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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Picture This

This is for the next person who tries to convert me, but the only argument they can come up with is to throw a whole lot of scripture at me!


And here's looking at you too!



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site http://www.god-101.com/

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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How to bug a cat!


















Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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The great trivia contest answers!

Sorry I'm a week late folks, but I had to go out of town. The winner of the book is Paul Sloan of N.Y., N.Y.

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
Marlon Brando, The Godfather
"Here's looking at you, kid."
Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca
"I wish I knew how to quit you."
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
"You talking to me?"
Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver
"I want these motherf---ing snakes off this motherf---ing plane."
Samuel L. Jackson, Snakes on a Plane
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
"I'll be back."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator
"My mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.' "
Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
"Get busy living or get busy dying."
Tim Robbins, The Shawshank Redemption
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
Al Pacino, The Godfather III
"Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love."
Woody Allen, Annie Hall
"I could've been a contender."
-- Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront
"Do I make you horny?"
Mike Myers, Austin Powers
"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."
Ray Liotta, Goodfellas
"Show me the money."
Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
Roy Scheider, Jaws
"E.T. phone home."
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
"I see dead people."
Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense
"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Peter Finch, Network
"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."
Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs
"If you build it, they will come."
disembodied voice to Kevin Costner, Fields of Dreams
"Go ahead. Make my day."
Clint Eastwood, Sudden Impact
"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
Michael Douglas, Wall Street
"I'm the king of the world!"
Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic
"Bond. James Bond."
Sean Connery, Dr. No
"They call me Mr. Tibbs."
Sidney Poitier, In The Heat of the Night
"Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?"
Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now
"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me."
Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate
"Yippee Ki Yay, motherf---er."
Bruce Willis, Die Hard
"They call it a Royale with cheese."
John Travolta, Pulp Fiction
"They're heeeeere."
Heather O'Rourke, Poltergeist
"Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes
"He slimed me."
Bill Murray, Ghostbusters
"Houston, we have a problem."
Tom Hanks, Apollo 13
"Say hello to my little friend."
Al Pacino, Scarface
"Me Tarzan, you Jane."
Tarzan The Ape Man
"I'm your number one fan."
Kathy Bates, Misery
"May the Force be with you."
Harrison Ford, Star Wars
"Heeeeeere's Johnny!"
Jack Nicholson, The Shining
"I feel the need -- the need for speed!"
Tom Cruise, Top Gun
"I'm walking here!"
Dustin Hoffman, Midnight Cowboy
"You're not too smart, are you? I like that in a man."
Kathleen Turner, Body Heat
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate."
Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke
"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."
Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects
"No, Luke, I am your father."
James Earl Jones voicing Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back
"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."
Joe Mantell to Jack Nicholson in Chinatown
"I'll have what she's having."
Estelle Reiner, in When Harry Met Sally
"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard
"All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die."
Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner


Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Hinn a Real Honey!

This my friends, is why I decided to start "The Church of Allan!"

(That, and to promote my book and ideas!)

Prosperous pastor Benny Hinn flew into Brisbane a multimillionaire. He left, 28 hours and three shows later, an estimated $800,000 richer.

The Queensland capital was a goldmine for the flamboyant televangelist who left with cash, cheques and the bank account and credit card details of more than 50,000 Australians fans.

Evangelist Benny Hinn is controversial for his frequently aberrant - and at times heretical - theology, his unorthodox practices, and his false claims. Nevertheless, large numbers of people who indentify themselves as Christians follow - and, often, appear to worship - this preacher.

Some attendees, who travelled from as far away as Hong Kong and Perth, handed over gold earrings and wedding rings instead of cash.

An Australian Taxation Office spokeswoman said Pastor Hinn’s Australian haul – part of an estimated $110 million donated to the World Healing Centre Church each year – was seen as a “love offering”.

“The tax office is unable to comment on individual tax matters,” the spokeswoman said.

“However gifts received by churches aren’t usually tax-exempt unless they’re given in a personal capacity. It’s a very complicated issue.”

An Australian Customs Service spokeswoman said Pastor Hinn’s visa allowed him to leave the country two hours after his 3pm show on February 16.

He travelled aboard his $36 million Gulfstream jet to Auckland, part of a 27-stop world tour expected to generate more than $10 million.

The 105,000 Australians who attended Pastor Hinn’s shows in 1998 were believed to have donated more than $1 million.

Brisbane attendees at his February 15 and 16 shows were urged to give as much as $10,000 each.

Conservative estimates place the Australian donations, minus merchandise sales, at $800,000.

Pastor Hinn says he is accountable to God and authorities which oversee not-for-profit organisations. But on November 6, the US Senate Committee on Finance announced he would be investigated.

Senator Chuck Grassley said he believed Hinn, and other wealthy pastors, had experienced personal gain through tax-exempt work.

So remember folks, the "Perspective" staff has grown to close to 20, and they all have families to feed, so please keep those donations coming!

May Howard Bless You!


(P.S. People ask why I call God........ Howard! That's because we are on a first name basis. "Our Father who art in heaven, Howard by thy name!" See? )

(P.P.S. Don't think for a minute that I am condemning good ol' Benny. If people are that stupid and he can get away with it...................... more power to him!)



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site http://www.god-101.com/

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Loser of the Day


Hilary Clinton is starting to fall behind Obama and as a result has started taking cheap shots at him, like the comment she made today today about plagiarism! She takes the prize for loser of the day and asshole of the day!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Saturday Morning Confusion #462

I am a little confused this morning as to why this guy would do this!


























Or this!






Or this!

Or this!

















I just think I don't understand people!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site http://www.god-101.com/

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Friday, February 22, 2008

The Plain Truth About God

Serialized version!

Chapter 3 - Onward and Upward

**”Humanity has, in the course of time, had to endure from the hands of science two great outrages upon it’s naive self-love.

The first was when it realized that our earth was not the center of the universe, but only a speck in a world-system of a magnitude hardly conceivable.

The second was when biological research robbed man of his particular privilege of having been specially created, and relegated him to a descent from the animal world.” - - Sigmund Freud


Between fifty to sixty thousand years ago, a combination of ice ages and population explosions had forced us ever outward until we were centered on the fertile valleys south of the Black Sea, in the area between the Tigress and Euphrates Rivers and stretched in all directions from there.

The region of Europe encompassing what is today Southern Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and the Baltic’s was an offshoot of the main collection of people through Turkey and the rest of the Middle East.

There were other branches of our ancestors down the Nile Valley, and through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. We were also in Uganda and over towards Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.

We also traveled north and west over the Caspian and Black Sea, following the ice sheets during one of their retreats.

We then traveled into Northern Europe and Scandinavia to finally become the Druids of Britain and the Vikings of the North.

Our search for new lands had also lead us eastward, first through the fertile valleys of northern India, north to Russia and south down to Cambodia, Thailand, and Sumatra. We then went over the lush plains between modern day Shanghai and Beijing.

We also made our pilgrimage across a chain of islands into the great Pacific.

The southern route through the pacific was still formidable, but there did not seem to be much that deterred our early ancestors in their search for new lands and horizons.

The lower ocean levels during the last ice age also gave us access to North and South America by way of a land bridge across the Bering Straight.

So there we have it, by fifty thousand years ago, we had reached Australia, and by fifteen thousand years ago, humanity had spread to all parts of the globe.

By less than ten thousand years ago, we formed what is now known as the “Four River Valley Cultures” along the banks of the Nile, the Tigris/Euphrates, the Indus/Ganges, and China’s Yellow/Yangtze.

The four “Cradles of Civilization!”

By the time, we had migrated to all these areas the human population had increased in size to perhaps 5-10 million.

Humanity had also gone from the discovery of how to tame fire, about half a million years before, to the making of fire throughout most of the settled world.

This important advance in the manipulation of the environment was still not as great a milestone in the early formation of human culture as the appearance of our greatest act of awareness and consciousness - the formal burial!

Learning to tame our surroundings was one thing, but when we changed the basic way we looked at our situation and our place in the world, we began to exhibit the first signs of free will and independence.

These ancient burial sites contain the first evidence of ritualistic or ceremonial human culture.

This suggestion that ritualized burial implies a view of an after-life gives evidence to the huge power of abstract thought that was being developed among our forbearers. The beliefs in a continuation of self-after-death lead to a view that things are not always as they seemed.

It lead to a belief that ritual could, if not dominate, then at least to some extent control our surroundings.

The beginnings of religion and warfare are lost in the mists of time but we do know that our ancestors had to go through a number of changes in their transition from pre-human to being a fully aware and cognizant humans.

From the methods of communication and co-operation that were developing, we saw an increase in the size of the brain, and a different internal structure or wiring of the brain.

All of this, taken together, brought about the advent of abstract thinking.
An awareness that things in the world were sometimes bigger than we were!

The changes that separated our distant ancestors from all the other species on the planet involved the attainment of full self-awareness, a moral sense of right and wrong, and a sense of community!

According to most paleontologists and anthropologists, fully developed human beings with all the attributes of modern man emerged somewhere around a hundred thousand years ago.

During this time of humanities awakening, we lost our ignorance, and by default, lost our innocence.

** “It is that human capacity to be fully self-conscious that makes Homo sapiens different from any other form of life in the natural world. That separating difference is what fills human beings with a sense of dread and anxiety.,” says Paul Tillich. “It is born in the human recognition of finitude and is therefore as omnipresent as humanity itself.”

With awareness, we became cognizant that people were largely helpless, insignificant and insecure!

** “To be human is to experience self-consciousness, to know separation, to be made aware of limits and to contemplate ends. One cannot be human, therefore, without being filled with chronic anxiety. It sounds depressing, but surely it is true.” -Bishop John Spring.

We, as a race, do not like chronic anxiety, and some coping mechanism had to be developed.

Many theologians and even anthropologists felt that our ancestors developed an intuitive concept of God but then had to described God in human terms out of sheer necessity to lesson their anxiety about what life was going to deal them next.

The early hunter-gatherer societies began the first religion of Animism by assuming that since they were themselves aware and self-conscious, then the same could be said of their surroundings.

This would apply to the forests, sky, sun and heavens, moon, land animals, birds, fishes and all manner of things they were in contact with in their daily lives.

With the belief that all these things were animated by a spirit, or contained vital powers, the native healers and wise men played defining roles in this new religion!

Dread of the unknown dissipated somewhat when our ancestors felt more in control of their lives and future.

**But, since early humans couldn’t describe this Higher Power or Supreme Being, (Since God is by definition indescribable) the tribes would have to invent their own Gods!

THIS IS THE MISTAKE WE HAVE BEEN MAKING TO THIS VERY DAY!

PUTTING SOMETHING INDESCRIBABLE INTO HUMAN TERMS TO TRY AND UNDERSTAND IT!


The first awakenings of thoughts about spirits and even a great spirit called God gave people assurance, confidence, and peace of mind. This early explanation of religion was a product of human creation to ease an otherwise intolerable situation brought about by day-to-day living.

A set of behavioral expectations was developed for members of the tribe that gave rise to a set of moral truths to govern human behavior. These “Moral truths” in turn formed an oral tradition that was passed down from one generation to the next.

Where we get into trouble is with the beginning of writing. This resulted in a major loss of flexibility. Oral traditions can evolve over time. Written documents tend to be much more permanent!

Because belief systems are based on hunches and conjecture, various local religions developed, and their teachings were in conflict with one another.

This was because most adherents thought their beliefs were derived directly from God, and as a result, inter-religious compromise, combined with the inflexibility of written cannon, made agreement almost impossible………………!

A situation still in effect today!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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CONNECTIONS!

Had to make a quick trip out West but I'm back.



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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