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According to a recent poll, apparently 43% of Americans believe that God favors the football player, Tim Tebow and intervenes on his behalf. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Sports/2012/0112/Poll-God-helps-Tim-Tebow-win-football-games.-Does-Tim-Tebow-agree

I suppose the corollary is that He is punishing the losers or the droppers of passes? I was taught that we are to be thankful to God for the gifts we receive and the talents which are given to us. What we do with them and how they impact others, however, is up to us. Remember that parable about the servants and the talents? Matthew 25:14-30 The concept that many Americans seem to have of God is one of an omniscient Santa Claus dispensing His Grace off of some sort of eternal good and naughty list.

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A) I am happy enough that 43% of Americans believe in ANYTHING anymore, let alone miracles ;)

B) Stop hatin Tim Tebow yo, the brother deserves his propz as both a ridiculously talented athlete and also clearly a man of faith.

By the way, Jesus is nothing new to football, what is different is that the cameras and writers have decided to highlight whenever Tebow mentions God whereas traditionally they have just let those same kinds of comments by other players fly under the radar.

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This Tebow thing is stupid. If this is the thing that they can slam Tebow for, AND have it stick, then Tim Tebow is then next Dan Marino (minus Ace Ventura, and the snazzy leather gloves).

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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

A) I am happy enough that 43% of Americans believe in ANYTHING anymore, let alone miracles ;)

B) Stop hatin Tim Tebow yo, the brother deserves his propz as both a ridiculously talented athlete and also clearly a man of faith.

By the way, Jesus is nothing new to football, what is different is that the cameras and writers have decided to highlight whenever Tebow mentions God whereas traditionally they have just let those same kinds of comments by other players fly under the radar.

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I am not 'hating' Tebow. If you read the article I cited, it is clear that he doesn't view God's blessings in such a simplistic manner.

Before the game, he prayed aloud: "Lord put a wall of protection around me and my teammates today, and we go out there and we can honor you with everything we do and say. I love you in Jesus' name." During the fourth quarter, he prayed: "Dear Jesus, I need you. Please come through for me. No matter what happens, win or lose, give me the strength to honor you.  Two weeks earlier, his choice of scripture when asked by Broncos Head Coach John Fox to address the team again spoke more to a desire to express communal strength and courage than an overt desire to win. He quoted Proverbs 27:17, which states: "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."


Frankly, most people if they reflect upon their response wouldn't put it in such simplistic terms either.

I still don't know what the Steelers did to tick off.....oh, well - nevermind that!  ;)

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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I do like that the article pointed out that its not just faith that has made Tebow a good QB, it is his personality, and folks on the Broncos have rallied behind his leadership precisely because he is not merely a good athlete, but a good leader.  That is a talent in and of itself in this era of superstar primadonas  who think the game is all about just themselves.  Also, folks have missed how good an athlete Tebow is.  He was sacked TEN TIMES in the Patriots loss, and he has led his team to five fourth quarter come-from-behind wins and FOUR OVERTIME victories, that is not just a miracle, that is talent plain and simple.  Talent is what let Tebow set an all-time NFL record for passing in the post-season (11 s overtime victory plus the highest yards per pass at 31.6 and also a record for having threw THREE post-50 yarders)




I still don't know what the Steelers did to tick off.....oh, well - nevermind that!  ;)

As  Ravens fan I can tell you, its because they're the Steelers ;)

The real question is what did the Raiderz do? Oh right, no defense..

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According to a recent poll, apparently 43% of Americans believe that God favors the football player, Tim Tebow and intervenes on his behalf. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Sports/2012/0112/Poll-God-helps-Tim-Tebow-win-football-games.-Does-Tim-Tebow-agree

I suppose the corollary is that He is punishing the losers or the droppers of passes?
Just because God might "favor" Tebow, doesn't mean that Tebow is going to win, right?
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I still don't know what the Steelers did to tick off.....oh, well - nevermind that!  ;)

Just ask any Begals fan.
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I still don't know what the Steelers did to tick off.....oh, well - nevermind that!  ;)

Just ask any Begals fan.

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Nonsense, I've seen bagels and beagles. They both exist.  ;)
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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2012, 10:26:42 PM »
Nonsense, I've seen bagels and beagles. They both exist.  ;)
But have you seen a Bengali beagle eat a bagel?
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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2012, 10:39:11 PM »
Nonsense, I've seen bagels and beagles. They both exist.  ;)
But have you seen a Bengali beagle eat a bagel?

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2012, 06:56:25 PM »
Ridiculous. Everybody knows that Polamalu is the only football player to recieve God's intervention.

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2012, 07:03:08 PM »

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Ridiculous. Everybody knows that Polamalu is the only football player to recieve God's intervention.



Really? Then where are the Steelers now?

I would also like to add that more than 43% of Americans naively believed that both the Saints and the Packers would crush their opponents, and look at how that went, and now it seems 43% of sports writers and commentators are again favoring the Giants and the Patriots as if they had completely forgotten how wrong they were about favoring the Packers and the Saints in the first place ;)



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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2012, 07:23:44 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Ridiculous. Everybody knows that Polamalu is the only football player to recieve God's intervention.



Really? Then where are the Steelers now?

God favors Troy. Big Ben and James Harrison... not so much ;)

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2012, 07:30:34 PM »
I believe a "conversion of the Steelers" a la Baptism of the Rus' is in order.

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2012, 09:22:42 PM »
I still don't know what the Steelers did to tick off.....oh, well - nevermind that!  ;)

Just ask any Begals fan.

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2012, 02:13:31 AM »
I believe a "conversion of the Steelers" a la Baptism of the Rus' is in order.


My sister and her husband would love that.
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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2012, 11:11:45 AM »
I believe a "conversion of the Steelers" a la Baptism of the Rus' is in order.


My sister and her husband would love that.

I have a priest friend who was a candidate for a bishop's seat and is a rabid 'stiller' fan. We joked that our friends would chip in and buy him a set of black and gold vestments, akin to the one in the icon and he could become the team chaplain. He didn't become a bishop, but I don't think it was a reflection on God's favor, or lack thereof, of the Steelers.

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2012, 11:20:03 AM »
if God really helped teams based on a players religion, the steelers would win the super bowl every year because Polamalu is Orthodox!
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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2012, 11:20:57 AM »
ok. what I said was already covered, as i shouldve assumed it wouldve been. didnt read the whole thread first.
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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2012, 01:49:20 PM »
Polamalu previously stated that his crossing himself before and after every play are thankful prayers for all he has been given.

It's not surprising that Tebow says pretty much the same thing.

The only folks who froth about "God's not interested in who wins a football game!" clearly identify themselves as the sort of people who've never "taken a knee" on a sports field.

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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2012, 01:55:04 PM »
I am not questioning either Tim Tebow's nor Troy's motivations, I think that they are proper and sincere. I am questioning the view of God that many in American culture who profess to be religious seem to have, which is that of a God who is a mechanical dispenser of whimsical favors or negative things.

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Re: 43% of Americans Apparently Believe that God's Intervention Aids Tim Tebow
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2012, 02:58:01 PM »
if God really helped teams based on a players religion, the steelers would win the super bowl every year because Polamalu is Orthodox!

I think he has won it a couple of times...  ;) One of the Pittsburgh fans here can update us on this.
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I am questioning the view of God that many in American culture who profess to be religious seem to have, which is that of a God who is a mechanical dispenser of whimsical favors or negative things.
I'm reminded of the last Andy Rooney monologue that I watched (it was quite some time ago) where he mocked the idea of praying to God for something. "If God wanted us to have something," he said, "wouldn't He just give it to us?" [emphasis inflected]

While some may approve of his view as it might relate to praying for a winning lottery ticket or a new car, I suggest that his logic was meant to apply to things such as praying for guidance, strength to overcome a challenge, or peace.

I chose never to watch one of his segments again. Didn't even have to pray to make that happen.

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I am questioning the view of God that many in American culture who profess to be religious seem to have, which is that of a God who is a mechanical dispenser of whimsical favors or negative things.
I'm reminded of the last Andy Rooney monologue that I watched (it was quite some time ago) where he mocked the idea of praying to God for something. "If God wanted us to have something," he said, "wouldn't He just give it to us?" [emphasis inflected]

While some may approve of his view as it might relate to praying for a winning lottery ticket or a new car, I suggest that his logic was meant to apply to things such as praying for guidance, strength to overcome a challenge, or peace.

I chose never to watch one of his segments again. Didn't even have to pray to make that happen.

Indeed, that vision of God that I am referring to is one that many appear to hold and more appear to mock - especially those who despise religion. Makes you think.....

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Tim Tebow cut by New York Jets

I have no idea about anything concerning football.....was he not a good player?

http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/football/tim-tebow-cut-by-new-york-jets/-/2271344/19933980/-/98k6tcz/-/index.html
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I'm sure we will hear the common mantra of American Protestants presuming to have a direct line to God's "plan."

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Tim Tebow cut by New York Jets

I have no idea about anything concerning football.....was he not a good player?

http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/football/tim-tebow-cut-by-new-york-jets/-/2271344/19933980/-/98k6tcz/-/index.html
Not particularly. He's very athletic (and for once that's not a euphemism), but he can't throw very accurately and his play calling takes a lot of unnecessary risks. This makes him very fun to watch though.
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Is football any different than chariot racing? "They race around the track speeding to get to the finish, but they do not realize they are speeding only to the devil"
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Is football any different than chariot racing?

Yes, it's a lot more boring.

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Tim Tebow cut by New York Jets

I have no idea about anything concerning football.....was he not a good player?

http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/football/tim-tebow-cut-by-new-york-jets/-/2271344/19933980/-/98k6tcz/-/index.html
He isn't good at all in the majors. Nobody will want to pick him up.

Considering Rex Ryan wants to destroy the Jets, it was no surprise he was picked up by them.
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Is football any different than chariot racing?

Yes, it's a lot more boring.

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That's not too surprising for the same nation with something like 56% of its population believing that the world is only 10,000 years old.
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Is football any different than chariot racing?

Yes, it's a lot more boring.

Only if your an Eagles fan.  ;D
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The concept that many Americans seem to have of God is one of an omniscient Santa Claus dispensing His Grace off of some sort of eternal good and naughty list.

I think once you believe in an omnipotent god and a god who is necessary for all things to exist from their creation onward you end up with rather difficult straits to navigate.

Dismissing it as Santa Claus nonsense is a bit unfair. The Scripture itself speaks to God's intervention on behalf of people at times due to their righteousness. And it speaks to God punishing those who He doesn't find righteous or punishing even those He does find to be righteous to make a vague point.

You characterization seems close to deism, although I am 100% sure you are nothing close to a deist. I just think certain aspects of "naive" Christianity have their roots more within authentic Christian thought than many would like to admit.

God is the author of all things. If someone scores a touchdown, it is only in virtue of God's will that it is so. How one develops how God's will is articulated within the created order and how He relates to that articulation is obviously a complicated subject.  See every apparent contradiction everyone who has reflected for a moment has considered since the revelation of a single omniscient, benevolent, omnipotent, necessary, and active god.
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God is the author of all things. If someone scores a touchdown, it is only in virtue of God's will that it is so. How one develops how God's will is articulated within the created order and how He relates to that articulation is obviously a complicated subject.  See every apparent contradiction everyone who has reflected for a moment has considered since the revelation of a single omniscient, benevolent, omnipotent, necessary, and active god.

God's providence is said to be terribly selective: “I shall show love on whomever I love, and I shall take pity on whomever I pity” (Ex. 33:9; Rom. 9:15). The rest seem to be more or less left to the stars, fate, chance. Or "general" providence (rain and sunshine over righteous and wicked alike).

Then there are the conflicting (?) stories about the destruction of Sodom (could have been prevented for the sake of a few righteous people) and that of Niniveh (was spared because God was sorry for the many, even though the prophet refused to intercede for them).

Anyways, "who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God". (1 Cor. 2:11)  And: "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Is. 55:8-9)

I'm not sure St. John Chrysostom would have agreed that God's providence had much if anything to do with who won the hippodrome races in his day, though. But no man ever knows...

   
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I'm not sure St. John Chrysostom would have agreed that God's providence had much if anything to do with who won the hippodrome races in his day, though. But no man ever knows... 

Arguably not, but he wasn't doing systematic theology as such, he was first and foremost a pastor in the truest sense taking up the call Christ gave Peter.

Your choice of Scripture doesn't suggest any are left to chance, although I would agree there does seem to be no clear and definitive statement from the Jewish Scripture exactly the degree of God's engagement in the world. I sorta have an understanding how practicing Jews today understand such engagement, but I lack your expertise and judgement about the matter in antiquity and would submit to whatever conclusion you have come to. 

But if you look at the words of mine you quoted, we are in the world of the theological which has long run outside Scripture. If as a Christian you are willing to say God is not any one of the following: omnipotent, necessary, omniscient, necessary, benevolent, always active, then I guess you can get out of those difficult straits. (I think Scripturally you could argue some of the terms are not accurate, but given Christian tradition I would say you can't throw any out.)

Process theology is an answer.

This is one of the places (to take up a tangent that was going nowhere elsewhere) where I think Islam shows itself to be hardly more "simple" than Christian thought. I really wish someone could show me some decent overview of how Islam handles their extremely obvious and clear understanding that all comes from God and how they reconcile that agency within creation. As I have mentioned elsewhere, everything that I have read which takes this seriously ends up making as much sense as Leibniz's Monadology, which while I admire, I have a hard time finding persuasive.

So if you have any suggestions about a great Islamic treatment of the matter I would love to know, as I think it could be somewhat insightful.
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Of course, this brings up the deeper question: does God like the Jets or the Giants?
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Offline TheTrisagion

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Of course, this brings up the deeper question: does God like the Jets or the Giants?

No
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Of course, this brings up the deeper question: does God like the Jets or the Giants?

No

Obviously the Giants - the Bible tells us so:  Genesis 6:4 "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Nothing there about "jets."  ;)

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Of course, this brings up the deeper question: does God like the Jets or the Giants?

No

Obviously the Giants - the Bible tells us so:  Genesis 6:4 "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Nothing there about "jets."  ;)


Nice!

I hope Romaios can work in some crazy allusion to jets within the Talmud or something.
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Of course, this brings up the deeper question: does God like the Jets or the Giants?
God is no sort of New Jersey fan. After all, the only team to actually admit to being there is the Devils. The Jets and Giants are therefore devils in disguise.
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Is football any different than chariot racing?

Yes, it's a lot more boring.

Which still puts it way ahead of soccer (where the fans have to riot to fight off the boredom).

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Of course, this brings up the deeper question: does God like the Jets or the Giants?
God is no sort of New Jersey fan. After all, the only team to actually admit to being there is the Devils. The Jets and Giants are therefore devils in disguise.

The Giants are building a new stadium in Queens.
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