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    06-16-2017, 10:34 AM
    And what else do we find throughout the Bible? We find we are not to judge. We find the publican, in his humility and repentance, will ascend to heaven before the Pharisee, who spends all his time concerning himself with who else but him will and will not go to heaven. That, my man, is Biblical.
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    06-16-2017, 09:22 AM
    Sola, would you be so kind as to clear up a few points for us, so that we might benefit from your wisdom? Jesus was... A. So narcissistic that He worshipped Himself. B. A Jew, and therefore without virtue. C. An exception to Paul's ironclad rule, because rank has its privileges. When Jesus said this... ...it was...
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    06-14-2017, 07:18 PM
    Either that, or the people stop using the FRN and find other media of trade. Then the FRN becomes completely worthless overnight, at which point there is no reason for the things not to be printed until they outnumber the leaves on the trees. And the debt is paid off, and the people do not suffer for it because they aren't like Zimbabweans and they don't feel compelled to sink with the currency. Does that lead to civil war? Only if the Federal Reserve remains in control of the military, which it currently sends about the world in defense of the Petrodollar.
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    06-14-2017, 06:58 PM
    Truth is, you can scour this forum from end to end, or all the internet for that matter, and not find all these lofty statements about my own goodness you allude to. They are yet another myth, created of your fertile imagination. Christ's parables are an integral part of His works. Which of us rejects those? Physician, heal thyself. The Pharisees taught that salvation was a matter of rite and rote. Make your sacrifices and obey our authority and you're in, though it helps if you were born a Jew too. You're the one demanding obeisance to your dogma, saying that one has to be born Elect, and trusting in your own Elect status. Not I.
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    06-14-2017, 06:43 PM
    But none are as foolish and self-destructive as Fed supporters.
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    06-14-2017, 06:35 PM
    LOL If any part of the entire Bible was ever written in code, it's a letter from Paul to a group of Empire citizens, likely sent through the official mails, who were practicing Christianity illegally. Compared to the four Gospels and the entirety of the Teachings of our Savior, it's totally obscure. No one in his right mind considers that anything other than some guy's attempt to guide a persecuted group of brave worshippers from afar, without endangering them or himself. It has historical interest. It offers some insight. It was never intended, by Paul or anyone else, as a substitute (or worse, a contradiction) for our Lord's Word and Wisdom. If you can't see the irony we're laughing at, you truly don't have ears to hear or eyes to see. If you can't address this statement humbly and honestly, how can anyone trust your clarity of judgment on any religious subject?
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    06-14-2017, 06:11 PM
    We all have to work at it. At least us mere humans do. I suppose it comes completely naturally to those God created as lovely, inoffensive, sweet-smelling little flowers. You know. Like TULIPs...
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    06-14-2017, 06:05 PM
    You've been listening to that guy Jesus. Good job!
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    06-14-2017, 06:01 PM
    That does happen. Most of them concentrated on Jesus' teachings, via the parables. You remember those. The very things you think are an unbreakable code that no human can understand. And a great many of them spent a lot of time dwelling on what Jesus expects of us in exchange for that gift, and the change of heart that must be a part of that, and which practically no one but you believes requires no effort on our part (beyond, of course, studying a bunch of relatively obscure theology that most humans can't comprehend and arguing with people on the internet about it).
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    06-14-2017, 05:50 PM
    +rep The only thing worse than socialists is autocorrect.
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    06-14-2017, 05:48 PM
    Being unarmed while only the socialists are armed is our idea of a good time...?
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    06-14-2017, 05:41 PM
    How wonderful that we aren't subjected to Soviet-style revisionist history from our news sources, where Truth and Enlightenment are secondary considerations and The Agenda rules all. Otherwise, we might be subjected to stupid statements which insult our intelligence. We might be expected to forget that the city of Santa Fe (which, not coincidentally, is not named 'Sainted Faith') is 408 years old, the city of San Francisco has a Chinatown which is approaching its 168th birthday, and we have one state which, were it not for Polynesian and Japanese immigration dating back to before the Pilgrims were in diapers, might not have a 'native population' at all.
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    06-14-2017, 05:26 PM
    Yes, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and more than one way to deal with a three inch sewer line. And in a place where incomes are low, and clean water is scarce and expensive, what makes people wrong to do things a different way than The American Way (TM)? Is it because they aren't allowed to take out the trash any more often than dannno guesses they do? In any case, the proverbial pages of the old Sears Catalog will clog up even four inch lines, and will end the effectiveness of any septic system ever built. Because a U.S. federal law has obviously resulted in all the world's toilets instantly being transformed into new Low Flow toilets. :rolleyes:
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    06-14-2017, 11:39 AM
    Huh? How does that follow? Satirizing your blather is tantamount to refusing to be God's slave?
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    06-14-2017, 11:11 AM
    Must be yet another Bernie Socialist. Anyone else would have gone postal on the Postal Service.
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    06-14-2017, 11:08 AM
    So, has anyone explained how a cadre of trained federal bodyguards allows a guy carrying an assault rifle into the venue undetected? Or are we still getting nothing but Congress critters saying, 'Don't shoot us. We're really nice. We may be robbing y'all blind, but we don't know what we're doing, so don't shoot us.'
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    06-14-2017, 10:44 AM
    Oh, go ahead and ask me if you can come to Oklahoma and see the teepees. You know you want to.
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    06-14-2017, 10:38 AM
    There are parts of North America where toilet paper is not flushed, because the local plumbing cannot handle it without getting stopped up. They aren't any more ignorant than you were. At least, until I educated you with my condescending horseshit. You're welcome.
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    06-14-2017, 10:26 AM
    They have only the best tents?
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    06-14-2017, 10:19 AM
    I bet you're guessing that more people ride camels than motor vehicles in Syria, too. Excuse me if I don't bet on any of your guesses panning out.
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    06-14-2017, 10:14 AM
    Seriously? Where is the tallest building--building, not structure--in the world, O Brilliant One? You remind me of the morons who come to Oklahoma and ask, 'Where da teepees at? I want the kids to see 'em!'
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    06-13-2017, 10:43 AM
    You badger and badger and badger one person into posting something other than Bible verses which contradict your position, because you want to argue, but you know it would be unseemly to argue against Bible verses. You won't even discuss the word of the Lord with her; a field of discussion that allows few opportunities to belittle someone. And you pretend not to understand why someone would let the Bible speak for them when dealing with you. Then when someone does use their own words instead of hunting down verses to speak for them... ...you presume that the person said just exactly the opposite of what actually was said. Not that you haven't done the same with certain inconvenient Bible verses...
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    06-12-2017, 07:41 PM
    Your father was clearly able to maintain total control over the conversation by snapping off purely leading questions, and was no doubt convincing enough to a child that this somewhat Socratic method was developing critical thinking skills. But did it really teach you critical thinking, or did it merely make you skilled at divining what answer the interrogator was after and delivering it? Do you really think this is a superior method of persuasion, especially given that you rebelled so hard against it once upon a time that you went full atheist? Do you just use it on us, or do you also use it on your children? Would you describe your relationship with them as 'warm', or is the only warmth in the form of heated exchanges (as with your relationships here)? Do you see how your desire to stick to the leading questions you want to stick to, and your constant desire to formulate those questions in just the right leading form, prevents what may be valid points of view held by others from inking into your consciousness? Do you really think such an adversarial form is appropriate for a subject such as God's love? Did you really buy it when your father pretended not to remember the questions he didn't want to answer? Do you really think your job is an adequate excuse for insulting our effort and intelligence by refusing to review the thread when you can get back to it, and reading the questions which the computer system is patiently holding in stasis for your convenience? Are you refusing to address points directly related to what Jesus is quoted in the four Gospels as saying because you remember that your arguments that what Jesus said is an unfathomable code of some kind were soundly refuted? Or do you really wake up in a new world every day as you pretend to do? Do you ever get bored regurgitating the same narrow set of assertions year after year, without ever examining them in any kind of meaningful way? Are you scared of the assertions that you repeatedly ignore, or do you truly imagine that you have adequately refuted them all? If you are ignoring them because you've heard them before, and somehow feel insulted when people repeat themselves, why do you find it acceptable to repeat yourself ad nauseum? Do you honestly imagine no one notices these discrepancies? When you come here and spout your redundancies, and refuse to engage in a meaningful way, and display your eyes that do not see and your ears that do not hear, do you imagine yourself as Daniel in the lion's den, walking thought the valley of the shadow of death to see if you fear this good which your worldview classifies as evil? I have more questions. Should I go to the trouble to type them? Or are you going to ignore most or all of these as it is, making it pointless to try to engage you in any sort of meaningful way?
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    06-12-2017, 06:20 PM
    You love to ask questions which make people feel uncomfortable. Especially when it allows you to deflect attention from questions people are asking you, which make you feel uncomfortable. You can claim all day the shoe does not fit you. But everyone can see that it does.
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    06-12-2017, 06:15 PM
    A fine, but completely unsuccessful attempt to distract people from the fact that you have asked 'gotcha' questions, and laid sophist traps, and accused people of ignorance, and asked irrelevant questions (often about nonexistent things like the bible verse in the OP of another thread), and refused to respond to honest questions, and attempted to change the subject, and have said nothing of any substance for days.
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    06-12-2017, 12:08 PM
    'Hey, look over there!' There is no Bible verse in the OP of this thread. How is this childish, sophist trick in service of the Lord, again? Answer the question or tacitly admit you're doing the devil's work here.
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    06-12-2017, 12:01 PM
    Another childish, sophist trick designed solely to drag a deep conversation into the shallow water. The Pharisees who were there that day said He violated their rules regarding the Sabbath. And that is a gospel verse, so it must be true. So, the question becomes, how does it serve the Lord for you to reduce an important discussion to a childish dispute on whether those Pharisees were lying about whether Jesus violated their silly-assed Sabbath rules? Especially when Jesus did not deny it? Sophist tricks designed to short-circuit meaningful conversation. My, how noble! :rolleyes: Amen, indeed.
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    06-12-2017, 11:45 AM
    Go ahead. Tell us how this conversation suddenly became so overwhelmingly interesting you suddenly forgot all about that other conversation where you had just been inserting a comment a minute.
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