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    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

    U.S. Sen.
    Feinstein 59.7
    Mountjoy 34.9
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

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    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

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    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
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    Friday, September 30, 2005

    Who are God's Children?

    Following the governor's veto of AB 849, Speaker Fabian Nunez said, "“I am deeply disappointed that the Governor chose to veto AB 849 and let the courts make the tough decisions for him. We are all God’s children and we all deserve to be treated equally under the law..."

    The clearly rankled one Christian group, Capitol Ministries which I wrote about earlier this summer.

    Sean Wallentine, the director of national expansion for Capitol Ministries, sent out this missive:

    There are many, many things that could be said about the statement above [Nunez's], but the purpose of this memorandum is to correct the erroneous statement that all people are God’s children. Why is this so important? It is important because God makes a very big deal about who will and who will not be called his children. It is very tempting for people who are not God’s children to believe this of themselves, and of others. It provides a sense of relief—albeit false—for one’s perpetually guilty conscience before God because of their sins (Romans 1:18-32). While it is nice to believe that God is everyone’s Father, it is not true.

    Wallentine then cites several verses from Romans, and continues:

    Even though all people are made in the image of God, because of the stain of sin no person is a child of God (Romans 3:23) until he or she is adopted by God (Ephesians 1:3-6). We’ve all heard the phrase “born again.” It relates directly to becoming a child of God. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

    Have you been re-born? Are you an adopted child of God? Consider Romans 10:9-10, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

    Though Christian opposition to gay marriage is not uncommon, the explicit denial that most people are God's children--indeed that they are enemies of the Lord--is rather jarring.

    Comments on "Who are God's Children?"


    Anonymous J. Zaragoza said ... (3:19 PM) : 

    Mr. Wallentine isn't exactly correct with his jump that if you have not accepted Christ that you are not one of God's children.

    He can be absolutely correct in stating that unless you have accepted Christ as YOUR Lord and Savior will not have Salvation.

    Let me read more carefully the cited Scripture in order to offer a correct analysis


    Blogger ubrayj02 said ... (10:46 PM) : 

    Dude, who cares about the cited scripture? This christian guy is a dick who seems like he has already made up his mind about people with thoughts different from his own. You can find just about anything you want in the good book, even justifications for fascism.

    This isn't about analysis.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

    Hey DUDE, Why don't you pull your head out of your ass. That "Christian Guy" Hit it Right out of the Park.Maybe if you knew how to study the Bible you would have a better understanding. Your "who cares about Scripture" is the reason this world is in the mess it is today.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:45 PM) : 

    God created man to be in a relationship with him/her. Man chooses to be in or not in a relationship with God (free-will). We are all created by God and we are all children of God. Like in the story of the Prodigal Son, the son chooses to leave his family and do his own thing. This doesn't dissolve the relationship. When the son returns, he is welcomed back with love and acceptance. We may agree that by being created by God, we are all God's children. The most significant point in all this hair splitting is, what will man choose to do? Live in a growing, maturing relationship with God and have all the benifits of being God's child. Or, choose to deny God and his place as our Father, and stumble around this temporary life with no purpose. If man chooses the latter, why would he even care if he wasn't called a child of God.


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