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Americans give Religion 82.5 Billion Annually and the people receiving the money are schemers!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2015 by sheriffali

 

[All Religions were created by fallible men and carried out by fallible people that use religion to “prey” on the vulnerable. Religion in America and Republican Politics are “indivisible.” Personally, I reject all Religions, I do not follow any.

 

The Pastors, Preachers, Deacons, Reverends or by whatever name they use, they purchase mansions, fly in Private Jets and are driven in Limousines. Their corruption is humongous and if you don’t believe me, Google their names and you would be shocked.

 

Benny Hinn had an affair with Paula White and ended up in a bitter Divorce with his wife. Joel Osteen and his wife bought a 10 Million Dollar Mansion. The photos are just some of the people but as you would ascertain, they are protected by Republican Legislators hiding behind Religion. One can have a “Spiritual Relationship with God if you are a believer, however, you don’t need religion for that.] Sheriff Ali.

 

Matt Yglesias thinks we ought to start taxing churches. “Whichever faith you think is the one true faith, it’s undeniable that the majority of this church-spending is going to support false doctrines,” he notes. Even if you did direct the money toward the one true faith, it’d still be a bad idea, as “Upgrading a church’s physical plant doesn’t enhance the soul-saving capacity of its clergy.”

 

Regardless of whether you buy Yglesias’s logic, this raises an interesting question — exactly how much money are we talking about here? If, all of a sudden, churches, synagogues, mosques and the like lost their tax privileges, how much tax revenue would that generate?

 

Ryan T. Cragun, a sociologist at the University of Tampa, and two of his students, Stephanie Yeager and Desmond Vega, took it upon themselves to figure it out. They’re not exactly disinterested parties; their research appeared in Free Inquiry, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism. But Cragun is a serious sociologist of religion and the data seems to check out. The full scale of subsidies religions get is pretty staggering:

 

When people donate to religious groups, it’s tax-deductible. Churches don’t pay property taxes on their land or buildings. When they buy stuff, they don’t pay sales taxes. When they sell stuff at a profit, they don’t pay capital gains tax. If they spend less than they take in, they don’t pay corporate income taxes. Priests, ministers, rabbis and the like get “parsonage exemptions” that let them deduct mortgage payments, rent and other living expenses when they’re doing their income taxes. They also are the only group allowed to opt out of Social Security taxes (and benefits).

 

Cragun et al estimate the total subsidy at $71 billion. That’s almost certainly a lowball, as they didn’t estimate the cost of a number of subsidies, like local income and property tax exemptions, the sales tax exemption, and — most importantly — the charitable deduction for religious given. Their estimate that religious groups own $600 billion in property is also probably low, since it leaves out property besides actual churches, mosques, etc. Written By: Dylan Matthews

 

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Continue to source article at washingtonpost.com

https://richarddawkins.net/2013/08/you-give-religions-more-than-82-5-billion-a-year/

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Let us this 25th Day of December 2013, spiritually go down to Bethlehem, and;

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by sheriffali

In the company with the wondering shepherds and adoring Magi, let us see Him who was born King of Kings, for we by faith can claim an interest in Him.

 

Jesus is Jehovah incarnate, our Lord and our God, and yet our brother and friend; let us adore and admire, Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our life work, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.

 JESUS CHRIST DECEMBER 25 2013 - 2

In his father’s anger the child lost four fingers; in his father’s remorse, he committed suicide!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2013 by sheriffali

While a man was polishing his new car, his young son picked up a stone and scratched a line on the side of the car. In anger, the man took his child’s hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital the child lost all four fingers due to multiple fractures.

 

When the child saw his father with painful eyes he asked, “Dad, when will my fingers grow back? The father was so hurt and speechless he went back to his car and kicked it several times. Devastated by his own actions sitting next to the car he looked at the scratches; the child had written; “LOVE YOU DAD.” The next day the child’s Dad committed suicide.

 

Anger and love have no limits; chose the latter and irrespective of what each new day brings, you would be thankful and happy. You see in the final analysis;

 

“Things are to be used and people are to be loved, but the problem in today’s world is that, People are used and things are loved!”

 

For the remainder of this year let us all be mindful to keep this incident in its proper perspective;

 

“Things are to be used, but People are to be loved.”

 

It may be a blessing for us to remember to watch our thoughts for they become words; watch our words for they become actions; watch our actions, they become habits; watch our habits for they become character and we must watch our character for it becomes our destiny.

The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you, so, the best use of life is love; the best expression of love is time and the best time to love, is now!

WILL AND GRACE OF GOD 8-23-13

To my Mom, Sabrina Fulton By Trayvon Martin!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2013 by sheriffali

[If Trayvon had lived, I believe he would write these words

To his graceful Mom, Ms. Sabrina Fulton]

 

 

Mom, for the clutch of pains that follow you

From your head down to your sole,

Wondering what life holds’ for you?

In the darkness of your world

 

Despite the pangs, Mom, do not complain

Even when you pine,

And though at times you may feel disdain

Please know, you are wholly Thine

 

Beyond this world of wrath and tears

I Loom from the Heavens’ above,

With freedom from pains or fears!

And the bounty of our Father’s love

 

So, in the midst of your circumstance

In the blessed evening shade,

Mom, live by faith and not by chance

Strong in heart and always, unafraid!

 

© Sheriff G Ali 2013

 

Ms. Sabrina Fullerton; I dedicate this Poem’s message to you, coupled with the amazing words so full of truth, written, so long ago.

 

“You must go back, then, a little way to the choice mercies of yesterday, and though all may be dark now, you must light up the lamps of the past. They shall glitter through the darkness, and you must continue to trust in the Lord, till the day break, and the shadows flee away.”

 TRAYVON MARTIN JULY 26 2013

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived!”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2013 by sheriffali

“In this world of ours, that which matters most is not what happens to the outside of things, but what happens to the inside. When God wants to make a person into what He desires, He puts them into some storm. No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne, no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown, can be achieved unless and until you walk through the storms of life with and by the Grace of God.

 

God does not offer us a way out of the storms of life, He offers a way through, and that make all the difference.

 

There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a purpose, which I may not understand at the moment.

 

But I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart and that of others!”

 

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 YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

“Let Him kiss me with the kiss of His mouth!” Songs of Solomon 1:2 [HAPPY EASTER]

Posted in Agape, BEYOND THIS WORLD, Christ, Christianity, God, GOD IN THE FLESH, God is not a religion, GOD'S GRACE, God's love, God's Spirit, He still stands tall, Helping each other, Helping others, Honesty, HOPE, Hope for better tomorrows, humility, Infallible God, MERCY AND GRACE with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2013 by sheriffali

The month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all of the buds of blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year.

 

In beginning a new month, let us seek the same desires after our Lord as those which glowed in the heart of the elect spouse. See how she leaps at once to Him; there are no prefatory words; she does not even mention His name; she is in the heart of her theme at once, for she speaks of Him who was the only Him in the world to her.

 

How bold is her love! It was much condescension which permitted the weeping penitent to anoint His feet with spikenard – it was rich love which allowed the gentle Mary to sit at His feet and learn of Him – but here, love, strong, fervent love, aspires to higher tokens of regard, and closer signs of fellowship.

 

Esther trembled in the presence of Ahasuerus, but the spouse of joyful liberty of perfect love knows no fear. If we have received the same free spirit, we also may ask the like. By kisses we suppose to be intended those varied manifestations of affection by which the believer is made to enjoy the love of Jesus.

 

The kiss of reconciliation we enjoyed at our conversion; and it was sweet as honey dropping from the comb. The kiss of acceptance is still warm on our brow, and we know that He hath accepted our persons and our works through rich grace. The kiss of daily, communion; is that which we pant after to be repeated day after day, till it is changed into the kiss of reception, which removes the soul from earth, and the kiss of consummation which fills it with the joy of heaven.

 

Faith is the road, but communion with Jesus is the well from which the pilgrim drinks. O lover of our souls, be not strange to us; let the limps of Thy blessing meet the lips of our asking; let the lips of Thy fullness touch the lips of our need, and straightway the kiss will be effectuated. 

JESUS CHRIST MARCH 29 2013

“THE TRIUNE GOD” IS NOT A RELIGION!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2012 by sheriffali

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle, wonderful, inscrutable, and magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.”

 

 

Thomas Carlyle, [1795-1881] following Plato, [437 B.C.] pictures a man, a deep pagan thinker, who has grown to maturity in some hidden cave and is brought out suddenly to see the sun rise. “What would his wonder be,” exclaims Carlyle, “his rapt astonishment at the sight we daily witness with indifference! With free, open sense of a child, yet with the ripe faculty of a man, his whole heart would be kindled by that sight… This green flowery rock-built earth, the trees, the mountains, rivers, many-sounding seas; that great deep sea of azure that swims overhead; the winds, sweeping through it; the black cloud fashioning itself together, now pouring out fire, now hail and rain; what is it? Ay, what? At bottom we do not yet know; we can never know at all…”

 

To meditate on the three Persons of the Godhead is to walk in thought through the garden eastward in Eden and to tread on holy ground. Our sincerest efforts to grasp the incomprehensible mystery of the Trinity must remain forever futile, and only by deepest reverence can it be saved from actual presumption.

 

Some persons who reject all they cannot explain have denied that God is a Trinity, subjecting the Most High to their cold, level-eyed scrutiny; they conclude that it is impossible that He could be both One and Three. These forget that their whole life is enshrouded in mystery. They fail to consider that real explanation of even the simplest phenomenon in nature lies hidden in obscurity and can no more be explained than can the mystery of the Godhead.

 

Every man lives by faith, the nonbeliever as well as well as the saint; the one by faith in natural laws and the other by faith in God. Every man throughout his entire life constantly accepts without understanding. The most learned sage can be reduced to silence with one simple question, “What?”  The answer to that question lies forever in the abyss of unknowing beyond any man’s ability to discover. “God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the places thereof,” but mortal man never.

 

 

How different are we who have grown used to it; who have become jaded with satiety of wonder. “It is not by our superior levity, our inattentions, and our want of insight. It is by not thinking that we cease to wonder at it… We call that fire of the black thundercloud “electricity, and lecture learnedly about it, and grind the like of it out of glass and silk: but is it? Whence comes it? Whither goes it? Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great deep sacred infinitude of Nescience, whither we can never penetrate, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle, wonderful, inscrutable, and magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.”

 

These penetrating, almost prophetic, words were written more than a century ago, but not all the breath-taking advances of science and technology since that time have invalidated one word or rendered obsolete as much as one period or comma. Still we do not know. We save face by repeating frivolously the popular jargon of science. We harness the mighty energy that rushes through our world; we subject it to finger tip control in our cars and kitchens; we make it work for us like Aladdin’s jinn, but still we do not know what it is. Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies. We cover our deep ignorance with words, but we are ashamed to wonder, we are afraid to whisper “mystery.”

 

What God declares the believing heart confesses without the need for further proof. Indeed , to seek proof is to admit doubt, and to obtain proof is to render faith superfluous. Everyone  who possesses the gift of faith will recognize the wisdom of those daring words of one of the early Church fathers: “I believe that Christ died for me because it is incredible; I believe that He rose from the dead because it is impossible.”

 

Reflection upon revealed truth naturally follows the advent of faith, but faith comes first to the hearing ear, not to the cogitating mind. The believing man does not ponder the Word and arrive at faith by a process of reasoning, nor does he seek confirmation of faith from philosophy or science. His cry is, “O earth, earth, hear the Word of the Lord. Yea, let God be true, and every man a liar.” It was both the sinfulness of humanity and God’s plan to save humanity that put Jesus Christ to death on the cross. It was not an afterthought but it was part of God’s eternal plan!

 

That rough-looking diamond is put upon the wheel of the lapidary. He cuts it on all sides. It loses much-much that seemed costly to itself. The King is crowned; the diadem is put upon the monarch’s head with trumpet’s joyful sound. A glittering ray flashes from the coronet, and it beams from the very diamond which was just now so sorely vexed by the lapidary. We may venture to compare ourselves to such a diamond, for we are God’s children; and this is the time of the cutting process. Let faith and patience have their perfect work, for in the day when the crown shall be set upon the head of the king, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, one ray of glory shall stream from us. “They shall be Mine,” said the Lord, “in the day when I make up My Jewels.” “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”  Ecclesiastes 7:8

 

In 1951 was the inception of the Korean War between America and North Korea. That conflict raged on for two years and an “armistice” was declared in 1953. Since then Korea became North Korea and South Korea. A demilitarized zone was created and American Soldiers have been there since then. It is amazing to see the mysteries of God’s mercies. At 1:00AM Pacific Standard Time, February 25th 2008, where Politicians, Diplomats or the Military could not go, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra was playing at  Pyongyang  East Theater in North Korea– The United States National Anthem – The Star Spangled Banner and the North Korean National Anthem.  It was an amazing site to see Lorin Maazel conducting the New York Philharmonic as he continued with Dovark’s Symphony # 9, Gershwin’s – An American in Paris, and music from such great minds such as Wagner and others. I think the most striking moment was looking into the seated crowd, Americans and Koreans alike, shedding tears of joy. I can only imagine what they were thinking! Perhaps, just perhaps, they were thinking, after all, we are just alike, so why do our respective Governments continue with their phantasmagoric rationales and internecine policies. You see for me, that amazing site represents hope for the future. I believe it will be well with the souls of world leaders to take a page out of this extra ordinary event and see that people of good will can come together, and in so doing they can help to make a better world for all people, irrespective of beliefs, nationality, color, creed or class!

 

It may also be well for each and every one of us to realize that irrespective of whether we are rich or poor, smart or dumb, highly educated or of little intelligence, through the eyes of God, we are not better than each other, we are just “different.” The One who holds up the foundation of the world on “nothing,” created each and every person individually for a special purpose and “we can all make a difference in this very troubled world.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL GLORY IS TO GOD! In addition I would like to acknowledge great writers from the past such as Plato, Thomas Carlyle and others, for without their great wisdom this document would not have been possible.

 

Sheriff G Al