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Not naked and afraid

By From page C3 | June 01, 2014

There is currently a TV program about a nude couple (man and woman in this case) who run around the wilderness naked, and evidently they’re afraid. I have only seen the commercials, which advertise this to be a “runaway hit,”  and therefore cannot comment on the quality of the program.

I ask my wife, “who would watch such a program?” She is as puzzled as I am. The previews show a man and woman appearing to be filthy dirty, in some kind of distress, and their private parts are thankfully blurred to save us from being completely grossed out. I guess watching this is some kind of escape for someone.

I am reminded of a conversation in the book of Genesis where Adam and Eve had just eaten the forbidden fruit and we are told the consequences of that act caused their “eyes to be opened” and they realized they were naked. At least they had the presence of mind to cover themselves with fig leaves.

“Then the Lord called to Adam and said to him, “where are you?”

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Adam’s sin was not being naked, but eating the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat. Once they had eaten, their eyes were opened to their sinfulness and they were ashamed. They felt naked before God, their creator, and they were afraid.

The reality today is we are not naked but we are afraid. When we look at the paper daily and see the shootings, stabbings, armed robberies, home invasions, carjackings, and if that’s not entertaining enough for the criminals, the knockout game, we feel helpless, afraid. We realize in most cases the police cannot protect us.

Many times we see these crimes are committed by people who have a long history of violence and we ask, why are they out on the street? Didn’t we vote for the “Three Strikes Law?” What happened to that? We see city council meetings called, task forces gathered, studies demanded and yet everyone in power seems to be at a loss as to what to do. If we spend some money on studies, at least it will look like we are doing something.

These are the results of pushing God out of our society. We are not the first ones to do it, so you would think we might learn from the mistakes of other societies, but no.

When the Apostle Paul saw what was going on in the city of Corinth, he said, ” If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?”

We are in the same boat. We have appointed judges who do not revere the law of God, the only absolute, and we are left with “what is right in their own eyes.” Criminals have become emboldened by the fact that they will not be incarcerated and are free to rob, cheat, steal and kill.

God can fix what is wrong, but we do have to ask him. He does ask us to live by his rules, not because he is mean and wants to deprive us of fun, but because He knows what is needed to preserve society, and mankind.

He is our only hope. Let’s turn to him today and we will no longer need to be afraid.

Noel Reese is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Rio Vista. He can be reached at  www.calvarychapelriovista.com


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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 6:37 am

    You could have simply changed the channel. What an unmitigated jumbled mess. Good grief.

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  • BillGJune 01, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    In case you missed it, he didn't watch the show for obvious reasons and said as much.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    BillG, my point was don't watch and don't develop a complete fantasy around the fact you didn't like it. That's all it was, nonsense.

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  • BillGJune 01, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    There is nothing nonsensical to what he wrote for those who believe in God and the Bible. Just because you are not a believer doesn't make him wrong let alone nonsensical. We are all entitled to our own world view and belief system. Atheism should be held to the same critical standards as atheists hold Christianity.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    @BillG: "Atheism should be held to the same critical standards as atheists hold Christianity." If I start talking about some none existing god, I give you permission to question me and be doubtful.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    BillG, the problem of course is that there is zero evidence to support that theory. Just sayin.

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  • BillGJune 01, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    As can be said for the big bang "theory"; the macro-evolution "theory"; and the origin of life "theories."

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    @Bill: It is a theory, based on the expanding universe, which is fact. No talking burning bush involved at all.

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  • BillGJune 02, 2014 - 8:23 am

    The "expanding universe" is another theory which axiomatically means it is an unproven by facts. If you believe that all that we know is in existence came about from a pinpoint in space then you believe that everything came from nothing which is contrary to science and logic.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    @CD: He must of left out that Satan hid the remote.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Danny, HA! HA! Damn that devilish dude! :)

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Excellent facts! Its nice to know people believe the word. CD, ill pray for you.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 7:36 am

    2real, don't be standing next to any power lines...

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Well at least if i go theres life after for me. How about u?

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Afterlife - Ha. Yeah nothing says happiness, like spending it with a bunch of spirits who need a totalitarian overlord to tell them what to do on every move. Keep flocking that chicken.

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  • MadelineJune 01, 2014 - 8:32 am

    My my CD "unmitigated mess" sounds like something kirchibull would say and I thought you were better than that. The pastor makes many good fact based points. The least being we no longer live in a cohesive society since we moved away from our prime reason for starting our country: IN GOD WE TRUST.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Madeline, no facts, sorry to disappoint you. Change the channel and immerse yourself in whatever glory suits you.

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  • MadelineJune 01, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Ok not reading well this morning... this Fact: well known how third strike law hasn't to be as effective as most hoped. Fact: Police are not able to make people feel safe, why? But I need to go to church and no to pray for you but to pray for me. I need a lot of patience because I have a low tolerance for some types. Have a Blessed day. Teehee.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Madeline, thanks for mentioning me in the same sentence with Mike. We both strive to make the world better. Smarter. Have a wonderful day! :)

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  • MadelineJune 01, 2014 - 9:28 am

    You too CD by the way your initials betray you C:-D hiding a little faith in their afterall :-)

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    @Madeline: "we no longer live in a cohesive society". So, the country had no problems when most people "said" they believe in your god? Being unified by believing in the same fairytale, only makes you easier to control.

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  • Teach5thJune 01, 2014 - 8:38 am

    CD - why did you feel compelled to write a comment? Everyone that reads the DR knows you don't believe in God. Who are you trying to convince?

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Teach5th, you didn't respond to my comments the other day. God only played a small role. I respond because I feel it is my duty. Enlightenment is tough I must say! ;)

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 8:56 am


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  • Teach5thJune 01, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Sorry - I was working. End of the school year is always busy. You saying "enlightenment is tough!" Must've been done tongue-in-cheek since you are probably one of the least enlightened people from whom I've read comments. Finish this phrase if you can . . ." There are none so blind . . ." I'm off to enjoy another beautiful God-given day.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Teach5th, of course you are...

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 11:23 am

    CD thanks for trying but those who believe a magical being produced a naked man and woman without using some of his own DNA and we began as a species for ingesting an apple, and these are their facts, then who can ague with their genius?

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  • CD BrooksJune 02, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Teach5th, it's so funny you say I'm the "least enlightened." It's funny because I spend most of my time responding to the nonsense many of you write by presenting facts and context. Stop repeating what you hear everywhere else. Stay here and you'll find the truth.

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  • PornacJune 01, 2014 - 11:20 am

    God won't protect you from the government or criminals. Get a gun and carry it. Dr. Tiller was shot by a god fearing man in a church. Maybe god wanted him dead for his deeds.

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Is God pro gun or is the gun the new apple?

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Danny buntin, when im in heaven and your in hell and i have to piss, ill think of you.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    2real, gotta love that "good Chrstian" behavior, let me have an amen! BTW Danny no worries he'll be pissing dust...

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    2real thanks for showing how a man of god who believes he deserves heaven wants to piss on those he believes deserve hell. You sure are an inspiration! It's people like you who help others hate your religiosity. Please remember this is NOT the United States of Christ. It is a secular nation with freedom for all. At least constitutionally. So take your piss to Iran or Saudi Arabia if you believe in being so superior to those who dont believe in ur version of god. I am sure you will fit right in where there are bigoted, righteous, barbaric pissers who like to behead others due to their lack of education, diversity, tolerance and myopic world view. I'm sure you would love to sink your whole one tooth into their fourteenth century mind set.

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  • The SugarJarJune 01, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    I don't believe even all those in Iran or Saudia Arabia, are sinking their teeth into that "14th century mindset".

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    I stand by what i say. Dont believe in my god piss on em. Simple. Btw, yes by not believing in jesus is a one way ticket to hell. He died for our sins and you ungrateful atheist are making a joke of it. So my adam and eve story is a joke? Id like to hear yours

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    2real, this is the truth. Jesus was a con artist. He lied and made the wine-drinking-women-hating shepherds crazy. They got really angry and beat him to death. The rest is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind. You've been worshipping a phantom and your protection is not what you though it might be. Good evening.

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  • Teach5thJune 01, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    What a ridiculous waste of time trying to talk to the likes of CD, Sal, and Danny. It's sad to understand that they weren't raised with a faith in God. That's how they can live with themselves and still believe that killing an innocent child falls under a woman's "right to choose." So, BillG, save your breath. When they die, and we know they will, they'll learn the truth. until then, pray for them. And, sorry 2real - while I believe in God and attend church regularly, I don't think anyone should be discussing pissing on people from Heaven. I hope I'm "saved", but I'm not sanctimonious enough to write it down. I think God has a weird sense of humor and He knows us better than we know ourselves. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Teach5th, I'm going to tell you that you're the one that should be afraid. I figured it out long ago. The tooth fairy Santa and Easter bunny all say hello.

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  • Teach5thJune 01, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    CD - I didn't say you should be afraid. You said that. But, ok, be afraid. Be very afraid! (Don't you just love Seinfeld?). It's a gorgeous, God-given day outside and you're texting about whether God is real or not. Incidentally - your post about Jesus was kinda weird. Did your Xanax wear off? Now, if you can find your pills, take one and then go outside. 2+ hours of daylight left. (I don't want you to think I'm hypocritical. The kids are enjoying the sprinklers, as am I vicariously watching them.). Enough already!!!

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    @Teach: I was raised a Baptist and took the bus to Sunday school every Sunday. I also went to the Solano Christian Academy by where the old water tank/reserve used to be. What happened was, I started questioning and using my brain. Because we all know you have to check your brain at the door, before entering a church. I do not need the fear of eternal death/pain/suffering to make me believe in any religious hogwash. I treat others, like I wish to be treated for the here and now. Not for the hope of eternal life, which is one heck of a selling point with zero proof. It sure seems to work with the masses though.

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    CD i pray before its too late you will find the lord and be at peace. Lord have mercy on your soul. Very sad

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Teach5th, 2real, I'm done with this , I'll let you of the hook. Have a really nice evening.

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    CD Forgive them they are morons!

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  • BillGJune 01, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    I find it rather interesting that those who advocate "simply change the channel" feel compulsively drawn to read religious commentary and attempt to disparage the beliefs of others. Similarly, they offer up no evidence of their own...only their "blind faith" that there is no God. To paraphrase a noted anti-theist: "I want the world to be without meaning; I want it to be without purpose. Then it frees me up to pursue my own selfish pleasure." Each discovery in the world of human genomes and its incredible complexity astronomically increases the odds against random creation to the point of near mathematical impossibility. There aren't enough zeroes on your calculator to compute the probability. There are many scientists that believe in intelligent design which presupposes an intelligent designer but there are none so blind as those who will not see. May you all have a joy filled life to whatever end you choose.

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    So two naked people handmade without sex ate an apple and thats intelligent design?

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  • BillGJune 01, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    No, Sal, it's much more complicated than that. But, given the absence of God in your world, would you please explain the origin of life and the universe and provide the "evidence" that CD demands of me. Also, if empirical science automatically precludes the existence of the supernatural, is it still scientific? God Bless and good night. I'll look for your response tomorrow and maybe you'll also give me a reasoned response to my post.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    @Bill: CD is not preaching about the creation of the universe, and he is not trying to censor you from anything based on that. He is also not trying to prevent you from practicing your faith based religion. Here is the deal, we are working on all those answers about the universe, but it takes time. The big bang is a theory of what happened, not a definite fact, and no one is claiming that you must subscribe to this in order to save your imaginary soul when you kick the bucket. You put your belief behind a bunch of superstitious writings, while I will subscribe to peer reviewed scientific work.

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  • BillGJune 02, 2014 - 8:31 am

    I never said thzt CD was trying to censor me so that's a straw argument. It is not a fact that your "peer reviewed" writings are totally objective science or the IPCC would not have to fudge their findings and data. Remember these folks have trouble deciding whether or not Pluto is a planet and said the polar ice cap would be totally melted this year! If you think all scientists are unencumbered by political ideology or concern about funding sources, then I think your faith in them is blinder than mine in what you call "supersititous writings."

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  • CD BrooksJune 02, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Don’t you see? That’s the beauty of the unknown. Nobody knows how or why we’re here. Sure there’s science and logic, but which is accurate? There is no definitive answer to our being, period. The god angle is among the worst but it takes the lead. The problem with that argument is there is no factual documented evidence for that entity’s existence. There is evidence a guy named Jesus wandered around telling some very bizarre stories pissed everybody off and got beaten to death. If some stranger walked up to you and told those stories today you’d run the other direction, call the police and have them jailed. That is the more cynical less ready to accept certain information type of people we are today. Why? Because we’re educated. We’re taught that things too good to be true usually are and anybody offering that is dangerous. We know that if we can’t touch or see it chances are, it aint real. You certainly wouldn’t bet your last nickel on it. Some do though like gamblers and those of immense faith. Those folks back in the day had nothing. They lived in squalor were poorly educated and had to struggle for everything. Then comes this guy that promises great things and beautiful stories. OF COURSE they bought it! They were gullible many of them habitually drunk and begging for something, anything better. So dude gets killed and somebody had the idea to develop his stories and have control over everyone. And so the hoax was born and continues very much believed and frankly, well financed to this day. There are ten thousand different versions interpreted from the bible.10,000! You can cite “miracles” and “god-given” talent and any number of sayings developed along the way. You can wish hope and pray and in some cases, somehow they may for whatever reason happen. And even though some of you have “seen” a god-like person or thing and have the feeling or experienced something really special happened, your brain is a fantastic tool capable of many things. Who knows how or what level of information is transmitted after the indoctrination occurs? In reality, if there were such an entity as god, you would hate him. You would hate him because for all the alleged love and goodness he is said to possess, he chooses not to be here right now making things better. You can argue the whole “mysterious ways” and “don’t ask questions” BS but we’re adults here folks. Really? If dude existed, there would be no war, hate and hunger because good people don’t tolerate that. Think about that for awhile. Spin it anyway you like and worship as you please as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. You should practice your faith as you wish and leave others to their own. But if you’re going to chide or take others to task for their decisions especially me, you’d better be living one perfect life following the rules you have accepted as the standard. Hate on any level no matter how you disguise it is still hate. So let’s put that to rest right now. We are bound by the laws in Constitution and not religious rule. Thank goodness for that! You should accept that and stop presuming you know the “founding Fathers” intentions. For those of you thinking I am some ogre and something bad must have happened to me along the way, let me assure you I had a great childhood and loving family. I am a very happy well-adjusted man with a loving wife and family. I have been lucky and worked hard for what I’ve earned in life. We try to help others and do for those in need. We are good people and don’t expect anything in return for whatever we do. I always say love your family. I do and there isn’t anything more important to me. Everything else takes care of itself.

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  • BillGJune 02, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    You just proved my point. I hope you feel better now, CD.

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  • CD BrooksJune 02, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    BillG, well I made mine that is what I believe to be the truth and that is all that matters the way I see it. Best of luck in your travels.

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Sal let me know when you take your head out of the sand and finally realize how you came about. Sorry for your sad way of living.

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  • AnnoyedJune 01, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Typical judgemental shame based rhetoric. I have watched Naked and Afraid, it is a survival show. Why people want to do the challenge is their own personal basis but there is no sin in that. As for murderers, thieves and liars, how quickly you forget David and HE HAD GOD! So save your speculation and shame based sermons meant to bring forth money in the name of tithes and realize true believers aren't afraid, nor do they judge. There were two commandments that Jesus said are the greatest - LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. I wonder how many felt loved and not judged by your analysis of a show you never watched. God gave mankind free will and we have Judges who honor that, yet without cleaning the plank out of your own eye you will go on a rampage about gays, criminals, etc.. Did Jesus not say on the cross of the thief "forgive them for they know not what they are doing". The only ones who have reason to be afraid are those who are examine everyone else's lives and not their own. You imply we are Godless, was Adam and Eve Godless or deceived? Is David godless? To the unbelievers I assure you many of us are just here to love amd not judge, which is truly what all of us should be doing, not to say we don't have consequence for actions but as one who has suffered and healed from horrific crimes I assure you God is far more loving than some churches represent, he does not shame and perfectly understands that many a crime is a result of desperation or having been victimized. You can forgive without having to hangout with another and often it is the Christians who need the most forgiveness. So while I may prefer to be naked, I assure you I am not afraid and I know and trust the law to do the very best they can. Freewill unfortunately allows people to do bad things but to draw murders into a survival show to shame nakedness, something God himself didn't do is why church attendance is down and people leave.

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Its not a theory but a fact that a man and woman have sex to produce. There is no possibility of immaculate conception. Whether God exists or not doesn't change scientific fact. Get used to it 2real. Your mom and dad did the nasty. God watched.

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    They sure did. One man and one woman, married happily. The way GOD made it to be!! Hopefully you will find the lord and be saved before its too late. Because in your way of life you die and thats it!

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  • SalJune 01, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Each child is blessed, even if two gay men adopt and raise it, God loves all, unlike you.

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