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    Today, 12:25 PM
    Where liberty meets the road... so to speak. A most excellent answer.
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    Yesterday, 05:08 PM
    No doubt employing fine Americans with the truck building, hauling, and what not. I'd like to see some "God Bless Oceania!" graffiti on it.
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    06-26-2016, 08:27 PM
    The sub forum is Peace Through Religion. Please show how this brings you peace OP, and therefore, peace to the world. Thanks.
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    06-26-2016, 06:24 PM
    Epic. Thank you Mr. Antal.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    06-26-2016, 09:11 AM
    I believe in the decentralization of power, which is a Biblical principle, first derived in Genesis with the formation of the tribes of Israel (I don't have time to delve deeply into that, but it can be proven). So, to answer your question, I would advocate a system that is similar to what we had in our early republic, where local, state, and county governments are formed by Christians from various denominations to assess how crimes should be punished within their respective jurisdictions. So, for example, if a Presbyterian is living in a county full of Roman Catholics, and those Catholics have laws which he believes do not square with Biblical justice, then he can find another county where there are mostly Presbyterians and from there, they can work together to apply God's Law based on their Biblical convictions. That's what we had in the earlier days of America, with entire states being composed of one Christian denomination from another state of a different Christian denomination. It's one of the reasons why the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," because their definition of "religion" was related to Christian denominations, understanding that each state was by and large composed of a particular Christian denomination.
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    06-26-2016, 08:51 AM
    Because if you want to have a just society, then there needs to be an absolute standard for determining what is just and unjust behavior. Once you have established that, then you can deal with how unjust behavior ought to be punished. Why is that? Because God desires holiness from His creatures, not just internally but also externally, which is why God expects us to put away evil from society as it emerges. And, of course, evil is defined by God's Word, not majority opinion nor by current trends of acceptable behavior.
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    06-26-2016, 08:45 AM
    If you're a Christian, then you should already know how one determines what governments God has ordained. That's why we have disciplines such as Biblical and systematic theology to delve into the subject on what the Bible teaches about the nature of government. But it is a topic that can be ascertained, and it is one that no other worldview (secular humanism, Islam, etc.) can account for.
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    06-26-2016, 08:24 AM
    No, it doesn't make me an anarchist; it just means that I hold to the view that God rules society, and therefore, He is the One Who delegates authority (those who minister to others) and sets their jurisdictions within a civilized society. That's why an elite subset of society should never manipulate the rest by force. All people should be self-governed by God's Law before they take any position of authority within God-ordained governments (family, church, and state) to ensure that an elite group do not take over society by their own whims. When that happens (as it is currently in American civics), then it is a good indication that people in positions of authority are not self-governing themselves in God's Law.
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    06-26-2016, 01:22 AM
    The only way we can answer the question, "Should X be criminalized," is by, first, answering, "What does God say about X?" The two questions go together, when we are discussing what sexual sins should receive civil sanctions. But, of course, it takes wisdom to understand how to apply those sanctions in our modern world, and that can be challenging at times, I admit. But, nonetheless, it still needs to be considered when we're assessing public policy and its relation to sexual taboos. Another thing to keep in mind is that the page marked "New Testament" in our Bibles is not inspired by God. That fact is very important because when we are talking about continuities and discontinuities between the Old and New Covenants, we need to realize that the Old Testament laws still applied when the New Testament was being written. Thus, the authors' approach to how Old Testament laws would apply to them in their own day would not have been riddled with many of the assumptions that we face today in modern Christianity (with ideas such as the "Two-Kingdoms Approach," "Law vs. Gospel" dichotomies, Dispensationalism, and other concepts which inherently but inadvertently pit the Old Testament against the New Testament). Unfortunately, you, yourself, are guilty of those very approaches to the New Testament, which is why you fail at understanding how the Old Testament applies to us today. Remember, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..." (2 Timothy 3:16). If sexual acts were condemned with civil penalties in the Old Covenant, then those penalties apply civilly, in some way, in the New Covenant. Otherwise, you would have to say that God made a mistake when He decreed those sexual acts as punishable by civil law under the Old Covenant. But, once again, it takes wisdom to understand how they apply today because the world has changed since the times of the Old Covenant. But the moral indictment against certain sexual behaviors does not change because moral laws are eternal, by nature.
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    06-26-2016, 12:48 AM
    Ronin, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about in relation to Paul's theology. It's funny how you consider yourself more educated about the relationship between Jesus and Paul when world-renown Biblical scholars, such as N.T. Wright, have been applauded for their research and writings about Paul's life and theology. If you have any serious, objective interest in how Paul's theology was consistent with Christ's doctrines, then I recommend that you watch this lecture from one of the best Pauline scholars in the world, and learn something:
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    06-25-2016, 09:20 PM
    What "uncontrolled systems" are you referring to, fisharmor?
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    06-25-2016, 09:16 PM
    Exactly, erowe1. That's all Ronin Truth does. He can't give a definitive, comprehensive rebuttal to anything in which he disagrees with. All he knows how to do is copy and paste links. That's why his credibility, especially in these kinds of discussions, is always suspect because of his laziness and ignorant flippancy of facts that he has no intention of researching. He seriously needs to leave these forums and stick to playing Solitaire online or something.
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    06-25-2016, 03:49 PM
    I kind of get your meaning. I find crooks in Hawaii pretty personable. :) Just another way to label or disguise force, it's all based on force, with "aloha" lip service here and there. From the late 80's, until now, this is what I've noticed- The established, industrious, local family has at least one relative working for the county, state, or fed. Usually more than one government worker in the extended family. If blue collar, a county employee will often have a cash job on the side -they have the time, they have the connections. The families that have these connections seem to have access to any kind of raw material or service imaginable, as well as knowing every angle to take advantage of government rebates, incentives, tax breaks, etc. before their neighbors do. These folks are "conservative" IMO, based only on their desire to provide food and shiny stuff for their family and extended ohana. Loot your neighbors quietly, spread it around for favors, and call it "aloha". The temptation is great, the commitment is minimal, the pay out is better than what your neighbors without your connections will experience. The working class come from a conquered people and sugar plantations, equipped with the government tools and the "moral authority" to "take stuff back", and "give stuff to others".
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    06-25-2016, 11:56 AM
    Christians have provided evidence that Paul affirmed the doctrines of Christ. It's just that people like yourself refuse to accept the evidence.
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    06-25-2016, 11:53 AM
    The claims that Jesus was an anarchist and that Paul was a statist are simply anachronisms. As such, they make both of your assertions moot points, so there's no need to argue with you about the merits of your claims.
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    06-25-2016, 04:37 AM
    When you read much of the literature in favor of anarchism, it seems that anarchism starts off with 5 basic assumptions, philosophically speaking: Truth is relative. Life is random. People are basically good. A person can change his own life if he chooses to. The goal of life is self-satisfaction. Building a civic/economic philosophy on those basic assumptions opens the door wide open for an elite group to manipulate society very easily, in my opinion. Thus, anarchism (no matter if it's anarcho-capitalism, anatcho-communism, anarcho-primitivism, or any other school of thought) cannot solve the problem of having an elite manipulating and ruling over society.
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    06-24-2016, 04:08 PM
    You can really tell where the comfort level ends for a Christian, when it comes to: Daring that Christian to inconvenience their lives, to influence their neighbors, to glorify Christ. Christians, like anyone, hate to contemplate loving their enemies. Jesus is allowed to command this, others like Paul, are apparently not allowed to suggest it. Matthew 5... nope, no sir, ain't gonna think about it.;) It's all about maturity of faith. Are current voters mature about anything? lol
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    06-24-2016, 02:41 PM
    Government is the biggest employer in Hawaii. You do things slowly, on a nice, friendly, plantation. Is this really about guns? I'm thinking Ige/donors have ties to the system contract$. WIKI on the little emperor: http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ is usually a good place to start to get clues for $ tie-ins. I hope to do more looking. I don't have this bag of snakes nailed down like I should, it's a lot of snakes to keep track of. Currently fine tuning my life to do more of that.:) Keep track of my guns, little emperor!? But don't keep track of "your own".
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    06-24-2016, 02:09 PM
    Tear it down, all of it, including trumps wall.
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    06-24-2016, 02:06 PM
    I can't give any rep to people in this thread, stop being so right on.
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    06-24-2016, 12:22 PM
    *adjusts Ryan translator* Gonna have to promote a revolt so you can prevent a revolt? Got it. "above board" lol
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    06-24-2016, 03:08 AM
    The Accountant seems like it's a movie mixture of The Bourne Identity and A Beautiful Mind. Nonetheless, I still want to see it.
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    06-23-2016, 02:19 PM
    This. LMT308MWS is the club I want to join. Way to go.:cool:
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    06-23-2016, 12:51 PM
    Post #5 +rep Of course Lynch thinks love and compassion is the answer. When you're the government, you get to define what love and compassion is. Many such caring, female individuals, end up in government...
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    06-23-2016, 09:48 AM
    The bottom line of this discussion is determining whether or not it's good to have laws prohibiting sexual behaviors, in general, and prostitution, in particular. It seems to me that you believe local, state, nor the federal governments should have laws prohibiting sexual behavior. If I'm correct about that, then are you for repealing laws that prohibit sexual acts like rape, child molestation, and bestiality because they have been codified by civil magistrates? I'm just trying to understand where your thinking is on that.
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    06-23-2016, 09:27 AM
    Where did Christian Liberty ever say, "Comply or cooperate with my judgment, or I will murder you," as it pertains to prostitution?
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    06-23-2016, 09:25 AM
    If you're a Christian, then you should have a moral problem with bestiality. If you don't, then you need to study the Scriptures to see what God thinks of it. Now, my reason for asking you about bestiality was to simply show that you do pass judgments on sexual behavior, just as Christian Liberty does. There is no neutrality about it. That brings me to your statement: There is no religious neutrality in public policy. The rejection of a Biblical application to public policy is just the adoption of another religious authority, which in our current state of affairs is secular humanism. Some group of citizens will be judged and sanctioned by the law, based on the religious foundation of those who create laws. That's why homosexuals, for example, are using state and federal legislatures to impose their morality upon Christians (and other groups) through "hate crimes legislation." Once again, that's just a reflection of someone's religious worldview. It's simply inevitable.
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