Why I’m no longer a Christian

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#423578 Nov 29, 2012
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>Hey LS...i know it has other uses but the main use and the result regardless would be preventing pregnancy during sex. Some religious circles feel sex should be not simply for base pleasure but should include the potential for life. While personally I dont agree and think they have misinterpreted scripture that is very situation-specific when it says 'go forth and multiply' I do think regardless they a have a right to adhere to this so long as their entire organization claims to subscribe to the same belief. what they cant do is have non-religious or other forms of religious employess who dont believe this and deny them coverage. It is a fair distinction imo
like other citizens, they need obey the laws of their nation.

America should tax the churches and pay off the national debt

Since: Jul 09

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#423579 Nov 29, 2012
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>LOL...that line will go down for the ages! Ok..let me see then if I can show u explained it to me when I am not just looking to pick things apart. Tell me if I am close. Adaption is not by species but by individual and while gentic the catalyst is environmental and the change that takes place is more limited in scope and only occurs long enough for the desired result. evolution on the other hand is by species and is ongoing although it can have periods of domancy and can bring about wholesale changes and the species will continue to gentically improve as a survival instinct unless wiped out. close or not even?
"improve" is a very poor choice for one who understands language, you either never understood the explanation, or you are jacking around
keep Dreaming

East Quogue, NY

#423580 Nov 30, 2012
What i am not?

Since: Nov 12

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#423582 Nov 30, 2012
god was a jew

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#423583 Nov 30, 2012
onlythepurestMD wrote:
god was a jew
And now, he is a Buddhist.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#423584 Nov 30, 2012
keep Dreaming wrote:
What i am not?
Stone you are not.

Since: Jun 12

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#423585 Nov 30, 2012
G_O_D wrote:
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I'm almost 60 and spent the weekend with a 26 year old. May-December relationships are not uncommon, Ask Hef.
Only if you are a selfish pri#k who is not thinking of the best interest of the female. Assuming it is a female. In you case it could be a male. Either way, i think u are full of BS.

“What do I know?”

Since: Apr 08

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#423586 Nov 30, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
...Few qualities in humans are as beautiful as years of practice. They are at once honest, sophisticated and compelling....
Oooo. Wonderful.

I'm keeping this.

Since: Sep 12

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#423587 Nov 30, 2012
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>Dont you think though that Jesus accomplished all he came to do at the Crucification and that the earlier part about heaven passing away (which is an impossibility) simply was meant to illustrate nothing would prevent Jesus from doing what He came to do? Btw...hey x!
Hi Skom..When the fullness of time came, what had been kept in silence, "now is manifested...is made known unto all the nations unto obedience of faith" (Romans 16:26). Things which never entered into the heart of man, "God revealed them through the Spirit...But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. Which things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words" (I Corinthians 2:10-13. God Bless

“What do I know?”

Since: Apr 08

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#423588 Nov 30, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>...Evolution isn't nice. It isn't moral. It works through death and it's a failing in our global society that we are allowing people to live and die in extreme poverty.
Oooo. Another one.

You don't by any chance do lecture tours, do you?

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#423589 Nov 30, 2012
G_O_D wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm almost 60 and spent the weekend with a 26 year old. May-December relationships are not uncommon, Ask Hef.
Well done! How long have you been seeing her?

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#423590 Nov 30, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
<quoted text> Only if you are a selfish pri#k who is not thinking of the best interest of the female. Assuming it is a female. In you case it could be a male. Either way, i think u are full of BS.
Hey - speaking from a woman's point of view, how do you know she's not using him?

First, you don't think young women can manipulate older men, you don't know young women :p

Second, you think young men are good in bed? You don't know young men :p

Third, you think young men are interested conversants? You don't know old men :p

In defense of older men and younger women ~ so there!

three tongues

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“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#423591 Nov 30, 2012
DearthOfCouth wrote:
<quoted text>
Oooo. Another one.
You don't by any chance do lecture tours, do you?
Bless you, sir!(or ma'am).

I do, if you're interested, lecture tours. I just got back from giving two international presentations - one in San Francisco, one in Hong Kong. Mind you, they were academic and not lay lectures.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#423592 Nov 30, 2012
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
(waaasssuuup)
He doesn't want to learn how science works. Thinking makes his brain hurt. He thinks science a religion, to be denigrated for not being christian.
He's an idiot.
Speaking of idiots, did you hear O'Reilly declaring on his show last night that christianity is *not* a religion? God's balls, he's an asshole!!
Yeah, he doesn't.

No, I didn't. I never watch O'Reilly, except on Youtube when people make fun of him. Thanks for that, I may check out youtube :)

Since: Sep 12

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#423593 Nov 30, 2012
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>I have always believed 3 things are required; repentance, faithfullness, and obedience. Paul does have some verses that speak to things being conditional like keeping our election sure IF we do certain things and I could give you some more specifics at home but admittedly I find Christ's teaching to be spelled out much clearer in the gospels as Paul seemed to focus more on the grace aspect whereaqs James much more on faith in action and the gospels a nice mix of both. But I also believe that is why we had diff authors to give us the complete picture when looked at as a whole.(T) PEACE
According to the New Testament,they were Different because Paul was sent to the Gentiles and Peter, James and John was sent to teach the Jews..

“First it steals your mind..”

Since: Jun 11

..and then it steals your soul

#423594 Nov 30, 2012
Through the hellfire, steps Double Fine.

Hi all.

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#423595 Nov 30, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
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The Bible also says to kill witches, but I guess on balance you can cancel that out with some other verse. So the key to interpreting the Bible is knowing the whole thing, canceling out contradictions and tallying up the winners? I'm just askin'.
If I was an average guy in Salem during the witch trials, and I was walking around reading my Bible, and I tripped on something, and looked up, and saw an old ugly lady stirring a huge pot, giving me the evil eye, and I got up and looked down at my Bible, and just happened to read, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.", I'd be like, "Oh yeah, you're gonna get it now. You tripped me witch!"
The best way to control how someone interprets words is to be explicit and precise. Surely I would put some blame on the interpreters, the ones that killed the witches, but I would also hold responsible any person who passes this off as "safe advice". Don't give idiots a Bible, or kids, or anyone who isn't already against witch burning, just to be safe. If you have to give them something, give them something error-free. The Bible ain't it.
I've kinda gone off on a tangent, but you've made the point, correct me if I'm wrong, that there are "good" interpretations, and "bad" interpretations. I think we can go a bit further than that, and throw out the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We (Christian society) have thrown out the flat circle Earth idea. We (American Christians at least) have thrown out the witch burning idea. I'll hold the waste basket for you. Dunk it.
It seems that you really can interpret the Bible any way you like and to say anything you wish it to say.

Rewriting it to make it more palatable than it really is seems to be quite popular here of late.

Since: Jun 12

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#423596 Nov 30, 2012
Grace Walker wrote:
According to the New Testament,they were Different because Paul was sent to the Gentiles and Peter, James and John was sent to teach the Jews..
First century Jews despised homosexuality. That is why Jesus did not address it in the Gospels. They were on the same page. Jesus did define marriage as between a man and a woman. Homosexuality, pedestry, incest marriage were practiced by non Jews. That is why Paul addressed it and Jesus did not. As you have pointed out. The audiences were different which seems to go above all heads here. To justisfy homosexual relationships because of ''love'' is alien to Scripture.

http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/BIB/Helleni...

Since: Jun 12

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#423597 Nov 30, 2012
Double Fine wrote:
Through the hellfire, steps Double Fine.
Hi all.
Hey dude! How are things with the rich and famous?

“"None shall pass"”

Since: Jul 11

There

#423598 Nov 30, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
<quoted text> Only if you are a selfish pri#k who is not thinking of the best interest of the female. Assuming it is a female. In you case it could be a male. Either way, i think u are full of BS.
She had no complaints. Please explain how I am selfish.

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