• Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 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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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 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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    Today, 12:37 AM
    I do. I hate globalists and useful idiots for them.
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    Today, 12:25 AM
    She has a brain. You do not.
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  • scrosnoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    wow! who is this guy? must go research him...
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    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    please share! this story is huge... please add graphics to this thread!
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    What "uncontrolled systems" are you referring to, fisharmor?
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • angelatc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:12 PM
    Oh the tolerant leftists and their unbiased messaging.
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    Yesterday, 05:59 PM
    angelatc replied to a thread For Sale: Water Distillation Unit in Marketplace
    I have had people imply that it could be used for making home brewed spirits, but i know nothing of that. And I am not being coy - I know nothing.
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  • angelatc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    angelatc started a thread For Sale: Water Distillation Unit in Marketplace
    Sold - thanks! This is an older unit, but this model is apparently still in production today under the name Pure Water. Electric, comes with a timer. I have it on eBay for $100, and it will sell at that price. Any RPFers interested, PM me and it's yours for $65 plus shipping. It's heavy - 9 lbs before it's boxed up, so if you live on the West Coast the cost might be significant. Use zip code 48430 if you want to check the USPS shipping calculator.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • angelatc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 AM
    Technically the EU has only existed since 2007. The reasons for the EU sound solid: "To assure the free movement of goods and people within the borders."
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • scrosnoe's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 11:44 PM
    cool -- thanks!
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  • Lord Xar's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 09:32 PM
    How so? Jews weren't really welcomed with open arms... whereas the muslims are? Explain please. Not challenging your premise, just curious about it. I more see it like they are trying to dissolve the member countries history/culture with a tidal wave of immigrants that do not share the host countries values.
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    06-24-2016, 09:05 PM
    I edited it slightly and want to use the graphic online. Do you know whose it is and who i should ask if my change is ok and if it is then if is ok to share.
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    06-24-2016, 08:16 PM
    I changed my SN... five years ago (and I was give.me.liberty)? Not MelissaWV, though I am honored you'd think so as she's an awesome lady.
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  • scrosnoe's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 06:13 PM
    my post on topic here A night to remember, a great people have once again chosen independence and reclaimed their sovereignty! #Brexit @SergioGor on Twitter June 23, 2016
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  • Lord Xar's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 04:59 PM
    I vaguely remember you being "Danno" (unless my memory fails me) very pro-illegal immigration for here in the U.S., is it any different for you in regards to Muslims in the UK? Serious question, not jamming on you.
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  • Lord Xar's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 03:27 PM
    but is it really about "muslims" or about the economic load UK has to sustain to welfare all the other nations? Or is it something more?
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  • Lord Xar's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 03:14 PM
    I keep hearing "racism", "xenophobia", "going backwards...."... why? Is it just that sometimes people want to be "free" and others don't? What is the real benefit of Brexit, and what is the real reason for the vote?
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