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Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

Speak to the issue any time you feel like it. Regards DL  (Monday Dec 1 | post #3)

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Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism? We must save our children from foolish belief in the supernatural. Education is the only tool that we have to drag ourselves and our children out of ignorance and superstition and that education should include that it is foolish to read myth literally. No more Dark Ages should be allowed. Comparative Religion should be taught to insure that no child is lost to creationist intellectual dissonance. We must expose our children to Comparative Religion as soon as they can understand Evolution which would be taught alongside of it. To do less would be shirking our duty to our children and their young minds. If you do not supports this type of all-inclusive education, please show why you oppose it? Remember that when President Bush backed up stem cell research, it gave other countries a chance to advance away from the U.S. and hurt the U.S economy. If the U.S. fails to educate itís children properly in Comparative Religion and Evolution --- and the various sciences that stem from it, --- the U.S. will shrink itís economy and power as compared to those countries who have a fuller and more intelligent education program. Do you agree that it is the duty of the U.S. education system to maintain a first world standard of education in the teaching of Creationism, Comparative Religion and Evolution, --- and catch up to more intelligent countries? Regards DL  (Monday Dec 1 | post #1)

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Can you love on command?

Why do you think God condemned you n the first place? Why do you need a savior? Are you that evil that you deserve a God's punishment? Regards DL  (Nov 17, 2014 | post #14)

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Women. Religionís longest running victims.

Try to get home at rush hour without laws. Your view is quite un-workable and should be discarded. Try telling God his laws are useless junk. Regards DL  (Nov 9, 2014 | post #3)

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Can you love on command?

Stop idol worshiping and putting a huge God into your small idol worshiping box. Scriptures worn against that. Regards DL  (Nov 9, 2014 | post #10)

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Can you love on command?

Of course thinking of others changes your mind set. No argument. That has a lot to do with the question. Love to be true love must be shared and like faith must have works and deeds and reciprocity. Love takes 2. God has to do his part and an absentee God cannot love us back so we cannot say that we can love God. Regards DL  (Nov 9, 2014 | post #9)

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Can you love on command?

Can you love on command was the question. I do not see your answer. Regards DL  (Nov 9, 2014 | post #8)

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Can you love on command?

You say that we are somehow apart from your omnipresent God who I think would love us enough to ever be apart from us. As a Gnostic Christian with the spark of God in me that Jesus says I have, I cannot buy what you are saying. You may not see and feel God within you but I do. Perhaps since you lack that you might want to look into Gnostic Christianity. It is a non-misogynistic and non-idol worshiping cult while yours is. Regards DL  (Nov 9, 2014 | post #7)

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Only man is fit to be God.

Only man is fit to be God. There is no higher form of intelligent life as far as we can tell with any confidence. Man has already proven that he can produce better laws than any of the Gods so to want to have man led by a God with less moral values would be like us electing Satan. We are a part of the animal kingdom. In this kingdom, all animals look to their own kind for guidance and the best rules for them to live their lives by. These they learn from instincts. Man seeks the same best rules to live life by and not only uses his instincts and feelings, he also uses his intellect and reason. Religions would have us emulate some absentee Gods while knowing that they are less moral and intelligent in their laws than man. That is why religions tend to not try to have holy laws put into our societies. They are way too draconian. If all other animals emulate their fittest as God, in the sense of the best rules for life, then why do some humans want to follow what can only be called an alien God? Humans should rule over humans. No alien God should ever be let to rule over us even if one did show up. Do you agree and if not, why not? Regards DL  (Aug 29, 2014 | post #1)

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Can you love on command?

Can you love on command? Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV) 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ------------------ ------------------ ---------- Jesus should know, --- if intelligent at all, that an emotions like love cannot be commanded or demanded from people. Whatever force was driving Jesus to put that command into our reality, be that force or God real or myth, could not have been a very intelligent force. You recognize those you love and who return the emotion by works and deeds. Can one be effectively ordered to love knowing that true love, as with true faith, must have deeds, works and reciprocity? Imagine you never doing anything for those you love. They would and could not know you love them. Imagine those who profess loving you without them ever showing it by actions. You could never know that they love you. Can you love on command a God that is not here and unable to share that love? Can you love your neighbor without doing something for him? Is love a one way thing or must it be returned to be real love? Are the so called great commandments unworkable rhetoric? You should know that I think we are basically all living those commandments in a partial and blind way, as we are collectively helping our poorer neighbors. It is the intellectual efficacy or veracity of those commands that I question. Regards DL  (Aug 29, 2014 | post #1)

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Women. Religionís longest running victims.

Women. Religionís longest running victims. Here we are in civilized and enlightened societies and cultures in high tech times and we are not smart enough to recognize that the world will continue in strife as long as we men do not give women full equality as a minimum to what men should do towards the care of families. I hope you are astute enough to see this. If you do nothing then you know not what duty to your family should be. The women in your family deserve to be first class citizens. Men are maintaining Godís curse against women. He will rule over you. Men. Christians, Catholics and Muslims. Free your women. Itís time. Man up. Please. Regards DL  (Aug 28, 2014 | post #1)

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Is it egotistical to think that a God would die for you?

Is it egotistical to think that a God would die for you? People who believe in the barbaric human blood sacrifice of the Triune Jesus/God must believe that the greatest force ever to exist decided that humans, lowly creations whom we are told are infinitely inferior to God, are somehow more important than Godís own life and that he would give it up for believers. That is like a slave master dying in place of his slave. A rather silly notion to me. Jesus preached that we should develop a humble character with little self-pride. How is placing your own life above Triune Jesus/Godís showing a humble character as you think that he would die for you? That is taking self-pride to the maximum. I think that those with good morals will know that no noble and gracious God would demand the sacrifice of a so called son just to prove it's benevolence. Yet Christians who think they are moral will believe that God would do such a despicable thing as having his son killed even as scriptures say that God prefers repentance to sacrifice and does not believe in asking or accepting a ransom. Is thinking that to believe that God would die for you the epitome of an inflated ego? If not, what could possibly inflate an ego more than that? Regards DL  (May 31, 2013 | post #1)

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Moral men and women will deny women equal rights.

Moral men and women will deny women equal rights. Seeking and demanding sanctity is one of the main five best rules of morality. Those rules shown below closely resemble most religious rules. For humankind to give an idea sanctity they must give sacrifice to it. The sacrifice that we must all do is deny women equality and give men a lower position in rulership. Men must bend the knee to women and elevate them to our ultimate sovereign. Those women and men who do not demand this are not in the best moral state of mind and should try to move to it. We are all natural animals and follow the hierarchical rules of those species which have Alpha males. The main survival strategy of such a species is that the Alpha males will fight to the death to insure that the Beta females live. Females, as the incubators of life and the most important within that species, must have the highest protection to insure that they will survive to continue the life of that species. Men, being the most physically powerful and having a more natural tendency to rule, must take a leadership role to insure this continuity. The Alpha of any species fights to insure that the Beta always has the highest position. The Kings and all other men IOW, must rule as the power behind the throne but the Queen is the one who must always sit on that throne and rule over the King. The research done by Mr. Haigt shows that the right wings of religions and politics show more concern with tribalism than do the left wings. It appears then that if we are to move to the most advantageous moral position then it is to the right wings to promote it. As an esoteric ecumenist and Gnostic Christian, I am the left of center and not in the best camp to sell the view that women should rule even as I recognize that they should. The right has been given a wakeup call thanks to president Obama being re-elected. FMPOV then, the right needs a new platform if they are to survive, as they should to balance the political spectrum. Generally speaking only; women are the weaker of the sexes and are better places to know what the requirements of survival are and should thus rule. Women should then demand the full protection and sacrifice of the Alphas males as that is the natural order of hierarchical species and must be to insure survival. This sacrifice gives sanctity to our species and insures itís longevity. The religious and political right seem better suited to lead towards this end. In my opinion, men and women who do not agree with this premise are not taking the best moral position for families or for society at large. This issue is more in the hands of men than women and in that sense men would be more immoral than women if they do not deny women equality and place women above themselves. Should the religious and political right take up this best moral position and demand that equality be denied to all women and demand that they be given their rightful and natural position above men? Please see the research and logic behind this premise. http://blog.ted.co m/2008/09/17/the_r eal_differ/ http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=jHc-y McfAY4 Regards DL  (Nov 13, 2012 | post #1)

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Can you help but do evil? I do not see how. Do you?

Can you help but do evil? I do not see how. Do you? And if you cannot, why would God punish you? Christians are always trying to absolve God of moral culpability in the fall by putting forward their free will argument and placing all the blame on mankind. That usually sounds like ----God gave us free will and it was our free willed choices that caused our fall. Hence God is not blameworthy. Such statements simply avoid God's culpability as the author and creator of human nature. Free will is only the ability to choose. It is not an explanation why anyone would want to choose "A" or "B" (bad or good action). An explanation for why Eve would even have the nature of "being vulnerable to being easily swayed by a serpent" and "desiring to eat a forbidden fruit" must lie in the nature God gave Eve in the first place. Hence God is culpable for deliberately making humans with a nature-inclined-to -fall, and "free will" means nothing as a response to this problem. If all do evil/sin by nature then, the evil/sin nature is dominant. If not, we would have at least some who would not do evil/sin. Can we then help but do evil? I do not see how. Do you? Having said the above for the God that I do not believe in, I am a Gnostic Christian naturalist, let me tell you that evil and sin is all human generated and in this sense, I agree with Christians, but for completely different reasons. Evil is mankinds responsibility and not some imaginary Gods. Free will is something that can only be taken. Free will cannot be given not even by a God unless it has been forcibly withheld. Much has been written to explain evil and sin but I see as a natural part of evolution. Consider. First, let us eliminate what some see as evil. Natural disasters. These are unthinking occurrences and are neither good nor evil. There is no intent to do evil even as victims are created. Without intent to do evil, no act should be called evil. In secular courts, this is called mens rea. Latin for an evil mind or intent and without it, the court will not find someone guilty even if they know that they are the perpetrator of the act. Evil then is only human to human when they know they are doing evil and intend harm. As evolving creatures, all we ever do, and ever can do, is compete or cooperate. Cooperation we would see as good as there are no victims created. Competition would be seen as evil as it creates a victim. We all are either cooperating, doing good, or competing, doing evil, at all times. Without us doing some of both, we would likely go extinct. This, to me, explains why there is evil in the world quite well. Be you a believer in nature, evolution or God, you should see that what Christians see as something to blame, evil, we should see that what we have, competition, deserves a huge thanks for being available to us. Wherever it came from, God or nature, without evolution we would go extinct. We must do good and evil. There is no conflict between nature and God on this issue. This is how things are and should be. We all must do what some will think is evil as we compete and create losers to this competition. These links speak to theistic evolution. http://www.america magazine.org/conte nt/article.cfm?art icle_id=1205 http://www.youtube .com/user/ProfMTH# g/c/6F8036F680C1DB EB If theistic evolution is true, then the myth of Eden should be read as a myth and there is not really any original sin. If the above is not convincing enough for you then show me where in this baby evil lives or is a part of its nature and instincts. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=HBW5v dhr_PA Can you help but do evil? I do not see how. Do you? And if you cannot, why would God punish you? Regards DL  (Aug 17, 2012 | post #1)

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Does God ---- Do unto others?

Does God ---- Do unto others? There are many instances in scriptures where God does not follow the golden rule. Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. In the sacrifice of Jesus, God demanded that Jesus bear the sins of the wicked who will repent. This is hardly doing unto others or following the advice of scriptures. ------------------ ---------------- Matthew 25:41 (Jesus speaking): Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Hell can hardly be called a good thing. This again is hardly Jesus doing unto others or following the advice of scriptures. ------------------ ----------------- Does the God you know follow the golden rule? How can he be doing so when a good God would find a good and moral way to convert instead the draconian methods he seems to use that go against the golden rule and his own good advice in his scriptures? Regards DL  (Jan 23, 2012 | post #1)