• 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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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Today, 08:56 AM
    Why is this good and didn't someone forget a mechanic ?
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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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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 AM
    I do. I hate globalists and useful idiots for them.
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 AM
    She has a brain. You do not.
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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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  • 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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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:48 AM
    ^^ Doesn't have a sense of humor.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:42 AM
    lol ? That mayor obviously lots his/her brain somewhere. Those people are illegally in France. If they go to Britain from France, they will be sent back. That is how you control a border. You send back unwelcome people. Not the most intelligent fellow this mayor. I do feel some resentment. He/she should just shut up and see what happens, what if this thing works out for the UK ? Then what ? What if, the future may be a lot brighter with a whole different Europe, without an EU, with cooperation and trade but without the loss of sovereignty. Would this mayor and other EU-philes admit they were wrong ? Or is their only interest forming a socialist superstate - my former forum location - the EUSSR ? p.s. I didn't bother to look at the gender of said mayor. Don't care frankly. She is an idiot.
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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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    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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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 04:26 PM
    Boris is a good guy. But yeah, Farage will be out of a job soon... So he might run for parliament. I don't think Boris is the person to watch. It's the rest of the government, the people who lost. They are now desperately looking at ways to reverse the outcome. Having some knowledge of how the EU works, that is the most scary part.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 04:06 PM
    FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU. check THEN THEY RIDICULE YOU. check THEN THEY FIGHT YOU. check THEN YOU WIN. check Let the whining begin, I almost laughed myself to death today listening to the radio where people where moaning and bitching about how this was the wrong result. Awesome, perfect comedy. What a bunch of idiots. First you treat people like they don't matter, then you lose, then you start whining ? These people need to take a look in the mirror and get some self-confidence.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 03:42 PM
    I sure hope NEXIT is NEXT. But my prediction, having heard what the EU elites have said today is... The EU is going to fall apart on it's own anyway. The only thing these elites are interested in is complete integration and their dream is a USofEU, they won't stop so the people will stop them. This in turn will mean that the 'leftish' atmosphere that's in Europe will lose credibility and conservatism will probably gain some influence.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 01:32 PM
    I've always thought of it in limits of law and legitimacy too. Tyranny of the individual or several individuals is preferable to tyranny of an entire Collective group. The least amount of control over another's life the better off people are to escape tyranny.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 01:14 PM
    TW. Not to be provoking. But I've been hearing you say this stuff for years, but do not hear you speak to what is to take the place of the hypotheticals many people propose and you reject. Start splainin'
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  • Todd's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 05:14 AM
    Yay for Britain. Great victory in the rejection of Multilateral institutions.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    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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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 12:27 AM
    And guess what, they probably won't. Just as all the scaremongering from Cameron and his friends will turn out to be just that, scaremongering.
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  • LibertyEagle's Avatar
    06-24-2016, 12:16 AM
    IQ isn't everything of course, but it is germane. 10 IQ points is significant, when, prior to 1973 mental retardation was 85. "Prior to 1973, the recommended IQ cut-off score for mental retardation was 85. In 1973, that was revised downwards to approximately 70, where it remains today ..." The next question should be, why would a country bring in people who are less intelligent than the people already here? Unless the goal is to create a 3rd world nation.
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  • Nirvikalpa's Avatar
    06-23-2016, 08:17 PM
    BMI rates are also based and calculated on white, european men. Does that make me a racist and a sexist? No. It's fact, and it still poses an issue for anyone not in that demographic, especially for blacks and post-menopausal women, and it's been researched and proven.
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  • Nirvikalpa's Avatar
    06-23-2016, 08:04 PM
    People who agreed with and voted for Ron Paul who now are supporting and planning to vote for Trump are the reason I drink.
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