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    06-12-2019, 05:43 PM
    I am seriously beginning to question his mental well-being.
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    06-11-2019, 10:11 PM
    And yet somehow the English managed to do it for centuries before the state got involved in marriage, specifically in America in order to prevent blacks and whites form marrying. People declared themselves married and moved in together. They didn't need the state, local or national, to regulate their property or parental rights. The society and community in which they lived took care of that through social action and influence. The national government didn't assert the unconstitutional right to control marriage until the Reynolds decision in 1879. But then again, I don't expect you to actually side with human liberty. If you did that the state couldn't violently impose your "ideal" society on everyone through violence and the deprivation of basic human liberty. The state has to control the "blood" in "blood and soil" otherwise people might *gasp* marry people of other races and from other countries without your permission.
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    06-11-2019, 09:46 PM
    No one should be allowed to vote. Voting is Socialism. If you believe in giving power to a centralize bureaucracy to steal the wealth from one group of people to be spent for the "benefit of the people/nation/volk" then you are engaging in socialism.
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    06-11-2019, 12:23 PM
    Taking a stand on Trump when he is wrong is one thing, calling for his impeachment for the BS witch hunt is something else entirely. Amash has a serious case of TDS and he needs to snap out of it if he is going to be an effective leader.
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    06-10-2019, 08:59 PM
    https://mobile.twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/1138269545938980864 Breaking news: Amash quits House Freedom Caucus
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    06-10-2019, 09:12 AM
    I just found this video and started listening to it now
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    06-10-2019, 09:06 AM
    Here is a great presentation to watch:
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    06-10-2019, 09:04 AM
    With regard to geocentrism, it is absolutely true that Einsteinian theories of relativities do not disprove a motionless earth with the universe spinning around it. Indeed, Einstein started his journey of relativity trying to explain what happened in the earlier Michaelson-Morley experiments which demonstrated that indeed the earth was motionless. It was through this whereby special relativity and general relativity were proposed. However, we are now finding that there is such thing as speeds faster than light. Creepy phenomenons such as entanglement of which scientitists have absolutely no clue of. There is also ‘earth-shattering’ discoveries of recent years of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation of the universe which completely destroys the Copernican Principle and the idea that we are some insignificant speck of dust circling a mediocre star in a off-beaten galaxy. Indeed to the shock of astrophysicists the world over, it has been revealed through observatoin that the earth lies in the center of the universe, with both the equator and its axis aligning along the patterns of the CMB which scientists have not been able to explain. Indeed, they called it “the Axis of Evil” because they see it as a great threat to the prevailing view that the earth is an insignificant planet in the cosmos. As a Christian, these are all fascinating discoveries to learn about. Indeed, it has always been my belief that the more science digs and digs, the more the Holy Scriptures, and Genesis in particular, is being validated.
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    06-10-2019, 08:47 AM
    He basically delves into the “quantum reality problem”, namely that there is a great disconnect between the world as described through physics in the quantum world and the reality which we live in on a daily basis. Specifically, a birfurcation problem stemming from Cartesian duality. Modern physicists have recognized that they have reached a crossroads. The further they go in trying to explain the science of the quantum world, that is, the more they try and justify the prevailing theories of the past century and offer a scientific explanation, especially in regards to state vector collapse and the theories espoused by Heisenberg and Schrodinger, etc , the crazier and more unrealistic the theories they come up with (namely many worlds theories, dark matter, infinite multiverses, etc). They are starting to realize that they in fact have no clue and are creating theories just to justify other theories, of which make little to no rational sense. Wolfgang Smith is one of several scholars who has turned to traditional metaphysics, ontology, and cosmology and applied it upon quantum mechanics to find the key which brings the observable world and the reality of things into focus.
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    06-10-2019, 08:08 AM
    His most recent book “Physics and Vertical Causation: The End of Quantum Reality” is sitting on my desk as I finish up one of his other books but apparently there is a documentary being made about it. If anyone has read it, please give us a review!
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    06-10-2019, 08:05 AM
    Three of Wolfgang Smith’s books can be found online for free: Science and Myth: What we were never told http://traditionalhikma.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Science-and-Myth-What-We-Are-Never-Told.pdf Quantum Enigma https://archive.org/details/WSmithQuantum The Wisdom of Ancient Cosmology https://archive.org/details/Wolfgangsmithwisdom
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    06-10-2019, 07:57 AM
    This thread is for discussing the resurgence of geocentrism being discussed within academic circles over the past 10 years and the current crisis of quantum physics. I watched the documentary “The Principle” and have since become fascinated with the topic. I have since read several works of Wolfgang Smith which I have found very enlightening regarding the major problems being identified within quantum physics and current modern scientific thought. Was hoping any others with a similar interest might want to discuss this!
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    06-10-2019, 07:24 AM
    Here are some great resources on this topic: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-After-Death-Seraphim-Rose/dp/093863514X https://www.amazon.com/How-Our-Departed-Ones-Live/dp/088465401X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=18Z2UK7RYQ4GE&keywords=how+our+departed+ones+live&qid=1560172899&s=books&sprefix=How+our+de%2Cstripbooks%2C122&sr=1-1 https://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Mysteries-Beyond-Archimandrite-Panteleimon/dp/0884652122/ref=pd_sim_14_1/145-5803627-2659969?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0884652122&pd_rd_r=b0d29211-8b82-11e9-8802-f7585e08a683&pd_rd_w=C2TFI&pd_rd_wg=38mB2&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=D9MQZ6PH8VAFBVM2KE2K&psc=1&refRID=D9MQZ6PH8VAFBVM2KE2K https://www.amazon.com/after-Death-Metropolitan-Nafpaktos-Hierotheos/dp/9607070348/ref=pd_sbs_14_4/145-5803627-2659969?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=9607070348&pd_rd_r=c72c9e0d-8b82-11e9-8802-f7585e08a683&pd_rd_w=hwEgQ&pd_rd_wg=NGGFU&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556eae5797d&pf_rd_r=NVH2QHQB6MQE18HG4D6C&psc=1&refRID=NVH2QHQB6MQE18HG4D6C
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    06-10-2019, 07:07 AM
    Here are some more examples: St. John of Damascus relates: "A certain holy man had a disciple who was living heedlessly. And what happened? Death found him in the midst of his carelessness. The merciful Heavenly Father, roused by the tears and cries of the elder, revealed to him the youth burning in flames up to his neck, like the merciless rich man mentioned in the parable of Lazarus. And when the saint subjected his flesh to strict mortification, fervently beseeching God for the forgiveness of his disciple, he beheld him enveloped in flame up to his waist. Finally, when the holy man had increased his ascetic labors yet more, God revealed him in a vision to the elder, removed from the flame and completely free." The holy martyr Perpetua relates: "One day, at the time of general prayer in prison, I unexpectedly uttered the name of my dead brother Dinocrates. Struck by this unusual occurrence, I began to pray and sigh for him before God. On the following night I received a vision: I saw Dinocrates come forth, as though from a dark place. He was in intense heat, tormented by thirst, filthy in appearance and pallid. On his face was the wound from which he had died. Between us yawned a deep crevasse, and we were unable to approach each other. Beside the place where Dinocrates stood there was a full cistern, the lip of which stood much higher than my brother's stature, and Dinocrates stretched, trying to reach the water. I was filled with pity, for the height of the rim prevented my brother from drinking. Immediately after this I awoke and realized that my brother was in torment. But believing that my prayer could help him in his suffering, I prayed all day and night in the prison, with cries and lamentations, that Dinocrates be treated mercifully. And on the day on which we were kept in chains, I received a new vision: the place which before I had seen had been made bright, and Dinocrates, with a clean face and beautiful apparel, was enjoying its coolness. Where he had had a wound, I saw only a trace of it. The rim of the cistern was no higher than the waist of the young man, and he was able to draw water from it without effort. On the rim of the cistern stood a golden cup full of water. Dinocrates approached it and began to drink from it, but the water in it did not decrease. Satisfied, he stepped away from it and began to rejoice. With this the vision ended. I then understood that he had been released from punishment. One day the Venerable Macarius of Egypt was walking about the desert and found a dried-out human skull lying on the ground. Turning it over with his staff, the saint heard a sound, as though from a distance. Then Macarius asked the skull: "What manner of man wast thou?" "I was the chief of the pagan priests that dwelt in this place," it replied. "When thou, O Abba Macarius, who art full of the Spirit of God, pray for us, taking pity on them that are in the torments of hell, we then receive a certain relief."
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    06-10-2019, 07:04 AM
    There are instances recorded within the Hagiographies of such things happening. I will list a few: In the life of St. Gregory the Dialogist, Pope of Rome. Once as he was going along a road, St. Gregory suddenly stopped and began to pray for the forgiveness of sins of the emperor Trajan who was already dead. Soon he heard the following words from God: “I have hearkened unto thy prayers and grant remission of sins to Trajan, but henceforth off Me no prayers for the unrighteous”. At another time, St. Gregory the Dialogist told the story: "One brother," he says, "for breaking the vow of poverty, was deprived of a church funeral and prayers after his death for a period of thirty days, in order to strike fear in the hearts of the others. But later, out of compassion for his soul, the Bloodless Sacrifice and prayers were offered up for him for the space of thirty days. On the last of these days, the deceased appeared in a vision to his brother, whom he had left among the living, and said: 'Until now it has gone badly for me, but now I am at peace, for today I received communion.'" This same holy Father, in his dialogues with the Deacon Peter, tells of the apparition of a dead man who begged a priest to help him by praying for him to God. "From this it is obvious," he concludes, "how profitable the Sacred Sacrifice is for souls; for the souls themselves ask it of the living, and indicate the means by which they are cleansed of sins." There are two instances with St. Benedict regarding miraculous events demonstrating that through the prayers of the Church and the offering of the prosphora (the bread to be used in the Holy Eucharist). The first instance was when two nuns who had lived sinful lives died. They were buried in the Church. Certain worthy (read:holy) persons noticed that every time the decon said “Catechumens depart” during the Liturgy, the two nuns would get out of their tombs and leave the Church. This was told to St. Benedict and after offering the prosphora to God on their behalf, the young nuns ceased to be seen leaving their tombs. Another instance was of a young monk who had died in sin. He was buried and the next day the body of the monk was found to be outside the coffin. They buried him again, and again, the next day his body was found outside the coffin. Only after St. Benedict ordered the Holy Eucharist be offered for him and placed a particle of the Holy Gifts on breast of dead man, did the body remain in the coffin after burial.
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    06-10-2019, 04:57 AM
    And then you believe that Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years before the Last Judgment?
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    06-09-2019, 09:50 PM
    I’m not sure. The Orthodox Church does not teach this. This teaching started in the Roman Catholic Church after the Great Schism and was first defined by the Catholic Church in 1274. Had the Great Schism not had happened, then presumably this teaching would have not become an official doctrine of the Roman See as the remaining Bishops of Christendom would have not accepted it had it come before a Ecumenical Council. This doctrine developed specifically as a Latin phenomenon, apart from the Eastern Church.
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    06-09-2019, 09:39 PM
    Yes. There were some in the early Church who held to classic premillennialism. When the topic finally came to a point where the Church needed to clarify, Millennialism was deemed to be in error and at the Second Ecumenical Council it was added to the Nicene Creed the statement that Christ "shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, Whose Kingdom shall have no end." This was added to make it clear that there would be no temporary millennial kingdom, but an eternal one. This is one example of how it is through the consensus on the Church whereby the truth is revealed. A few Early Church Fathers could have had held a differing opinion, but this opinion has now been corrected by the living witness, experience, and voice of the whole Church. Now, there is no excuse to believe in Millennialism (at least, in the eyes of the Orthodox Christians).
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    06-09-2019, 09:20 PM
    Of course, this (Millennialism) shouldn’t be a hill to die on, but it may have significance in one’s life journey. The state of the departed and our prayers for them, however, are important. The topic of suffering is another extremely important topic and I would gladly welcome a thread about it, especially as some modern Christian denominations have lost sight of it (I’m thinking of the Prosperity Gospel advocates, etc). The simple truth is that without Golgotha, there is no Resurrection. Following Christ means picking up our cross and following him, even to Golgotha.
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    06-09-2019, 08:39 PM
    Yep. They dragged it out to affect the midterms and perhaps buy some time in case something happened to Trump.
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    06-09-2019, 08:28 PM
    These are the major opinions, some ancient some modern. The one held by to be orthodox by every one of the Churches which can trace back to the Apostles (namely, the Orthodox, the Roman Catholic, and the Oriental Orthodox, +/- Anglican) is the bottom one (called Amillennialism). All others are opinions which have been rejected as being in error. People can believe whatever they choose to believe. I am just stating the above for those who wish to know what the oldest Christian Churches teach as being correct.
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    06-09-2019, 08:20 PM
    I don’t see how that is possible. It is like putting a fish into beautiful water and then expecting it to jump out to choke in the air. It would take some seriously spiritually sick person to experience paradise after death and then change their mind and decide to join the ranks of Satan. I have not heard of anything like that happening in the history of the Church although I guess it may be possible(?). After all, angels fell. What has happened and been recorded in the history of the Church however is the opposite, namely that a person who died unrepentant and in sin be raised out of perdition and enter into paradise through the prayers of the Saints.
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    06-09-2019, 08:15 PM
    I apologize as it appears I caused some confusion. I should have been more clear. Donnay, are you stating that we are currently in the ‘millennium”, or that it will be a future event after Christ’s return?
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    06-09-2019, 05:12 PM
    It’s not the Greek term which I am referring to which is foreign to the teachings and interpretations of the Greek speaking Fathers of the Church.
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    06-09-2019, 04:30 PM
    Just to be clear to any who reads this: the explanation above is not what what any of the early Church Fathers teach. People can interpret the Scriputres to mean that, but that was not interpretation of any of the Christian Saints.
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    06-09-2019, 04:20 PM
    This reminds me of a teaching of one of the Fathers of the Church. There are three reasons why people are drawn to Christ and follow His commandments. The first is the fear of judgement and of hell. That is the lowest and most base reason. The next is to enter Heaven. The last, which is the greatest reason and the way of the Saints is out of pure love for God.
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    06-09-2019, 04:17 PM
    It is good to be cautious.
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    06-09-2019, 03:40 PM
    The parable of Lazarus and the rich man is the greatest parable of Christ regarding the state of those who die before the General Resurrection. The poor man was in ‘Abraham’s bosom’, not the Kingdom of Heaven. He also was wide awake and well aware of what was happening in the world.
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    06-09-2019, 03:36 PM
    Soul sleep is a heresy of the past 150 years. Has nothing to do with the Christian teachings. The departed never sleep
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    06-09-2019, 03:21 PM
    The good thief was in Paradise, which is in the presence of God, but he did not enter into the eschatologic Kingdom (aka Heaven) which will occur at the end of days, when God will be all in all and there will be a rebirth and new creation. The good thief awaits for the Parousia and his bodily resurrection just as all the saints do who have ever lived. He is paradise, but not in the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Paul’s quote is true in that the disembodied saints are indeed present with the Lord, just as all those who die having lived holy and repentant lives. But this is not the same thing as entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. There’s is a condition of anticipation and exist mysteriously in a foretaste of the paradise to come. However, until the Parousia and the General Resurrection, when they will rejoin into their body now spiritualized and santicified, nothing is immutable and thus even the lives of those who did not live holy lives may find salvation at the Judgment through the prayers of the Church. A common American Christian thing to say to someone who lost a loved one is: “They are now with the Lord and in peace”. That would be appropriate to say when that someone was known for having lived a holy and repentent life, and who lived the Gospel. (Unfortunately, not many live such lives). But the more appropriate and Christian thing to say (and what is said in the older Christian Churches) to those who were not renowned for living saintly lives is: May he find forgiveness and peace. That is, to pray to God to forgive them for any sins they have committed in their life.
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by PierzStyx on 05-21-2019 at 12:24 PM
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Yeah, I'm sure that Amash would vote yes on a bill to ban manufacturing in the US.
Obviously he wouldn't. It amazes me how much these people want to trap America in the Industrial Age though. If they were around in the 1800s they would've opposed farming technology because it put field workers out of a job and have fought against Edison because they were afraid the light bulb would destroy the work of candle-making market. They consistently fail to recognize that moving beyond wasting

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by PierzStyx on 10-12-2018 at 11:52 AM
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This has been one of my "pet issues" for years now.

Let's assume something comes out of this, and reforms that include reducing plea bargain that railroad innocent people, and mandatory sentencing and abolition of capital punishment get signed into law by Trump, does that further my "warming up" to Trump?

If I voted for him based on that, would that make me a "Trump Humping" fascist and "enemy of liberty"?
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Basically what you are saying is that you are completely unable to grapple with the real world trade-offs involved in securing liberty, so you have to create extreme strawman scenarios to justify obstinance.

What you will need to seek is not the permission of a centralized government per se, but the permission of your countrymen who seek to strike a rational balance between the conflicting imperatives of maximizing personal liberty and maintaining the environment of law and order

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by PierzStyx on 09-28-2018 at 12:17 PM
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First, saying Rand isn't a libertarian shouldn't be controversial. I'm only quoting the man himself.

“I’m not a libertarian." -Rand Paul

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