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A Convincing Holy Book? Not Possible.


By:  @bob-nelson, yesterday
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Original article by Bob Seidensticker - Cross Examined ------------------------------------- Here’s a thought experiment. Say you’re a strong Christian. You’re comfortable arguing for your position. You don’t think much of the atheist arguments that you’ve seen so far, and you’ve seen quite a few. Now you come across a holy book from some other religion. It’s an English translation from an original written in a long-dead language from a foreign culture. What could the... 
 
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Original article by Benjamin L. Corey ------------------------------------- Anyone who has ever read the Old Testament knows there’s a lot of laws listed in those books– over 600 to be exact. In many circles of Christianity there’s often much debate as to what degree, if any, a Christian ought live by these laws. In the past when I have suggested that Christians are not obligated to abide by any of these laws at all, commenters will often quickly object, saying that... 
 
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Jesus said some are born gay.


By:  @community, one week ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, one week ago

Some Christians confidently assert that God did not create homosexual people "that way." This is important because they realize if God did create gays "that way," rejecting them would be tantamount to rejecting God’s work in creation. In pressing their “creation order” argument, some Christians are fond of saying, "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" To bolster their position, they often cite Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:4-5, where he responds to a question about whether divorce is... 
 
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No, The Bible Doesn’t Say The Earth Is Only 6,000 Years Old


By:  @bob-nelson, one week ago
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Latest By:  @community, one week ago

Original article by Benjamin Corey ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Fundamentalists of the “young earth” variety will often claim that the earth is just 6,000 years old. Their reasoning? The Bible says so. In fact, I’ve been following Ken Ham lately, and some of the stuff being put out by Answers in Genesis (Ken has blocked me on Facebook, FWIW) to see if they’ve had any new arguments. I’m continually amazed at how... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/recalcitrant-tasmanian-honeymakers-refuse-to-pay-rates-because-god-not-council-owns-their-land/news-story/edfe142d264c40feae9c224c89ae7e3e BLESSED are the honeymakers. With it’s lush, rolling green paddocks sitting below the majestic backdrop of Cradle Mountain, many in Tasmania’s Meander Valley refer to it as God’s own country. But the honeymaking Beerepoot family, who call the valley home, appear to have taken the tags a little literally.... 
 
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5 Things You’re Reading, When You’re Reading The Bible


By:  @bob-nelson, one week ago
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Original article by Benjamin L. Corey -------------------------------------- I love the Bible. It’s why I spent eight years of my life in seminary, why I’ve served as a church pastor even when they couldn’t afford to pay me, and is why even now I end up finding Greek flashcards in the most random places in my house. But my love for the Bible includes honesty. When we love someone or something, it’s easy to grow to see them the way you  want  to see them in your mind,... 
 
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Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @pepe, 2 weeks ago

Source ROME (RNS) — Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy. In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/02/22/catholic-school-student-justifies-racist-essay-by-saying-jesus-and-his-apostles-were-all-white/?ref_widget=related&ref_blog=friendlyatheist&ref_post=ken-ham-atheists-are-insecure-and-thats-why-theyre-scared-of-creationism-in-public-schools A teacher at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana thought it’d be useful to have students write an essay in honor of Black History Month. I don’t think anyone was... 
 
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West Virginia public schools sued over Bible classes


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @hal-a-lujah, 2 months ago

Source Some parents in West Virginia are fighting to put an end to a Bible class in public schools.   For nearly 80 years, Bible stories have been taught in Mercer County as part of the regular school week and they’re extremely popular in the community. In a new lawsuit, however, a major lobby for the separation of church and state is arguing that “popular” is not the same as “legal,” reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil. In church, Cherilyn Thomas has built a deep... 
 
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Pope throws down gauntlet to religions: No killing in God’s name


By:  @aeonpax, 2 months ago
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- "In his annual address on Monday to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis signaled that 2017 will be a year in which his press for peace gathers steam, and laid down a clear challenge to all religions to reject killing in the name of God." "ROME - From the beginning, it was inevitable that history’s first pontiff named “Francis,” for the great 12 th and 13 th century apostle of peace, would see himself as a “peace pope.” On Monday, Pope Francis signaled... 
 
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Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem


By:  @bob-nelson, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 3 months ago

Alex Wong/Getty Images The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused.   New York Times   executive editor  Dean Baquet confessed  to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.” Former Obama White House staffer and evangelical Christian Michael Wear  went further , arguing that liberals are “disdainful” of religion and that there's a “religious illiteracy problem... 
 
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Questions For Christians - N° 2


By:  @bob-nelson, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @1ofmany, 3 months ago

2. What changed between Bill Clinton and now? Don’t you think you owe him an apology? Seriously, what changed? Because you know, I remember those days and we were calling for Clinton to be impeached and thrown out of office. Remember why? Because “character counts” that’s why. If a few years ago we claimed that poor personal character disqualified one from holding the office of presidency, and even went through the efforts to impeach a sitting president because his... 
 
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We Don’t Win If They Lose


By:  @bob-nelson, 3 months ago
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Original article by Matthew Distefano , Unfundamentalist Christians --------------------------------------------------------------------- Once a week, I meet up with my friend Michael to talk about some of the bigger ideas that seem to consume the great majority of my thoughts. Our bonfire chats generally last until 9 or 10 PM, just in time for me to catch some of the  George Noory show  on my way home. How can you not love a talk radio show devoted to aliens and... 
 
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Once Every Six Hundred Seventy Two Years


By:  @enoch, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @sixpick, 3 months ago

Today is Hanukah (eight day and night) the Sabbath, end and beginning of a new week and month on the Jewish Calendar; and New Year on a secular calendar. Today is a rare day for being able to convey so many greetings. Only once every six hundred and seventy two years can we greet and wish each other in Hebrew the following: Chag (Hanhukah) Sameach - Happy Hanukah Holiday. Shabbat Shalom - Peaceful Sabbath. Shavuah Tov - Good New Week. Rosh Chodesh Tov - Good New Month.... 
 
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Inner Moral Compass and Help Using It


By:  @enoch, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @nowhere-man, 3 months ago

This week's Torah portion Mikeitz (Genesis 41: 1-44:17) raises an interesting point relevant to all in this site. It relates that Pharaoh asked his advisor's to interpret his dreams of seven cows and sheaves of grain. Among the things he heard were seven daughters will die, and seven kingdoms in his empire will rebel. He rejected these ideas. Why? The verse in question implies he also dreamed the correct interpretation. It specifically says that no one was able to "interpret for... 
 
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Jesus never read ‘The Bible’


By:  @bob-nelson, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 3 months ago

Original article by Fred Clark --------------------------   “I think Christians should accept and adopt Jesus’ view of the Bible,”  prominent pastor and author Tim Keller tweeted  just before Christmas. “He regarded it as absolutely true and authoritative, in every word.” This is, at best, horribly anachronistic. It’s misleading in a way that leaves Christians cruelly confused. Jesus had scriptures, but he did not have “The Bible.” There was no such thing. There was... 
 
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                            The Roman God Mercury. (In Greek mythology he is called Hermes). He has wings on his head, symbolizing thinking & communication & his feet, symbolizing transportation. In astrology, the planet Mercury rules the sign of Gemini. (Gemini is associated with thinking, speaking, transportation, commerce, etc.). Of course I'm not foolish enough to believe in something as silly as astrology. But if I did... 
 
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End Of the Year Best Holiday Wishes by Enoch


By:  @enoch, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 3 months ago

Though the conclusion of Hanukah my attendance at this site will be spotty. It is early yet. I still want to sincerely wish every one who celebrates any December-January Holiday a joyous and meaningful season. May such special events as move you grant fulfillment, inspiration, joy, meaning, and the good health, family, friends, and prosperity to maximally enjoy them.  As ever, Red Box Rules, The Four B's are in play here. Kindly see my first comment for the Four B's.... 
 
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Happy Holidays


By:  @pat-wilson, 3 months ago
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CHESeD AND AGAPE: SHARED VALUES IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY BY KATPEN AND ENOCH


By:  @katpen, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @katpen, 3 months ago

Chesed (Hebrew) is often translated as loving kindness. . Agape (Greek) is often translated as love for other humans. . In this article Katpen will present examples of Agape, and the key role it plays in Christianity. Enoch will do the same for Chesed in Judaism. In both religions this concern for, accepting and helping others in both religions is an end in itself. In each tradition it is also a method of expressing our closeness and relationship with humanity and... 
 
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Second Verse, Same as the First (A Little Bit Louder and a Little Bit Worse)


By:  @enoch, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 4 months ago

This morning I was asked to preach at our Congregation's Shabbat (Sabbath) Service. I chose to address the idea of a second time around. In life we frequently find that we get a second chance to do better what we could have done well the first time. It is an opportunity for improvement before it is too late. We all run out of time in this life. Most of us don't know when. Best not to dally on addressing mistakes.    Grandparents do better grand parenting than they did as... 
 
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It's simple, really... ... ... by Bob Nelson


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @buzz-of-the-orient, 4 months ago

And one of [the Pharisees], a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 35-40, ESV Mark and Luke tell the much same story in... 
 
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Happy Fall Harvest Holiday


By:  @enoch, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @kavika, 4 months ago

I wish all who rejoice in the bounty of the fall harvest a joyous and meaningful holiday. All the best to you and yours. Enoch.  
 
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People Want Something Other Than Politics, Okay


By:  @midnight-in-america, 5 months ago
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Latest By:  @jwc2blue, 5 months ago

We live in an existence of constant change. And relativity. Everything that we see , hear, do, contemplate comprehend, exists only in relation to some other piece of matter or thought. Is that the true nature of the universe? We cannot know that . But we experience our existence through the principles of relativity. Are you happy or sad or rich or poor today? The answer always is "compared to what?"    This is the famous closing passage from the mystical novel Siddartha . Maybe it can... 
 
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