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No one does visual rhetoric quite like the Seventh-day Adventists!

I got some hilarious mail yesterday. Behold the insanity that is Seventh-day Adventist eschatology!:

(Seriously, go read that link. Seventh-day Adventist eschatology is mind-bogglingly insane. It’s quite fascinating, really.)

I get these “Prophecy Seminar” pamphlets about once a year and they always bring me many laughs. I’m also rather intrigued by their use of visual rhetoric. The horribly tacky graphics are obviously intended to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. What’s odd is how quickly they vacillate between images that are intended to frighten and images that are intended to seem friendly and welcoming. The idea here is something along the lines of: “We’re all doomed in every possible way!  The end is nigh! However, if you join our church, you’ll get to live with Jesus on the New Earth instead of being annihilated alongside Satan. Eternal life sounds awesome, doesn’t it? You’d rather hang out with Jesus than Satan, right? Alrighty then!” Silly, to say the least. And, although I can’t imagine doing anything other than laughing at it, the tactic must work on some people.

In other words: many religions prey on the vulnerable and fearful, but only the Seventh-day Adventists do it in such a bizarre and amusing fashion.

& Oh, speaking of their rhetorical style: their “Prophecy Seminar” pamphlets never mention Seventh-day Adventism. Ever. I wonder why? (I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way: I really am curious about it.)

Anyway, let’s take a look inside. First we have keynote speaker Richard Halversen and his winged lion friend. Nothing spectacularly interesting here, I know, but check out Halversen’s bio. That is some seriously horrible writing. Painfully awkward, confusing, and choppy. It makes me twitchy. Must fight impulse to deface hilarious pamphlet with red pen…

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Next, we come to Jesus, who would like to tell you all about how awesome Armageddon is going to be. He’s really stoked about New Earth, and he hopes that you’ll come to one or more of these Jesus-Endorsed seminar sessions:

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Finally, it’s time for the pièce de résistance of this pamphlet. It’s quite possibly the least subtle and nuanced piece of visual rhetoric that has ever existed in all of eternity:

And, as if the “Scary Signs that the end is Nigh!!” and the “These guys are probably the Antichrist. Be afraid!” visuals weren’t insane/funny enough, we have the additional lolziness of little kids who are apparently SUPER STOKED about all of this, and just can’t wait to go to the Prophecy Seminar, get a free Bible, and talk about the Lake of Fire and home foreclosures. Thumbs-up, kids. Thumbs-up!

Thanks for the insane lolz, Seventh-day Adventists! Thumbs-up!

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59 Comments
  1. It appears that the Pope went for a high five, but Ahmadinejad and Obama both left him hanging. Partially because they aren’t Catholic, but mostly because they don’t appear to have arms; a critical prerequisite to any high five.

    October 19, 2011
  2. I didn’t think it was semantically possible for revelations to have mysteries.

    October 19, 2011
    • Dennis #

      That’s because you don’t read it.

      April 4, 2013
  3. Giancarlo Fruzzetti #

    OMG and LOL, what more can I say? Incidentally, I’d rather kick it with Satan than Jesus after the Great Annihilation. I agree those kids giving the thumbs up in front of their parents foreclosed home as they await the Rapture is a hilarious image.

    October 19, 2011
  4. Connie #

    I so want a T-shirt of the 4 Horsemen! Holy Heavy Metal Glory, Batman!

    October 19, 2011
    • Make mine Extra Large on Black. Of course.

      October 19, 2011
  5. A true Christian should not pray or wish for the end days; if anything when they wish for the end days they wish for their own deaths. In scripture and in theological debate when would the rapture occur? As a Baptist the teachings of “Left Behind” while popular leave a void in the debate and propose a pompous discourse. So, in the end for worshiping Christians if we wish for the end days upon others; that same pain, grief, and misery we wish upon our own humankind. So, we wish upon and prey upon the death of the downtrodden and poor; or those who mismanage their finical futures to move a three story apartment into their former homes. Having read the Koran; in several “Surrahs” it teaches, respect, love, honor, and dignity toward those of differing faiths. Well, look what happened Religious zealots added their little “spins” to it and see what we have now? I’ve studied Judaism, Taoism, and Islam; finding all three with equal amounts of love, honor, dignity, and respect.

    We forget honoring the poor, or veterans, and invoke our own selfish conquests of a newly aligned manifest destiny for the rich and well off Christians of the world. My mothers maiden name is Sumner so imagine, my surprise, and being told that I needed to be re-educated because of that dangerous Irish-Jewry relation. She was raised a Catholic and is now a Baptist; imagine how dangerous the ignorance and intolerance has grown. So, if there is no Rapture, then we pray for the end of the world, and discover we are all screwed with several holes in the boat it will be our own undoing. Perfectly well off, I equate the Koch brothers with being the anti-Christ, and several of their ilk as those vying for the pure destruction of all humankind. If there is no Rapture and Malachi proves true then we have just prayed, wished, and confided to die with those we condemn. Yet, we should take out the “I” verses of the bible and feelings as they only offer apocrypha. Imagine how many tears Jesus has cried for a stubborn and ignorant race bent on destroying itself? Yeah, we are truly blessed as Christians to be an ignorant lot, tying the noose around our own necks, and wanting to suffer that same ending as those we wish to burn. Sorry, for the rant but again as Christian we are truly to blame for wanting our own ending; does that idea of re-education mean I can hold no job, be offered no services, continually be denied social security due to Aspergers, and my heritage? Not that intelligent and sorry for the rant but these Reich wing Christians scare the crap out of me.

    October 19, 2011
  6. A number of years ago there was a high school senior doing an intern stint at my job; he was good natured and easy going enough, but he had been raised in a strict Adventist environment, going to Adventist schools, and bought just about all their doctrine. After H.S. he finally got out into the world via college (albeit, an Adventist college), and media work took him to Africa and Haiti, among other overseas locations. He recently came back to my workplace as a temporary freelancer, and not surprisingly, after his experiences outside the strange and dubious bubble of Adventism the guy has not only come to disregard nearly all religiously-based Adventist tenets, he’s also on the verge of dispensing with his christianity entirely.

    As I believe Mark Twain put it: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    October 19, 2011
    • The more and more I see it the more dangerous it gets when people want to pray for the end of the world.

      October 20, 2011
  7. The disjointed imagery seems hokey and unsophisticated to a younger, and more media savvy reader, but that’s not the target of these mailings. Sadly, the people who find interest in these correspondences are retired, living alone, and sitting on lots of lifelong savings.

    October 19, 2011
  8. Michael Fisher #

    I do admire the imagery of Revelation…

    White Horse [Righteousness in LDS I think] : I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come and see!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Revelation 6:1-2

    Red Horse [War]: When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come and see!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:3-4

    Black Horse [Famine]: When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” Revelation 6:5-6

    Pale or Green Horse [Death]: When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come and see!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8

    I’m not tempted to figure out how to assign these in the atheist mythology ~ except that I can imagine Hitchens being concerned not to have the wine spoiled…

    October 19, 2011
  9. Gary Satterfield #

    Wow. Jesus is white! All this time, I thought he was Middle-Eastern. I will have to rewrite my entire existence.

    October 19, 2011
  10. even it is blasphemous the attempt to expres the beauty of poetic language used in the Bible through these tacky graphics

    October 19, 2011
  11. pete #

    Oh, but how I miss them stopping me on the streets under the assumption that I was a prostitute in need of salvation.

    October 19, 2011
  12. I have to disagree about the uniqueness of these images. The SDAs have considerable competition from their theological cousins Jehovah’s Witnesses. See http://grandclimax.blogspot.com/ for some psychedelic imagery from their wacky book Revelation – Its Grand Climax at Hand
    The SDAs seem to have better artists, though.

    October 20, 2011
  13. James #

    Isn’t that the remaining members of the Village People?

    October 20, 2011
  14. Rabbit #

    Looks like a cover of a Marvel Comic Book.Hats off to Stan Lee .

    October 20, 2011
  15. Dan #

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to be less religious, until now. I think this pamphlet was designed by those two kids on the bottom of the last page; this pamphlet is a complete mess and some graphic design major is stepping off the ledge right now because of it. Should you really need to advertise in order to get people to show up and save their eternal souls? Why is word-of-mouth not good enough for religion? Also, I think the foreclosure sign is posted in front of the “Prophecy Seminar Center” and that is why the kids are so stoked, for they will no longer need to attend these ridiculous seminars. (Answer to latter question posted above: because it is outdated and morally unnecessary)

    October 20, 2011
  16. David #

    Much meme potential here. Definitely school of 4chan. I hope you are collecting these and depositing them in your UL. Nobody considers ephemera to be worth collecting until it is vintage and much of it has vanished. Check out the Johnson collection at the Bodleian and the Evanion collection at the BL. There have to be ULs collecting contemporary weird religious stuff. Indicates how screwed up our society is, and will help future generations to account for our era’s pathetic catalogue of greed, cruelty and failure.

    October 20, 2011
  17. I especially like the bloody pocket knife straddling the bible in Richard Halversen’s bio. Is it a paperweight? A bookmark?

    A brooch? A pterodactyl?!

    Who Knows?!

    October 20, 2011
  18. I would have to agree that “horribly tacky graphics” may be the worst kind of tacky graphics.

    October 20, 2011
  19. Jehovah’s Witnesses could give them a run for their money. Try looking up some pics of their tracts sometime on the web.

    October 20, 2011
  20. QuentinTheThird #

    Regardless of the lack of aesthetics, one must always maintain a level of seriousness when approaching this kind of literature. Remember that the protestant sects are the ones with their fingers on the proverbial giant red buttons and do have the ability to make any story they wish to tell come to life with guns and nuclear bombs and martial law and mass wars and genocide, etc..

    This literature appears insane if people do not realize that, to some extent, there are many with the power to crush civilization. At any time, we are one mad-man religious zealot in the White House, who over-interprets unitary executive theory, away from Armageddon, and have been since we rebuilt Israel. This is not a reflection on the Jews, just something of great note-worthyness when both the Quran and Greek Bible center their myths of mass destruction on Israel.

    Remember, the Evangelicals have been taking huge strides in political power in the past 30 years, and this is not something to be ignored or mocked. As a student of literature, I suggest you get a copy of Chris Hedges’ book, “American Fascists,” or the book put out about C Street called “The Family.”

    As a teacher of rhetoric, one must assume you’ve read “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” These metaphors are no less effective on a large portion of the population today than they were centuries ago. If you want to go straight to the source for the true power of God’s armies in the United States, I suggest the entire Left Behind series, Piercing the Darkness, This Present Darkness, The Final Quest, and The Call.

    These will all be good introductions to the mindset, or, ethos, if you will behind the face of this literature. It is far more sinister and dangerous than would warrant casual derision.

    October 21, 2011
  21. I REALLY want the 7th day Adventists, or the Mormons, or any of these bat-shit-crazy proselytisers to call on me.
    But they won’t.
    Is there a number that I can call here in Adelaide, South Australia that will send them to my door?
    I need fresh theist meat.

    October 21, 2011
    • Sildel #

      Hello, I am an SDA preacher.

      October 22, 2011
  22. Jason #

    A lot of hostility to religion in here. I am concerned that many commenters here may not communicate with folks who have integrated both religious belief and intellectual integrity into their lives. As a result, you may not be aware that such people exist. The Internet is good at allowing people to listen to only those who already agree with them.

    October 21, 2011
    • richard #

      no matter how nice the sheep are, even the intellectual variety who may take a slightly less worn path, IF they believe in christianity or islam, then they are advocating to some degree mass delusions that self rightiously raise up faither’s upon the backs of degraded free-thinkers. 10 years in the appalachian bible belt where ubiqitious meth labs, teen age preg’s, STD’s, and church’s with their marketing signs, that have constantly informed me of my inferiority and doomed fate, has forever changed my view of christianity, and it’s deluded proponents, regardless of how intellectual they might “be”. Though I admit when I talk to a christian that realizes the factual nature of evolution, it is a VERY fresh breath of intelligent air.

      October 21, 2011
    • Michael Fisher #

      A lot of hostility to religion in here. I am concerned that many commenters here may not communicate with folks who have integrated both religious belief and intellectual integrity into their lives. As a result, you may not be aware that such people exist…

      A lot of justified hostility yes. There’s no need to be concerned Jason ~ most atheists were brought up in a religious environment & many were believers in the past ~ they’ve seen the movie.

      I have met people who think they’ve “integrated both religious belief and intellectual integrity into their lives”, but they are all either deluded, non-critical or liars [I’m referring to those who believe in an Abrahamic god who acts in our world & promises an afterlife] . Which are you? Which god is yours? How have you performed that integration magic trick?

      October 21, 2011
    • I do, in fact, appreciate the reality that there are religious believers who take a sophisticated, philosophical, and intellectual approach to their beliefs. I tend to prefer them to your average fundamentalists. You can have a real conversation with someone like that and learn something interesting.

      Still, the post was about silly religious literature, which encourages responses like these. Try not to feel too concerned. :-)

      October 21, 2011
      • I consider myself an agnostic, but come from a very Christian conservative family. We’ve all heard Pascal’s Wager “If I’m wrong, I have nothing to lose. If you’re wrong, you go to hell.”

        See, I don’t even agree with that. Because in the event I’m wrong, and there is a heaven, I will go, because I definitely do not believe in the requirement of the Jesus Salvation story. While I’m open to the idea of a God, it has very little to do with the God of the Bible. If there is a heaven, good people will get there.

        October 23, 2011
    • QuentinTheThird #

      There are many atheists who are well aware that there are academics and intellectuals who believe in a God. We are also well aware there are academics and intellectuals who say they believe in God, while believing none of it, because it’s easier to enforce their ideology on others, helps provide rationales to the middle-class for the oppression of the lower, and teaches people there are reasons we treat those beneath us like dirt.

      October 23, 2011
  23. That one at the top looks less like a biblical pamphlet and more like a heavy metal album cover.

    October 21, 2011
    • Ha! Totally. It makes me think of this hilarious South Park parody of Heavy Metal:

      (Probably NSFW because of cartoon boobs and such :) )

      October 22, 2011
      • Oh, that is awesome! I see I’m not the first to compare the top image to a totally BADASS Power Metal cover, probably by Manowar or Hammerfall!

        Now I have to look up that SP episode. Looks like they more or less did the original “Heavy Metal” movie straight.

        October 24, 2011
  24. Fundamentalist adventists, mormons, jehovah’s witnesses, et al set up the straight lines with their delusional, often crazy religious beliefs, and the rest of us simply supply the punchlines. All the thinking, sophisticated christians I’ve met (most being certainly more educated than I) tend to compartmentalize their spirituality and intellect, allowing them to maintain their religious beliefs, away from the kinds of critical thinking and skepticism they use in the rest of their lives — the types of analysis and scrutiny that would easily dismantle all the superstitious nonsense at the heart of most religions. I think this is intellectual laziness, and the kind of self-delusion that’s unacceptable in any other part of life.

    If I’m talking with a religious friend or acquaintance, and the discussion turns to the tiresome subject of religion, when asked my opinion I’m not going shy away from criticizing and mocking the ridiculous, supernatural claims of their religion simply because that person thinks they’ve “integrated” their religion with their intellect.

    October 21, 2011
    • There can be religious intellectual debate it does not always trump to the lowest level. If you are an atheist then you are an atheist it should not be that you be stoned or burned at the stake. We judge rather harshly by conditioning as a “Christian” community at large. I write Christian poetry but as can be seen the deluded thinking of the Religious Reich is a very confusing matter. Judging becomes such a fundamentalist pillar in America that we become the scions of the outreaching arms if we disagree. When we pray for the end days or revelations we pray for our own destruction.

      October 21, 2011
    • QuentinTheThird #

      The one thing atheists miss is that religion, fundamentally, is about asserting control over other people, which is one of the main reasons intellectuals will not give up their faith publicly, because it is not in their best interest to cease to be able to control those beneath them.

      Albert Pike writes in “Morals and Dogma:”

      “The power of the purse or the sword, compared to that of the spirit, is poor and contemptible. As to lands, you may have agrarian laws, and equal partition. But a man’s intellect is all his own, held direct from God, an inalienable fief. It is the most potent of weapons in the hands of a paladin. If the people comprehend Force in the physical sense, how much more do they reverence the intellectual! Ask Hildebrand, or Luther, or Loyola. They fall prostrate before it, as before an idol. The mastery of mind over mind is the only conquest worth having. The other injures both, and dissolves at a breath; rude as it is, the great cable falls down and snaps at last. But this dimly resembles the dominion of the Creator. It does not need a subject like that of Peter the Hermit. If the stream be but bright and strong, it will sweep like a spring-tide to the popular heart.”

      Keep that in mind before casually dismissing those who state a belief in God, they have the upper hand on the little-minded persons, the theists of which, far outnumber the little-minded atheists. We would not be so foolish as to believe Ben Stein is truly a young-earth creationist, but he is a brilliant rhetorician, and a strong minded person.

      One of the most important aspects of hierarchical society is providing an etiology to the middle-class for the suffering of the lower-class, television helps a good deal in this, but religion ties it all together; they need something which will allow them to sleep at night when they pass the legless Vietnam vet begging for change outside the gas station, be it hatred or sin or indifference, the rationale for suffering not their own must exist in their mind.

      October 23, 2011
  25. Some relevant comments from Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain):

    In man’s heaven everybody sings! The man who did not sing on earth sings there; the man who could not sing on earth is able to do it there. The universal singing is not casual, not occasional, not relieved by intervals of quiet; it goes on, all day long, and every day, during a stretch of twelve hours. And everybody stays; whereas in the earth the place would be empty in two hours. The singing is of hymns alone. Nay, it is of one hymn alone. The words are always the same, in number they are only about a dozen, there is no rhyme, there is no poetry: “Hosannah, hosannah, hosannah, Lord God of Sabaoth, ‘rah! ‘rah! ‘rah! siss! — boom! … a-a-ah!”

    Meantime, every person is playing on a harp — those millions and millions! — whereas not more than twenty in the thousand of them could play an instrument in the earth, or ever wanted to.

    Consider the deafening hurricane of sound — millions and millions of voices screaming at once and millions and millions of harps gritting their teeth at the same time! I ask you: is it hideous, is it odious, is it horrible?

    Consider further: it is a praise service; a service of compliment, of flattery, of adulation! Do you ask who it is that is willing to endure this strange compliment, this insane compliment; and who not only endures it, but likes it, enjoys it, requires if, commands it? Hold your breath!

    It is God! This race’s god, I mean. He sits on his throne, attended by his four and twenty elders and some other dignitaries pertaining to his court, and looks out over his miles and miles of tempestuous worshipers, and smiles, and purrs, and nods his satisfaction northward, eastward, southward; as quaint and nave a spectacle as has yet been imagined in this universe, I take it.

    It is easy to see that the inventor of the heavens did not originate the idea, but copied it from the show-ceremonies of some sorry little sovereign State up in the back settlements of the Orient somewhere.

    All sane white people hate noise; yet they have tranquilly accepted this kind of heaven — without thinking, without reflection, without examination — and they actually want to go to it! Profoundly devout old gray-headed men put in a large part of their time dreaming of the happy day when they will lay down the cares of this life and enter into the joys of that place. Yet you can see how unreal it is to them, and how little it takes a grip upon them as being fact, for they make no practical preparation for the great change: you never see one of them with a harp, you never hear one of them sing.

    As you have seen, that singular show is a service of praise: praise by hymn, praise by prostration. It takes the place of “church.” Now then, in the earth these people cannot stand much church — an hour and a quarter is the limit, and they draw the line at once a week. That is to say, Sunday. One day in seven; and even then they do not look forward to it with longing. And so — consider what their heaven provides for them: “church” that lasts forever, and a Sabbath that has no end! They quickly weary of this brief hebdomadal Sabbath here, yet they long for that eternal one; they dream of it, they talk about it, they think they think they are going to enjoy it — with all their simple hearts they think they think they are going to be happy in it!

    It is because they do not think at all; they only think they think. Whereas they can’t think; not two human beings in ten thousand have anything to think with. And as to imagination — oh, well, look at their heaven! They accept it, they approve it, they admire it. That gives you their intellectual measure.

    October 21, 2011
  26. Jehowa’s Witnesses have weird graphics, too. And I always found it disturbing there are no real people, just drawing of people, as if there is a shortage of JWs in the world to make actual pictures of them available.

    P.S.: Miranda, are you going to make any more videos, or did the creepiness of some YT users bothered you?

    October 21, 2011
  27. Gam3b #

    After nearly 20 years of searching for the right religion, I settled on SDA. It really is the most logic of all the Christian denominations. It’s just the paradigm through which most Christians view SDA and their own opinions about end times, heaven, hell, “rapture”, anti-christ, etc. makes the SDA views seem way out of touch.

    I am an atheist now, but I still think the SDA church is the one that got it “rightest” of all the other denominations. They at least back up all their beliefs with scripture and use the Bible to interpret the Bible instead of making wild speculations.

    And besides, aren’t MOST if not all religious pamphlets kinda cheesey? That is no reason to belittle a belief system.

    October 22, 2011
    • pete #

      Ok, we’re not allowed to belittle hourglasses working in space. I get it. But shouldn’t the horses be exploding? If we’re gunna’ be all reasonable about critiquing insanity and all…

      October 22, 2011
    • Calling the SDA the “most logical” christian sect, and declaring them “most right” among all the interpretations of ancient superstition seems pretty faint praise…

      Nothing is “sacred”: ridicule and belittlement gravitate towards religion like metal shavings to a magnet. Artwork made public, in any context, is subject to (sometimes harsh) criticism — that’s the risk offering sincere art to public scrutiny.

      October 22, 2011
      • pete #

        There’s a huge gap between sincerity and assuming, and exploiting, the massive credulity of one’s audience. Criticism exists for the very purpose of discerning one from the other in defining quality work. There really is accounting for tastelessness.
        Exploding horsies, I tells ya’!

        October 22, 2011
        • Michael Fisher #

          We are talking flatulant horsies rather than exploding horsies. I suppose a horse launched out the pod bay doors would be quite the rocket.

          Gas bubbles in bodily fluids ~ known as ebullism ~ will bloat the horse to twice its normal size, but tissues are elastic and porous enough to prevent rupture. The orifices would be rather busy & best if poor Dobbin keeps his eyes closed…

          October 22, 2011
          • pete #

            I’m officially apologizing for using mine, and confiscating everyone else’s ellipse-keys. You can have them back when you prove me wrong without trailing off… ;o)

            October 22, 2011
            • Michael Fisher #

              No horse to hand Pete. Nazi ‘scientists’ did low pressure work on non-volunteers & later NASA did vacuum tests on animals [some of the same ‘scientists’ involved] ~ results as per above & the smaller mammals managed 90 seconds with full return to normal health.

              October 22, 2011
            • pete #

              *returns Michael’s ellipse-key*

              October 22, 2011
            • Michael Fisher #

              testing. testing. … yup all’s good

              October 22, 2011
  28. Awesome blog, again. :)

    October 22, 2011
  29. dsjjb #

    It must be working. According to USA Today, The Seventh-day Adventist church is the fast growing church in the U.S.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-03-18-Adventists_17_ST_N.htm

    I would think the reason they do not print their name on the brochures is because of the negetive prejudism out there. Jesus used a similar tactic after healing serveral people, Mk 8:26. Mat 6:1, Mat 9:30, 16-19, Mat 16:20, Mat 17:9; Mar 1:43, Mar 1:44, Mar 5:43, Mar 7:36; Luk 5:14; Joh 5:41, Joh 7:18, Joh 8:50.

    Dave

    October 23, 2011
    • “It must be working. According to USA Today, The Seventh-day Adventist church is the fast growing church in the U.S.”

      “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

      October 23, 2011
    • Jesus never existed.

      October 24, 2011
      • dsjjb #

        Oh! Coversation over.

        October 24, 2011
        • Why?
          Unless your remark was motivated by sarcasm alone.
          There is precisely zero extra-biblical evidence for Jesus, and every bit of evidence that should exist, does not.
          You might wish to make yourself aware of my extensive and intensive scholarship on this matter before replying.

          October 24, 2011
  30. QuentinTheThird #

    The SDAs run a lot of hospitals, there are more selfish Christian sects, though this may not be any more ecumenical than that Hezbollah runs hospitals as well. Regardless, it’ll be a cold day in hell when you see Sarah Palin’s church, the Assemblies of God, running hospitals.

    October 23, 2011
  31. 0verlord #

    An unfortunate juxtaposition in the bottom right corner. “Foreclosure” sign with happy kids giving the thumbs up! “Mommy’s bankrupt and we’re homeless, yaaaaaaay!”

    October 25, 2011
  32. JumboSi #

    Why wondwer at the insanity of 7th day adventists. The insanity of a belief in god is enough in itself. These particular sect members just adorn the utter irrationality of religion with a little imaginative self loathing.

    October 26, 2011
  33. I’m a SDA pastor myself. Instead of complaining about the design of a flyer (at least this one got your attention) I’d like to encourage you to visit these meetings so you can hear for yourself if what is presented makes sense, they are free :) Good luck!

    May 31, 2013
  34. Michael #

    An atheist who argues about the existence of something acknowledges the possibility that that “something” could exist. If you do not believe at all, then stop arguing and stop making fun of other people’s faith. You could get on with your lives and pretend to be cool. AT the end of the day, where would it lead you? Believe me, when trouble comes your way, you would remember to call on to a God Whom you fearlessly mock right now. Nonetheless, my prayers are with you.

    August 9, 2013

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