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GO-JAMAICA'S ONLINE GUEST
THURSDAY 4TH MARCH 2004
Mark Dawes - EDITOR, MIND & SPIRIT
TRANSCRIPT OF LIVE SESSION

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What is your view, is life is predestined? Or do we make our shape our own future?
Mark Dawes
God in His sovereignty allows us the choice of our eternal destiny. To that extent, we shape our own future.
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Hey Mark Dawes what's up?
Mark Dawes
I am quite well - I hope you are too.
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HELLO MR DAWES, AND A FINE GOOD EVENING TO YOU :)
Mark Dawes
May I wish for you a jolly good evening too.
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What is you take on Yoga?
Mark Dawes
The jury is still out for me on yoga. My initial thoughts on the matter is that it has roots in Eastern Religions and New Age philosophies - neither of which are consistent with my understanding of the biblical revelation. As somebody who is guided in the main by the biblical text I have to view yoga with some suspicion.
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Do you think the churches have fail the Jamaican Society?
Mark Dawes
Yes. To the extent that they have not been effectively disciplining the nation. There is need for the churches to better balance its message to the spiritual and social man.
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Is religion a spiritual thing today or is it a money-making business?
Mark Dawes
It ought to be a spiritual thing but unfortunately at times it is a straight money making venture.
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Should we like '"and judas went out and hanged himself go ye and do likewise.'" when we have failed?
Mark Dawes
No. Christianity is a religion of the second chance. There is always room for redemption this side of the grave.
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WHY AREN'T JAMAICANS TAUGHT THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRISTIANITY. ITS ORIGINS AND WHAT IS WAS USED FOR ?
Mark Dawes
I am not certain that I know what you mean when you speak of the origins. To my mind a fair degree of Christianity's origins is indeed taught in many of our local churches.
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AND THE FUNDS COLLECTED BY THE CHURCHES SHOULD GO BACK INTO HELPING THE LESS FORTUNATE AMONG THE PEOPLE
Mark Dawes
Yes. But also to do the work of evangelism and discipleship.
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Should there be a difference between church music and secular music... given the fact we now have reggae, rap and rock gospel?
Mark Dawes
No. There should not be a distinction. There is no Christian beat. Music is amoral. It is lyrics that ought to cause concern. There are many different rhythms for many different people. I think that is the way God wants it to be.
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Why are there so many churches?
Mark Dawes
Many churches are born out of doctrinal splits and differences among leaders within a church. Some churches are born purely because the gospel is not being preached in a particular locale. I have no problem with there being many churches in Jamaica so long as they are faithful to their biblical mandate.
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What about association of rhythms with lyrics... could I not hear a beat and think a wrong song?
Mark Dawes
Many of the hymns that we now sing in church were songs that were sung in the bars and whore houses of Europe. Over time and sometimes over a short time the musical connotations change significantly so much so that one can hear a tune that was formally a worldly tune and think purely of it with Christian associations.
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ONE MINISTER SAID RECENTLY THAT OBEAH MAN WAS MAKING MORE MONEY THAN THE CHURCH .WAS THAT A FAIR STATEMENT AND IF THIS IS TRUE WHY?
Mark Dawes
Sorry, I don't know much about the income levels of obeah workers. Hence I don't know how true this statement is.
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ISNT IT A FACT THAT WHERE EVER THERE IS A LOT OF CHURCHES THERE IS GENERALLY IGNORANCE AND POVERTY ?
Mark Dawes
I have not done any such survey nor has any such surveys come to my attention - so I dont know how to answer you.
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What do u think of the Morman church?
Mark Dawes
I have fundamental disagreements with Morman theology. However, there is at least two aspects of Morman practices that impresses me. Firstly, their focus on ministering to families. Secondly, their devotion to evangelism as evidenced by the requirement that young men must as long as they are able to give some service outside of their homeland.
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DONT U THINK BLACK PPL SHOULD RELATE TO THERE AFRICAN HERITAGE FROM WHICH OUR RELIGION COMES FROM?
Mark Dawes
Yes. I think there is need for further exploration of biblical black history. In all probability a lot of the persons mentioned in scripture were black or people of colour.
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Is it not true that richer countries have less church members and religion is less important to them?
Mark Dawes
Yes it is true. This is particularly noticeable in the United Kingdom where church attendance is at an all time low. Interestingly it seems the black churches are on the incline.
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Do Think Jamaica needs a religious leaders to take over the political ship
Mark Dawes
If by religious leaders, you mean pastors - then the answer is no. What is needed is for more persons of faith to be engaged in the political process.
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WHAT ABOUT THE MISSING PARTS OF THE BIBLE ARE THERE ANY ATTEMPT TO CONNNECT THESE MISSING PART SO THAT PPL CAN KNOW WHATS GOING ON? AND WHAT ABOUT THE 42 COMMANDMENTS OF WHICH WE ONLY HAVE TEN?
Mark Dawes
Archaeologists are continuously searching for manuscripts that dates back to the time the Bible was written. I don't know of 42 commandments - any literature you have on that score please feel free to send to me. c/o the Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston CSO, Jamaica.
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Does Mind and Spirit deal with Islam Buddhism Hinduism etc.. ?
Mark Dawes
Mind and Spirit is a market driven feature. To that extent it necessarily focuses on the church going public as its primary market. Nevertheless, mind and spirit will from time to time highlight and feature non Christian religions. This has been done for e.g. with Islam. I hope soon to do something on Hinduism.
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So AL Miller should stay out of Jamaica politics as a political representative?
Mark Dawes
In my opinion, you cannot be a successful pastor and an MP at the same time. So yes I think he should stay out of representational politics and engage himself in other aspects of political life.
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Do you therefore think there should be a definite division between state and church?
Mark Dawes
I don't like the word division. I think there should be a relationship between church and state. I don't want to see the day when Jamaica becomes so secular that we no longer allow prayer in schools.
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What are your views on gays and the church?
Mark Dawes
Homosexuality is an abomination. The Bible strongly condemns such acts. There is no place for such practices among church people. Ministers of religion who practice or sanction such acts deserve to be removed from the pulpit and from the clergy.
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How come Jamaican black people talk so much bout God when dem so ungodly inna dem ways. most times dem nuh have likkle compasion fi give?
Mark Dawes
It is not enough to talk about God, but we must live the life God expects of us. That is no easy challenge even for the very religious.
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Do you think that there is an incline in the gay attendance in the churches?
Mark Dawes
I have not seen in the churches that I have been to persons expressing views supportive of homosexuality. I think the hostility towards homosexuality is also fierce in the church and so to the extent that it might exist. It is still very much in the closet where it belongs.
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SO ARE U WITH THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT WHICH DICTATE AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND IS NOW SPREADING ITS TENTICLES INTO FOREIGN GOV LIKE HAITI IRAQ ?
Mark Dawes
I am sympathetic to some of the concerns of the religious right. I am not certain at this time that I would endorse what seems to be the US role in Haiti and Iraq.
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DO U OR HAVE U HEARD SUCH SCHOLARS AS DR BE PROF JEFFRIES HENRY CLARKE .THEY HAVE WRITTEN MANY BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT.U MAY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR WORK
Mark Dawes
I have heard of Henry Clarke and Jeffries. I do indeed intend to read some of what they have written.
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Mark Dawes THERE IS A HUGE FALSIFICATION OF AFRICAN HISTORY PERPETUATED THE THE WHITE DEVILS, AND HAS BEEN TAUGHT FOR CENTURIES THAT BLACK MEN ARE PLAIN EVIL AND WORTHLESS. WHEN WE IN FACT TAUGHT THE WORLD ALL THERE IS TO KNOW. I FOR ONE WILL NOT PRACTICE ANY RELIGION SANCTIONED BY WHITE MEN, ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANITY, AS THEY HAVE MURDERED RAPED AND PILLAGED MILLIONS OF AFRICANS IN THE NAME OF THE BIBLE. UNTIL BLACK CHRISTIANS RISE UP AND CHALLENGE THE PRESENT TEACHINGS THAT JESUS WAS NOT A WHITE MAN AND APOLOGIZE FOR THEIR BARBARISM....I DONT WANNA HEAR WHAT ANYONE BLACK OR WHITE HAS TO SAY ABOUT CHRISTIANITY.
Mark Dawes
That is your view and I respect it.
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What if I don't accept or reject god?
Mark Dawes
From my reading of scripture - to not accept God is the same as rejecting God. And that invites eternal consequences, which are irreparable.
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What do you think of the Anglican Gay Bishop?
Mark Dawes
I think that Bishop is not fit to be in the church - Anglican or any church as he is going against the clear teachings of scripture.
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Can you update us on the Rev. Donald Stewart/Andre Kole situation and Rev. Stewart's acceptance of Mr. Kole's $1 million challenge?
Mark Dawes
Stay tuned to Mind and Spirit. I shall be revisiting the issue before long. I can tell you this Andre Kole is still upset that Stewart failed to show up for the challenge. He plans to pursue the matter - it might end up in the courts.
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Do you think that Christians should bear Arms?
Mark Dawes
Yes.
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WOULD U SAY THAT RELIGION IS THE OPIUM OF THE JAMAMICAN CHRISTIAN, AND BECAUSE OF THIS THEY SEE NOTHING MORE THAN GOING TO HEAVEN?
Mark Dawes
No. I don't think that is the case for most Christians in Jamaica. I think that in recent decades Christians are more concerned to do what they can while here on earth. They are not as they might have been labelled in the past "heavenly minded and no earthly good".
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Is it your opinion that preachers should not take a stand against political corruption and represent the people offering not only moral, education but also economic and political leadership?
Mark Dawes
Preachers should indeed boldly take a stand against all forms of corruption especially that of the political variety. This is what John the Baptist did. More needs to be done by the Christian community to offer leadership on moral, educational political and economic matters.
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What new features do you have planned for Mind and Spirit?
Mark Dawes
I will mention one - that in year 2 of the feature there will be surveys commissioned that helps us to understand what are the feelings and thinking of church people on a variety of issues.
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Do you believe in a second coming of Chirst?
Mark Dawes
Yes. He could come anytime now.
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Why is it that Catholic priests are always in trouble with little boys? Is it the celibacy thing?
Mark Dawes
I am not a member of the Catholic church but from my vantage point - I think catholic seminaries and indeed protestant seminaries ought to give far greater attention to the sexual formation that is the sexual maturity of candidates for the clergy before they let them loose on the pew.
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We loved your feature on Wilmot Perkins are there more like that to follow?
Mark Dawes
Perkins is one of a kind character. One won't find another like him for quite a while. It is my intention however to continue to interview persons who are not Christians so that Christians and church folks can better appreciate the worldview of these people.
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Why not do a feature on Jim Parkes retired insurance man turned preacher?
Mark Dawes
You are late. I did that feature last year this time. Check the Gleaner's archive for March 4, 2003 for the story.
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Who do you think has been Jamaica's greatest spiritual leader in recent times?
Mark Dawes
That' a tough call. Perhaps Gerry Gallimore the former head of Jamaica Youth for Christ International. He was a uniting force in the local church community.
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"Don't scientific discoveries conflict with the bible, even invalidate a lot of what is in the bible?"
Mark Dawes
Science is increasingly supportive of the claims of the scriptures. Nevertheless, a still small segment of the scientific community refuses to accept the weight of the Biblical evidence.
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Mark I am glad u said that I was part of y/c when it first started it was fun.
Mark Dawes
YFC needs your help today. Be sure to give It.
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MAY GOD BLESS YOU TO CONTINUE THE GOOD WORK IN PREACHING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT OUR SOCIETY LACK OF IN THESE DAYS (Mark Dawes ).


Mark Dawes
Thank you most kindly.
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What are your views on speaking tonques? Is it a gift of foreign languages or is it just noisy babbling?
Mark Dawes
I have not formally studied the matter as yet. However, I do believe it is a gift of a foreign language(s). I do not believe it is just noisy babbling.
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Some say the bible is a fictional book what is your take?
Mark Dawes
The Bible is not fiction. It is a historical book. Much of what is recorded in it is verifiable using conventional standards of proof that apply to the study of history and to the court room.
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Would astrology, tarot... among other things be considered witchcraft?
Mark Dawes
Certainly. Read Leviticus for further details.
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I would never persecute anyone for any reason. I am open-minded meaning I have no objections to gay people marrying nor would I left a hand to hurt them. I don't believe in the death penalty and I oppose it? However when I read the bible I feel that it encourages us to rise against wrongs- including gay marriages, but I refuse to. What does that make me?
Mark Dawes
I believe the Bible is the ultimate standard for living. Accordingly, if the Bible denounces homosexuality in all shapes and forms I am going to "err" on the side of the Bible. What you are is best defined by you.
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Should the Pope Retire? Why does he think he is the World's religious leader ?
Mark Dawes
The Roman Catholic Church has the largest following in Christendom. So you can forgive him if he sometimes think he is the world's religious leader. I think he should retire but then I don't think he is poise to spend the rest of his days with a wife and kids.
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Is Faith a gift or something learnt?
Mark Dawes
Both.
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What makes Leviticus so right on that subject? Where is the actual proof?
Mark Dawes
Check history and you will find that Righteousness still exalts a nation.
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Well done Mr. Dawes excellent work may god continue 2 bless u and keep u
Mark Dawes
Thank you very much indeed and God bless you.
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Mark Dawes
Thank you all for your comments and may God bless you all.
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