a solid foundation you can stand on. Be motivated inspired and blessed! God loves you!

Faith is never blind as many often think of religion. Faith is not irrational self-confidence or that which is in the possession of gullible followers of every celebrity within a religion. Those who follow a false faith, a faith as weak as leaves blown in the wind following anything and everything that feeds the emotions. Let me digress faith no doubt is self-confidence. That said, it is a self-confidence that is only attained when self is eliminated in the abyss, the mind of God, the place in which all things become everything and everything nothing. Yes this is where faith is found. Blind faith, is not faith at all. Faith is a gift in which no one can conjure. It is granted to us by God. A miracle, who can eliminate the self? Who can possess the self-confidence needed for such elimination. None can claim such a feat, and in this is the mystery.