Geee...someone from Louisville Ohio that doesn't like our black presidentYeT? How many blacks live in Louisville? Any? Oh, and it turns out the "Libertarians" are really just right wing Christian Conservative Republicans trying to hide their tracks from voting for American disaster GW Bush twice. Just like ith your claims that you aren't a bunch or racists, Americans aren't fooled by that one either. Only has been Lawrence Welk fans are buying it.
#32342 Aug 3, 2014
Actuall its evident that the municipal water supply in Canton contains an unusually high amount of fluoride and possibly meth.
#32343 Aug 3, 2014
and you're free to think that. Most religious people I know arent terrified or enslaved. They're happy and Im fine with it. Some of them are so up their own ass about their beliefs that they insist stereotyping all other
religions or secularists unfairly. kinda like you do.
Big organized anything can be corrupt. You don't have a point, you have a half truth.
#32345 Aug 3, 2014
Would you say that following passages in the Bible directly attributed to being said by Jesus Christ is something that defines CHRISTians?
"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Jesus Christ
#32346 Aug 3, 2014
So let's see. Freedom of religion...as long as it's Christianity. Christianity is an obvious putty like religion that can be interpreted in any way and can be cherry picked in any fashion to suit any agenda. THAT is the power the Supreme Court really gave to corporations.
I think that a past history of following the practices of said religion (Christianity is the only choice by the way) should be a requirement for these corporations. No work on the Sabbath for you. Hope none of the CEOs ate shellfish. Certainly hope the corporation has strictly adhered to the direct socialist quotes of Jesus Christ when it comes time to count the money. Render unto Caesar and all that.
I pray that this obvious right wing ploy blows up in your Tea Bagging faces. I hope your Grandchildren are someday forced to praise Allah on their lunch breaks. Company mandated.
#32347 Aug 3, 2014
Religions pick and choose what they wish to believe out of the Bible. That's what distinguishes one religion from another. No religion (to my knowledge) believes or follows everything in the Bible.
Even the religions that believe in the same passages define the meanings behind those passages in different ways. For instance, the passage you posted does have a meaning, but it's not what you think. God doesn't have any problem with wealthy people. The actual meaning behind the passage you wrote is about people who chose money over their God, not that money is evil.
You can't tell people of any religion that abortion isn't murder no more than they can tell you man isn't causing climate change. People have the right to believe whatever it is they want to believe. You can debate them of course, but you can't tell them they can't believe what they believe because you disagree with it.
#32348 Aug 3, 2014
only you have said this.
#32349 Aug 3, 2014
You are misusing the phrase "begs the question" as a fancy way to say "asks the question." That's not what it means. "Begs the question" is a logical fallacy, where one assumes the very conclusion they are trying to prove.
When someone trying to prove a point does not offer evidence, but instead asks pointed questions that assumes the point they are trying to make, they are employing this fallacy.(It is also a lazy way to argue, because you don't have to actually support your argument with evidence.)
When someone actually makes a statement, it can be challenged with facts. When you say "given the fact the bible doesn't mention abortion or these magic potions as if they were non-existant", it is easy for me to offer evidence that abortifacients DID exist in Biblical times.
"Abortion was recorded in 1550 B.C.E. in Egypt, recorded in what is called the Ebers Papyrus (note 2) and in ancient China about 500 B.C.E. as well (note 3). In China, folklore dates the use of mercury to induce abortions to about 5,000 years ago (note 4). Of course, mercury is extremely toxic.
Hippocrates also offered abortion to his patients despite being opposed to pessaries and potions which he considered too dangerous."
The fact that abortifacients did exist, but are not mentioned in the Bible suggests that our prohibitions against abortion came about later. In this country, laws against abortion did not arise until the 1800s. Before that, English common law forbid abortions only after "the quickening" (the stage of pregnancy when fetal movements are detected.)
Here's a good, short, easy to read, summary of the history of abortion:
Unlike you, I am a reader. I read many things, including the Bible, so, in that sense, I am a "Bible guy." That doesn't suggest that I believe all that I read there. I also read the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths, and can also discuss the content of those stories, even without believing them to be literal fact. I am very interested in the history of religions.
#32350 Aug 3, 2014
so lets get this straight. Corporations can screw people out of healthcare by offering only part time positions and thats okay but we need to shit our pants because a church doesnt want to cover an employee's abortion? While I dont really agree with either I still feel like one priority should be more important here and the other is just a distraction from the root of the problems we have with the corporate motto
#32351 Aug 3, 2014
I think you probably have two problems here. One is lack of vocabulary, the other is lack of experience with other religions. The Old Testament is held in common by three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The New Testament is sacred only to Christians. I think what you meant to say was that Christian SECTS define themselves by how they interpret the Bible. By lack of experience, I mean that you have lived all of your life in a very Christian world, and it's easy for you to believe that those rules apply everywhere.
But Buddhists don't follow the Bible.Nor do Hindus, or Sikhs, or Confucians.
Well, you can certainly tell Jews that, because "93% of all American Jews support legalized abortion."
#32352 Aug 3, 2014
I thought you told me you weren't a "bible guy", and yet here you are, interpreting Scripture! I'm guessing you heard someone say this in the past, and you believed them, and now echo their words.
The best thing for you to do is to actually read that story in the Bible, and see it in context. It appears in several different books, but I'm going to choose Matthew's version. Here it is, in a modern English version (Matthew 19:16-23):
"A Rich Young Man
16 A man came to Jesus and asked,“Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?”
17 Jesus said to him,“Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. If you want to have eternal life, you must obey his commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
Jesus answered,“Do not murder. Be faithful in marriage. Do not steal. Do not tell lies about others. 19 Respect your father and mother. And love others as much as you love yourself.” 20 The young man said,“I have obeyed all of these. What else must I do?”
21 Jesus replied,“If you want to be perfect, go sell everything you own! Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and be my follower.” 22 When the young man heard this, he was sad, because he was very rich.
23 Jesus said to his disciples,“It’s terribly hard for rich people to get into the kingdom of heaven!"
I think that meaning is pretty clear, even if modern materialists find it as hard to swallow now as the young rich man did then,
#32353 Aug 3, 2014
"Jesus’ message is clear—it is impossible for anyone to be saved on his own merits. Since wealth was seen as proof of God’s approval, it was commonly taught by the rabbis that rich people were blessed by God and were, therefore, the most likely candidates for heaven. Jesus destroyed that notion, and along with it, the idea that anyone can earn eternal life. The disciples had the appropriate response to this startling statement. They were utterly amazed and asked,“Who then can be saved?” in the next verse. If the wealthy among them, which included the super-spiritual Pharisees and scribes, were unworthy of heaven, what hope was there for a poor man?
Jesus’ answer is the basis of the gospel: "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God" (Matthew 19:26). Men are saved through God’s gifts of grace, mercy, and faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Nothing we do earns salvation for us. It is the poor in spirit who inherit the kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3), those who recognize their spiritual poverty and their utter inability to do anything to justify themselves to a holy God. The rich man so often is blind to his spiritual poverty because he is proud of his accomplishments and has contented himself with his wealth. He is as likely to humble himself before God as a camel is to crawl through the eye of a needle."
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/camel-eye-needle....
#32354 Aug 3, 2014
Do you really need some anonymous person's interpretation of that Scripture? You got the original book! How could the meaning be any clearer? Jesus told the rich young man to sell his possessions, and give the money to the poor. Do you think he was joking? Why do you think that Jesuits take a vow of poverty?
#32355 Aug 3, 2014
Nice try, OG spanked you once again. HeeHee!
#32356 Aug 3, 2014
Why? Because as explained in the link I posted, it's not that money is evil nor that people with money are evil. It's because people with money tend to be too consumed with their wealth to truly accept God according to Jesus.
If you read the paragraph before, it stated that Rabbis always taught that wealth is a gift from God and that it was indicative of Gods approval of those individuals. Jesus disagreed with that theory. So we have a contradiction there.
Now if you want to debate just the words of Jesus, then what is wealthy? Certainly wealthy today is different than wealthy of Jesus' time. Is having over 10 grand in the bank wealthy and enough to stop you from getting into heaven? How about 50 grand? How about a 300K house or larger? A $35,000 or more expensive car? Is wealthy having cable television or a big screen? Is too wealthy being able to afford the internet and having utilities like natural gas, propane, electricity?
Well.... Jesus said give away everything you have. So is any possession too much wealth? It's very subjective especially if you want to compare what times were like back then to today. Maybe none of us will ever get to heaven.
#32357 Aug 3, 2014
Well trolls definitely don't go to heaven.......... you will be missed.
#32358 Aug 3, 2014
that's good for you, your mom & dad & your grandparents. And IF anyone claims to be part of your family tree.
#32359 Aug 3, 2014
The Jews, Muslims AND Christians ALL believe that Jesus lived. To NOT believe so makes you one out of perhaps 5. Why do you have to insult 80% of everyone else in the WORLD that hasn't done you harm? I know, it's because YOU are a Kool Aide drinking Jack Wagon!
#32360 Aug 3, 2014
That's my point. That Cantoon s talking B.S.
#32361 Aug 3, 2014
Pops, I believe that Jesus was a historical figure, and not a myth. I don't think he was "the son of God" --- I think he was a man like you and me. I suspect that lots of the "miraculous" aspects of his story were added after his death, and often adapted from earlier stories. People working in an oral tradition often add and subtract bits of the story along the way.
By the way, not all Jews, Muslims, or even all Christians believe that Jesus actually existed. Only Christians see him as the son of God. Jews and Muslims see him as a prophet, but still just a man.
Ephesians 4:31-32 King James Version (KJV):
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
#32362 Aug 3, 2014
Coal miners revolt
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